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May 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,


As we prepare to wrap up this year, what a great year it has been! It has been very exciting with many firsts. Our scholars have made progress in every avenue they have ventured. We have pretty much wrapped up our spots programs and for such young teams with only 6th graders participating, we did a great job. In a year or two, we will be a force to reckon with. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the many volunteers who spent countless hours working alongside us. We couldn't do it without you, and your help is greatly appreciated. We will begin summer school for both incoming 6th and 7th graders on June 1st. It’s a great opportunity for your scholar to catch up or brush up on the skills he/she needs. Be sure to watch the website for any updates and join us on Monday night, May 18th, for our last community night of this school year. 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. Nan Cornella, Administrative Assistant, 328-2210 Mrs. Bes Smith, Registrar, 328-2211 Mrs. Michelle Perez, Attendance, 328-2213

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

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FYI (FOR YOUR INFORMATION!) GALILEO’S FIRST EVER SCIENCE FAIR ! Dear Galileo Community, This year Galileo Scholars had their first 6th grade Science fair experience. Those that attended the night of April 30, 2009 had a BLAST!! There were judges from all over the city. All of us at Galileo send a special thank you to our volunteer judges, especially the Mitchell High school honor students. The Science Fair may be a little different next year as we reflect on what worked and what needs to be changed. I for one had a great time. Thanks for all you do to help our Galileo Scholars soar! Sincerely, Mr. Marshall

DEREK SWANSON WINS COMPUTER GRANT! Our own Mr. Derek Swanson has been awarded nearly $5,000 from the Qwest Foundation for the purchase of additional and upgraded quality equipment for video recording. Go KBDG! Special Request from the Media Center: All library books are due by May 11th. Please check lockers, backpacks, closets, under beds, etc. to find and return all Galileo library books.


GALILEO SUMMER SCHOOL Be sure to register for summer school before May 22nd. Registration forms are available in the office and on the Galileo website. Scholars will be given their classes according to their MAP Scores (April 2009).

Where: Galileo School of Math and Science When: June 1st - June 26th Time: 8:00—12:00 PM Fee: Free for students enrolled at Galileo Transportation: Buses

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GALILEO EVENTS (MARK YOUR CALENDAR!) ... UPCOMING SCHOLAR EVENTS Week of May 4th thru 8th TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 8am-4:30pm Galileo Scholastic Book Fair Monday, May 4th Brazilian Capoerira Dancers 6:30 pm Book Fair Open until 7:30 pm Tuesday, May 5th Girls’ Volleyball @ Galileo vs. Emerson 4:30 pm College Campus Tours 9:30 am to 1:00 pm Wednesday, May 6th Middle School Math Meet 4:00 to 6:00 pm Thursday, May 7th College Campus Tours 9:30 to 1:00 Boys’ Track Meet at GB Stadium 4:30 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday May 11th,12th 13th Boys’ District Track Meet

GALILEO COMMUNITY NIGHT MULTIMEDIA MAY For the last community night, Galileo Scholars will be creating a multimedia presentation to demonstrate, teach and excite people (that’s you) about something

they are interested in that relates to science. They will be expected to create a presentation to convey their information that incorporates the use of several

different types of media to include, graphics, text, and sound. Their presentations will last at least 3 minutes and are supposed to clearly explain a scientific con-

cept. The scholars hope to create presentations that are informative, interesting and fun to view! There will

Tuesday, May 12th BAAC Meeting 6:00 pm PTA Meeting 7:00 pm

also be musical and drama performances to compli-

Friday, May 15th No School for Students Battle of the Books Competition at Mann

Be sure to join the Galileo Scholars and staff at this

Monday, May 18th Community Project Night: “Multimedia May” 6:00-7:30 pm Friday, May 22nd Scholar Locker Clean Out Thursday, May 28th LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Battle of the Books Competition Battle of the Books is ready to do Battle on May 15th at Mann Middle School. Scholars have been working hard to make sure they know the facts about each of the books they are expected to read. They are planning to STOMP the competition in their first Battle of the Books competition!

ment the community night’s theme. final community night celebration!

