Friday, December 2, 2016

Applying Math Through Robotics
In addition to being an opportunity for problem solving and collaboration, our STEAM lab allows students to apply mathematics.  Students used coding and robotics, for example, to learn about fractions.  Listen to fifth grader, Jackson Cohrs, explain how his class used coding to determine the different fractional components of a meter.

Kindergarten Registration
We are excited to meet incoming Gold Rush families at Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, December 7, from 5:00-7:00 PM.  We will be providing tours and the principal will present an overview at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM.  Please share this information with any families that you know are enrolling a kindergarten student for the 2017-2018 school year.  This event is also open to families who are interested in open enrolling at other grade levels.

Elementary Progress Reports (EPR) Released December 17
Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete fall Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs).  EPRs will be released to parents on Saturday,  December 17th,  through Parent Portal.  You will be able to access your child's EPR on December 17 by following the directions below.

·          Go to the Gold Rush Website
·          Select the Parent Parent Resources Tab
·          Select Elementary Progress Report (EPR).  Use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.
·          Then click "view Elementary Progress report" under your child's picture

Your child's report card includes the four elements of the Douglas County School District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum.  In addition to reporting on your child's progress in core content areas (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 or systems thinking).  

The following rating system is used to determine your child's level of performance:

Indicates a high level of achievement.  It indicates a student has a strong understanding of the content/concepts/skills taught and it implies a student can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.

Indicates that a student demonstrates an understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support.  Students who are meeting standards make few major errors or omissions when demonstrating a concepts or skill.

Indicates that a students requires moderate support to demonstrate an understanding of concepts/skills.  Students' ability to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or skill is inconsistent or infrequent, which indicates a partial understanding of the content, concept or skill.  Students demonstrate more frequent errors or omissions.

Does Not Meet
Students who do not meet standards seldom demonstrate an understanding of concepts and skills taught.  The student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating his/her understanding.

You are able to view your child's information two ways - a highlight view and a comprehensive view.  The highlights view includes a snapshot of how your child performed on core content standards (reading, writing and math) and how your child met school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D.  The highlights view also includes general classroom comments and individual student comments.  

The comprehensive view includes information on all four elements of the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum in all subject areas, including social studies, science and specials.  The comprehensive view may also include additional content comments aligned to specific content standards.  You are able to access both views by clicking on the links at the top  right portion of the screen.  

We love to recognize our outstanding Gold Rush teachers and school staff for the amazing job they do with students every day.  Click here  to nominate your favorite teacher, administrator, educational assistant, office staff or other staff member.  The nomination window will remain open through January 13, 2017.  For more information about Apple Awards click here.

Upcoming Events
* December 7: Kindergarten Registration
* December 9: Choir Concert 
* December 16-January 2: No School Winter Break
* December 17: Elementary Progress Reports (EPRs) are Released Online

Electronic Thursday Folder
Opt In to Receive Text Messages
Be sure your info is current by logging on to Parent Portal and updating your contact preferences. Make sure Text (SMS) is checked for any phone number/message type that you want to receive texts for. Opt in your phone number with School Messenger. Text ‘Y’ to 68453

GRE Kindergarten RegistrationClick here for flyer

Gold Rush Night at Chili’s!Click here for flyer

Cimarron Middle School Festival of Trees Click here for flyer

Hawk’s Lacrosse Teams FormingClick here for registration information.

Once Upon A December BoutiqueClick here for Craft Fair Flyer

Field Trip Information
            * If your class has an upcoming field trip, please click on our Field Trip Link to sign up!

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Events
"A Christmas Carol" Sun., Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m.  OR  Thurs., Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Musical" Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11:00 a.m.  
"Finding Neverland"  @ Friday, Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m.  (Ticket availability limited)

For more information on upcoming events and links to purchase tickets click here.