Gold Rush Elementary School
January 31, 2020
Gold Rush believes that students need to learn science by doing science. We strive to present concepts in engaging ways that allow students to connect with prior learning and life experiences. We then want students to explore concepts through hands-on experiments so that they can create hypotheses, generate authentic questions and test variables. We also want to explain different scientific principles so students can draw conclusions and apply their understanding in future investigations. 
We see this approach in classrooms across grades K-5. Our youngest students have been learning the concepts of force and motion. They are building a catapult with two different types of force and a race car. Students are experimenting with how differences in force affect the speed of the car and the distance it travels. Third graders are currently learning about matter. In a virtual lab, students observed particles as change as they changed states. Students also produced carbon dioxide via an acid-base reaction. They were excited to mix a solid and liquid to produce a gas! Fifth graders are determining how much salt can be added to water before it becomes saturated. Students are comparing their results with those from other materials, such as rocks.
It is amazing to watch students' genuine enthusiasm and excitement during science! Their authentic questions and reactions represent our beliefs about how to best teach science.
Fourth grade students worked together to successfully operate their own community called Young Ameritowne Friday. Students have been preparing to assume a role, such as a policeman, store clerk or accountant. Students enjoyed applying all they learned! They saw first-hand how different roles and responsibilities are needed to create a high functioning society. Students also demonstrated financial literacy and leadership. We thank our teachers and parent volunteers for preparing students for this highly enjoyable and engaging simulation.
While there are advantages to personal devices, they can be extremely distracting and disruptive in the classroom. Since we do provide students either their own ipad or chromebook, we ask that students refrain from using personal devices during the school day. Please know that we will be reminding students that they should not be emailing, texting or calling from cell phones and Apple watches during school hours. We will ask students to keep cell phones in their backpacks. Please also know that we are not responsible for lost or damaged devices. We appreciate your support!
January 31: Sock Hop @ 6:00-8:00 PM
February 6: 1 & 2 Performance (See Schedule Below)
February 13: 1 & 2 Performance (See Schedule Below)
February 14: No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
February 17: No School - Presidents' Day
February 13-20: Legend Feeder Wish Week!
1st & 2nd Grade Specials Programs
Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134
Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 |