April - June 2015 Volume 2, Issue 7
Standards Based Grading
Update for Parents
Submitted by Dr. Karen Harvey
The Risley International Academy of Innovation administration and staff have been working to develop a standards based grading system and report card that will also report the requirements for the International Baccalaureate program. Students and parents will receive a grade for each course in which the student is enrolled. In addition, the report card will report on the nonacademic indicators which are the behaviors, traits, and characteristics that impact academic achievement. This section of the report card will show what the student is doing that helps or hinders his/her learning. The nonacademic indicators that will be reported on will be effort, behavior, work completion, and works well with others. By reporting nonacademic indicators separate from the grade parents and students will know that the grade reflects what students know and are able to do in each course. On the second and fourth quarter report cards, the students will receive a mark (0-8) on the IB Criteria that are being addressed in each course during that grading time frame.
The staff at Risley International Academy of Innovation believe that this reporting process will help students and parents understand how students are performing on the standards. Parents will have the ability to view the grade book, through the parent portal on Infinite Campus, and understand what essential learnings are being addressed each quarter. Parents will also be provided with a brochure at the beginning of the year for each course in which the student is enrolled. This brochure will provide information on what the students are learning each quarter.
Risley will host a “Back to School Night” in August where the report card and all of its components will be reviewed with parents and we will be able to answer any questions that may arise. We look forward to implementing this new system as a method of ensuring students are being held to high levels of achievement and that their academic success is communicated to parents.
8th Graders Spend Day at CSU-Pueblo
Submitted by Mrs. Linda Garcia
Our eighth grade students were very fortunate to attend a motivational leadership conference held on the Colorado State University campus. The boys attended the second annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference (LYLC) on April 9th. The girls attended the third annual Latina Youth Leadership Conference (LYLC) on April 20th. Risley is the only middle school that was invited to the all-day event. We are very fortunate to have an alliance with the two organizations that continue to invite our students back year after year. That shows that our students had excellent behavior and participated in the workshop.
The boys’ workshop was sponsored by the Leadership Academic Community, which follows the pillars of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity. The gentlemen from the group are in the process of becoming a fraternity. Their focus is academics, brotherhood, and culture.
The conference focused on educational and social development. Our boys attended various, interesting and engaging workshops. Several of the boys stated that their favorite workshop was the engineering bridge activity. It was a team-building activity in which teams had to build a bridge out of sticks and see which bridge could hold the most weight. They were also impressed with the tour of the campus in which they visited the gyms and weight rooms. We give a special thanks to Eduardo Garibay and Marcos Robles for coordinating the event and providing role models for our boys.
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. sponsored the girls’ conference. The theme of the conference was “Leadership Through Service: Serve, Lead, Inspire”. The young women who sponsored the workshop focused on three goals: our girls would leave the conference feeling confident about themselves, they would be inspired to pursue their dreams, and they would become actively involved with their education and community.
The conference focused on issues that middle school girls deal with today. The workshops dealt with gender barriers. It offered tools appropriate for overcoming this issue. The breakout sessions promoted healthy relationships, positive self-image, cultural pride, and higher education. One of the girls’ favorite workshops was “Culture through Literature.” Here they were able to express themselves by writing poetry with Dr. Cobian-Klein. The guest speaker Theresa Trujillo inspired our girls to get involved in our community. During lunch, the CSU-Pueblo Ballet Folklorico entertained us. We give a special thanks to Melissa Perez and her sorority for coordinating the conference for our girls.
We also want to thank Trisha Macias for encouraging the fraternity and sorority to mentor our great Risley students. We experienced an inspirational conference. Hopefully, the field trip will spark an interest in many of our students who never considered attending college before. Thank you, CSU-P!
Risley Students Visit Space Foundation Museum
Submitted by Ms. Sabrina Gonzales
Fifteen of our gifted and talented students had the opportunity to attend a field trip to the Space Foundation Museum in Colorado Springs. The students accompanied by Ms. Gonzales and Ms. Lanning, engaged in a scavenger hunt around the museum and learned about the exhibits. The students then entered the computer lab where they used Google Earth to explore Mars. While in the computer lab, students were able to explore craters and view pictures taken by the various rovers on Mars. The students were even given the opportunity to operate rovers on a surface similar to the one on Mars. The students worked in teams of three to get their rover to a location without causing any damage to the rover. The teams had a data engineer checking the power level of the rover, a pilot steering the rover on a computer, and a commander guiding the team. This was a great team building activity and everyone had a great time!
Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Teams Win Championships at the City County Track Meet
Submitted by Coach Cura
Our track tradition continue. Teamwork makes the dream work. I cannot begin to say all the obstacles that were overcome by our athletes and coaches to stay together through tough times. This is the 12th championship that the combination of Coach Kouba, Coach Montoya and myself that have witnessed this. Wow!
VARSITY RESULTS: TEAM CITY CHAMPIONS(5TH CHAMPIONSHIP)
110 HURDLES: 2ND PLACE: BRANDON RIVERA
100: 2ND PLACE: PATROCINIO GONZALES
4X200 RELAY: 2ND PLACE
MILE: 1ST PLACE: DEIGO MARTINEZ, 3RD PLACE: CISCO CHAVEZ
4x100 RELAY: 2ND PLACE
800: 1ST PLACE: CISCO CHAVEZ, 3RD PLACE: DEIGO MARTINEZ
200: 2ND PLACE: ISAIHA GALLEGOS
4X400 RELAY: 1ST PLACE
HIGH JUMP: 2ND PLACE: MUJUAN MORALES
TRIPLE JUMP: 3RD PLACE; MUJUAN MORALES
SHOT PUT: 3RD PLACE: DEIGO WILSON
DISCUS: 3RD PLACE: DEIGO WILSON
JUNIOR VARSITY RESULTS (7TH CHAMPIONSHIP)
110 HURDLES: 1ST PLACE: JESSE CHAVEZ
100: 2ND PLACE: CESAR MENDOZA
4X200 RELAY: 1ST PLACE
MILE: 2ND PLACE: BRANDON GALLEGOS
4X100 RELAY: 2ND PLACE
400: 1ST PLACE: CHUCKY GALLEGOS
800: 2ND PLACE: BRANDON GALLEGOS
200: 1ST PLACE: CESAR MENDOZA
4X400 RELAY: 1ST PLACE
800 SPRINT MEDLEY: 1ST PLACE
SHOT PUT: 1ST PLACE:ANTONIO ALIRE, 3RD PLACE: ALONZO HERRERA
DISCUS: 1ST PLACE: ANTONIO ALIRE, 2ND PLACE: EDDIE MONTEZ
HIGH JUMP: 1ST PLACE: BRANDON GRINSTEAD
LONG JUMP: 3RD PLACE: CESAR RIVAS
TRIPLE JUMP: 1ST PLACE: CESAR RIVAS
Mrs. Linda Garcia Named
Teacher of the Year
Submitted by Mrs. Charlotte Macaluso
I am pleased to inform you that Mrs. Linda Garcia has been selected to receive the Pueblo County Chapter 2015 Colorado Teacher Award for Pueblo City Schools.
She was honored on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at a reception in the Pueblo City Schools Administration Building.
We are very proud of Mrs. Garcia and her accomplishments. She is very deserving of this honor, as she has given unselfishly of her time and talent, not only to our students but to our entire Eastside Community for many years. Another example of THE RISLEY WAY!!!! Congratulations Linda.
Risley Students Attend
Latino Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
On Friday, May 29th, Risley students, Brandon Gallegos, Kayla Lopez, and Adrianna Torres-Corral attended a luncheon at the Latino Chamber of Commerce. The guest speaker was United States Congressman, Representative Scott Tipton. Judge Dennis Maes was also among attendees and is pictured with the students above.
Risley 8th Grader Wins at
District Art Show
Congratulations to 8th grader and Student Body President, David Martinez who won the best of show award at the District Middle School Art Show with his paper-mache helmet. (See photo at left.) The art was exhibited at the Sangre De Cristo Art Center in Pueblo in early April. There were hundreds of entries from middle schools all over Pueblo.
David is a student of Ms. Michelle Smalley, Risley’s Art Teacher. (Pictured at left with David)
Congratulations to both artist and teacher for demonstrating the Risley Way! We are proud of you!!!!
Risley’s 7th Graders Visit
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Our 7th grade students had the opportunity to attend a field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Wednesday, April 22nd, which was also Earth Day. Students enjoyed a lengthy tour of the museum and all of its fabulous exhibits, including the dinosaur skeletons. Then they had a picnic in the park where they ate lunch. After lunch students went to the IMAX theater at the museum and watched a movie titled “Walking With Dinosaurs”.
4th Annual Student Talent Show Huge Success
Several students from Risley delivered an outstanding performance Thursday, May 21st during the annual talent show. An Italian themed dinner was served to a crowd of over one hundred people before the show started at 6pm. Shawna Arellano and Dominic Wilson were the Masters of Ceremonies and did a great job introducing the acts and making the crowd laugh.
Lexie Beaver, Star Lynn DeLong and Lilly McDonald sang Nobody Love. Aaliya Gallegos sang Hotel Ceiling followed by Lorraine Vallejos performing Lay Me Down. The crowd was entertained by Michael Salazar who brought some comedy to the evening. Kristina Cowan sang Two Black Cadillacs and Lilly Villa sang If I Die Young. Lael Vigil had the crowd clapping along as she sang Good Girl. Then, Lilly and Star returned to the stage and wowed the audience with an a capella piece titled Cup Song Mashup. Elena Madrid made the crowd laugh during her stand-up comedy routine. Lilly Klein accompanied by Mr. Kouba on the piano sang All of Me. Angel Ascencio and Jesus Molina did a “dub-step” dance routine complete with strobe lights. And the grand finale of the show was Kyran Thurmand performing his original rap titled 8th Grade. There was an encore performance of most of the acts performed on Friday for the student body during 5th and 6th hours. At the end of the encore performance, Mrs. Dawn Johnson, coordinator of the event was presented with a nice potted plant as a gift from the students who participated.
Great job to ALL the students who performed and a huge thank you to the staff and students who all worked to make it a success. Also, we’d like to thank the following sponsors: Olive Garden Restaurant, Goodwill, and the Pueblo City Schools Nutrition Services Department.
Mr. Matt Kouba—Director
Congratulations to our fabulous marching band that participated in the Apple Blossom Parade this year in Canon City on May 2nd. The students did a great job representing our school! Risley won the class A middle school award for the entire marching band. Drum majors, Kyran Thurmand and Eucevio Garcia won 2nd place. The drum line won 2nd place, and the color guard won 3rd.
Music selections the band played included a blues song called Boom Boom, and a Spanish March called El Gato.
Risley was the only band competing in the parade that had the talent and skill to march backwards, and also to do a counter March, which is where the band marches in two directions at the same time.
The awards ceremony was at the football field for Canon City High School. The whole band and the Risley supporters had a great time there, and screamed like crazy when we won.
Annual Teacher vs. Students
On March 20th during 5th and 6th hours Risley Staff and students faced off in the annual staff vs student basketball game. It was a close, action-packed game. The students held the lead during the first half and most of the second, but fell short by just 3 points as the final buzzer rang. The teachers prevailed and held onto their undefeated title with a final score of 66 to 63.
1. KOUBA* , 2. SLADE(GREGORY)*, 3. FILPI*, 4. CURA* ,
5. ESCOBEDO* , 6. GARCIA.J., 7. ARELLANO.A.,
8. ARELLANO,M., 9. DONAVON, 10. CARRILLO, 11. SMITH
1. WILSON*, 2. GONZALES, P.*, 3. MARTINEZ*, 4. GONZALES.S*, 5. VIGIL*, 6. GUILLEN, 7. LOPEZ,
8. THURMAN, 9. SANCHEZ, 10. GARCIA, 11. DURAN,
Former Denver Nugget Player Mark Randall Visits Risley
After the staff vs student basketball game on March 20th, students had the exciting opportunity to meet with former Denver Nugget player, Mark Randall. Mr. Randall spent nearly an hour sharing a motivational message with Risley students. He encouraged them to always be respectful, and to set goals for themselves and to work hard to achieve them. He also commended the teaching staff for all their hard work and dedication in educating our nation’s youth. After his presentation, Mr. Randall took dozens of photos with attendees and spoke individually with numerous students and staff.