Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Update 1/06/2017

Welcome Back!


 We look forward to the beginning of a new semester. Our teachers are ready and excited to see all of the students smiling faces again.

We will begin our new reading ability groups in grades K-5 when students return from Winter Break on Monday. These groups are fluid and not a specific grade level. Students may move from group to group as needed. These new groups will enable teachers to meet the needs of more students.

Have a restful weekend and see you January 9th.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Tardies/Winter Carnival

Good Morning All,

Don't forget, tomorrow is the Winter Carnival from 10-3. We still need volunteers for the Craft room. Please see the sign up genius to help out.

Today we had 82 tardies, please set the alarm 10-15 minutes earlier on cold, winter mornings. Mrs. Smith has to enter all the tardies and that takes a great deal of time from daily duties, as well as, students are already missing instruction.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Update 12/5

Good Afternoon Parents,
The weather for the next few days is expected to be below our outside threshold of 20 degrees.
The students will stay inside if the temperature is below 20 (with windchill). If the temperature does reach 20 we will send the students outside so please have students dressed appropriately for the weather.
Stay warm!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Update 11/14

Good Afternoon Parents,

Our middle school students have been featured on PBS Super School News, check it out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW6_JXdyXPg

Thank you to all our Veterans that came on Friday, it was a very special day. We were honored to have you in our school.

Also, we have a character assembly on Friday for students that have shown exemplary Respect. Teachers were able to nominate one student per grade. If your child was nominated we will contact you so you may join us.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day

Thank you to all the Veterans for coming out to the school this morning, It was our pleasure to honor you and your service to our country.  Bless you for all you have given up for our freedom.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Weekly Update 11/7

Good Morning!

This Friday we will be honoring active and retired service men and women with our Veteran's Day Breakfast.
We are thrilled that we have over 54 Veterans that have RSVP'd for this special day.
The Denver Post is coming to write a story and take pictures. We have also contacted the Arvada Press and 9 News and invited them to attend.
Have a wonderful week.

Monday, October 31, 2016

update link

Parents,

Here is another version of the link on posting photos.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/28/499595298/do-parents-invade-childrens-privacy-when-they-post-photos-online


Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

As we get ready to post those cute Halloween pictures, this link is food for thought...
Have fun tonight.

https://webmail.jeffco.k12.co.us/owa/redir.aspx?C=blPJYrAj3WlyhiIipr_jWkpC3UWh590ztJDEHF5NxU3dA4MJqQHUCA..&URL=http%3a%2f%2fcp.mcafee.com%2fd%2fk-Kr4xEedEI3xMWXXz8UTsSevvhKUqejoVZZ6UWVJeXb3b3OtQPqabb3wVYQsKfCPO8zVVXqEa4vttJnyGavmHPt3ozXHJGYlhjWRurErvRRRB5V_HYes7f9LtuVteXzT8I3AnSjhPR4kRHFGT7fYG7DR8OJMddECQjt-jLuZXTLuVKVI051qf00sFZFOH2C4_Q-pcLgDmtcjKyVydYjuNwQsCzBYQsLFCzBX4aBRJzY9QbOwpR3OZyszQ8_2xtqczeSb5P1fU5VA_b5RGQCnm9RDmxuI3VgYSxFZJxF_wEy9YKrjd79EVd79Idd44OtmO9cQgj9OEq836Qd41DUBzh1a4_zZ9Owhd44EeRd43JoCy1ro_2t3rW9LP52Js3h

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Update

Parents,

Our lock-down drill went very well. Our students were praised by the district security for their response. Well done, Excel Academy students. We also had a fire drill this week.

Monday, of course, is Halloween. We will have our parties at 2:30 and students will put on costumes just prior. Please do not send any masks or any scary clown costumes.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Week of 10/24

Welcome back from Fall Break.
I hope everyone had a restful time off of school.
Thank you to all our parents that attended conferences, we appreciate all of your input about your children.

We will have a lock-down drill on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with the district safety team. We are not specifically telling our students about it however, if parents wish to share that information with their own student/s please feel free to do so.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Update for week of 10/10

Good Afternoon,

Tomorrow is Wednesday and some students thought we would have Pizza since it is the last day of this week. Sadly, that is not the case. We have Wednesday's regular  lunch tomorrow.

Reminders: No school on Thursday or Friday due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.
                  Fall Break: all next week, enjoy!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Week of 10/10

Good Morning,

Remember next week we have no school on Thursday or Friday for Parent/Teacher Conferences.
A big shout out to our parents for feeding us during conferences.
The following week is our much coveted Fall Break, so please rest and relax.

Have a wonderful fall weekend.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Update on Lead Testing

Excel Academy was built in 2004.  Therefore, the pipes, faucets and drinking fountains installed during the construction of our building are certified lead-free and adhere to the 1991 Lead and Copper Rule.  Therefore, lead testing is not required at this time.   As a charter school, we are not included in Jeffco’s testing plan.  However, we are working closely with Jeffco to make sure that we take whatever steps are deemed necessary to ensure that the drinking water continues to be safe for our students and staff to drink.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

3A and 3B

Dear Parents,

As many of you already know, we have a bond and mill levy proposed on the ballot this November.
I fully support the passage of the Bond and Mill Levy. Excel Academy, along with the other Charter Schools in our district will receive 10% of the funds. 

