The Colorado Commissioner of Education meets students at Bishop Elementary. The Commissioner visited Bishop to learn more about the school's success over the past 5 years.
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-6

Dear Parent, Guardian, or Community Member;

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to share a story about a teacher that profoundly impacted my life.

From the time I could read, I always had a book in my hand.  I was one of those kids who was told by my mom to "put down the book and go out and play" - I loved reading more than anything.  So, it is not a surprise that I loved taking English classes and for my senior year of high school I enrolled in AP Literature.  From the minute the class began, I was enthralled by and with my teacher, Mrs. Makovsky.  Mrs. Makovsky was smart, funny, a little bit dingy, and certainly very well read.  As we progressed through our work that year, she pushed us to really stretch our thinking and to challenge ourselves, and her, on a daily basis.  She would not let someone give an obvious or pat answer - We had to think!  We had to explain!  We had to be creative!  She demanded all of these things from us, and never once allowed us (or herself) to believe we would do anything less.  Each week we would engage in timed writings - which I loved - and she would push us harder and harder through really specific feedback.  She made me want to work hard, and she showed me the encouragement and pathways to constantly improve.  Mrs. Makovsky inspired me to become an English major in college, and later to pursue my teaching licensure.  When I became an English teacher (at age 27 - not my first career), I aspired to follow Mrs. Makovsky's lead - every day I wanted to show my passion for literature and learning, and I wanted my students to know they were smart, capable, and worthy of my all.  This year marks 30 years since I graduated high school, and I can still see myself sitting in her classroom like it was yesterday.

Three years ago, in the strange way that life sometimes works, I actually had the chance to speak with Mrs. Makovsky, whom I had not seen since I graduated.  I don't think the fact that I ran into her and we spoke is the strange part.  The strange - and quite wonderful - part is that I saw her when I went to pick up my cap and gown two days before I graduated with my doctorate.  Mrs. Makovsky, now retired, along with some other retired teachers, were working part time for the cap and gown company during the busy graduation season.  Completely coincidentally I ended up at her table for gown pick up.  Once I realized who she was, I became very emotional as I explained who I was and that were it not for her I probably would not have chosen education as my career, and I would not be graduating with a doctorate in the field that I love, love, love.  She was kind, humble, and as warm as she ever was.  Mrs. Makovsky was a gift in my life and to my life, and I am forever grateful.

This week, I encourage you to reach out to a teacher that has impacted your life or your student's life in a positive way and let them know that they make a difference.


Wendy Rubin, Ed.D
Charles Hay 6th Graders Present Exhibition Projects
Charles Hay World School sixth graders presented their exhibition projects during the last week of April. Exhibition is an in-depth, collaborative project that focuses on real life issues and incorporates many attributes of the IB (International Baccalaureate) learner profile. Students chose topics that were important to them such as video game ratings, self harm and suicide, car safety and more.

Check out more photos of exhibition on our district Facebook page .

Colorado Commissioner of Education Visits Bishop
The state commissioner of education, Richard Crandall, visited Bishop Elementary to learn more about the school and to celebrate the success Bishop has had over the past five years.

Commissioner Crandall toured the school, met students, and also got to enjoy a performance by Bishop's bucket drummers!
Summer Lunch and Reading Program
For the second year in a row, Englewood Schools and the Englewood Library will be partnering together to encourage students to read and participate in educational activities over the summer months.

Beginning on May 25, students can register at the library for the reading program. Then, all summer long, students receive prizes and stickers for each hour they read. The school with the most hours at the end of the summer will win a trophy!

Stop by for free lunch on the lawn every weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (beginning May 30) then stay for fun and games at the library beginning at 1:00 p.m. Students can also check out backpacks from the library's front desk that will be filled with puzzles, games and activities to enjoy at home.

More information on the summer reading program will be sent home with your student before the end of the school year.
PBiS Monthly Focus: Summer Activities
Englewood is a PBiS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) district which means that each school is focused on encouraging and upholding positive behavior expectations for students and staff in order to create a supportive school climate. A positive school climate helps students feel safe and supported so they can engage in learning. When families, schools, and communities work together, kids succeed!

Each month, check here for resources and strategies from the district PBiS team. To learn more about PBiS in your child's school, feel free to reach out to teachers and staff!

Monthly focus: Summer Activities
Stay Smart!  Stay Safe!  Have Fun!  Summertime is around the corner; remember the importance of routines and keeping kids active and engaged.  Check out the resources below for information on supporting activities and learning this summer!  
  • Englewood Schools partners with the Englewood Library and the City of Englewood to provide activities, a summer reading program, and free lunch every day at the Englewood Library!
  • There are many benefits to spending time in nature, including stress management and physical health.  Make sure to limit electronic time and get outside this summer!  Click here for more information:    Spend time in the great outdoors with your kids!
  • The Englewood Recreation Center is a full service community facility offering an indoor track and a 25-meter 8-lane swimming pool, full size gymnasium, four racquetball/volleyball courts and more. 
  • Denver Art Museum free Saturdays-  May 7 June 4 July 2 and August 6th.
  • Free Denver Zoo Days-  May 9  ( Monday ),  June 5  SPACE DAY (Sunday),  August 29  ( Monday ).
Facilities Long-Range Planning Committee
The Facilities Long-Range Planning Committe is a group of volunteers consisting of parents, community members, and Englewood Schools staff members who will serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Education and district administration in planning future facility use.

The group of about 25 people meets weekly and plans to be prepared to present recommendations to the Board regarding facility use at the May 17 Board meeting.

You can follow the progress of the group by visiting this website:

Upcoming Events
May 6, 2016
Early Release Day

May 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Cherrelyn Carnival
4500 S. Lincoln St.

May 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Young Adult Job Fair
3800 S. Logan St.

May 13 at 6:30 p.m.
CFHSC Rose & Senior Awards Ceremony
300 W. Chenango Ave.

May 14 at 10:00 a.m.
CFHSC Graduation
300 W. Chenango Ave.

May 18 at 5:00 p.m.
ESSC Graduation & Celebration BBQ
300 W. Chenango Ave.

May 18 at 7:00 p.m.
EHS Senior Awards Ceremony
3800 S. Logan St.

May 21 at 9:00 a.m.
EHS Graduation
3800 S. Logan St.

May 24 at 4:00 p.m.
ELA 8th Grade Continuation
3800 S. Logan St.

May 24 at 5:30 p.m.
EMS 8th Grade Continuation
3800 S. Logan St.

May 24
Last Day of School