Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Thank you for a great year!  


Have a Wonderful Summer!


SUMMER READING MATTERS!
One of the most important things that you can do with your child this summer is read.  Reading over the summer matters!  As you can see below, 20 minutes a day impacts students' academic achievement.



SPRING ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS (EPR) RELEASED MAY 30th
Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs).  EPRs will be released to parents on Wednesday, May 30th, through Parent Portal. You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.


· Click on the Parent Resources Tab

· Select Parent Portal and use your credentials to log in.

· Click "View Elementary Progress Report" under your child's picture

As you may recall, you are able to view your child’s information in two ways. The highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards (reading, writing and math) and how your child met our school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D.  Also included in the highlights page are general classroom comments and individual student comments.  The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all subject areas and specials.  You are able to view any additional comments for the specific content areas under the comprehensive view.  You are able to access both formats by clicking on the links at the top of the EPR.



END OF YEAR SCRAPBOOK
Check out pictures featuring end of the year celebrations.


Fifth Grade Outdoor Education
Field Day - Intermediate Students

Field Day - Primary Students



STARTING THE 2018 -2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Next year all students in grades K-5 will start a full day of school on Thursday, August 9.   We will begin the day as a school community with an opening flag ceremony.  The flag ceremony will begin at 8:30 AM on the front black top.  Students should plan on meeting their classroom teacher on the blacktop prior to 8:30 AM.  

We continue to believe that it is essential for students meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are asked to sign up for a 30 minute time slot on Monday, August 6, to visit their child's classroom.  Please see the available times below.  You may bring your child’s school supplies with you.  School supplies purchased through the PTO will be delivered to your child’s classroom (See flyer for new school supply kits below).

Meet Your Teacher Times Monday, August 6th

8:45-9:15
9:15-9:45
9:45-10:15

During Meet Your Teacher, parents will have an opportunity to show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.  Students will meet their teacher in their line on the blacktop the first day of school for the opening ceremony.  Classroom teachers will review how students will walk to their classroom on their first day.  


On Friday, August 10, we will resume our rolling start and students will enter the school on their own between 8:20 AM and 8:30 AM.  Staff members will escort students who need additional assistance to their classrooms.  To ensure all students’ safety, we ask that parents

* Not drop off their child before 8:20 AM
* Say good-bye to their children outside of the building

Supervision, including cross walk supervision, will not be provided prior to 8:20 AM so it is essential that students not arrive prior to that time.

In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, Gold Rush will continue to hold an assessment day on Tuesday, August 28.   Each child will come to school for one hour on August 28 to complete classroom assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher after they have been in school for a few days allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual strengths and needs.

Parents will be able to sign up for a time during the assessment day using the online conference scheduler starting in mid July.   You will receive a link to the scheduler via email with your express check in information.  Because we value the information we obtain on these days it is imperative that all children complete the assessments on August 28.   At the end of your child’s assessment hour you will meet your child in the gym where school photos will be taken.


Schedule
Monday, August 6: Meet Your Teacher
Parents show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.
Thursday, August 9: First Day of School
Students meet their teachers on the front blacktop for an opening flag ceremony by 8:30 AM.
Teachers show their students how to walk to their classroom.
Friday, August 10: Second Day of School
Students walk to their classrooms between 8:20AM - 8:30AM.
Parents say good-bye outside of the building.
Tuesday, August 28: Assessment Hour
Students take classroom assessments for one hour.
Students take their picture at the end of their assessment hour.

Bell Schedule
8:20 AM First Bell
Students can enter the building.
Cross walk supervision begins.
Students should not arrive to school prior to this bell.

8:30 AM Start of the School Day
8:35 Tardy Bell


NEW SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS 
Our PTO is excited to offer parents new school supply kits for the 2018-2019 school year that are significantly less expensive.  Order your child's kit today!



Summer Office Hours 2017
June 4- July 5   School Office Closed
July 5- Aug 2   Office Hours = 9:00AM- 12:00PM (Mon & Wed Only)
July 25- Aug 7 ONLINE CONFERENCE SCHEDULING & ONLINE CHECK IN OPENS
Aug 3- Aug 9   Office Hours = 8:30AM-11:30AM  & 12:30 PM-3:30PM (Mon - Thurs)
Aug 10             School is in Session- Regular Office Hours 8:00AM- 4:00PM




Friday, May 18, 2018

THE GOLDEN TICKET THEATER PRESENTS ALADDIN
Students participating in Golden Ticket Theater performed Aladdin and it was outstanding!  We were impressed with students' ability to sing, dance and act!  We hope that you attend a show this weekend.  Showtimes are the following: 

Friday, May 20th at 6:30PM
Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 PM & 6:30PM



 STUDENTS APPLY FINANCIAL LITERACY DURING MARKET DAY
Third grade concluded their study of financial literacy by hosting a Market Day.  As students learned about the concepts of marketing and supply and demand, they created their own products that they priced and “sold” to their classmates and parents.  Students then reflected on which products sold out and why.  We were proud of students’ creativity, which was evident in their products and advertising.



