Friday, April 28, 2017

Increased Number of GRE Students with Norovirus-like Symptoms
Please see the information below that was emailed previously today regarding student illnesses.

We have seen an increased number of students with norovirus-like symptoms. This has led to several student absences in recent days. Because of this, DCSD’s special projects team is at the school today conducting a thorough deep-clean of the entire building. Additional measures are also being taken to ensure surfaces and items more likely to have regular hand contact be cleaned more frequently. Finally, there will be an increase in hand sanitizer available throughout the school.

What is norovirus?
Norovirus is highly contagious and is typically spread person-to-person or through airborne particles. Symptoms include a low-grade fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting/nausea and headache. The illness typically lasts 1-2 days, but can be longer.

When can my child return to school?
Your child should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Additionally, at least 48 hours must have passed since your child had diarrhea and/or vomiting.

What can I do to stay healthy?
Students, staff and families should continue to practice these health tips from the Center for Disease Control:
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with sick people

Click here for additional information from our partners at the Tri-County Health Department.


Gold Rush Has Talent!
Gold Rush students can do it all!  They can sing, dance, play instruments, tell jokes and more! Students demonstrated all of their impressive skills during our talent show Friday.  We were impressed with their gifts and confidence.  We hope you will be able to join us this evening at 7:00 PM for the final show.  A special thank you to Mrs. Petty and Ms. Warner for organizing this event!




World Class Writers
Students in grades K-5 are sharing their expertise through their writing.  Kindergarten students researched an animal from the African Savannah and they published their learning in all about books. Second graders were writing like scientists.  They recorded guiding research questions for a force and motion lab report.  Students then wrote their hypothesis stating whether a toy car would travel farther on carpet or tile.  In a detailed materials, procedures and conclusion section, students explained why their initial thinking was correct or incorrect.  Fifth graders are researching Colonial America and conveying the unique differences of this time period in informational essays.  We are impressed with all students' writing!

Kindergarten Experts
All About Books on African Animals


 "Giraffes eat grass, leaves and drink water.  Giraffes are herbivores."



"Female baboons stay with their moms for their whole lives."



Second Graders Write Like Scientists




While completing several experiments, second graders wrote a science lab documenting how they conducted their experiment and what they learned about force and motion.



Fifth Grade Essays on Colonial America

By Edward Armstrong

After researching several different elements of Colonial America, students write like historians in their informational essays.



Students Review Safety Drills & Reminders
We had an opportunity to review several safety drills this week.  We practiced a fire drill and it was our best one yet.  After reviewing our current practices with District personnel we moved our meeting location to the field.  The students adjusted to this safer location with ease.  After the fire drill, classroom teachers reminded students of the following safety practices:


* If you are not in your classroom during a lockdown, go to the nearest classroom.
* If you are in the bathroom during a lockdown remain in the stall with your feet raised.
* If there is an emergency in the classroom and the teacher is unavailable, get an adult or push the emergency button.

Procedure for Delayed Dismissals
With spring comes unpredictable weather. I wanted to take this opportunity to review our delayed dismissal procedures that could result from lightening at the end of the day. According to District protocol, you can expect the following:

-Delayed dismissal will be called if lightening is detected within six miles.
-You will receive an email and text around 3:20 PM.  The message will ask you to come into the building at 3:30 PM and sign your child out of his/her classroom. Be sure you are registered to receive text messages (see information below).

According to District protocol, parents/guardians or other adults over the age of 18, who have been given permission in Infinite Campus and your emergency dismissal form, may pick up their children/younger siblings during a lightning delay at their own risk. Siblings under the age of 18 coming to pick up a younger sibling will be asked to stay in the building and will NOT be released.

-Students who attend BASE or after school activities in the building will attend their regularly scheduled activity. 

-Bus riders will be called to the gym and will be loaded onto buses when it is safe to do so. Transportation will ultimately ensure a safe arrival by dropping students off to waiting parents at bus stops.  

-Walkers and bikers will be dismissed when the weather is clear.

-If the weather does not clear by 3:45 PM, please come and sign your child(ren) out in the gym. All students must be picked up by parents and/or adults listed on your emergency contact information.

Registering for District & School Text Messages
Douglas County School District and Gold Rush provide parents with emergency information via text message. Parents need to opt-in in order to receive emergency communication this way. Click here for instructions to set up your text messaging preferences. Emergency notifications will also be posted on our school app. Download our app today!


