Accomplishments 2006-2007



    John Irwin School of Excellence:Peak to Peak is the elementary, middle, and high school recipient of the “John Irwin School of Excellence” Awards, which are presented to the top eight percent of Colorado schools.  

    “Excellent” State Ratings:  Elementary, middle, and high schools were ranked “Excellent,” which is the top rating based on Colorado’s statewide CSAP testing.  

    ACT Scores Top of District and Third in State: Peak to Peak’s junior class of 2006 received an average composite score of 24.0 on the ACT test. This score was tied with Fairview High School for the highest in the district and third highest in Colorado.  

    National Merit Finalists/Achievement Finalists: Three Peak to Peak seniors were National Merit Finalists.  


    College Preparatory Accreditation:Peak to Peak is the only public school in Boulder Valley and the second in Colorado to receive College Preparatory Accreditation from the North Central Association (NCA). The NCA has awarded the college prep accreditation to 240 schools in the region, with only 20 public schools receiving this designation.  

    Graduates Granted Scholarship Money:  The 2007 class of graduating seniors was awarded over $4 million in scholarship money through 130 scholarships.  

    College Acceptance:  Ninety-six percent of our graduating seniors have been accepted to and will attend college. The 81 seniors in the class of 2007 submitted 267 college applications and received 264 acceptances.  

    High Number of Advanced Placement (AP) Tests:  More than 368 AP tests were taken in 2007, a year with 81 seniors in the high school’s third graduating class.  

    Boulder Valley Regional Science Fair:  Numerous awards were won by both participating Peak to Peak high school and middle school students.  Some of these awards were Water Quality and Environmental Services, ASM Materials Education Foundation Award, Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge Award, The International Society of Optical Engineering Award, the U.S. Army Award, and the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Award.  In addition, there were several category awards.  Two projects, a high school student and a middle school student, progressed to the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair.  

    Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF):   Two Peak to Peak students competed at the state level.  A sophomore received first place in the Senior Division, Earth and Space Sciences Category for her project "Mitigating Global Warming by Using Albedo Geoengineering" along with three additional awards.  A seventh grade student received a first place for his project in the Junior Division, Math and Computer Sciences as well as the Discovery Young Scientists Challenge 2007.  

    State Science Olympiad Winners: Following a third place finish in the Northern Colorado Regional Competition, the high school team earned a fourth place finish and a coach’s plaque in the Colorado State Science Olympiad Competition. In addition, four students won first place individual event medals in the ecology and forensics events. The team also won fourth place in the Ocean Science Bowl and fifth place in the Science Bowl.  

    Colorado State University Math Day Competition:  A senior and junior both scored in the top ten percent on the PROBE test at the 2006 Colorado State Math Day competition at Colorado State University.  

    National Geographic Bee Competitor: A seventh grade student who won the school geography bee finished fifth at the 2007 Colorado Geographic Bee, competing against 99 other semifinalists.  

    Regional Spelling Bee Participants:  In addition to the Peak to Peak Middle School student who won theDaily Camera Regional Spelling Bee securing her place at nationals, a Peak to Peak fourth grader who won the Peak to Peak Elementary Spelling Bee also competed in the Daily Camera Regional Spelling Bee and advanced to the fifth round of competition. 

    Scripps National Spelling Bee Participant:A Peak to Peak Middle School student won the Daily CameraRegional Spelling Bee, securing her place at nationals. For the fourth year in a row, this student traveled to Washington, D.C. and competed with 286 other top spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The student progressed to the fifth round of the competition.  

    Speech and Debate Championships:  In only the third year of competition, two high school juniors competed at the National Forensics Tournament after first and second place finishes in Original Oratory at Colorado’s National Qualifying Tournament. One of the students was also the first alternate in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate category. Four other Peak to Peak students also qualified to compete at Colorado’s National Qualifying Tournament. Prior to that competition, Peak to Peak students won 18 awards at the Colorado State Speech and Debate Festival.  

    Peak Scholar Awards:  Seventeen Peak to Peak seniors were recognized as Peak Scholars; nine 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 tests, at least a 3.9 non-weighted GPA, and 150 hours of community service); five students received Peak Scholar with Honors (an average of three or higher on at least four AP tests, at least a 3.7 non-weighted GPA, and 125 hours of community service); and three students received Peak Scholar (an average of three or higher on at least three AP tests, at least a 3.5 non-weighted GPA, and 100 hours of community service).  

    Destination Imagination Winners:  Two teams competing in the regional Destination Imagination competition won first and second place and progressed to the Colorado State Destination Imagination Challenge.  

