September 19, 2018

The Roaring Fork Schools had two teams represented among the state's 31 finalists and winners at the 2018 Succeeds Prize live reveal celebration in Denver on September 18. Carbondale Middle School was announced as Colorado’s winner for the Middle School Transformational Impact award, and a Glenwood Springs Elementary School team was a top-five finalist for the Colorado Succeeds Innovation in Education award. The Succeeds Prize recognizes and honors transformational public schools and educators.

Carbondale Middle School

Carbondale Middle is one of approximately 500 middle schools in the state. Last spring, the school was named one of only three middle school finalists in Colorado for this prestigious award. Last night, the school was selected as the state’s winner.

“The Carbondale middle school family works hard to ensure that our goal of ‘every student, every day' is a reality,” said Carbondale Middle School Principal Jennifer Lamont. “This award is recognition for the collective efforts of all the CMS staff.”

Winners’ innovative practices will be shared state-wide. Scott Laband, Colorado Succeeds President, said, “The Succeeds Prize ... shares these effective and scalable practices so educators statewide can benefit.”

“The Carbondale Middle school staff continue to demonstrate their ability to innovate and continuously improve. We are both proud and inspired by their pursuit of success for all students,” said Rick Holt, the district’s Chief Academic Officer.

Glenwood Springs Elementary School

Glenwood Springs Elementary School team was a top-five finalist for the Colorado Succeeds Innovation in Education award. Glenwood Springs Elementary School teacher Stephanie Pollender and her teammates, Rosalie Potvin, a Glenwood Springs Student, and Renee Miller, a retired teacher and Glenwood Springs Garden Club member, were selected for their work on a community-connected school garden.

This team was selected from a pool of over 100 projects to be honored. This project was inspired by the school’s visioning process from five years ago, when the staff and community members started reimagining the school from the inside out.

“Stephanie, Rosalie, and Renee are leading the charge to make the garden a reality,” said Glenwood Springs Elementary School Principal Audrey Hazleton. “Thank you for your leadership and efforts on this project. We are excited about all of the community partnerships this project will bring to our school”

Finalists for the Succeeds Prize are chosen by a selection committee through a data-driven process that utilizes publicly available performance data. Then, selection committee members visited all finalist schools to observe practices.


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