About Falcon Elementary School of Technology
Built in 1981, Falcon Elementary School of Technology is located in Falcon Zone at 12050 Falcon Highway in Peyton. It has a welcoming environment, large classrooms and 21st-century technologies throughout the school. In 2005, the Board of Education approved it as a technology focused school. In 2007, a Head Start preschool program was added.
Falcon Elementary School of Technology has a caring, knowledgeable staff that works hard to determine the needs of every child and to differentiate instruction based on those needs. Every grade level has a literacy block to focus on reading and writing skills, and we incorporate Collaborative Classroom's Being a Reader and Making Meaning in grades K-2 and Being a Writer in K-5 classrooms. All staff use Eureka Math to help each child build their mathematical skills. Science and social studies are also included in daily instruction. Students participate in daily specials (i.e. physical education, art, and music). A literacy interventionist uses SIPPS and small group interventions to develop the skills of struggling readers and writers and to help fill in any gaps in learning. Our school offers a positive behavior support system and we support restorative practices in dealing with disciplinary situations. We are concerned with building relationships and being more proactive rather than reactive, while helping students take responsibility for his/her actions and learning and growing from these opportnities. We recognize excellence in students’ behavior by catching students following the SOAR guidelines: Staying Safe, Always being On-Task, Accepting Responsibility, and being Respectful! Students are recognized through golden ticket opportunities and being nominated by a teacher for a SOAR award each quarter.
The Falcon Elementary School of Technology includes a 1 to 1 distribution of iPads for students in all grade levels. Each classroom includes a projector, Smartboard, and Apple television with the capabilities to project student iPad screens. Falcon Elementary School of Technology also includes a Technology teacher to ensure technology is utilized on a daily basis in the classroom.
Students may participate in any or all of the extracurricular activities, before or after school. The school offers extra-curricular crafting clubs and art club.
The school benefits from an active Parent-Teacher Association and a community connection with Woodmen Valley Chapel. Both organizations have been instrumental in helping our school with purchases towards technology and sponsoring family events and volunteer opportunities. The school has a close relationship with local businesses (such as Wal-Mart, Culvers, Skate City, etc.), which support the school through donations. A WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) program has also been implemented. We have dads that volunteer at the school to visit classrooms, help teachers, walk the halls and spend the day with their students.
Falcon Zone Overview
Falcon Zone has a strong tradition that dates back to 1900. That tradition carries on today with six 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 CMAS and SAT.
While the Falcon Zone greatly honors tradition, we also embrace that our learners today deserve a different learning experience from yesteryear—one that will prepare them to be successful in our ever-changing world.
Through Empower Falcon Zone (EmpowerFZ), we aim to empower our learners by offering three main things:
- Engaging Environments
- Enhanced Opportunities
- Elevated Instruction
We want our students to have more voice and choice in their education. We desire to cater more to their interests and needs, while at the same time providing them with unique, challenging, expanded and blended learning opportunities.
Our logo is that of a simple propeller which captures students’ passions. We see students as pilots and when they graduate into the community, they will be fully prepared to pilot their lives toward new horizons and with a passion to make a positive difference in the world.
We began our first cohort of EmpowerFZ teachers in 2018. We are excited to be on this innovative journey with our students!
Where we've been and where we are going
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.