LOST & FOUND
Lost items will be on display starting Monday, May 21st outside of the Art room.  Please have your child(ren) check for any lost items.  All items will be donated at the end of the week.

SUPPORT THE PARKER TASK FORCE NEXT WEEK
Gold Rush has donated over 5,200 food items to the Parker Task Force this school year through our No Waste efforts in the cafeteria!  This food would have otherwise gone in the trash.  We were just made aware that the Task Force is significantly down items.  We also know that this is a critical  time of year for many children and families as they head off to summer.  We will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Task Force all next week.  Please bring canned or boxed goods to end of the year celebrations and events and place them in collection bins in the front office and vestibule.  This small act will make an incredible difference for many in Parker. 





SPRING ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS (EPR) RELEASED MAY 30th
Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs).  EPRs will be released to parents on Wednesday, May 30th, through Parent Portal. You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.


· Click on the Parent Resources Tab

· Select Parent Portal and use your credentials to log in.

· Click "View Elementary Progress Report" under your child's picture

As you may recall, you are able to view your child’s information in two ways. The highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards (reading, writing and math) and how your child met our school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D.  Also included in the highlights page are general classroom comments and individual student comments.  The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all subject areas and specials.  You are able to view any additional comments for the specific content areas under the comprehensive view.  You are able to access both formats by clicking on the links at the top of the EPR. 

FIELD DAY SCHEDULE
Gold Rush is excited to celebrate our 10 year anniversary during Field Day.  Our theme for this year is all things GRE!  Students will be panning for gold, staking their claim during races and much more.  Please see the Field Day schedule below.

Tuesday May 22 @ 8:40-11:00 AM - Kindergarten
Wednesday May 23 @ 8:45-11:45 4th Grade, 5th Grade, McMillan, Russell & Shepperd
Wednesday May 23 @ 12:45-3:15 1st Grade, 2nd Grade & Meredith

We are still in need of 16-20 parent volunteers to run stations from either 8:45-10:15 or 10:15-11:45 on May 23.  Please email Karen Warner if you are able to help that day. 



END OF YEAR SCRAPBOOK
Check out pictures featuring several end of year events.


All Things Kindergarten
Kindergartners test out force and motion concepts through the egg drop and marble mover projects.
They also celebrated their final writing pieces for the year. 


Math Olympiad Ceremony
Over 60 students put their math and problem solving skills to the test weekly during Math Olympiad.  They also competed in national math competitions. 

First Grade - Insectopia 
First graders researched different insects and then used their knowledge to create an original insect. 


YEARBOOKS
Parent volunteer, Reggie Zeece, and art teacher, Mrs. Dazzio, facilitated a yearbook club this year and we are happy to say that yearbooks are complete!  Students will receive their yearbooks on May 24.  We will sell remaining yearbooks on a first come first serve basis on Friday morning, May 25 at 7:45 AM. Parents must be present.  Yearbooks are $20 each and will be sold one per family.  We can only accept checks.


NEW SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS 
Our PTO is excited to offer parents new school supply kits for the 2018-2019 school year that are significantly less expensive.  Order your child's kit today!



UPCOMING EVENTS
* May 18: Golden Ticket Theater Performance
* May 21: 5th Grade Outdoor Education
* May 22: 5th Grade Outdoor Education,  Kindergarten Field Day & Used Book Sale
* May 23: Grades 1-5 Field Day (see class schedule above) & Used Book Sale
* May 24: Legend High School Graduation
* May 25: Last Day of School - K & 5 Graduations 

Friday, May 11, 2018

CELEBRATING GOLD RUSH MOTHERS
Students have been working tirelessly to highlight all of their mothers' unique attributes.  See a few students' projects below.  We hope our Gold Rush mothers feel appreciated and honored this weekend!





  WELCOME CLASS OF 2031!
We were excited to welcome our incoming kindergartners for the 2018-2019 school year during kindergarten orientation this week.  Students met key members of our school community and learned about the new and excited experiences they will have during their first year.  Students ended the evening by taking a scavenger hunt around the school.  We cannot wait for our youngest students to start in the fall!



SPRING ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS (EPR) RELEASED MAY 30th
Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs).  EPRs will be released to parents on Wednesday, May 30th, through Parent Portal. You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.


