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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.

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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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Eldorado Elementary School

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Eldorado Elementary is a fully comprehensive school offering a world class education to students of Pre-School and Kindergarten to 6th grade in the beautiful city of Highlands Ranch. Eldorado's mission is to be the center of a vibrant, enjoyable, growing community, where our emphasis is the unique development of our children within a safe, dynamic and responsive learning environment. Together our invested stakeholders work hard to envision the future, aiming to create a modern approach to learning that will motivate and inspire the whole child, empowering students to be ethical individuals and productive members of their global community. Our multiple specials offerings, both during school and as extra-curricular activities, including art, physical education and health, technology and music offer the ideal springboard for children to engage their curiosity and share experiences that will help create interest pathways for the future. Character Education and Service Learning are cornerstones of our school encouraging children to make a difference both locally, nationally and internationally. An outstanding staff, a well rounded instructional approach encompassing elements of project based learning, a defined framework for literacy instruction, departmentalization at the intermediate level, interventions and involvement for our diverse spectrum of learners, and the understanding of how individual learning styles and multiple intelligences impact each child, allows students the autonomy to direct their own learning and select a personalized capstone project prior to graduation before transitioning to middle school. Ultimately, the community of Eldorado Elementary believes that every child has the capacity to be successful physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, and we are dedicated to providing opportunities that help children to recognize and capitalize on their individual strengths. Eldorado Elementary students are ready to take ownership of their learning and change the world!

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Emergenetics
Project Based Learning
STEM
Home of the: 
Panthers
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-6327
Principal: Katy Kollasch
High School Principal: Chris Tabeling
Calendar: Conventional
9:00am - 4:00pm
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School At A Glance

1305 Timbervale Trail
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
United States
Phone: (303)387-6325
Fax: (303)387-6326
Principal Name: Katy Kollasch
Mascot: Panthers
Strand: Emergenetics, Strand: Project Based Learning, Strand: STEM
School Start Time: 9:00am
School End Time: 4:00pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
All grades Kindergarten through 6th are OPEN. Full-day Kindergarten is currently filled to capacity for the 2016 - 2017 academic year.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Accepting
Class Size Philosophy: 
Our community values prioritizing smaller class sizes for primary grades (K - 2) and medium class sizes for intermediate grades (3 - 6).
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Garden
Recipient of the Green Up Our Schools Grant, Whole Foods Grant for Schools, and proud to share a growing opportunity for students and our community to learn about science through activity outdoors!
Innovation Spaces
Eldorado Elementary has redesigned their Library to create a student facilitated learning environment that deliberately combines the atmosphere of a traditional Library with over 5,000 books, while showcasing state of the art contemporary resources to enhance student learning within a global community. We have worked hard, with the incredible fund raising efforts of our PTO, for the past two years to realize our dream. A team of designers, architects, students, teachers, and administrators, have selected technology, furniture, and decor that will foster an environment that promotes student curiosity, personal accountability, primary and secondary research, active engagement, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. "The Panther Den" - the nerve center of our school describing a location where students come together to create big ideas that will radiate out towards their classrooms. We invite you to come see for yourselves how learning looks in the 21st century!
Library Media Center
Eldorado Elementary has redesigned their Library to create a student facilitated learning environment that deliberately combines the atmosphere of a traditional Library with over 5,000 books, while showcasing state of the art contemporary resources to enhance student learning within a global community. We have retained a large space in the new 'Panther Den' that allows for students to begin their love of learning through books, journals, periodicals, and magazines including couches and comfortable reading spaces that inspire students to appreciate the written word and the strategic meaning of stories communicated by authors.
Tech Lab
Currently Eldorado not only has an independent Technology Lab allowing classes of students to work collaboratively on assignments furnished with Apple Mac desktops, we also have multiple technology resources in our 'Panther Den' (Innovation Space/Library Media Center) and portable technological devices in every grade level. Our full day Kindergarten students have one-to-one device opportunities and quickly develop a passion for sharing their ideas and learning by incorporating technology.
Resources
Advisement
PRIDE What is "Panther PRIDE"? Panther PRIDE is our school-wide initiative to promote student success by addressing social and emotional needs while building a sense of community within Eldorado. PRIDE takes place during the first 20 minutes of the day and is teacher facilitated but student driven. Each classroom will use the same outline, but teachers have the autonomy to present the material in a way that meets the needs of their classroom. PRIDE is formatted in a restorative circle to encourage students to think critically about the topic, learn from each other, and have the opportunity to share in a safe space. How can I follow up at home? Review the month's topic. What does this look like at home? How can you further support growth in this area at home or at school. You may choose to review the resources provided for teachers or you may contact your child's teacher for specific information on what your child is learning. Feel free to contact Emily Montgomery, the school Social Worker for more information. Program Outcomes: Make sense of (interpret, evaluate, summarize, synthesize, etc.) problems and persevere in solving them (Problem Solving) Evaluate the effect choices have on personal well being (Health and Wellness) Modify perspective based on self and others (Global Awareness) Demonstrate the process of inquiry: identify a problem, generate questions, investigate possible solutions to the problem (Critical Thinking) Contribute as a productive member of a team (Collaboration) Enduring Understandings: Relationships influence wellness Authentic scenarios impact critical and creative thinking Collaboration influences effectiveness Interaction impacts community Parts impact the whole Essential Questions: How do our relationships with peers and adults influence our personal well being? How does social responsibility to Eldorado, our community and the world impact ourselves and others? How can we apply our critical and creative thinking to solve an authentic problem?
After School Tutoring
Study Support is offered to students who require this specific intervention as identified by our professional MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) Team.
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Covenant Heights, Estes Park, Colorado
Full-Day Kindergarten
At the time of registration, please bring all completed registration forms with you. In addition, you will need the following required documents: •Original Birth Certificate •Current Immunization Record •Proof of Residency (Warranty Deed, Deed of Trust or Lease Agreement) If you are unable to register on either of the above dates, registration will be ongoing after January 22nd. Daily office hours are 8:00am – 4:30pm.
Middle School Transition Program
Middle School Transition Description: 
Eldorado has a strong relationship with our feeder Middle and High Schools (Ranch View Middle School and ThunderRidge High School). The Grizzly Cub Club encourages students at the elementary level to get involved in the activities offered by the high school and our 6th grade students spend time visiting the middle school prior to their official transition. Eldorado Elementary is proud to share that our 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony is held at Ranch View Middle School, where students and their families will spend the next two years of their school career.
Student Wellness
School-Level
PRIDE - School based wellness framework created to meet the needs of the Eldorado community embracing the WHOLE child. Every student participates in PRIDE at the beginning of each day.
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Implemented Student Wellness & Prevention Framework
PRIDE - School based wellness framework created to meet the needs of the Eldorado community embracing the whole child. Every student participates in PRIDE at the beginning of each day.
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
All staff have been trained in Restorative Practices and we have an active Care Club facilitated by intermediate level students.
Messaging Campaigns
Kindness Campaign
Acts of Kindness Week is recognized during Spring Semester.
Sustainability
Composting
Intermediate students utilize worm harvesting in classrooms to reduce lunch waste and fertilize our urban garden.
Energy Conservation
Our Panther Power/Green Team analyzes consumption in order to reduce waste throughout our site.
Recycling
Intermediate students lead our recycling initiative.
Water Conservation
Our Panther Power/Green Team analyzes consumption in order to reduce waste throughout our site.
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Our fully comprehensive neighborhood school boasts a truly invested community that utilizes our school facilities around the clock, seven days a week! With a wide range of extra curricular activities that encourage that curiosity and talents of every type of learner, and an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that organizes so many community events for students and their families throughout the year, there is something for everyone. It is our pleasure to fulfill our mission every day being the center of a vibrant, enjoyable, and growing community!
Calendar: Conventional
9:00am - 4:00pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
225 minutes per month
Lunch: 
20 minutes daily
Aligned with our typical District expectations, each grade level receives 20 minutes to enjoy their lunch in our school cafeteria and 20 minutes of recess time to socialize, imagine, and channel their energy in the playground! Our Nutrition Services department offers nutritious, appealing choices that meet Colorado Nutrition Standards and our student need for a filling and delicious mid-day meal. All foods produced in-house are nut-free and appropriate for those with nut allergies. We know how important a balanced diet is to growing children and therefore we offer the Harvest Bar (salad) every day in addition to a hot meal and drink.
Music Allotment: 
225 minutes per month
Physical Education Allotment: 
225 minutes per month
Recess: 
20 minutes daily
Additional recess time is provided for all primary grades on a daily basis. Intermediate grades receive additional recess time based on need. Movement and brain breaks are provided for all students several times each day in the form of Brain Gym, Go Noodle, or other in-class activities arranged by the teacher. All Eldorado teachers have received training and research material on the benefits of Brain Gym and we believe that movement breaks and opportunities for our students to socialize in an appropriate, safe manner, are essential to their growth and development.
Information Technology
One-to-one devices in Kindergarten iPads and Chrome Books available for all grade levels
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Support Staff
Mentor Teacher
We operate an internal Teacher Peer Mentor/Induction Program, as well as a Peer Observation Program to enhance the practice of our current faculty and staff. Eldorado frequently hosts high school students completing Senior Projects, and both Field Placement Students and Student Teachers from local colleges who aspire to be quality educators at the elementary level. We feel this only serves to enhance our rich culture and climate.
Eldorado's Professional Learning Specialist is Mrs. Lisa Gorhum. Mrs. Gorhum oversees the MTSS (Multi-tiered Systems of Support) Team, READ Act, Advanced Learning Plans, Embedded Staff Development, New Teacher Induction, and Teacher Coaching.
Psychologist
Mrs. Beth Collins
Social Worker
Mrs. Emily Montgomery

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Eldorado students ages five through thirteen years are eligible to access our on-site school-age child care programs. Eldorado's BASE program, known as All-Stars, provides safe, fun, enriching, and affordable care for your child. - See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/base#sthash.Uk7ovmot.dpuf
Accredited
Eldorado's BASE Program is currently working through the complex accreditation process.
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
http://dcsdnutritionservices.org
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. Eldorado Elementary is part of the ThunderRidge Feeder for transportation services and is operated by the NORTH TERMINAL. For more information please contact: 303-387-0415 - See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/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 center-based special education team includes learning specialists, educational assistants, a strong mental health team, occupational therapist, and speech language pathologist.

