By Aimee Yllanes 05/21/2020
Colorado Rocky Mountain School student Sarah Teague, a graduating senior who will be attending Yale University, was recently selected as one of 2,500 seniors across the country to be awarded a $2,500 scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Topics: student, academics
By Tracy Wilson 05/19/2020
The 5Point Film Dream Project is a community outreach program that encourages local Roaring Fork Valley youth to develop projects that they believe will make a difference. In its 11th year, the 5Point Dream Project Scholarship Program continues to support students and the communities they serve. In an ever-changing world, it is imperative that we look towards the future through the lens of our youth. Congratulations to this year's CRMS recipients...Cassidy Meyer '21, Mike Xie '21 and Nicole Peirson and Tess Munro '20.
By Diane Hackl, Active Program Director 05/14/2020
On Friday, May 8, 2020, 9th- 11th graders embarked on Project Day - a choose your own adventure learning expedition!
Topics: active, art, community, academics
By Allison Johnson 05/07/2020
Every year the National High School Model United Nations Conference brings high school students from around the globe to New York City to try to solve some of the world’s largest challenges using the same format as the United Nations itself. Over 5,000 students from 74 countries around the globe hone their debate, diplomacy, critical thinking, and writing skills on this world stage. In 2019 for the first time ever the program included and endorsed a new branch: the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Among the first-ever delegation of ten indigenous students from all over the United States was CRMS senior Lacey Kie, a member of the Jicarilla Apache and Laguna Pueblo peoples.
By Ashley Smith, Director of Counseling 04/16/2020
Now, more than ever, we need to take care of ourselves. Ashley Smith, CRMS Director of Counseling is sharing some tips to help you and your family through this uncertain time.
By Heather McDermott, Director of the CRMS Garden Program 04/09/2020
In the past few weeks, food shortages (especially fresh produce) have been the norm in grocery stores. This, in part, is prompting a rising interest in gardening. Seed and garden supply companies are seeing a surge of sales as people head to their backyards to start their 2020 Victory Gardens. Whether you are looking for a distraction during this time of social distancing or are looking to have your own supply of fresh produce at your fingertips, here are my top ten vegetables to most definitely add to your list. I chose these vegetables based on calories per square foot, yield per square foot, ease of growing, timeliness, and storage capabilities.
By Christine Carter, Greater Good Berkley.edu 03/25/2020
This article has been shared from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley.
Teens are not made for isolation, which makes COVID-19 especially hard on them. Here's how to help your teenager to see the bigger picture.
By Allison Johnson 02/13/2020
Blacksmithing Resident Artist Olivia Pevec has a lot of irons in the fire beyond the Colorado Rocky Mountain School forge. From blacksmithing to wood-splitting to the arts and volunteerism, longtime local Pevec is a true Renaissance woman with many talents and interests.
By Meredith Reitemeir, CRMS Teaching Fellow 02/06/2020
Colorado Rocky Mountain School is well known for our Active programs, which range from kayaking, yoga, and cross country to mountain biking and soccer to skiing and climbing. We believe that immersing students in physical activity helps to instill values that come to fruition in all aspects of our community, from the classroom to dorm life. Pushing yourself past the brink of exhaustion and sanity to finish out a cross country or bike race translates into academic rigor and tenacity as much as belaying your friend on their project or cheering on a teammate coincides with being a good roommate and student.
By Amiee White Beazley 01/30/2020
Colorado Rocky Mountain School fosters long-standing relationships with the Aspen Valley’s most impactful organizations
It’s no secret that Aspen is home to some of the best outdoor opportunities in the world, but the valley that connects Aspen to Glenwood Springs - and Colorado Rocky Mountain School - is also home to world-class organizations that focus on the arts, environment, social justice and everything in between. Here are just a few of the ways students at CRMS benefit from these communities, both in and out of the classroom:
By TABS 01/21/2020
The real world can be a scary concept—and place—especially when we consider our precious children entering it someday. You’ve considered their academic future, but what other steps can you take to prepare your son or daughter for how to handle real life? The good news? Boarding school can help you cultivate your child’s skills both in and out of the classroom.
Topics: boarding school
By Jan Weeks, Carbondale Magazine 01/09/2020
Monica Perez-Rhodes has made a long journey, from dishwasher to controller at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, a journey she’s rightfully proud of. Perez-Rhodes first came to Carbondale at age three. Her father moved the family from Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, to work in a coal mine. When the mines closed, they went back to Parral. Yet Perez-Rhodes never forgot her early years in the Roaring Fork Valley. “I love the area and always wanted to come back,” she said, and when she was 18, she did.
