January 2020The following band students' extraordinary efforts and talents earned them spots in several prestigious honor bands at the Colorado state level.Four high school students earned spots in this year's 2021 Colorado All-State Bands. Out of about 800 auditions from across the state of Colorado, the following Peak to Peak student earned the following spots:Juniors Sophie Steven - Tenor Saxophone & Sartaj Singh - Alto Saxophone, were selected for the All-State Symphonic Band.Senior, Madison Lin - Alto Sax, & sophomore, Vasilisa Malenkiy - Clarinet, were selected for the All-State Concert Band.Selected for this year's CU Middle School Honor Band was 7th grader, Jacque Steven on trombone. Jacque secured first chair position of all trombonists earning spots in the CU Middle School Honor Band.
Andrew Woen (12th grade) was named as one of the top 300 scholars in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search—"the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors."In recognition of this achievement, Andrew will receive $2,000, and Peak to Peak will also receive $2,000 to use toward STEM-related activities.
Jonah Baxter (7th grade) is our second quarter Pumas for the Planet winner! His nomination letter says it all!
"My name is Dr. Kim Skattum. Three years ago with retirement on the horizon, a friend and I started a little bike shop in my garage. We named it More Better Bikes. Our mission is to make bike riding possible and more better for anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Over very little time the requests for bikes and repairs began to soar. We built a small building in my backyard and moved the shop there. This past January we had the amazing fortune of meeting Jonah Baxter. At 11 years old Jonah quickly impressed me. I have never met a kid with as much passion, excitement, and expertise in all things biking then I have in Jonah. He is a valuable asset to the mission of our shop and contributes to its forward movement every day.
Here's why I'm nominating Jonah Baxter, Grade 7:
Biking is healthy and earth-friendly on many levels. In our pursuit to take in donated bikes, we refurbish repair, and fine-tune the good frames and make them available at low or no cost. Many of our customers depend on a bike for transportation. Some are reducing car use in favor of commuting on a bike. Others are looking for the joy and freedom of riding a good bike.
Jonah Baxter is a fiercely dedicated team member of More Better Bikes. He researches and looks for solutions to bike issues never accepting an inferior option. He is committed to serving customers, listening to their concerns, and addressing their problems. He uses his vast knowledge of bikes, parts, and functions to repair anything set before him.
He is a fun and inspiring part of the shop and the team. Jonah embodies our mission with enthusiasm and hard work. He is an amazing volunteer. Jonah is always on board for helping out with the twice-yearly community Bike give-a-ways. He gets his hands dirty using his skills many hours a week helping people with bike needs which keeps the shop on a mission.
Now Jonah is 12 and the youngest member of our team by 2 years. In spite of that, he never lets anyone look down on him because of his youth. He knows his stuff, he's a lot of fun and he deserves to be nominated for Pumas For The Planet award.
Dr. Kim Skattum"
Speech and Debate team members advanced to the "Top 32" in the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF): Bryce Li (11th grade), Bronwyn Busby (11th grade), Alvina Zhang (11th grade), and Nivedita Prabhu (11th grade).
December 2020Ms. Kristie Letter, Innovation teacher at Peak to Peak, was named as a finalist for the National Society of High School Scholars 2020 Educator of the Year award! "The Educators of the Year Award is presented annually to exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life. These awardees model best practices in teaching or administration inside and outside of the classroom, are peer role models, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education."Paris Kiehl, Sophie Kiehl, Julietta Rozin, and Cailin Smith (all 12th grade) truly are Enigma Experts. This amazing HS team placed 6th overall in the InteGIRLS global puzzle hunt competition. They had a lot of fun problem-solving 20 challenging mathematical and word puzzles together. The puzzles came in many different forms; the only real commonality is that you usually receive no direct instructions, so it’s up to you to figure out how to make sense of the information you’re given. The Fall 2020 event drew hundreds of teams from close to 50 countries/territories.
Andrew Woen (12th grade) continues to receive accolades for his invention "ReDetect Recycle." He was named a Top 10 Finalist for the fall 2020 Innovator Competition sponsored by the Jacobson Institute at the University of Iowa.
Peak to Peak has 2 Coca-cola semi-finalists: Fareed Ahamad and Andrew Woen.From the scholarship website:"1,609 high school seniors have been selected from 99,403 submitted applications from across the country to advance to the next stage of our selection process!"
Allison Beasley (12th grade), with a PR of 17:45:93, earned All-American status at the RunningLane National Cross Country Championships in Huntsville, AL.
