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

Friday, November 13, 2015

Students Learn Valuable Lesson From Veterans
Students in grades 3-5 learned several valuable lessons on Veteran’s Day from parents who served in the military.  Major Cliff Flowers, who served in the Air Force Reserves, taught third graders about the branches of the military.  He also shared his experiences serving in Iraq.  Isaac Martinez, who is a Colonel in the Colorado Army National Guard and is a Military Police Battalion Commander, talked with fourth and fifth graders about serving overseas and completing state side missions.  We thank our visitors and all of our veterans for their service to our country!

Thanksgiving Feast – Wednesday, November 18
If you plan on attending Digger’s Thanksgiving Feast,  reservations are still open. Please purchase a meal ticket for adults and siblings by Tuesday, November 17th by clicking  here. Reservations are required to minimize waiting in long lines and to ensure we have enough food prepared. Please bring your printed receipt as your meal ticket.

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We need several volunteers to make this event a success.  There are various shifts available that will allow you to enjoy lunch with your child.  Please click here to volunteer.
For more information and class lunch schedules click here.

Parent Input Regarding Future Feeder Calendar 
In 2013, the Legend Feeder adopted one calendar - The Split Fall Break Modified Calendar - to make scheduling easier for families with children at multiple schools.  The split fall break modified calendar has presented challenges at all levels. This schedule interferes with Advanced Placement testing and spring activities/sports at the secondary levels. The absence of a Professional Learning Day in early fall and the implications on hiring in the spring  had a negative impact at all levels.  There are also challenges with being on different calendars than other feeders in the district.

The Legend feeder schools are proposing a new calendar.  Current data collected from all feeder schools shows 69% of the employees in favor of the new proposed conventional calendar.  Schools are currently collecting community input on the following two calendar options for future years.

Option 1: Conventional Calendar - Thanksgiving Week off
The key points to this calendar are a week for fall break, one week for Thanksgiving vacation, two weeks for winter break and a week for spring break. Students will start summer the last week of May. Also notice on this calendar that there are two student contact days that are placed the day before fall break and the day before spring break.

Option 2: Split Fall Modified (Current Calendar)
The key points to this calendar are having a week for fall break, a week for Thanksgiving break, two weeks for winter break, and two weeks for spring break. Students will then end school in the first week of June.

We appreciate your feedback.  Please complete the linked survey by Monday, November 30th.  Your input is greatly appreciated!

Cimarron Middle School Parent Orientation
Cimarron Middle School is hosting the next Parent Orientation for future 6th grade parents at Cimarron on Wednesday, December 2, from 9:00-10:15 AM.  These informal events are opportunities to learn about academics, athletics and activities offered at the middle school.  Please click on the following link to sign up for this opportunity: Cimarron Coffee Talks 2016-2017

Thank You!
We thank our PTO and librarian, Gail Golish, for an incredible fall book fair!  We all appreciated the opportunity to find new and exciting reading materials.  We appreciate the time and effort you put into making the book fair possible!

Original Art
Original Works ordering information went home in Thursday folders and the deadline to order fun products picturing your child's art is November 13. Thank you for supporting your child and art through this opportunity!  

Upcoming Events
·      November 18: Gold Rush Thanksgiving Feast
·      November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break
·      December 2: 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Cimarron @ 9:00 AM
·      December 5: Cimarron Festival of Trees

·      December 8: PTO Meeting @ 6:30

Friday, November 6, 2015

Teachers Focus on Performance-Based Assessments
During our professional development day on Tuesday, teachers practiced, shared and created performance-based assessments.  Performance-based assessments provide students with opportunities to apply what they are learning in real world settings.  First grade students, for example, created videos for new students and the school’s “Go For The Gold Assembly.”  Through this assessment, students demonstrated their ability to evaluate the roles and responsibilities of effective citizens.  Fifth grade students applied their knowledge of multiplication and division when they determined how much money individual families would have to contribute to meet our school goal of $30,000.  Performance-based assessments not only provide a real world context and stress application of knowledge, they also increase student engagement and allow students to express their ideas and create in multiple ways.  We look forward to continuing to provide your students with these opportunities.

