Accomplishments 2005-2006



    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 25.1 on the ACT test. This score was the highest in the Boulder Valley School District and third highest in Colorado.

    National Merit Scholarship Competition: Eight Peak to Peak juniors, or 8.6 percent of the junior class achieved a PSAT score that qualified them to enter the next round of competition for a National Merit Scholarship. This is over twice the national average of four percent.    

    National Merit Finalists/Achievement Finalist: Two Peak to Peak seniors were National Merit Finalists, both receiving scholarships for this honor. One Peak to Peak senior was awarded a National Achievement Finalist with a scholarship as well.   

    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.  

    Talented and Gifted Website:Peak to Peak is the only public school in Boulder County to be listed on, a website dedicated to the support of gifted students. Peak to Peak received five out of five stars on the site.  

    High Rating on Great Schools Website:Peak to Peak was rated excellent on The rating is based on Peak to Peak’s 2004 CSAP scores, how the scores compare to other Colorado schools with similar demographics, and how they compare to the previous year.  

    Graduates Granted Scholarship Money:The 2006 class of graduating seniors was awarded over $1,660,532 in scholarship money.  

    College Acceptance:  One hundred percent of our graduating seniors have been accepted to and will attend college.  

    Numerous Honors Courses Offered: Thirty-six percent of Peak to Peak Middle School’s core academic courses and 55 percent of Peak to Peak High School’s core academic courses are honors courses.  

    High Number of Advanced Placement (AP) Tests:  More than 339 AP tests were taken in 2006, a year with 63 seniors in the high school’s second graduating class.  

    Boulder Valley Regional Science Fair:Twenty-four projects were sent to the regional fair from the Peak to Peak Secondary Science Fair. Numerous awards were received at the regional fair. One high school team project and two middle school individual projects progressed to the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair.  The team project was nominated for an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  

    Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF):   The high school team project consisting of a senior and a freshman won second place, Senior, Division, Team Nomination as well as five other awards. In the Junior Division, Physics Category a middle school student won a second place.  

    Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF):The high school team project won the first place American Meteorological Award and a $20,000 scholarship from the Department of Homeland Security.  

    Siemens Foundation: A Peak to Peak High School senior competed in the Siemens Competition: Math, Science, and Technology and was nominated as a semifinalist for his science fair project from his junior year.   

    Intel Talent Search: A Peak to Peak High School senior competed in the Intel Talent Search with his science fair project from his junior year and was nominated as a semifinalist and received $1,000.  In addition, Peak to Peak received a $1,000 check from Intel for his semifinalist status.  

    Colorado State University Math Day Competition: In a competition with approximately 90 students, three Peak to Peak students placed in the top ten percent of participants in the annual math competition.  

    Math Counts: In a competition between approximately 150 students from 23 schools, a team of four Peak to Peak Middle School students took third place at the district level and progressed to the state level.  

    National Geographic Bee Competitor:  A sixth grade student won the school geography bee, earning the opportunity to compete in the Colorado State Geographic Bee.   

    Scripps National Spelling Bee Participant:  A Peak to Peak Middle School student won the Daily Camera Regional Spelling Bee, securing her place at nationals. For the third year in a row, this student traveled to Washington, D.C. and competed with 272 other top spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The student progressed to the second round of the competition.  

    Speech and Debate Championships:  In only the second year of competition, a high school junior was recognized as Boulder County’s top performer when she was placed second overall in poetry interpretation. A Peak to Peak senior finished fifth overall in impromptu speaking. Nine other Peak to Peak students placed in the top 12 of their respective events at the Colorado Speech and Debate State Festival. Five students were selected to compete in the Rocky Mountain North National Qualifying Meet.  

    Peak Scholar Awards: Ten Peak to Peak seniors were recognized as Peak Scholars; four 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); three 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. One of the teams received the da Vinci Award, the highest award given at the district tournament.   

    Brain Bowl Winners:Three middle school teams competed in the Colorado and Wyoming Brain Bowl competition and made it to the elimination rounds. The seventh grade team achieved a second place and the eighth grade team placed fourth overall.  

    Rocky Mountain Talent Search:A Peak to Peak eighth grade student was acknowledged by Rocky Mountain Talent Search as “Colorado’s highest female eighth grade ACT composite, reading, and math score.”  

    Editorial Writing Awards: Peak to Peak students swept the Longmont Daily Times-Call editorial writing contest. Despite entries from high school students in three counties, our students earned all three top high school prizes. They won publication and cash prizes for their persuasive essays.     

    National Council for the Teachers of English Achievement Awards:  A Peak to Peak junior was selected to participate in the National Council for the Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing.    

    Chess State Champion:  A Peak to Peak second grader took first place in the Colorado State Chess Championship (K-3). He won a series of six matches to take this title. He represented Peak to Peak in the inter-school matches and won 19 of his 20 matches.    

    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.  

    BVSD Annual Literary Magazine:Several Peak to Peak students’ work was published in the BVSD annual literary magazine, Facade


    SpectraLink Art Award:Two Peak to Peak students won awards in the SpectraLink Art Competition. They received monetary awards and their work is at 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 Seven winners of the Flash Fiction contest’s creative writing pieces were published on the front page of the website.  

    Colorado’s Conservation Trust Video Contest:A Peak to Peak senior achieved second place in the Youth Voices for Conservation Video and Essay Contest.  

    Elitch Garden Music Festival:  All six Peak to Peak band, orchestra, and choral groups received gold medals at the Elitch Garden Music Festival. Four students received outstanding soloist awards.  

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

    Western State Honors Orchestra Member: A Peak to Peak junior was selected as a member of the Western State Honors Orchestra.

