Thursday, December 17, 2015

Just a couple of important reminders...


The School Advisory Councils from each of the Legend High School Feeder Schools came together on Wednesday evening to discuss the potential of a calendar change for all feeder schools in 2017-2018.

The new conventional calendar includes a week off for Thanksgiving break and was proposed after several issues with the current split modified calendar were identified. As you may recall, the split-modified calendar presented academic and extracurricular conflicts for secondary students and challenged all schools ability to adhere to hiring timelines and provide professional development opportunities throughout the school year.

After reviewing faculty and community survey data, each of the School Advisory Councils unanimously approved the new conventional calendar for 2017-2018. Further, it was determined that this calendar would not be adopted until 2017/2018 to support those families who already made travel plans based on the split modified calendar for 2016/2017. Click here for a copy of the new calendar.


If you have a student who you would like to enroll in kindergarten at Gold Rush next year, the registration deadline has been extended. You can find the forms online by clicking here. You can also pick up a packet when we return on January 4, 2016
in the main office. We look forward to having your child with us!


The deadline to open enroll at Gold Rush Elementary is January 5, 2016. Please log in here.


On December 19th, you will have access to our new and improved Elementary Progress Report (EPR). Please log in here to view.


Student Council and GRE students collected 1320 items for the Parker Task Force

We wish you a very Merry Winter Break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Successful Hour of Code at Gold Rush!

Every student at Gold Rush participated in computer programming activities this week during their Hour of Code. Below are student descriptions about their coding experiences.

"MineCraft coding is kind of hard but I like it because MineCraft is my favorite game and it's fun to see you code and put the blocks in instead of just playing." - Reese 2nd grade

"I can learn that when I put blocks where the bee needs to go, you can get the bee where it needs to be. I think that it's fun because you can move the bee different places by using the blocks." -Anna 2nd grade

"I used to think coding was really hard, but now I think it gets your brain ready for learning."  - Andrew 1st grade

"I used to think coding was only appropriate for parents, but now I know it’s appropriate for every age!" -Kellen 1st grade. 

If your child would like to do more coding activities or you would like to explore the activities they can be found at or


Your student's PARCC test results will be mailed to you next week.


On December 19th, we will be providing parents access to our new and improved Elementary Progress Report (EPR). Please log in here to be sure you are ready to view your child's progress report when the window opens.

Your child’s progress report will still have all of the same great information you’re accustomed to, including progress they are making on reading, writing and math skills. Plus, parents will now be able to see how students are doing on the District’s World Class Outcomes, 4Cs and 21st Century Skills.

EPR Customized For Our School

Each school has the ability to customize their Elementary Progress Report to include school-specific values. Here at Gold Rush Elementary,  we’ve kept teacher’s comments, feedback on behavior and social skills using language consistent with our Go For The Gold expectations.

World Class Outcomes & the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

Don’t know what World Class Outcomes your student is studying or want to know more about our Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum? Check out the GVC page on the District website. There you can find the Outcomes broken out by grade level.

Learn More
Want to know more about the new EPR? Check out the following video and information on the District website: Elementary Progress Report Website


  • LEGEND FEEDER SAC MEETING- Legend High School and all feeder schools are invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday, December 16 from 5:00- 6:00PM to discuss future calendar changes. Click here for more information.
  • LHS BASKETBALL CAMP- For information about LHS's basketball Camp, click here


If you have a student who you would like to enroll in kindergarten at Gold Rush next year, the registration deadline is Wednesday, December 16. You can find the forms online by clicking here. You can also pick up a packet in the main office. We look forward to having your child with us!


December 15- Parent Coffee to learn about the new EPR 9:30- 10:30AM
December 16- LHS Feeder SAC Meeting regarding future calendar 5:00PM (see info above)
December 17- Winter Classroom Parties- contact your student's teacher for more info
December 18- January 1- Winter Break December 19- EPR's are available for viewing



Friday, December 4, 2015

Hour of Code is back at Gold Rush Elementary! 

Next week Gold Rush students will join millions of students across the world as they explore various computer programming resources. Each student will be thinking critically and problem solving as they practice coding with Angry Birds, Mine Craft, Star Wars, and other engaging programs. For more information explore or email Mrs. Fleet.

Local author Justin Matott visited Gold Rush this week to present a creative writing workshop to our fourth grade students.  He discussed the process he uses when writing his books, and he helped students begin to craft their own ideas.


Why the change? 
Elementary progress reports have traditionally reported on students’ achievement on state content standards in the areas of reading, writing, math, social studies and science.   Douglas County Elementary Schools are now sharing how students are performing on the skills and strategies they need to be successful in the future. This additional information gives parents a broader picture of student achievement.

