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FORT LUPTON HIGH SCHOOL

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER


FLHS exists to empower each student to become life-long learners through relevant learning experiences in order to meet the demands of a changing world. 

Core Values: Valuing & Investing in People; Teamwork; Integrity; Excellence

School Pride Can’t Hide

One of our goals this year is to increase student participation and pride in their school and community. In order for this to happen we engaged new technology to help students earn prizes for their class and themselves just by attending and participating in activities at FLHS. Our Student Government has actively engaged this technology to support a positive school climate and to increase participation in activities that create pride and participation.

 We Need You!

This year we have formed a School Accountability Committee or (SAC). The purpose of this committee is to provide parent input into the school improvement process. This will be an interactive committee that will meet just once per month. I am very excited about this opportunity as it is critical for our high school to get feedback and support from parents to make our school everything our community wants and needs. We face challenges that can only be fully explored and resolved with parent involvement. If you would like to be a member of this committee and make a difference for our school and our committee please contact Deb Oliver at doliver@weld8.org.

We will have a November SAC meeting to discuss our School Performance Framework from last year and share our Improvement plan to address student learning gaps. Please see the school website for details.

Celebrate our Student Government

 This year we wanted to work to increase the student voice in our school and so we engaged our student government to become a voice for students. Mr. Senseney and Mr. Simmers became the sponsors of the student Government class and they are working to fundamentally change how students engage and lead at Fort Lupton High School. This has been an amazing transformation and students are actively taking leadership roles in the school and they are working to improve our school culture. The entire Student Government was recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 28th this year. Congratulations!

Counseling Office News

Fort Lupton College Application Day on October 16th.  Many students completed applications and continued into the evening after they learned how to complete those dreaded common applications.  Special appreciation to AIMS, CSU, and Gear Up for chipping in to helping students through the process.


Math Department News

The math department would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students about the importance of practicing, studying and applying their new-found math skills that they’re acquiring in their math classes. It is important for students to practice their math skills on a nightly basis. Remember, if a student does not have a specific homework assignment, they can use their time rereading and annotating their notes, reworking example problems from class, watching YouTube videos over a new topic, etc. Even if a student spends ten minutes at night reviewing the math topic from that day, they are going to be much better off remembering the topic, steps/procedures, vocabulary, application, and much more of newly-learned topics. Parents and guardians, please help your student remember the importance of this process in order to help them stay caught up with their math and further their understanding of each new topic. We appreciate your support with this!  


As a reminder, we offer math tutoring on Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 2:30-3:15 and the library offers a free online tutoring program (information in the graphic above) through their website. Please contact one of the math teachers at the high school if you have any questions regarding either of these options or general information about your student.


English Language Arts Department

The ELA Department is continuing to implement our new curriculum UnboundEd. We are reading a diverse selection of both fiction (including drama, poetry, short stories, and novel excerpts) and nonfiction (letters, articles, essays) about a diverse array of cultures. Students are learning to support their answers with text-based claims and evidence.


Engineering

Students in Mr. Raedeke's Principles of Engineering class are studying electronic devices and learning how to program them with code. They're using the Micro:bit a small programmable chip made by the BBC that features programmable LEDs, a compass, accelerometer, and programmable outputs. The device mimics many of the features that are present in modern cell phone technology.

Using Microsoft MakeCode, students are programming the chip to accept user input like button presses to generate simple programs. "I like the Micro:bit because I can easily make cool interactive games on it using code," said sophomore engineering student Zeke Strange. Later in the project, students will be advancing their skills by using the Micro:bit to automate the movement of a robot. "I've really enjoyed the student engagement on this project," said Mr. Raedeke, "learning to code is a very 'lifeworthy' skill in today's job market."

 

Link Crew

This past month our Link Crew read to preschool classes at Twombly Elementary.  Link crew created a goal to spread literacy throughout our district for their class volunteer requirements.  


World Language

Mrs. Balderrama’s and Ms. Garcia’s Spanish classes have been focusing on México as a year long cultural theme. Since the start of the semester, we have learned about such things as: Mexican history (conquering of the Aztecs), Independence, the capital, and cultural topics ranging from the history of Mariachi music, Día de la Raza, and tourism. Students have had many opportunities to learn through various language modes: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and observing. Currently students will be researching a state in México to present to their class and we will be discussing Día de los Muertos. 


Las clases de Español de las profesoras Balderrama y García se han enfocado en un tema sobre México como unos estudios culturales que van a durar todo el año. Desde el principio del semestre hemos aprendido sobre unos temas como: la historia de México (la conquista de los Aztecas), la Independencia, la capital y temas culturales como la historia de la música Mariachi, el Día de la Raza y el turismo. Los estudiantes han tenido muchas oportunidades para aprender por medio de varios modos de lenguaje como la lectura, la escritura, escuchar, hablar y observar. Como siguiente los estudiantes van a buscar información de un estado mexicano para presentar a sus clases y van a discutir el Día de los Muertos. 


Athletics


This October has been a busy one for the Fort Lupton Bluedevil athletics programs. We held PinkOut nights for all of our sports and have already raised over $1,000 in funds for the “Be the Hope” scholarship that benefits Fort Lupton High School students that have been impacted by Cancer in their lives. In addition to PinkOut night our Girls Volleyball team held their 2nd Annual First Responder event where they invited all of our First Responders to join us at our home game on October 17th and they definitely showed up in full force, which propelled our girls to a 3-0 sweep of the Arvada Bulldogs that night. 


Our Boys Soccer team has also qualified for the 3A State tournament and will be hosting a State playoff game on Halloween night at 6 PM, the opponent is yet to be determined but the Bluedevils are currently ranked 14th and will be playing the 18 seed. Our boys are 12-2-1 and are coming off a tie versus Skyview who is currently ranked 3rd in 4A. They are looking for everyone’s support at the game on Thursday October 31st game time is 6 PM.

Our Girls Softball team finished their season 16 – 7 and ranked 14th in the RPI which was good enough to qualify them for the State Regional tournament where they were able to beat Delta to advance the 3A State Tournament this past Friday.  They battled the defending 3A State Champion Strasburg Indians for 3 solid innings, going into the fourth inning down 3-2, when the Indians then seized control with a big inning ending the Bluedevils season at the State tournament. This was the 3rd straight tournament appearance for our softball program and they are a young team with an extremely bright future. 


Fort Lupton also was able to qualify one runner to the 3A State Cross Country meet in Colorado Springs at the Norris Penrose course. Senior Antonio Marquez took 4th in the State Regional qualifier and is looking for a top five finish at State.

 

The Football team under the direction of Coach Duff have suffered several injuries and bumps this season but they have remained positive and we continue to see a lot of young guys improving and preparing for the future. The Change is real and the Bluedevils continue to battle every week, they will wrap up their season at home on Friday November 1st versus the Valley Vikings at 7 PM.

 

Our Cheer team also hosted 2 youth events. One for the Boys and Girls club which performed at our home volleyball game and also our Kids Cheer camp that performed before out Thursday night football game vs Sterling. Coach Green and team are working hard to prepare for their league event

Winter sports are right around the corner and the Winter Sports parent meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Thursday November 14th Please plan to attend for important information for Boys and Girls Basketball as well as Boys and Girls Wrestling.

Please check out the fortluptonathletics.com website for up to date schedules and times. You can also follow all of our athletic programs and activities at @FLHS_Athletics.

 

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