    Puma Pride Choir to Sing at Carnegie Hall:   A local conductor has invited the Puma Pride Choir to perform with him at New York’s Carnegie Hall in June 2007.  

    All-State Symphony Orchestra Member:  A Peak to Peak junior was selected as a member of the All-State Symphony Orchestra.  

    Stars of Tomorrow Talent Competition: Two Peak to Peak High School student vocalists took first and second place at the Stars of Tomorrow Talent Competition.   

    Aspen Music Festival and School:  Peak to Peak will be represented in the highly competitive Aspen Music Festival and School by a senior.

    Finalist in the Concerto Competition:  Denver Young Artists Orchestra selected a Peak to Peak High School student as a finalist in its annual Concerto Competition.   

    Ballet Nouveau Colorado:  Several Peak to Peak students were awarded roles in Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s annual production of the Nutcracker, the only full-length professional Nutcracker performed in the Denver Metro Area. A Peak to Peak junior performed the starring role of Clara.  

    Peak to Peak’s Young Choreographers: A Peak to Peak junior 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.   

    Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids:  A Peak to Peak sixth grade student starred as one of the leads in the production of “A Cinderella Story” in Boulder. A junior from Peak to Peak had lead roles in productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” which were also held in Boulder.  


    Varsity Soccer Team Wins State:   In its fourth year of competition, Peak to Peak boys’ varsity soccer team won the 3A Colorado State Championship.   

    Hockey Team Wins Colorado State Championship:  In its second year of competition, Peak to Peak Pumas took the 2005 5A Colorado State Hockey Championship.  

    Metro League Champions:All-state honors were awarded to five students. One student was nominated for the All Regional Soccer Team. Seven Peak to Peak students received all-conference honors in soccer, volleyball, and golf.  

    State Track Champion:  The Peak to Peak High School track and field team sent four competitors to state in 2006. A sophomore took first and third in state for the 300-meter and 100-meter hurdles, respectively.  

    Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Program:  A Peak to Peak senior was recognized as one of the 20 state finalists for this program. He was recognized for his athletic achievements, academic excellence, and community service.  

    John Lynch Student Athlete Award: A Peak to Peak student has been awarded the John Lynch Student Athlete Award. He was recognized for his athletic achievements, academic excellence, and community service.  

    Cheerleaders Honored with Academic Award:The Peak to Peak cheerleading squad achieved the highest combined average GPA of any 3A sport in the state.  

    Golf Team Member Qualifies for State:  Peak to Peak’s golf team achieved third place at the 4A East Regional Qualifying Tournament. A Peak to Peak sophomore qualified for state. He achieved sixth place at the state level.  

    Junior Olympic Slalom Team:  A Peak to Peak student qualified for the 13-14 year old Junior Olympic Slalom team.     


    Hurricane Katrina Water Drive:  With leadership from history teacher, Catherine Schyling, Peak to Peak students collected 1,800 individual water bottles (700 gallons) within only a few days. The water was shipped by American Mayflower, which generously volunteered to transport supplies to areas stricken by the storm.  

    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 15,900 non-perishable food items to Lafayette’s Sister Carmen Food Bank, the Erie Community Food Bank, and Mountain Ridge Community Church.  

    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.  

    Service Learning Award:The AP Literature class won a Project YES “Service Learning Excellence Award” for its outstanding commitment to promoting service learning in the Lafayette community. This year the class created thoughtful, beautiful murals honoring Dr. Martin Luther King and wonderful “literary” garden at Peak to Peak.  

    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.  

    Uwawayaki Learning Center, Tanzania: Many Peak to Peak families participated in raising money and donating supplies for this orphanage in Tanzania. The National Junior Honor Society raised money with a book exchange/sale and by volunteering to clean Folsom Stadium after the Boulder Bolder. Middle school counselor, Andrea Salvo, plans to visit the orphanage during the summer of 2006 to deliver the supplies and money raised.


    History Teacher of the Year:The Daughters of the American Revolution, Arapahoe Chapter, named Kyle Mathews, History Department Chair, History Teacher of the Year.  

    Boulder County Teacher of the Year:  Monica Bunting, a middle school English teacher, was named the runner-up for the Boulder County Teacher of the Year.  

    Impact on Education Award:  Andy Matthews, World Language Department Chair, as well as Kyle Mathews, History Department Chair, were both finalists for an Impact on Education Award.  

    Jared Polis Foundation: Andy Matthews, World Language Department Chair, was one of only 15 teachers chosen for the Jared Polis Foundation Award honoring outstanding teachers from the Denver Metro area. Well over 100 teachers were nominated.  

    National Board Professional Teacher Certification:  Kristie Betts, secondary English teacher, earned a prestigious National Master Teacher Certification that is valid for ten years in all 50 states.  

    Most Inspirational Teachers of the Year: Dan Reynolds, secondary math teacher, was named most inspirational teacher of the year in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the classroom and in the lives of his students. He was nominated by a Peak to Peak student.  

    Colorado State University Writing Project:   Heather Cyr, secondary English teacher, was selected to participate in the Colorado State University Writing Project and will be exploring writing and how to teach writing in a one-month long fellowship during the summer of 2006.  

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

    Hockey Coach of the Year: The Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado State Hockey Association named Peak to Peak’s hockey coach, Jim Moffett, Coach of the Year for hockey.  

    High School (Administrator) Hero of the Week:  Anthony Fontana, Executive Principal, was named “High School Hero of the Week” by the Colorado High School Activities Association and IBM for his outstanding leadership contributions to Peak to Peak and the community.