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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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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, 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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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

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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

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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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Castle Rock Middle School

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We are proud to be a part of an incredible feeder program in Castle Rock who are thinking outside the box about what is best for kids as we prepare them for the 21st century and beyond. This year we are exploring and taking risks in the classroom as a staff to see how to better meet the needs of the students in our feeder. We have deemed this a year of exploration and innovation, as well as a year of play and reflection for both students and staff. In doing so, we believe ALL kids should have access and opportunity to classrooms that are engaging, fun and stretch them as learners and human beings. Philosophy: Staff, parents, and community partnerships work together to ensure that all students have access and opportunity to an education that allows students to explore and navigate what this world has to offer. Students' experiences should reinforce risk-taking with the chance to try, to succeed, to fail, but to ultimately learn about who they are in the process, arming them with the cognitive practices that will carry students farther than our own classroom walls. We will do so by modeling the following values: 1. Modeling kindness and respect with relationships that encourage students to reflect and grow 2. High expectations for students, teachers, and administration 3. Safety and well-beings for all 4. Expecting to be your best and to see the best in others 5. Optimistically seeking new learning opportunities while acknowledging that discomfort in new learning is a vehicle for innovation, change, and new possibilities

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School at a Glance
Home of the: 
Blue Knights
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-1302
Principal: LeeAnn Hayen
Calendar: Conventional
7:40am - 2:55pm
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School At A Glance

2575 Meadows Boulevard
Castle Rock, CO 80109
United States
Phone: (303)387-1300
Fax: (303)387-1301
Principal Name: LeeAnn Hayen
Mascot: Blue Knights
School Start Time: 7:40am
School End Time: 2:55pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Accepting
Class Size Philosophy: 
Class size is always our first priority in staffing and budgeting. It is our goal to keep class sizes as small as possible as we coordinate our daily schedules.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
The counseling staff at Castle Rock Middle School seeks to provide academic, social and emotional, and career services that prepare our students to become effective communicators, independent and interdependent workers, life-long learners, and ethical, responsible citizens.
Innovation Spaces
The Library Learning Commons is home to our Maker Space giving our almost 900 students an environment to use Design Thinking and invent prototypes of solutions to the global problems they learn about in their classes. A Maker Space is a flexible environment that creates the opportunity for collaboration and communication, so that students may attain 21st Century skills. It is our goal to make our space a comfortable environment in which to introduce physical, manipulatable technology to our whole school and a space for scheduled classes or unscheduled individuals from different grades and classes to come together to invent and learn. Our Maker Space is a place for students to experiment and create solutions to problems. So far we have begun our project with the donation of recycled and consumable materials (cardboard, plastics, paper, glue, tape, ribbons, etc.) by the library to the maker-space via fundraising, a library materials wish list made available to the community, and delegation of 5% of the yearly library budget toward maker-space purchases of technology and other resources (software, other building materials, tools, etc.).
Library Media Center
Our Vision for the Library Learning Commons: Our mission is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology, and engage in creative and critical thinking. Castle Rock Middle Library Learning Commons is an encouraging, challenging and supportive place where students, staff and community members come to inquire, discover and apply knowledge on the journey towards excellence. At Castle Rock Middle School we believe that a strong library program requires collaboration with teachers as well as quality instruction and resources. We encourage and support the integration of technology into all forms of inquiry and learning. Our Library Learning Commons focuses on encouraging reading for the pure enjoyment of it! We work hard to keep our collection up to date with the most popular fiction based on award-winning lists and student suggestions. Our teachers and staff help us with non-fiction selections that support student projects and research.
School Tech Center
CRMS' Technological Education class is a place and space for students to explore the world of STEM. From design challenges to competitions, students use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to achieve authentic and applicable challenges. These challenges are student designed and student owned.
Resources
Advisement
Middle School Transition Program
Middle School Transition Description: 
New Beginnings is a program designed for incoming 7th graders to CRMS. This 3-day half-day program will allow students to learn a little bit about how CRMS works on a daily basis. Students will also get to meet some teachers, spend time learning about our school, and meet some new friends. The main goal of this program is to make the transition to CRMS a little less scary (for students and their parents).
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Retreats
Success in the Middle Overnight (preparing 6th graders for 7th)
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
Schedule: 
Modified Block Schedule
CRMS uses a modified block schedule. Students will attend all classes on Monday, Tuesdays and Fridays. Students will also have ELT or Extended Learning Time every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesdays, students attend all odd numbered classes 1,3,5 and 7 which are 90 minutes long, On Thursdays, students attend all even numbered classes and Explore time; Explore and 2,4,6 which are 90 minutes long.
7:40am - 2:55pm
Student Dress
Dress Code
School is a business-like setting where appropriate dress enhances the learning climate. We at Castle Rock Middle School feel students should learn to dress for success. Students are encouraged to dress comfortably, cleanly, and appropriately at all times. The following is our dress code policy which applies to all students and staff: We take pride in the appearance of our students at CRMS. We believe the way a person dresses has an effect on her/his behavior. * Dress and grooming are the responsibility of parents and students. School is a business-like setting where appropriate dress enhances the learning climate. The following is the CRMS dress code which applies to all students and staff. Students will abide by the following guidelines: Clothing will cover the 4 "B's": backs, bellies, breasts, and bottoms. Shirts should be of a length to be tucked in or worn over a belt line. Suggestive tight shorts, skirts, and tops are not appropriate. Sagging pants, pajama bottoms, and slippers are also not appropriate. Skirts and Shorts must be a reasonable length (arm length is a good guide) Clothing and jewelry that advertises drugs, sex, alcohol, death, suicide, gangs or negative, derogatory messages are not permitted. State law requires that shoes must be worn at all times. Hats, bandanas, dog collars and chains are inappropriate items to wear on campus or at any school function. The administration reserves the right to change the dress code guidelines in keeping with current fashion trends. It will be considered in violation of the school dress code if my appearance is deemed inappropriate for participation in school or is disruptive to the learning environment. CRMS Dress Code Developed by the Student Advisory 2010 Committee and Faculty Link Committee
Time Allotment
Lunch: 
25 minutes daily
Students are able to purchase lunch or bring their own lunch. Seating in the cafeteria is not assigned and we encouraged students to meet new students and make new connections through activities like "Mix It Up Day" where students are given a random number aligned to a lunch table and given a variety of questions that they can use to get to know one another. We play music at every lunch and encourage students to get outside for the last ten minutes for some fresh air or exercise.
Information Technology
CRMS continues to make strides in reaching the ultimate device ratio of 1:1. Teams have access to a cart of chromebooks and may access carts from the library or two other computer labs to utilize technology for student work.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
This includes: cell phones, CD players, MP3 players, cameras, and iPods, chromebooks and laptops. These items should only be used for educational purposes during the day. If these items are being mis-used during the school day they may be confiscated by teachers and/or staff, who will then turn them into the office. The student may pick up his/her electronic device after the first occurrence A parent/guardian must pick up the electronic device after future occurrences. CRMS is not responsible for stolen items although students may report these stolen items to to the office. These devices are the students' responsibility and will not be maintained/repaired by staff members.
Support Staff
Certified Librarian
Yvonne Miller is CRMS' certified Teacher Librarian. She is an exceptional facilitator of learning and works hard to make the Library a dynamic learning space. Whether students are engaging in Battle of the Books, tinkering in the MakerSpace, reading quietly or battling it out on MinecraftEDU, the library is a bustling and joyful space that all kinds of students call home.
Professional Learning Specialist
Matt Pomme' is our building Professional Learning Specialist. He has a background in Mathematics and provides staff mentoring & coaching support, supports out Multi-tiered Systems of Support programming, and helps coordinate our testing. He is an invaluable resources to students, staff and parents.
Psychologist

