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Spring Sports Parent Meeting

posted Jan 11, 2017, 10:07 AM by Kim Garrett   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 2:55 PM ]

The spring sports parent meeting will be February 21st at 6:00pm in the new gym here at MIddle Park High School. If you have a student that will be participating in spring sports please plan to attend. The coaches will be on hand to give out their practice schedules and expectations for their programs. They will also answer any questions that you may have. Registration will open February 13th for spring sports. Remember, you must register your student each season for the sport that they are going to participate in. This registration is through FamilyID and that link is on the front of the athletic web page. Your student must be registered before the first official practice which is February 27th. If you have questions please let me know.

In Light of Recent Events

posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:16 AM by Thom Schnellinger


First, let me thank the parents, community members, agencies and our County Commissioner that attended the school board meeting Tuesday night.  Clearly, everyone was concerned about the recent events concerning our students and the drug issues that came to light through the Granby Police Department.  Everyone there, desired additional information from the Chief, wanted to know more about how the school handles these issues or expressed a sincere desire to help.  It was encouraging to see so many agencies represented.

As our Superintendent expressed, this is a community issue that is percolating through the schools.  More to the point, this is a Colorado and National issue that is visiting every school in the country with the advent of legalized recreational marijuana, broad spread of illegal narcotics and the illegal use of prescriptive drugs.  Additionally, we are in recreational community that brings a certain casual attitude toward such substance abuse.

So, you see the challenges.  From my desk and walking the halls of this building, we respond to every report or reasonable suspicion as it arises.  However, I need the help of a community.  Reports that are vague, non-specific or recusing involvement makes our work difficult if not impossible to do.  We are involved, this is our school, and our community. We have an obligation to keep it safe.   If you have specific information regarding individuals, students or adults that are degrading the health and safety of our children, I need a phone call or by all means call the local police.

I know what I am asking. It is not easy in a small community.  However, I’ve lived and taught in rural Colorado for close to thirty years, you have to be courageous and make the call.  You may lose friends but we don’t lose a life.

People said to me, “I don’t want to get kids in trouble”.   I understand that sentiment but “They are in trouble.”  To quote Chief Kraker, “They are victims”.  We need to bring resources to the challenge to help our students and keep our children safe.

As always feel free to call my office with any concerns. 

 To conclude, have we done enough to date?  Regarding our kids, it’s never enough.  Can we all do more in the future to keep our children safe?  I’m counting on it.  You can count on it from this office. Thank you.

-Thom. Schnellinger. Principal, Middle Park High School

A Message from Grand County Public Health Coordinator

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:35 AM by Thom Schnellinger   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 8:36 AM ]

In light of the concerns over the recent incident in our schools we’d like to inform you of an opportunity to be involved in an initiative that will be addressing the health and behavior needs of Grand County youth. Grand County Public Health is initiating the Communities That Care (CTC) process to build a county-wide coalition to address youth substance abuse.

CTC is an evidence- based, prevention planning system that enhances existing coalitions and community partner initiatives to address youth problem behaviors. Through a community assessment the process identifies the Risk and Protective factors that are predictors of adolescent behaviors. Once identified evidence-based strategies are implemented to minimize risk factors and strengthen protective factors.

Good public health practice is to work upstream to avert problems before they occur. The coalition will be ongoing and serve to be a long-term response to the needs of our youth rather than a quick fix.

To date, we have engaged twenty key stakeholders and formed the CTC Key Leader Board. We are currently in the process of identifying individuals that will serve on our Community Board and subsequent work groups. Once appointed and oriented to the Communities That Care process the work groups will begin to look at the data and determined the coalition’s course of action.

Should you have an interest in serving on the Community Board or the works groups; or have further questions about Communities That Care, please contact the CTC facilitator Julie Hines at 970-725-3787 or jhines@co.grand.co.us  ( you can also add you name here )

Grand County Public Health and the East Grand School District will continue to report back to the community on the work of the coalition.

PAC (Parent - Principal Meeting) Meeting Jan. 5, 5-6pm in the MPHS Library

posted Jan 2, 2017, 2:29 PM by Thom Schnellinger

Happy New Year!!!!!

Agenda for this PAC meeting will be:

Community/Health Outreach to our students by Grand County Public Health and Communities the Care Committee.
This team will present current efforts regarding Drug Abuse Prevention and the current grant that will support educational efforts.

Additional questions will answered by the Principal regarding school policy, protocols regarding drug abuse prevention,
searches, consequences and "what do we do?"

Current school events....

Hope to see parents attend.   Cookies and refreshments provided.


Mr. Schnellinger

PAC Meeting CANCELED for tonight, Next Meeting is Jan. 5th.

posted Dec 1, 2016, 10:48 AM by Thom Schnellinger

Next PAC Meeting will be Jan. 5th, 5-6pm in the MPHS Library.

Topics will be Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, CU Denver Field Trip and upcoming activities.

Many thanks to our PAC parent participants.  Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, Nov. 30th - Study Hall

posted Nov 1, 2016, 2:20 PM by Thom Schnellinger

Dear Parent or Guardian:

This semester our school will participate in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), an important research study about student health and risk-related attitudes and behaviors. We are contacting you because your student is enrolled in a class that has been randomly chosen to participate in this voluntary, anonymous survey in your student's study hall on Nov. 30th. This survey will ask students about various health topics, including: physical activity, nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, mental health and suicide, bullying and other forms of violence, health care, and sexual behaviors (high school only). The survey also asks students about school engagement, school climate, youth-adult connectedness, and other protective factors known to be associated with healthy behaviors. We use this information to make informed decisions about programing and student needs.

The HKCS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Departments of Education (CDE), Human Services (CDHS), and Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). These agencies provide funding to the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus to implement the survey. This project has been approved by your school district and the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB). The anonymous survey results will help policy-makers, school personnel and community groups better understand the nature and extent of risk behaviors among our youth. The results will also help with planning programs and services for youth, as well as evaluating current programs. In order to get the most accurate information about youth risk behaviors, we would like all selected students to take part in the survey. As described below, however, participation in the survey is completely voluntary.

The paper and pencil survey is voluntary and anonymous and takes about 45 minutes to complete in a chosen classroom. The survey administration process has been designed to protect your student’s privacy. No information is collected that can identify individual students. Only your child will know how he or she answers the questions. Students do not get school credit for completing the survey, and there is no penalty for not participating. Students who take part in the survey may choose not to answer any question.

If your child will participate in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, you do not need to sign or return anything. Students will receive the survey in class and are instructed to answer the questions or leave the survey blank. Students who are not completing the survey will do other schoolwork at their desk during the survey period. We encourage you to discuss the matter with your child and share your views on their choice to participate.

For more information about the study and to view a copy of the survey, please visit our website at http://www.healthykidscolo.org or call the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Director, Dr. Ashley Brooks- Russell, at 303-724-8437. For questions regarding IRB approval, please contact COMIRB at 303-724-1055.

1st Month at MPHS and Going Forward

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:01 AM by Thom Schnellinger   [ updated Sep 26, 2016, 11:13 AM ]

It's been a great school year.  The students are focused and working hard.  Schedules are settled and our 9th graders are up to pace.  This is the time of year for our students to pay attention to organization, develop routines, not get behind and complete school work when it's assigned.  We have a student body that has seen many successes. 

Currently, activities are running well.  Sophomore River Trip came back cold but renewed.  RMNP Backpacking trip found snow on the ground this weekend. Everyone was safe.  Fall is here!

Sports are well into mid-season.  We are seeing successes in all sports activities, Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country and Cheer.  I've seen some great competitions.  GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PANTHERS.

Homecoming is next week Oct. 3rd-8th.
  • Monday the 3rd: Pump-up assembly (assembly schedule)

  • Tuesday the 4th: Ironman at 7

  • Wednesday the 5th: Powder Puff at 7, followed by bonfire at 8

  • Thursday the 6th: No additional events scheduled

  • Friday the 7th: Home football game and presentation of Homecoming Court at halftime

  • Saturday the 8th: Homecoming Dance!!!

Principal Advisory Meeting: Oct. 6th, 5-6pm in the MPHS Library. This is a parent group that meets with the principal and talks about all things MPHS. All parents are invited, reservations are not required and cookies/refreshments are served. Look forward to seeing you there.

Parents, with everything else in your life, please focus on Parent-Teacher Conferences Oct. 26-27, 4;45pm - 7:15pm.  We would like to see a solid turn out at this conference.  Plan on it!

Senior pictures due December 8th

posted Sep 9, 2016, 1:50 PM by Thom Schnellinger   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 7:38 AM by Kim Garrett ]

Senior pictures are due to Ms. Zoyiopoulos by December 8th. These must be in digital form.

eTranscripts now available!

posted May 9, 2016, 3:55 PM by System Administrator   [ updated May 9, 2016, 4:05 PM ]

Middle Park High School has partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcript and other credentials securely. Transcripts can be sent directly to the educational institution of your choice for just $3.50/request*.  Documents may be received in as little as 2 hours and your Parchment account provides tracking of your transcripts including delivery confirmation!  Check out the Parchment Overview for more information.
Order Credentials from Parchment
*Fee waived for economically disadvantaged students - ask the counseling office for more details.

FACEBOOK and Cyberbullying

posted Mar 10, 2016, 10:07 AM by Thom Schnellinger   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 10:25 AM ]


It has come to our attention that a number of our students are utilizing FACEBOOK for both appropriate and inappropriate communications.
Good things happen on FACEBOOK! But, we have students that have unfettered access to FACEBOOK via their  computers and cellphones 24/7. The communications occur via variety of "friends' .  Inappropropriate communication "cyberbullying" can take place. It can be disturbing  and illegal. This can take a tremendous sum of time from students  studies and staff.
I ask the adults,  please monitor your child's activities.  There is no way a student can randomly manage 900 "friends".  With that example, if an inappropriate comment is made and it offends 10%, that's 90 individuals  that could be potentially posting back.  If the account is open this would include all the people  that our conversing outside your child's immediate circle of "friends". This creates too many variables outside of the school or parents control. Clearly, the ramifications are exponential.  To reduce "cyberbullying" and its effect, be in control of the communication devices in your home. Your student  should be intentional and selective about "friends". Please read the attached file article on"cyberbullying"  and social media concerns. Discuss this with your student regarding safeguards and sound social media skills.
Know who your student has for "friends".  Monitor FACEBOOK.   . 

Tools to STOP "cyberbullying: 
UNFRIEND  (you don't need 900 friends)
Make the account PRIVATE
CLOSE or SUSPEND the account

Your help in very much appreciated. 

Thank you. Mr. Schnellinger

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