High School Play Set For Weekend
The Lake County High School (LCHS) Performing Arts Department announces their production of the enchanting musical “Into the Woods” to be performed this weekend April 26-28, 2019. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Scott Carroll, the performances will take place in the LCHS Performing Arts Center, adjacent to the school cafeteria.
For readers not familiar with the play, it takes everything you love about the classic Brothers Grimm literature and mixes it up for a modern-day stage presentation that brings theater-goers an epic fairytale about wishes, family, and life choices. All of the beloved storybook characters created by authors James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim are gathered together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece. Plus, you get to see your favorite Leadville students playing all the classic roles in this Tony Award-winning book and score which are sure to provide an evening of live theater that is both enchanting and touching.
“I am so proud of this entire team of people who are working hard to bring this challenging and rewarding production to Lake County,” said LCHS’s Artistic Director Scott Carroll. “Everyone is demonstrating an incredible work ethic and pouring their hearts into this endeavor.”
The cast and crew will be supporting musically by the Lake County High School Performing Arts Orchestra, a community-driven group of musicians. Tickets for the entire run of the production are currently on sale by calling 719-486-6950 or purchase them online HERE. Adult tickets are $12, senior tickets are $10, and child/student tickets are $8 until Thursday, April 25. Ticket prices will be $2 more at the door. Come, journey “Into the Woods” for this incredible piece of musical theatre.
“Don’t miss out on this beautiful production with remarkable talent!” concluded Carroll.
This school event is made possible with the support of the following businesses: Community Banks of Colorado REMAX Aspen Leaf Realty, Independence Realty, Centennial Real Estate, the Elks Lodge #236, Treeline Kitchen, City of Leadville, City on a Hill, S&A Excavating, Leadville Arts Coalition, the Lions Club, and Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad.
Spring Art Show Scheduled for May 3
In other school news, the annual Spring Art Show is scheduled for Friday, May 3. This district-wide show celebrates artwork from Lake County’s preschool through 12th-grade students. Art show coordinators and teachers, Amanda Good, Katie Anderson and Erin Farrow depend on amazing, generous volunteers to make this event happen, and this year will be no different. This is the art program’s only fundraiser, and it is how they raise the majority of the money used for art supplies.
Here’s how you can volunteer at the Spring Art Show
- The week leading up to May 3 show, after school: bringing artwork from the Lake County High School to Lake County Intermediate School.
- Day of Show, Friday, May 3
- Set Up from 8:15 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m.
- Clean Up after the show 8 – 9 p.m.
- During the Spring Art Show volunteers can help with activities including face painting, cake decorating, plant potting, Frosty Fruit machine, crafts, and more. You do not need to be artistic to help!
For more information, contact Erin Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-486-6838.
READ Act Redo
By Joyce Rankin, Colorado Board of Education
In 2012 the Colorado legislature passed the “Reading to Ensure Academic Development” Act (HB12-1238) which became known as the READ ACT. Key features of the act involved teaching Foundational Reading Skills or the Science of Teaching Reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency and reading comprehension. Teachers need to know and practice how to provide explicit, systematic instruction in all five of these essential components of early reading instruction. They are intentional and very specific, depending on an initial assessment of each child. It’s well recognized that each child learns at his own pace but knowing where to begin and how to progress is the key. Unfortunately, many teachers haven’t learned Foundational Reading Skills or the Science of Teaching Reading in their teacher preparation programs.
The progression of this teaching technique for every child in kindergarten through third grade has been proven to bring many students up to grade level successfully. While much emphasis is placed on students reading below or far below grade level, the scientific approach will develop those reading at or above grade level into more advanced readers. Every child should be exhibiting reading growth no matter where he/she begins in their initial assessments.
The READ ACT of 2012 laid the foundation for what was needed to advance K-3 students to read at grade level. After $230 million and seven years, only forty percent of our third graders are proficient based on third-grade reading scores.
The new READ ACT (SB 19-199) which is traveling through the legislature right now still supports the Foundational Skills and Science of Teaching Reading. The main difference is that the new bill adds accountability. After additional professional development, all K-3 teachers will be able to implement their new reading skills. There will be individual student monitoring, parent involvement, accountability for the taxpayer dollars invested in the program, and an outside evaluator to assess how the program is working.
Superintendent, Dave Ulrich, from Moffat County School District (MCSD), came to Colorado two years ago and worked with principals and teachers and quickly identified that there was not a uniform, evidence-based approach to reading in the district’s elementary schools. He understood the urgency and importance of getting teachers trained and improving the numbers of students proficient in reading by the end of third grade. He called the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and asked for help. Tracy Handy a CDE Senior Literacy Specialist visited the School District and worked with teachers to develop a plan. Over the semester, Tracy conducted seven reading trainings with all elementary teachers. MCSD then took a representative group of those teachers to use their new learning skills and identified an evidence-based resource for grades K-5. During that process, MCSD applied for and received a 3-year Early Literacy Grant which includes on-going, job-embedded professional development in reading for all elementary teachers.
I checked his test scores to verify what he was telling me. In 2017 the third graders in MCSD had a reading proficiency score of 26.8 percent. That means only 26.8 percent of third graders were reading at grade level which is well below the state average of 40 percent. The test scores in 2018 of these same students, now in fourth grade, is 50 percent, well above the state average.
Congratulations to MCSD and the hard work of the teachers and students.
Let’s all keep an eye on Senate Bill 199.
Joyce Rankin is on the State Board of Education representing the Third Congressional District, which includes Lake County. She writes the monthly column, “Across the Street” to share with constituents in the 29 counties she represents. The Department of Education, where the State Board of Education meets, is located across the street from the Capitol.