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School Performance Framework (SPF) Update and Standards 

Because of changes in state testing in 2014-15 and the lack of growth data, DPS will not be releasing a 2015 School Performance Framework (SPF) for schools. We know that parents, guardians, and community members use the SPF as one of many resources to understand schools' quality. In absence of an SPF rating this year, we wanted to provide a comprehensive list of district reports and resources parents, guardians, and community members can use in lieu of SPF ratings to determine school quality. Click  here for more SPF Parent Resources.

Please click here for standards for all grade levels

Team UPark

For 11 years, the PTA has planned the University Park Home Tour, a beloved community event and fundraiser for UPark.  This year, there will be no Home Tour so that we can focus our time and efforts on growing our other fundraisers.  Without the income from the Home Tour, the Apple Campaign is more important than ever.  If you haven't donated yet, please click here. Thank you to everyone who has helped with this event in the past.  We hope you will volunteer your time to one of our other great committees!

School Policy Information 
2015-2016 School Year

As a school, we have updated and aligned our classroom wellness, recess, lunch and library processes for students and staff. Please click below to see the 2015-2016 UPark policies .


1. Semantics Team Tryouts - Tuesday, September 29th 8:30 am-9 am OR Thursday, October 1st 4:15 pm-4:45 pm
Does your child LOVE spelling? Does he or she love to learn about word origins, types of language and new vocabulary? Does he or she like COMPETITIONS? Well, look no further!
Tryouts for the UPark Semantics Team will be at the dates and times above - please click HERE for more information!

2. The Denver Public Schools HGT (Highly Gifted and Talented) nomination forms are now available here.   You have the option of downloading the form or filling it out online. All forms are due to the DPS GT Department no later than 
6 pm on October, 2nd, 2015 (Do not turn in the forms to UPark). For more information or for questions involving the form or process, please see the link above or contact the GT department ( 720-423-2056). 

Fun Run!
Mark your calendars for the 
10th Annual UPark Fun Run and Carnival!

Sunday, October 11th 
Fun Run 11-11:30
Carnival 11:30 to 2:30

FUN RUN prep starts on 9/28, volunteers sign-up here

FUN RUN/Carnival Day volunteers sign-up here.

*The before-school lap-running will occur Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 9, from 8:40 am until the bell rings.   Meet at our playground track and run laps to earn cool charms for your UPark necklace!   More information coming soon.

University Park Directory

Last Call to be part of the University Park Directory!
All UPark Families should have should have received an email confirming your family's information or an option to opt in/out of the directory.  If you did not respond to the email, your family will be left out.  If you did not receive this email contact Dana O'Connor at or call 303.359.8858.  The directory is going to the printer on Friday, September 18.


It's been a successful first few days of after school enrichments! We still have openings in the following classes: Scratch Lab (Mon), Colorado Ballet (Tues), Challenge Island (Weds), Young Rembrandts (Thurs). Please let Jesse know if you're interested in enrolling your child in one of these classes.
Reminder for Parents at Pick-Up
  • Pick-up on BLACKTOP only!
  • Sign-out required at every enrichment pick-up
Please do not use school front door for enrichment pick-up since office is closed at this time.  If you have any questions please email Jesse Broadfoot

Silent Auction
6th Annual UPark Silent Auction  Looking for Committee Members 

Planning for the UPark Silent Auction is starting soon. This event is organized and operated by parent volunteers.  Volunteering is a great way to get to know other parents, have some fun and support UPark.  The auction has very specific ways you can help, here a just a few areas where help is needed:
-          Software and Database Management
-          Acquiring donations from businesses such as:
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Big Box Stores
    • This can be done online/from home or office.
  • Family Outings/Activities (Zoo, museums, arts, etc.)
    • This can be done online/from home or office.
  • Local Businesses
  • UPark Parent Business/Services
-          Organize Parent or Teacher Experiences
-          Head Up Class Art Projects
-          Manage Communications/Marketing
-          Live Event Details and Logistics
If you would like more information on any of the above items, you want to volunteer on the committee or you have ideas on other ways you can help, contact committee chair Dana O'Connor at

Restaurant Night

Restaurant night is coming up this September 24th from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Five Guys Burger and Fries. Join us to raise money for band scholarships for University Park students! View the flyer here.  

University Park Elementary Calendar

3 ways to access calendar information! Go to the University Park Website,  click on the CALENDAR ICON, or look below!  
5 Star Wizard Hat Students:

Congratulations to last week's 5 Star Wizard Hat students! They were recognized by their teachers for positive behavior. 

Last week's students include: Liam Penzenstadler, Sarai Osborne, Ainsley Blackwood, Amr Mohamed, Lizzie Pischel, Manner Stuckey, Bailey Hodas, Carlee Erb, Trevor Welch, Harlan Konwinski, Marlon Landy-Steward, Benjamin Blackmun, Abby Baker, Skylar Gold, Wyatt Houston, Franziska Henze, Abby Heider, Ethan McFadden, Zach Alleman, Colin Dake, Helena Calderon-Mateos, Emerson DeZeeuw-Spencer, Ivy Bieker, Jack Norris, Raged Areba, Charile Gold, Juliette Rusin, Christian Post, Ava Rogala, Charlotte Goltra, Alanah Conner.

Wizard Hats are given throughout UPark to celebrate students' good choices and positive behavior. We use a common vocabulary and teach Critical Thinking skills using the BrainWise curriculum.  Each week there is a random drawing of 2 students done by classroom teachers. These children are photographed and receive a token of our appreciation.

*At the end of each month we will be donating all clothing in the lost and found and anything left in the halls(all clothing will go into our little red school house in our parking lot).