Friday, December 9, 2016

Music to Our Ears
The Gold Rush choir wowed our school at their final dress rehearsal.  We wish them the best of luck in their performance this evening.  A special thank you to music teacher, Mrs. Petty, for providing students with this opportunity!




Students in first and second grade used the drawing pad app in music to depict the mood of different songs from the Nutcracker.  Students were able to express the movement and tone of the music.



Gold Rush Showcases Writing Instruction
Gold Rush teachers shared their writing practices with other teachers in the District.  Visiting educators saw the deep thinking evident in our daily writing instruction.  Teachers were particularly impressed with the quality of our students' writing and our students' ability to use rubrics to revise their own work.    



Math Creates Excitement & Complex Reasoning
The excitement was palpable as third grade students worked with classmates to find future cases of a known pattern.  Students were given the predictable pattern below and they were asked to find the 50th case and then the 100th.  Students used a variety of strategies to justify their reasoning. Students' excitement was as impressive as their thinking!


Kindergaten Orientation
We enjoyed meeting our new families at Kindergarten registration Wednesday evening.  If you know any families that were not able to attend please have them contact our Registrar, Anita Rudman, at 303-387-7707.  You can also print the enrollment packet by clicking here.  Completed packets should be returned to the school by December 15.

Elementary Progress Reports (EPR's) 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 gre.dcsdk12.org

·  Select the 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


As you recall, students are assessed on all four elements on the District's guaranteed and viable curriculum.

·   Content Standards (reading, writing, math, science and social studies, specials)

·   World Class Outcomes (higher level thinking objectives specific to each content area)

·   4 Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity)

·   Select 21st Century Skills (problem solving, resiliency, systems thinking, financial literacy, health)



You are able to view the report card in two ways - a highlights view and a comprehensive view. Grades for specials, social studies and science can be found on the comprehensive view.




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 through January 13.

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

Electronic Thursday Folder

Art Enrichment Winter Session- Canvas Painting
            -Click here to register

Original Works - It's not too late!
Due to demand, our Original Works online art gallery is reopened for late orders until December 18! Click here for link. Email Kerry.Dazzio@dcsdk12 with questions. Thanks!

Spanish Club- New Session Registration
            -Click here for registration information

GRE Yearbook Cover Design Contest
            -Click here for information

LHS Parent’s Night Out
            -Click here for flyer

Upcoming Community Events
            -National Western Stock Show
Apple Award Nominations
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.

Hawk’s Lacrosse Teams Forming
            -Click here for registration information.

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
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
            -"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Musical"  
            -Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11:00 a.m.  (Ticket availability limited)
            -"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.