Thursday, June 2, 2016

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, even 20 minutes a day impacts students' academic achievement.

Students nominated their teacher for the GRE AWESOME Teacher Award.  In heartfelt speeches, students shared how their teachers touched them throughout the year.  We couldn't agree more that our teachers are amazing!


Kindergartners collaborated with classmates during their Olympic themed field day!

Third grade students put their marketing skills and knowledge of financial literacy
to the test as they created new products and "sold them" during their Sell Day.

Students learned from one another as they accessed their
presentations nominating famous Americans for a new stamp.

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).  

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. 

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 information.  Because 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 your 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



In an effort to improve our practices, we would like to initiate a rolling start to the school day next year.  Instead of having students line up outside of the building each morning, students will enter the building from the main entrance between 8:20-8:30 AM and report directly to their classroom.  Teachers will supervise students in the classroom as they begin their morning routine.  We believe that this new morning routine will allow for a more natural transition to the start of the school day.

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 outside on the first day of school where they will participate in a flag ceremony with their class.  Classroom teachers will review how students will walk to their classroom on the first day.  On Tuesday, August 9, students will enter the school between 8:20 AM and 8:30 AM.  Staff members will escort students to their classrooms that need additional assistance.  To ensure all students’ safety, we ask that parents:

1) DO NOT drop off their child before 8:20 AM
2) 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 do not arrive prior to that time.

August 5: Meet Your Teacher
Parents show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.
August 8: First Day of School
Students meet their teachers in a line outside for an opening flag ceremony.
Teachers show their students how to walk to their classroom.
August 9: Second Day of School
Students walk to their classrooms between 8:20AM - 8:30AM.
Parents say good-bye outside of the building.

Bell System
8:20 AM First Bell
Signals that 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

June 3- July 5      Closed
July 5- July 29    9:00AM- 12:00PM (Mon & Wed Only)
Aug 1- Aug 4      8:30AM-11:30AM  12:30 PM-3:30PM (Mon - Thurs)
August 8             School is in session- regular office hours 8:00AM- 4:00PM