By Jeff Leahy, CRMS Head of School 12/20/2019
Below are the books I have been reading during the fall and winter of 2019. This group has just about everything in it, including historical fiction, science fiction, comedy, and well-researched subjects.
By Julie Wiley, Associate Director of Admission at Colorado Rocky Mountain School 12/19/2019
You have to write an essay for a school application, and maybe you have to write more than one. Perhaps some of the essays you have to write are shorter or longer in length, and maybe you are writing them for multiple schools. The hardest part of essay writing is getting started and deciding what to write. Here are some tips on how to write a great essay that reflects who you are and how to tell a school about you.
Topics: college, admission
CRMS partnered with Aspen Valley Land Trust to work on a Riparian Restoration Project on the north end of campus.
Topics: science, community
By Allison Johnson 11/21/2019
Tick Ridge is a private parcel of CRMS land paralleling the school on the other side of the Crystal River. The property includes a new CRMS garden plot as well as over 3.5 miles of stacked loop trails. The trails start on the valley floor along the Crystal River and traverse meadows and pinyon-juniper woodland up 300 feet in elevation to the ridgeline and mesa above, which offer spectacular views of Mount Sopris and the Crystal Valley Ranch. The trails are used formally for the Oystermeister running race and informally by CRMS runners, winter athletes in dryland training, faculty looking for a quick workout, and an occasional mountain biker willing to navigate sketchy sections and tight switchbacks up to the top.
In recent years, a CRMS student service crew has largely been responsible for trail improvement and maintenance.
Topics: student, outdoor
By Aimee Yllanes 11/14/2019
Student journalist Sarah Teague '20 joined KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl on Booked to talk about student publication The Olive Branch, her summer academy at The New York Times, and her column in The Sopris Sun entitled "To Trust the Media, Youth Must Help Shape It."
By Allison Johnson 11/07/2019
Several times a year, students and their families receive a CRMS report card on progress in programs ranging from academics to service crews to interim. What catches the eye on these reports is not a grade but the large box in the center of the page that lists five character skills. Each one relates to CRMS's core values of respect, responsibility, and excellence. This recognition system is at the heart of CRMS's philosophy, and although that box may seem like a simple construction, the road to its creation took 15 years, several iterations, and the hard work of a dedicated group of teachers and students.
Topics: recognition, character
By Molly Dorais, Director of Admission and Financial Aid 10/24/2019
For students and parents exploring options for high school, the admission process can be exciting, overwhelming, stressful, and scary all at the same time. It feels like a big decision because it is a big decision. It is also a time to pause and reflect on the first two stages of education (elementary and middle) as you look forward and set goals for the next two (high school and college.) This three-part blog series aims to break down several parts of the application process to hopefully make it less overwhelming and more joyful.
Part 1: Getting the Most out of your School Visit and Nailing the Admission Interview
By Aimee Yllanes 10/02/2019
Freshman year of high school is a time of immense change for students. CRMS provides intentional programming that prepares and supports 9th graders for the new challenges introduced by a college-preparatory residential program. We have a team of teachers focused explicitly on the 9th-grade class who work together to help students build performance and moral character. These teachers oversee an interdisciplinary, values-based curriculum that emphasizes collaboration and responsibility in both the classroom and community. One shared attribute of freshman year is Freshman Seminar, which features topics such as self-esteem, diversity, physical health, human sexuality, drug and alcohol awareness, and study skills.
By Allison Johnson 09/12/2019
Most high schools in the United States require all students to take algebra, resulting in a daunting spectrum of skill levels in the classroom.
After researching different options and talking with an (HS)2 summer teacher, Benedict learned about an online adaptive math system called ALEKS. He decided to give the program a try.
By Darryl Fuller, Outdoor Program Manager 07/11/2019
The first trip that all students go on when they arrive at CRMS is Wilderness Orientation. It is a 10-day service and backpacking trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Since we know that students and families are curious about Wilderness Orientation, we offer the following answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.
By Jen Ogilby 06/24/2019
The CRMS Community Award is the highest recognition the school community can bestow on a student. Those who receive the award embody the enduring values that have been at the core of the school since its beginning – respect, responsibility, and excellence. The award recognizes individuals for their responsibility beyond themselves, for their willingness to work for the benefit of all, and for the legacy, through example, that endures in the memories of everyone.