NEWS FROM THE MEDIA CENTER Galileo's first Scholastic Book Fair is May 4th thru the 8th. Melanie Jaramillo, LRT would like to especially thank Dana Keys for organizing this event, and also recognize the additional help for this event provided by Ann Dickey, Victoria Robinson, Theresa Putnam, Kim Weaver and Alicia Earls.

The Brazilian Capoerira Dancers gave an amazing performance on Monday, May 4th as part of this event. Many teacher “wish list” items can be purchased at the fair, providing a double benefit to both individual classrooms and additional items for the Media Center as this WE WISH THEM LUCK! GO BULLDOGS! annual event will support our growing library. Adult volunteers are needed to help on the day of the competition. Please see Jeff Marshall or Melanie Jaramillo for details.

All proceeds from the Book Fair will go directly to the Media Center at Galileo. With your support, we will have a great Book Fair, and a lot of fun!

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GALILEO ACTIVITIES Galileo Scholars Chat with an Astronaut at the 25th National Space Symposium

Pictured above are the scholars and teachers who represented Galileo when they attended the National Space Symposium sponsored by the Space Foundation and held each year at the Broadmoor Hotel. The scholars were treated to a presentation by NASA Astronaut William F. Readdy where he talked about his space flights and described his work on the International Space Station. After his presentation, our scholars had the opportunity to ask questions about him, his travel in space, and his career. Can you recognize your scholar in their conference attire? GOVERNOR RITTER VISITS GALILEO

Scholars welcomed Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to Galileo, where he spoke for an hour about the components of the Stimulus Recovery Package as it relates to education in Colorado. Governor Ritter also believes that we need schools, like Galileo, that provide innovative education. This meeting was sponsored by the Southern Colorado Black Roundtable whose members were in attendance. This event was also attended by members of the District Eleven Administration, several District Eleven Board Members, Galileo parents, and other Colorado Springs community members. Mr. Don Richie was the moderator who helped make this event a success!

Governor Ritter is proud of Galileo!

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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! We are going to up the ante with a surprise gift. Would you rather run a work day or similar event? Just ask! (No meeting required & you can still get the fabulous gifts.)

SUMMER MEETINGS PTA will meet during the summer, at least once a month. Check the website to confirm times, dates and locations. Tentatively set to continue our 2nd Tuesday pattern, but at 6pm (when there is no BAAC meeting). E-mail Esther Mueller at if you are not already on the PTA electronic mailing list. Incoming 6th grade parents, new 7th grade parents, and all the regulars are welcome and encouraged to attend.


BAAC COMMITTEE The Building Advisory and Accountability

Committee is an oversight committee designed to be a communication link between the school and the community. 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, grandpar-

Please let any PTA officer or member know of your interest in ents and community members to join us. Please volunteering for a position for the 2009/2010 school year (or now!). The list of current officers and contact information is on come to our meetings to find out how you can 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! You can access more information on the Galileo web site.

Purchase Your Yearbook Don’t Miss Out! The yearbooks are still on sale! The theme of the 2008-2009 first ever Galileo yearbook will be “A Year of Firsts”. The cost of the yearbook is now $25.00. There is a yellow form to fill out for the order. Please return the form with payment to Mrs. Sims, Mr. Marshall, or Mr. Derek Swanson. Mrs. Perez will also be happy to accept the payments in the office.

help maintain the high standards set for Galileo by participating in BAAC.

Box Tops for Education Campbell’s Soup Labels Thanks to everyone participating in the collection of Box Tops and Campbell’s Soup UPC labels for Galileo this year. It is a great way for the Galileo PTA to earn money to support scholar programs and activities. Please continue to save your Box Tops and UPC labels over the summer. The Galileo Support Squad will collect them next fall. To access more information follow these links. Box tops: Campbell’s labels for Education:'s's  

Mr. Rusty Moomey, Principal, 328-2202 Mrs. Vanessa Long, Counselor, 328-2206 Mrs. Stacy Brisben, Curriculum Coordinator, 328-2208 Mrs. Mary...