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April 2009

Galileo...where the students are stars!

Galileo School of Math and Science 1600 N. Union Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80909 719-328-2200

Dear Galileo Parents and Scholars,


My how fast time flies. Here we are with 8 weeks of school left to go. It seems like yesterday that we all got together to meet each other for the first time. There are plenty of activities and events left that parents need to be apprised of as we a have Sky Sox Math Day coming up on April 15th, the Science Fair on April 30th that all scholars will be involved in, our final MAP testing takes place mid-April, and boys track, boys golf and girls volleyball are gearing up to be in full swing through mid May. I want to let the parents know how hard our scholars worked on our state CSAP tests. Thank you for changing schedules around so our scholars could be here. Summer school info will be coming within the next few weeks. It starts June 1st and runs through June 26th. There will be plenty of opportunities for skill development as well as enrichment. Please call Stacy Brisben at 328-2206 if you have any questions. As always, we appreciate you sending your scholar to Galileo School of Math and Science. Please let us know what we can do to improve. Sincerely, Rusty Moomey Principal


Galileo’s Main Line 328-2200

Fax: 448-0498



Mr. Rusty Moomey, Principal, 328-2202 Mrs. Stacy Brisben, Curriculum Coordinator, 328-2208 Mrs. Mary Ley, Project Coordinator, 328-2209

Mrs. Vanessa Long, Counselor, 328-2206

Support Team Mrs. Cornella, Administrative Assistant, 328-2210 Mrs. Smith, Registrar, 328-2211 Mrs. Perez, Attendance, 328-2213

School phone directory and staff contacts can be found on the Galileo website:

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GALILEO’S FIRST EVER SCIENCE FAIR! All Galileo Scholars will be participating in the Galileo Science Fair on Thursday, April 30th. Mr. Marshall can’t wait to see the amazing experiments and projects our Scholar Scientists present to the judges. Key dates to help your scholars succeed… • • • •

April 3rd

Parent/Guardian signs slip to acknowledge project is chosen, started and that materials & display board have been collected/purchased April 13th/14th Preliminary presentations in class on project & progress April 20th/21st PROJECTS DUE with final presentation in class April 30th Science Fair formal presentation and judging from 4pm-6pm

UPCOMING SCHOLAR EVENTS Wednesday, April 1st Science Discovery Day Space Symposium

Monday, April 6th 5th Grade Shadow Day Wednesday, April 8th 5th Grade Shadow Day Tuesday, April 14th 6-7pm BAAC 7-8.30pm PTA Wednesday, April 15th Sky Sox Math Day Monday, April 20th 6-7pm 5th Grade Orientation Friday, April 24th No School Thursday, April 30th 4-6pm SCIENCE FAIR 5.30-6pm Piano Recital 6-7pm Community Project Night Theme: “Mister Roboto” 4-7pm Book Fair Sneak Preview Week of May 4th thru 8th 8am-4.30pm Galileo Scholastic Book Fair

UPCOMING SPORTS EVENTS Girls’ Volleyball Schedule 4/7 vs. Russell, 4/9 @ Jenkins, 4/14 vs. North, 4/16 @ Holmes, 4/21 vs. Sabin, 4/23 @ West, 4/28 vs. Irving, All matches start at 4:30pm. 4/30 @ Mann, 5/5 vs. Emerson Boys’ Track Schedule 4/9 @ Jenkins 4/15 @ Stadium 4/23 @ Jenkins 4/30 @ Stadium 5/7 @ Stadium All meets start at 4.30pm. Boys’ Golf “Club” Team All games played @ Patty Jewett except 4/16 and 4/21 @ Cherokee Ridge 4/2 5pm vs. Mann, 4/7 4:30pm vs. Creekside, 4/9 5pm vs. Holmes, 4/14 5pm vs. Watson, 4/16 4:30pm vs. Jenkins, 4/21 4:30pm vs. Russell, 4/23 5pm vs. Manitou Friday, May 1st Phil Shaw Tournament, starting at 7.40am Girls’ Volleyball “Club” Team All games held on Saturday: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 Game locations to be announced/check Galileo calendar.

