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2017 Teacher Recognition Award
Band Director Nick Lenio was honored by Boettcher Scholar Daniel Barnes. Click here

 

2017 Outstanding Young Educator Award 
Choir Director Brittany von Stein received this tremendous honor from the Colorado Music Educators Association. Read the press release here.

 

2017 District Honor Jazz Band
Eight BMS students were chosen for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass District 8 Honor Band, including 2 first place finishes and two second place finishes. Students auditioned against musicians from over 15 schools across northwest Colorado and nabbed 8 of 18 spots in this honor band. 

 

2017 1st Place in Winterskol's Kidsculpt
7th grade students competing in Aspen's Kidsculpt competition won best theme for their snow sculpture with the theme "Our Cup Runneth Over."

 

2016 BMS PE Instructor is Coach of the Year
BMS's Carl Frerichs won Class 2A Western Slope League's Coach of the Year award. Click here.

 

2016 BMS Lego Robotics Longhornbots receive Character Trophy at 2016 regional championship
Our Lego robotics team, the Longhornbots, continues its winning trend by bringing home a trophy for Character after the 2016 regional competition. And really, what better kind of trophy is there?

 

2016 BMS/BHS Band Director Nick Lenio advances to semifinals for a GRAMMY Music Educator award
Oct. 2016: Mr. Lenio was one of 1 of 25 out of 3,300 nominations and the only Colorado music educator chosen to advance to the semifinal round for a Grammy in the Schools Music Educator award! For media coverage, the official Grammy in the Schools press release, and the BMS press release, click here.

 

2016 BMS receives $125,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation for new playground
Sept. 2016: Basalt Middle School was awarded a $125,000 grant to create a middle school playground. Read the press release here

 

2016 BMS/BHS Band Director Nick Lenio chosen as quarter-finalist for a Grammy in the Schools award
May, 2016: Mr Lenio was one of 1 of 290 out of 3,300 nominations chosen to advance to the next round for a Grammy in the Schools award! Read the official Grammy in the Schools press release here. Read the BMS press release here.

 

2016 Twelve BMS Students Chosen for Northwestern Colorado Honor Band, Including 4 First Place Spots
February, 2016: BMS Students Nab 12 Northwestern Colorado Honor Band spots, including 4 first place finishes. Click Here

 

2016 BMS Students Sweep District Spelling Bee First Place
February, 2016: BMS brought home the first place trophies in both the 6th grade (Karuna Owens) and the 7th/8th grade (Nathaniel Crawford) competitions. Nathaniel now advances to the Denver Post 76th Annual Colorado State Spelling Bee in Denver on March 12. Congratulations to all our amazing participants and spellers, which also included Dylan Hart (6th grade and 6th place), David Hubbell (6th alt), Ximena Garcia-Lopez (7th grade and 4th place), Abigail Coulter (7th grade and 7th place), Delaney Card (7th Alt), Anne Schrock (8th grade and 6th place) and Charley Mowbray (8th Alt).

 

2015 BMS Lego Robotics Team, The Longhornbots, Win Regional Championship and Core Values Awards
December, 2015: BMS' Longhornbots took home the regional overall championship trophy from the FLL Mountain States Qualifier competition in Aspen.

 

2015 BMS' Mr. Frerichs named BHS Coach of the Year
BMS' physical education teacher, Mr. Frerichs, was named Western Slope League Coach of the Year. For the article, click here.

 

2015 Northrop Grumman DiscoverScholar Grant
BMS was awarded the Northrop Grumman Discover Scholar Trip grant with the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. This award allows BMS to bring 50 eighth graders to the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs for a day of science programming and space exploration.  

 

2015 BMS Teachers Present at National Conference in Washington, D.C.
BMS teachers were invited to present at the National Schools to Watch Forum on Middle Level Education in Washington, D.C. in June, 2015. For their presentation, Click Here.

 

2015 BMS designated a 2-time national and Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch
One of only 16 middle schools in the state and one of only 350 out of 13,000 middle schools in the nation, BMS was redesignated for another three years as an exceptional School to Watch. The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education (CAMLE) chose BMS for exemplifying strong academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and strong organizational structures.
Basalt Middle School Press Release
Colorado Association of Middle Level Education Press Release
News stories: Click here

 

2015 BMS Teacher Mary Bright wins Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award
7th grade science and literacy teacher Mary Bright was one of ten award-winning teachers in Colorado.
Press Release: Click Here
Aspen Public Radio story: Click Here

 

2015 BMS Band Teacher wins the JAS Music Instructor of the Year award
Band director Nick Lenio won the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Instructor of the Year award.Click here for the story in The Aspen Times

  

2014 Rethink, Redesign, Lead Conference
Former Principal Voss was chosen to represent the Roaring Fork School District at this national leadership conference for principals run by the Morgridge Family Foundation.

