Gold Rush Elementary School
January 10, 2020
REFINING MATH WORKSHOPS
Gold Rush implements a workshop model in all content areas to ensure students are spending the majority of their instructional time applying high leverage strategies taught during brief mini lessons. This structure allows students to practice these strategies using materials that are tailored to the individual student. It also allows them to set and practice personalized goals. The workshop model awards teachers the time to coach students one on one and to differentiate small group instruction.
 
This year Gold Rush is focused on implementing our new Envision math curriculum in daily workshops. This curriculum allows students to flexibly and creatively problem solve and develop a conceptual understanding of key concepts. Students are also given multiple opportunities to explain their thinking and apply knowledge to complex, real world problems. We believe the increased rigor will even better prepare students for future math learning and create a deeper understanding of math concepts.
 
During our professional development day on Monday, teachers discussed how they are currently implementing Envision resources in a math workshop and in a way that reflects our school beliefs (see Gold Rush Math Beliefs below). Teachers watched videos of colleagues' workshops and reflected on how they could improve their current practice. We are proud of students' and staff members' growth and risk taking this year in the area of math!
SPELLING BEE
We are proud of all of the fourth and fifth graders who participated in the Spelling Bee Friday! Students worked hard to learn many new and challenging words. We are also proud of students' willingness to take a risk! We congratulate Brayden Poli for being GRE's top speller! Brayden will represent Gold Rush at the District Spelling Bee.
CARLOOP REMINDERS
As always, safety is our number one priority. This requires patience and understanding each day as we welcome and dismiss almost 700 students. As we return from break please adhere to the following reminders:
 
* Only enter the parking lot through the entrance
* Have your child ready to exit your vehicle curbside
* Only use the car loop or designated parking spots for drop off (no bus loop)
* Wait in the car loop lane on Swift Fox if you are dropping off or parking
* Do not enter oncoming traffic lanes at any time
* Always use the cross walk
 
Please know that the Parker Police will be monitoring drop off and pick up in the coming weeks.
UPCOMING EVENTS
January 16: GRE SAC Meeting @ 4:00-5:00 PM - Agenda
January 20: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.
January 31: Sock Hop @ 6:00-8:00 PM
Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134
Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 | https://gre.dcsdk12.org/