By Nancy Draina 06/13/2019
The Academic Excellence Award is conferred on a student whose academic performance during the year demonstrates remarkable consistency at the highest level of achievement. The intent of the award is to reward those who have rewarded us in the classroom – both students and faculty - who achieve on a level of excellence matched by the values of scholarship we all hold dear, and who study with intensity, motivate themselves and others, and genuinely celebrate learning in all aspects to its fullest.
By Allison Johnson 05/24/2019
Service crews have long been an important part of the CRMS journey and a way for students to give back to their community. While digging fence posts is an oft-cited example of the hands-on nature of the work, students also can choose more academic pursuits that include environmental stewardship. The River Watch Service Crew is one such example and run by chemistry teacher Jim Gaw. The crew is contracted with River Watch, a state-wide water quality and assessment program, to provide monthly data and water samples on the Crystal River. Although participants in this small crew are typically also in Jim Gaw's chemistry class, freshman Willa Schendler signed up her first chance at CRMS.
By Heather Froelicker, CRMS Learning Specialist 05/16/2019
We all experience some level of anxiety before a test. A little nervousness can actually help motivate us to perform our best, however, too much anxiety can be a problem that interferes with performance. Here are some strategies to keep in mind as you prepare for finals.
By Amiee White Beazley 05/09/2019
In April, CRMS welcomed Andrew Romanoff to campus as the final speaker in the school’s year-long series of lectures and film screenings centered around wellness. The former President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, Romanoff is widely known as a powerful advocate for mental healthcare. Now he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate with sights on challenging sitting Colorado Senator, Cory Gardner.
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 04/19/2019
Here's the latest installment of what CRMS Head of School, Jeff Leahy, has been reading this winter and early spring.
By Allison Johnson 04/05/2019
Since its founding, part of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School mission is to cultivate a learning environment in which students “thoughtfully participate in the world we share.” As Greenblatt’s quote above notes, it can be hard to contribute thoughtfully if one doesn’t have a framework for contextualizing cultural and historical influences. History classes at CRMS, then, are not about textbooks, memorizing dates, or knowing the forms of government. Rather, the department helps students employ historical, geographical, and philosophical information to a far more powerful end: understanding the role of the past in their own lives as well as the world at large. Being able to reflect on historical trends and connections can help students develop critical thinking, rigor, and discourse skills, which in today’s polarizing climate has never been more important.
By Betsy Bingham-Johns, Director of College Counseling 03/27/2019
The stress surrounding the college admissions process causes many families to lose perspective. It can be easy to forget that one grade, test score, or admission decision has never prevented anyone from becoming a happy and successful adult.
Topics: College Counseling
By Jennifer Ogilby, Dean of Students 03/14/2019
The Recognition System at Colorado Rocky Mountain School has been in existence for fourteen years. It was introduced in the Fall of 2005 as a way to recognize each student’s contribution to the school. At its core are the Colorado Rocky Mountain School core values of Respect, Responsibility, and Excellence.
By TABS 02/28/2019
So, you’re thinking about boarding school. Is it right for you? Sure, the exciting adventures, leading academic programs and independence sound great—but what is going away for school really like—in real life?
Topics: boarding school
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 02/22/2019
It is widely understood that human beings are social learners and that everything that we know outside of our own experience is based on a platform of social trust. Whether the learning that is taking place is coming from a book, a person, or some form of technology, the confidence we have in this information comes from shared values and beliefs. It is for this reason that I believe that all learning is about relationships and in the world of teenagers so much of their learning has at least three different levels of influence: their attitude towards the subject, the influence of their peers, and their connection with the adult. There is ample evidence that teachers make a difference in student performance and learning.
By Mags Miller '90 02/08/2019
I was living in Harare, Zimbabwe, when I first found CRMS. I was 13 years old, had lived in Africa most of my life, and didn’t know the first thing about Colorado, let alone snow. But my 13-year-old self was certain that CRMS was the place for me. To this day, I couldn’t tell you why it spoke to me, it was just one of those things that you know in your gut.
And my gut was right.
By Allison Johnson 01/31/2019
The ability to stare down a genocidal Bosnian general at an international human rights tribunal does not come overnight. It is the product of years of hard work, dedication, experience, and exposure to human suffering. In the case of CRMS alumna Claire Noone '07, many of the seeds that have contributed to her successes as a human rights lawyer were planted at CRMS.
Noone recently visited CRMS to share her story with students. In addition to speaking at an all-school meeting about her work in Bosnia and along the U.S.-Mexico border, she attended several classes and had lunch with students. She was delighted to see that many of the ideals that shaped who she is, still exist today at the school.
