Evans International Elementary School Classrooms

  • Occasionally, recommendations are made by the district to implement a program, adopt a textbook, use an assessment or modify the scope and sequence of curricular content in a way that does not match our educational program or meet the needs of our students. The staff of Evans International Elementary School has the liberty to make curricular and instructional decisions that are in alignment with our educational plan, with state standards, that support the programs and goals of our school, and allow us to provide rigorous, appropriate grade level instruction. Our staff maintain authority to establish an educational program, textbook and assessment adoption that is aligned to Colorado state standards and the education program of the school.

    Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing.

    The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program helps us prepare students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. Evans International Elementary School became a fully authorized IB PYP school in 2009. The IB philosophy, mission, and vision provide a basis for our educational program at Evans. We maintain IB status and maintain the decision making authority as it relates to the continuation of IB PYP at our school and our educational program. Maintaining status as an IB school also requires additional funding and staff, above and beyond a regular elementary school budget, to implement the program effectively and with validity.

    The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3-12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the outside world. There are six transdisciplinary themes of global significance that provide the framework for exploration and study:
    • Who we are
    • Where we are in place and time
    • How we express ourselves
    • How the world works
    • How we organize ourselves
    • Sharing the planet
    Teachers are guided by these six transdisciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries. The six transdisciplinary themes surround and are incorporated by six subject areas:
    • Language
    • Social Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Arts
    • Science
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Education
    The transdisciplinary themes and subject areas outlined above form the knowledge element of the program.

    Five essential elements – concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action – are incorporated into this framework, so that students are given the opportunity to:
    • gain knowledge that is relevant and of global significance
    • develop an understanding of concepts, which allows them to make connections throughout their learning
    • acquire transdisciplinary and disciplinary skills
    • develop attitudes that will lead to international-mindedness
    • take action as a consequence of their learning
    The IB PYP curriculum is expressed in three interrelated ways: the written, taught, and assessed curriculum.

    The written curriculum – what do we want to learn? - The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB PYP is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to ‘step-up’ beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

    The taught curriculum – how best will we learn? - The six transdisciplinary themes help teachers develop a programme of inquiries -- in-depth investigations into important ideas, identified by the teachers, and requiring a high level involvement on the part of students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.

    The assessed curriculum - how will we know what we have learned? – Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher’s feedback to the students provides the guidance, the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skillful and better at understanding how to learn.

    The IB PYP is a challenging program that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. As an authorized PYP school, Evans International Elementary School is able to access an extensive package of professional development for teachers and administrators. Ongoing, high quality, professional development is a requirement of teachers and administrators in an IB school. An IB coordinator meets with teams daily and through collaboration helps to ensure best teaching practices and high expectations are integrated throughout daily lessons. To ensure we maintain the implementation of the high standards and quality instruction required of an IB PYP school, teams from the IB organization visit from time to time to support an ongoing process of review and development, using standards and practices that apply to all IB World Schools. Evans International Elementary School is held accountable by the IB organization through reauthorizations and evaluations.

Sand Creek Zone Graduation Requirements

  • Policy IKF specifies that graduation from District 49 must be based on demonstrated mastery of Colorado Academic Standards. One method of demonstrating mastery is successful completion of a sequence of courses. In the traditional model of earning credits toward graduation, each course is associated with an academic content area as well as a number of credits earned. The following table establishes the baseline expectations for credit-based demonstration of mastery toward high school graduation. In this model, one credit denotes the successful mastery of content that has traditionally been incorporated in a full year of study. Credit is awarded on a semester basis only and requires a passing grade of "D" or higher.

    A class of 2017 diploma shall be awarded to Sand Creek Zone students who earn the following credits by the end of the 2016-2017 school year:
    Content Area Credits
    English 4.0
    Social Studies 3.5
    Science 3.0
    Mathematics (at high school) 3.0
    Foreign Language
    Technology 1.0
    Fine Arts
    Physical Education
    Elective Credits
    Total: 25.0
    As stated in BOE policy IKF-R, "Graduation Requirements, Courses and Credits," Sand Creek Zone graduates who meet the following requirements will earn a college endorsement:
    Content Area Credits
    *American Literature and English Literature required 
    Social Studies 4.0
    *Chemistry required
    *Geometry and Algebra II required
    Foreign Language
    *Two years of the same language required
    Fine Arts
    Physical Education
    Elective Credits
    Total: 26.5

Section I: Instruction

  • IB Academic Freedom

    IB Academic Freedom

    The Board seeks to educate young people in the democratic tradition, to foster recognition of individual freedom and social responsibility, and to inspire a meaningful awareness of and respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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  • ICA School Year/School Calendar/Instruction Time

    ICA School Year/School Calendar/Instruction Time

    Prior to the end of the school year, preferably by the February regular meeting, the Board of Education shall adopt a calendar for the following school year. The calendar shall specify the days during which district schools shall be in session, the days on which the district will close in observation of federal holidays, and the dates of major breaks.

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  • ICA-R School Year/School Calendar/Instruction Time

    ICA-R School Year/School Calendar/Instruction Time

    The following criteria apply to the District 49 School Family Calendar and should be used when calculating instructional time:

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  • IE Organization of Instruction

    IE Organization of Instruction

    The Board of Education shall provide elementary and secondary education extending from kindergarten through grade 12.

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  • IG Curriculum Development

    IG Curriculum Development

    The Board of Education is required by state law to determine the educational programs delivered in the schools of the district. Curriculum shall be aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards to ensure that each student is provided the educational experiences needed to achieve or exceed grade-level standards or complete the requirements and goals as listed on a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

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  • IHACA Law-Related Education

    IHACA Law-Related Education

    The Board of Education recognizes the importance of a law-related education program to enhance student awareness about the law, the legal system, and the fundamental principles and values upon which our constitutional democracy is based.

