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Ute Pass Elementary School

9230 Chipita Park Road
Chipita Park, CO 80809

(719) 685-2227
(719) 685-2220 Fax

School Hours
7:55 AM - 2:50 PM Upcoming Events

Ute Pass Elementary

Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

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  • Community Connections Dinner on October 1 from 5:30 to 7:30.  Please come to enjoy dinner and conversation.  After dinner, those interested in participating may move to the library to engage in our first Manitou/Ute Pass Elementary School in the Year 2020 Conversation.  What type of school do you dream of for our students?  How can we maximize each other to achieve that dream?  




    The conversation will be designed to follow up on the remarks I made to you all during our Meet Your Teacher Night.  Hope to see you there! 

    Manitou/Ute Pass Elementary School in the Year 2020


    The Legacy We Inherit, The Legacy We Leave


    Ours is a staff that knows how to accomplish great things when they partner with you.  They are highly trained and are very professional. For example, this year, our fifth grade achieved a perfect 100% Proficient or Advanced on the State TCAP Test.  One of only 5 schools on the front range to accomplish this.  


    This accomplishment is a wonderful testimony to the experience and curiosity of the people who have worked here. It’s a testimony to the work our students did to practice reading and our parents who worked hard at home to make sure their children WERE reading.   Our team, not just one teacher, put in late nights and a huge effort to make these scores a reality.


    The teachers and staff at Ute Pass Elementary School want you to remember something: State Tests only measure a tiny fraction of what we believe is important. TINY.  The type of reading children do on these tests is often NOT like real life reading and nor is it the type of reading that inspires them.  To do well on these tests, some teaching to the test may be required.  As you know, there are many schools that are doing nothing but that. Learning in many schools has turned into test prep.  In an effort to continue receiving state and federal funds, the pressure to score well is becoming overwhelming for some districts. But not Manitou and NOT Ute Pass Elementary.   And we believe there is a deep, horrible cost to the joy and creativity of teachers and children when test scores become the predominant outcome indicating success.


    We know you want more for your children than JUST a good score on a narrow measure of their ability.  That’s way we are initiating a conversation with you all this year called Manitou/Ute Pass Elementary in the Year 2020.  If perfect test scores is what this community wants, that’s something we can certainly pursue.  However, if raising well-rounded children who get to experience hands-on learning, wonder, field trips, and deep thinking, we are equipped do that also.  

    We want you to help us define what those other outcomes are for our little school.  Why?  Because if we don’t define these things, test scores will become the single outcome measuring our student’s success.


    We ask you to reflect on this because this community has always owned this school.  Long before me, Dr. Yagmin, and Mrs. Scriven and far before the three previous principals and their teachers, this school has been owned by this community.  From the moment that a small group of people decided to raise money out of their own pockets to build this incredible building.  The land was donated and, I’ve been told, the community raised $17,000 of their own money in 1967.  That’s a lot of money.  


    Commitment to a small, nurturing, academically rigorous, cozy, community oriented school has always been at the center of our mission.  


    And I say to you tonight, the time is NOW for you to become involved in our little school.  What do you want us to be? Become involved to help us become that.  Do you want Ballet? Offer a ballet class. Ute Pass Elementary School will never rest on its laurels.  Let’s talk this year about the work we’d like to do together.


    If you don’t volunteer, help with a fundraiser, set up halloween, the Pony Run, Do a Craft, offer a TAP class, or whatever you can do to support, help, and cheer ON THESE teachers, than bit by bit our ultimate student outcomes might be defined by others.  Let’s work together to define them as one community.  And let’s have FUN doing this.


    Ownership and community-building.  It’s what has defined this community for generations. It’s what will define our future.


    Chris Briggs-Hale, Principal

    Check out the UPE 2020 Catalog here!








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  • The Village School with a Global Reach
    Ute Pass Elementary School, located at the foot of Pikes Peak, serves the historic communities of Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, and Crystola. Ute Pass Elementary is a small school where personal attention, strong relationships, and rigorous learning lead to unequaled opportunities for  high achievement and leadership development. Our small size leads to big advantages for children - personalized attention, strong relationships, and a cozy, nuturing environment.   If you are new to the area, we invite you to come in for a tour.  If you are a member of our community, become involved in our school and to visit us often.  Our school is a reflection of the great people who attend, work here, and support us. Please feel free to come in, visit, volunteer, and share of yourself.

