About Evans International Elementary School
Evans International Elementary School, located in Sand Creek Zone at 1675 Winnebago Road in Colorado Springs, is the only elementary school in District 49 to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and its educators continue to strengthen the program through rigorous training and reflection.
The PYP curriculum focuses on inquiry based teaching and concepts with local and global significance. PYP develops essential skills, such as research, communication and social skills. The curriculum fosters positive attitudes such as tolerance, respect and responsibility. IB provides a framework for teaching focusing on best practices and inquiry, used to meet district and state standards. Educators believe that inquiry-based learning increases student engagement and motivation. Through PYP, teachers are receiving continuous training to learn how to plan and teach trans disciplinary lessons that support other programs already in place.
The PYP program places an emphasis on educating the whole child. With that, educators integrate music, physical education, art, technology and Spanish classes into grade level appropriate units and instruction. They also offer classes in special education, English Language Development, classroom guidance and media.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Evans will implement Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) as our core literacy curriculum in grades K-5. CKLA combines rich, diverse content knowledge in history, science, literature, and the arts with systematic, research-based, foundational literacy skill instruction.
Evans utilizes the Eureka Math curriculum as our core math curriculum. Eureka Math is aligned to the state standards and connects math to the real world. All students will also use ST Math, an online visual math program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigourous learning and creative problem solving.
Each year there are a number of after-school activities offered at Evans. Some examples from previous years include: basketball, choir, jump rope, golf, bowling, and piano. Students are also active in Battle of the Books, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Young Rembrandts, and The Edge of Space Club.
An involved parent community, including an active Parent Teacher Organization and School Accountability Committee, supports the school. Along with administration and teachers, these organizations sponsor educational programs at the school and help it acquire money through various fundraisers. Other activities that involve parents and community are family nights, fundraisers, The Week of Thanks, and various events that support IB units of inquiry.
Sand Creek Zone Overview
The plan for Sand Creek Zone schools was developed during the 2016-2017 school year over a number of forums with community members, teachers, students, and parents. Educational leaders across the zone also provided valuable input. In addition, goals were developed in response to staff and parent survey results compiled during the 2016-2017 school year.Sand Creek Zone PlanThink of the Sand Creek Zone plan this way...the vital work we do every day, no matter the assignment, drives student success. Each member of the Sand Creek Zone team engages in service for our learners,. parents, and community in some way, shape, or form. Every staff member helps create a work environment that is healthy and stimulating. Our schools will continue to innovate and grow in purposeful fashion.Our goals address four pillars...Student Success, People, Service, and Innovation/Growth. We have defined strategic actions aligned with each of the pillars and goals and measures to assess our performance.
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.