Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest

Each year the Longs Peak Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution offers an American History Essay Contest to all 5th through 8th grade students.

The topic this year is “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.”  Winners will be honored at a Patriotic Tea in February.  Essay winners for each grade level are chosen for First, Second and Third place.  The essays winners will also be entered in the state competition with the chance of moving on to nationals.  National winners are announced at the Continental Congress in Washington D.C. in June 2016 and receive a monetary award.

The deadline for these Essays is Friday, December 4, 2015.  Entries may be sent to SVVSD Communications Office prior to this date.  All information and instructions linked below.

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest Instructions


Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Welcome back to school!  Just a reminder about a couple of things as you begin the school year…

1.  The unit plans are updated with new resources, lesson plans, and assessments linked.  Remember this is a living document, and we will continue to add resources throughout the year.

2.  Don’t forget about resources at your schools.  The PFL Flash Drive has 1000s of lessons and resources for teaching economics and PFL.  Middle and High schools have the DBQ binders in each building.

3.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  I am here to help and support you!

Have a wonderful start to the school year!

Use Primary Sources with the iPad

Check out this great new resource from the Library of Congress!   The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set.  Students can add these documents for free on their iPad!  Click here for more details.

Free Educator Night at History Colorado


 Educator “Night at the Museum”Friday, February 27, 4 – 7 P.M.Join us for a FREE educator open house to preview The 1968 Exhibit. Enjoy refreshments, classroom resources, entertainment and more! Great for K-12 educators who want to know more about what the History Colorado Center has to offer.

It was the year that rocked history. The 1968 Exhibit brings to life this pivotal American year through photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactives. Explore the exhibit and see the events that changed Colorado and America forever. In ’68, the death toll in Vietnam reached a new high. Riots and demonstrations raged across the country, Apollo 8 orbited the moon, and the nation was transformed by the tragic assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.

The ’60s also charted a dramatic road in America’s pop culture. It was in ’68 that Hair opened on Broadway, “Laugh-In” debuted on TV and Johnny Cash gave his famous performance at Folsom Prison.

Reservations are required. Please call 303/866-2394or go online for tickets. Feel free to bring a guest.


Free Webinar on the Silk Road–Jan. 27, 2015

Register now for a free webinar on the Silk Road put on by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “In this webinar, we’ll take a trip along the Silk Road, a network of trade routes extending 5,700 miles east to west from eastern China to the Mediterranean from AD 600 to 1200. Who traveled the Silk Road? What was traded? What is the significance of these routes? Discover the answers to these questions and highlights from the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition from Dr. Stephen Nash, the Museum’s curator of archaeology, and a special guide from the past, portrayed by a Museum enactor.”  Click here to sign up!

Register for the 2015 Fiscal Fitness Workshop Today!

This highly rated 2-day workshop is FREE for all eligible P-College Colorado educators to help you build knowledge about personal finance topics to reinforce your excitement and ability to bring the same knowledge to your students. This workshop focuses on the critical economic and personal finance topics to help you improve your own financial well-being.  With better financial know-how you will have the tools to bring engaging discussions, lessons and activities to your classroom! More information