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Sixth-graders relax Friday; CSAP tests upcoming

Mike McCollum
Sixth-grader Julia Seiden speeds down the slopes of Howelsen Hill during Outdoor Recreation Day. The day was an early reward for students who will be busting their brains in about a month taking the Colorado Student Assessment Program test.
John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-graders had the run of Howelsen Hill on Friday while their seventh- and eight-grade classmates were hitting the books. — Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-graders had the run of Howelsen Hill on Friday while their seventh- and eight-grade classmates were hitting the books.

— Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-graders had the run of Howelsen Hill on Friday while their seventh- and eight-grade classmates were hitting the books.

The Outdoor Recreation Day was an early reward for students who soon will be busting their brains taking Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP, tests.

“It’s a good way to have them blow off some steam before some heavy-duty work next month,” said Matt Tredway, a sixth grade teacher.

Mikaila Jegtvig and Kaddie Kolberg’s cheeks were beet red after taking a slide down a tubing run in the chilly January air. The 12-year-old students began the day ice skating, but they quickly made their way outside to experience the thrill of rocketing down the mountain on a tube.

“Everybody else at school must hate it that we are out here today,” Mikaila said.

Middle school teacher Matt Cummings said students had the option to ski, ice skate, snowshoe or tube.

“The kids are just having a blast having fun out here on a school day,” said Cummings, whose cheeks were as red as those of his students. “I can’t complain about not being inside all day myself.”

Cummings added that he’s sure a few of his colleagues may be jealous that the sixth grade teachers, including Frank Mayer and Matt Anderson, also were able to spend the day playing in the snow.

As Layne Tyler, 11, and Olivia Wright, 11, raced down Howelsen Hill on their tubes, shrieks of laughter filled the recreation area.

The two students jockeyed for position along the course, but they crossed the finish line at the same time. Racing to get back in line for another run down the hill, Tyler shouted, “Let’s do it again!”

Middle school teachers can only hope for such enthusiasm when CSAP tests begin.


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