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DESCRIPTIONAdams City High School publishes a newsletter once a month to let our parents and our community know what is going on at ACHS and what is ahead for our school. This edition includes stories about Colorado Construction Career Days, Eagle Street, Boys Soccer and more!
Fifteen ACHS students attended Colorado Construction Career Days (CCCD) on September 24, 2014, at the Adams County Fairgrounds. CCCD provides hands-on learning experiences for juniors and seniors who are interested in careers in construction. We want to expose great jobs in the design, engineering and construction industry to students, said Terry Kish, chair of CCCD. The program, now in its 12th year, started in Colorado Springs, and draws students from all over the state. Five girls and ten boys, all juniors and seniors, attended CCCD this year. One great thing about construction is that its an opportunity industry, with great opportunities for both men and women, said Kish. Each ACHS student crafted a
pencil holder/photo frame, engaged in teamwork activities to build bridges out of toothpicks, and designed complex structures with minimal materials. The students spent the afternoon outside operating heavy equipment including scissor lifts, backhoes, tractors, compactors and more. The best part of the day was watching the students on the heavy equipment, said Adam Nelson, construction/carpentry
teacher at ACHS. Many were timid and nervous, but they all came away with smiles on their faces once they realized they actually could run those pieces of heavy machinery. The students networked with
industry professionals in construction, plumbing, heavy machinery, alternative material construction, hazardous materials, building code enforcement and many more. They also learned about trade schools, colleges and apprenticeship programs in the construction industry. An event like this is hugely important because we want to get the word out to young people that there are great careers
in the construction industry, said Toni Milo, executive director of the Colorado Contractors Association. Not every kid needs to or wants necessarily to go to a traditional 4-year college. We appreciate the support of the schools being out here and helping us get the word to the young people about all of their options.
Adams City High SchoolNewsletter
November 2014 7220 Quebec Parkway, Commerce City, CO 80022 303-289-3111
Hands On Learning at Construction Career Days
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Nov. 10 - MCJROTC Air Rifle Range Dedication, 3 p.m.
Nov. 17 - Lemonade with Mrs. Lynch, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8 p.m.
Nov. 24-28 - Thanksgiving Break (Schools Closed)
October and November are college application months. Our goal is to get all seniors at ACHS to apply to at least two colleges. We know that students who go to college are more likely to be employed and on average make a million dollars more during their lifetime than students who do not. During Application Week, Oct. 13-18, over 300 applications were filled out by our students for the following schools: CSU, CU-Boulder, UNC, Metro State College, Front Range Community College, Community College of Denver and Community College of Aurora.
Upcoming Application Events:Nov. 12 College Application Workshop (7th period)Nov. 18 CSU Pueblo Application DayNov. 19 Fort Hayes Application DayNov. 19 College Application Workshop (7th period)
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Here at ACHS we try our best to do discipline with justice and mercy. It is our goal that our environment is one of education and structure, keeping in mind that we all, at one time, were kids too. The Principles of Restorative Justice guide our discipline philosophy at ACHS.
Principles of Restorative Justice Crime is injury. Crime hurts individual victims,
communities, and offenders and creates an obligation to make things right.
All parties should be a part of the response to the crime, including the victim if he/she wishes, the community, and the offender.
The victims perspective is central to deciding how to repair the harm caused by the crime.
Accountability for the offender means accepting responsibility and acting to repair the harm done.
The community is responsible for the well-being of all its
members, including both victim and offender.
All human beings have dignity and worth.
Restoration repairing the harm and rebuilding relationships in the community is the primary goal of restorative justice.
Results are measured by how much repair was done rather than by how much punishment was inflicted.
Crime control cannot be achieved without active involvement of the community.
The restorative justice process is respectful of age, abilities, sexual orientation, family status, and diverse cultures and backgrounds whether racial, ethnic, geographic, religious, economic, or other and all are given equal protection and due process.
If you have additional questions about discipline at ACHS, call 303-289-3111 and ask to speak to a dean.
-Ms. Perez, Mr. Bustos & Mr. Dunson
More than 500 families came to the annual Eagle Street safe trick-or-treat event at ACHS on October 29. Student clubs, athletic teams and community groups hosted tables where kids played games, had their face painted and collected sweet treats. The recently refurbished student store sold ACHS merchandise. Hosted by the Student Board of Education, this years event far exceeded attendance expectations. The students and staff are excited to make next years event even better for the community! (see more photos: www.facebook.com/ACHSEagles)
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Q&A with Kyle LauchmanOriginally from the East Coast, Kyle Lauchman thought he wanted to be an en-gineer. He spent a year working as a civil engineer in New York City before he decided teaching was a better fit. Lauchman left his desk job, served in Ameri-Corps for two years, completed his masters in education and is now in his second year teaching math at ACHS.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?Kyle Lauchman (KL): The freedom to run your own class-room and come up with your own ideas. While its very struc-tured, theres a lot of freedom to do different things and to see what the students come up with. We just did a project where the kids made chairs out of card-
board and one of the kids made a toilet. Its awesome!
