Friday, May 13, 2016


We were excited to welcome our kindergartners who will begin school next fall. Current kindergarten students shared with them what they loved most about their first year at Gold Rush. See what they had to say below.


In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, Gold Rush will continue to hold assessment days the second week of school.  All students in grades K-5 will start a full day of school on Monday, August 8, 2016.  Each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 18 or August 19 to complete classroom assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher the second week of school 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 day and time using the Online Conference Scheduler starting mid July.   You will receive a link to the scheduler via email with your express check in informationBecause we value the information we are obtaining on these days it is imperative that all children complete the assessments on either August 18 or August 19.   At the end of your child’s assessment hour, you will meet your child in gym where school photos will be taken.

We continue to believe that it is essential that students meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are asked to also sign up for a 25 minute time slot on Friday, August 5, to visit their classroom.  Please see the times available below.  You may bring your child’s school supplies with you.   If you purchased an Edukit, it will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Meet Your Teacher Times
Friday, August 5th

Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they are working on spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs).  EPRs will be released to parents on Monday, June 6th, at midnight through Parent Portal.  You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.
  • Go to the Gold Rush Website -
  • Then to Parent Resources
  • Then to EPR.  Use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.
  • Then click "view Elementary Progress report" under your student's picture
As you recall, the new progress report card includes the four elements of the Douglas County School District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum. In addition to reporting out on how well your child is progressing in each content area (reading, writing, math, social studies and science), you will receive information on how well he/she is progressing on the 4cs (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) and select 21st century skills (resiliency, problem solving, civic responsibility, health and wellness, global awareness and systems thinking).  The 4cs and 21st Century Skills were identified by national organizations, including the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, as skills students need to be successful as leaders, workers and citizens in the future.  According to P21, the purpose of teaching and assessing the 4cs and 21st Century Skills is to “build students’ knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world.”  These life skills also help students prepare for rigorous coursework and future workforce challenges. Providing you with information regarding how well your child is mastering the 4cs and 21st century skills is simply additional information regarding his/her growth.

There are also two primary differences between the fall EPR and the spring version.  The District adopted a consistent grading scale that is shown below.
  •  "Exceeds" indicates a high level of achievement; it communicates that a student has a strong understanding of content/concepts/skills taught during the semester and can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.
  • "Meets" indicates that a student demonstrates understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support. Student makes few major errors or omissions when demonstrating concepts/skill.
  • "Approaching" indicates that a students requires moderate support to demonstrate understanding of concepts/skills. Demonstrated understanding of concepts/skills is inconsistent or infrequent indicating a partial understanding of the content/concepts/skills. Errors or omissions in work are more frequent.
  • "Does Not Meet" indicates that a student seldom demonstrates understanding of concepts and skills taught during the semester. Student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning of concepts and skills and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating understanding.

You will also notice two ways to view your child’s information.  A new highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards in the areas of reading, writing and math and how your child met our school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D.  It also includes general classroom comments and individual student comments.  The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all four elements of the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum in all subject areas and specials.  You are also able to view any additional comments for the specific content areas.  You are able to access both views by clicking on the links at the top of the screen. 

Students shared their talents with their peers and families during the choir concert.  We were impressed with students musical abilities.  We thank Mrs. Petty for her incredible work with students!


Gold Rush is looking for representatives to serve on the School Accountability Committee (S.A.C.) next school year.  The S.A.C. meets once a month to discuss important school topics including school goals, the budget, safety and community feedback.  Please see the S.A.C.’s mission statement and responsibilities below.   For additional information please feel free to contact our S.A.C. chair, Bruce Martin, at .  If you are interested in serving on this committee please email Jenny Brown by Friday, May 20.

GRE School Accountability Committee 
Mission Statement
The mission of the School Accountability Committee (S.A.C.) at Gold Rush Elementary School is to provide support to students and the school.  Parents, community members, students, staff and administrators collaborate in a safe and positive environment.  The S.A.C. ensures the community has a voice in the school and that students and staff are supported.  We strive to maintain a positive environment where ideas are exchanged and communicated in the best interest of the school community.

Please email Karen Warner
May 26, 2016-  9:15AM- 12:15PM- 4th and 5th grades plus Russell and Meredith/1:00PM- 3:45PM- 1st and 2nd grades plus Shepperd, Schwartz and Castro
May 31, 2016-  Kindergarten and Preschool- 9:30AM- 11:30AM

May 18- SAC Meeting- 5:30PM
May 20th and 21st- Golden Ticket Theatre presents "The Lion King, Jr."
Friday, May 20th at 6:30PM
Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 PM and 6:30PM
May 26th- Field Day Grades 1- 5
May 30th- NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day
May 31st- Field Day Kindergarten and Preschool
June 1st- End of the Year Picnic- 5:00PM- 7:00PM
June 2nd- Last day of school

If you are in need of school supplies for next school year, the Douglas County Educational Foundation is offering Lend A Hand: Back 2 School Supply Drive for Douglas County Children-  Register by clicking here

Golden Ticket Theatre Presents Lion King, Jr. 
PTO Partnering with Orange Leaf
PTO 2nd Annual Used Book Sale

Colorado Rockies Community Day (vs. NY Mets)
Sunday, May 15 @ 2:10 pm
Coors Field
2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
Tickets: $16 upper level, $23 lower level

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Community Days
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3, 4, 5
Tickets only $26.99; purchase by 5/31 and receive another FREE ticket valid 8/15/16-10/16/16
Link to purchase tickets: