Accomplishments 2007-2008

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    ACADEMIC RECOGNITION


    Top National Honor: Peak to Peak High School was named the 40th best public high school in the nation by Newsweek magazine.  With 27,000 U.S. high schools, Peak to Peak is one of the top 0.2% nationally and the only Colorado school to rank in the top 100.  

    Another Top National Ranking:  Ranked 47th in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Peak to Peak High School was named a 2008 Gold Medal School.

    Number One in the Denver Region: Named the number one high school in the seven-county Denver metropolitan area by 5280 magazine.  The publication analyzed multiple criteria to review both public and private metro high schools.

    John Irwin School of Excellence:  Peak to Peak's elementary and middle schools have each been the recipient of four John Irwin School of Excellence Awards, and the high school has received a John Irwin Award each of the five years it has been eligible.  The awards are presented to the top eight percent of Colorado schools.

    "Excellent" Colorado State Ratings: Elementary, middle, and high schools were once again ranked "Excellent," which is the top rating based on Colorado statewide CSAP testing.

    ACT Scores Top of District and Third in State: Peak to Peak's junior class of 2007 received an average composite score of 24.9 on the ACT test.  This was again the highest score in the district and the third highest in Colorado.

    National Merit Finalists/Achievement Finalist: Ten Peak to Peak seniors were named National Merit Semi-Finalists, and eight additional students were recognized as commended.  All of Peak to Peak's Semi-Finalists qualified as National Merit Finalists.  While Peak to Peak made up 4.5% of the school district's graduating class, it represented 22% of the district's National Merit Finalists.

    College Preparatory Accreditation: Peak to Peak is the only public school in Boulder County and the second in Colorado to achieve College Preparatory Accreditation from the North Central Association (NCA).  The NCA has awarded the college prep accreditation to 237 private schools in its region, while only 23 public schools have received this designation.

    Graduates Granted Scholarship Money: The 2008 class of graduating seniors was awarded nearly $6.5 million in scholarship money, averaging $68,654 per student.  

    Ivy League Universities:  With only 94 graduating seniors, Peak to Peak students were accepted into five of the Ivy League Universities.

    Selective College Acceptances:  Sixteen percent of Peak to Peak's students were accepted into the nation's most selective schools; 70% were accepted into the most and more selective schools; and 87% percent were admitted to more or most selective colleges.

    College Choices:  Peak to Peak seniors had their choice of colleges, with nearly three and one-half college acceptances per student.

    High Number of Advanced Placement Tests:  With 94 seniors, 423 Advanced Placement (AP) tests were taken during the 2007-2008 school year.

    Boulder Valley Regional Science Fair:  Peak to Peak students earned nine first place awards, eight second place awards, and eight additional students received third place awards in the Boulder Valley Regional Science Fair competition.  At the regional fair, two high school projects and one middle school project were able to progress to the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair and, additionally, one of the high school projects was nominated to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the eighth grade student was nominated to go as a representative observer to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from the school district (expenses paid for by the district).

    Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF):  A junior from Peak to Peak High School won first place, best individual project, senior division, first place in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Category, three special awards, and an all-expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for her project, "Analyzing Arctic Solar Flux and Ice Extent Loss Projections."  Another project by a team from Peak to Peak High School won two special awards and was a team nomination from their category of Physics.  The middle school project won second place, junior division, in the Computer Sciences Category and a special award.

    Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF): A junior from Peak to Peak won fourth place in her category of Earth and Planetary Sciences and five other awards totaling $15,000.  ISEF is the world's premier international pre-college science and engineering competition where students from 47 countries (1,600 projects) other than the United States compete.

    National Geographic Bee Competitor:  After winning the Peak to Peak Geography Bee, a seventh grade student finished fifth at the 2007 Colorado Geographic Bee, competing against 99 other semi-finalists.

    Peak Scholars Awards:  Twenty-seven Peak to Peak seniors were recognized as Peak Scholars; 19 of these seniors received the school's highest award as Peak Scholars with Distinction (an average of three or higher on at least five AP exams, at least a 3.0 non-weighted GPA, and 150 hours of community service); two students received Peak Scholar with Honors (an average score of three or higher on at least four AP exams, at least a 3.7 non-weighted GPA, and 125 hours of community service); and six students received Peak Scholar (an average score of three or higher on at least three AP exams, at least a 3.5 non-weighted GPA, and 100 hours of community service).