· Click on the Parent Resources Tab

· Select Parent Portal and use your credentials to log in.

· Click "View Elementary Progress Report" under your child's picture

As you may recall, you are able to view your child’s information in two ways. The highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards (reading, writing and math) and how your child met our school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D.  Also included in the highlights page are general classroom comments and individual student comments.  The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all subject areas and specials. You are able to view any additional comments for the specific content areas under the comprehensive view.  You are able to access both formats by clicking on the links at the top of the EPR. 

FIELD DAY SCHEDULE
Gold Rush is excited to celebrate our 10 year anniversary during Field Day! Our theme for this year is all things GRE!  Students will be panning for gold, staking their claim during races and much more.  Please see the Field Day schedule below.

Tuesday May 22 @ 8:40-11:00 AM - Kindergarten
Wednesday May 23 @ 8:45-11:45 4th Grade, 5th Grade, McMillan, Russell & Shepperd
Wednesday May 23 @ 12:45-3:15 1st Grade, 2nd Grade & Meredith

We are still in need of 16-20 parent volunteers to run stations from either 8:45-10:15 or 10:15-11:45 on May 23.  Please email Karen Warner if you are able to help that day. 

NEW SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS 
Our PTO is excited to offer parents new school supply kits for the 2018-2019 school year that are significantly less expensive.  Order your child's kit today!




LEARN MORE ABOUT DCSD FUNDING CHALLENGES - MAY 16 @ PONDEROSA 
Administrators are sharing District funding challenges on May 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Ponderosa High School.  All parents and community members are welcome to attend. 



UPCOMING EVENTS
* May 16: Parker Regional Mtg. Regarding The State of the Budget - 6:00-7:30 PM @ Ponderosa
* May 17: SAC Mtg. - 4:30-5:30 PM @ Gold Rush - Click here for the agenda
* May 18: Golden Ticket Theater Performance
* May 22: Kindergarten Field Day
* May 23: Grades 1-5 Field Day (see class schedule above)
* May 24: Legend High School Graduation
* May 25: Last Day of School - K & 5 Graduations 


Thursday, May 3, 2018

KINDERGARTNERS USE INQUIRY TO INVENT
Kindergarten students put their problem solving skills to the test during Inventors Time.  Students engaged in the process of inquiry to create new inventions and products using recycled materials.  The process of inquiry ensures students learn through experimentation and questioning.  Students' products ranged from game boards and robots to toys and animals.  We were impressed with students' creativity! 



CREATIVE WRITING
After learning about the craft moves for informational, narrative and persuasive writing, third graders are experimenting with the structure of fairy tales.  This final writing unit allows students to engage in the creative writing process.  Students began the unit by reading several fractured fairy tales, or versions of original fairy tales.  They then analyzed how they could alter the classical tales by changing significant events, characters or the setting.  When students finalized their new idea they drafted important scenes and primary changes prior to crafting the full story.  We were really impressed with students' creativity!  Below is part of the new fairy tale titled, Little Red Riding Crayon, by Eve.






LEGEND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TALK FRIENDSHIP
Students in Legend High School's theater class performed an original play for fifth graders.  The play told the story of a group of students transitioning from elementary school to middle school.  The performance highlighted the changes the friends encountered, including making new friends and getting involved in different clubs and activities.  The play stressed that real friendships remain despite these changes.  At the end of the performance the older students talked with fifth graders about the meaning of true friendship and how to deal with differences.  We thank the High School students for their leadership!





LEARN MORE ABOUT DCSD FUNDING CHALLENGES - MAY 16 @ PONDEROSA HIGH


UPCOMING EVENTS
* May 7-11:  Teacher Appreciation Week
* May 10: Kindergarten Round Up - 6:00 PM
* May 16: Parker Regional Mtg. Regarding The State of the Budget - 6:00-7:30 PM @ Ponderosa
* May 17: SAC Mtg. - 4:30-5:30 PM @ Gold Rush
* May 18: Gold Ticket Theater Performance
* May 22: Kindergarten Field Day
* May 23: Grades 1-5 Field Day
* May 24: Legend High School Graduation
* May 25: Last Day of School - K & 5 Graduation  
            

Friday, April 27, 2018

GRE HAS TALENT!
Gold Rush students can do it all!  They sing, dance, play instruments, tell jokes and more! Students demonstrated all of their incredible abilities during our talent show Friday.  We were impressed with their gifts and confidence.  We hope you will be able to join us this evening at 7:00 PM for the final show.  A special thank you to Mrs. Petty for organizing this event!