Alessandra Wilson (4th grade) was chosen as a winner of the Colorado "Experience Your Nature" Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest."Ms. Wilson’s essay exemplified this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree theme, “Experience Your Nature,” which prompted students to share how they’ve spent time outside in Colorado during this challenging year and why the state’s forests are important to them. She writes of her time spent with family in Poudre Canyon, Telluride, and Breckenridge throughout the year, and the feeling of freedom that is brought by breathing freely in nature... Upon hearing the news of her award, Alessandra said "Thank you so much, I wrote this from the heart."
Speech and Debate team members advanced to the "Top 64" in the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF): Bryce Li (11th gradE), Bronwyn Busby (11th grade), Alvina Zhang (11th grade), and Nivedita Prabhu (11th grade)!
"Sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, the IPPF is the first and only competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.
The competition begins in October, as teams submit qualifying round essays on the IPPF topic. The Top 64 teams are invited to engage in a single elimination, written debate tournament — volleying essays back and forth via email. The top eight teams earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City!
This international contest is open to all schools - public and private - for free. Teams compete for awards and scholarships. The IPPF World Champion wins a $10,000 grand prize!"
Mr. Eckstein recently acquired two grants that will benefit our library program! First, he received $2,000 from the Voya Unsung Hero Award. This grant will support our QR Code Museum when we eventually return to in-person learning by creating a flexible teaching space in the library. This will allow us to have whole class debriefs and discussions about the QR Code Museum tours. We will also be able to use this space for book talks and other whole-class experiences in the library. When it is not being used by a class, students will get to enjoy this comfortable and fun new furniture to read, study, play games, and talk with friends.
Second, he received $750 from the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC) to bring three guest poets to school (virtually) for a performance and Q&A panel. In the next couple of months, students and staff can look forward to more information about which poets will be coming and when.Allison Beasley (12th grade) signed to run at Western Colorado University next year.
October 2020Peak to Peak's National Honor Society inducted 35 new members in the fall of 2020.Peak to Peak's National Junior Honor Society inducted 91 new members in the fall of 2020.Oliver Pollock and Peter Trainor, Class of 2020, were encouraged to enter "The Game Plan Challenge" in Mrs. Letter's Senior Literature Class during the spring 2020 semester. Six months later, Oliver and Peter received a letter from the President of the Hard Rock Cafe, congratulating them on their 1st place public service announcement, out of over 16,000 entries, on the effects of video games on teenagers - addiction. They won more that $2500 in gifts including Hard Rock Cafe Electric guitars, case, strap, Fender bluetooth speakers, Skullcandy ear buds, hoodies and t-shirts. Click here to view their video entry.
Congratulations to our fall sports athletes! Way to go, Pumas!Softball:Jamie Rader- Denver Metro Senior of the Year/ 1st Team Pitcher, BoCo Preps All-Region TeamAlyssa Alvarez- Denver Metro 1st Team Outfield, BoCo Preps All-Region TeamAlena Carpenter- Denver Metro 1st Team CatcherKelsey O'Dowd- Denver Metro 1st Team InfieldIsabelle Entin- Denver Metro 2nd Team OutfieldPeyton Larsen- Denver Metro 2nd Team InfieldBoys Golf:Aditya Malhorta- Metro League Honorable Mention/ BOCO All-Region HWWilliam Mitchell- Metro League Honorable Mention/ BOCO All-Region HWXC:Allison Beasley- 3rd in 3A State/ Metro League 1st TeamRyan Kuykendall- Metro League 2nd Team
September 2020Allison Beasley (12th grade) finished in 3rd Place finish at the 2020 State Cross Country Championships.
Click here to read the article.Allison Beasley (12th grade) took 1st place and Ryan Kuykendall (12th grade) finished in 9th place at the Regional Cross Country Finals. Both athletes have qualified for the State Cross Country Meet next weekend in Colorado Springs. The girls' team finished in 4th place and boys' team finished in 5th place.Click here to learn more
Five of our award-winning innovation students joined Ms. Letter on the EdChat Interactive podcast on October 13th.
Peak to Peak Charter won "Best Public School (K-8) for the City of Lafayette" in this year's Best of Boulder East County reader's survey published by Weekly: Boulder.
Peak to Peak's U.S. Government teacher Meghan Lukens was interviewed in this linked story by 9News about voter registration efforts and the work happening on our campus to engage young voters.
Click on the links below to see a list of students who made Peak to Peak's honor roll for the Fall Semester, 2020.The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC) has awarded two Peak to Peak teachers with grants to complete exciting projects.LCAC awarded our Innovation teacher, Ms. Kristie Letter, $1000 to create Makerpacks - backpacks full of prototyping and design supplies so that ALL students can do hands-on innovating at home. We will be ordering backpacks and filling them with materials so that our students can put their design thinking into tangible form! The Makerpack resources will then serve as an "Innovation Library" when we are back in person, so that students can always check out necessary supplies to design solutions after the school day is over, ensuring equity in innovation. These backpacks will be distributed to all ninth graders this year, starting with the new semester.In addition, LCAC has also awarded another $1,000 for Ms. Colleen Mylott, our theater and performing arts teacher for a Theatre Production Video Recording Project to be implemented this school year.
