Published on Thursday, September 27 2012 14:11
Silver Creek High School
BY KAREY ROBINSON
Meet Athletic Director Marty Tonjes
New Assistant Principal Marty Tonjes has plenty of experience befitting his role as athletic director at a Colorado high school. Born and raised in Thornton, Tonjes has played and coached basketball and baseball, climbed 14ers and holds Bronco season tickets.
Before being chosen for his role at Silver Creek, Tonjes was the dean of students at Horizon High School, where he also coached junior varsity baseball and was a varsity assistant coach for boys’ and girls’ basketball.
He and his wife, who is a middle school teacher in Westminster, and their two children, spend a lot of family time riding bikes, attending concerts and Rockies and Bronco games.
Published on Thursday, September 27 2012 13:59
Niwot High School
BY LORI A. WAIDLER
“Bringin’ it Back!” Homecoming!
This year’s theme for Homecoming is “Bringin’ it Back!” According to Claire Pearson, NHS student body president, “ Bringin’ it Back is really all about coming together and celebrating Niwot’s 40th year and bringing a sense of community to Homecoming.”
NHS Student Council is hard at work incorporating Niwot High School’s 40th anniversary into the event. Each grade has a decade assigned to them. Freshman will be representing the current decade; sophmores have the 90s; juniors are bringing back the 80s; and the senior class will be rockin’ the 70s.
The week of Homecoming, NHS will be having a spirit week and lots of activities are planned to bolster school pride. Student council members will be holding open the doors during the week for all students coming in for school.Read more: Niwot High School October 2012
Published on Tuesday, September 04 2012 13:47
Niwot High School
BY LORI WAIDLER
New School Year
The first day of school for incoming freshmen was Aug. 16, with the upper classmen starting on Aug. 17. Lots of fun activities were planned to help the freshmen find their classrooms, unlock their lockers, and get to the lunchroom on time.
Enrollment was projected at 1278 students, but the actual enrollment was estimated to be a bit higher. Classroom student-teacher ratios were slated to be 28:1. That is a significant increase from previous years, and was required because the state reduced funding by $600 per student. Based on enrollment and state funding, Niwot High School lost 2.83 teachers.
There were also some noteworthy retirements: Gayle McDonald, special education, retired after 33 years; Keith Ellison, orchestra, retired after 32 years.
Recent hires included Longmont graduate Megan McFarland who will teach math, and Catherine Carter, who will also teach math. She comes from the Poudre School District.
Ann Root will continue to teach at Niwot High as the A.P. computer science teacher. Joseph Kear will teach special education; he comes to the school from Kansas.
The new orchestra teacher will be Christine Coniway. Amy Smits will be teaching Spanish part time. She was recently a student teacher at Erie.
According to Principal Dennis Daly, there is some news to celebrate in academic achievement. TCAP (formerly known as CSAP) showed an increase over last year’s scores in six of the seven areas tested.
ACT scores continue to be very high, and there were great I.B. and A.P. test scores as well. Niwot High received nationwide recognition for these scores in Newsweek and The Washington Post.
Band kicked off at the beginning of August with band camp. The Cougar Marching Band performs at all home football games, two exhibitions and several parades in Longmont and Niwot under the direction of Kati Sainz.
Published on Tuesday, September 04 2012 13:40
Photo courtesy of Kevin Custis
Altona Middle School
BY KRIS MASSEY
Students Bailee and Jaiden Cruger pose with Altona social studies teacher Kevin Custis. In July, several students from Altona Middle School went to Greece and visited archaeological sites, took a four-day cruise through the Greek islands and immersed themselves in Greek culture.
Published on Saturday, July 14 2012 17:05
Niwot High School
BY TINA EDEN
Orchestra Director Keith Ellison Retires
Keith Ellison, Niwot High School’s orchestra director since 2000, has retired. Ellison taught string and symphony orchestra, music theory, international baccalaureate music and the history of rock and roll.
Ellison received many awards of excellence for his teaching in the St. Vrain Valley School District, including being named Outstanding Teacher by the SVVSD Education Foundation in 2009 and Niwot High School Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2006. In 2011, his hard work with the NHS Symphony Orchestra paid off, and it was one of 10 high school orchestras invited to National Orchestra Cup Competition in New York City.
Still energetic and youthful, the teacher/musician plans on trying his hand at farming during retirement. He hopes to buy a small hobby farm and make it “as self-sustainable as possible.”Read more: Niwot High School July 2012