About Ridgeview Elementary School
Ridgeview Elementary School, located in POWER Zone at 6573 Shimmering Creek Drive in Colorado Springs, opened in the fall of 2002. With innovative curricula design, students have discovered increased opportunities in the arts, technology and hands-on science. These are areas of focus that staff members identified as important in fostering creativity and student engagement. They offer students assemblies and schoolwide theme days. Staff members ensure student learning is done in a safe and welcoming environment. Through professional development, collaborative communications and strong relationships, teachers use data and research-based practices to ensure each child’s academic and emotional success. Take a video tour of Ridgeview Elementary School.
With a focus on a strong elementary core curriculum that includes a firm foundation in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, music and physical education, staff members strive to meet the needs of the well-rounded student. Teachers empower students to be effective problem solvers and critical thinkers across all content areas. They differentiate instruction through small group reading, writing and math, providing individualized education. The school prioritizes the need to engage students, staff, parents and all community members at high levels and promote innovative thinking among the entire school community.
Ridgeview Elementary School serves a diverse community of students that include preschool through fifth grade. It's home to two preschool classrooms, and a growing number of English Language Learners from a variety of language backgrounds. Educators support students with various learning challenges and strengths. In addition to supporting at-risk students, staff members provide support for advanced learners, ensuring all students are pushed to their fullest potentials.
The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including before and after school Champions program, Husky football through the Falcon Youth Football Club, basketball through Ascend Youth Sports, jump rope, cheerleading, Scouts, cooking, karate, drawing, student council, Junior Achievement, choir, Battle of the Books, Reading Counts, Eduss Math, Lexia Reading Club and others.
A supportive parent population and Parent-Teacher Association is one of the school's greatest assets. They work tirelessly to sponsor various school activities including fun, family events and fundraisers, which provide supplemental resources for students and teachers. These fundraisers have provided funds to support the school goal to increase, update and improve the technology throughout the school.
POWER Zone Overview
POWER Zone's educators and support staff are dedicated to facilitating a mission focused on purposeful risk, ownership of learning, whole child-student concept, engaging inquiry and respectful relationships (POWER). Their values involve climbing with confidence where everyone has permission to fail and try new ideas. The zone is creating a loyalty effect, where working together to solve problems helps everyone succeed.
POWER Zone administrators and teachers strive to treat everyone as the most important person, ensuring a positive culture. And a focus on community service ensures their community's support in critical times. A family-first focus for a well-rounded life helps each student’s family enjoy each other, increasing academic productivity. School faculty are dedicated to nurturing respectful relationships. Teachers are given autonomy to teach and through the proposal process, anyone can bring ideas to the entire zone community for approval and implementation. All suggestions are considered with respect. The zone's administration believes in innovative change in education with comprehensive engagement, so all seek mastery.
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Ecosystem
- Arts Integrated into STEM
- Elementary Science Labs
- Engineering Academy
- Robotics and Technology
POWER Zone Indicators
Hundreds of families responded to the POWER Zone performance dashboard survey sent in late 2015. The zones administrators are using the information their families provided, as a way to create a zone that is the best place to learn, work, and lead within. The word "best" can be subjective. What does it mean to be the best in the eyes of our community? What indicators would evidence that we are "best?" Finding the answer to this question is exactly the point of the POWER Zone performance dashboard process. As a collaborative community, our zone is committed to creating school priorities that are very real and meaningful.
In POWER Zone, each family's input is helping to drive zone-level educational decisions. Please browse our community created indicators to see how each directly supports your child’s ability to successfully leave POWER Zone career or college ready.
Critical thinking refers to a person’s capacity and commitment to embark on an unbiased, self-guided, self-disciplined reflection of ideas and evaluation of concepts, while recognizing a need to understand multiple perspectives. In our zone performance dashboard survey, parents told us that the ability for their child to not only problem solve, but to also think critically while doing so, is very important.
Problem solving skills require our students to understand how to properly identify a problem, plan out how to solve it, follow that plan, and know what to do if they don’t find the solution right away. Regardless of the profession your child wants to attain after high school, he or she will need to be able to solve problems in a variety of ways. This zone indicator allows POWER Zone to support more learning environments and opportunities that teach students the ability to look at real life problems through different lenses and points of views.
When we mention school climate, we're referring to a school's quality and character, along with the values expressed during social interactions and organizational processes and structures. To ensure POWER Zone schools demonstrate a positive school climate, where there is a focus on developing quality and supportive stakeholders relationships, we will continue our unabated focus to bring a positive school culture into every single classroom.
To ensure POWER Zone students have the opportunity to choose, create and explore targeted academic and career pathways, we will continue to commit resources in this area at our secondary schools. We now have an individual career and academic plan coordinator and a dean of concurrent enrollment at Vista Ridge High School. Both of these positions provide evidence of our commitment to this area. More and more, teacher training is occurring in this area each semester, so that we can ensure we have the personnel and resources to support such an exciting and important endeavor.
Literacy is a process of reading, thinking critically and communicating around a variety of diverse and meaningful content. Through our POWER Zone performance dashboard survey, parents overwhelmingly explained their support for strong literacy skills. We couldn’t agree more. A child's future success rate across all core content areas has been closely related to their ability to read proficiently by third grade.
Our parents must know their children are safe. Our students must feel safe to learn. The importance of ensuring a safe and secure learning environment was universally seen throughout our performance dashboard survey as the most important indicator to our community. To ensure POWER Zone school environments are kept safe and orderly, we will continue to regularly garner input from our community.
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.