Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School!
While we all enjoyed the break Polaris’ staff and I are happy to be back and are very excited to see our students. I’m always amazed at how much students grow over the break.
It’s been a busy week! On Tuesday, Kaiser Permanente actors performed for our students. Students learned about the importance of empathy and being kind to others.
On Friday of this week, fifth graders led our student body in a reflection of civil rights and a celebration of the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King. The student projects were amazing and inspirational! Please look for visual and written projects in the hallways.
Congratulations to our students and educators whose hard work resulted in high growth or improvement on state assessments! Polaris has earned two state awards, due to their performance on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success or CMAS. The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. The following schools “Exceed” expectations on the indicator related to student academic progress and “Meet or Exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps. The John Irwin Awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. The following schools received an “Exceeds Expectations” rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts and Science. Way to go, Polaris STARS!
It’s our mission to ensure that each student grows by at least a year. To do that we need them here! I know absences for family events are sometimes unavoidable and vacations are often less expensive when school is in session, but please try to plan vacations and trips to align with school breaks. In addition to loss of learning, in order to keep our “blue” status for attendance, greater than 80% of our students need to be present at school 95% of the time. Right now, only 81% of our students have 95% attendance. This is one of the variables that keeps our school a blue school overall, and we receive additional funding for being blue. As a small school, it makes a real difference! Please be sure that students are here unless they are ill or the absence is unavoidable.
Choice enrollment is Feb 1-28. DPS families are submitting their preferences for choice enrollment. We would love it if you would let friends know that we have spaces at all grades. We’d especially like to make people aware that we have availability. We will have 50 spots for new students in first grade and 24 places at third grade in addition to places vacated by families who are moving out of town.
Our grade configuration for next year will be as follows:
1st grade: 2 classes
2nd grade: 2 classes
3rd grade: 3 classes
4th grade: 3 classes
5th grade: 3 classes
While schools will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, you and our students are invited to join DPS members marching in the Marade with Superintendent Tom Boasberg. If you would like to join in, meet at the front entrance of East High School at 9:15 a.m. We will walk to City Park to the Martin Luther King Jr memorial. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. At 10:45 a.m., the marade will step off to downtown. Wear comfy shoes as it’s the equivalent of a 5K!
I hope to see you at the following school events:
- Thursday, Jan. 18 –Polaris Talent Showcase 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- Thursday, Jan. 25 Polaris hosts District Spelling Bee 9:30-11:45 am
- Thursday, Feb 1 3rd Grade Night of the Notables 6:00-7:30 pm
- Tuesday, Feb 13 4th Grade Drumming Program TBA
- Wednesday, Feb 14 Valentine’s Day Parties and Service Projects TBA
As always, if you have questions or any need of me, please feel free to contact me.