Happy May! We are in our last full month of the year, and there are many exciting events here at Pioneer as we wrap up the 2014-2015 school year.
Our middle schoolers will be heading across the country and around the state of Colorado for a variety of educational field trips. To begin the month, our 8th grade will be heading to Chicago from May 1st to May 7th. They will be visiting many museums and cultural events, including the Museum of Science and Industry and visiting DuPaul and University of Chicago. Next, our 5th graders will be headed to Washington, D.C. from May 11th to the 16th. They will see the sights, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Ford Theater, while learning more about this great country’s history. Our 7th grade will be visiting the planetarium and a local nature museum at CU Boulder on May 15th to learn more about astronomy and get a taste for what it is like to be on a college campus. Finally, our 6th graders will have a week of field trips from May 26th to the 29th focused on a variety of topics, including a teambuilding obstacle course and the Museum of Nature and Science. Each of these experiences helps our students to have more involvement learning in a variety of ways. It gives them experiences they will be able to remember for the rest of their lives.
Our Elementary Schoolers will also be celebrating a great school year through getting out on field trips! On May 6th, 3rd grade will be headed to Nairobi Park. On May 14th, Kindergarten will be going to Rocky Mountain Arsenal for an outdoor experience hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Finally, 1st grade will be learning more about the animal kingdom at the Denver Zoo on May 19th.
We will also be finishing up some of our assessment this month. Students will have an opportunity to show how much they have learned this year through the End of the Year PARCC testing in grades 3-8. The test will be about math and English Language Arts. The testing window will be from May 4th through May 15th. Students will also have the chance show they have reached their personal learning goals through MAP testing in Reading, Math (grades 3-8), and Science (grades 5 and 8). These tests will take place between May 18th and May 29th during their regular class time. In order to be prepared for these assessments, please make sure that your student gets enough sleep the night before! That way they will be able to focus and truly show what they know!
Reading Partners would like to thank everyone for helping with a successful school year here at Pioneer. Students who are involved in the program have seen a lot of growth already this year. On Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 PM, for a celebration of all the hard work the students and volunteer have put in this year. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Michelle Cook at (727)776-8488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, at the end of the month we will have the return of the annual Pioneer Carnival! This will be at Pioneer from 10-2 on May 30th. Anyone who is willing to help with set up, running a booth, or tear down is encouraged to contact the office for more information. Please keep an eye out for a flyer with more information about this Pioneer tradition!
May 1-7: 8th Grade EOY Trip Chicago
May 4: D.C. Kings and Queens Meeting 4:30-5:30
May 4-22: PARCC Testing (grades 3-8)
May 6: 3rd Grade to Nairobi Park
May 11-16: 5th grade EOY Trip Washington, D.C.
May 14: Kinder to Rocky Mountain Arsenal
May 15: 7th grade Trip CU Boulder
May 18-29: MAP testing
May 19: 1st grade Denver Zoo
May 21: PCS Board Meeting
May 25: Memorial Day-No Classes
May 26: 6th grade Outdoor Challenge Course Field Trip
May 27: 6th grade Garden of the Gods Field Trip
May 28: 6th grade Museum of Nature and Science Field Trip
May 29: 6th grade Chautauqua Park Field Trip
May 30: Pioneer Carnival
May 8: Madeline Tractenberg
May 10: Andrew McConnell
May 16: Norma Ortiz
Please click on the links for important information from the Pioneer Charter School Board of Directors.
Feel free to reach out with questions:
- Rising 6th Grader contacts
Mrs. Rico-Gutierrez and Ms. Rueda (303-329-8412)
- Pioneer schools leaders and Board of Directors
Barb Baker (President), Kathrine Jansen (Vice President)
At Denver Public Schools:
Nick Bucy, Office of School Reform and Innovation
Laurie Premer, Office of Choice and Enrollment