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 all staff uses the enVisionMath program 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 Project Based Learning (PBL) teacher works with all classes on projects relevant to student learning with a focus on implementing technology into all subject areas. A literacy interventionist co-teaches with teachers and works with small groups of students to fill in any gaps in learning. The school offers tutoring to help students who need academic support and implements the positive behavior support program. The focus is proactive rather than reactive, recognizing excellence in students’ behavior by catching students following three R’s: respect, responsibility, and right choices.
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 television with the capabilities to project student iPad screens. Falcon Elementary School of Technology also includes a PBL 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 walking club, indoor tennis, disc golf and dance club.
School HealthAs a member of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the school has a strong walking club that is offered four days a week with up to 50 participants. Family breakfasts are also offered monthly to support making healthy choices and family participation.
The school benefits from an active Parent-Teacher Association that has been the key to the successful purchase and implementation of technology. A rock-climbing wall was recently installed in the gym with the help of families and the PTA. Additionally, the PTA has sponsored carnivals and other family nights to help bring the community together. 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 more than 40 dads volunteering 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.