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Montrose Education Foundation awards $10,000 Impact Award to Chris Thompson from Centennial Middle School for the “Fantastic Plastic” Project.

At the American Education Week reception held at the Montrose Pavilion, the Montrose Education Foundation (MEF) awarded its annual Impact Award and a $10,000 check to Chris Thompson from Centennial Middle School for the “Fantastic Plastic” Project.

MEF created the Impact Award in 2011 to support innovative projects that enhance educational opportunities in the Montrose and Olathe School District. Under the award guidelines, only recipients of the MEF Teacher of the Year Award can apply.

The “Fantastic Plastic” Project is a 3D filament and cafeteria plastic recycling program.  It is a pioneer program to offer a student-designed and driven 3D print recycle program for all district schools and facilities that use 3D printing technology. It will include the development of a manufacturing process to recycle plastic bottles and cafeteria containers as well as the waste from 3D printers into usable recycled filament for the districts 3D printers.  The project will begin in the district and then be expanded to offer recycling services to area businesses and hobbyists.

“Montrose Education Foundation is excited to support Chris Thompson’s efforts to engage students in problem based learning where they will develop this type of new technology” said Kathy Flower, MEF Impact Award Coordinator.  “We are investing in the creative minds of the future.”

Formed in 1985 the Montrose Education Foundation supports the Montrose and Olathe School District to meet the learning needs of students and to celebrate and recognize the contributions of local educators.  Learn more at www.montroseeducation.org.

Photo L to R:  Stephen Schiell, Montrose County School District Superintendent; Kathy Flower, MEF Board Member; Deann Balash, MEF Vice-President; Chris Thompson, Impact Award Winner; Jenni Zimmer, MEF Board Member, Sandy Head, MEDC Executive Director 

59 Teacher of the Year Nominees were recognized at the American Education Week reception held at the Montrose Pavilion on 11-13-18! Thank you for all your hard work!

Time to Nominate Your Favorite Outstanding Teacher for “Teacher of the Year 2019”!

Fill out your 2019 Nomination Packet and make sure to turn it in by the deadline November 6, 2018.

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2019 Montrose Got Talent!  Save the Date!  More information will follow!

Photo L to R:  Stephen Schiell, Montrose County School District Superintendent; Jeff Mitchell, High School Teacher of the Year; Jamie Gann, Middle School Teacher of the Year; Melissa Good, Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Tyler Dahl, Alpine Bank President; Deann Balash, Montrose Education Foundation Vice-President

The Montrose Education Foundation, Inc. hosted a breakfast for the Teacher of the Year candidates on March 20, 2018.

Sixty-fours teachers were nominated and were introduced during the American Education Week Reception which was held on November 16, 2017.  Twenty-two outstanding educators completed the Candidate Essay Questionnaire, which is based on the Colorado Teacher of the Year Standards and were eligible for consideration.  The 3 level recipients; Elementary, Middle & High School Teachers were awarded a $500 check by Alpine Bank to use in their classrooms.  They are also eligible to apply for the Montrose Education Foundation $10,000 Impact Award.

Congratulations to the following recipients.  Quotes from their application of what they believe makes them an outstanding teacher:

Elementary School Recipient – Melissa Good – Oak Grove Elementary – 5th Grade Teacher
“I teach the whole child, I invest in them and their future.  I believe that an outstanding teacher works well with everyone.  I pride myself in the fact that I have fabulous relationships with my students and their families; this helps my students grow so much more than they would without the home support.  My students become an active part of their education and this shows in the growth they make each year.”

Middle School Recipient – Jamie Gann – Centennial Middle – 8th Grade Writing Teacher
“Unabashed enthusiasm.  For their subject, their students, their life.  A sincere excitement that is expressed as equally between the processes of learning, as it is in the resulting knowledge.  Honesty makes the enthusiasm credible and sincere. Which is important because students learn more from a teacher they can trust.  I strive to inhabit the qualities I’ve described above.  When a student writes something that takes my breath away, I tell them.”

High School Recipient – Jeffrey Mitchell – Olathe High – English Teacher
“What makes me stand out from other teachers is my relentless commitment to make sure students understand WHY IT’S IMPORTANT we are learning particular topics and skills.  If labor predictors are right—many jobs my kids will have in the future are not even created yet. Therefore, to get them ready for life—I teach them HOW to learn.  When my students can stand independently, I know that I have achieved remarkable success.”

 

Montrose’s Got Talent!     February 3, 2018 (Finals)

Auditions are January 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Bridges Golf Course Community.  All ages and talents are welcome to apply.

