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Academic Data Celebration
December 14, 2017
Thank you all for attending our recent data presentations! If you hadn’t had a chance to attend, the live-stream is available on the GLC facebook pages for your viewing. We’ve recently been working on our UIP (unified improvement plan) submission to the district and the state. Through this work, I’ve noticed some positive trends I wanted to share with you! As always, please reach out with any questions you may have. It is truly an honor to watch your children grow and learn everyday.
In the data below, ELA Achievement stands for English Language Arts achievement. The number in parenthesis is our percentile rank in the state of Colorado. ELA Growth is our English Language Arts growth, with a goal of getting to 50 as a median growth percentile (or higher). As you can see in the numbers below we are consistently improving in both achievement and growth, and really hitting a homerun with our science achievement. Thank you for your support to make this happen! We will continue to keep you informed on ways you can partner with us for improvement in our students achievement and growth scores moving forward.  
Elementary School
ELA Achievement 2015, 2016, 2017 - (65, 62, 72)
ELA Growth 2016, 2017 - (43, 48)
Math Achievement 2015, 2016, 2017 - (76, 74, 78)
Math Growth 2016, 2017 - (36, 47.5)
Science Achievement 2015, 2016, 2017 - (48, 73, 90)
The PRA Difference - Service in Action
December 7, 2017
You don’t have to look far once you’ve stepped inside the building to see that we take service seriously at PRA. Our kindness chain is still prominently displayed in our main entry, a constant visual reminder to our students of how showing the PRA way is a daily expectation.
Recently our first graders embarked on a mission to spread kindness as their service project. The front office had a visit recently from these agents of kindness when they gave us a “heart attack”. As an administrative team we were both honored and humbled by this act of plastering our doors with construction paper hearts filled with kind words.
Our fantastic first graders are certainly taking the PRA mission to a whole new level. We look forward to reporting more service in action stories this year. We love that as a charter school, we can do things differently and provide these kind of opportunities for our students!
A - Accountable
November 30, 2017
In our most recent all school assembly we held our first ever school meeting which closely following the structure of a typical class meeting in the classroom. Our identified problem was bathroom behavior. All students K-5 did a great job brainstorming possible solutions to fix our two main problems; staying safe in the bathroom (not locking stall doors) and being respectful (not yelling, playing in the sink, or generally being silly in the bathroom).
After eliminating solutions that were not feasible, students voted to stop participating in these behaviors and to also say something to friends who are. In addition, we’ve decided as a staff to keep the outer doors on the first floor bathrooms propped open. This does not interfere with privacy based on the configuration of the bathroom, and has become typical in any recently constructed schools that don’t have doors at all.
We plan to revisit this topic at our next all school assembly on Thursday, December 7th to see how we are doing with our solutions. Feel free to have a conversation with your child about how they are showing the PRA way when using the restroom or holding their friends kindly accountable if they are not making a good choice. This has been a great opportunity for us to come together as a group and solve a problem that impacts everyone in the school!


Thankful & Moving Up
November 16, 2017
We are grateful for the ongoing support we receive from families who are partnering with us every day at PRA. Some recent examples of participation include; Core Knowledge celebrations, classroom volunteers supporting instruction, field trip chaperones, special event coordinators and supporters, WatchDOGS, lunchroom assistants, student leadership club parents, coaches of our elementary sports teams, luncheon providers, and those supporting us with take-home projects, just to name a few. Thank you for all of these things and so many more! We appreciate your dedication and support of PRA and enjoy your collaboration!
Moving Up
On Thursday, November 30th, we are offering two opportunities to come find out more about our academic achievement information from the 16-17 school year. We will present both data outcomes and how those are driving priorities for academic programming and instruction this school year. We would love to have you join us either at 8:30 AM or 6:30 PM this day to receive more detailed in-person information about our performance and next steps.


We have an Attitude of Gratitude
November 9, 2017
At last week’s character assembly our elementary counselor, Beth Lagodny, helped the students learn about this month’s character trait focus on Gratitude. The month of November is a great time to be thinking about what we are grateful for. At school we are using the following definition of Gratitude.
Gratitude = Gratitude is thankfulness for the gift of life and the gifts in life.
We’ve been talking at school about what we are grateful for and how we can show gratitude to others. Thank you for having this same conversation at home that we are having at school. Together, we have an attitude of gratitude!
Quarter Grades
November 2, 2017
We appreciate all of the parents and guardians that took time last Thursday to come meet with us in person and discuss the academic and social-emotional progress of their child(ren) throughout first Quarter. You should have received a progress report grade for Quarter 1, which is an overall snapshot of how your child is doing in each content area. You will also receive a comprehensive report card at the end of the first semester. Both are viewable electronically by logging in to the IC parent portal and looking at your child’s grades. If you haven’t had a chance to review your child’s Quarter 1 grades please take time to review that information, and contact your child’s homeroom teacher with any questions.
Miner Mania
October 19, 2017

We are excited to continue our now yearly tradition of gathering as a K-12 staff, and study body next Wednesday, October 25th. This event was started by the student council as a way to build school spirit and also fulfill our mission of positive service learning. Each year we have a theme aligned with kids helping kids, and this year we’ve partnered with Foster Source. Thank you to your generous outpouring of donations, as a result we were able to collect over 3,000 items to make Family Game Night kits for foster kids, and their families.