New Report Card
Teachers continue to prepare for the new elementary report card, which will be implemented this December.  As you recall, the report card will provide you with information on how your child is performing on the following four elements of the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum:

·      World Class Outcomes
o   Broader outcomes that push students to think at higher levels by having them evaluate, create and analyze.

·      Content Standards
o   State standards that define specific content to be taught at each grade level.

·      4 Cs
o   The 4cs are essential life skills that future leaders, workers and citizens need in order to be successful.
o   Students are instructed and assessed on each of the following four Cs at each grade level: critical thinking, collaboration, communication & creativity.

·      21st Century Skills
o   21st Century Skills are skills that allow them to navigate in a globally interconnected world.
o   Students are instructed and assessed one or two of the following 21st Century skills at each grade level: Systems Thinking, Financial Responsibility, Civic Responsibility, Problem Solving, Resiliency, Global Awareness, Health and Wellness and Global Awareness.

The report card will also provide you with information on how your child is meeting school expectations.  Gold Rush has defined school expectations as how well students “Go for the GOLD,” or Give Respect, Own Your Actions, Listen and Learn and Do Your Best.  Click here for the examples of how our school has identified these behaviors throughout our building.

SAC Approved GRE’s Unified Improvement Plan
This week Gold Rush’s School Accountability Committee approved the building’s Unified Improvement Plan for 2015-2016.  The school celebrated targeted students’ growth, especially in the area of math.  Gold Rush will continue to monitor all students’ ability to make at least a year’s growth in literacy by implementing the following improvement strategies:

·      Targeting individual students’ needs and instruction in literacy through goal setting.
·      Increasing the rigor and relevance of literacy instruction through performance-based assessments.

Click here for additional information regarding the unified improvement plan.   

Principal Support During Maternity Leave
Patti Magby will support Gold Rush Assistant Principal, Libby Bergner, and Gold Rush’s Professional Learning Specialist, Kristi Barta, while Jenny Brown is out on maternity leave.  Jenny is due on November 18 and plans to return on February 10th.  Patti has over 20 years of administrative experience and she is currently the principal of Meadow View Elementary School in Castle Rock.  Please help me welcome Mrs. Magby to our school!

Thanksgiving Feast
We are excited to celebrate Thanksgiving as a school community on Wednesday, November 18th, with our annual Thanksgiving Feast!  Please make your reservations by Friday, November 13.  The cost for parents and siblings is $4.00 per person.  You can make a reservation online by clicking here.  Gold Rush students will pay using their lunch accounts.  Please bring your printed receipt as your meal ticket. 
We also need volunteers for this event. Click here to help during the feast. You can sign up before or after your child's scheduled lunchtime (see below).  We appreciate your help and look forward to seeing you at the event! 

11:00-11:20    Castro, Meredith, & Russell
11:10-11:30    Schwartz & Shepperd
11:25-11:45    M. Lewis & Martino
11:35-11:55    McMillan & Rossi
11:55-12:15    Zankey
12:05-12:25    Kindie Enrichment (in the Art room)
12:10-12:30    Graham & Meier
12:20-12:40    Moore & Woolums
12:30-12:50    Dalcerri, Hawk, & Holtzer
12:40-1:00     Lautenbach & Rayens
12:55-1:15    Kramer, A. Lewis, & Peters
1:00-1:20      Poli & Wilson

Digger Dash Dollars
We are so close to reaching our goal of $30,000 for our new shade structure for the front playground.  Please keep those donations rolling into the PTO so that we are able to achieve our goal!

Upcoming Events
·      November 9 – 13: Book Fair
·      November 10: PTO Mtg @ 6:30 in the Gold Mine Room
·      November 18: Gold Rush Thanksgiving Feast
·      November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break 

Open Enrollment

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.