Infinity Middle School’s enrollment stands at 160 sixth-graders who are attending classes at Sky Vista Middle School while their new home is under construction. Infinity is going up at 25100 E. Belleview Ave. in Aurora and will open in August for the 2018-19 school year.
On Jan. 29, members of the inaugural sixth-grade class, along with their parents and siblings, other family members, future students, Infinity staff and community members, gathered to celebrate the next step in Infinity’s development: the announcement of the new school’s colors and mascots.
The big reveal was a carnival-like event held in the Sky Vista cafeteria. Families enjoyed dinner, played games, took selfies in front of the Infinity logo and wrote notes to be included in a time capsule at the new school. See more photos of the event on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page. Then, as the crowd tingled with anticipation, Dean Casey Smith and Sped/Tech Coordinator Kirsten Tunink released two bouquets of balloons in navy blue, sunflower yellow and CCSD burgundy.
Next, Principal Marquetta Thomas revealed the school’s new mascot – a viper – sporting the school colors and coiled in an infinity pose. The mascot was designed by Infinity art teacher Diane Wright and based on a suggestion from sixth-grade student Zerahiah Thomas Clark, who also suggested the school name. Her inspiration was a video about the proposed high speed hyperloop, which she and her fellow students watched during a school assembly.
“I saw the infinity sign on the hyperloop and said, ‘Hmm, let me think…’ and I said, ‘Infinity Middle School!’” Thomas Clark said with enthusiasm.
Principal Thomas said that Infinity is a unique name that aligns with the school’s mission and vision.
“Our vision is to inspire, to empower and to innovate. In everything we do, we want to be innovative and creative,” Thomas said. “We don’t want it to just be a slogan; we want it to be a way of thinking and a way of doing business.”
Thomas said being part of creating a great school from the ground up is something special for her, her staff and especially her students.
“They are making history in terms of laying the foundation of this school. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it’s awesome,” Thomas said.