By Heather McDermott, Director of the Garden Program 01/10/2019
It was a record-breaking year for the CRMS garden. As we were planning for a robust expansion for 2018, we purchased a tractor and other specialized equipment. We broke ground and installed irrigation on over 2 acres of new field on Crystal River Road. This piece of land had long ago was used as a CRMS soccer field, but this year it became a gorgeous, thriving garden. In all, the garden doubled in size.
By Allison Johnson 01/03/2019
If you journeyed far out into the Pacific Ocean and down to a depth of 1,200 feet, you might be lucky enough to spy a creature that looks like a giant seashell mated with an octopus. The chambered nautilus can trace its ancestry back 500 million years, but it is now endangered and hunted for its shell. What the nautilus will never know is that thousands of miles away, a landlocked senior at CRMS is fighting to protect it and has been since he was 11 years old.
By Thomas Phippen , Post Independent 12/27/2018
Why two teachers stayed at Carbondale boarding school for 40 years
At 8:15 on a Tuesday just before the holiday break, Mark Clark tries to get Colorado Rocky Mountain School students to talk about the inevitability of death, specifically as it is portrayed in Sartre’s short story “The Wall” about prisoners facing a death sentence.
Clark, who now teaches philosophy of history to seniors, and chemistry teacher Jim Gaw are in their 40th year as teachers at CRMS. They are beloved for their attention to the students at CRMS, and their contributions to the school and the community.
By The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) 12/20/2018
Where and how your child learns can significantly impact their chances for success. A boarding school education can be a superior alternative when considering schools. Here, we’ve compiled the most common misperceptions about boarding school from parents. Browse through them to learn the truth and discover more about boarding school.
Topics: boarding school
By Ruth Oppenheimer '19 12/13/2018
The purpose of the trip, for 15 CRMS seniors who chose to attend, was to experience firsthand the Buddhist ideals we are studying, as we have learned that one cannot truly learn Buddhism without coming into contact with the concepts and practicing them ourselves.
By Allison Johnson 12/06/2018
Adults have always worried about the health and well-being of our teens. The teen years are a vulnerable time of immense brain growth and of leaning into adulthood without fully understanding what it is. The neurodevelopment of critical areas of a teen’s brain makes them more receptive to both environmental factors and learning but also hinders key areas like executive function and planning, which fully mature later in their twenties.
Today the challenges teens face are external as well as internal and more concerning than ever before. Anxiety, depression, and suicide are notably on the rise paired with an increased pressure to get into college. Social media and cell phones have taken a toll on student health – a recent study found that 50% of teens felt addicted to their phones. Screens have impacted teens in other ways as well. Teens are sleeping less than they were a generation ago, and a 2016 study found that over 90% of U.S. high school students don’t get enough exercise to stay healthy. While teen smoking is down, vaping use has skyrocketed. Adults are right to worry about their student’s health and wellness.
By The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) 11/28/2018
High school is around the corner, and you're wondering what it will be like. You may be thinking about whether it will help you get into the college of your dreams, or allow you to learn about the things that really interest you.
There are a lot of unknowns about high school, but you're sure of one thing - you have big plans for yourself, and you want to be in the right place. If you've ever considered a boarding school, take a look at these seven signs that you're ready for more.
Topics: boarding school
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 11/15/2018
Perhaps you can tell by this list that I have switched from summer leisure reads to strategic initiatives and planning. That is not to say that these books are all about “work;” they are all excellent reads and worth people’s time if they find the subject relevant and of interest.
By Andrea Chacos 11/06/2018
At some point, we all start to sound just like our parents when it comes to the importance of music education. “I wish I continued playing the piano when I was your age,” or “Just one more year of music lessons and you’ll thank me later,” are comments that we utter to our children when they’re still in our care. We say things like this because we know the benefits of music are bountiful and there is value in this type of education.
By Amiee White Beazley 09/13/2018
For nine months out of every year, Colorado Rocky Mountain School is alive, filled with students tapping into their exceptional possibilities, working together, planning adventures, and for more than half of the student body – living together.
Boarding is a big part of CRMS life. With seven dorms there are approximately 100 students living on campus.
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 08/30/2018
My summer reading list: Perhaps due to the pervasive lists of “beach reads” that I encountered over the last few months, there is a broader assortment of literature that I am recommending this time around. I still had the pleasure of reading some excellent non-fiction books that generally focus on culture and community. Surprisingly, I did not read a book this summer that I would not recommend.
By Dave Meyer, History Faculty 08/02/2018
You drift blissfully on the current of a lazy summer day and your mind ponders the glories of cold lemonade, the happiness of some unstructured hours, and whether that guy/girl you have a crush on knows you exist. Thoughts continue and you consider favorite places, concerts in the future, great friends, math derivatives and factoring. Wait! Derivatives and factoring? This is summer, why are you thinking about math?
This is a quick reminder that using your brain in the off-season (summer time) is as important as dryland training is for a great ski winter. Here are a few tips for keeping yourself in intellectual shape in the summer months.
By Reprinted from Grown & Flown 07/12/2018
Many parents wonder how they can help with the college application process. Here are a few tips on how to help without taking over.
By Jeff Leahy 06/28/2018
The latest installment of what CRMS Head of School, Jeff Leahy, is reading
Check out what Alex Schechter of Bloomberg has to say about our quaint town nestled in the Colorado Rockies. "Serious food cred, big mountain adventures, and a growing stock of luxury hotels are putting this little-known town on the cusp."
Plus it's home to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School!
By Peter Benedict, River Program Manager and Mathematics Faculty 05/10/2018
As the rivers rise again this spring, I wanted to take a moment to pass on some things I think about in regards to river safety. Fast flowing mountains streams are captivating on hot days. There is little that is as fun as riding the whitewater roller coaster of a high water river. But things can go wrong quickly on a cold mountain river. Below is some practical advice for anyone planning to be in the water.
By Betsy Bingham-Johns, Director fo College Counseling at CRMS 05/01/2018
It's that time of year at Colorado Rocky Mountain School where the junior class has begun the process of writing their personal essay for college admissions. Here are a few tips on the best way to approach what could be considered by some to be a challenging topic.
By Genevieve Villamizar 04/19/2018
For ten summers, fifty inner-city kids have filled Colorado Rocky Mountain School classrooms with academic fervor, paddled waterways with new-found friends and climbed to their personal bests through all CRMS has to offer.
“CRMS programming uniquely combines academic, residential, and outdoor experiences to help young people challenge themselves to become the students and citizens they want to be,” says Chelsea Brundige, CRMS board president. “High School High Scholars is a program in the same spirit—supporting the passion and courage of underserved students who want to chart a course for themselves to a 4-year college degree.”
By Heather McDermott, Director of the CRMS Garden Program 04/13/2018
The success of your garden this summer depends a lot on how you plan, prepare and prime your garden soil! Here are some tips to get you going:
Topics: garden, service
By Allison Johnson 03/29/2018
The history of Native American culture of the Southwest has been incorporated into the CRMS learning experience since its founding days. In the early years of the school, John and Anne Holden packed students into the famous green truck to visit Native American reservations in New Mexico for Spring Trip. In later years, Navajo guides took students on ponies to visit remote canyons and cliff dwellings where potsherds littered the ground. Students have stayed with families on reservations and helped elders who sometimes didn't speak English with tasks such as herding sheep. More recently, CRMS seniors have visited reservations on class trips and learned about traditional skills such as weaving and hunting. These experiences were so powerful for alumni that in the 1990s they stepped forward to support the creation of two scholarships for Native American students. The school continues to cultivate this connection today and has a special decades-old relationship with one family in particular.
Topics: arts, community
By Jessica Worley '11, Teaching Fellow 2018 03/22/2018
The Joshua Tree Traditional Climbing Interim had its debut this winter. BJ Sbarra had been crafting the interim for a few years, wanting to fill a gap in the school’s climbing program. Student’s who go through the CRMS climbing program gain strength, technique, competency in belaying, and even learn how to lead sport climbs.
By Allison Johnson 03/15/2018
A school is measured to a significant degree by the quality of its teachers. At CRMS, Annual Fund dollars are earmarked to ensure that the school can recruit and retain passionate and high-quality staff.
“My co-workers are the most dedicated people I’ve ever met,” says Environmental Science teacher Robin Colt. “They support their students and treat them as equals who can make a difference.”
There’s no better place to witness this philosophy in action than in Colt’s Environmental Science classes, where students are exposed to real-world environmental issues, current events, potential career options, and hands-on science in the form of field work and labs.
Topics: academics, environment
By Tracy Wilson 03/06/2018
This year, several new Interim offerings were proposed. Look for recaps from the leaders in the coming weeks.
9th-grade Coordinator Tracy Wilson and Director of the International Program Katie Hyman took a group of students to the South to learn about civil disobedience during the Civil Rights Movement and how those practices can still be utilized today.