    Destination Imagination:  Two elementary teams competing in the regional Destination Imagination competition won awards for their entries in the "DI've Got a Secret!"  and "Hit or Myth" categories.

    Chess State Championship:  The Peak to Peak Elementary School chess team won second place in the eastern division, qualifying them to compete in the league finals where they placed fourth.

    Elementary Student Reports for the Denver Post:  A fifth grade Peak to Peak student was chosen as a Youth News Reporter for the Denver Post.

    UNC Mathematics Contest Success:  With 1,884 students from 61 schools around Colorado, seven of Peak to Peak's Math Club students who competed in the 2007 UNC Mathematics Contest advanced to the next round.  

    Speech and Debate Championships:  The Peak to Peak high school forensics program has risen to incredible competitive success, culminating in four state championship titles at this year's festival tournament.  Out of 22 schools from around the state of Colorado and hundreds of competitors, Peak to Peak claimed 25 awards, with 16 out of 25 students making the final rounds of their events and taking the top award in four of the nine events entered.  A senior from Peak to Peak will compete for the second year in a row at the National Forensics Tournament in June.  In addition, the Peak to Peak team won the Rocky Mountain North National Forensic League's Small School Sweepstakes award and trophy.  This award is given to the school with the most rounds of competition out of its top 15 competitors.

    National Ocean Science Bowl Competition:  The Peak to Peak High School science bowl team earned a third place trophy at the National Ocean Science Bowl Competition for the Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska region held at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

    Mock Trial:  The Peak to Peak mock trial team completed a top ten finish at the Colorado competition in March after winning the district competition.

    Optimist Brain Bowl: Peak to Peak's sixth grade optimist brain bowl team won the 2008 North Region Optimist Regional Brain Bowl tournament at Fairview High School.  They competed against schools from all over northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.  Five Peak to Peak Middle School teams competed, with three "A" teams making the top seeds for the afternoon elimination rounds.

    Rocky Mountain Talent Search: Two Peak to Peak ninth grade students finished among the top ten percent of participants in the Rocky Mountain Academic Talent Search and were awarded "Highest Honors" certificates.  A seventh grader also participated and was awarded a "Highest Honors" certificate.  He also was the top scorer in Colorado among seventh graders in ACT math, ACT reading, SAT critical reading, and SAT combined (reading and math).  In addition, a ninth grader and a sixth grader were both awarded "Honors" certificates from the Rocky Mountain Talent Search.

    MathCounts: A seventh grade student represented Peak to Peak at the Colorado statewide MathCounts competition.  He finished 18th out of 178 middle-school participants.  This is the fourth year in a row that Peak to Peak has had a team or individual advance to the state level competition.


    ARTS RECOGNITION


    Artwork Chosen for City Displays: Thirteen Peak to Peak artists had work chosen by the city of Lafayette for citywide art displays.

    All-State Music Selections:  Seven Peak to Peak High School music students were selected to be in the 2008 Colorado All-State Choir, All-State Band, and All-State Orchestra.  They were selected from thousands of students from across Colorado who auditioned for these high-profile honor ensembles.

    Studio B Cast Selections:  A Peak to Peak High School sophomore and three middle school students auditioned and were selected for the Studio B cast as two hosts and two reporters.

    Shape Shifters Art Show:  Twelve Peak to Peak art students were chosen for the "Shape Shifters, Investigations of Climate Change:  Recent Evidence and Future Visions."

    Lafayette Oatmeal Festival: Fifteen elementary students' art work was selected to display at the Lafayette Oatmeal Festival.

    Ballet Nouveau Colorado: Several students were awarded roles in Ballet Nouveau Colorado's annual professional production of The Nutcracker, the only full-length professional Nutcracker performed in the Denver metropolitan area.  A sixth grade student performed the lead role of Clara.


    ATHLETICS RECOGNITION

    All-Conference Teams:  Fifteen Peak to Peak athletes were named to all-conference athletic teams, including golf, soccer, volleyball, cross country, and softball.

    Varsity Soccer: The girls' varsity soccer team finished second in the Metro League and advanced to the semifinals in the Colorado State Championship Tournament.