    Our school is proud to offer:

    • Preschool
    • Free full-day Kindergarten
    • An After School Program (Fine Arts Institute of Manitou and TAP) that offers enrichment opportunities
    • After school homework help
    • Intervention program that provides specialized experiences for students in the areas of math, reading, and writing
    • iPads to extend student access to high-quality literature, writing opportunities, and research
    • "High" ratings on State Accountability Report
    • Curriculum that addresses the whole child including music, art, computer, life-long reading skills, and physical education
    • A challenging academic environment that encourages each student to achieve their full potential
    • "Out of the classroom" learning opportunities
    • Hands-on science instruction
    • Gifted and Talented Program
    • Emphasis on a kind and caring community in a small-school setting
    • Active, involved parents
    • Local and global service project opportunities
    • Participation in various musical and theatrical productions

    Ute Pass Elementary is committed to nurturing the whole child’s academic and personal growth, supported by a rigorous individualized learning environment and a strong partnership of student, staff, home and community.

    Staff:
    I care when I nurture each child
    I care when I provide a rigorous individualized learning environment
    I care when I maintain a strong partnership with students, parents, 
    community  and other staff members.   
                
    Students:
    I care when I am kind and respectful 
    I care when I try my best each day 
    I care when I come to school ready to learn

    Parents:
    I care when I get my students to school on time, prepared to learn
    I care when I support my student’s teacher and their expectations
    I care when I support my student’s learning at home. 


    Chris Briggs-Hale, UPES Principal
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    “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” 

    ― Rudolf Steiner

    Within these walls,

    We maximize the whole human through each child’s unique personality.
    We build relationships, establish rigor, and provide opportunity.
    We teach grit, model strength, and practice tenacity.
    We laugh, share joy, experience joy, and celebrate.
    We shape meaning from hardship and allow mistakes to be the alchemy of opportunity.
    We celebrate the complexity of each person.
    We reflect deeply, listen, and seek meaningful feedback.
    We collaborate to build deeper curiosity.
    We focus on love. We cultivate the positive. We assume best intentions.
    We leverage expertise.
    We invite diversity to change us.
    We teach focus and practice being present.
    We grow leaders who are fearless.  

  • Friday, September 19

    Dear Families,
    A contractor working to the south of our school along the creek, struck and broke Ute Pass Elementary School's water main late this afternoon.  Crews have been working through the night to repair this pipe. 

    School will be session as usual.  We have ordered enough porta-potties to serve all the children comfortably, have a procedure in place for their use, and already have water on site for situations like this.  In addition, we will bring in plenty of additional bottled water early tomorrow AM. Our kitchen staff will make a shift to a cold sack lunch.  

    As some of you may know, we've good experience handling a loss of water situation while school is in session.  We will ensure your children are comfortable, safe, and sanitary tomorrow during school.

    If you have any special needs that our preparations have not accounted for, please contact our office.  




    We depart for the Homecoming Parade at 12:40pm and will returnaround 2:30pm. Go 'Stangs!

    After School Activities:

    • Cooking with Apples
    • Land Sharks



      Dear Families,


      A contractor working to the south of our school along the creek, struck and broke Ute Pass Elementary School's water main late this afternoon.  Crews have been working through the night to repair this pipe.  




      School will be session as usual tomorrow.  We have ordered enough porta-potties to serve all the children comfortably, have a procedure in place for their use, and already have water on site for situations like this.  In addition, we will bring in plenty of additional bottled water early tomorrow AM. Our kitchen staff will make a shift to a cold sack lunch.  




      As some of you may know, we've good experience handling a loss of water situation while school is in session.  We will ensure your children are comfortable, safe, and sanitary tomorrow during school. 




      If you have any special needs that our preparations have not accounted for, please contact our office.  




      --
      Chris Briggs-Hale
      Principal, Ute Pass Elementary School
      9230 Chipita Park Road
      Chipita Park, Colorado 80809
      If you want to participate in the UPE student directory, please return the yellow information sheet ASAP.

      Reminder: All student will be going to Manitou Springs Friday, September 19 to attend the Homecoming Parade. We will be leaving school at approx. 12:40pm and returning at 2:30pm.

      Thursday after school activities:

     

    • STAR
    • Shadow Puppets


    Monday, September 15

    School pictures tomorrow morning

    After School Activities

     

     

     

    • Cub Scouts
    • FAIM

     


    Friday, September 12

    A reminder that students do go out to recess in all types of weather - unless the windchill is below 10 degress, there is excessive wind, or rain and lightning. Please send students to school with hats, gloves, and appropriate footwear if it looks like there may be bad weather in the forcast.