 

LEARN MORE ABOUT DCSD FUNDING CHALLENGES - MAY 16 @ PONDEROSA HIGH




FIRST GRADERS SYNTHESIZE THEIR LEARNING
Gold Rush explicitly teaches all students essential thinking strategies to promote critical thinking.  First graders are currently working on summarizing and synthesizing new learning around their science topic of insects.  As students are reading about an insect that interests them, they are summarizing the most important information they learned.  They are also synthesizing what they read.  Synthesizing requires students to reflect on how information from multiple sources fits together and how their background knowledge, or schema, on the topic evolves after reading multiple texts.  Click here for more information on these thinking strategy.  We are proud of students' incredible thinking and excitement!    





APPLE AWARDS
We enjoyed celebrating first grade teacher, Mrs. Martino, and kindergarten assistant, Mrs. Dale, at the District Apple Awards.  Both Mrs. Martino's and Mrs. Dale's love for children and commitment to furthering each child's social, emotional and academic development make them incredible educators.  We appreciate their hard work and dedication.



CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS & PARENT INPUT - DUE TODAY
Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators and other staff members.  We know that creating a strong learning environment is essential to students’ success and we therefore take this responsibility seriously.  Please be assured that we take each child into consideration.  Please see our process below.

·     Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

·     Teachers meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths, needs and friendships. Learning specialists, the specials team and administration also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide feedback.

·     Each grade level team submits a draft of class lists.  I review final lists to ensure all parent input has been considered.  Classroom teachers approve any changes I suggest given parent feedback to ensure classes remain balanced. 

·     Class lists are finalized in mid July to reflect the addition of students joining Gold Rush in the summer.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  Our 5th grade team collaborates with the teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  Please remember that our ultimate goal is to create classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete.  It may be hard to believe, but moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom. 

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me on or before Friday, April 27th.  While we welcome your input, we cannot honor specific teacher requests.  Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a letter or email (jjbrown@dcsdk12.org).

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is difficult to track.  I also prefer that you direct this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers may not be available.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding our process or your individual child.  I would be happy to speak with you further.

UPCOMING EVENTS
* April 27: Legend Art Show & GRE Talent Show - 7:00 PM
* May 7-11:  Teacher Appreciation Week
* May 10: Kindergarten Round Up - 6:00 PM
* May 16: Parker Regional Mtg. Regarding The State of the Budget - 6:00-7:30 PM @ Ponderosa
* May 17: SAC Mtg. - 4:30-5:30 PM @ Gold Rush
* May 18: Gold Ticket Theater Performance
* May 22: Kindergarten Field Day
* May 23: Grades 1-5 Field Day
* May 24: Legend High School Graduation
* May 25: Last Day of School - K & 5 Graduation  
            

Thursday, April 19, 2018

GRE SINGS FOR EARTH DAY
We celebrated Earth Day with an all school sing along.  In addition to singing together, students shared presentations, I movies, poems and performances that promoted environmental awareness.  Students also highlighted efforts Gold Rush students make each day that make a difference, including maintaining our indoor and outdoor gardens, recycling and donating food that would have gone to waste to the Parker Task Force.  We enjoyed the opportunity to come together as a larger community.  We thank music teacher, Mrs. Petty, for organizing this event.  






LEGNED FEEDER FOCUS
K-12 Goals to Support Critical Thinking 
The principals in the Legend Feeder presented K-12 goals for the 2018-2019 school year and information regarding the state of the District budget during the joint SAC meeting Wednesday.  Administrators from the elementary, middle and high schools are committed to furthering critical thinking by embedding the following 6 thinking strategies into instruction at all levels:

Monitoring for Meaning
Making Connections and Activating Schema (or Background Knowledge)
Determining Importance
Inferring
Creating Sensory Images
Summarizing & Synthesizing

Thinking strategies promote deep thinking.  They are routinely used by adult readers, writers, mathematicians and scientists and are widely supported by research.  By explicitly teaching these strategies students will be able to reflect and reason deeply.  You can click here for more information regarding these thinking strategies.  

All schools will be explicitly teaching these strategies and students will be applying them in a workshop structure.  This structure ensures that students spend the majority of the instructional time applying what they were taught in a brief mini lesson.  Gold Rush teachers already implement the thinking strategies and the workshop model in literacy.  We look forward to extending these practices in other content areas.



District Budget Presentation 
Principals also outlined the District's current goals and needs through a District budget presentation. Administrators also explained how schools are funded according to the State Finance Act.  Click here for the full presentation. 





CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS & PARENT INPUT
Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators and other staff members.  We know that creating a strong learning environment is essential to students’ success and we therefore take this responsibility seriously.  Please be assured that we take each child into consideration.  Please see our process below.

