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Peak to Peak Charter School - 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Sept. 3, 2010

I visited Peak to Peak Charter School on "College Day," the official kick-off to the college football season. I encouraged everyone at the Colorado Department of Education to wear their favorite college shirt or jersey to work. I wore my Kansas State T-shirt. Go Wildcats!

My visit to Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette began with a tour of the facilities. Led by an elementary, middle and high school student, these guides were impressive!

Our tour of the high school started with a visit to Ms. Quinlan's English class. The class was learning how to compose a paragraph. The exercise teaches annotation, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Following the tour, we headed to the football field for the ceremony and presentations. On a cool September morning, I couldn't think of anything better than celebrating 10 years of success with this school.

The band played and the all-school assembly brought out the entire school. This year's 2nd grade class will be the first class to start as kindergartners and graduate as seniors.

Following Executive Principal Anthony Fontana, Congressman Jared Polis and Elementary School Principal Noelle Roni was difficult. Especially Mr. Fontana leading with "Puma's Rock." School Board President Megan Holstein, co-founder Rhonda Kelly, Middle School Principal Suzanne Ovelman and High School Principal Kyle Mathews rounded out the speakers. The speeches were motivating and heart-felt, many comments about how the school has not just grown - it has thrived.

Alumna Christy (far left) got a standing ovation for her solo vocal performance of "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban. Speakers, friends, administrators and students gathered on stage after the ceremony for a group shot. Mr. Fontana's closing comments said it all,

"We are not a great school because of the field or facilities, we are a great school because we care about each other."

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