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July 1, 2017  ANNUAL MULTI-CLASS PICNIC

Our annual Multi-Class Picnic will be Saturday, July 29, from noon to 4pm, at Prospect Park Pavilion in Wheat Ridge at 44th & Robb!  This is the 55th anniversary of our class' graduation from WRHS, so it will be great to reconnect with as many classmates as possible. 
 
The Picnic Committee has add the classes of 1960, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 to the picnic.  If you have friends or relatives in those classes, please pass this invitation to them. 
 
The organizers provide water, ice, paper napkins and plates, plastic utensils, table coverings and the shelter. The picnic is pot luck, so please bring enough food, either an appetizer,  or salad, or entree', or dessert to share with other Farmers. If you bring your own 3.2 beer, it needs to be in cans. 

Please RSVP to me via the "Contact Scott" tab so I can give an accurate count of attendees to the picnic organizers. 


 

June 3, 2017  ANNUAL MULTI-CLASS PICNIC

Please plan to attend the annual Multi-Class Picnic July 29, from noon to 4pm, at Prospect Park Pavilion in Wheat Ridge at 44th & Robb!  This is the 55th anniversary of the Class of 1962's graduation from WRHS, so it will be great to reconnect with as many classmates as possible. 
 
The Picnic Committee has add the classes of 1960, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 to the picnic.  If you have friends or relatives in those classes, please pass this invitation to them. 
 
The organizers provide water, ice, paper napkins and plates, plastic utensils, table coverings and the shelter. The picnic is pot luck, so please bring enough food, either an appetizer,  or salad, or entree', or dessert to share with other Farmers. If you bring your own 3.2 beer, it needs to be in cans. 
 

May 5, 2017  WRHS STEM News

News from Chuck Sprague, son of our classmate Diane Mayer Sprague and STEM-Engineering Instructor at WRHS: 

First off I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the STEM program at Wheat Ridge High School and participating in the 2nd annual "Battle of the Classes". Everyone's support is one of the reasons we are able to continue with high end complex projects.
 
This year through the "Battle of the Classes" we raised enough money to build our entire NASA Human Powered Rover that went to Huntsville Alabama! 
 
The team that went to Huntsville placed 24th overall but took 2nd in the "Rookie" team category. The Prototype hydrogen fuel cell team went to Detroit and was crowned Champions of the Americas for the second time in three years! They were just featured on 9 News and they will also be on Good Day Colorado this coming Tuesday morning. Filming will take place Tuesday morning at 7:45 and will be aired during their show at some point. I am not sure how much buffer time they allow.
 
Having said that: Congratulations to this years' "Battle of the Classes" champion; Class of '61!
 
We look forward to once again beginning the 3rd annual "Battle of the Classes" competition later this summer. I will send information out once again with all the different ways a class can earn money towards their class standings. We will have some exciting new changes and possibilities. Should you have any good ideas please let me know.

 
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April 1, 2017 Bobbie Fletcher Johnson

Cil Morrill Danyew and Regina Lavrinc Miller reported to me last week that our classmate Bobbie Fletcher Johnson died in October, 2014 due to long-standing heart issues. I added Bobbie to the list of deceased classmates and created an entry for her in the Memorial section of the website. Those who would like to add a remembrance of Bobbie can do so by looking up her entry there and clicking the "Add Tribute..." link. 

February 13, 2017 Another Classmate Passing

James "Jim" Rocco Garramone passed away October 21, 2016 due to a sudden stroke. I've created an entry for him in the Memorial section. No obituary was published. 

February 10, 2017 Classmates and Faculty Update

Jim Gilbert died in Arizona October 2010, from unknown causes.

Susan Myers has been found (she didn't know she was lost!) in Santa Cruz, CA.

Ed Tipper, who taught history at WRHS, passed away earlier this month. Some of you might remember he was one of the "Band of Brothers" in the HBO movie of the same name. You can see his bio at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Tipper.  

 

January 17, 2017 STEM Update

Our class has fallen behind in our quest to repeat as Battle of the Classes champion! Here's the latest update from the STEM sponsor Chuck Sprague. Let me know if you have questions.

Good evening everyone,
 
I hope the New Year is off to a great start!
 
There has been a major shakeup at the top of the Battle of the Classes leader board. The class of '61 will be starting the year off as the TOP DOG! The class of '61 had a flurry of activity at the end of 2016 and overtook the class of '62.
 
Here are the top 4 classes as they stand today.
 
1. Class of '61 has a total of $1,817.50
 
2. Class of '62 has a total of $1,639.50
 
3. Class of '86 has a total of $1,500.00
 
4. Class of '81 has a total of $1,139.00
 
On a side note, the King Soopers cards are starting to pay off. Through alumni we have raised almost $600 for the STEM Program. Please remind your classes to keep reloading their cards, it does help those on the Farm.
 
Have a wonderful evening and let me know if you have any questions.
 
This is going to be a neck and neck race to the end!
 
