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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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Literacy InterventionLiteracy Intervention

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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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Cougar Run Elementary School

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The strength of Cougar Run Elementary is the daily dedication of the entire learning community to encourage, inspire and empower children to achieve and learn in a respectful environment. We sincerely care about what our children learn and who they become. Our core philosophy is to always do what is best for our children each and every day. Cougar Run Elementary has consistently been rated as a high performing school with consistent high academic achievement and growth. Cougar Run has implemented the Project Based Learning teaching methodology which supports students in gaining knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. 21st century skills, the 4C’s (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking) are all essential skills within the PBL philosophy and help our students take content to a much deeper level as well as make real world connections and support real world problem solving. PBL has significantly enhanced student engagement and teacher enthusiasm for taking academic standards and world class outcomes to a deeper level. Cougar Run Elementary is a great place to learn and work because of the truly outstanding learning community who are focused on every child, every day.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Project Based Learning
Home of the: 
Cougars
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-7677
Principal: John Gutierrez
Calendar: Conventional
8:40am - 3:30pm
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Awards
Blue Ribbon Award
Cougar Run Elementary is a Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School. The award recognizes excellence in academic achievement.
Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award
Cougar Run Elementary has earned the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award in 2011 and 2013. The award recognized distinguished academic growth.
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School At A Glance

8780 Venneford Ranch Road
Littleton, CO 80126
United States
Phone: (303)387-6675
Fax: (303)387-6676
Principal Name: John Gutierrez
Mascot: Cougars
Strand: Project Based Learning
School Start Time: 8:40am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
Cougar Run is near capacity and accepting Open Enrollment application in select grade levels.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Limited
Class Size Philosophy: 
We understand the importance of reasonable class sizes and work through our Student Based Budget to address this annually.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Garden
Cougar Run's garden is a point of pride for our entire learning community. The garden has provided an opportunity connect our students, parents and community as well as exploring in depth World Class Outcomes, 21st Century Skills and the 4C's (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking)
Innovation Spaces
The Cougar Run Learning Commons is a combination of a library and computer lab that is a full-service learning, research, and project space for staff, students and parents.
Library Media Center
Our library has been transformed into a Learning Commons. This innovative space houses books and technology that are available to check out as well as a teaching team focused on supporting students and teachers in the creation of Project Based Learning Units. Students and classes use the space in a variety of ways, everything from assigned lesson times to individuals and/or small groups coming in at random times during the day to classrooms/grade levels reserving the room for special events.
Tech Lab
Cougar Run has a tech lab used for direct instruction for students focused on our K-6 tech curriculum. The lab is also used to support classes on Project Based Learning units.
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Snow Mountain Ranch
BASE Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten
Full-Day Kindergarten
Cougar Run offers a tuition based full day kindergarten program that supports kindergarten student from 8:40am - 3:30pm daily.
Student Wellness
School-Level
Cougar Run Elementary has a Student Wellness Program led by classroom teachers, administrators, parents and students focused on physical, mental and social well being.
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Implemented Student Wellness & Prevention Framework
Cougar Run Elementary has as Student Wellness Team that includes staff, student and parents focusing on topics of health, wellness and anti-bullying that delivers instruction and support to the school.
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Cougar Run utilizes Restorative Practices to build a positive school community that focuses on improving relationships to enhance academics, problem solving and resolving conflict.
Messaging Campaigns
Kindness Campaign
Cougar Run Elementary has taken Rachel's Challenge. Rachel's Challenge is a comprehensive approach to inspire kids to replace acts of bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school tragedy in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.
Sustainability
Recycling
Cougar Run participates in a recycling program led by our student to champion to have a positive impact on our environment. Cougar Run is one of eleven Colorado schools to receive a Green Up Our Schools grant this year! We have exciting plans for our Green Team and have several sustainability initiatives planned to re-energize our students and community to be more waste conscious.
Zero Waste Initiatives
Cougar Run participates annually in a waste fee challenge led by our students to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Cougar Run Elementary is a neighborhood school servicing students in graded K-6. Cougar Run is a Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School. We have a caring and dedicated staff that focuses on the individual learning pathways of our students. We sincerely care about who our students become and what they learn to be successful and responsible citizens.
Calendar: Conventional
Schedule: 
Standard
Cougar Run utilizes a standard elementary school schedule. Each day students have their academic classes as well as a scheduled special (Art, Music or PE), recess and lunch.
8:40am - 3:30pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
45 Minutes - Daily (In 3-Week Rotations with PE and Music)
Lunch: 
20 Minutes - Daily
Hot lunch is available to students daily. New to Cougar Run is a grab and go breakfast program available to all students daily.
Music Allotment: 
45 Minutes - Daily (In 3 -Week Rotation with PE and Art)
Physical Education Allotment: 
45 Minutes - Daily (In 3 -Week Rotation with Music and Art)
Recess: 
20 Minutes - Daily
A twenty minute recess occurs daily prior to students eating lunch in the school's cafeteria. Recess is supervised by a minimum of two trained Educational Assistants.
Technology Allotment: 
30 Minutes - Weekly
Information Technology
Cougar Run is a 1:1 school. iPads, Chromebooks are available for all K-6 students.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
In collaboration with the classroom teacher and with a completion of a user agreement form, students can bring personally owned device to use in the classroom.
Support Staff
Professional Learning Specialist
The Professional Learning Specialist supports staff to enhance the craft of teaching focused on the continuous improvement of student achievement.
Psychologist
The school psychologist collaborates with the Special Education Team, Administrators and parents to support IEP and general ed students.
Social Worker
The school social worker collaborates with the Special Education Team, Administrators and parents to support IEP and general ed students.

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
We serve children and parents by providing a safe, enriching, and affordable school-age child care program. Children who participate in our programs acquire the knowledge and abilities to make educated choices concerning their social, emotional, and physical health while learning principles of respect, integrity, honesty, and responsibility. By doing this, we provide a quality service for our families that is financially solvent and sustainable.
BASE Kindergarten Enrichment
We serve children and parents by providing a safe, enriching, and affordable school-age child care program. Children who participate in our programs acquire the knowledge and abilities to make educated choices concerning their social, emotional, and physical health while learning principles of respect, integrity, honesty, and responsibility. By doing this, we provide a quality service for our families that is financially solvent and sustainable. AM KE: 8:40 - 12:40am PM KE: 11:30 - 3:30pm
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services Description: 
Cougar Run provides a Grab and Go Breakfast menu daily.
Weight: 
3
Transportation
Transportation
Buses are available for student in the attendance area outside of 2 miles and major intersections to cross.

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
Cougar Run houses a center based SSN program. The SSN program provides an intensive level of support 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.

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 92% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 82% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 83% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 84% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 92% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 62% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 67% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 82% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
5,000
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Parent Teacher Organization
PTO: Frequency: 
Quarterly