Please complete the application below and submit by January 18, 2018 (deadline) to: educationfoundationmontrose@gmail.com or hand deliver: MEDC, 1601 Oxbow Drive, Suite 360B, Montrose.

MGT REGISTRATION FORM – Final

Grand Prize Winner receives $1,000!

Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com, so come and support your favorite talent!!

Congratulations to Brian Simpson – 2017 Impact Award Recipient!

Brian Simpson’s project “Engineering Design & Development Course” won the Montrose Education Foundation’s 2017 Impact Award.  Brian was excited to receive the award and said, “The $10,000 will make a difference before third graders leave elementary and continue their journey to the high school! These dollars give the opportunity to take junior and senior engineering students into every third grade classroom to inspire and empower them in their education. Our vision is to work in small groups allowing them to witness firsthand the problems we solve, software, 3D printing, manufacturing, etc.  Every student will receive a 3D printed item and a colored dog tag with their name and graduation year engraved on it. This is a dream come true and made possible through the Montrose Education Foundation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to Nominate Your Favorite Outstanding Teacher for Teacher of the Year 2018!

Don’t wait!  Fill out your 2018 Nomination Packet and make sure to turn it in by the deadline November 6, 2018.

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2017 Teachers of the Year Announced

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(L-R: John Steele, David Perfors, Tracy Reinhard)

The Montrose Education Foundation, Inc. hosted a breakfast for the Teacher of the Year candidates on March 21, 2017.   Sixty-one teachers were nominated this year and were introduced during the American Education Week Reception which was held on November 17, 2016.  Eighteen outstanding educators completed the Candidate Essay Questionnaire, which is based on the Colorado Teacher of the Year Standards and were eligible for consideration.  The 3 level recipients; Elementary, Middle & High School Teachers were awarded a $500 check by Alpine Bank to use in their classrooms.  They are also eligible to apply for the Montrose Education Foundation $10,000 Impact Award.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Elementary – Tracy Reinhard – Johnson Elementary – K-5 Music Teacher

“Through experiences of making music, students exercise and refine important thought processes that empower them to be good problem solvers, abstract thinkers and thoughtful decision makers.”  -Quote from Mrs. Reinhard.

“Tracy is thorough and mindful in teaching and provides a wide range of activities which students seem to appreciate and thrive on.”  -Excerpt from nomination form from a colleague.

Middle – David Perfors – Columbine Middle – Technology Coach

“It really boils down to 3 things; 1, you must believe that all kids can learn. 2, you must be willing to work as hard or harder than you expect any of your students to work. And 3, you must be willing to embrace technology.”  -Quote from Mr. Perfors.

“Mr. Perfors is Columbine’s Tech Coach and he does an outstanding job working with both teachers and students.”–Excerpt from nomination form from an administrator.

High – John Steele – Montrose High – English / Technology Coach

“It is the responsibility of a teacher to engage students with an adaptable state of mind rather than a ridged one.  The curriculum can and should change as the teacher learns from his students by engaging them rigorously and enthusiastically.”  -Quote from Mr. Steele.

“Mr. Steele opens the world of academia to our young minds with welcoming and inspirational arms.”  -Excerpt from nomination form from students.

Nominate a Distinguished MHS or OHS Graduate!

The MEF Distinguished Alumni Award is designed to honor Montrose and Olathe High School graduates who exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work and/or service to their communities.  Click here for a nomination form.

Montrose Education Foundation Awards $10,000 Impact Award to Centennial Middle School’s Creation Center STEM Lab

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Left to right: Sandy Head, MEF President; Amy McBride, MEF Board; Meghan Waschbusch; Deann Balash, MEF Board; Steve Schiell, MCSD Superintendent

At its American Education Week reception at the Montrose Pavilion on November 17th, the Montrose Education Foundation (MEF) awarded its annual Impact Award and a $10,000 check to the Centennial Creation Center, a permanent lab for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at Centennial Middle School (CtMS) in Montrose.

MEF created the Impact Award in 2011 to support innovative projects that enhance educational opportunities in the Montrose and Olathe School District. Under the Award guidelines, only recipients of the MEF Teacher of the Year award can apply.

The Centennal Creation Center project will convert an unused classroom and several “pods” to create a state-of-the-art STEM lab, and then outfit it with cutting-edge engineering tools and equipment.  The new lab will be used as a “Makerspace” facility for engineering and shop students. CtMS has seen engineering class enrollment double in the past year. The project also implements a summer camp geared toward Makerspace ideals, including learning, collaboration, problem solving, and self-expression.

“Montrose Education Foundation is excited to support Centennial Middle School’s efforts to impart skills that will inspire careers in engineering,” said Amy McBride, MEF Impact Award coordinator. “We are investing in the makers of the future.”

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