    Brain Bowl Winners:  The seventh grade Brain Bowl team finished first in the Colorado and Wyoming Brain Bowl competition.  

    Rocky Mountain Talent Search: A Peak to Peak fifth grade student received a perfect score (100 percent) on the math section of the Explore test given through the Rocky Mountain Talent Search. Of the 193 fifth graders who took this test, only six scored in the 20-25 percent range in math; this student scored in the top 25 percent overall for the entire test in the seven-state region on this eighth grade assessment.  

    Chess State Champion:  The Peak to Peak Middle School chess team won first place in the Boulder Valley Chess League, Middle School Division, with an undefeated record.  

    Readers and Leaders Program:Sponsored by the State Farm Foundation, Peak to Peak’s fourth grade students have authored ABC books for the incoming kindergartners. The program called “Readers and Leaders” proved to be a great learning experience for both the fourth graders and incoming kindergartners.  

    International Global Leadership Program:  A Peak to Peak junior was chosen to attend the International Global Leadership Program in Vienna, Prague, and Budapest during the summer of 2007.   


    SpectraLink Art Award: The Peak to Peak arts department was awarded $1,000 in support of high school art by SpectraLink, a Boulder-based wireless communications company.  


    Earth Day Celebration:  Earth Day posters made by elementary, middle, and high school art students were exhibited at NCAR for the Earth Day Celebration.  Numerous digital art and photography students’ work was published through the year on a community website and newspaper called  

    Lafayette Oatmeal Festival:  Numerous elementary students’ artwork was selected to display at the Lafayette Oatmeal Festival.  

    Anime Contest Winner:  A Peak to Peak sophomore was awarded first place in an anime art contest at the Broomfield Library.  

    Destination Imagination Design Contest Winner:  A Peak to Peak senior won first place for a design he created for the Destination Imagination contest t-shirts. All Destination Imagination participants wore t-shirts with his design, and he was honored with a $100 savings bond.  

    Artwork in the Daily Camera:  The self-portrait of a Peak to Peak senior was featured on the front page of the education section in the Daily Camera. The artwork of numerous other Peak to Peak artists was also selected for publication in the Daily Camera throughout the school year.   

    U.S. Wildlife Design Contest:  Two Peak to Peak fifth grade students placed second and third in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program contest supporting conservation education.  

    Elitch Garden Music Festival: The Phoenix Fire Choir, Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, and Wind Symphony were each awarded a gold medal at the 2007 Elitch Garden Music Festival. Three students received outstanding soloist awards.  

    Colorado Core Knowledge All-State Music Festival:Twenty-five band, orchestra, and choir members were accepted from hundreds of applicants to participate in the Colorado Core Knowledge All-State Music Festival.  

    Puma Pride Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall:Forty members of the Puma Pride Choir performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. They joined members of Broomfield’s Colorado Repertory Singers, Broomfield Civic Chorus, South Suburban Christian Church Chancel Choir, and New York’s Warwick Valley Chorale. Colorado Repertory Singers’ director, Ronald Williams, led the group in a performance of Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.”

    Adams State College Honor Choir:  Two juniors were selected from hundreds of students who auditioned to join the Adams State College Honor Choir Festival.  


    Regional Classical Singers Competition:A senior vocalist finished in first place at the Regional Classical Singers Competition at Colorado State University. This qualified him to compete in San Francisco in the semifinals of the third annual Classical High School Singer Competition.

    Stars of Tomorrow Talent Competition:  A senior vocalist took first place in Best in Show and in the senior classical division of the Stars of Tomorrow Talent Competition. He continued on to compete in a regional competition. A junior vocalist placed first in the senior contemporary division and runner-up in Best in Show.

    Interlocken Center for the Arts:  A junior vocalist was accepted to Michigan’s Interlocken Center for the Arts summer program in the Advanced Choral and Operetta division.
    Piano Competition Winner:A junior took first place at the Colorado State Music Teachers’ Association competition in Denver and finished second at the Yamaha Wells Music Competition.
    Ballet Nouveau Colorado Nutcracker:  Several Peak to Peak students were awarded roles in Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s annual production of The Nutcracker, the only full-length professional Nutcrackerperformed in the Denver Metro Area.  


    Peak to Peak’s Young Choreographers:  Two Peak to Peak students qualified to participate in Ballet Nouveau’s highly regarded Young Choreographers’ Showcase. After a year of study, each participant choreographs an original work and performs in pieces choreographed by other students.  