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 03/01/2018
I am sitting with my son on a plane the day he turned thirteen, and almost precisely at the moment that would mark his birthday, the sweet little boy presented a previously unseen edge in his impatience with me and all of a sudden it appeared as though I could not do anything right. I am not exaggerating when I share this - he was at that moment a noticeably different person: one that had very little tolerance for my getting something wrong and becoming annoyed relatively quickly with something that I no longer could read because I was in my 50's (and therefore helpless with small print). The moment didn't last long, and by all measures, he remains a very gentle and kind person, but the shift in his attitude towards me was noticeably there. I shouldn't have been surprised, given what I know about the teenage brain.
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 02/22/2018
As a nation, we seem more obsessed with being happy than at any time before, and research would suggest that this pursuit of happiness has only made us unhappier. It is a paradox that I am aware of, and yet, as a parent and educator, if I could desire one thing for my children and any student at our school, it would be health and happiness above all else. Complicating the matter, the notion of one's happiness does not come in a can that can simply be opened and distributed – in short; we can't make our child happy.
Alumnus Peter Olenick '02 is a freestyle skiing pioneer and an 11-time X-Games competitor who won four medals in three different events. This winter, he’ll be at the 2018 Winter Olympics, representing the home team. Olenick is the coach of the South Korean freestyle ski team. He coached his sister Meg '06, a top-level slopestyle skier, through her entire career.
By Allison Johnson 01/18/2018
Joe Wagner, class of 2000, grew up in Napa Valley amidst the vineyards of his family’s estate. He first heard about CRMS from a friend of his brother’s, and those stories of a school out in the Colorado Rockies with hands-on learning, outdoor trips, and challenging athletics spoke to him. Only looking back now, however, does he realize the full impact the school had on him.
By Geneviève Villamizar 01/05/2018
How often do you consider the possibility that your firmly held beliefs could, in fact, be wrong?
“You could keep kids in a bubble,” Pittz allows. “But I’ve been very frustrated by the bubble. What I mean by that, is it’s our defense not to be informed, to not be educated about something.” That is in part what the Visiting Scholar Program seeks to address. “It’s meant to inject some interest— intellectual, emotional, civic energy— into CRMS,” says Forbes.
Topics: academics, community
By Amiee White Beazley 12/28/2017
What makes a school special? Beyond academics, it is the nurturing of a community, a place where traditions and ritual take hold and bring students and faculty together. At CRMS, teachers and students not only share in the learning and living experience but look also to bonding experiences through music, the outdoors and athletics.
Topics: active, fun, student life
By Jeff Leahy 12/22/2017
My recent reading list: Over the summer months and into the school year I have had the pleasure of spending my personal free time reading some outstanding books. If you took notice of my earlier reading list (last spring), you will see that this current list is heavily weighted with “business” books and towards the theme of culture, and how we view people and their place within their communities. (I noticed this only upon reflection, and while it is not deliberate on my part, these are topics of personal interest).
By Dave Meyer 12/14/2017
The gravity battles of the High School Climbing League moved from the cozy confines of the Western State University climbing wall to the cavernous walls of Grand Valley Climbing in Grand Junction. This competition drew the biggest field of the season in the Western Slope region with 138 high school climbers suiting up to do battle with the boulders and roped routes.
By Allison Johnson 12/01/2017
CRMS Senior Whitton Feer is more interested in the backcountry than the spotlight; however, recent awards have driven him out from the behind the lens of his camera. After winning the second annual Aspen Photo Challenge in the under-18 category and a Dream Project scholarship from the 5Point Film Festival earlier this year, Feer has a busy fall ahead of him that includes videography, photography, and applying to college.
Topics: arts, outdoor
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 11/20/2017
CRMS is an intentionally small student community, and the reasons for this were clear on Halloween night when over 50 costumed teenagers gathered to celebrate the occasion down at the Head of School's home.
By Cindy Blachly 11/10/2017
Stepping into David Powers’ glassblowing studio is like stumbling onto a secret portal that leads to the molten core of the Earth.
As he opens the door to the main furnace, a radiant orange heat roars into the room. Inside, liquid glass shimmers white at 2,000 degrees F.
“Glass is a magical, mystical thing, a glob with all this potential, not unlike a teenager,” Powers says. He should know, having taught teenagers at Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) for 40 years.
By Genevieve Villamizar 11/02/2017
Perched as they are at the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers, it is fitting that the ninth grade class at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School have found themselves immersed in the very lifeline of the West: water.
Through an inter-curricular water study unit, students have explored its braids, oxbows and side streams through English, history, world geography, science and the arts. The essential question being asked, says Academic Dean Nancy Draina, is “How do we shape water and how does it shape us?”
