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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.

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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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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.

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Sage Canyon Elementary School

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Sage Canyon is proud to be a part of Colorado's Douglas County School District, where parents are provided the opportunity to choose the educational environment and programming that best meets their child's needs. The mission of Sage Canyon is to foster a supportive and challenging school community that fuels a contagious spark for learning and recognizes students as unique individuals. Here at Sage Canyon, we use a Project Based Learning approach to create a solid foundation of fundamental and higher order thinking skills through a structured curriculum that is consistent and aligned throughout the grade levels. Project Based Learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups. Because project-based learning is filled with active and engaged learning, it inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Research also indicates that students are more likely to retain the knowledge gained through this approach far more readily than through traditional book-centered learning. In addition, students develop confidence and self-direction as they move through both team-based and independent work.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Project Based Learning
Home of the: 
Wranglers
Principal: Mandy Hill
Calendar: Conventional
9:10am - 4:00pm
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School At A Glance

2420 Autumn Sage Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
United States
Phone: (720)433-0110
Fax: (720)433-0111
Principal Name: Mandy Hill
Mascot: Wranglers
Strand: Project Based Learning
School Start Time: 9:10am
School End Time: 4:00pm

School Life

School Size: 
Large
Currently, Sage Canyon is at capacity at all grade levels and only accepting enrollments for students residing in our attendance area.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Not Currently Accepting
Class Size Philosophy: 
We believe in keeping the lowest classes sizes as possible in the primary grade levels.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Garden
Through the 3rd grade project, "Circle of Life," students work to understand life cycles by hatching and raising chicks. To support our work to create a sustainable learning environment, the chickens are cared for by our community in our school garden. Classes take turn learning to care for the chicks and collect eggs which are sold to our community. The proceeds of the eggs go back to the school and the cost to care for our chickens.
Innovation Spaces
Staff and students work through The Design Thinking process to reinvent their learning spaces to support a collaborative and engaging space that meets the unique needs of 21st century learners. Each classroom contains a "Collaboratory" (a collaborative Maker Space) where students use hands-on tools and resources to create and test prototypes for the products created during project work.
Library Media Center
Our Media Center is modeled after a public library where students are able to have flexible check out times and work spaces.
Schoolyard Habitat
Through the 3rd grade project, "Circle of Life," students work to understand life cycles by hatching and raising chicks. To support our work to create a sustainable learning environment, the chickens are cared for by our community in our school garden. Classes take turn learning to care for the chicks and collect eggs which are sold to our community. The proceeds of the eggs go back to the school and the cost to care for our chickens. In addition to our outdoor rock amphitheater, we are often outside at Wrangler Park, our adjacent public park. There is a large trail that students are teachers are able to take advantage of.
School Tech Center
Our computer lab has 30 Mac Computers, and we also have 120 laptop computers available in carts.
Tech Lab
Our computer lab has 30 Mac Computers, and we also have 120 laptop computers available in carts. Additionally, we have almost 500 iPads for our students to use.
TV Station
Sage Canyon has a green screen room for productions and broadcasting.
Resources
Advisement
Our 6th graders serve as mentors for younger grade levels projects and help younger students understand the 4C's.
After School Tutoring
Available through our BASE program and on an individual basis from Sage Canyon staff.
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Covenant Heights - Estes Park, CO
Full-Day Preschool
We do not offer a Full-Day preschool program.
Full-Day Kindergarten
Sage Canyon has two full day Kindergarten classrooms which provide full-day Project-Based Learning to our Kindergarten students.
Middle School Transition Program
Middle School Transition Description: 
Sage Canyon, and the rest of the DCHS feeder area elementary schools, work collaboratively with Mesa Middle School to encourage students to enroll in 'New Beginnings'.
Summer School
We do not offer Summer School at Sage Canyon.
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Implemented Student Wellness & Prevention Framework
This work is being conducted in conjunction with our guidance counselor and school psychologist.
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Anti-Bullying is done through our Wrangler STAR program where students are encouraged to be Safe, Trusting, Accountable and Responsible.
