Students at Bishop Elementary ate a delicious holiday meal with their families at lunchtime earlier in December.
Give Us Your Feedback on Early Release Days
Englewood Schools is committed to continuously improving instructional strategies by providing consistent and meaningful staff development throughout the school year. To this end, we regularly provide teachers and staff members with time for professional development (currently during early release Fridays.) Due to a lack of resources available on Fridays, we will be moving the early release days to Wednesdays for the 2017-2018 school year.

We understand that making childcare arrangements for early release days can be a challenge. We value your time as a family and would like your input on the arrangement that works best for you. Please select an option here to let us know how you prefer us to structure early release Wednesdays. One option is that students will have half days about twice a month during the school year, and the other is for students to be released one hour and ten minutes early every Wednesday.

Early Release FAQs:

Why do we have early release days?

As part of our Strategic Plan and in order to make sure we are providing the best possible instruction to students, our teachers need to be continually learning, growing and sharpening their skills. Setting aside time for teachers, special education professionals, food service professionals and bus drivers to learn and practice is challenging, but very important. Arranging for a large number of substitute teachers to cover classrooms during this time is not feasible, nor is asking teachers and staff members to work additional hours outside of their regular schedule to provide this level of professional learning.

Do we have any evidence that early releases are beneficial for students?

We have seen academic gains from students because of the time our teachers and staff members have spent on professional development. For example, at Cherrelyn Elementary, staff members have spent many professional learning hours focused on STEM education. We have seen significant gains on the science scores from the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) assessments since Cherrelyn started this initiative.

Additionally, our elementary schools have spent a substantial amount of time on professional development for literacy skills. From last year to this year, we have seen a significant amount of growth in the English Language Arts scores on the CMAS assessments for third grade students.

See more early release FAQs at

Design the Future By Joining a Design Advisory Group
Englewood Schools is seeking committed parents and community members to join one of two Design Advisory Groups that will meet twice a month beginning in January 2017. Individuals will apply to be a part of either the design group for Clayton Elementary or for Charles Hay World School. (The Design Advisory Group process for Bishop, Cherrelyn and Maddox will happen later in the spring of 2017.) Click this link for details and to apply!
Bright Year Ahead for Our Students and Schools
With the start of a new semester, we have much to look forward to in Englewood Schools. Check out a new video about our schools, which highlights the exciting things happening this year and why our teachers, staff, students and families are proud to be part of Englewood Schools.

Bright Year Ahead for Englewood Schools

Choice Enrollment is Happening in January
Englewood Public Schools offers two rounds of Choice Enrollment. Choice Enrollment applies to both out of district students as well as students who live in Englewood but wish to attend a school other than their home school.

Space is limited, so please fill out the Open Enrollment Application and Agreement and get it to the District Registrar (4101 S. Bannock St.) as soon as possible.
  • Choice Enrollment Round 1: January 9 - January 31, 2017
  • Choice Enrollment Round 2: March 1 - August 1, 2017
Please reach out to Tamara Nickerson, district registrar, with any questions at 303-806-2051 or
Gifted Education News
The Gifted Education newsletter includes links to parent and student resources and a gifted tip of the month for parents! You can find this month's issue by clicking here.

All future issues will be archived on the Gifted Education website which is located here.
English Learner Programming
The English Learner Programming newsletter includes links to parent and student resources, a tip of the month, and more! You can access January's newsletter here.

All future issues will be archived on the English Learner website, which is located here.

El boletín de Programación de Aprendices de Inglés incluye enlaces a recursos para padres y estudiantes, un consejo del mes, y más! Puede acceder al boletí­n de enero aquí­.

Todas las ediciones futuras serán archivadas en el Web site del Aprendices de Inglés, que está situado aquí.

Testing Timelines for State Assessments
Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) has released the testing windows for  state assessments. This includes the Partnership for  Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Englewood Schools will be administering the following assessments per federal and state law during these windows:

CMAS: PARCC  March 13th-April 27th, 2017 (grades 3-9)
*CMAS: Science  April 3rd-21st, 2017 (grade 11)
*CMAS: Science  April 10th-27th, 2017 (grades 5 and 8)
*CMAS: Social Studies  April 10th-27th, 2017 (grades 4 and 7 for select schools)
*PSAT April 11th, 2017 (grade 10)
*SAT April 11th, 2017 (grade 11)

Each school will select specific dates and times within the window to administer the assessment. These dates and times will be available in mid-January. The state assessments are summative assessments. Where formative, interim, and classroom-based summative assessments inform classroom instruction on a regular basis, state summative assessments are designed to be point-in-time snapshots of what students know and can do in core content areas. They help students and their families know how they are performing compared to the standards and compared to their peers and how they've grown over time. They enable teachers to see how their students are performing against the standards and identify areas they may need to adjust in their practice for the future. And, they provide school/district leaders, the state, policymakers, and the public with information on how well the system is meeting the goals of helping every child attain academic proficiency. The data are used to inform continuous improvement of the system at all levels.

Please see the  Englewood website  for more information. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Joanna Polzin at  303-806-2013  or .
Upcoming Events

January 9, 2017: Students Return to School from Winter Break

January 10, 2017: Board of Education Meeting in the Venue at TEC 6:30 p.m. 

January 16, 2017: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17, 2017: Town Hall Meeting at Maddox ECE 6:30 p.m.

January 18, 2017: Town Hall Meeting at Bishop Elementary 6:30 p.m.

January 24, 2017: Board of Education Meeting at the Roscoe Davidson Administration Building  6:00 p.m.

January 27, 2017: Early Release Friday
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