Students will travel with their buddy to lunch, recess, the K-12 assembly, and then three rotations; a guest speaker, making the care kits, and doing a spirit time activity with PRA rocks. This is our first year with Seniors helping run each of the rotations, which will be a welcome support. We are looking forward to another successful event next week. If you are planning to pick up your child this day for some reason, please come before the event kicks off at 11:00am, otherwise it will take us some time to locate your child.

Lastly, if your family is directly impacted by the Foster care system and you feel your child will find this day or this information challenging to process, please let us know. We’d be happy to exempt them from the guest speaker rotation or the entire day if you feel it be necessary. Please contact your level administrator to discuss.

Here are the buddy pairings and colors as a friendly reminder:

In the K-8 Building:
K & 6th - Yellow
1st & 7th - Purple
2nd & 8th - Red
In the HS Building:
3rd & 9th - Blue
4th & 10th - Green
5th & 11th - White
Both Buildings - Seniors (12th) - Black
Parent-Teacher Conference Preparation
October 12, 2017

We are looking forward to meeting with you on October 26th to discuss your child’s progress. Next Thursday, October 19th all grade level teachers will be sending home iReady Math and Literacy reports. Our goal is to provide parents an opportunity to review and process the information in advance of their child’s conference. We ask that you come to your child’s conference with questions regarding assessment scores and ideas on positive next steps! Please be sure to keep an eye out for this information and prepare to bring these documents with you to discuss with your child’s teacher.

As a reminder, we host parent-teacher conferences on a non-school day in order to give teachers the opportunity to meet with you face to face. If you are planning a vacation during this time, you will not get the opportunity to meet with teachers in person, and we will not be able to accommodate a separate conference time, but your child’s teacher can send home the information that would have been reviewed at their earliest convenience. If you have a family emergency that day, please let us know and we will work to accommodate you. We are grateful for your commitment to partnering with us to support your child’s success this year!

Self-Care Isn’t An Adults Only Concept!
October 5, 2017

With the school year back in full swing, it seems that our calendars are once again full from the time we wake up until we fall exhaustedly into bed again. As adults in an increasingly busy world a lot of reminders come our way to focus on self-care and not getting overloaded with the stresses of a 21st century life.  It is important to remember that self-care can be vital to keeping our kids happy and healthy as well.  One easy way to do that is taking time in your own life to model self-care for the children in your home; don’t just take care of yourself when the kids aren’t around. Instead let them see examples of adults taking a break from their lives to refresh and refocus. Also, self-care doesn’t have to be an independent task you undertake. Make this month a time to commit to one act of family maintenance and self-care - screens off, focus on family time, relax, have fun...take care of one another.

Mistakes are Opportunities to Learn!
September 28, 2017

Now that we are two weeks from the end of first quarter, we are firmly into the school year. We’ve noticed students are acting truly themselves when they are around us and we love it! It felt like a good time to remind us all that we embrace mistakes at school and we appreciate opportunities for students to be faced with failure. This may sound strange, but we feel strongly that students’ ability to face adversity and persevere and know how to problem solve through a challenge, are critical components of success. Future employers are certainly going to be looking for these skills!

Don’t be afraid to allow your child to learn from their mistakes and please don’t feel like you need to rescue them from this learning opportunity. We definitely work to provide them with the safe chance to figure this out at school. Thanks for trusting us with your child’s education. We are looking forward to talking with you more about his/her progress at parent-teacher conferences coming up at the end of next month.

September 21, 2017

We set records daily for the number of juice boxes we successfully open in the elementary lunchroom. It is a well-orchestrated phenomenon to witness the 544 kids that eat daily between 10:55 and 12:00. New to the lunchroom this year are lunchroom jobs, thanks to the great guidance of our elementary counselor, Beth Lagodny. Students get to practice being accountable in this space too, by either helping push the trash can from table to table or help pick up trash (with a gloved hand) off the floor.

We appreciate parents who come in and eat with their students as a special treat for a birthday or other occasion. It’s always nice to have extra adults in the room, and great to see parents and students together. Speaking of extra hands on deck, please check out a new Elementary Lunchroom Volunteer opportunity by visiting our Sign-Up Genius link. Your presence is welcome and very much appreciated, please come and join us!

Math & Literacy
September 14, 2017

On Tuesday night we had our largest turnout in PRA’s history for our combined Math and Literacy Night. K-5 staff shared information about how to support your child in math and reading based on his/her grade level expectations. It is our intent to partner with you to ensure that the learning that takes place at school can be revisited and reflected on at home. Please take some time to visit your grade level websites and familiarize yourself with the resources that are available. Also, if you haven’t already, it is critical that you subscribe to receive website updates to stay current on the latest information.

Our staff have also conducted numerous math and literacy assessments in the past 5 weeks since we’ve begun the school year. We are using that data to instruct your child in the classroom and differentiate the support they need to meet their learning style and level. We look forward to sharing that assessment information with you in a more detailed and meaningful way during the October parent/teacher conferences. Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions about their math or literacy instruction. We are looking forward to a great school year!