Gold Rush has a new mobile app!  This is a great tool for getting all things GRE at your finger tips.  Click on the following links to download this app.






THANK YOU GRE Volunteers 
We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their contributions to Gold Rush!  Your time and efforts make our school a better place.  We appreciate all that you do!  A special thank you to our PTO for their ongoing work. Please stop by the office and get something from our "appreciation station"!


Class Placement
Just a reminder that parent input for class placement is due to Jenny Brown today.  She will accept feedback via email through the weekend.  Please see prior blog posts for additional information regarding our class placement process.

Upcoming Events
* May 1 - May 5: Teacher Appreciation Week
* May 5: First Grade Field Trip - Botanic Gardens & Kindie Egg Drop
* May 9: PTO Meeting @ 8:45 
* May 11: Fifth Grade Goes to Cimarron 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Legend Feeder SAC Meeting 
The School Advisory Councils (SACs) from each school in the Legend Feeder met this week to discuss how our collective vision comes to life.  Parents, teachers. community members and administrators discussed how critical thinking, resiliency, student independence and community involvement are taught and promoted K-12.   We appreciated parents' input and ideas!


"As a community of schools within the Legend Feeder, we strive to instill our core vision –To create empowered students who think criticallydemonstrate resiliency and act independently.  Our students will contribute positively to the broader community."


Feeder Pride
Past, present and future Gold Rush students supported Legend's Student Government in their volleyball tournament.  #futuretitans


Mark Your Calendar for 2017
All schools in the Legend Feeder are moving to the conventional calendar next school year.  The dates of key opening activities are shown below.  Additional details regarding specific events will follow in May blog posts.

* August 7: Meet Your Teacher
* August 10:  First Day of School!
* August 16: Back to School Night
* August 17 & 18: Assessment Days


August 2017



Click here for the 2017-2018 Conventional Calendar


Changes to Existing Bus Routes











Class Placement Process

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and other staff members.  We take this responsibility very seriously.  Our process for creating class lists is detailed below.

· Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

· Teachers meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths and needs and friendships.  Learning specialists and the specials team also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide feedback.

· Each grade level team types a draft of their class list, which is then submitted to me.  I review each child’s placement and ensure that all parent input has been considered. Classroom teachers approve any additional changes to ensure classes remain balanced. 

· Class lists are finalized in August to reflect the addition of new students.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  Our 5th grade team collaborates with teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  It is a delicate balance that takes tremendous thought by professionals who know and care about your child.  Please remember that our ultimate goal is always to create balanced classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents, and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete as moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom. 

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me on or before FRIDAY, April 28th.  While we welcome your input, 
we cannot honor specific teacher requests Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a letter or email (jjbrown@dcsdk12.org).

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is nearly impossible to track.  Further, please direct all of this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers are not available.


New School App
Gold Rush has a new mobile app!  This is a great tool for getting all things GRE at your finger tips.  Click on the following links to download this app.





Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance Delayed
The Town of Parker is delaying maintenance repairs on the pedestrian bridge across Chambers that were originally scheduled for April 21 and 22.

Upcoming Events
* April 21: No School
* April 28: Talent Show @ 7:00
* May 1 - May 5: Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, April 14, 2017



Teachers Talk Math
Gold Rush teachers have been analyzing how our school math beliefs come to life K-5.  Teachers viewed other teachers' instruction and discussed student work from multiple grade levels.  When we examined artifacts and practices across the grade levels we saw students thinking deeply, justifying their thinking and taking risks while problem solving.  We also saw students collaborating and working on hands on math problems.  We were excited to see how our instruction aligns with our professional reading on best math practices!  


Gold Rush Math Beliefs


Kindergarten Example

Kindergarten students used tiles to create different addition problems.  
When students physically moved the tiles and created different visual arrangements they understood more deeply how we put numbers together in different ways when we add.  This activity also allowed students to see different number combinations and fact families.


Second Grade Example


In second grade students used base 10 strips to create their own animal.  They then used the base 10 strips to find the total number of cubes used.  The base 10 strips helped students understand place value and the concept of trading.  This helps students build number sense, or an understanding of what numerical places (ones, tens, hundreds etc.) represent. 

5th Grade Example


Fifth graders used base 10 blocks and money to represent fractions and decimals.  Students used these tools to represent collections, such as 11 tenths and 13 hundredths.  These tools allowed students to understand more deeply how to add and subtract fractions and decimals.