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GALILEO ACHIEVEMENTS SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND/ ARMY FORCES STRATEGIC COMMAND FORM PARTNERSHIP WITH GALILEO Brigadier General Kurt Story, Deputy Commander for Operations at the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, presented and signed a partnership agreement with Principal Rusty Moomey and D11 Superintendent Dr. Terry Bishop during the March 16th Community Project Night. Through this partnership, the Space and Missile Defense Command will provide volunteers to assist Galileo students with the science curriculum, will arrange for an astronaut from the US Army to address the student body, and will host Galileo scholars and teachers at the Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base during special field trips.


17th Annual African-American Youth Leadership Conference Galileo Scholars attended the 17th Annual African-American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) on Saturday, March 7th. This year’s theme was Youth Building Respect and Responsibility for Future Rewards. The commitment of the AAYLC is to support, promote, and foster leadership, education and positive self esteem among youth. Dr. Mary Thurman, D11 Deputy Superintendent for Personnel Support Services, was a presenter at the conference held at Colorado College. Congratulations to Darral Morris who was awarded $75.00 for placing third in the essay contest, for his excellent response to this prompt: “Dr. Martin Luther King believed in a “Dream of Change.” In what way do you think President Obama will carry out that Dream?” You can see a presentation of Darral’s essay on the Galileo website. The following Galileo scholars also attended

School District 11 and Galileo congratulate this year’s Colorado this conference: Jarrod Hauner, Adam Elms, Youth Citizenship Award (CYCA) winners! CYCA honors outstanding middle school students in the belief that responsible citizenship should be recognized and encouraged early. The middle school winners were selected because of outstanding citizenship, high personal and social standards, reliability, acceptance of responsibility and community service. The program is sponsored and supported by the North Colorado Springs Rotary Club, all D-11 middle schools, the D-11 GO Club and Walsworth Publishing Company. Winners from Galileo for the 2008-2009 school year are Jacob Briggs, Nautica Jones and Daniel Webber. Each student receives a savings bond and will be honored in a ceremony held at Mitchell High school on April 13th.

Colton Schawe, Markesa Hayes, Kaylea Adams, Jeremiah Coleman, Dorray Wimberly-Cheek, Richie Scheuer, Jimena Lopez, and AnaKaren Partida. To access more information about the AAYLC, copy and paste the following link to your browser:

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Chess Club

The following scholars have been practicing their golf We've started with a small group of students game, some for the very first time, in order to meet the this year, but have plans to expand our memchallenges of the season. First tee time of the season bership in the coming years. Chaos Geoghis on April 2. Coach Moomey and Coach Ken Callum are delighted to work with the following scholars particiagan, Chris Talty-Earl, Alex Wallace, Dustin pating in the club sport: Fletcher Smith, Andrew HayConlon, and Jacob Broughton currently parward, Liam Aubrey, Chandler Scott, Joey DeMarco, ticipate in this club. Right now we're conDakota York, Jeremiah Santisteven, Aelias Brown, centrating on getting a core group of players knowledgeable Sam Celeste, Dustin Conlon, DeAngelo Torrez, Chris about how to play and to learn basic strategy. In the near fuOttesen, Benelito Martinez.

ture we would like to have a school tournament as well as compete in other tournaments around the region. Any scholar is welcome to drop in and play Wednesdays after school.

Club Volleyball Team Club Volleyball provides competitive opportunities for all interested girls and boys on separate teams based on interest and ability. Coach Starkey is looking forward to working with her girls’ team, who are excited to play and ready to have a good time developing their skills: Kayla Adams, Savanna Cooper, Elanda Decker, Emma Dondi, Angelique Felix, Markesa Hayes, Indi Heiser, Jordyn Levins, Makena Mueller, Miranda Osowicki, Selena Salazar, Analisa Young, Janesha Pollard. There was not sufficient interest in sponsoring a boys’ team this year.

We would love to have any community members with Chess Experience come in and share their strategies with the scholars!

QUILTING CLUB Quilting Club meets Tuesday afternoons from 3:45pm4:45pm in Mrs. Leyba’s room. Bethany Weaver, Emma Dondi, Jordyn McClain and Sydney McClain have been busy “piecing” their projects together. Stop by to check them out! Mrs. Leyba is looking for volunteers with sewing machines to help the quilting club.

COOL SCIENCE CLUB Cool Science meets on Tuesdays after school. Scholars have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different hands-on activities including: making fruit batteries, soil testing, sound experiments, brain activities, etc. Club Sponsor Mr. Nigro extends a big thank you to our Cool Science representatives. Check out the Cool Science website at


Battle of the Books is ready to do Battle. These scholars have been working hard to make sure they know the facts about each of the books they read. We have now been given the final 12 and will focus on these to STOMP the competition in our first Battle of the Books competition on May 15th at Mann Middle School.


Mr. Richie is offering Youth Leadership training to any scholar wishing to become a leader. Scholars will learn may skills from the Colorado Springs Youth Leadership Program. Topics will include Leadership Styles, Situational Knowledge, Speaking, Writing, Multimedia, Interpersonal Skills and much more. See Adult volunteers are needed to help on the day Mr. Richie if you want to join, and let him know which day of the of the competition. Please see Jeff Marshall week fits your schedule. or Melanie Jaramillo for details.

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GALILEO SCHOLAR CLUB NEWS YEARBOOK STAFF Yearbook has been working hard to meet the April 4th deadline and is doing a fantastic job. The yearbook is designed by our Galileo Scholars and they are proud of the job they have done. The yearbook scholars have worked with the on-line system for the very first time and had to overcome some obstacles. They took the challenge on like true Bulldogs. They are having a great time taking photos of all the happenings here at Galileo and can’t wait to see their finished project. This is the first EVER Galileo yearbook, so make sure to order yours now before they are sold out.

KBDG: The News Everyone is Barking About Derek and Stephen Swanson co-sponsor the KBDG Announcement Club at Galileo. The scholars of Galileo work to produce a newscast production where the scholars make a daily television show. The scholars come in at 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday to report events at Galileo and around the world. Most days, the broadcast consists of five segments which include announcements, sports, weather, social, and special segments. In 45 minutes of extremely hard work, the scholars complete a 4 to 8 minute show. The scholars have had the opportunity to use high tech production equipment, such as the TRICaster, cameras, and iMacs, for their broadcasts. Our cast is active when gathering the news, creating scripts, and producing the broadcasts.

GALILEO SCHOLAR COUNCIL (GSA) Mr. Stephen Swanson reports that so far this year the GSA has been focused on getting organized into a serviceable student government body. They have run an after school concession stand, helped with the Harvest of Love Food Drive, and their biggest success so far this year has been the wellattended Winter Wonderland Dance in December. During the week of April 6-10, scholars will participate in the very first GSA elections at Galileo to select five 7th Grade Cabinet Members and five 7th grade Class Representatives. We're looking forward to successful elections. Next year, the GSA will be sponsoring many more events and is looking forward to a great second year. Some of the GSA 6th Grade Representatives this year include Miranda Osowicki, Silas Carter, Darral Morris, Angelique Felix, Andrew Bendorf, Zoe Jones, Andrew Hayward, Hailey Long.


The newscast crew consists of Joey Demarco, Khatlyn Manivong, Silas Carter, Makena Mueller, Cora Lacy, Makaila Carrera, Ciera Gilmore, Daniel Webber, Daniel Hopkins, Amanda Stettler, Kylie Haberman, Paige Earls, Aelias Brown, Zoe Jones, Mr. Derek Swanson, and Mr. Stephen Swanson.

MESA stands for Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement. Club members work on different challenges using MESA skills. MESA teams compete against other teams at the middle school and high school levels; the middle schools have different challenges than the high schools. One of this years contests was building a structure out of Lego’s around a light bulb to see if it would still work after dropping the assembly off the fire tower near TESLA Education Center. Team’s with working bulbs were the winners. Another contest was bridge building. The Team pre-built a balsa wood bridge and tested the bridge’s efficiency against the efficiencies of other middle school bridges. The final contest is a boat regatta. The Team will build a boat out of empty milk cartons, wood, and duct tape. Then the team will put people in the boat, and try to get to the other side of the pool. To win, the team will need to use the least amount of milk cartons to transport the most people across the pool the fastest. This year’s team includes Sam Askew, Zoe Jones, Khatlyn Manivong, Michael Naillis, Derek Rasmus, Peter Rule, Richie Scheuer, Aimee Schmitt, Mimi Tran, Analisa Young.

