Accomplishments 2012-2013

  • ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

    Top National Rankings:  Peak to Peak High School was again ranked a Gold Metal High School by US News & World Report ranking #58 out of 22,000 high school nationwide and #1 in Colorado.

    Peak to Peak High School is a Newsweek Top 100 High School, ranking #49 out of 2,500 shooles, #10 in the West and #1 in Colorado.  Each year, Newsweek picks the best high schols in the county based on how hard school staff works to challende students with advanced placement college-level courses and exams.

    Excellent State Ratings:  Based on CSAP performance and other factors, Peak to Peak's elementary, middle and high schools are consistently ranked in the highest accreditation category in the state.  In 2012/2013 Peak to Peak received the "John Irwin School of Excellence" award, which are presented to the top 8 percent of Colorado schools.

    Competitive ACT Scores:  Peak to Peak's ACT scores averaged 25.5 in 2012, compared to a 22.9 average in Boulder Valley School District and 19.6 statewide.

    Peak to Peak earns an "A" from Colorado School Grades!  Peak to Peak is amoung the top performers in Colorado!  Only ten percent of school in the sate receive this grade.  Colorado School Grades is a statewide coalition of community and media organizations working to ensure that all children have access to a high performing school.  The coalition also includes business leaders and employers who appreciate high performing school's role in preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow.

    National Merit Finalists:  Five Peak to Peak seniors were named National Merit Finalists; Daniel Gu, Amelia Hankla, Monica Mishra, Thomas Peeples and Andrew Ross.  National Achievement Semifinalist was Isaiah Martin.  Commended Scholars:  Samantha Chin, Cameron Healy, Collin Kroll, Casey Martin, Isaiah Martin, Andrew Otey, Glaen Roda and Sam Smith.

    NCA Accreditation: The North Central Association (NCA) has accredited Peak to Peak as one of its K-12 schools. Accreditation through NCA provides an external mark of quality and highlights the school’s devotion to continuous improvement. Peak to Peak was evaluated against rigorous national standards for vision and purpose; governance and leadership;teaching and learning; documenting and using results; resources and support systems; stakeholder communications and relationships; and commitment to continuous improvement.

    100% College Acceptance Rate: For graduating seniors, 100% of all of students were accepted into a college or university of their choice or participating in a “Gap Year”. 94% of students accepted entrance into a 4-year college and 2% will attend a 2-year college.

    2013 Graduate Scholarships: Graduating seniors in 2013 were offered over $21 million in scholarships.

    AP Scholar Achievements: National AP Scholar is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Peak to Peak students included: Jimmy Chen, Harnek Gulati, Amelia Hankla, Ian Hunter, Alaina Lapanse, Allen Magnusson, Monica Mishra. Five (5) students were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and are were eligible to apply to become National Merit Finalists and compete for scholarships. Forty three (43) students were granted AP scholar with distinction which is for students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Seventeen students were granted AP scholars with honor which is for students who receive an average of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

    National Honor Society: On October 22, 2012, fifty (50) Peak to Peak high school students were inducted into National Honor Society. A mix of sophomores to seniors, this wide range of inductees nearly doubled current membership up to a total of 109 members. National Honor Society provides tutoring and leadership to the entire K-12 community.

    Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Of all the awards given in the state, 16% went to Peak to Peak students! They only recognized 14 writing portfolios, and 8 of them were from Peak to Peak's senior class. This is 57% of the top awards in the state. Peak to Peak won a total of FIFTY writing awards. Three portfolios are going on to nationals, along with many individual pieces. The gold key portfolios are: Bryn Grunwald, Katherine Lin and Austin Lawrence. Many famous writers had gold key portfolios! Peak to Peak artists won a variety of top notch Scholastic Art Awards at the regional level. All artists received an award certificate and had their artwork hang at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. The works hang for one month and some selected pieces were then hung at the Denver Art Museum. Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the largest national student art awards in the country. Peak to Peak senior Riley Rodenburg had his course portfolio selected as a "National Silver Key Portfolio" by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. His work was featured in a small selective national student gallery show in June in New York City. He was selected with only a handful of other Colorado artists and writers to make it to this highest level of success. He is Peak to Peak’s first portfolio national winner. P2P student National winner, Ursula Grunwald also won a national portfolio writing award.

    Senior Finalist is Coca Cola Scholar: Peak to Peak senior Monica Mishra was a finalist for the Coca-Cola Scholar Award. Out of 170,000 applicants, she was chosen as one of 2,500 semifinalists. She then had to fill out a much more detailed application, write essays, submit letters of recommendation and was then chosen as one of only 250 students to become a finalist and was awarded $10,000.