·     Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

·     Teachers meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths, needs and friendships. Learning specialists, the specials team and administration also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide feedback.

·     Each grade level team submits a draft of class lists.  I review final lists to ensure all parent input has been considered.  Classroom teachers approve any changes I suggest given parent feedback to ensure classes remain balanced. 

·     Class lists are finalized in mid July to reflect the addition of students joining Gold Rush in the summer.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  Our 5th grade team collaborates with the teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  Please remember that our ultimate goal is to create classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete.  It may be hard to believe, but moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom. 

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me on or before Friday, April 27th.  While we welcome your input, we cannot honor specific teacher requests.  Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a letter or email (jjbrown@dcsdk12.org).

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is difficult to track.  I also prefer that you direct this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers may not be available.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding our process or your individual child.  I would be happy to speak with you further.

UPCOMING EVENTS
* April 20: No School
* April 21: Apple Awards - Gold Rush Honors Jenn Dale & Stacie Martino!
* April 27: Legend Art Show & GRE Talent Show @ 6:30
            

Friday, April 13, 2018

GRE KIDS ARE KIND
Gold Rush students make a huge impact in our school and community.  Our intermediate students, for example, are buddies with younger students.  During weekly meetings older students support their younger buddies academically and socially through a variety of engaging activities.  This week fifth graders helped kindergartners research African animals.  Younger and older students enjoyed reading together and reflecting on new learning.

Gold Rush students also organize efforts to recognize those that make a difference in our community.  Fifth grade students encouraged others to show their appreciation for the Parker Police Department by making cards for cops.  In addition, GRE kids have continued to support the Parker Task Force through our no waste initiative.  As you recall, all students donate food that would have otherwise gone in the trash to the Task Force.  Our contributions go directly to a student backpack program that supports students in Parker schools.  We are proud of students' leadership and desire to improve our community.

Fifth grade student helps his buddy (and brother) research animals for a literacy project.


Fifth grade students organized Cards for Cops.  
Students of all grade levels shared their appreciation through words and pictures.


Gold Rush's weekly donations support Parker Task Force's student backpack program.


Amount of food donated to the Parker Task Force per week.



STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE HEART
Obstacle courses in physical education class are much more than fitness challenges.  Students used them this week to learn about the circulatory system.  Students represented air molecules traveling throughout the body as they zig zagged around cones, swung from ropes and jumped across hurdles.  As they completed the course, students modeled how oxygenated blood travels from the lungs to the heart, throughout the body to different body systems and back.  Additional challenges introduced later, such as completing obstacles with backpacks on, will represent difficulties, such as a heart attack.  Students appreciated pairing science concepts with physical movement.  




GRE SHINES AT THE FEEDER ART SHOW
Students' art work was displayed at the Legend High School Art Show this week.  We are proud of all students' work.  A special thank you to art teacher,  Mrs. Dazzio, for coordinating the event.




DISTRICT BUDGET PRESENTATION @ FEEDER SAC PRESENTATION APRIL 18
The principals in the Legend Feeder will be presenting information regarding the state of the District budget during the joint SAC meeting on April 18 from 5:00-6:00 PM at Iron Horse Elementary School.  We will share the current needs in the District and explain how schools are funded in the state of Colorado.  All families are encouraged to attend. 



CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS & PARENT INPUT
Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators and other staff members.  We know that creating a strong learning environment is essential to students’ success and we therefore take this responsibility seriously.  Please be assured that we take each child into consideration.  Please see our process below.

·     Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

·     Teachers meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths, needs and friendships. Learning specialists, the specials team and administration also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide feedback.

·     Each grade level team submits a draft of class lists.  I review final lists to ensure all parent input has been considered.  Classroom teachers approve any changes I suggest given parent feedback to ensure classes remain balanced. 

·     Class lists are finalized in mid July to reflect the addition of students joining Gold Rush in the summer.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  Our 5th grade team collaborates with the teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  Please remember that our ultimate goal is to create classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete.  It may be hard to believe, but moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom. 

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me on or before Friday, April 25th.  While we welcome your input, we cannot honor specific teacher requests.  Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a letter or email (jjbrown@dcsdk12.org).

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is difficult to track.  I also prefer that you direct this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers may not be available.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding our process or your individual child.  I would be happy to speak with you further.




UPCOMING EVENTS
* April 18: Feeder SAC Mtg @ Iron Horse Elementary School


* April 20: No School
* April 21: Apple Awards
* April 27: Legend Art Show & GRE Talent Show @ 6:30