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READ, SET, RUN ... NEWS FROM THE MEDIA CENTER ****** Scholastic Book Fair ****** Galileo's first Scholastic Book Fair will be held the first week of May. This will be an annual event that supports our growing library. The Fair will be open daily Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Watch for more information about special events and evening hours! All proceeds from the Book Fair will go directly to the Media Center at Galileo. With your support, we can have a great Book Fair, and a lot of fun!

Lady Bulldog Volleyball Team Members Jessie Aragon Elizabeth Cordova Chyanne Forbes Maya Kochman Jacqueline Majalca Cinthia Pena Meahlani Sands-Valle Emily Willis

Mackenzie Bayless Lexus Eiskina Jamie Herold Hailey Long AnaKaren Partida Rebekah Rizuto Aimee Schmitt

Special thanks to Coach Archuleta and to Assistant Coaches Jane Ellis, Kylie Cornella, Nicole Schmitt and Team Manager Hailey Goff.


If you're interested in helping with the Fair, please contact Dana Keys at 471-4752 or email

2009 Battle of the Books Information

The BOYS’ Track Team is “ON THE RUN”!

When? Friday, May 15, 2009 Where? Mann Middle School Access the list of books on the Galileo website. All Galileo Scholars may want to join in on the reading of these books. ADDITIONAL READING MATERIALS

District 11 is dedicated to communicating with students, parents, staff and the community through the following publications: Communicator, Digest, D-11 Connections and Flash News Alerts. Please contact Judy McIntire with questions or to receive past publications: You can also subscribe to receive these publications through email:

Click here for information on Galileo Boys’ Track (Hit control click on this link to access information through the Galileo website.) Check out the Galileo “Gym Video” produced by Mr. Kyle Chamberlain while you are there!

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GS2 PTA Updates


ATTENTION ALL MALES…. The first male parent/guardian/community member who attends a PTA or BAAC meeting gets a FREE T-SHIRT! Don’t be afraid! (Rusty Moomey, Don Richie and Joe Barrera will be there as back-up.)

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and the community.

During the March PTA meeting, PTA members drafted a general event calendar from now to next school year. Come help plan and/or suggest new events! The next meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, April 14th at Galileo. We plan to participate in the national PTA Teacher Appreciation Week in May and would also like to hold a "Green Party" as a year-end dance/event for our scholars. 2

Tentative GS PTA Event Calendar for 2009/2010 August 2009: October 2009: November 2009: December 2009: January: February 2010: May 2010:

National PTA Back-to-School Membership Drive/Events Reflections Program Thanksgiving Baskets Teacher Appreciation Event National PTA School Events National PTA “Take Your Family to School Week” Open House National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

Committee is an oversight committee designed to be a communication link between the school

The Galileo BAAC committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss issues that relate to the education of the scholars at Galileo. Together with the school principal and other school faculty, the committee is able to assess academic

performance and progress at Galileo, as well as, to determine needs and support in each area. We encourage and welcome parents, grandparents and community members to join us. Please come to our meetings to find out how you can

We do plan to meet over the summer, and look forward to par- help maintain the high standards set for Galileo ticipation from the new 6th grade students’ parents, as well as by participating in BAAC. The next meeting the continued support of the present Galileo community.


is schedule from 6-7pm on April 14th.

PTA is looking for student or adult volunteers to run a concesContact Dana Keys with questions or comsion stand during home games. This can be volunteering to do this once or more, for a particular season or for the whole ments: year. Proceeds go into the PTA treasury to support scholar activities and events. Contact Esther Mueller at 432-6218 or if you are interested.

YOUR CHANCE TO BE IN CHARGE! PTA OFFICERS NEEDED Please let any PTA officer or member know of your interest in volunteering for a position for the 2009/2010 school year (or now!). The list of current officers and contact information is on the PTA page of the Galileo website.

MEMBERSHIPS ALWAYS ACCEPTED Please support your Galileo Scholar by joining PTA. It is only $7. Contact Esther Mueller, or your favorite GS2 member. Just because you join doesn’t mean you have to go to meetings, but please know that you are always welcome!

Box Tops for Education Thanks to everyone participating in the Box Tops for Education program at Galileo this year. It is a great way for Galileo to earn money for school programs and activities. REMEMBER: Save your box tops during the summer and turn them in when you return in the fall.


As always, we appreciate you sending your scholar to Galileo School of Math and Science. Please let us know what we can do to improve. I wan...