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of teaching?KL: Accommodating the differ-ent levels of teaching, not just content, but language. Fortu-nately, so many students here are bilingual. I pair them up that way. I find someone who is rela-tively strong in the subject who is also bilingual and pair them with English Language Learners. Theyre constantly working in groups so they learn from each other. They bridge the language gap far better than I do.
What are your goals for this year?KL: I want to complete my classroom website. My pre-calc class uses it almost every single
day. Id like to get my algebra class to use it more. One way I want to do that is by imple-menting online discussions where my students have to answer response questions and ask each other questions in an online forum.
You are one of the soccer coaches at ACHS. Can you tell me a little about your season this year?KL: Even with how young the players are the core group being juniors we started off in the top 10 in the state. There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to be successful this year. I was utterly con-vinced that we were going to have a deep playoff run before the season even started. Unfor-tunately, we hit a few bumps within conference, which gave us a tougher seed, but they played their hearts out in that last game and played really, really well. Im just as excited for next year because we keep so many of the same players.
What do you want everyone to know about our school and our students?KL: I would love to highlight so many of the accomplishments that our students do have, both academically and outside of the academic world. The creativ-ity throughout the school is immense. But I think also, one thing that doesnt get highlighted enough and one thing that theyre
intensely proud of is their close-knit community and the support that they lend one another. There are so many students that just constantly rush to help other students. That, I think, doesnt get celebrated enough.
What do you like to do for fun?KL: I play on three soccer teams. I ski every weekend. I like to hike, camp and play golf. I play board games and video games from time-to-time, and I hang out with my dog.
What are your favorite places to go in Commerce City?KL: Rico Pollo, Tacos y Salsas, the soccer field and the soccer complex, and the Rocky Moun-tain Arsenal/National Wildlife Refuge.ACHS played Boulder High School in the first round of the 5A State Tour-
nament. An early goal put the Eagles ahead, 1-0. Boulder tied the game 1-1 before halftime. Boulder scored again with 17 minutes remaining and held the lead for the rest of the game, capturing a 2-1 win over ACHS. The Eagles finished their season with a 10-5-1 record.
Flu season is just around the corner! There is no way to predict in advance how severe flu activity will be so prevention is the best strategy to stay healthy. The single best way to avoid getting influenza is to get vaccinated each year. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older, who do not have a contraindication to the vaccine. Most health insurance companies (including Medicaid) cover the cost of getting a flu vaccine so families with health insurance can go to your in-network health care provider to receive a vaccine at no cost. Many pharmacies will bill your insurance and not charge a fee for flu vaccine (check with your local pharmacy). If you are uninsured, or your insurance wont cover vaccines, or you have Medicaid or Child Health Plan
Plus (CHP+), you can call Tri-County Health Department at 303-451-0123 to be vaccinated in one of their clinics. You can also visit http://flushot.healthmap.org to find flu shot clinics near you. If your child is enrolled in a Kids First Health Center at Adams City Middle School, Kearney Middle School, or Adams City High School, your child can get a flu shot there. Contact your childs health center to request the vaccination. Limited availability so first come, first served. Your child can also get a flu shot during the Kids First Health Care Walk-in Shot Clinic on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm if your child is between 4 and 18 years old. No appointment is necessary. For further information, call 303-289-1086. The Commerce City Walgreens, Walmart, and King Soopers are two other sources for flu shots.
1. Eat Healthy Fish - Fatty fish like salmon, and white fish like cod and bassis high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have several powerful benefits.
2. Watch Out for Weekends Too - If you maintain healthy habits over the weekend, you wont spend the beginning of your week making up for bad choices.
3. Enjoy Your Friends - Socializing releases oxyto-
cin, a chemical that can help combat stress hormones and lower your blood pressure.
4. Manage Your Tech Life Consider if that text or time in front of the TV is necessary to keep your life afloatif not consider doing something more productive like cooking a healthy dinner.
5. Eat Smarter - Try to stick to 3 grams of fat per serving (or per 100 calories). And fiber is your fulfilling friend.
5 HealtHy HabitS with Krista Farver, P.E. Teacher
1. Put on your seat belt, and make sure all your passen-gers buckle up.
2. Avoid distracted driving by not talking on your cellphone or sending text messages.
3. For emergency use, pull off the road before answering your phone or texting.
4. Dont drive with small children or even small teen-age friends as passengers in a front seat that has a passen-ger-side air bag.
5. Dont drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking.6. Call parents or friends to take you home if you need a ride.
Stay Safewith Officer Castillo & Officer Blevins
Driving Safety Tips
rtAlondra Lerma, Class of 2016
All editions of the ACHS Newsletter are available on the school website: adamscityhigh.adams14.org
Elvis Parra, Class of 2016
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