Support Services

Nutrition Services
Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services operates as a self-sustaining enterprise to offer nutritious, appealing meals and ala carte food items to DCSD students and personnel while supporting DCSD's students and our community with resources which promote optimum learning and wellness.
Transportation
Transportation
Douglas County School District's Transportation Department provides school transportation services for more than 33,000 eligible students throughout over 926 square miles in Douglas County and beyond. Our mission is to provide safe, friendly, professional and efficient transportation services, while effectively utilizing available resources; and to enhance student achievement by supporting opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.Parents who have child(ren) enrolled in Douglas County School District can search the bus route database to determine where the bus stop is located in their neighborhood and at what time the bus will arrive at the stop, both in the AM and PM, where applicable. The bus route database requires login with Parent Portal credentials. Contact your school if you do not have a Parent Portal username and password. Every student who rides a DCSD bus must have a Z-Pass card. Z-Pass cards will be administratively issued and a $25.00 fee assessed (initial card and all replacements) if your child repeatedly rides the bus to and /or from school without a Z-Pass card. All Z-Pass cards (including the initial card and all replacements-lost, stolen or damaged) are issued at a fee of $25. If you have a working Z-Pass card, you will not be charged the $25 fee. Each ride to and from school is $.50 each way. Payment options include $150 for an annual pass or quarterly billing. These are the only two options available. Information and an online application are available during Express Check-In. If you have an immediate question, call 303-387-0447 or email zpass@dcsdk12.org.

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

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Seventh grade: 64% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 60% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Seventh grade: 78% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 74% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Seventh grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 61% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
500
Parents have several opportunities to volunteer at Castle Rock Middle School. Whether that time is spent helping students in the Library, or in classrooms as they explore hand-son learning opportunities, teachers and staff utilize parents to help build community and expertise among our CRMS family.
School Accountability Committee
The purpose of the SAC 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 processes. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, and meets at least quarterly to discuss implementation of the school’s plan and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract with the Board of Education. Final decision-making authority rests with the principal or other person or group receiving the recommendation from the SAC (e.g., The Superintendent, District Accountability Committee (“DAC”) or Board of Education).
Parent Teacher Organization
The Parent Involvement Program is your “CRMS family” working together to support our students, school and community through communication, and enrichment and community events. Each year, PIP provides opportunities for enrichment and community building to the students, staff and parents at CRMS. PIP creates fun, has fun and raises funds! For the first time, there is an opportunity at CRMS for parents to engage at the middle school level and stay involved through communications, fun community events and incredible volunteer opportunities.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly