Westside schools: Coronado Knowledge Bowl team first to bring back state trophy

       The Coronado High Knowledge Bowl team recently became the school's first ever to bring back a trophy from the annual state championship.
       The school's four-member “A” team - Jason Farmer, Paul Joos (school valedictorian), Drew Hubl and Tiffanie Kimball (school salutatorian) - took third out of 63 teams at the competition at Adams State College in Alamosa. Coached by Patty DesRochers and Marie Owens, the CHS contingent had previously placed third in regional competition.
       “This was really a special group,” Kimball said afterward. The four-year Knowledge Bowl veteran added, “I highly recommend the experience for anyone looking to make friendships, boost your confidence and learn so, so much.”
       Washington Elementary fourth-grader Talyn King was one of six winners in the recent Jeane Ciavonne Poetry Contest. Her prizes included $25 and a book of poetry. The competition, which drew 300 entries, was sponsored by the Pikes Peak Library District, Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
       Enrollments for District 11 summer school are currently being accepted. Classes for Westside elementary school students will be at Jackson, Washington and Whittier while middle school classes will be at Holmes and West.
       Each of these schools is “hosting” one or more other Westside schools, meaning students from those schools can ride a bus from their home school to the host school for the classes.
       Following are the host schools (with hosted schools in parentheses).
       - Jackson (Chipeta and Trailblazer).
       - Washington (Bristol and Pike).
       - Whittier (Buena Vista, Howbert, Ivywild, Midland - YMCA students bused to Washington).
       - Holmes and West (feeder schools).
       Class categories include:
       Summer Literacy Institutes (students entering grades 1-5) - classes to improve reading, writing and math skills. May 31-June 30, 8 a.m.-12 noon. Cost - $60. Contact any D-11 elementary school.
       Summer Literacy Institutes (students entering grades 6-8) - classes are to improve reading, writing and math skills. May 31-June 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost - $60. Contact any D-11 middle school.
       YMCA Adventures in Learning Camp (literacy classes for students entering grades 2-5 in a D-11 Title I school) - includes field trips and swimming. May 31-June 30. Licensed daycare on site 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call Washington Elementary, 328- 4800.
       Alexandra Dostal and Rebecca Siegel of West Middle School won Junior Best Team Project at the annual Colorado Science and Engineering Fair in Fort Collins last month.
       School District 11 will offer free meals from May 31 to June 30 to children 1-18 years of age this summer through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Locations will include the following Westside schools.
       Jackson Elementary, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave., 7:30-8:00 and 11:45-12:15
       Washington Elementary, 924 W. Pikes Peak, 7:30-8:00 and 11:30-12:15
       Whittier Elementary, 2904 W. Kiowa St., 7:30-8:00 and 11:45-12:15
       West Middle School, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 8:00-8:30 and 12:20-12:45
       For more information, call District 11 Food and Nutrition Services, 520-2924.
       The Jackson Elementary Spring Carnival fund-raising event May 7 was a “great success,” according to organizer Mark Smith. The hope was to raise money to pay for supplies for volunteer art teacher Jackie Robbie, and “we definitely made our goal of $800,” he said.

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