Charles L. Sprague
Wheat Ridge High School
STEM/Engineering-Shell Instructor
STEAM Department

 

January 2, 2017 STEM Update

The Class of '61 is attempting to keep our class from repeating as the winner of the "Battle of the Classes". Please keep those donations coming in, so the STEM kids can achieve the goals they've set for themselves this year.  You can make a tax-deductible contribution through the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation which funnels your contribution directly to the STEM program. It's website is http://wheatridgefoundation.org. Remember to include our 1962 class year on the donation web page.

If you live within the King Soopers/City Market area, you can buy a King Soopers gift card and use it to buy groceries. 5% of the amount you put on the card goes to the STEM program, but is not deducted from your balance. If you would like a card, you can email Chuck Sprague (charles.sprague@jeffco.k12.co.us) or contact Scott Hightower.

December 15, 2016 STEM "Battle of the Classes" Scoreboard

Our class is in first place at the end of the first semester! Below are the total funds donated by class, reflecting Colorado Gives Day, Battle of the Classes donations at the Foundation, direct donations to the program that reference a class year, and King Soopers gift cards.  Chuck Sprague, STEM/Engineering-Shell Instructor, thanks everyone for their continued support of the STEM program at WRHS and says it shows just how wonderful our alumni are about giving back to the "Farm"; the STEM team couldn't do everything it is doing without this support.
Chuck says there will be an "alumni day" in the spring, that will be open to everyone to come meet the students and see their incredible projects.

Rank Class Year  Donations
1            62          $1,639.50
2           86           $1,500.00
3           61            $1,157.50
4           81            $1,127.50
5           75            $500.00
6           65            $285.00
7           89            $172.50
8           07            $64.50
9           88            $63.00
10          64            $36.25
11          63             $26.25
12          60            $7.50

 

December 5, 2016 STEM Program Update

Received the following update from Chuck Sprague, son of our classmate Diane Mayer Sprague and head of the STEM program at WRHS: 

Good afternoon Wheat Ridge High School Graduates,
 
I am pleased to announce that we currently have 4 classes who are leading the way in the "Battle of the Classes" competition. The classes of 61 62 81 and 86 are all included in this email and I wanted to bring you up to date on a few items. Please feel free to forward any of this information to your classes in which ever media form you would like to.
 
1. The Wheat Ridge Stem team has been given the privilege of partnering with the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation in the Colorado Gives Day which is tomorrow, Tuesday December 6th. Colorado gives day is the one day during the year where individuals and companies can donate to a non-profit organization of their choice and their is a percent that is possibly matched. I am including the link to the direct donation page below. Should anyone want to contribute they can fill out the form and enter in the text box on the bottom of the page that you would like the donation to go to Wheat Ridge STEM and also include your graduating year. The Wheat Ridge Community Foundation will then forward the funds to our program. It is that simple. Also, when the returns come in, the Foundation will tell us which classes donated and these totals will be added to the Battle of the Classes yearly total.
 
https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=37786
 
I know it is late notice but wanted to get it out to everyone so you could pass it onto your classes if you would like.
 
2. I will have the complete "Battle of the Classes" totals sent out to everyone at the end of the semester complete with King Soopers totals added. Thanks to everyone who is helping with the King Soopers Cards. I can honestly say that it is making a tremendous difference in helping fund STEM. Should anyone need more cards or need more information on the program please let me know. Based on initial numbers, we will be able to pay for one of the small projects just from King Soopers Card revenue. 
 
3. We will be releasing details on the 2017 STEM and STEAM gala in January. Our goal this year is to get 300 people attending.
 
Once again thanks for all you do for Wheat Ridge and the STEM program!
 
Have a nice evening!
 
 
Charles L. Sprague
Wheat Ridge High School
STEM/Engineering-Shell Instructor
STEAM Department

 

July 2, 2016 Multi-Class Picnic and STEM Fund Raiser

This year's Multi-Class Picnic for the classes of 1961 thru 1965 will be July 30 at Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge from noon to 5pm. Prospect Park is at 11300 West 44th, or 44th and Robb.

Please plan to attend and bring a dish to share. We'll have a "tip jar" for contributions to defray expenses.

A special treat this year will be representatives of the WRHS STEM team. The students will be at the picnic to show one of the cars they built for the Shell Eco-Challenge this year and answer any questions about the program. 

The faculty sponsor of the the STEM program, Chuck Sprague (son of our classmate Diane Mayer Sprague), has started a "Battle of the Classes" contest to see which class can contribute the most funds to next year's program. As you might know, our '62 class was the top contributor this year and was honored with a plaque that hangs in the WRHS hall.

Let's be sure to repeat as champions! These kids do an amazing job and need our support. They have to self-fund their program. We'll have another jar at the picnic for donations.

Please RSVP to me via the "Contact Scott" tab so I can let the '63 class, which sponsors the picnic each year,how many of us to expect.

We'll see you there!
Scott and Barb Hightower