ACADEMIC RECOGNITIONPeak to Peak is #1 in Colorado
This year, US News and World Report has ranked Peak to Peak #64 on its "2016 List of the Best High Schools in the United States," and #1 in Colorado, which also merits a Gold Medal award! The review included 28,500+ schools, which their team whittled down by requiring each school to meet or exceed qualifications through a 4-stage review process. Methodology for the four stages includes:
- Performance on state testing in English and math
- Comparison of traditionally disadvantaged subgroups to statewide averages to see how all students are being served
Four-year graduation rate of at least 68%
- College readiness testing based on Advanced Placement participation rate, and pass rate according to participation (score of 3 or higher)
The US News and World list and report is published HERE.
The Washington Post also released its rankings by Jay Mathews' review of 22,000 schools for "America's Most Challenging High Schools in 2016." He placed Peak to Peak at #127 in the nation, and #2 in Colorado. The Challenge Index is composed of the following:
- Total number of AP tests (or IB and Cambridge tests offered), divided by total number of seniors graduating in a given year.
- He also includes a review of the College Board's Equity and Excellence rate, which is the percentage of all graduating seniors, including those who never took an AP course, who had at least one score of 3 or above on at least one AP test sometime in high school. The nonprofit College Board, which oversees the AP program, invented this metric.
The Washington Post list and report is published HERE.
While data collection and accuracy of the rankings is always something to consider (which impacts where the school is listed in a given year and over the years), it is nice to get confirmation and national media attention right here in Lafayette for our charter school. Congratulations to our students, families, staff members, and board for helping us sustain a tradition of excellence, year in and out.
Read the Denver Channel's coverage HERE.
Read the Westword's coverage HERE.
2016 Scholastic Art Awards: The following students earned National Medals in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers:
- Fiona Freeman-Grundei, Silver Medal in Writing
- Rebecca Shu, Gold Medal in Art
- Ashlyn Stahly, Silver Medal in Writing
- Sai kaushik Yeturu, Gold Medal in Writing
Their work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation. Nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted, and less than 1% were recognized at the national level. Students receiving top awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 2 and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City. We're proud to have these students represent our school in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.Brain Bowl Team advances to the State Championship: Peak to Peak's 7th grade Brain Bowl Team advanced to the State Championship Tournament. Congratulations to “The Army Ants”: Fareed Ahamad, Ethan Frank, Kokila Gunasinghe, Ayush Shekhar, and Luke Wolsko!
The Army Ants came in 12th in the state at the 2016 Optimist Brain Bowl on Saturday, February 20th.Ethics Bowl team takes 2nd at Utah Regional: In its inaugural year, Peak to Peak's Ethics Bowl team reached the finals of the Utah Regional competition. The team finished 2nd (out of 17 teams) and won an award for most collegial, as voted by other participants.Nine Students Win Regional Science Fair Awards: Nine Peak to Peak students received awards at the The Corden Pharma Regional Science Fair.
Regional Category Winners Junior Level
3rd Place - Animal Science
3rd Place - Chemistry
3rd Place - Engineering
2nd Place - Earth & Space Sciences
2nd Place - Environmental Sciences
2nd Place - Plant Science
Regional Category Winners Senior Level
Nicholas Finan and Tara Mensch
2nd Place - Chemistry
ISEF Special Awards
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of Naval Research - U.S. Navy/Marine Corps
Yale Science and Engineering Association
Office of Naval Research - U.S. Navy/Marine Corps
Ricoh Corporation Sustainable Development Award
Senior CSEF Qualifiers
(competing in state fair April 7-9)
Nicholas Finan and Tara Mensch
The following middle school students participated in the regional science fair at CU Boulder.
Jacob LeCarnerStudents Advance to 2016 State Championships for Speech & Debate
A record number of Peak to Peak students qualified to compete in the 2016 State Championships for Speech & Debate. Congratulations to:
Mayank Mishra &
The Best-In-State title is March 18-19 at Fort Collins High School.ARTS RECOGNITIONChamber Orchestra Wins at Music Festival: Peak to Peak's Chamber Orchestra won the 3A "Outstanding Chamber Orchestra" at the 91st annual Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival hosted by School District 51 and Colorado Mesa University.
"The festival highlighted more than 225 performances from middle school and high school ensembles from across Colorado and Utah."Peak to Peak's K-8 Art Show Winning Artworks: Click to View the SlideshowATHLETIC RECOGNITION
3A STATE CHAMPS!!! Congratulations to Peak to Peak's Boy's Varsity Golf Team who came home with the 3A State Championship, a first for Peak to Peak, and Sam Taylor, Peak to Peak junior, who won the individual championship.McConnell and Shults break Peak to Peak record: Quinn McConnell and Anna Shults competed in the Longmont Invitational in Lyons in March, 2016, running in the 800 meter run. Both girls ended up breaking the Peak to Peak school record! Quinn ran a personal best of 2:18 and Anna ran a personal best of 2:19.Morreale wins state championship: John Morreale, Peak to Peak sophomore, won the State Championship Gymnastics meet on March 12th in Steamboat Springs. He also attended the Regional Championship in April.CHARACTER AND SERVICE RECOGNITIONBrantmeyer Wins 2nd in American Citizens Contest: Preston Brantmeyer, Peak to Peak sophomore, was the 2016 National Level 2nd Place Winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizens Contest for the best Tenth Grade Community Service Project. His contest entry won the 1st Place DAR Colorado State Society Award, was sent to the Southwest Division and finally up to National for judging. The Community Service Project focused on helping the Denver Fisher House and raised $3,406.25 in donations, $135 in gift cards and wish list items valued at $150. In 2016, Preston served as the National Patriotic Education Chairman for the National Society Children of the American Revolution.FACULTY RECOGNITION
Christensen receives recognition for support of gifted students: Melissa Christensen, Elementary Principal, received recognition for her support of gifted elementary students at Peak to Peak from the Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented advocacy organization. Teachers, parents, and volunteers attended the event.Ms. French Receives Jared Polis Teacher Recognition Award: Christie French, first grade teacher at Peak to Peak, is one of 10 honorees who received a Jared Polis Foundation 2016 Teacher Recognition Award!
"The Jared Polis Foundation has been honoring Colorado public school teachers since 2002 through a program initially called Appreciating Educators (2002-2005) and then revised to the Teacher Recognition Awards (2006-ongoing). For the past nine years through the teacher recognition awards, the Jared Polis Foundation has honored 10 Colorado K-12 teachers each year who have demonstrated highly effective, results-oriented teaching and have proven to be compassionate, caring and dedicated to all of their students. Parents, peers, principals, students, and staff members have nominated teachers throughout the years. On average, JPF receives nearly 100 nominations each year, and the committee that reviews these nominations is impressed year after year by the hard work and ingenuity of the Colorado teacher nominees."
Ms. French received:
- $1,000 discretionary award
- $1,000 honoree-directed school grant
- A tablet of her choice
- A Glass Apple JPF Teacher Recognition 2016 Engraved Award