Parent Involvement

There are hundreds of parents who volunteer in various capacities at Eldorado and we are grateful for each and every person and every moment of their time. Volunteers help to being our community together. We are so grateful for the continue partnership of our community - parents, extended family, neighbors, business owners, and alumni - and we look forward to working with you all in the future!
School Accountability Committee
In Colorado, it is a statutory requirement for every school to have a School Accountability Committee (SAC). 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). The Education Accountability Act of 2009 SB 09-163 and the Rules for the Administration of Statewide Accountability Measures (Updated April 11, 2013) state that the SAC shall have the following powers and duties: Making recommendations to the Principal on the school priorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, where applicable. Making recommendations to the Principal of the school and the Superintendent concerning preparation of a School Performance or Improvement plan, if either type of plan is required. Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan, if either type of plan is required, and using this input to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan prior to the plan being written. Publicizing the district’s public hearing to review a written school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan. Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround Plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract. Providing input and recommendations to the DAC and district administration, on an advisory basis, concerning principal development plans and principal evaluations. (Note that this should not in any way interfere with a district’s compliance with the statutory requirements of the Teacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.) Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parents to serve on the SAC. Assisting the district in implementing at the school level the district’s parent engagement policy. Assisting school personnel to increase parents’ engagement with teachers, including parents’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy. - See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/district-accountability-committee/sac-responsibilities#sthash.zc3yYndz.dpuf Eldorado SAC Agendas and Minutes: The agenda and minutes for all Eldorado's SAC meetings are maintained by our Principal Katy Kollasch. The Google document can be viewed online at any time by our whole community. Eldorado SAC Membership: There shall be seven voting members consisting of: 1. KATY KOLLASCH: Principal – The principal of the school or the principal’s designee (employed by District). 2. LINDSAY GIVENS: Teacher – One teacher who provides instruction at the school (employed by District). 3. REBECCA COLLINS: Chairperson - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school. 4. MEGAN MEYERS: Vice Chairperson - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school. 5 BRYAN MOATS: District Accountability Committee (DAC) Representative - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school (employed by District). 6. ANDREA SMYTH: Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President – One adult member of an organization of parents, teachers, and students recognized by the school. 7. RIKA MEAD: Community Representative – One person from the community not otherwise included above (Article IV, Section A, 1-4) and, if practical, represents the business community. “Community” is defined broadly to mean lives or owns a business in Douglas County and is not a relative of or a legal guardian of a student attending the school they represent. Reference: C.R.S. 22-11-401(1)(a)(I-V) Non-Voting Members - At the option of the SAC, non-voting members may be selected by a simple majority vote of the above voting members. Non-voting members will be active participants in SAC, but will not be called upon to vote should a vote of the SAC be necessary. All community members are welcome to attend any or all SAC meetings throughout the year. Eldorado SAC Meetings: Eldorado's School Accountability Committee meets monthly, typically on the 3rd Monday of every month. We meet in the Panther Den. Meeting dates for 15-16 17th August 2015 21st September 2015 19th October 2015 16th November 2015 14th December 2015 25th January 2015 22nd February 2015 28th March 2015 18th April 2015 - Gym due to Book Fair in DLC 16th May 2015 District Accountability Resources https://www.dcsdk12.org/district-accountability-committee See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/school/eldorado-elementary-school/sac-website#sthash.88JSlBod.dpuf
SAC Chairperson: Mrs. Rebecca Collins
Frequency: 
Monthly
Meeting: 
3rd Monday of each month from 7:15pm to 9:00pm
Parent Teacher Organization
Eldorado Elementary PTO Eldorado's PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is comprised of parents, staff, and community members who are invested in Eldorado Elementary. Eldorado Elementary PTO 's Mission To actively and positively support Eldorado Elementary's Mission by bringing families together; providing resources to enhance student learning; supporting our teachers, staff, and administration; and, giving back to our community. Membership and Meetings Membership is free and our meetings are open to any parents/staff/community members who would like to attend. Join In The Fun! Throughout the year, Eldorado PTO will be organizing and providing fun family events, fundraising opportunities, community service projects, and more. We have several committees to help plan and execute all of our programs, and we look forward to welcoming you into one (or more!) of them! Our 2016-2017 PTO committees are: Planning / Marketing, Logistics, Events, Community Partnership, Community Service, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Panther Power, Spirit Wear, Staff Appreciation, and our Welcoming Team. Contact Us: If you would like to join a committee, or learn more, please contact the PTO at pto.eldorado@gmail.com.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
3rd Monday of each month from 5:30pm until 7:00pm