    Rocky Mountain News All-State Soccer Selections:  Three Peak to Peak girls' varsity soccer players were selected to 3A All-State honors by the Rocky Mountain News, one as First Team and two as Honorable Mentions.

    NSCAA All-State Soccer Selection:  Once girls' varsity soccer player was selected 3A All-State First Team and one was selected as 3A All-State Second Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

    Golf Regional Title:  The boys' varsity golf team won it's first ever regional golf title during the 4A Metro-East competition and qualified for state competition.

    Cross Country Championships:  Both the boys and girls' cross country teams won their first Metro League titles, and the girls' went on to finish first at the Regional Cross Country Meet and the boys finished second.  The girls continued on to win second place at the state championship.  Coach Flamer was named the Metro League Coach of the Year.

    Varsity Swim Team: The girls' varsity freestyle and medley relay teams finished in the top six at the 4A district competition.  A high school freshman also finished second in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events the the Colorado State Championships and competed in the Western U.S. Sectionals.

    Division I Letter of Intent: A Peak to Peak senior signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at DePaul University, a Division I school and a member of the Big East Conference.

    CHSAA Academic Team Championship Nominations: The following Peak to Peak High School fall athletic teams qualified to be nominated as CHSAA Academic Team Champions:  Cross Country/Boys (3.39), Cross Country/Girls (3.83), Golf/Boys (3.50), Softball (3.53), and Volleyball (3.57).  Teams must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA to qualify for the nominations.

    U.S. Academic All-American Lacrosse: A senior from Peak to Peak High School was named to the U.S. Academic All-American 2007 Lacrosse Team.

    National Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Induction: A Peak to Peak seventh grade student was inducted into the National Youth Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.


    CHARACTER AND COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION

    St. Vrain Community Service Award:  A senior from Peak to Peak High School was selected as a 2008 recipient of the St. Vrain Community Service Award.

    Change Maker Award:  A senior from Peak to Peak High School received the Lafayette Youth Recognition "Change Maker Award" from Project YES and the Lafayette News.  She was the most nominated teen, primarily for her work in leading the Peak to Peak food drive for the Sister Carmen Family Assistance Center.

    Sister Carmen Penny Drive: A senior from Peak to Peak High School organized a penny drive and raised $1,478 for the Sister Carmen Family Assistance Center in Lafayette.

    Culture of Giving Art Contest: Twenty-seven middle school and high school students competed in the fifth annual Culture of Giving Art Contest.  This year's theme focused on specific Boulder County non-profits' work in our community.

    Share-A-Gift Donations: The Peak to Peak National Junior Honor Society sponsored a Share-A-Gift toy collection.  It was truly amazing to watch the scores of Peak to Peak students who ventured to a cold warehouse in Boulder during December to help those less fortunate.  The students' tremendous Spanish skills, hard work, and leadership put holiday smiles on hundreds of people.

    Donations to Comfort HIV/AIDS Infected Children: Art students knitted teddy bears and sent them to the Mother Bear Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations.

    Coat Drive: Peak to Peak students sponsored a successful coat drive and the coats were donated to the Rotary Club coat drive.


    FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION

    Charter Friend Award:  Peak to Peak Charter School's Executive Principal, Tony Fontana, was honored with the Charter Friend Award for School Leadership at the 14th Annual Colorado League of Charter Schools Conference.  Mr. Fontana was chosen in part for his work leading Peak to Peak on the road toward excellence and a Top 100 School, his connection with the students and staff, and his interest in positively impacting education across Colorado.

    Spanish Teacher Award:  Andy Matthews, Chair of the World Languages Department, was selected as the 2008 Colorado Outstanding Spanish Language Teacher by the University of Northern Colorado.

    Pen Pals:  Peak to Peak second graders enjoyed a pen-pal relationship with soldiers in Iraq.  A U.S. Marine home from his third tour of duty in Iraq stopped by to visit his friends at Peak to Peak.

    Wellness Day:  The Wellness Committee at Peak to Peak Charter School conducted Wellness Day on October 25, 2007.  Wellness Day was an all-school, all-day event that introduced our students to a variety of health and wellness topics including presentations from REI, Leave No Trace, the Boulder Recycling Center, Lafayette Recreational Center, and many more with a keynote presentation from Karl Mecklenburg.

    Enrollment Communities:  Peak to Peak welcomed students from 22 different Colorado communities.