8th Grade Junior
By Anna Clayborn
On February twenty-fourth, the entire eighth grade class took a field trip to American Furniture Warehouse. Back behind the sofas, beds, and chairs lies the Junior Achievement Finance Park. When they arrived, the eighth graders were given a quick introduction to the Finance Park. The Finance Park was set up like a little town with businesses that represented all of the needs and wants of life. After their introduction, all of the students were assigned a tablet. Each tablet generated a random life situation for the student. The students rotated around the businesses and learned what each service or plan entailed. For example, they learned about the costs of health insurance and the two sides of the stock market. They all took a quick break for lunch, and then they were back to the tablets. In this session, the students budgeted their individual monthly earnings and then bought items from all the different businesses within their budget. All of the students learned lots of new information on budgeting and paying taxes. Avery L (8th Grade) liked “the interactive component of the day.” Overall it was a fun and educational day.
You can find more photos of this event on the Photos page.
Permanent Middle School
By Avery LeBlanc
Mrs. Gustafson has been the middle school interim principal during the 2015-2016 school year, and has recently been hired as our permanent middle school principal. She applied for the job in January, and was interviewed on the Thursday before our four day weekend in February. She soon was appointed as the permanent middle school principal. Mrs. Gustafson had some tough competitors for the position, but since she has done such a great job with the middle school this year, she stood out from the other applicants. We are SO happy to have her here!
Festival of Cultures
By Anjana Mallya
The Festival of Cultures is an annual event where we celebrate the diversity of cultures amongst Flagstaff families. In this event, families and friends of Flagstaff students, set up tables representing their country and sometimes even put on a performance. This year the countries that were represented were: Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka, Ukraine. There were three performances at this event: Amerikick - Martial Arts with weaponry, Irish Dancing with Flagstaff Students Fionna, Ivy, Lela and Maggie (2nd graders), and Bollywood dancing with Flagstaff Students Anjana and Meghna (7th), and Krishna.
By Chelsea Bandi
On February 25th, fourteen 8th graders travelled to the Omni Interlocken Hotel & Conference Center to perform for the Colorado League of Charter Schools Conference. The students played eight different songs, all of different genres and styles, and did a fantastic job. Congratulations to all the eighth graders and participated in the performance! Also thank you to Mr. Granger and Mrs. Gustafson for arranging this opportunity and giving all their support to the group!
Middle School March 2nd
By Maedee Trank-Greene
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Staff Reporters: Chelsea Bandi, Julea Trank-Greene, Anjana Mallya, Mason Nieberger, Natasha Terekhova, Adena Stein, Avery LeBlanc, Samrawit Dishon, Siddhartha Bhushan, Maedee Trank-Greene