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About Meridian Ranch Elementary School

Meridian Ranch Elementary School, located in Falcon Zone at 10480 Rainbow Bridge Drive in Peyton, has excellent teachers averaging nine years in education with many having earned their master’s degree.

Curricula


At Meridian Ranch, all students receive academic and social instruction that encourages and supports a love for learning while mastering grade level content standards. The collective commitment provides a relentless focus on learning while ensuring success for all students. Faculty members encourage and embrace parent and community engagement, as they strive to create a learning community where all members are dedicated to fulfilling the school's mission. The Colorado Model Content Standards serve as the foundation for the instructional program. The school provides differentiated instruction using a variety of research-based programs. It incorporates inquiry based instruction, technology integration and student participation in the arts and physical education.

Extracurricular


The school is bustling with activity even after hours. It offers before and after school band and choir programs as well as cartooning, Science Matters and cooking classes. It also has basketball, Landsharks running club, student council, Girls on The Run and Battle of the Books.

Community


Meridian Ranch Elementary has a supportive Parent-Teacher Association that sponsors many programs. It raises funds that help support teachers with generous mini-grants and major school wide projects. Other PTA-sponsored events are Start The Art Night, school-wide assemblies, Veterans Day assemblies, various after school classes, as well as Muffins with Moms and Doughnuts with Dads. There are more than 100 WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students), volunteers who visit classrooms assisting teachers, walking the halls and spending the day with students.

Falcon Zone Overview

Falcon Zone has a strong tradition that dates back to 1900. That tradition carries on today with five highly successful schools. Falcon Zone offers the following programs: Academy of Health Sciences, Academy of Finance, Academy of Information and Technology, Air Force JROTC, FBLA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Student-to-Student program and many others. The zone offers more than 20 advanced placement and CU Succeed classes. Its schools have performed well on CSAP and ACT. Falcon Zone prides itself on offering students a sound, fundamental and comprehensive education.
  • Information Technology Academy
  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Finance Academy
  • Air Force Junior ROTC
  • Vocational Classes

Trust, Compassion, Integrity


Falcon Zone achieves excellence through a collective responsibility for student learning. All members of the Falcon Zone community must feel respected, accepted and valued as we work together for students. By placing the focus on learning in every classroom, we make academic success a priority for all students. Through effective professional learning communities and collaboration with all stakeholders, in Falcon Zone:
  • We learn by using data analysis to drive instruction, resulting in academic growth for all students.
  • We work by providing excellent research based instruction.
  • We lead by empowering and growing people through targeted and focused professional development.

Balanced Enrollment in Falcon Zone Elementary Schools


Falcon Zone Balanced Enrollment
Falcon Zone schools — Falcon Elementary School of Technology, Meridian Ranch Elementary School, Woodmen Hills Elementary School, Falcon Middle School and Falcon High School — are bustling with newly built homes and new families moving in on a daily basis. Class sizes in some grade levels at Falcon Elementary School of Techology and Meridian Ranch Elementary School are nearing and reaching student numbers that begin to be detrimental to an ideal learning environment. Conversely, there is available seat space at Woodmen Hills Elementary School for the time being. Having classrooms with high student-to-teacher ratios at one school, while another sits with available spaces is not the most ideal situation for effective student learning.
 
Depending on grade level, new Falcon Zone students will attend Woodmen Hills Elementary School, even though it is not within their natural attendance area, or “home neighborhood” school. The growth in our community presents both opportunities and challenges for all of us. The Falcon Zone leadership team is committed to giving all students an equal opportunity for learning and success.
 
How is enrollment balanced?
The Falcon Zone administrative assistant, Trish Burley, monitors enrollment during the summer, as well as quarterly throughout the school year. As students join the district, elementary school principals collaborate to place them in schools and classrooms based on class sizes. Mrs. Burley notifies parents as soon as possible, after they complete the central enrollment process, regarding each child’s school placement. 
  • A student may be returned to the school in the natural attendance area, if an opening occurs during the first two weeks of the school year (August 4-14, 2015), based on the child’s official date/order of enrollment. We value children having the opportunity to attend their “home neighborhood” school whenever possible. 
  • During the process, Ms. Burley will ask parents if they want to be contacted later (after the initial two-week start) during the school year for a possible relocation to the home neighborhood school, as spaces become available.  If parents indicate they do not want to be called during the school year, then they give up their current place in line on the waiting list to return for the current school year, and the balanced enrollment process will begin again for them the following year. 
  • If parents want to be notified of an opening during the school year, then Ms. Burley will call on a quarterly basis. Children will have the option to return, where openings exist, at the end of each quarter.
Our Promise
We care for students in the same special way, regardless of whether or not they are attending their natural attendance area school. Every teacher, every administrator, and every support staff member will treat all children with love and respect.

Portfolio of Schools

Portfolio of Schools District 49 will create a robust portfolio of distinct and exceptional schools. It’s not enough just to have a bunch of different kinds of schools; the district needs to have high quality, exceptional schools. District 49 strives to offer wonderful schools in all of its zones, schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.
 
District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor. If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together. District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks. These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.

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