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.
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:
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.
“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.
Tuesday, October 28
Walking School bus tomorrow at 7:10am Chipita Park/Mountain Road Trailhead.
Conferences are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Students have no school Thursday and Friday.
Don’t forget to check out the Book Fair during Parent/Teacher Conferences
After school activities: FAIM Destination Imagination STAR Game Club
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The Shadow Puppet class WILL meet Wednesday, October 29 after school at 3:00pm.
Picture retakes will be held tomorrow morning. This for students who were not here the first round or parent/guardians who have purchased packages and want to re-do the photo. Remember to return the photo package you are having retaken.
Dear Parents, Wednesday, October 29, the PTO will be hosting a "Soup and Salad" Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon to show thanks for the many wonderful things the teachers and staff do for our children. All the left-overs from this lunch will be used for staff dinners during Parent/Teacher Conferences. This year there will be four lunches and we are only asking parents to bring items for two (October and February/March dates). Food may be sent in with your child(ren) or dropped off by 11 am. Anycrockpots, platters, etc. can be picked up at the end of the day in the Teacher's Lounge. Thanks to all who help make these events possible!
Art News The 6th grade class will be creating hanging banners for our UPE hallway in the upcoming semester. We need fabric!! If you have unwanted fabrics lying around at home, we could use them. No fabric is too ugly, so send it on in to school with your child. Have them drop it off in the art room. Thank you, Mrs. Romano, Art Teacher/Librarian
Library News Hear Ye, Hear Ye! A book fair will be taking place in our UPE library this coming week! Plan to visit during your parent/teacher conferences. Your children will be given a short 10 minute preview session on Wednesday, October 29, but not to buy, just to take a peek. Below are the days and times listed for the book fair. Hope to see you there!!
Wednesday, October 29 7:30 am-8:00 pm Thursday, October 30 2:00 pm-8:00 pm Friday, October 31 8:00 am-1:00 pm Monday, November 3 7:30 am-4:00 pm
Thursday, October 23
NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, October 24
After school activities: FAIM STAR Shadow Puppets
Wednesday, October 22
The fall deadline for Box Tops is Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Get your General Mills Box Tops for Education in to your child's teacher.
Wednesday, October 29, the PTO will be hosting a "Soup and Salad" Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon to show thanks for the many wonderful things the teachers and staff do for our children. All the left-overs from this lunch will be used for staff dinners during Parent/Teacher Conferences. This year there will be four lunches and we are only asking parents to bring items for two (October and February/March dates). Food Wednesday, October 29, the PTO will be hosting a "Soup and Salad" Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon to show thanks for the many wonderful things the teachers and staff do for our children. All the left-overs from this lunch will be used for staff dinners during Parent/Teacher Conferences. This year there will be four lunches and we are only asking parents to bring items for two (October and February/March dates). Food may be sent in with your child(ren) or dropped off by 11 am. Anycrockpots, platters, etc. can be picked up at the end of the day in the Teacher's Lounge. Thanks to all who help make these events possible! Use this link to sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E45A9AB2CA7FE3-october1/1318731
After school activities: Faim
Mon., Oct 27: 3:00pm FAIM
Tues., Oct. 28: 3-4pm STAR, Game Club, DI, FAIM
Wed., Oct. 29: 7:00am Walking School Bus 3:00pm FAIM 4-8pm Parent Teacher Conferences
Thur., Oct. 30: 2-8pm Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, Oct. 31: 8-12am Parent/Teacher Conferences 6-8pm Trunk or Treat at the Lake in Green Mountain Falls