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.


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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