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In addition to early childhood offerings, Berthoud offers families two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. At Berthoud Elementary, there is a high level of parent involvement and the school has earned the John Irwin Academic Excellence Award several times. The school uses adult mentors and participates with Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) dog therapy. Between two-thirds and three-fourths of the students are in after-school clubs that are designed and taught by staff voluntarily! These include things like Scarf Club, chess, a jewelry-making group and more. Activities include choir, peer mentoring, Homework Club, Odyssey of the Mind and the Spelling & Geography Bee, among others.The other elementary school, Ivy Stockwell, is on its way to being a STEM school. In addition to receiving the Governor's Distinguished Growth Award (and the Energy Star Award), the school has very strong literacy programs, parent involvement and volunteer service. Special offerings include peer tutoring, compre-hensive literacy professional development for staff, and the fifth-grade showcase (biographies of famous people acted out). Extracurricular activities include chess, Lego robotics, STEM Club, Battle of the Books, yoga, wellness activities, fifth-grade book-signing night and a variety of family nights.At Turner Middle School, students are offered a STEM curriculum and an enrichment program to explore their passions. The school's mission is to prepare all students for success as productive citizens and lifelong learners. The school's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) values are being prepared, respectful and on time.Ranking among the top 7% of high schools in the United States, Berthoud High School (BHS) prides itself on being a close-knit community where teachers leave and return and graduates come and teach.The high school is refining its already great STEM program and its robotics program has won at the state, national and world levels despite being one of the smallest high schools in the competitions!Extracurricular activities and programs include sports, Bridge Between Show Choir, the Teacher Cadet program, Peer Support Counselors and Peer Buddy programs.Thompson schools are close to a number of colleges and universities, including: University of Northern Colorado (Greeley); Colorado State University (Fort Collins); Colorado University (Boulder); Aims Community College (Loveland & Greeley); Front Range Community College (Fort Collins); and the Institute of Business & Medical Careers (IBMC) College (Fort Collins & Longmont).Little Thompson on the east grounds of Berthoud High School, this world-class observatory's mission is to help people of all ages learn about the universe by offering a first-hand experience with astronomy.The Star WallThe "star wall" illustrates the full year's night sky. It shows constellations, major stars and selected deep-sky objects such as star clusters, nebulae and gal-axies. The star wall also depicts the sky from the cultural perspective of the First Nations, specifically the Lakota Sioux.The TelescopesThe observatory features the 24" Mt. Wilson telescope, the 18" Tinsley tele-scope and the 6" Astrophysics telescope.VisitorsThe observatory hosts an average of 400 visitors per month. Approximately 70% of the visitors are students K-12. Visiting groups include families, preschool, pub-lic school and homeschooled students, Scout troops, church groups, profes-sional society meetings, community col-lege classes and company gatherings.Public Star NightsHeld on the third Friday of the month (except July). Doors open at 7 p.m.; program starts at 7:30 p.m. No reservations are needed. Speakers and topics are announced in local newspapers and on the website.Getting Schooled in BerthoudBerthoud Schools Berthoud Early Childhood Center 970-613-5052Berthoud/Turner Early Childhood Center 970-613-5052Berthoud Elementary 970 613-7500Ivy Stockwell Elementary 970 613-6100Turner Middle School 970 613-7400Berthoud High School 970 613-7700Thompson School District www.thompsonschools.orgPhoto below by FreeRangeLongmont.com18 | Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce | | 970.532.4200

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