    MetroBeat TV Broadcast: Two high school students participated in Student Voices on Comcast’s MetroBeat TV.  

    Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Children’s Theater:  A fourth grade student was awarded the Best Supporting Actor of 2006-2007 by the Peanut Butter Players Lunch Bunch Professional Children’s’ Theater.  

    Colorado Community Theater Festival Participation:  Six Peak to Peak High School students participated in the Colorado Community Theater Festival in Idaho Springs.


    Peak to Peak High School Ninth in Colorado: The Peak to Peak High School athletic program was ranked ninth overall in Colorado among Class 3A high schools and 42nd overall among 330 Colorado high schools in the February 2007 Mile High Sports Magazine. This ranking placed the Peak to Peak athletic program second in the Boulder Valley School District.

    Boys' Varsity Soccer Team Qualifies for State: The Peak to Peak boys’ varsity soccer team made it to the quarter finals in the Colorado State 3A Soccer Championship Tournament.

    Metro League Soccer Champions: The Peak to Peak boys’ varsity soccer team finished the season as the Metro League Champions.  


    Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team Qualifies for State: The Peak to Peak girls’ varsity soccer team made it to the Sweet 16 in the Colorado State 3A Soccer Championship Tournament.  

    Soccer Athlete Selected for Second Team All-Conference Squad:  A Peak to Peak High School junior girl was selected for the second string All-Conference Boulder County Soccer Team.  

    Colorado State Track Champions: The Peak to Peak High School track and field team sent seven competitors to the Colorado State Track Meet. A Peak to Peak junior girl was the state champion in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. A Peak to Peak girls’ relay team was the 4x400-meter relay champions. Another Peak to Peak High School athlete finished third in the boys’ 400-meter dash. Another girls’ relay team finished fourth in the 4x400-meter relay and a junior girl finished fifth in the 800-meter and 1600-meter runs.  

    Boulder County Track Champion:  A Peak to Peak High School junior girl set a new record in the 300-meter hurdles at the Boulder County Track and Field Championships, breaking the record set in 1981 and received the Outstanding Performance by a Female Athlete Award.  

    Senior Athlete Signs National Letter of Intent:A Peak to Peak High School senior athlete signed a national letter of intent to play men’s’ soccer for the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. This student was a right defender on the school’s 2005 3A Colorado State Championship soccer team, a team captain on the 2006 varsity team, Class 3A All-State Soccer in 2005 and 2006, and a Dean’s List scholar.

    Peak to Peak Swimmer League Champion:  A Peak to Peak High School senior athlete finished as league champion, fifth in Boulder County, and qualified for the state tournament in diving. Six other high school girls were also strong competitors in league competitions and one was voted the 2007-2008 captain for the Centaurus High School girls’ swim team.  


    Peak to Peak Swimmer Qualifies for Colorado State Competition:  A senior boy qualified for state swimming with the Monarch High School swim team in the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard backstroke, men’s’ 400-yard IM relay, and men’s’ 400-yard freestyle relay.  

    Peak to Peak Swimmer Competes at Nationals:A sophomore girl competed with her Rocky Mountain Splash synchronized swim team at the National Championship in Ohio and the U.S. Junior Open in Honolulu, Hawaii.  

    Cheerleader Wins National Title:A Peak to Peak Middle School student’s competitive cheerleading squad won a national title in Senior Level 3 at the American Grand Championships in Anaheim, California.  

    President’s Challenge Awards:  All second through fifth grade students took the President’s Challenge and 22 students earned the Presidential Award by testing in the 85th percentile or above in all events, while 76 students earned the National Award by testing in the 50th-84th percentiles.  

    State Gymnastics Competition:  A Peak to Peak sixth grade student and fifth grade student qualified and competed as level fours in the Colorado State Gymnastics’ Championship.  

    Blackjack U.S.A. Gymnastics Vault Champ: A Peak to Peak fourth grade student competed in the Blackjack U.S.A. Gymnastics Meet in Las Vegas, Nevada against competitors from all over the United States and tied for first place as a level five on the vault.  

    Peak to Peak Junior Bodybuilding Champ:  A junior won first place in the Junior Class Division at the 2007 Mountain States Peak Performance Championship and won first place in the Teen Division at the 2007 NPC Northern Colorado Bodybuilding Championship.  

    Peak to Peak Karate Champion:  A freshman represented Colorado at the National Karate Championship in West Virginia in July 2007. She won gold medals in both kata and sparring at the International Championships and at a competition in Lakewood.  

