Schools share Points of Pride for the '17-18 School Year

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 12:30pm

School achievements highlighted by level

The following list of school achievements was compiled by schools that submitted a point of pride for the May issue of the Five Star Journal. 


Arapahoe Ridge

  • Recipient of the Playworks Golden Ball for its excellent implementation of structures and routines outlined by the Playworks Recess Program.
  • Fifth-grade student, Addison Ginthe, is the proud recipient of the Westminster Citizen of the Year Award for her volunteer work with A Precious Child. Addison has positively impacted so many people throughout the community and continues to amaze those around her with her kindness, generosity, compassion, dedication, motivation, and leadership skills.
  • Currently in the middle of a 12-classroom expansion that will help eliminate mobile classrooms and allow for the expansion of preschool.

Coronado Hills

  • Celebrated students' reading growth in their OSCAR themed literacy night. Over 400 members of the community joined in the celebration.
  • Rated as a ‘Performance’ school by the Colorado Department of Education due to its high student growth in academics. 
  • At the Hispanic Advisory Council Awards, the school's Family Liaison, Anthony Velasquez, and fourth-grade student, Adan Holguin Covarrubias, both received awards of distinction for their hard work and dedication.

Cotton Creek

  • Celebrated the 20th year of performing the National Anthem at the Coors Field –a recurring invitation from the Colorado Rockies organization due to the high quality performance and student participation.
  • The community continues to support staff and students enthusiastically through social gatherings, celebration of learning nights, parent teacher conferences and PTA financial support.

Coyote Ridge

  • Raised over $29,000 at the Coyote Ridge Boosterthon Fun Run this spring, and was able to make a large technology purchase resulting in Chromebooks in every classroom 2nd through 5th grade. 


  • Home to the Hispanic Advisory Council Classified Employee of the Year, Silvia Solis. Additionally, Becky Cuevas, was nominated for Certified Employee of the Year.
  • Elementary winner of the 2018 ReNew our Schools Energy Challenge resulting in an $8,000 prize.
  • Proud of community partnerships with Crossroads Church and the Northglenn Police Department.


  • Fourth- and fifth-grade choir performed the play, “Pirates,” for the Sunny Acres Nursing Home, as well as the Ashley Manor Memory Care Center.
  • For the school's Earth Day celebration, students collected spare change, raising money to purchase a tree for the school.  The tree was planted by Leroy's Student Leadership and dedicated to the departing fifth-grade students.
  • The culminating event for fifth-grade studnets in the IB Primary Years Programme, participate in a project known as the Exhibition. Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.


  • Principal Justina Carney was recognized by the Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC) as Principal of the Year, while the school’s family liaison, Carolina Bautista, received an award for Community Liaison of the Year.
  • Elisa Taysom, teacher received a foundation grant for a smart board in her classroom. 
  • Parent group raised the needed funds to install a new electronic sign.


  • Awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award and John Irwin School of Excellence Award.
  • Second-grade students organized a service-learning project that collected over 4,000 books and $1,600 to supply literature to a struggling school in The Gambia.

Mountain View

  • Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) raised over $17,000 on the annual Miles for Mountain View Fun Run event. This money is used to fund PTO educational grants for classrooms.

North Star

  • Hosted a Making Fitness Fun Family Night on April 26, 2018 with over 120 students and parents attending. 


  • Received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test data and reached a ‘Performance’ rating by the Colorado Department of Education for the second year in a row.
  • Battle of the Books team earned 2nd place during the district tournament.
  • Jenny Krautler and Anne Kaslon received a grant from ACCIRA and held the second Annual Career Day. The community and parents came together to talk to students about their jobs and responsibilities, supporting the school’s mission and vision of career bound scholars!

Rocky Mountain

  • Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC) awarded Steve Frank the Certified Employee of the Year award and Lourdes Walker the Classified Employee of the Year award.

Silver Creek

  • Earned the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for the second year in a row!
  • Raised $1,178 in one week for Water for Sudan donation!
  • Occupational Therapist, Collette Chinyerere, was awarded a grant from the Five Star Foundation.​


  • Received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award.
  • Adaptive Art, Music and PE was provided for students in Special Learning Services.
  • Awarded the Healthy Paths Grant for the 2018-19 school year to support wellness and social/emotional instruction


  • Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
  • PE and Music teachers were awarded a Grant from the Five Star Education Foundation to purchase the program Drumtastic, from Drums Alive.  This program is a whole body, whole mind curriculum that encourages teamwork, community, fitness and creative movement through the use of music and drumming. 


