May 28, 2020
Thank you Parent-Teachers! Thank You, Parents! Video
Here is the Elementary Assembly in case you missed it.
Distance Learning Reflection
Please tell us about the distance learning experience for you and your family, click HERE to provide your feedback.
Summer is just around the corner and to help encourage fun and productive learning over the summer months, we would like to provide parents and families with a list of resources to keep students growing over the next few months.
As we wrap up iReady assessments we wanted to give a big'ole thank you to students and parents for their help and participation during iReady assessments. As an elementary community we had a 95% completion rate for iReady Reading (2nd-5th grade), and a 94% completion rate for iReady Math (K-5th grade). Thank you for your perseverance throughout this process! All assessment results will be shared in pdf form via email within the next week. Please feel free to reach out to your students' homeroom teacher with any questions. Also, please check out this video provided by Mrs. Wilkin. Assessment Parent Video
Dear PRA Families,
We wanted to thank you again for being flexible and willing to assist in your student’s remote iReady assessments. We also wanted to remind you that as a school we will use this information to help us determine where we need to focus our attention in the fall as we welcome students back for another school year (in whatever format that is).
On that note, some parents had additional questions and concerns on the level of difficulty of the iReady assessment questions assigned to their students. We wanted to provide you with a bit more information on how those questions are assigned. i-Ready Diagnostic is a type of computer adaptive test that matches the difficulty of test questions to the ability of each student. As students answer questions correctly, the test gets more difficult. As students answer questions incorrectly, the test gets easier. In both scenarios, the test adapts to find the precise ability of each student in the quickest, most efficient way possible. Please click on: How Does the i-Ready Adaptive Diagnostic Work for a more detailed explanation of how i-Ready assigns your student’s assessment question.
Thank you again for your continued dedication and overall collaboration!
Volunteers - THANK YOU! We can’t come close to expressing how grateful we are for your service and countless hours supporting elementary students and staff throughout the year.
April 16, 2020
April 9, 2020
April 7, 2020
Extended - Parent Request for Classroom Placement Form 20-21 School Year
If you have information you would like to share with our administrative team regarding your child’s classroom placement for the 20-21 school year, we encourage you to fill out our parent request for classroom. Click for the placement form here.
This helps in the event that your child has certain learning needs or a specific teaching style that works best for him/her. We do our best to accommodate all requests and also create balanced homeroom classes.
Please be aware that we will not take specific teacher requests, but rather consider classroom learning environments.
In addition, please make sure and fill out one form for each one of your students, only as needed.
Forms will be accepted through Friday, April 17th, 2020. Thank you!
Mrs. Wilkin's Principal video message.
March 12, 2020
The Value in State Assessments (CMAS)
As we approach our official testing season we want to provide you with some helpful information on why PRA values assessments. Without data collection, we don’t know where to go. In education, measurement and data analysis are critical to leading our goals of improvement. The main purpose behind CMAS (Colorado Measurement of Academic Success) is to provide our community with a snapshot of student performance in various subject areas. Statewide assessments are a type of summative test aligned to the knowledge and skills students are expected to have mastered by the end of the school year. By effectively reviewing CMAS data, along with our internal data we are able to set school wide goals and make improvements with our instructional delivery. Here are some additional resources to reference as we begin this year’s testing window. Thank you for your continued collaboration and support!
The state defined CMAS administration window is scheduled March 17th-20th and March 30th-April 24th, which accounts for our Spring Break. Listed below is our current CMAS testing schedule.
Pi Day, an unofficial but increasingly popular holiday, is celebrated on March 14th (3/14). Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. Pi Day was founded by Physicist Larry Shaw in 1988.”Though Pi is a more advanced math skill for students to learn, all our teachers are planning some fun Pi Day activities in their classrooms. Students are encouraged to dress up on Friday, March 13 (since March 14 is on a Saturday), like a mathematician….or like Albert Einstein who, being born on March 14, was one of the world’s greatest physicists and mathematicians.
February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020
We want to send out a big thank you to the community for the love and support provided at last week’s Staff Appreciation and Parent Teacher Conferences. The Olympic theme was super fun and we definitely felt the love and support provided by our parent community. Thank you for your collaboration and dedication in helping our students grow!
We have noticed several students are getting dropped off in the morning prior to our 7:45am. We ask that you not drop off prior, as we do not have student supervision until 7:45am. This will help make sure that all students are safe prior to starting the school day.
Thank you in advance for your support.