Spring Book Fair Success
Thank you PTO for an incredible spring book fair!  We all enjoyed purchasing new books! 



Class Placement Process

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and other staff members.  We take this responsibility very seriously.  Our process for creating class lists is detailed below.

· Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

· Teachers meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths and needs and friendships.  Learning specialists and the specials team also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide feedback.

· Each grade level team types a draft of their class list, which is then submitted to me.  I review each child’s placement and ensure that all parent input has been considered. Classroom teachers approve any additional changes to ensure classes remain balanced. 

· Class lists are finalized in August to reflect the addition of new students.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  Our 5th grade team collaborates with teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  It is a delicate balance that takes tremendous thought by professionals who know and care about your child.  Please remember that our ultimate goal is always to create balanced classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents, and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete as moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom. 

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me on or before FRIDAY, April 28th.  While we welcome your input, 
we cannot honor specific teacher requests Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a letter or email (jjbrown@dcsdk12.org).

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is nearly impossible to track.  Further, please direct all of this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers are not available.


New School App
Gold Rush has a new mobile app!  This is a great tool for getting all things GRE at your finger tips.  Click on the following links to download this app.





Earth Day
Gold Rush is currently collecting wearable shoes for earth day!  Click here for more information.

Pedestrian Bridge Closed for Maintenance
The Town of Parker will temporarily close the pedestrian bridge on Chambers Rd on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22.

Upcoming Events
* April 19:  Gold Rush SAC Meeting @ 4:00-4:50 at Gold Rush - Agenda 
   Legend Feeder SAC Meeting @ 5:00-6:00 PM at Legend High School - Agenda
* April 21: No School
* April 28: Talent Show @ 7:00

Friday, April 7, 2017

CLASS PLACEMENT INFORMATION

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and other staff members.  We take this responsibility very seriously.  Our process for creating class lists is detailed below.

· Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

· Teachers meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths and needs and friendships.  Learning specialists and the specials team also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide feedback.

· Each grade level team types a draft of their class list, which is then submitted to me.  I review each child’s placement and ensure that all parent input has been considered. Classroom teachers approve any additional changes to ensure classes remain balanced. 

· Class lists are finalized in August to reflect the addition of new students.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  Our 5th grade team collaborates with teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  It is a delicate balance that takes tremendous thought by professionals who know and care about your child.  Please remember that our ultimate goal is always to create balanced classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents, and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete as moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom.

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me on or before FRIDAY, April 28th.  While we welcome your input,
we cannot honor specific teacher requests.  Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a letter or email (jjbrown@dcsdk12.org).

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is nearly impossible to track.  Further, please direct all of this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers are not available.


New School App
Gold Rush has a new mobile app!  This is a great tool for getting all things GRE at your finger tips.  Click on the following links to download this app.






GRE Received the Governor's Distinguished Award
Gold Rush was honored at the Board of Education Meeting for receiving the Governor's Distinguished Award. This award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth on the state assessment. Gold Rush students exceeded expectations on longitudinal academic growth targets. We are proud of our students and teachers!







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PARCC & CMAS Testing Schedule for Grades 35
Students in grades 3-5 will continue their state testing next week.  Students in these grade levels will be assessed in literacy and math using the PARCC assessments, or the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness.  Fifth graders will take an additional science assessment called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and fourth graders will take the CMAS social studies assessment.  The testing testing schedule is shown below.  Please refrain from scheduling outside appointments during all testing times.  We also recommend that students have a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast each day.

April 10- 12 PARCC Math
10:15-11:15 5th Grade
11:25-12:25 4th Grade
1:15-2:15 3rd Grade

April 13 CMAS Math / Social Studies or Science
8:45-9:45 4th Grade Math
10:15-11:15 5th Grade Science
11:25-12:25 4th Grade Social Studies

1:15-2:15 3rd Grade Math
2:00-3:00 5th Grade Science

April 14 CMAS 
8:45-9:45 4th Grade Social Studies
10:15-11:15 5th Grade Science
11:25-12:25 4th Grade Social Studies





Spring Book Fair



Upcoming Events
* April 10-14: School Book Fair
* April 11: PTO Meeting
* April 19: Legend Feeder SAC Meeting @ 5:00-6:00 PM at Legend High School
* April 21: No School