Gold Rush Elementary School
April 12, 2019
In the STEAM lab students are reviewing digital citizenship. Being a good digital citizen means using technology in a safe and appropriate way. Common Sense Media is a great resource for parents and educators when educating students of all ages in this area.

In the primary grade students talked about "just right" websites. Students made connections between staying safe in the real world and visiting websites online. Students learned about the "website traffic light" and they used the colors red, yellow and green to help them visually differentiate between websites that are appropriate from those they should avoid. Students were given multiple safe websites to then explore. They picked their favorite websites and then created their own website stack. Students finished the lesson by discussing what made their website stack "traffic light green." Click on the s taying safe online lesson for additional information and
Mrs. Fleet's blog for safe websites.

In the intermediate grades, students reviewed appropriate social interactions. They viewed age appropriate interactions occurring during a shared video game. One example was positive and the other showed dialogue that was not respectful. After identifying the characteristics of appropriate interactions, students created their own video game that described the do's and don'ts of online social interactions. Click on the k eeping games fun and safe google slides presentatio n for additional information.
Creating balanced classes that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators and other staff members. We know that creating a strong learning environment is essential to students’ success and we therefore take this responsibility seriously. Please be assured that we take each child into consideration. Please see our process below.

·   Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

·     Teachers meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths, needs and friendships. Learning specialists, the specials team and administration also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide feedback.

·     Each grade level team submits a draft of class lists.  I review final lists to ensure all parent input has been considered. Classroom teachers approve any changes I suggest given parent feedback to ensure classes remain balanced. 

·   Class lists are finalized in mid July to reflect the addition of students joining Gold Rush in the summer.

This process is consistent across grades K-4. Our 5th grade team collaborates with the teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6 th  grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students. Please remember that our ultimate goal is to create classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete. It may be hard to believe, but moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom. 

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.   We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me on or before Friday, April 26th.  While we welcome your input,  we cannot honor specific teacher requests .  Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).   I will accept either a letter or email (

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is difficult to track.  I also prefer that you direct this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers may not be available.
All students in grades 3-5 take a state assessment called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). This assessment measures students' achievement and growth in the areas of English Language Arts and Math. Fifth grade students are also assessed in the area of Science.

All intermediate students will continue to test the week of April 15. The schedule was revised slightly for fourth and fifth grade students. Please see the revised schedule below.

Students will have at minimum one assessment per day. Please refrain from scheduling outside appointments during the testing window. Click here for additional information. We appreciate your cooperation!
Congratulations to the following students for representing Gold Rush at the District Art fair:

Peyton Corley, Makinley Fordyce, Madison Dennis, Kai Edwards, Evan Anderson, Hailey Prevoo, Anna Stahlecker, Emma Baalbergen, Alyssa Cheeseman, Ari Wolf, Sallye Bowlin, Sasha O'Hara, Maryn Seid and
Hailey Both.

We are proud of your creativity and talent! We thank Ms. Dazzio for submitting our students' work.
Gold Rush kindergarten teacher, Ms. Marchese, was honored by the Parker Rotary Wednesday for her efforts in creating the first Young Rotarians club in the world. She won the Light 'N' Heart award for mentoring young students in the area of service.

Gold Rush's Young Rotarians' goal was to lead both a local and international project this year. For their local project, Ms. Marchese helped students spread our school's No Waste Food Initiative to several schools in the Parker region, including Cimarron Middle School. Students are currently working on their international project. We look forward to including our larger school community in this effort. Additional information will be included in future electronic Thursday folder posts. We thank Ms. Marchese for her leadership and contributions to the community.
* April 15-17 - CMAS Testing for Students Grades 3-5
* April 15 & 16 - Outdoor Education Grade 5
* April 17 - GRE SAC Meeting & Joint Feeder SAC Meeting @ Frontier Valley
* April 19 - No School
* April 26 - Class Placement Parent Input Due - Email Jenny Brown

Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134
Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 |