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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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English Language Development

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers a English Language Development program.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners.

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You can learn more about DCSD’s Literacy Intervention programming by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/educational-programming-and-services/literacy-in....

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners, including those who have Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plans.

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

If you believe your student may require additional support, begin by speaking to a teacher or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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Gifted & Talented

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers gifted & talented programming.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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English Language Development

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers a English Language Development program.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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Literacy InterventionLiteracy Intervention

You have indicated that your student may require literacy support.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to their teachers or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Literacy Intervention programming by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/educational-programming-and-services/literacy-in....

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Special Education

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers special education services.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners, including those who have Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plans.

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

If you believe your student may require additional support, begin by speaking to a teacher or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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Bear Canyon Elementary School

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Bear Canyon sets its sights on "Unlocking the Potential" for all its children. We believe in offering strong, differentiated academics with up-to-date resources and varied specials that expose students to the arts, music, physical education, engineering, health, library, research and technology. We value each child as an individual and create a village of caring that provides a positive learning environment for all children. We believe in collaboration, restorative practices when disciplining and community involvement. Parents, administrators and teachers comprise the team that makes learning happen here. We have an amazing volunteer base that logs thousands of hours annually to help our students and school succeed. We believe in health and healthy lifestyles. We have received grants and awards from the state of Colorado for being one of the state’s most healthy elementary schools. We offer outdoor education experiences for our 6th graders, peer mentors for our youngest learners and purposeful field trips that take our learning out into the community. We pride ourselves on being a comprehensive neighborhood school that exposes students to as many opportunities as possible so that when students leave us, we have helped them to “Unlock their potential!” We invite you to visit our sign forest, created by students and staff, that lists over a hundred potentials for kids. It’s truly inspiring!

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Academies
Home of the: 
Bears
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-6477
Principal: Kelly Ursetta
Calendar: Conventional
8:40am - 3:30pm
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School At A Glance

9660 Salford Lane
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
United States
Phone: (303)387-6475
Fax: (303)387-6476
Principal Name: Kelly Ursetta
Mascot: Bears
Strand: Academies
School Start Time: 8:40am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Large
Bear Canyon is currently welcoming all students who live in our neighborhood boundaries. We are accepting open enrollments when space is available at the grade level. Please call our registrar Rhonda Lundberg at 303-387-6475 for more information.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Limited
Class Size Philosophy: 
Smaller class sizes for primary grades (K-2) are a priority for Bear Canyon within the limitations of our budget.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
We have a dedicated school psychologist that works with all students on mental health and anti-bullying support.
Innovation Spaces
Library Media Center
BCE's media center has a plethora or books and resources have been purchased with PTA Funds.
Schoolyard Habitat
BCE's covered picnic tables and outdoor learning area is utilized by both the community and students.
School Tech Center
2:1 devices for students. We have chrome books and ipads that travel to classes for integrated use within the classroom.
Tech Lab
We are excited that we are building robotics into our tech lab rotations for the 15/16 school year.
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Camp Cheley
Full-Day Kindergarten
Student Wellness
School-Level
Healthy Schools Successful Students
Bear Canyon Elementary is proud to be a Colorado Healthy School Champion two years in a row! We strive to teach lifelong healthy habits because we believe that a healthy student is a successful student. We offer Health as a 2nd Special class for K-6. The physical, mental and emotional health of our students is addressed in a variety of topics, including: nutrition, physical fitness, drug and alcohol awareness, sleep, sun safety, conflict resolution, empathy and respect, bullying, friendships and relationships, hygiene, and goal setting. Other health-related programs include: * Free before-school Yoga classes * Emphasis on movement and brain breaks during the day * Healthy snack and party policy * Health Nuts student-led health team * Staff wellness programs * Recess before lunch
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Energy Conservation
Recycling
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
Schedule: 
Conventional Calendar
Our students receive specials every day for 40 minutes in the area of Art, Music and PE M-F on a three week rotation. In addition, our students have double enrichment three days a week through health. lego engineering, 21st century skill building, and technology/robotics. Students have recess for 20 minutes prior to a 20 minute lunch.
8:40am - 3:30pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
40 min. daily M-F/ 3week rotation
The Bear Canyon Visual Arts Program highlights the creation and appreciation of art. The program incorporates the study, evaluation and critique of art history beginning in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Famous artists are frequently used for inspiration when analyzing and creating art. The students are given the opportunity to experiment with multiple types of medium to create 2D and 3D projects. Bear Canyon has a ceramic kiln, which allows each grade level to have a clay project incorporated into their grade level curriculum. The art program allows each student to be expressive and unique with the creation of his/her art project. The purpose of the program is for each student to create meaningful and purposeful art and have fun while doing it.
Lunch: 
20 minutes daily after recess
All students have recess first for 15 minutes followed by lunch time in the cafeteria for 25 minutes. Our experience shows us that if students have recess first, they are hungrier and eat more of their lunch. We feel that this schedule is best for kids.
Music Allotment: 
40 min. daily M-F/ 3week rotation
We offer choir before school with several performance opportunities throughout the year.
Physical Education Allotment: 
40 min. daily M-F/ 3week rotation
Recess: 
15 min. (2x) a day
Technology Allotment: 
40 min/ 3x week & integrated in class daily
Information Technology
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
5th and 6th grade only with the completion of a contract between school and families.
Support Staff
Psychologist

