RRCC Celebrates Academic Achievement of Pennington Elementary Students

RRCC Celebrates Academic Achievement of Pennington Elementary Students

Awards full-ride scholarship to one lucky winner 

LAKEWOOD, CO – A Pennington Elementary School second grader got the surprise of a lifetime at a school assembly last Friday when his name was drawn for a full ride scholarship to Red Rocks Community College. The college honored the Wheat Ridge school with an ice cream celebration to recognize their academic accomplishments.

RRCC administrators joined the weekly assembly in response to a Denver Post article from February that reported how Pennington was able to turn poor test scores into top grades by extending their school day. The school was one of four selected across Colorado in 2012 to participate in a nationwide pilot program funded by the TIME Collaborative program. Under the leadership of Principal Sandy Craig, Pennington is finishing up its second full year of a 90-minute extended school day with impressive results: Attendance at family-teacher conferences has jumped from 50 to 89 percent, suspension has dropped 80 percent, and Pennington’s School Performance Framework rating has increased by 18.8 percent.

“You guys are amazing,” said Ron Slinger, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at RRCC. “The college supports you, we are behind you 100 percent, and we organized this celebration to show you how proud we are of you!”  

Staff and student ambassadors from Red Rocks celebrated by bringing ice cream, prizes, and the college’s fox mascot to Pennington. Also in attendance to congratulate the students were Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee, Jeffco School Board members Ali Lasell and Brad Rupert, and Wheat Ridge City Council member Genevieve Wooden. The highlight of the event was when Lisa Fowler, VP of Student Success at RRCC, drew the name of one lucky student – Deven Lucero –to win a FREE, complete education at Red Rocks Community College (when eligible, of course)! His mother is currently a student at Metropolitan State University.

School board member Ali Lasell said, “You have proven that you can use your noodles. Always remember that when you come to obstacles in life – you can go around or even plow right through!”

More about Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

Superintendent Dan McMinimee addresses Pennington students at the ice cream assembly
Superintendent Dan McMinimee addresses Pennington students at the ice cream assembly

RRCC’s mascot (R2C2) high-fives students Deven Lucero, posing with younger brother Ragin and dad Ean, won a free college education from Red Rocks

RRCC’s mascot (R2C2) high-fives students |  Deven Lucero, posing with younger brother Ragin and dad Ean, won a free college education from Red Rocks

Tuesday, May 17, 2016