Friday, June 2, 2017

Have a Wonderful Summer!

Summer Reading Matters
One of the most important things that you can do with your child this summer is read.  Reading over the summer matters!  As you can see below, even 20 minutes a day impacts students' academic achievement.

Spring Elementary Progress Report (EPR) Released June 5 @ Midnight

Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete students' spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs). EPRs will be released to parents on Monday, June 5th, at midnight through Parent Portal. You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.

· Go to the Gold Rush Website -

· Then to Parent Resources

· Then to EPR. Use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.

· Then click "View Elementary Progress Report" under your child's picture

As you recall, the progress report card includes the four elements of the Douglas County School District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum. In addition to reporting out on how well your child is progressing in each content area (reading, writing, math, social studies and science), you will receive information regarding 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 and systems thinking). 

Gold Rush teachers are also using the District's grading scale shown below to describe students' growth.


Indicates a high level of achievement; it communicates that a student has a strong understanding of content/concepts/skills taught during the semester and can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.


Indicates that a student demonstrates understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support. Student makes few major errors or omissions when demonstrating concepts/skill.


Indicates that a students requires moderate support to demonstrate understanding of concepts/skills. Demonstrated understanding of concepts/skills is inconsistent or infrequent indicating a partial understanding of the content/concepts/skills. Errors or omissions in work are more frequent.

"Does Not Meet"

Indicates that a student seldom demonstrates understanding of concepts and skills taught during the semester. Student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning of concepts and skills and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating understanding.

You are able to view your child’s information in two ways. The highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards (reading, writing and math) and how your child met our school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D. It also includes general classroom comments and individual student comments. The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all four elements of the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum, all subject areas and specials. You are also able to view any additional comments for the specific content areas under the comprehensive view. You are able to access both views by clicking on the links at the top of the screen. 

2017 -2018 Start of School Events
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, Gold Rush will continue to hold assessment days on August 17 and 18.  Next year all students in grades K-5 will start a full day of school on Thursday, August 10, 2016.  Each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 17 or August 18 to complete classroom assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher after they have been in school for a few days allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual strengths and needs.

August 2017

Parents will be able to sign up for an assessment day and time using the online Conference Scheduler starting mid July.   You will receive a link to the scheduler via email with your express check in information.  Because we value the information we are obtaining on these days it is imperative that all children complete the assessments on either August 17 or August 18.   At the end of your child’s assessment hour your will meet your child in gym where school photos will be taken.

We continue to believe that it is essential that students meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are asked to also sign up for a 25 minute time slot on Monday, August 7, to visit your son/daughter's classroom.  Please see the times available below.  You may bring your child’s school supplies with you.   Previously purchased Edukits will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Meet Your Teacher Times Monday, August 7th

During Meet Your Teacher, parents will have an opportunity to show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.  Students will meet their teacher in their line outside on the first day of school (Thursday, August 10), where they will participate in a flag ceremony with their class.  Classroom teachers will review how students will walk to their classroom on the first day.  On Friday, August 11, we will resume our rolling start and students will enter the school between 8:20 AM and 8:30 AM.  Staff members will escort students to their classrooms that need additional assistance.  To ensure all students’ safety, we ask that parents:

1) DO NOT drop off their child before 8:20 AM
2) Say good-bye to their children outside of the building.

Supervision, including cross walk supervision, will not be provided prior to 8:20 AM so it is essential that students do not arrive prior to that time.

Monday, August 7: Meet Your Teacher
Parents show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.
Thursday, August 10: First Day of School
Students meet their teachers in a line outside for an opening flag ceremony.
Teachers show their students how to walk to their classroom.
Friday, August 11: Second Day of School
Students walk to their classrooms between 8:20AM - 8:30AM.
Parents say good-bye outside of the building.

Bell Schedule
8:20 AM First Bell
Signals that students can enter the building.
Cross walk supervision begins.
Students should not arrive to school prior to this bell.

8:30 AM Start of the School Day

8:35 Tardy Bell

Summer Office Hours 2017
June 3- July 5  Closed
July 5- Aug 2   9:00AM- 12:00PM (Mon & Wed Only)
Aug 3- Aug 9   8:30AM-11:30AM  12:30 PM-3:30PM (Mon - Thurs)
Aug 10             School is in session- regular office hours 8:00AM- 4:00PM