Johann Kailey-Steiner at TEDx

Johann Kailey-Steiner former Grant Beacon Middle School student has been selected to speak at the TEDx Mile High Youth event at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Wednesday, April 16th. Johann will be speaking about his involvement in science and aerospace through competitive science fair and mentorships. His talk will also include how middle and high school students can pursue STEM careers and explain how students can get involved in the space industry.

Check him out on the TEDx @Mile High Web Site

Johann Kailey-Steiner completed his middle school education at GBMS, and is a current 9th grader at South High School. His project was awarded first place in the Mathematics category at the Broadcom Masters National Science Competition this year.

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Happy New Year!~

We are officially halfway through the school year, and our students ended the year with so much excitement! We wrapped up 2013 by delivering Thanksgiving meals to many families, hosting 5th graders from elementary schools, donating reusable GBMS grocery bags filled with food from Whole Foods, playing music at our GBMS Open House / Enrichment Showcase, decorating holiday doors, and finally celebrating in our Holiday Bash on the last day of school! We had a great time in the weeks approaching winter break, but now that we are returning back to school, it is critical that we talk to our students about importance of putting in 100% effort into all academic areas.

Many of our students have been making remarkable progress!  Our focus on blended learning, the extended school day, and student leadership is preparing them for the rigors of high school and college. It is important for you to check their grades on  Engrade gives our students realtime feedback on their grades, and our students need to maintain a 2.6 or above GPA in each of their classes.  The students can also check their online assignments on our learning management system (Moodle):  Through our Moodle, you can find all teacher lesson plans, academic resources, tutorials, learning goals and extension activities.

Furthermore, we are beginning our quarter 3 enrichment classes on January 13th.  Our students can select from a wide range of enrichments which include intervention classes, yearbook, dance, technology, music, sports and many more!  Check with your student and ask them about their enrichment class.

As we move into the second half of the school year, we will be revisiting the GBMS Beacon Contract with many of the students. As measured by their grades and/or attendance, we have some students that are not meeting the grade-level requirements.  All students are expected to complete nightly homework, which includes 30 minutes of reading and 30 minutes of math.  Effective January 13th, all students that fail to complete their homework or are not following the GBMS expectations, will be required to serve 4:00-5:00pm detention.  If our students are to be prepared for the rigors of high school and be college bound, they  must have a habit of completing homework.   We will need your support by requiring your son/daughters to complete their nightly homework (30 minutes of reading  and 30 minutes of math).

We are excited to have our students back in school, and we look forward to a great 2nd half of the school year!

Alex Magaña

GBMS 7th Grade Denver Zoo Trip Information

Hey 7th Grade Students,

Have you heard, 7th Grade is going on a field trip to the Denver Zoo on December 5th. We need parent valenteers to help on the trip. See the attached flyer for information.

Zoo field Trip Information

Mr. Peek

Get your GBMS Pride Gear at Parent Teacher Conferences!

Hello there! We have some really awesome t-shirts and hoodies that will be for sale at Parent/Teacher Conferences this Tuesday and Wednesday November 5th and 6th. Check them out by clicking on the attachment above and remember to bring money if you want to buy Grant Gear. These can also be purchased in the School Store after Conferences.

S, M, L, XL: $15

2 – XL: $20

M, L, XL: $25 

2 – XL: $20

M, L, XL: $25

2 – XL: $30

Picture Retakes Tuesday, Oct 29th

Get Ready for Picture Retake Day!

Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Visit
  2. Enter Picture ID
  3. Order and print receipt to give the photographer on Picture Day

Picture ID: CG943309Y1

Denver Public Schools Student Honored at National Science Fair Competition

First place: Johann Kailey-Steiner of Denver for his project on reducing drag in rocket design.

Johann Kailey-Steiner earned a top award at the Broadcom MASTERS competition held in Washington D.C. from September 27 to October 2. Broadcom MASTERS is a program of the Society for Science and the Public created to inspire and encourage scientists, engineers, and innovators of the future. Johann was awarded first place in the Mathematics category for his project, Rocket Design Part 3: Exploring How Vortex Generators Affect Boundary Layer Airflow.

Johann was one of 30 students selected for this prestigious competition from 1,695 applicants nationwide. The 30 finalists received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to present their projects and to compete in a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) challenges. In addition to monetary awards, the finalists were thrilled to be received at the White House by President Obama, who gave them a tour of the Oval Office.

Johann is now a 9th grader at Denver South High School and attended Grant Beacon Middle School when he entered the competition. Johann competed at the district and regional science fair levels and advanced to the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) for each of his three years at Grant, placing 4th, 2nd, and 3rd in Engineering at the state science fair level for his rocket design projects. Grant Beacon, a DPS Innovation school, receives $1,000 from the Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science and the Public to further STEM education for middle school students. As an Innovation school, Grant uses blended learning classrooms that incorporate technology to provide customized instruction for all students. In addition, Grant provides enrichment classes that introduce students to subjects ranging from art to sports to dance to aerospace engineering.

Attached is a press release of the Broadcom MASTERS announcement of the 2013 National Science Fair winners and a photo of Johann and his project at the Science and Engineering Project Showcase held at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. More information about the competition and the winners can be found at:

For more information, contact Liz Kailey at 303-669-4437 or

Pumpkin Patch Party!


Hello Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted to invite you to a little event we are having here at the store next weekend, 10/26: our 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch Party!

-          Kids pumpkin painting
-          Carmel apple decorating
-          Pie eating contest
-          Prizes and games

I know that some of you have your fall festival on the 26th, but if you need something to keep the kiddos busy in the morning- bring them by! Fun gets started at 11am.

Thanks for helping spread the word!

6th Grade Field Trip to Dinosaur Ridge

Hi all,

This is a reminder that the Dinosaur Ridge Field Trip is happening Monday, October 7th. All 6th grade students who turned in a permission slip and paid $3 will be going and I’m anticipating 100% attendance at this point. Thursday I will send out another email with any adjustments, but the goal is to have everyone attend.

Date: Monday, October 7th
Time: Buses pick up at 9:15 and return students to school by 3:00.

I think that’s it! I’m excited for Dinosaur Races.


Picture Day

Attention Gryphons, get your smiles ready for Picture Day.

Monday, September 16th


Dia de fotos:
Lunes Septiembre 16