ALLIES Updates

  • May 2, 2019

    D49 safety and security notified the staff at Odyssey, ALLIES, Stetson and Springs Ranch Elementary Schools along with Sand Creek High School and Creekside Learning Center to go into lockout status Thursday morning as police searched an area north of Sky Sox Stadium.

     

    Students and staff remained safe, and the lockout was lifted a short time later. Click here for more information. 

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  • Our office number is 719-494-8850.  School hours for the front office are 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

    Our secretary, Sandi Esparsen, is happy to assist you.

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  • Back To School Information: Important dates, expectations and school supply lists can be found on the back to school page.


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  • Humble Beginnings, Finding Clarity: Learn how ALLIES grew from an innovative approach within one elementary school to serve a larger population of learningas as Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence.

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  • Learning Ally newsletter: Learning Ally is a national nonprofit serving students with learning and visual disabilities. The organization provides vital resources for parents; training and technology for teachers and schools; and 80,000 human-narrated audio textbooks for K-12 through higher ed. Download the latest Learning Ally newsletter.


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  • Bright Solutions for Dyslexia Newsletter: Read the Bright Solutions for Dyslexia Newsletter for May to hear from Susan Barton, an internationally recognized expert on dyslexia. She presents important stories of overcoming Dyslexia, new opportunities and new breakthroughs.


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  • Helpful Resources for Parents: We've assembled a convenient list of resources to assist you in learning more about Dyslexia and helping your struggling reader at home. Visit our frequently asked questions page for the list.


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  • Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence ALLIES Informational Brochure: See the data and read the frequently asked questions about how the Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence might be right for your child. Download the ALLIES brochure.


     

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POWER Zone Updates

  • New elementary school coming to the POWER Zone in 2019  

    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.
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  • 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

     

    Primary Literacy

    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.

    D49 Pathways

    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.      

    Assessment Work

    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.

     

    Upcoming/Other Activity


    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.

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  • Report of the POWER Zone Leader, April 2015: 

    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
    Primary Literacy
    Middle of the year benchmarking data is currently being reviewed by all POWER Zone elementary schools with a particular focus on DIBELS growth across and within proficiency bands. Meaning, the zone is looking closely at not just how many students are moving across proficiency levels (At Risk, Some Risk, Low Risk) but also within proficiency levels. This lets educators know how students are performing even if they remained within the same band at the mid year mark. A student may have been At Risk in the beginning of the year and remain in the At Risk category mid year. However, if the student is decreasing his/her proficiency gap between benchmarking sections this student may still be making adequate growth and catch up progress.

    Curriculum Pathway Work
    Sherry Kyle has completed standards prioritization work at across all content areas at VRHS and SMS and in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Communicating at OES, RVES, and SES. Every educator has read the standards for understanding and collaborated with both building and zone personnel over what is essential for our students to understand and be able to do within each standard. Next steps are to pair some resources acquired through Flippen’s C3 (Common Core Curriculum) training with the standards work that has already been completed. These resources will help teachers define appropriate levels of rigor for each standard and require some deeper forethought in preplanning questioning, pre assessments, and post assessments of student learning.

    Growth Based Evaluation Tool

    After receiving some confirming information from Flippen’s C3 training the zone has decided to begin to target their evaluation “look fors” to the ten Marzano instructional strategies that are proven to have the greatest positive effects on student achievement. These strategies all align to specific elements with the Marzano evaluation tool, which allows for a natural and fluid progression into these focuses rather than it seeming like just one more new initiative.

    Upcoming/Other Activity
    POWER Zone Accountability Plan
    The second week of January the accountability dashboard plan the zone has been working on this year will be messaged out to staff and parents for collaborative feedback. The zone aims to develop a plan that is community created and supported that will include external measures such as our state standardized assessment data, local measures to include grade level/department common assessments and qualitative survey data such as our District Climate Survey, and teacher discretion which includes classroom based assessments and teacher observation.

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