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Newcomers find more than expected on Copper Mountain

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Newcomers find more than expected on Copper Mountain

Northglenn Middle School ELD teacher Megan Alvarez and a group of 8th grade newcomer multilingual students recently completed a six week long snowboarding program with the Chill Foundation at Copper Mountain. The Chill Foundation's mission is "to inspire youth to overcome challenges through boardsports." They participated in weekly snowboard lessons, social and emotional learning programming, and practiced a lot of authentic English skills. Each week covered a different theme, such as responsibility, patience, persistence, respect, and courage. They had so much fun learning new skills, making new friends, and spending time outside in the mountains.

Northglenn Middle School Students using snowboards on Copper Mountain

An extra special thank you to Lisle Reed, Farid Stanikzai, Greg Mirelez, Phil Grover, Diana Brooks, and Lena de la Fuente of our Student and Family Outreach Program (SFOP) for helping with transportation so that the students could participate in this amazing opportunity. Thank you to NGMS teachers Brennen Williamson, Andrea Jacobsen, and Daniela Harton for helping chaperone and to our administrators for supporting this wonderful learning adventure!

This story exemplifies our ELEVATE Focus Area: Outside-the-Classroom Learning. Sharing stories about how the district offers students multiple learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom providing various pathways to success.