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Every spring, Sage Canyon hosts our annual bike or walk to school day where students are encouraged to get some exercise on their way to school.
Composting
Much of our extra food is used as chicken feed.
Energy Conservation
Our building is a 'smart' building with automatic lights and climate controlled individual classrooms.
Recycling
Our 'Green Team' is responsible for helping empty the Recycling bins in each classroom.
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Sage Canyon is proud to be a part of Colorado's Douglas County School District, where parents are provided the opportunity to choose the educational environment and programming that best meets their child's needs. The mission of Sage Canyon is to foster a supportive and challenging school community that fuels a contagious spark for learning and recognizes students as unique individuals. Here at Sage Canyon, we use a Project Based Learning approach to create a solid foundation of fundamental and higher order thinking skills through a structured curriculum that is consistent and aligned throughout the grade levels. Project Based Learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups. Because project-based learning is filled with active and engaged learning, it inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Research also indicates that students are more likely to retain the knowledge gained through this approach far more readily than through traditional book-centered learning. In addition, students develop confidence and self-direction as they move through both team-based and independent work.
Calendar: Conventional
Schedule: 
Flexible
Sage Canyon teachers are able to adapt and personalize their schedules to best meet the needs of their students.
9:10am - 4:00pm
Student Dress
Uniform
Students at Sage Canyon do not wear uniforms.
Dress Code
Students at Sage Canyon are required to dress appropriately for school, however we do allow hats to be worn at the discretion of the teacher.
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
45 minutes daily on a 4-week rotation.
Lunch: 
20 Minutes Daily
Our Chuck Wagon Cafe is a restaurant themed dining experience complete with tablecloths, flowers in vases, twinkle lights and music.
Music Allotment: 
45 minutes daily on a 4-week rotation.
Physical Education Allotment: 
45 minutes daily on a 4-week rotation.
Recess: 
35 minutes daily
Students receive 20 minutes at lunch time and 15 minutes of extra recess with their classes.
Information Technology
With our desktop computers, laptops, and iPads, we are almost able to be a 1:1 school.
With our desktop computers, laptops, and iPads, we are almost able to be a 1:1 school.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Students are welcome to use personally owned devices if they follow the district technology agreement.
Support Staff
Certified Librarian
Our librarian, Christine Green manages our library and computer lab by offering support to teachers and students with the most current technology resources.
Stephanie Crowe is a veteran teacher with a skill set that allows her to coach teachers to best meet the academic needs of children. Stephanie is a leader in professional development for our district and is an integral part of our school.
Building Resource Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Stephanie Crowe is a veteran teacher with a skill set that allows her to coach teachers to best meet the academic needs of children. Stephanie is a leader in professional development for our district and is an integral part of our school.
Psychologist
We have a licensed school psychologist who works collaboratively on our special education team in the building 4 days a week.
Social Worker
Sage Canyon is proud to be one of the first elementary schools with a guidance counselor. Our counselor is able to provide counseling and support to any student who may need to see them.

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Sage Canyon offers BASE from 6:00 am-6:15 pm daily, and on breaks.
Sage Canyon offers a full-time and a part-time Kindergarten program.
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Our ChuckWagon Cafe serves hot lunches and the Harvest Bar to students daily.
Transportation
Transportation
Sage Canyon has about one-third of our students transported to and from school through district 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 Significant Support Needs Program is integral to the culture in our building and our belief of inclusion for all students is cornerstone to this program.

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 68% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 67% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 67% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 75% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 83% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 35% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 52% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 62% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 65% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

School Accountability Committee
Our SAC committee helps provide oversight for the building.
SAC Chairperson: Julie Heath
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Parent Teacher Organization
The SGCE PTO is an organization that works collaboratively with all SGCE stakeholders to benefit Sage Canyon through in-person and financial support. The SGCE PTO is responsible for our annual Spookfest, Santa Shop, Ho-Down and granting numerous grants that support teachers and students in the classroom.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
First Wednesday of the month