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Accredited
We offer both full day, tuition-based, classes and 1/2 day options. Currently we have two full day classes that are capped at 22 students. We offer a morning and an afternoon class also, each has 23 students this year. We hire an educational assistant to help with kindergarten and differentiation. Full day kindergarten students have the opportunity to have specials classes that include art, PE, music, lego engineering, health, library and technology. Our half day classes have time in technology and library due to the short day.
BASE Kindergarten Enrichment
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Transportation
Transportation

Personalized Learning

Meeting the Unique Needs of All Learners

The Douglas County School District is dedicated to serving a full continuum of learners, where students feel safe, valued and connected in order to reach their highest potential.

English Language Development

ESL specialists and content teachers make instructional decisions to ensure that English Language development and content learning occurs throughout the school day.

Gifted and Talented

Gifted education contact will collaborate and/or consult with classroom teachers to appropriately extend the content for identified gifted learners.

Literacy Intervention

Content teachers and literacy interventionists collaborate to provide specialized reading and writing support.

Health Services

Providing for the needs of students with an emphasis on those with health challenges, so that all students have an equal opportunity to excel.

In a multi-tiered system of support, Health Services provides:

  • Medical training and support to school personnel
  • Prevention efforts for communicable diseases
  • Advocacy for students with health concerns
  • Implementation of accommodations so students can focus on learning, including case management for students with intensive care needs

School nurses are healthcare connectors who keep students in classrooms, ready to learn.

Special Education

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

Personalized Learning
Center-Based Special Ed Program
Our school offers a center based program for students with severe and special needs. This program is built around the lease restrictive environment and students services in the classroom.

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 64% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 83% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 89% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 93% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 89% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 69% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
1,900
Our parents are active in our school community. We have parents working with students in small groups, supporting teachers daily, parent lead student celebrations, and many grandparents who support the growth of our Bear Canyon Students. We love our volunteers and our strong school community and family!
School Accountability Committee
The purpose of Bear Canyon's School Accountability Committee is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school's instructional program and quality improvement process. We offer a platform for parents to be informed and a positive voice in our community. We follow the guidelines of SAC Best Practices and value the input of our parents and community in making student centered decisions.
SAC Chairperson: Pete Kleinsasser
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Meeting: 
Wednesday at 5:30pm
Parent Teacher Association
The Bear Canyon Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a strong organization. Our PTA strives to bring our parents, teachers, students and community together for the common goal of enriching the educational experience at Bear Canyon. We actively support our teachers by hosting parent work days, staff appreciation events and offer monetary grants. We support our parents by hosting monthly meetings to keep them informed and providing unique services such as pre-packaged school supply kits, school calendars and yearbooks. We support our students by hosting fun activities such as the annual school kick-off picnic, our winter Carnival, restaurant nights, and school-wide assemblies. Last, we support our school through our extensive fundraising efforts that have led to the purchase of items such as state-of-the art technology, a gymnasium floor and a unique outdoor learning center.
PTA: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTA: Meeting Times: 
Wednesday at 6:30pm
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly