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News from The Top
December 8th, 2017

(Para información en español llamen a la escuela 720.972.2209 y podemos traducir esta carta oralmente.  Gracias!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Concerts & Other Fun!

Dec. 12

6:00 6th & 7th Grade Orchestra Concert

Dec. 13

6:00 8th Grade Band Concert

Dec. 14

6:00 6th Grade Band Concert

Dec. 20

6:00 7th Grade Band Concert

Dec. 21

DURING SCHOOL 2:15 Winterfest  PLEASE NOTE, if you plan on picking your student up early this day, you must do so prior to 2:00.

Dec. 22 - Jan 8

No School for Students

(REPEAT) Hygiene Drive Once again, Student Council is hosting a hygiene drive for the homeless at the Salvation Army Men's Shelter in the Denver RiNo district. Keep this in mind as awesome Black Friday deals are coming so you can contribute to this meaningful campaign. The winning House will earn free ice cream during Winterfest. Donation categories (new items only please!) are by House as listed below:

Mountain House: Men's Hats

Sun House: Men's Gloves

Snow House: Men's Socks

Aspen House: Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, men's deodorant)

General School Business

First Semester Grades While you may see some final marks appearing in Infinite Campus as early as December 15th, please know that January 10th is the day you can expect to see ALL of your Grizzly’s marks for first semester.

Teacher Communication At this busy time of the year, we are all trying to get a LOT of stuff accomplished. We realize the need for timely responses to your emails about your Grizzly and guarantee we will get back to you within 24 hours. You may get a response back more quickly in some situations, but this is the district expectation. For example, if you send an email on Tuesday at 10:00 AM you’ll hear from us by 10:00 AM on Wednesday. NOTE: Emails and phone calls received Friday will be returned Monday.

(REPEAT) Help Wanted! Adams 12 Five Star Schools "Cook/Cashier Positions" Earn while your children learn!!  ​Rocky Top currently has ​2 ​Cook-Cashier positions available, 9:15 AM to 1:30 PM each day.​ Salary range is​ $10.30 to $14.66 per hour with qualifying experience. For more information please contact Tracey Williams at 720-972-4123 or apply online at  Job Title Name: Cook-Cashier Substitute


8,499 Miles! This morning Ms. MacLean’s class Skyped with a classroom in Uganda as the culminating activity of a collaborative coding unit. Pairs of our 6th graders worked with pairs of Ugandan students to make projects that forced them to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. What a cool experience!

Counseling Den

Conflict Presentation in Review Middle school is an active time of social development and with that change comes peer conflict. As the year progresses and the stresses of the holidays approach, we tend to see more situations involving hurtful language, friendship troubles and blaming. Counselors were in 7th grade classrooms on Tuesday, December 5th to discuss with students some helpful tips in dealing with conflict. While counselors and teachers are here to support in these interactions and to help students plan difficult conversations, it is our ultimate goal to give our students the tools to try to address these situations independently in the future. Below, please find some conflict resolution tips to discuss with your 7th grader:

  • There are two main components to managing a conflict

1. Communicate

2. Come to a resolution

  • Take time to lower your emotional state and to plan what you want to say before beginning a conversation

  • Pay close attention to tone, body language, interrupting and other nonverbals

  • Set an end-goal before starting the conversation

  • Use “I statements” and practice empathy

  • Determine a resolution by deciding to “lock in” or “lock out” the friendship

Social Media and Middle Schoolers Social media is a highly-impactful component to young people’s lives in the 21st century. Even if students are not on their phones in our hallways, conversations often include the topics of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and other common applications. Understanding what and how your student is using social media can go a long way in helping them to develop healthy habits. Check out this article from Psychology Today for more information.

Community News

Thornton Winterfest

Carpenter Park Fields 108th Ave. & Colorado Blvd.

Friday December 8, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Saturday December 9, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday December 10 5 - 9 p.m.

Click HERE for more details about events going on in Thornton this month!

Safety and Security

Bandanas Please remember that bandanas are NOT allowed to be worn at school in any way, shape or form, per superintendent policy.  If they are worn in school, they will be confiscated.

(REPEAT) New School Resource Officer Officer Parker has accepted a new position at the Thornton Police Department and today was her last day. A new SRO is taking her place for the remainder of the school year. Officer Jimenez is an experienced SRO familiar with our school and many staff members. We are excited to have him keeping us safe the rest of the year. Be sure to say hi if you see him at recess or on traffic duty!

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