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