February 13, 2020
February 6, 2020
We look forward to discussing your child’s progress next week at conference time. In order to make the best use of the short time we have together we’d appreciate your help with the following tips for success:
January 30, 2020
January 23, 2020
Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Elementary will be celebrating Valentine’s day on Wednesday, February 12th. We do allow students to bring in store bought, nut-free candy on this day but none of it is to be opened or consumed at school, it will come home for you to enjoy! All grades are bringing in Valentine’s to exchange in their homeroom class and a box or bag to collect their Valentines in. Kindergarten, first and second grade students can pre-decorate their box or bag. Thank you, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
It is never too early to prepare our 3rd-5th grade students and the community for state standardized assessments. Our main focus is to collaborate as a community to make this experience meaningful and purposeful for each and every student at PRA. The state defined CMAS administration window is scheduled March 17th-20th and March 30th-April 24th, which accounts for our Spring Break. PRA CMAS SchedulePRA PRIDE! Our test scores are a direct reflection of Prospect Ridge Academy and our students– the higher the score, the higher our standing in the community. High-test scores bring with them recognition, funding, and affirmation of our commitment to academic success. We want our students to feel that success and take PRIDE in being a PRA Minder! In addition, performing well on CMAS helps us attract families who share our value of creating academic leaders. We look forward to partnering with you to make this year’s assessments a success for our students and community. Please feel free to review information regarding CMAS at the following link https://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/cmas
January 16, 2020
I hope that you and your family were able to enjoy a fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating break!
This month, we are jumping back in and teaching students all about COURAGE! Courage is defined as doing what is right in the face of fear. We started off this month of learning with a fun and interactive assembly featuring a game in which student volunteers had to reach into a "mystery box," feel what was inside without looking, and guess what the object was in the box. Kindergarten and first grade will be reading There Might be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi - a story about a puppy with a lot of fears who must overcome them to save a friend. Students will then reflect on their own fears and think of one way they can show courage this month. The rest of elementary will be doing a series of activities that will encourage them to stretch their thinking on what courage is. Students will be encouraged to think about how things like making new friends or trying new things take courage, not just confronting monsters under the bed!
WAYS TO FOSTER A DISCUSSION ON COURAGE AT HOME:
January 9, 2020
We have enjoyed having students back in the building, hearing about their winter break adventures, and gathering mid-year assessment information. We hope you had time to connect as a family, review routines and prepare for a great second half of the school year. If you haven’t spoken with your child/children about their hopes for the new year, we encourage you to do so! It is never too early to set goals and think about how to reach them. Thank you for establishing schedules and routines at home that support students' ability to solve problems themselves and celebrate their successes. We are looking forward to a great semester together. Happy 2020!
December 19, 2019
December 12, 2019
I look forward to working together to help our students T.H.I.N.K before they speak. Have a happy winter
- Sadie Skattum, Elementary School Counselor
December 5, 2019
Many of us grew up with the adage, “think before you speak”. Well we may have had that trained into our brains, it doesn’t come naturally to many people, and especially kids. This month we are working on helping students with this through using the acronym T.H.I.N.K. We encourage you to use this same language at home so that we can be consistent in both environments. These reflective questions can be used to help students reflect on how what they are saying may sound to others.
T - Is it True?
H - Is it Helpful?
I - Is it Inspiring?
N - Is it Necessary?
K - Is it Kind?
We hope we are all able to get better at thinking first each day, adults included!
November 21, 2019
November 14, 2019
November 7, 2019
Miner Mania is Here
November 7, 2019
We are so excited to collaborate together tomorrow as a K-12 student body and have a great afternoon of activities planned. Thank you for all the donations in helping support this learning opportunity for our students. Please don’t forget to have your student wear their grade level color t-shirt to show their grade level spirit!
Character Trait for November
This week all K-5 students participated in this months elementary assembly and focused on our November character trait STEWARDSHIP. This is a great time of the year to discuss and remind students the heart of giving back to the community that gives to them.
October 31, 2019
Quarterly Reports Are Here
October 31, 2019
Quarterly reports are in Infinite Campus. Make sure that you login in and see your child(s) progress this year.
A friendly weather reminder to parents to have their children dressed appropriately for the weather and to allow extra time to get here due to weather and construction.
October 17, 2019
October 10, 2019
October 10, 2019
We look forward to discussing your child’s progress in 1 week at conference time. In order to make the best use of the time we have together we’d appreciate your help with the following tips for success:
Thank you for helping us to ensure that you get useful and specific information about your child’s progress. We enjoy getting to share in your child’s journey and talking about their successes and areas of growth!
October 3, 2019
September 12, 2019
September 5, 2019
August 29, 2019
August 22, 2019