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News Archive

2024

  • Grade 7 & Grade 8: Discovering Passions in ICE Classes

    Watch as students immerse themselves in enriching activities through Innovation, Creativity, and Expression; ICE. From filming and directing self-written stories in The Art of Filming to crafting beautiful wooden pieces in Woodworking, students at Graland are discovering new passions and expanding their skills in ICE.
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  • Decimals on the Road: Fifth Graders Plan the Ultimate Adventure

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Fifth grade students in Meggan Dodge's math class are taking their decimal skills to the next level by planning the ultimate road trip! Students are learning how decimals play a crucial role in real-world scenarios, like planning a vacation. As part of the project, students choose a destination that holds personal significance to them. They then calculate the mileage, gas expenses, and budget for extras like hotels, food, and local attractions. 
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  • Discovering Earth's Rotation and Orbit in Kindergarten

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Kindergarten students are exploring the mysteries of the solar system in their science class. Mrs. Stephanie Cook, their teacher, is guiding her students to discover how the Earth moves and is giving them a deeper understanding of the world around them.
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  • ECLC Architects: Building Cooperation and Creativity

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Inside the pre-kindergarten classroom, a group of students are working on a hands-on architecture and construction activity. Guided by their teacher, Lisa Barone, these little architects are learning not only about building structures, but also about the importance of cooperation and communication.
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  • Gates Invention and Innovation Program 2024

    Kat Diez Canseco
    At Graland Country Day School, the spirit of innovation thrives through the Charles C. Gates Invention and Innovation Program. Established in 1999, this unique program offers students in grades 5-8 the opportunity to explore their creativity, invent new products, and potentially earn a U.S. patent. Funded by an endowment from Charles C. Gates '34, the program has become a hallmark of Graland's commitment to fostering a growth mindset.
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  • Lessons in Empathy: Sixth Graders Serve and Learn at Local Soup Kitchen

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Every Thursday this spring, a group of sixth graders from Graland can be found at Trinity United Methodist Church, volunteering their time and energy at the Capitol Hill Community Services soup kitchen. 
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  • Newbery Reading Challenge: Fostering a Love for Literature at Graland

    Kat Diez Canseco
    The Newbery reading challenge has become a beloved Grade 3 tradition that brings students, teachers, and parents together in a shared love for literature. The Grade 3 students are challenged to read five Newbery Award-winning books, and then engage in a book discussion facilitated by a trained parent volunteer.
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  • Community Day 2024

    Graland's Community Day brought students together to celebrate the strong bonds that make the school community so special. Students gathered for a day of mingling, games to promote connection between peers, and creating lasting memories.
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  • Grade 6: Supermercado

    Spanish students in Señora Quezada's sixth-grade class put their creativity into practice by making a video of a visit to a mini grocery store.
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  • Grade 7: Memory Box Project

    Grade 7 students concluded a meaningful interdisciplinary unit as part of their service learning experience by creating heartwarming Memory Boxes.
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  • Grade 8 UpWord Speeches: A Graland Tradition of Self-Discovery and Growth

    Kat Diez Canseco
    As their time at Graland nears its end, eighth-graders embark on a journey of self-reflection and connection, exploring how the school's core values have shaped their personal experiences and growth.
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  • A Grade 5 Journey Through Greek Mythology

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Grade 5 students are embarking on an adventure through Greek mythology under the guidance of their history teacher, Mr. Mike Willis. Mr. Willis created an exciting lesson that combines history, literature, and imagination to inspire his students and bring out their creativity.
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  • Grade 2: Exploring the Legacy of Margaret "Molly" Brown

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Under the guidance of their teachers, all Grade 2 students embarked on a journey into the life of Margaret "Molly" Brown. As part of their biography lesson, they learned about this extraordinary woman and uncovered her heroism and impact on society.
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  • Grade 4: Uncovering the Harlem Renaissance

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Grade 4 students enjoyed an exciting trip to the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library as part of their ongoing research project centered around the influential figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
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  • Designing Animal-Friendly Sleds at Graland

    Kat Diez Canseco
    A recent activity captivated the imaginations of ECLC students. This lesson unfolded in Gates lab, where students explored the realms of creativity, design, and perseverance with inspiration from the book "Red Sled" by Lita Judge.
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  • Environmental Stewardship: A Lesson on Wildlife Conservation

    Kat Diez Canseco
    In the spirit of fostering environmental awareness and a sense of responsibility towards our planet, Graland recently hosted a special session by the Denver Zoo education department. This presentation not only engaged the Animal Care and Nature Club, but extended its reach to Grade 6 students learning about the environment, as well.
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  • Grade 7 Backstage Crews Bring "Singin' in the Rain, Jr." to Life at Graland

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Students taking the role of backstage crews for the upcoming Grade 7 and 8 musical, "Singin' in the Rain, Jr.," are learning the intricacies of scenic design for the anticipated musical with guidance from their teacher Mrs. Julie Lachance. Having just completed a reading of the script, the students have transitioned into small groups, each tasked with the challenge of designing the set that will become the backdrop for the show.
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  • Harmony in Learning: Grade 1 Musical Mastery

    Kat Diez Canseco
    In the Grade 1 classroom, students are embarking on a musical journey that involves the introduction of a bordun accompaniment on xylophones and metallophones. Picture a scene where these students are playing an open fifth (C and G) in a rhythmic pattern while harmoniously singing the familiar tune of "Rocky Mountain." What makes this experience challenging is the coordination required to sing one rhythm while playing another – a feat that requires concentration and teamwork.
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  • Kindergarten Literacy Journey: Unveiling the Magic of Reading

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Following their morning meeting with Ms. Brezin, Kindergarten students at Graland gathered for the daily Really Great Reading lesson, a vital part of their literacy journey. The recent session was filled with practical activities aimed at nurturing the students' reading skills.
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  • Nurturing Creativity: A Grade 3 Theatrical Triumph

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Creativity and collaboration takes center stage in the Grade 3 theater class with Mrs. Julie Lachance. Each fall, these students engage in a collective brainstorming session, mapping out their hopes and dreams for the drama season. This year, the unanimous desire among the Grade 3 students was to write and bring to life their own plays. 
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  • Exploring the World of Science: A Dive Into the Soda Can Crush Lab

    Kat Diez Canseco
    Grade 8 recently delved into an interesting lab activity – the Soda Can Crush Lab. They journeyed into states of matter, kinetic energy, and the fascinating world of crushed soda cans!
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  • Alumni Spotlight: Graland Athletics

    As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Fieldhouse, the alumni office would like to highlight several former students (Ali Levy ’00,  Alex Smith ’97, Jonathan Vaughters ’88) whose journeys in the areas of sports, athletics, and health & wellness started right here at Graland. We hope that their pursuits and experiences serve as inspiration to fellow alumni, current students, and the entire Graland community.
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  • Creating the Conditions to Thrive: Lessons From the PGP Program

    By Josh Cobb, Head of School
    When we began our professional growth partner (PGP) program at Graland, we intended to restore the fabric of our entire educator community after the strain of the pandemic. By including all faculty and staff (all educators), we came together and built relationships throughout the school, no matter what role you had in educating children. While those relationships were strengthened, we also looked to inspire individuals to strive toward a professional and personal vision, ideally to thrive. What we did not expect was that our work with the PGP program would begin to define our overall approach to professional growth. As we all experienced the program, either as coaches or coachees, three core elements of the program manifested to not only the PGP program, but to all professional development endeavors—belonging, empathy, and agency.
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  • From Gymnasium to Fieldhouse - Traditions of Importance and Excellence at Graland

    By: Jim Arneill ’66, School Archives Committee
    Since Graland’s incorporation in 1927, physical education and sports have been an integral part of the school’s curriculum with its progressive education philosophy of developing the whole child. Generations of students have experienced strong physical education programs that not only teach a progression of important motor skills, but also promote sportsmanship, teamwork, confidence, and self-esteem. Lifelong learning and fitness are seen as major goals of the physical education department. 
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  • Green Is for Growth

    By Erik Burrell, Dean of Grades 7/8
    The eighth-grader sitting in my office during lunch assiduously typed away at their laptop. On their screen were reflection questions centered around responsibility, and they were considering their actions from the day before. When they completed the task at hand, I read over their responses and discussed each one with them. They were thoughtful both with what they typed, as well as our discussion. 
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  • Q&A With Graland’s Athletic Director, Monica Johnson

    In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Fieldhouse, Graland is excited to feature athletic director, coach, and PE teacher Monica Johnson in the winter issue of “Graland Today.” Please continue reading to learn about Coach Johnson’s thoughts on the school’s current athletic program and philosophy, and what’s to come for the Eagles in the future. 
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  • Surviving and Thriving During the Mid-Year Slump

    By Nan Remington, Head of Lower School
    Teachers have often described January, February, and March as the Bermuda Triangle of the school year. Students who displayed motivation and excitement earlier in the year can now appear lackluster and tired. The excitement of the breaks and holidays is over, the days are short, darkness falls earlier, and completing homework or reading time begins to feel like a battle.
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  • The Evolution of a Middle School Athlete

    By Ann DeBoe, Physical Education Teacher, Coach
    In today’s world, with so much controversy, especially in televised sports, what impact do Middle School sports have on its athletes? Let’s face it, many behaviors we witness at professional, collegiate, high school, and even little league levels are questionable at best. Throughout the years, our young ones look up to higher-level athletes in awe and a desire to mimic their skills and behaviors. Colorful language and inappropriate antics flood the media. 
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  • Wacky Problems, Creative Solutions

    By Elise de Geus, Lower School Science Teacher
    Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is a unique blend of engineering challenges, art, and theatrical performances that are centered around student innovation and independence. Students across the country (as well as a few international teams) spend time creating skit-based solutions to wacky problems that are then performed at regional, state, and world competitions.
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  • We Asked Middle School Students Answered! A Q&A With Graland Middle School Athletes

    What do you love about Graland Athletics, and what has it taught you?
    “I love Graland Athletics because it shows me I can do so much more than I thought. I love that everyone can show their athletic side at school and just let loose. Through playing sports at Graland, I have learned you have to stay ready for anything that comes your way.”
    - Garrett E., Grade 6
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Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1927, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.