 

2014 BMS Librarian selected from 400 applicants for special Library of Congress workshop
BMS librarian Jane Douglass will be heading to Washington this summer to attend a teacher institute workshop at the Library of Congress.For the Library of Congress press release, click here. For the Aspen Public Radio news story, click here

 

2013 "A" Rating from Colorado School Grades
BMS earned an overall "A" rating and an "A" rating in Aademic growth for the 2012 year. The school was ranked 28th out of 491 middle schools in the state. http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolReportCard.aspx?sid=0561M
Award Certificate: Click here
Recognition letter from Colorado House of Representatives: Click here

 

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award
BMS is one of only a handful of middle schools in the state to earn this distinction for four years in a row. The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps. See more at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeawards/govdistinguishedimprov#sthash.LJ8QQKkp.dpuf

 

2013: BMS Students invited to perform on stage at the Aspen Music Festival
During the Aspen Institute's 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival, four Basalt Middle School 8th graders were invited to perform on stage with Yo-Yo Ma, the world's most famous cellist and co-founder of Arts Strike; Cristina Pato, pianist and bagpiper from Spain; Damian Woetzel, former principal dancer for the New York City Ballet and co-founder of Arts Strike; and Anna Deavere Smith, a renowned actress of stage, film and television. The students composed and performed a poem, “We are Unique.”

 

2012-2014 Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch
The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education (CAMLE) chose BMS as one of its extraordinary Schools to Watch, exemplifying strong academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and strong organizational structures. http://coloradoschoolstowatch.com/schools/

 

2012-13 Middle Shift Learning Network
BMS and former Principal Voss were chosen by the National Forum for Middle Grades Reform to be a part of this national initiative that coined and defined the term "student agency." Principal Voss presented at national conferences in Washington and Stamford. http://www.impaqint.com/work/case-studies/middle-shift-learning-network-scan-student-agency-practices

 

2012 Jared Polis Foundation’s Teacher Recognition Award
Teacher Craig Macek was honored during the 2012-2013 school year with The Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award, a distinction given to only 10 teachers out of nearly 50,000 in Colorado. “Craig’s commitment to his students is exemplary,” said said Jeremy Voss principal of BMS. “He not only teaches his students math, he inspires them to improve their character, live healthier lifestyles, and discover new experiences.” For more information on the Jared Polis Foundation Award visit http://www.jaredpolisfoundation.org/

 

2012 Innovation Award for Lego Robotics
The Longhornbots went to the state championship FLL Robotics competition on January 19, 2012, at the School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. There were 60 teams competing at this all-day event. The Longhornbots brought back a very cool looking LEGO trophy for second place in the Innovative Solutions Award category. Their many hours of practice and attention to detail paid off when they presented their E.A.R. (Efficient Auditory Retriever) research project to the judges. The E.A.R. is their innovative solution to a problem senior citizens face while trying to maintain an active lifestyle. The team was comprised of 5th -8th graders.

 

2012 "A" Rating from Colorado School Grades
BMS earned an overall "A" rating and an "A" rating in Aademic growth for the 2012 year. The school was ranked 28th out of 491 middle schools in the state. http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolReportCard.aspx?sid=0561M

 

2011 Colorado Council for Teaching Mathematics: Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award
The Colorado Council for Teaching Mathematics recognized Craig Macek with their Outstanding Mathematics Teacher award, one of eleven recipients statewide. His work creating a Growth Mindset classroom culture, implementation of Common Core Standards, and differentiation in lesson design earned the distinction. For more information, visit http://cctmath.org/file/CMTJournals/CCTMWinter2011.pdf

 

2011 Basalt Middle School Wins Solar Array
A solar array was placed on top of Basalt Middle School after the town won a Colorado Association of Ski Towns contest to reduce plastic bag usage. Click here for the article. 

 

2009 Colorado Department of Education High Performing School
Basalt Middle School was recognized as a High Performing School by the Colorado Department of Education

 

Recognition by Colorado Senator Gail Schwartz
Senator Schwartz recognized Basalt Middle School for receiving the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awared four years in a row. Click here for letter.

 

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