Topics: academics, environment
By Allison Johnson 10/26/2017
The first weeks of any high school experience can be a time of nervous transition for new students. This year CRMS has introduced initiatives aimed at easing the passage for incoming freshman by giving them more time outside of academics or sports to get to know each other and build a greater sense of community in the class as a whole. Traditionally, some of that happens on the Wilderness orientation trip, but because Wilderness happens off-campus, this year staff decided to do more.
By Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar 10/05/2017
Class of '90 alumna Micah Springer began saving money for a one-year backpack trip throughout Africa with best friend and running partner, Kas Hilberman while still attending the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. They saved for three years and researched the continent before springing the surprise on their parents.
"Keepers of the Story," is a memoir of Springer's journey.
By Allison Johnson 09/28/2017
If you see a student pedaling a yellow cruiser bike around campus and then see another student pedaling a yellow cruiser bike around campus, don't worry. You're not seeing double. You're actually witnessing the success of a new bike sharing program that has recently been introduced to campus. The CRMS Community Bike Program is a student-driven project that took off last year to resolve some of the bike issues students were seeing around campus.
By Allison Johnson 09/20/2017
Competitive swimming might not seem like a natural pursuit for an adult living in the mountains of Colorado, but longtime CRMS teacher Kayo Ogilby has not only returned to a beloved sport from his youth but also clocked in with such impressive results that he’s headed to the World Masters Swimming Championships in both open water and pool events.
By Carolyn Watt-Williams 09/06/2017
The students involved in the horse program at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) dreamt for months of adopting a wild mustang. In June, their dreams came true.
Topics: horsemanship, active
By Aimee Yllanes 06/08/2017
On June 3, 2017, 36 seniors prepared to embark on the next chapter of their lives.
By Randall Lavelle 06/05/2017
Coffee House is an all-school "talent show" where any CRMS student or faculty member has the opportunity to perform. Coffee House has become a wonderful CRMS tradition with two performances a year, one during Family Weekend in the fall and the second closes out the school year - the night before graduation.
By Aimee Yllanes 05/25/2017
Senior Project is an integral part of a student’s final year at CRMS, requiring students to exercise self-reliance and responsibility. This project forms an important aspect of the transition from the relatively comfortable and familiar school community to the world beyond.
By Molly Dorais, Director of Admission and Financial Aid 05/18/2017
The benefits of attending a boarding school are often untold. A recent Forbes.com article shares how this incredible experience can impact a child's education, and life. At Colorado Rocky Mountain School, we embrace the values stated here, and the data supports that notion that boarding school students are more motivated and better prepared than their public and private day school peers.
By Amiee White Beazley 05/04/2017
Senior Morgan Young stepped up to the microphone at the end of CRMS’ All School Meeting holding a heavy, oversized chain. From it hung a copper letter “B,” jagged and raw. Morgan began to read from a black and white notebook. “This person has taught me how to be a better listener, a kayaker, a geologist, and hopefully someday a teli-er,” she said. “This person is special. He’s special because he moves you with not only his words, but his actions.” When she finished, Morgan lifted the mammoth chain and handed it -- the Braj Award -- to its latest recipient...
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 04/24/2017
Ever wonder what the Head of School at CRMS reads and listens to? Everything from sports training to character building to how to food quality impacts students on college campuses. Check out Jeff's list of books and podcasts that he's read and listened to this spring.
By Aimee Yllanes 04/11/2017
5Point Film is a non-profit organization on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.
This year, three CRMS students won a 5Point Dream Project Scholarship
By Heather McDermott, Director of Garden Program 04/06/2017
Colorado’s climate with its intense sun, day/ night temperature fluctuations, dry and windy weather can be a challenge to grow in. Here are some tips to get you started.
By Bob Ward 03/09/2017
The ranks of independent college counselors in the United States continue to grow, from an estimated 1,400 in 2005 to some 8,000 in 2015, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those numbers tell a story of perceived need, of families anxious for help to get their high-school graduate into the best possible college or university.
Especially for the high achievers eyeing tough, selective schools, the college admissions process can be fraught with pressure. More students are applying to colleges and the perceived value of a college degree has never been higher. So the process gets more competitive — and therefore stressful — by the year.
But here’s the good news for CRMS families. There’s a dedicated college counselor on campus, and she spends 100 percent of her time guiding students through the admissions process. Moreover, the college counseling program is woven into the CRMS curriculum, so students are pondering, researching and preparing to apply months before the actual documents are due.
Topics: college, faculty, academics, parents
By Mark Clark, History Faculty 03/02/2017
This year, we are very excited to welcome Craig Childs' to CRMS. His visit will bring the opportunity to highlight and focus on our diverse, powerful, and important Active Curricula.
Topics: speaker, active, art, garden
By Rachel Bachman 02/28/2017
The grand finale! The Oysters headed to Steamboat Springs last weekend to compete in the CHSAA State Championships.
Topics: active, nordic
By Dave Meyer 02/23/2017
With a long climbing season winding down, the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School continued their winning ways this past weekend.
By Aimee Yllanes 02/10/2017
Every February, students get a break from their daily class schedule to pursue a special intellectual interest for an entire week. Since the early 1970s Interim has been one of the most popular aspects of academic life at CRMS, as every member of the community is able to focus their energies on a single elective.
By Bob Ward 02/02/2017
Virtually anyone associated with Colorado Rocky Mountain School will tell you it’s a unique place, where the learning environment extends from the classroom to the garden to the dormitory to the surrounding mountains and rivers. To help articulate CRMS’s unusual synthesis of classroom learning, village living, wilderness adventure, and what happens when work and life unite, we asked four faculty veterans — Amanda Leahy, Jim Gaw, Mark Clark, and Kayo Ogilby — to describe their experiences teaching, living, playing, and raising families on campus.
Topics: faculty, academics, active
By Teige Muhlfeld 01/19/2017
The floors and walls of the timbered room are cloaked in black soot that rises in little puffs as you walk around. A metallic clang of hammered iron resounds. Scroll work, decorative iron work, hammers, and jigs hang on the walls. The scene could be straight out of Dante’s Inferno, but in fact it is the forge at Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Topics: blacksmithing, arts
By Amanda Leahy, Horse Program Manager 01/12/2017
The CRMS Horse Program just completed its third year after a historical hiatus of more than 20 years. The program serves approximately sixteen students of varying abilities both 1st and 2nd quarter, and offers instruction in a variety of equine disciplines, including both Western and English equitation, jumping, veterinary care, horse training ethics, and all-around horse care and education.
Topics: active, sports, horsemanship
The third quarter Active Program at CRMS is typified by the snow-sport offerings.
Topics: sports, active, winter
By Catherine Lutz, on behalf of the Aspen Skiing Company 12/29/2016
When a 147-kilowatt solar array was installed on the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) campus in Carbondale in 2008, it was the largest solar array on Colorado’s western slope.
Topics: solar, environment
By Dave Powers '72, Glassblowing Artist-in-Residence 12/15/2016
Attending CRMS in the late sixties/early seventies was a transformative experience for me. I became really excited about learning, was immersed in a community of fascinating people, and felt meaning/purpose in many of the activities that filled our time there. Since graduating, I have spent many years here teaching and as a parent, doing what I could to make sure that students continued to have opportunities for powerful educational experiences.
Topics: alumni, sports, academics, values, garden
By Betsy Bingham-Johns 12/08/2016
Parents know (and remember!) what peer pressure looks like for kids. They want to fit in. They want to be accepted. They don't want to be singled out. "Everybody's doing it" can be a persuasive teen argument even when it's not true.
Peer pressure also exists for parents, especially around college admissions. And if you're the parent of a high school student, you've likely seen, heard, or experienced it.
Topics: college, parents
This week, we feature a member of the Arts faculty, George Weber, Director of the Music Program.
Topics: faculty, music
By Allison Johnson 11/17/2016
Tech classes may not seem like a natural fit for a school that's renowned for its outdoor education, but CRMS' nascent and cutting-edge computer sciences department not only appeals to a broad swath of students but also taps into some of the most deep-rooted values of the school.
Topics: computers, science, mathematics
By Aimee Yllanes 11/03/2016
Family Weekend took place October 28 - 31. Parents came from all corners of the country and world to visit their children.
Topics: music, family, fundraiser
By Molly Dorais, CRMS Director of Admission and Financial Aid 10/27/2016
Choosing a school for your child is a big decision. It’s where they will spend the majority of their waking day, where they will make their friends, and where they will develop the foundations for life long learning. Ask anyone about how to approach this decision and they will tell you to “do what is best for your child.” That too can be a difficult question to answer.
By Amiee White Beazley 10/20/2016
Fall means harvest season for the giswelland.comanic Learning Garden. Here hundreds varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs which have been nurtured since spring are being moved from the earth to the plates of the CRMS community.
Topics: harvest, garden, work, food
By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 09/02/2016
Colorado Rocky Mountain School begins each school year by having its new students participate in a wilderness orientation
, and we have done so for over 40 years.
Topics: wilderness, outdoor