    Senior joins prestigious Inaugural class: Peak to Peak senior Natalie Todd was accepted into NYU Shanghai's inaugural class. This is a huge accomplishment and a very competitive process.

    School Spelling Bee: The winners of the Peak to Peak Spelling Bee were Talia Jennings (5th grade) and Chelsea Pearson (8th grade). Zachary Fiegelson (8th grade) was the winner of the School National Geography Bee

    Lego League: The first Lego League rookie team won 1st place in the Core Values and Robot Performance Core Awards for their first ever participation. They went on to the championship state tournament and won a trophy for second place for Gracious Professionalism.

    DAR Essay Contest:Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest included Morgan Brantmeyer (7th grade) who placed first and Jordyn Hall (6th grade) who placed second.

    CCIRA Essay Contest: In the Colorado Council International Reading Association Essay contest Erin Byrne won 1st place for the 5th-6th grade short story writing category in all of Colorado with "Dancing Butterfly".

    Freshman earns Science Fair Award: Ilse Meiler (9th grade) was named as a semifinalist in the Broadcom MASTERS contest for middle level science fair projects. Ilse was nominated at the BVSD Cordon Pharma regional fair and submitted an application (including the written work she did for her project). Over 6,000 students were nominated and Ilse was one of only 300 semi-finalists. As a result, her teacher received $250 in school supplies and a Careers in Science book set.

    “CPRANYTIME” Training: Peak to Peak’s state school liaison for the American Heart Association (AHA) has chosen Peak to Peak as one of only two front range schools to receive free resources and training to certify all 7th graders in "CPR Anytime" (a $5000 value). Studies have shown that 13 year old youth are more often than any other age group to be in a situation where they could administer CPR to save a life. Our continued positive relationship with the AHA via our annual Jump Rope for Heart events prompted Peak to Peak’s selection.

    Leadership Institute Participation: A Peak to Peak student attended GSLI in Houston, TX—a leadership institute “bringing together 1,200 girls from across the country who are recognized as leaders in their councils to connect and take action on matters that touch the future for girls.”

    Box Tops Challenge: Congratulations to third grade who won the challenge with 4800 box tops collected! Thank you to ALL of the elementary families who participated and collected box tops!

    Instructional Leadership & Teacher Job Fair: Peak to Peak faculty presented at the statewide charter school conference as leaders and pioneers in instructional leadership for K-12 education. Peak to Peak’s Charter School Fob Fair, held in March hosted more than 50 schools and 400 teacher candidates this year.

    Charter School Support Initiative (CSSI) and NCA Accreditation: CSSI, part of the schools of choice unit at the Colorado Department of Education, enlisted several Peak to Peak faculty members to assist with a North Central Association site visit.

    ARTS RECOGNITION

    Theater Accomplishment: The Peak to Peak High School Theater program was nominated by colleges and accepted to perform at The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland next summer. This is the largest performing arts festival in the world. Congratulations to the Peak to Peak Theater Program!

    ATHLETIC RECOGNITION

    Girls Athletics: Peak to Peak Women’s Basketball senior Ivy DeVries was named 1st Team All-Boulder County by the Daily Camera and was also selected to play in the Colorado Girls Coaches Association All-State game. Annette Warner, a Peak to Peak junior, was named Honorable Mention All-Boulder County.

    The Girls Soccer team made it to the “State Finals” and one member of the Women Track and Cross Country team made it to State Competition.

    At the conclusion of a very exciting season, the girls soccer team became State Champs!

    Peak to Peak student Jessica Riley was State Champion in Girls Gymnastics at Broomfield High School.

    Athletic Scholarships: Peak to Peak senior Amy Haberthier with her parents at her Volleyball signing event to Graceland University in Iowa.

    Boys Athletics: Boys cross country was ranked #1 in the state for 3A schools and HS boys cross country got first place at the Liberty Bell Invitational. The cross country team placed 2nd at State. Junior Behrod Keshtavar received athlete of the week in the Denver Post for golf. Behrod Keshtavar, Max Clark and Jack Cavanagh for qualifying for the state golf tournament.

    2013 was Peak to Peak’s boy’s tennis inaugural year: Adam Fitzsimmons/Amar Gill took 4th in #3 double at the Regional tournament Michael Maginot and Eli Dunninger took 4th as well as the #4 doubles team.

    Eight Peak to Peak athletes were named First Team All Conference. Four athletes were named Second Team and six were named Honorable Mention for fall sports.

    In Peak to Peak baseball, Isaac Friesen first team all-state pitcher and Ty Pinkerman received honorable mention for all-state at catcher.

    Max Clark was first team all state in basketball, Isaac Friesen was first team all state in baseball, Belle Morel and Galen Roda were listed to the first team all state in soccer.