  • Recognized as a 2018 Healthy School Champion and was awarded the Excellence Award for the school’s health efforts.
  • Partnered with Wish for Wheels to provide every kinder student a free bike and helmet. 
  • Received the 2017 Centurylink Teachers and Technology grant for 28 Lego We Do kits to support the school-wide enrichment program and will be featured in a Centurylink promotional video. 


  • Reading Counts Program was a huge success where students passed over 11,000 online reading quizzes, totaling almost 42 million words read.
  • Twenty students showed their art work in the District Art Show for Elementary. Three Westview students were selected for an Exemplary Award for Outstanding Art Work in the 2D art classification! They are:  Elliot BeVier Dill, Kaytlyn Khotprathoum, and James Watt. 
  • Genius Lab had over 1,500 students visit this school year.  This Makerspace provides students with hands-on inquiry-based STEM learning opportunities.


  • Continues to offer 22 after school clubs at no cost for students.
  • Partnered with Totes for Hope, which supplies students and families in need with groceries each week.
  • Continues to provide Passion Projects for Gifted and Talented students.


Hulstrom K-8

  • Selected as the featured school for the month of April from Green Up Our Schools. 


  • Collected and donated 2,018 socks to A Precious Child during Dr. Seuss Read Across America event.
  • Received the John Irwin Award.
  • May marks the completion of Phase I in the Bond construction project.

STEM Launch

  • Winner of the 2018 of ReNew our Schools Energy Challenge, that has awarded the school $8,000.
  • Awarded the 2017 Colorado Succeeds Award for Family/Community Makerspace.
  • Continues to close the achievement gap through authentic Problem Based Learning.



  • Students were partnered with Broomfield Crescent Grange to write a local landmark nomination for the historic building which is over 100 years old.
  • Partnered with Xcel Energy and Colorado Feeding Kids on their annual Day of Service in the fall where over 160,000 meals were created for those who are hungry. 
  • Students from the National Junior Honor Society and Student Council received one of eight national grants from No Kid Hungry to develop a morning "Breakfast in a Bag" concept for their school store.

Rocky Top

  • 7th Annual Grizzlies Give Back. Goal to raise $25,000 to provide support to families, with half the proceeds going to Rocky Top student Kailee Gibson. Check out the slideshow >

Silver Hills

  • Two students were chosen for the City of Westminster’s Mayor’s Award: Oliver Elliott and Nik Jenks.
  • Technology Student Association (TSA) competed in the State Competition where Karlee Bergman won 1st place for “Essays on Technology” which qualified her for Nationals; Alex Gottschalk, Maggie Rogers, and Kathyrn Richmond finished in 3rd place in “Silent Movie” and several other teams made it to the semi-final round in their TSA Competitions.
  • Wish Week raised $7,000 to donate to the Make a Wish Foundation in honor of our 8th grade students battling cancer.


Bollman Technical Education Center

  • Megan Madden, welding student and Emily Patino-Fariasa, medical science II - EMT students each earned a $1,000 scholarship from the National Technical Honor Society. 


  • Doug Dietel awarded Outstanding Educator from CU Boulder.
  • High School Band performed in the 2018 St Patrick’s Day Parade in Ireland.
  • High School Band won the State Competition.

Mountain Range

  • Amber Gustason, senior, won Wendy’s High School Heisman award.  She is currently ranked #1 in the state for 5A discus and throws 12 feet further than the #2 mark in the state.
  • Senior Jessica Hiatt received prestigious Boettcher Scholarship which includes "virtually all expenses to attend a Colorado school of her choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses.”
  • DECA program continues to host the largest chapter in the state and excel in competition with three individual students scoring 1st place at State, taking 1st place in group performances for Restaurant & Food Marketing and Travel & Tourism, and one student being recognized as top ten in the world during international competition.


  • An estimated 300 students will graduate this year.
  • 1st grade Teacher, Alison Travis, has been selected for the prestigious National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows program and will travel to the Galapagos Islands next fall. Broomfield Enterprise Article
  • High School cheerleaders placed 3rd in the State and traveled to Florida for a National Competition, where they placed 11th.


Prospect Ridge Academy

  • The first class of seniors will graduate in May.
  • First-grade Teacher, Alison Travis, selected for the prestigious National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows program and will travel to the Galapagos Islands next fall. Broomfield Enterprise Article
  • High School cheerleaders placed 3rd in the State and traveled to Florida for a National Competition, where they placed 11th.