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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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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.

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

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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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Trailblazer Elementary School

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At Trailblazer Elementary School, we strive to make learning authentic. We do this by providing students with ample opportunities to collaborate, to make inquiries and to work through real world problems using trial and error. Our aim is to support students as they learn to be learners by enhancing their ability to communicate, think critically, and design creative answers to complex problems. One example of this learning in action is our Trailblazer Community Garden. Students had the opportunity to put their thinking to the test as they designed the garden, solved issues with irrigation and planting boxes, researched the best materials for the fencing and plant boxes, and decided upon the types of plants that would grow well. In addition to that, our 6th graders took on the responsibility of composting. They designed and built a compost bin, as well as researched and designed a set of lessons for educating the student body about the benefits of composting and how to compost leftovers from lunch and snack times. Our garden stands as evidence of student thinking and collective community action.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Emergenetics
Project Based Learning
Home of the: 
The Explorers
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-6250
Principal: Deanne Kirby
Calendar: Conventional
8:40am - 3:30pm
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School At A Glance

9760 South Hackberry
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
United States
Phone: (303)387-6250
Fax: (303)387-6251
Principal Name: Deanne Kirby
Mascot: The Explorers
Strand: Emergenetics, Strand: Project Based Learning
School Start Time: 8:40am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
Trailblazer is currently accepting open enrollment applications for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. Depending on available space, students may be placed on a wait list. Please call the Trailblazer office at 303.387.6250 to learn more about current open enrollment space.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Limited
Class Size Philosophy: 
It is always the goal to maintain class sizes that allow for optimum learning opportunities. Enrollment and budget are often determining factors. For the 2015-16 school year, primary grade classrooms (K-2nd) will be approximately 25 students or less; intermediate grade classrooms (3rd-6th) will be approximately 30 students or less.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
Trailblazer students have access to mental health support from a school psychologist and a social worker. Both of these mental health providers are available for consultation (with parent permission) and for longer-term assistance, as needed.
Garden
Trailblazer maintains a garden. Students contribute to planting and caring for the fruits and vegetables. As part of our sustainability program, 6th graders are responsible for managing the compost and teaching younger students the benefits and use of compost.
Innovation Spaces
Over the past year, Trailblazer has been working on developing a Learning Commons in place of a traditional library space. Our goal is to transform the Learning Commons into a flexible space where students can come as a class or in small groups to investigate, innovate, and build new learning with high quality support.
Library Media Center
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures (DCSD)
Full-Day Kindergarten
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Retreats
Empowerment Day Retreat
Sixth grade girls have the unique opportunity to attend an Empowered Day Retreat. The goal is to empower pre-teen girls and prepare them for the social demands of middle school. They are provided with tools and strategies for healthy decision-making and a safe place for asking questions.
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Trailblazer does not have bus service, except for special transportation situations (i.e., special education transportation). We encourage walking and biking to school as part of a healthy life style. We also have two drop off lanes to accommodate the larger number of vehicles that may come to drop children off during inclement weather.
Composting
As part of our garden project, students and the cafeteria actively compost. The composted soil is used in the garden.
Energy Conservation
Trailblazer has solar panels on the building that generate some of the energy we use each day. We have recently begun to form a student-run "Green Team" and look forward to further developing the team over the next school year.
Recycling
The Student Leadership Council is currently in charge of our recycling program. Teachers and students are encouraged to recycle plastic, paper, and other materials. Recycling bins are easily accessible in each classroom and the cafeteria. Students are responsible for encouraging recycling and emptying bins each week.
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
8:40am - 3:30pm
Student Dress
Dress Code
Students at Trailblazer are expected to dress appropriately for school and for the weather. Generally, students dress casually: jeans, sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, etc. Bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, short shorts, sagging pants, and clothing with offensive messages are prohibited. Students are not allowed to wear hats in the building unless there is a special event or a special circumstance (as determined by the administration team).
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
45 Minutes - Daily
Specials run on a weekly rotation. Students go to art for one week solid every three weeks. Specials time are 45 minutes. Half day kindergarten attends specials 3 days a week for 30 minutes each time. Students have the opportunity to engage with a variety of art media and techniques. They create with paper, digital tools, paint, pencil, chalk, and clay, to name a few. Artwork is displayed throughout the school on a regular basis.
Lunch: 
20 munites
All grades receive 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for recess. Some grade levels have recess before they eat lunch. This allows for smoother transitions for lunch and recess blocks. Each year, lunch and recess times rotate. Specific lunch and recess times can be found on the Trailblazer website on the Lunch Times page.
Music Allotment: 
45 Minutes - Daily
Specials run on a weekly rotation. Students go to music for one week solid every three weeks. Specials time are 45 minutes. Half day kindergarten attends specials 3 days a week for 30 minutes each time. Students have the opportunity to engage with music in a variety of ways including dance, playing instruments, singing, composing music, and performing.
Physical Education Allotment: 
45 Minutes - Daily
Specials run on a weekly rotation. Students go to physical education for one week solid every three weeks. Specials time are 45 minutes. Half day kindergarten attends specials 3 days a week for 30 minutes each time. Students have the opportunity to engage with a variety of activities during physical education such as games, sports activities, yoga, gymnastics, and physical fitness. Health, wellness, and nutrition are the central focus of the physical education program.
Recess: 
20 minutes
All grades receive 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for recess. Some grade levels have recess before they eat lunch. This allows for smoother transitions for lunch and recess blocks. Each year, lunch and recess times rotate. Specific lunch and recess times can be found on the Trailblazer website on the Lunch Times page.
Technology Allotment: 
Depends on Grade Level and Schedule
Information Technology
Currently, Trailblazer has iPads, Macbooks, Chromebooks, and desktops (in the computer lab) available for student use. At the primary level (K-2), the student to iPad ratio is approximately 2:1. Primary grade students have ready access to laptop computers (Macbooks) in the technology lab and desktop computers in the learning commons. Fourth through sixth grades have access to Chromebooks at a 1:1 ratio. Third grade has access to Chromebooks at a ratio of 2:1 with future plans to move to 1:1 access. Each classroom has at least 2 desktop computers, most have 3 desktop computers.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Personally Owned Devices (PODs) are allowed on a limited basis in the intermediate grades. Teachers do not require a POD at school, but will utilize them as students have them available. Students are welcome to bring their eReaders and tablets with permission from their teacher as long as the devices do not become a distraction. Sometimes teachers provide "tech time" as a reward in the classroom so a wider range of PODs may be allowed on those days. Trailblazer does not assume liability for the loss of or damage to any device.
Support Staff
Psychologist
Our psychologist is part of our mental health and special education teams and is available 2 days a week. Students with and without special education services have access to the psychologist as they have a need and with parent consent. The psychologist works in an educational capacity which means that he or she is available to help students who have issues accessing the learning environment due to behavior, traumatic events in their life, issues with social relationships, and etc.
Social Worker
Our social worker is part of our mental health and special education teams and is available 4 days a week. Students with and without special education services have access to the social worker as they have a need and with parent consent. The social worker is spit between the Significantly Emotionally Disturbed (SED) program and the general student population. He or she is available to help students who have issues accessing the learning environment due to behavior, traumatic events in their life, issues with social relationships, and etc.

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Trailblazer's BASE program provides before and after school care, as well as full-day care during extended breaks (i.e., fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks). The program is well-established and staffed with people who provide the utmost care and safety for our children. During extended breaks, BASE takes field trips, participates in "theme" days, and provides enriching experiences.
Accredited
Trailblazer's BASE program is nationally accredited and inspected regularly by the health department.
BASE Kindergarten Enrichment
The Trailblazer Kindie Explorers kindergarten enrichment program is provided by the Trailblazer BASE program. This is a half-day program that provides academic enrichment for kindergarteners who attend AM or PM kindergarten. The number and times of the sessions is decided yearly based on enrollment and interest. More information can be found on the Trailblazer BASE website : https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/tbe-base/2013-2013---kindie-explorers---extended-day-kindergarten
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
The cafeteria is equipped to meet the needs of a wide variety of students. Students who eat a gluten free or vegetarian diet can be accommodated. Menus are available on the school and nutrition services websites. Parents can also access nutrition information.
Transportation
Transportation
Trailblazer offers services to two center-based programs, Significant Severe Needs (SSN) and Significant Emotionally Disturbed (SED). Students in this program often receive transportation services. These are the only transportation services at Trailblazer.

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
Trailblazer houses a center-based significant severe needs program targeted at providing support for students with severe physical and/or cognitive disabilities. The amount of time a student is included in the general classroom depends on the severity of the student's needs,

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 82% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 83% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 85% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 79% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 63% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 52% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 66% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

School Accountability Committee
Trailblazer's SAC team meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm. The committee is made up of staff, parents, and community members who are dedicated to maintaining the quality and integrity of our school. Together, the committee reviews and discusses the Unified Improvement Plan, assessment data, general school improvement initiatives, and safety issues. The goal of the committee is to work together to make collaborative decisions for the benefit of the students of Trailblazer Elementary School.
Frequency: 
Monthly
Meeting: 
First Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm, unless otherwise indicated.
Parent Teacher Organization
Trailblazer's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) generally meets the first Wednesday of each month. The organization is made up of staff, parents, and community members who are dedicated to improving the quality of education for the students of Trailblazer through community events, fundraising, and climate and culture building.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
First Wednesday of each month from 3:45-5:00pm, unless otherwise indicated.