The $535 million bond funding would enable:
  • Improvements, updates, and repairs for 110 schools including updated technology, lab space, and furnishings
  • Renovations/additions at 45 schools and facilities including more classroom space
  • 4 replacement and 3 new elementary schools
  • Safety and security upgrades
  • All neighborhood, option, and charter schools benefit
The $33 million mill levy override funding would enable:
  • Increased per student funding for programs suited to individual schools like STEM, career/tech, or arts/music
  • Transparent and competitive teacher compensation to ensure our ability to attract and retain the best teachers
  • Coverage of any funding gaps if the state reduces funding
  • Safety and security improvements, including enhanced mental health services such as school counselors and intervention programming
  • All neighborhood, option, and charter schools benefit

To understand how Excel Academy would use the extra funding please click on the following link: http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/fmp/fact_sheets/excel.pdf

If you would like a yard sign to show your support, please click on the following link:

https://webmail.jeffco.k12.co.us/owa/redir.aspx?C=qvF3D2wdxUeW14b7iUEfxdyHXjYFfUQVrz-rv3WMLIgREdN-rufTCA..&URL=http%3a%2f%2fcp.mcafee.com%2fd%2fk-Kr6zqb0V-X8Vdx4TsSevvhKUqejoVZZ6UWVJeXb3b3OtQPqabb3wVYQsKfCPO8zVVXqEa4vttJnyGavmHPt3ozXHJGYlhjWRurErd7bbP13NP_nVwsUPsQsZuVtdcsPNEVh73DSeEyCJtdmZNTaxVZicHs3jq9J4TvAXTLuZXTKrKr01krmmH6ozXHJGQIjHk-DbUmSa1uAycaorlCjGHJ0lUvrPOV2KNgU02rpLuVI3131AQg5Jywq8ai8Md42QH5mRzqq9JZuNqT1



Monday, September 26, 2016

Update 9/26

Good afternoon and happy Monday.
This week we have a parent G/T meeting, a Board Meeting, and a SAC meeting on Tuesday evening. Please join us if you are able.
It is hard to believe we are heading toward the middle of our first grading cycle and Parent/Teacher conferences are just around the corner, look for updates soon to sign up!
Have a wonderful day, enjoy our beautiful Fall weather.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Update 9/20/2016

Good Morning,

Ask your students about yesterday when they had the opportunity to hear a presentation from "Living Lincoln".
Our grade 2/3 students also had a New York Times best selling author, Lin Oliver, present.
These are the moments our students remember all their lives....

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Link about teachers


Good Afternoon Parents,
I am sending an interesting link about all that teachers do.
Each day I feel blessed to work here at Excel where so many parents care and offer to help.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping my teachers and I love our jobs!

http://www.businessinsider.com/common-misconceptions-about-teachers-2016-9


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Happenings at Excel the week of Sept. 19th

Good Afternoon,
On Monday, Sept. 19th we will have an assembly "Living Lincoln". This ties into our Core Knowledge lessons in all grades for the Civil War, Lincoln, and many more...
Also, our grades 2/3 will have a special author presentation on Monday morning.
What an exciting beginning to our week.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Update

Good Afternoon,

Our  students in grades 3-8 are almost finished with NWEA/MAP testing. We have preliminary results are they are a testimony to the work our teachers (and you as parents) are doing with our students. Final results will be announced in a couple of weeks however, at this time I am so proud to announce that our students scored above the National Norms in all areas and all grades.
Well done students!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 8 Updates

Good Morning Parents,

We are looking for parent volunteers to be on our SAC (School Accountability Committee). This committee reviews our school assessment data, school policies, and much more. If you are interested please let me know and I will give you the dates of our meetings. These meetings are typically on Tuesdays before the Board Meeting, and this year we will be meeting about once a quarter.

Twisted Penny begins this Monday, please see the flyer in this weeks Friday Folder.

Have wonderful Thursday, and are you ready for some football?
GO BRONCOS!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Safety Door Locking

Good Afternoon Parents,

For safety purposes we do need to keep all outside doors locked. When there is a meeting please always enter through the front doors so that we know who is in the building.
Teachers and students have been instructed to not let anyone in the back doors.
Thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Car Line Updates

Good Afternoon Parents,

Thank you for your patience during our first indoor dismissal on Monday. After brainstorming with our Administrative team we have added a new procedure to help streamline our car line.
In today's email blast you will receive a template for your car dashboard to use in car line. Please put the last name of all students you pick up and the grades they are in. We will read those to help speed up our process.
If you need to speak to a teacher please set up a time other than car line to speak with him/her. Our teachers will respond within 24 hours.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekly update

Good Morning,

We are now entering our third week of school and students in grades 3-8 are finishing up our on-line NWEA/MAP assessments. These assessments give us real time data that allows teachers to place students at an appropriate instructional level. Also, the MAP data will be used to assign students math tasks on Compass Learning (our new math supplement).
As we enter into this week look for more homework as the "real "work begins. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Curriculum Nights

Happy Monday!

Please join us on Tuesday or Wednesday for our Curriculum Nights from 6:00-7:30.
On Tuesday our 2/3 team will begin in the cafeteria and our 4/5 team will begin in the gym.
On Wednesday our K team will meet in the cafeteria, 1st in the classrooms and M.S. school in the gym.
See you there.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Good Morning and welcome to my blog!

Teachers are hard at work ensuring our students are engaged and learning.
 Our teams are meeting today to align our math and reading groups as well as designing an all school curriculum map for all areas of study.
Keep looking for updates.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Good Afternoon Parents,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. It was wonderful to see and greet so many of you at our Back to School Night Open House as well as our First Day of School Assembly. We were so honored to have the mayor of Arvada join us.
Please join us the week of August 23rd and 24th for Curriculum Nights. Grades 2/3 and 4/5 will be on the 23rd and grades 6-8 as well as K and 1 will be on the 24th. There will be baby sitting available on a donation basis (provided by our Middle School students as a Extended Field Study fundraiser).
It's going to be a great year!