• How Did You Spend Your Spring Break?
    Spring Break

    Before we left for Spring Break, The Insider asked District 50 Employees to tell us about their special plans for their week away from the District. Many of you responded with stories ranging from weddings to exotic trips, to humanitarian projects and more.

    Everyone had a different story to share.

    Great spring weather called for wedding season as Hodgkins and Westminster Elementary’s office assistant April Lugo married her longtime boyfriend over the break. The wedding took place in Tulum, Mexico to a gorgeous view. The couple had been dating for 15 years and were high school sweet hearts.

    With spring being a time of renewal, it’s expected that new life be brought into the world. Westminster High School art teacher Michelle Music gave birth to baby Amelia Ruby Music. She was born March 27th at 8:59 p.m. Amelia weighed 6lbs 3oz and was 19 inches long and is beautiful. Although healthy, Amelia came 4 weeks earlier than expected. “She was so determined to get started on life, she got here a little early” said Jennifer Williams, a colleague and friend of Michelle’s. This is Michelle’s first child.

    Chris Williams, a business and computer science teacher at Westminster High School spent his spring break with his wife Kara in Roatán, Honduras. There they went scuba diving and saw lobsters, sea turtles, eels, barracudas, various fish, coral reef, seahorses, a nurse shark and “the largest puffer fish I’ve ever seen,” said Williams. On a boat tour, Chris was able to enjoy exotic local snacks and even pilot the ship himself (with a little help from the captain).

    Spring is also a great time to get out and get healthy, which is exactly what the Westminster High School girls’ soccer team did. The team spent a day at Red Rocks Amphitheatre running, climbing and hopping in what coach Teri Hutchinson called “a great team day”.

    The soccer team wasn’t the only sport that had fun over break. Sunset Ridge Tennis Club students were able to see the Denver Nuggets game on March 23. Invited by Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, the students attended the game and were able to chat with Danilo before the game as he introduced the students to his Nuggets teammates. Gallinari also told the students about his challenges in becoming an NBA player. The star arranged transportation, food and game tickets for the fourteen students and two adult chaperones from Sunset. As icing on the cake, the Denver Nuggets beat the Washington Wizards 105 to 102 in what Principal Roger Vadeen put as “a very exciting game”.

    While Spring break was a time of rest for many students, others used the time to accomplish goals outside of the classroom. Members of Westminster High School’s Latin American Student Association (LASA) attended the Peace Jam conference to present their Call to Action service project called “Education, Not Deportation”. The project proposed ways to assist undocumented graduates of Colorado with in-state tuition costs. The students presented their project to Nobel Peace Prize winner and Argentinian human rights activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel. Esquivel picked two of the students for a VIP lunch to discuss their work with him as well as ask questions.

    Students also got to work with Colorado State Senator Linda Newell to create a mural raising awareness of child abuse and neglect. This mural will be presented to the Colorado Senate. “The entire conference was incredible and the LASA group represented our school well,” said Westminster High School teacher and LASA co-sponsor, Jessica Rapp.

    One District 50 teacher made her spring break as special for others as she did for herself. Flynn Elementary Special Education Instructor Patricia Cabrera had the privilege of traveling to the mountain town of Cera alto, Guatemala over spring break to lend a hand to the local community. She helped build a home for a large family as well as help feed many hungry students. In the next Insider issue we will tell you more about Patricia’s adventure and the feats that she and her team accomplished.

    For pictures of these stories, take a look below.

    Summer break is coming quickly, and if you are planning something special with your time please let us know and we will share your story.

    Posted April 3, 2014