Gold Rush Elementary

September 23, 2022

“Foster Growth by Challenging Critical Thinkers to Take Risks,

Honor Differences & Care for Others”



Gold Rush exceeded state standards for both student achievement and academic growth as measured by the 2022 Colorado Measures of Academic Success Assessment (CMAS). Student achievement is defined as the number of students meeting or exceeding state standards. Growth, on the other hand, focuses on all students’ rate of progress regardless of their achievement level. Gold Rush exceeded achievement measures in English Language Arts and Math and exceeded growth targets for English Language Arts.  

Based on the school's overall performance, the State of Colorado awarded Gold Rush 90.9 points out of 100! Gold Rush received more points than 77 other Douglas County Schools! I attribute our results to the students’ daily stamina and effort, our teachers’ unwavering commitment to best practices and our partnership with families. I could not be more proud of our students’ and school’s success!



Our annual school fun run - The Digger Dash - is next Friday! We hope you come and cheer us on as we raise money for new playground equipment. If you haven't made a donation it's not too late! Click on to make a donation today! We know all students will benefit from the new playground equipment purchased with Digger Dash dollars!

Donations can be made online at

Go to the school store and click on GRE - 22 23 Digger Dash Jog-A-Thon.

Cash and checks will still be accepted in the front office.


Gold Rush students are getting inspired by literature. After reading the book, If You Come to Earth by Sophia Blackall, students designed pieces that celebrated what they love most about our planet. Each student took a unique approach. Some students honored nature where others highlighted Earth's place in the solar system. Others chose to zoom in on what they loved most, such as music or a special place.  


Students shared their pieces with their peers at the end of the week. After explaining their ideas and approach, classmates complemented aspects of their work. Students' confidence and creativity was evident as they shared their own story about what makes Earth remarkable.


Gold Rush students and staff had a wonderful time showing their spirit during Legend Feeder’s homecoming week! Daily spirit events showcased students’ creativity and desire to participate. Our running club and student council also enjoyed representing Gold Rush during the parade on Wednesday. A highlight of the week included an assembly led by the High School’s football team, poms squad and band. Our students loved cheering along with our oldest students. We thank Legend for bringing us together as a feeder. Go Titans!


Gold Rush is in the process of updating our building and grounds. This summer the teacher’s lounge was remodeled. You may have also noticed that the concrete by the front shade structure was extended to remove standing water left from rain and snow.


The next project will take place in the back playground. On Monday the fence across the back hill was extended. The access parking lot was also fenced in. A turf soccer field is being installed to the right of the playground. Turf was the only option as grass is unable to grow in this area.  These projects are being funded through school carry over dollars, which cannot be spent on salaries.  We are excited for our students to have another option on the back playground soon!

We thank our PTO, parents and high school volunteers for an amazing Western Night!   It was a great evening because of their efforts and planning. 

Thank you for making this possible!


Mark your calendars for fall conferences on October 11 or 13!  

Teachers will send out additional information and sign up forms by the end of next week.


Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134

Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 |