    Boys cross country was ranked #1 in the state for 3A schools and HS boys cross country got first place at the Liberty Bell Invitational. The cross country team placed 2nd at State.

    Junior Behrod Keshtavar receved athlete of the week in the Denver Post for golf. Behrod Keshtavar, Max Clark and Jack Cavanagh qualified for the state golf tournament.

    Students Compete in Sports Outside of School: A number of Peak to Peak students competed at the local and national levels in a wide variety of sports, including wrestling, football, swimming, lacrosse, gymnastics, cheerleading, and others.

    CHARACTER & COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION

    “PUMA-PALOOZA” Creates school spirit! Peak to Peak’s first Puma Palooza Picnic took place on August 18, 2012 and was a big success and fun day of community building. This was an all volunteer organized event and will be a new tradition for Peak to Peak back to school.

    2013 OXFAM Hunger Banquet: The Peak to Peak community joined the fight against hunger, poverty, and social injustice. The key note speaker for the evening was Brendan Schwartz, the director of the Cameroon Development Fund. Funds raised went towards Oxfam, as well as for 2 students in Cameroon to attend college for a year!

    Turtles4Tots: Peak to Peak sixth grader Maia Drugmond was honored by the Young Americans Celebrating Young entrepreneurs for her fundraising efforts through her Turtles4Tots business. The event took place at the Center for Performing Arts in Denver on September 6 and was sponsored by the Young American Center for Finance Education. Maia took first place and was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a mentorship with a business executive. Maia donated $ 500.00 of her cash prize back to the Make a Wish Foundation, the organization that Turtles4Tots supports. So far Turtles4Tots has raised over $7,500 and granted one wish.

    Sister Carmen Center
    Peak to Peak families supported Sister Carmen with a very successful food drive. The K-12 total for cans/food was 6,293. Elementary school provided 3,760 cans/food, middle school with 945, and high school donated 1,587 cans/food. Sister Carmen expressed an enormous “Thank You” to the entire Peak to Peak community for the continued support of local families.

    FACULTY & STAFF RECOGNITION 

    Mr. Kurt Schaefer, Receives BVSD Impact Award: Mr. Kurt Schaefer, secondary science department chair, advanced placement chemistry teacher and speech and debate coach received an IMPACT on Education Award. Kurt is one of five recipients of the 2012/2013 IMPACT award in Boulder Valley, which is a lifetime achievement teaching and achievement recognition in the district. Kurt received a new iPad, a $500 cash award and a $1,000 check to advance science instruction at Peak to Peak. The annals of teaching history now mark four incredible educators in our school over the past four years to be recognized with an Impact award. We are honored to have you all as teachers, peers and friends at Peak to Peak.

    Mary Campbell, Finalist for School Counselor of the year! Mary Campbell, Peak to Peak High School Counselor was recognized as a 2012 School Counselor of the Year Finalist at the Professional Recognitions Dinner at the Annual CSCA Conference. Mary was chosen by the committee for the great work she is doing in school counseling.

    2012 Alum is 9Who Care November winner! Peak to Peak alumni Paige Jones has established a reputation for her dedication to projects in the community and the world. Taken from 9news: “While at Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, she cofounded a chapter of Invisible Children to raise awareness about human rights violations in central Africa. "My philosophy is that when presented with an issue - like global health and equality - we have a responsibility to do something about it," "I think I am super passionate about global health and equality and the fact that we can do something about it because people are dying of things that we can prevent," she said.” Paige attends University of Denver.

    Fundraising Accomplishments: The Peak to Peak Advancement Office along with volunteers organized the annual Gifts from the Heart Auction & Dinner Gala, “A Night at the Oscars” which grossed over $175,000—with $103,000 coming in for Gifts from the Heart specifically for IPADs in the classrooms. We also received numerous other valuable donations for instructional needs as well.

    The 10th annual Run for the Peak, “The Puma Challenge” was a great day celebrating teamwork and fitness throughout the school and raising more than $28,000. Thanks to the support of the Peak to Peak family of parents, faculty and our extended Peak to Peak community from all over the country!

    The Annual Gift Campaign, “Impacting Children’s Lives … One Gift at a Time” grossed more than $182,000 with a record amount of families choosing to give over time to the campaign.

    Grant and Foundation Awards to Peak to Peak: Peak to Peak was the recipient of several grants this year from a number of excellent grant making organizations including; Impact on Education Classroom Innovation, Opportunity Fund and Impact Award Grants, Intermec Foundations, Community Foundation, Jared Polis Foundation, John Duncan-Eye to Eye, Bright Communications, The City of Lafayette and the Broomfield Community Foundation. These grants made a number of programs possible from support for a safe after prom place for students, to at student mentoring program and for additional technology in the classroom and more! Peak to Peak is very grateful to these generous organizations.