    After School Activities :

     

     

    • Land Sharks

      Introducing the 1st Trimester Student Council Members

      Mortensen - Savannah Bartko

                                  Alt- Maddy Melendez

      Sampson – Amy Stanciu

                                  Alt- Avery Jacobsen      

      Dick -       Raven Banister

                                  Alt - Bradyn Dowling

      Black - Landon May

                                   Alt – Taylor Hansen

      DiFiore - Sarah Sampson

                                  Alt – Mat Harangozo

      Groth – Asher Drummond

                                  Alt – Jackson Troxell






      Thursday, September 11


      TAP Class Update:

      ·     
      Game Club has 1 spot left.

      ·      Cooking Fall Apples has 3 spots. The other two cooking sessions are full.

      ·     
      There is still space in DI and Shadows from the Past

      After school activities:

      ·      STAR Study Hall


      Wednesday, September
      10

      Get your TAP and arts14 registration in, classes begin next week. More information about the arts14 program coming home today.

      Please return all beginning of the year paperwork. It is very important to have current information on file.

      School pictures will be taken Tuesday, September 16. Order forms will be sent home this week. You can order on-line at mylifetouch.com using Picture Day Id: CG314876Y0



      Monday, September 9

      After school activities

     

     

    1. Cub Scouts at Church of the Wildwood
    2. BAAC Meeting 5PM & PTO Meeting at 6PM See the agenda here.



    Thursday,
    September 4

    Please return updated paperwork. It is important we have correct information on file.

    Get your arts14 registration in, classes do fill up!

    After school
    activities:

     

     

    1. Landsharks
    2. STAR Study Hall in Mr. D's classroom



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        Tuesday, September 2
        Please return your corrected paperwork ASAP!

        After school activities:

     

    1. Land Sharks parent meeting after school in the gym

     

    Three after school opportunities for your UPE student!
    1) Landsharks start Tuesday, September 2nd. Parent meeting in the gym right after school. For the flyer, click here.
    2) FAIM (after school music) and Manitou Springs Arts Academy (MSAA) are now under the same Arts 14 umbrella. To see all of their classes, please click here.
    3) For students in grades 3,4,5, and 6, after school study hall (STAR) will begin Thursday September 4. STAR is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4pm. Students can drop in any day and there is a 4:00pm bus (the bus does not go to the SILC building at 4:00)

    Tomorrow, August 28, is the first FULL day of school for students K-6. We will see the preschool students on Tuesday, September 2.

    Monday, September 1, is Labor Day and we have no school.

    The first BAAC/PTO meeting is Monday, September 8. BAAC is from 5-6pm, followed by the PTO meeting at 6pm. We would love to see a huge turn out of parents wanting to get involved in their child's school.


    Landsharks Running Club Fall Cross Country Series
    The Ute Pass Landsharks Running Club is hosting a five-week cross-country program for students in grades K-5. Landsharks is a fantastic program that promotes self-improvement and health through teamwork, running, and fun. It is also a great way to condition kids for other running-related sports and introduce them to running in a low-key environment!

    Incorporating fun games, along with running at the school and on local trails, Coach Mark Fiore, with the help of other parent volunteers, will prepare your runner for three cross-country meets, where students will compete against other area schools. Meets will be held on Mondays from approximately 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Shining Mountain Golf Course.

    Race 1- September 15, 2014 - Half-mile race
    Race 2- September 22, 2014 - Mile race
    Race 3- September 29, 2014 - 1.5 mile race

    Club practices will be held from 3:00 - 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Practices begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. We will meet in the UPE school gym.

    Important information regarding practices, schedules, races, and clothing will be distributed to parents during the Landsharks Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm. It is highly recommended that you attend this meeting.

    To register your child go to www.landsharkrunclub.com and click on the “Register Now” button. Our school shirt color is red and is available online for purchase.

    PLEASE REGISTER PRIOR TO THE FIRST PRACTICE
    ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
    If you have questions or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Coach Mark Fiore at 719-440-6265 or by email
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    Starting Thursday, September 4, STAR will begin. STAR is a place for all third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students to do all things academic.

    - Complete homework
    - Receive guidance on homework
    - Study
    - Partner up with other students to study
    - Catch up on things not understood in class

    STAR takes place in Mr. DiFiore's room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 - 4:00. There is a bus to take students home.



    Meet Your Teacher Night and Preschool/Kindergarten Orientation have been scheduled for Monday, August 25 5:30-7:00pm.

    The student assessment schedule will be sent out next week, so look for it in your mailbox!

    School Supply list for 2014/15. Click here.


    Time to register for Jump Start. Click here for more information.

     

    The office will be open regular hours M-F 7am-3:30pm starting August 4.






    Summer Fun Guide for Kids. Click Here


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