Did you know that it is time for monarch butterflies to migrate to Mexico and Southern California before winter?
Paonia Elementary's second graders do! They shared their knowledge and wonder of the monarch butterfly with their learning buddies before releasing the monarchs on their journey south.
The second graders created their own zoo to guide kindergartners on a tour of living butterflies and chyrsalids. The grand opening started with the song, Goin' Down to Mexico. Students then used maps to teach the seasonal migration routes the monarch butterflies travel within North America. They discussed their observations of their August and September chrysalids by interpreting data from their graphs. They were happy to teach about the miracle of metamorphosis and the monarch's life cycle.
Kindergartners smiled through "Milkweed Meadow" as they learned about the host plant that supports monarch caterpillars. They sipped "nectar" from juice boxes to learn about the proboscis, the straw-like tongue butterflies use to drink from flowers. Finally, students sat side-by-side to read fictional stories and non-fiction texts about the butterflies. The second graders left their learners with surprises from the "souvenir shop": a butterfly coloring page and a life-cycle on a string.
Bringing together music, art, reading, science, math, geography, and friendship through this experience was a delightful and meaningful way to learn about the wonders of nature!
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.