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Chaparral HS hosts Chinese students

In Chinese culture, the number 8 is very lucky, and the Douglas County School District is celebrating the eighth year of a successful exchange program between Chaparral High School and its sister school Xinjin FLES from Chengdu, China.

Over the years, the program has been very popular — creating solid friendships and learning opportunities between the two schools. Chaparral High School Chinese teacher Catherine Channell expects the program to grow in the years to come as the cultures continue to learn from each other by exchanging students, teachers and ideas.

“We want to look at how they succeed in math and science,” Channell said. “They look to our entrepreneurial and inventive spirit.”

On Jan. 14, Chaparral welcomed the exchange group from Xinjin, which includes 24 students, two teachers and an administrator. Chaparral High School is one of the only schools in Colorado to offer not only AP level Chinese classes, but also to provide students with the opportunity to take the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), China’s national standardized test designed and developed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers (including foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities). The test is often required to apply for jobs in China.

Scholarships offered by sheriff

A total of 15 scholarships ranging between $500 and $1,250 are being awarded by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Youth Education in Safety and Schools program affiliated with the department.

The scholarships are limited to students who are permanent residents of Douglas County, are graduating seniors from a Douglas County public high school, accredited private high school, or qualifying home school, and who are enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational school, college or university for full- or part-time for the fall of 2013.

Information about the different scholarships, as well as applications, can be found at www.dcsheriff.net. Applications must be submitted no later than March 29.

Science teacher selected to fellowship

A Douglas County teacher was recently selected as a Honda-New Science Teacher Academy Fellow.

Allyssa Teske, a science teacher at North Star Academy in Parker, was chosen from hundreds of applicants from across the country to participate in NSTA’s year-long professional development fellowship program. One of seven teachers selected from Colorado, Teske will receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package, online mentoring with trained mentors who teach in the same discipline, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities. In addition, she will receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2012 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio.

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