    Peak to Peak Basketball Team Undefeated: The fifth grade boys’ basketball team finished the season undefeated in the YMCA basketball league.


    2007 Metropolitan Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award:  A Peak to Peak junior was recognized by the Boulder County Commissioners as one of four regional 2007 Metropolitan Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award honorees. Some of the student’s activities included being a math tutor, helping to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Reserve, and working to secure donations for an international non-profit, All Together Now, which is a group that supports hospitals and orphanages in Nepal.  


    Thousands of Items Donated to Local Food Banks:  Peak to Peak High School’s junior class sponsored the school’s annual food drive and collected and donated over 16,000 non-perishable food items to Lafayette’s Sister Carmen food bank.  

    Successful Pet Food Drive: To celebrate high school English teacher Megan Freeman’s birthday, middle and high school English class students collected more than 1,800 pounds of pet food to benefit the local Humane Societies.  

    Books for Guatemalan Children:  Srta. Molina and Sr. Matthews’ Spanish classes once again created approximately 100 books for children in Guatemala. The books will be used to help young Mayan students who live in isolated rural communities in their effort toward bilingualism in Spanish. Before sending the books to Guatemala, Sr. Matthews’ Spanish 30 and 45 classes went to Pioneer Elementary to read their books to the kindergartners.  

    AmeriCorps Service Program:  A Peak to Peak High School senior was accepted to the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps one-year service program based in California. The mission of AmeriCorps is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.  

    Coat Drive:The National Junior Honor Society sponsored a successful coat drive. The coats were donated to Share-A-Gift with the Boulder Police Department.  

    Mother Bear Project:  The National Junior Honor Society sponsored advanced high school art classes that knitted bears to send to The Mother Bear Project, which is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children who are either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations.  

    Student Volunteer Impact at Local Hospital:A Peak to Peak High School freshman gave over 200 hours of volunteer service over an eight-month period to a local hospital. She developed many procedures that are used in newborn photography and was considered a critical member of the Mom/Baby team.  

    Scouting Achievements: Two Peak to Peak High School students achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest achievement in Boy Scouts of America. A middle school student earned a Bronze Award, which is the highest award given in Junior Girl Scouts.  

    Boulder County Youth Corps Service Program: A Peak to Peak Middle School student was selected as one of 80 applicants to work for the Boulder County Youth Corps out of over 380 applicants. Peak to Peak’s commitment to core values, character building, and community involvement prepared this student to stand out as an enthusiastic candidate.


    Best Library Website in District: The Peak to Peak library website was voted the best juried website in the Boulder Valley School District.  


    Fund for Teachers’ Grant Recipients:English teacher, Kristie Betts Letter and English Department Chair, Megan Freeman won professional development grants from the Fund for Teachers, which supplies grants to teachers to support summer sabbaticals. Ms. Letter and Ms. Freeman’s grants funded their attendance to the Ouray Writers’ Retreat.  

    Impact on Education Award Finalists:Megan Freeman, English Department Chair and Pam Force, secondary librarian were both finalists along with Peak to Peak Board of Directors Vice President, Sheryl Shafer for an Impact on Education Award.  

    Center for Teaching East Asia Acceptance:  Catherine Schyling, secondary history teacher, was accepted to the very competitive summer seminar “Visualizing Japan: Teaching History Through Art” at the Center for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado at Boulder.   

    Mikkelson Foundation Scholarship Award:Justin Silcox, secondary science teacher, earned a prestigious Mikkelson Foundation award worth over $2,000 to take part in professional development opportunities. He participated in a Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS) Keys to Science Institute entitled “Scientific Inquiry: Research and Practice” and a one-year online asynchronous professional development course and moderated professional learning community.  

    Master’s Degree Awards: Several Peak to Peak teachers who earned a Master’s Degree were:Andy Matthews, secondary World Language Department Chair, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master’s Degree in Multicultural and Bilingual Education; April Wilkin, a fourth grade teacher, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy K-12; and Lisa Gjellum graduated from Regis University with a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Professional Leadership.  

    Teachers Receive Principal Licensure:Lisa Gjellum, second grade teacher and Brendon Feddema, Dean of Students earned principal licensure through Regis University.  

    Soccer Coach of the Year:  The Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado State Soccer Association named soccer coach, Peter Chandler, Coach of the Year.   

    Teacher Licensing Program Acceptance:  Secondary librarian, Pam Force, received a statement of eligibility and will participate in the alternative teacher-licensing program in the 2007-2008 school year.