Several Spanish students from Peak to Peak attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2020 National Spanish Examinations.Madelyn Baldwin (8th grade) - Bronce ( bronze)Maren Bradley (8th grade) - Oro ( gold)Alexandra Eschmeyer (8th grade) - Honor ( honorable mention)Lola Graves (8th grade) - Plata ( silver)Lindsey Liu (8th grade) - Bronce ( bronze)Tyler Roy (8th grade) - Bronce ( bronze)“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 140,000 students registered in 2020.”The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Peak to Peak's Cross Country team competed in the 3A Metro League championships. The boys' team placed 9th overall and were led by Ryan Kuykendall (12th grade) who has received 2nd Team All Conference recognition.The girls' team placed 6th overall and were led by Allison Beasley (12th grade) who won the race with a time of 19:25 and has received 1st Team All Conference recognition.
The Peak to Peak Boys Tennis team ended their season with a strong finish at the regional tournament. The #3 doubles team took 3rd place and the #4 doubled team finished in 2nd and qualified for the state tournament. Owen Hinrichs (12th grade) and Caleb Harris (10th grade) will compete in the Boys 4A State Tennis Tournament.
Click here to read the article.
The Peak to Peak Boys Golf Team competed in the 3A State Regional tournament on Monday this week. William Mitchell (12th grade) led the team with a solid performance and a personal top 10 finish. Overall, the team finished in 4th place. Congratulations to William, Aditya Malhotra (12th grade), George Grady (9th grade), and Raseesh Bhandari (9th grade). William and Aditya have qualified for the state tournament, and Raseesh finished a three-hole playoff to earn a 1st Alternate position.
Andrew Woen (12th grade) has published a single from start to finish. He composed, sang, played all the instruments, recorded, produced, and published the song all on his own!
Link to his music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=WO4Q-hY-ZUg August 2020Siddharth Nareddy (9th grade) and Anjana Radha (9th grade) have been selected as two of the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS® National Competition. This honor places them among a select group of 300 MASTERS named from 3,476 entrants throughout the United States."The Broadcom MASTERS seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators to solve the grand challenges of the 21st Century. 30 finalists will be chosen from this select pool to compete for more than $100,000 in awards and prizes."
In the spring of 2020, the Peak to Peak Key Club led our student body in the Soles4Souls Shoe Drive. While the pandemic put a pause on the project and the results weren't tabulated until August, the school community collected 509 pairs of shoes! To understand the impact, it is helpful to know that one pair of shoes can provide 5 meals; 20 pairs of shoes can provide shelter for about a year; and 30 pairs of shoes can provide a year’s worth of schooling.
Andrew Woen (12th grade) presented his Recycling Device and Mobile Application at the Summit for Recycling Conference hosted by Recycle Colorado. The annual Summit for Recycling is a conference and exhibition that brings together businesses and organizations dedicated to the principles of the circular economy and material waste reduction, recovery and diversion. Andrew was given a limelight time slot that immediately followed the Governor.
Sophie Steven (rising 11th grader) has been recognized as an honorable mention winner the nationally sponsored 2020 Kaplun Foundation essay contest. Additionally, she was invited to serve on the prestigious Kaplun Teen Foundation Board where the top essayists get to help allocate other foundation funds to non-profits.
Peak to Peak high school artists won the most photography and digital art awards possible from any school for the Art Attack 2020 Exhibition. Aiyana Rockwell (Class of 2020) received a second place award for her piece titled "Arcade."
An online gallery of the winners can be seen here: https://www.artattackboulder.com/
Congratulations to the following students: Maguerite Ford (Class of 2020), Isabelle Pollock (Class of 2020), Katie Perez (Class of 2020), Amelia Schantz (Class of 2020), Thad Krusinski (Class of 2020), Taylor Johnson (Class of 2020), Ella Junker (rising 12th grader), and Taya Kendrick (rising 12th grader).
Meredith Rupe (Class of 2020) and Anna Sparling (Class of 2020) each received an honorable mention in Cooper Hewitt's 2020 National High School Design Competition for the work they created in the Communication Innovation Honors course. Nineteen designs were selected for the honor, and Meredith's and Anna's projects were two of them! A total of three finalists will be selected from the field of nineteen. The winner will have the opportunity to travel to New York City in October, to attend the Teen Design Fair. The theme of this year's challenge focused on inclusiveness.