District 49 is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our children and staff. We completed multiple projects this summer; where we hired a licensed asbestos removal contractor to remove some of the asbestos containing material from five of six schools.
The annual 30 day carry-over grace period for families who qualified for free and reduced meals during the 2018-2019 school year ends Wednesday Sept. 12th. If your family has previously qualified for free and reduced meals, and have not yet applied this year, please apply online today.
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Falcon Zone Updates
Falcon High School graduation requirements will change, beginning with the class of 2021. Teams of administrators and counselors from Falcon Middle School and Falcon High School have begun working on revisions. This work is initiated based on the new Colorado High School graduation guidelines developed by our state. Information will be shared soon across the zone regarding current drafts of possibilities, and a community meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Falcon Middle School.
In February 2016, we formed a group of parents, staff and community members as the "Falcon Zone Coalition." At this time, at the start of the 2016-2017 school year, we have 14 members who are dedicated to supporting two goals for the coming year: Improving communication and engagement with students, staff and parents between and among school sites; and broadening and enhancing communication with the overall Falcon Zone community. At the August meeting, the team decided to begin immediate work on the first goal, so look for more information soon regarding progress and action in this area.
Sand Creek Zone Updates
Amber Whetstine, learning services executive director, and Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone innovation leader, will present June 2 a full-day workshop for leaders that will focus on providing on-going, specific feedback to all teachers on a weekly basis to improve teaching and learning. All principals, assistant principals and instructional coaches in the zone will learn how to schedule and conduct meaningful teacher observations and feedback sessions throughout the school year.
POWER Zone Updates
This new neighborhood elementary will add to District 49’s portfolio of schools through integration of the visual and performing arts with traditional academic standards to develop the passion and talents of all students. Scheduled to open in August of 2019, the school will serve the Banning Lewis Ranch area and surrounding neighborhoods. This school is the second of two new D49 elementary schools outlined in the Building Our Future Community plan, made possible by the voter approved 3B MLO of 2016.
August 2015 Update
Values: Climb with Care and Confidence * Create a Loyalty Effect * The Most Important Person in the World * Family First * Serving our Community
Mission: Purposeful Risk * Ownership of Learning * Whole Child/Student Concept * Engaging Inquiry * Respectful Relationships
Current and Ongoing Activity
Last May, at the completion of a Language Arts curriculum review and adoption process lead by Sherry Kyle, POWER Zone elementary schools began to plan professional development around new programming entitled Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). Two days of training occurred over July 30th and 31st. K-5 teachers dove into the material and began a learning process to better understand how to best deliver these materials to a wide variety of learners. The program was chosen primarily due to its strong explicit core phonics instruction, along with the relevancy and engagement of their reading passages. This particular resource will align well with current benchmarking indicators and will provide the zone with the opportunity for whole zone collaboration around reading and writing instruction.
VRHS now has a dedicated lead Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) advisor whose primary responsibility is to ensure a core group of selected teachers are continually trained in the development of ICAPs for every student. Advisory will now have an ICAP focus at strategic points throughout the year. No longer will ICAPs be a formulaic checklist with little to no differentiation per student. The expectation at VRHS is that ICAPs will be targeted and supported a monthly basis for each and every student.
POWER Zone will now use Beacon Assessments in place of Scantron for ELA and Math in grades 2-8. These assessments are aligned to on grade level material that has the most impact on student learning. Beacon also creates a virtual concept math for each individual student that can then be tracked once the student takes the beginning of year assessment. This will allow for further differentiation across classrooms and grade levels. These assessments will also be used within the zone’s student growth portion of their evaluation model.
POWER Zone Performance Surveys
POWER Zone is asking students, parents, and staff to take 2 surveys at the beginning of this year in order to measure the effectiveness of their three main zone initiatives of ensuring a safe, collaborative, and learning focused environment for our staff and students, ensuring they offer curriculum and learning opportunities that are engaging, rigorous, and individualized, and finally ensuring they have the most effective educators possible in each and every classroom. The Level 1 High Reliability Schools Certification process offered through Marzano Research will serve as a framework to measure how successful each stakeholder group believes POWER Zone is in implementing strategies to meet these initiatives.
Two main focuses of the POWER Zone this year are to track feedback from their High Reliability School and Performance Dashboard surveys. Both surveys will serve as major components of their overall community feedback process.