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Happy birthday Nautilus and Oro Grande!

LHHS Key Club members.
Oro Grande students watch as workers prepare to rebury an upgraded time capsule containing items from the old capsule, buried in 1983, and new items contributed by current students. (Time capsule in foreground.)

Nautilus and Oro Grande Elementary Schools are both celebrating birthdays. Nautilus was 30 years old in January, and Oro Grande is 30 years old in February. Both schools opened in 1982. Construction of the schools was approved by a governing board made up of Denis Malm, Janet Farbarik, Norman Braatz, Marie Jonson, and James Weldon. The Superintendent back then was H. Allen Shockley.

Oro Grande held several special birthday events. On Friday, February 3rd, a time capsule, buried when the school opened, was dug up. The capsule's contents were put on display in the school lobby. The old contents along with new contents contributed by today's Oro Grande students were reburied in a new time capsule on February 17th. A special birthday assembly for Oro Grande students, parents, staff, and guests was held on February 16th. There was singing, dancing, and speech making. Guests included Lake Havasu City mayor Mark Nexsen and former Oro Grande principals Brad Gardner and Michelle Youso as well as Lake Havasu Unified superintendent Gail Malay and retired Oro Grande teacher Margie Snyder. Oro Grande's first principal, Dr. Jack Crews, was unable to attend, but sent a letter wishing Oro Grande staff and students another 30 years of success.

Note: Nautilus and Oro Grande each currently have an "A" rating from the Arizona Department of Education. Nautilus was recently named a "2011 Blue Ribbon School" by the U.S. Department of Education. Congratulations to staff and students of Oro Grande and Nautilus Elementary Schools for your achievements and your history.

Watch a video about the Oro Grande time capsule. »