What Is New?
  • World Class Outcomes
  •  4Cs
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Go for the G.O.L.D. Expectations

What Is The Same?

Colorado Content Standards:

Student progress in each subject area:




Social Studies


Comments from Teachers:

Teachers will continue to comment on individual student’s strengths and areas of growth

Feedback on Behavior and Social Skills:
New wording that matches  “Go for the G.O.L.D.” expectations

Grading Scale:
Old Grading Scale:
4 - Performing above grade level expectations
3 – Performing on grade level
2 - Performing below grade level expectations
1 - Performing well below grade level expectations

New Grading Scale:

Exceeds – Exceeds grade level expectations consistently and independently
Meets – Adheres to grade level expectations the majority of the time.
Approaching – Needs support and reminders to progress toward grade level expectations.
Does not meet – Unable to meet grade level expectations, needs frequent and significant support.

Click here for more information on accessing your student's EPR beginning December 19, 2015.

The window for Open Enrollment is November 1st through January 5th.  Click  here  to open enroll.  Please feel free to contact Gold Rush’s Registrar, Anita Rudman, at or 303-387-7707 if you have any questions.


Click here for more information.

Student Council and PTO have teamed up to help the Parker Task Force with their annual food drive.  From Monday, November 30th thru Friday, December 11th, we are asking everyone to bring in a non-perishable food item or baby diapers (in honor of Mrs. Brown's new baby) so we can donate it to the Parker Task Force. We appreciate your support for this great cause!

Moderate Needs Special Education Model Phase In

Thursday, December 10, 2015 7PM

Cantril Building, Room 203

This class helps parents understand how DCSD is working to better address the needs of students who receive moderate needs special education programming and services.
To register for this class go to Click enroll today and use your infinite campus login. Once you are in, search for the title of the class.

Click here for flyer.


December 8: PTO Meeting @ 6:30
December 8 : Parent Coffee to Learn About the New EPR@ 9:30AM

December 10: Kindergarten Registration @ 5:00- 7:00PM- click here for flyer

December 11: Winter Choir Concert

December 15: Parent Coffee to Learn About the New EPR @ 9:30AM
December 19: EPR's will be ready to view

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Feast
It was so nice to see everyone at our Thanksgiving Feast this Wednesday. It was a wonderful time for us to come together as a community. A special thanks to all of our volunteers who helped to make the day a success!

GRE Welcomes a New Report Card
Why the change?
The new report card includes all aspects of the GVC.

What is the GVC?
The GVC is the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum in Douglas County School District. It specifies what students need to know and be able to do. In DCSD, the GVC has four major components:
World Class Outcomes
The 4C’s
21st Century Skills

The GVC tells each grade level teacher, student and parent the learning that is expected by the end of each school year or course.

What are World Class Outcomes?
World Class Outcomes are broad, higher level targets that require students to create, evaluate, and analyze. They are the overarching goals of each unit.

What are the 4Cs?
The 4Cs are essential for success in today’s world and include critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. They are woven into instruction so that students are able to practice
essential life skills. Students can build these skills by applying them as they learn regular school

What are the 21st Century Skills?
21st century skills including resiliency, problem solving, civic responsibility, financial literacy,
systems thinking, health and wellness are the themes that vary by grade level. The 21st century
skills also allow subject matter to be taught at higher levels. These skills provide multiple
opportunities for students to engage in learning that prepares them to lead and thrive on a world stage.
The GRE progress report is customized by semester for each grade level to include the targeted skills taught in the classroom.

What is content?
The content is the state mandated Colorado Academic Standards and remains the
root of instruction. Content standards contain the knowledge students need to apply
higher level thinking (i.e. World Class Outcomes).

Thank You!
A big thank you from our interim principal, Patti Magby, for making her feel welcome during her first week at GRE. She has met many of you while out at car loop and has enjoyed meeting many of your children as she visits classrooms. She will be assisting Mrs. Bergner and Mrs. Barta during Mrs. Brown's maternity leave. Gold Rush is so glad to have her!

December 2- 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Cimarron @ 9:00 AM
December 8: PTO Meeting @ 6:30
December 8 : Parent Coffee to Learn About the New Report Card@ 9:30AM
December 10: Kindergarten Registration @ 5:00- 7:00PM
December 11: Winter Choir Concert
December 15: Parent Coffee to Learn About the New Report Card@ 9:30AM

THANKSGIVING BREAK-  Monday- Friday, November 23- 27