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  • IHAK Character Education

    IHAK Character Education

    The Board of Education believes that while parents are the primary and most important moral educators of their children, the school and community should reinforce parental efforts.

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  • IHAL Religion in the Curriculum

    IHAL Religion in the Curriculum

    Informed by the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution, which specifies that congress will make no law respecting the establishment of religion, public entities should neither promote nor disparage any religion.

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  • IHAM Health and Family Life/Sex Education

    IHAM Health and Family Life/Sex Education

    The Board believes a comprehensive health education program is an integral part of each student's education. The health education program should emphasize the functioning and proper care of the human body and encourage the development of lifelong, positive health habits. In addition, it should inform students about potential physical and mental health hazards they are likely to encounter in various life situations and help them make sound, intelligent decisions when they are confronted with choices that could affect their health or that of others.

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  • IHAM-R Health and Family Life/Sex Education (Exemption Procedure)

    IHAM-R Health and Family Life/Sex Education (Exemption Procedure)

    Exemption will be granted from a specific portion of the health education curriculum on the grounds that the material taught is contrary to the religious beliefs and teachings or closely held personal beliefs of the student or of the student’s parent/guardian. If the request for the exemption is from a specific portion of the health education curriculum that concerns human sexuality, no reason must be given by the parent/guardian when requesting the exemption.

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  • IHAMA Teaching about Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

    IHAMA Teaching about Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

    In accordance with state and federal law, the district shall provide age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate drug and alcohol education and prevention programs from early childhood (preschool) through grade twelve (12).

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  • IHBA -R Special Education Programs for Handicapped/Disabled/Exceptional Students

    IHBA -R Special Education Programs for Handicapped/Disabled/Exceptional Students

    These regulations specify the conditions and procedures under which the District shall address the needs of handicapped, disabled, and exceptional students.

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  • IHBA Special Education Programs for Handicapped/Disabled/Exceptional Students

    IHBA Special Education Programs for Handicapped/Disabled/Exceptional Students

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  • IHBB Gifted Education

    IHBB Gifted Education

    The Board of Education is dedicated to providing comprehensive programming for the identification and education of gifted students. Gifted students are those students between the ages of four (4) and twenty-one (21) whose abilities, talents and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. The Board believes that a quality instructional program that differentiates curriculum and instruction is essential so all students can learn and grow to their level of potential.

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  • IHBEA English Language Learner

    IHBEA English Language Learner

    In keeping with the intention of the state of Colorado to offer educational opportunities to those children whose dominant language is other than English, the district shall provide suitable research-based language instructional programs for all identified English language learners in grades kindergarten through 12 in accordance with the requirements of state and federal statutes, Colorado State Board of Education rules and the Colorado Department of Education guidance.

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  • IHBF Homebound Instruction

    IHBF Homebound Instruction

    The purpose of homebound instruction is to maintain continuity in the educational process for those students who, because of a temporary extended illness or condition, cannot attend school.

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  • IHBG Home Schooling

    IHBG Home Schooling

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  • IHBIB Primary/Preprimary Education

    IHBIB Primary/Preprimary Education

    The District shall establish and maintain a kindergarten program or programs. A kindergarten program may be a half-day or full-day program, and the District shall receive state funding for students enrolled in these programs on a half-day or full- day basis, in accordance with state law. For the 2005-2006 school year and each school year thereafter, a child must be five (5) years of age by September 15 to be eligible for enrollment in any kindergarten program, unless the child is otherwise enrolled in the program pursuant to applicable law. In the Sand Creek Innovation Zone elementary schools, for the 2012-2013 school year and each school year thereafter, a child must be five (5) years of age by August 15 to be eligible for enrollment in any kindergarten program, unless the child is otherwise enrolled in the program pursuant to applicable law.

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  • IHBIB-R Primary/Preprimary Education

    IHBIB-R Primary/Preprimary Education

    The following criteria have been established for the admission of students to the District's preschools:

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  • IHBK Preparation for Postsecondary and Workforce Success

    IHBK Preparation for Postsecondary and Workforce Success

    The Board believes that to decrease student dropout rates, increase graduation rates and encourage all students to reach their learning potential, it is important to support students in planning for postsecondary and workforce opportunities throughout their education. To promote students’ postsecondary and workforce success and in accordance with state law, the district shall provide the following opportunities and information.

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  • IHBK-R Preparation for Postsecondary and Workforce Success

    IHBK-R Preparation for Postsecondary and Workforce Success

    Implementation Plan for Student Individual Career and Academic Plans

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  • IHCDA Concurrent Enrollment

    IHCDA Concurrent Enrollment

    The Board believes that students who wish to pursue postsecondary level work while in high school should be permitted to do so in accordance with this policy and accompanying graduation requirements for successful completion of approved postsecondary courses offered by institutions of higher education.

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  • IHCDA-R-1 Concurrent Enrollment

    IHCDA-R-1 Concurrent Enrollment

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  • IHCDA-R-2 ASCENT (Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment)

    IHCDA-R-2 ASCENT (Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment)

    ASCENT is Concurrent Enrollment that extends the opportunity for postsecondary enrollment one year beyond the 12th grade year for qualified applicants.

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  • IIB Class Size

    IIB Class Size

    The Board is aware that class size has bearing upon effective teaching. It therefore directs the Chief Education Officer to work with principals in establishing a reasonable and equitable class enrollment for each teacher.

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