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Message from Superintendent Mabbott 


Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We had a great opening for the 2017-18 school year.  We are very excited about changes this year - AVID program (see our website front page), high school seven period day, a District wide Instructional Leadership Team, etc.   

Our enrollment is up at all three schools and we are running out of space quickly.  In addition, our facilities for our students are less than stellar.  As most of you know, our Middle School building is very near the end of its lifespan.  Our Elementary building (houses the Primary and Intermediate Schools) is in need of remodeling and we are out of space.  Our High School is in poor shape and it does not contain the needed amenities that a modern high school should have to offer an outstanding education.  With its current design, it is also very difficult to supervise.  

So, what is the plan?  First, we need to decide where to build a new Middle School - the land it sits on now is way too small for a middle school campus.  Our District is fortunate in that we have plenty of land so we will not have to go out and purchase land like many other districts have.  We have two options: one option would be to place the Middle School adjacent to the Elementary Schools.  The other option would be to place it next to the High School campus.  Both are viable options and both have their pros and cons.  

We have scheduled community forums (see the home page again) throughout the month of October.  At these forums, you will learn all about the needs, why our students need and deserve improved educational facilities, the pros and cons of the two possible middle school sites and about the November 7th Advisory Vote on the issue of where to site the Middle School.  You can read about it in the Voter's Pamphlet.  You will also learn about what the School Board is thinking regarding a possible Bond Issue in the future.

Please plan on attending these forums - your opinion is wanted and needed!  

I am grateful for the community support that is shown every day.  

Jim Mabbott, Superintendent

Superintendent's News Feed

  • Community Forums on Advisory Vote and Possible Bond Issue! Mark your calendars and please attend one of our community forums. Your input is essential to our success.10/17 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock High School10/19 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock Intermediate School10/26 @ 6:00 p.m., Vader City Council10/30 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock Primary School
    Posted Oct 16, 2017, 9:53 AM by Shawna Guest
  • It's Attendance Awareness Month! Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit as soon as kids start school so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work in the future.
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 4:01 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Four Tips to Prepare for School Starting! As parents, we have a key role to play in ensuring our child transition successfully from relaxing, summer fun to school routines. Your involvement in your child’s education is a powerful contributor to his or her success in school and in life. Setting expectations and creating positive habits can go a long way!Here are four simple things parents can do to set their children up for success for the school year.  School time will be here before we know it!  Have you noticed that school supplies are beginning to take over the shelves at our local stores?Get back in the routine. Ease transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the school year by re-establishing ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:12 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Congratulations Class of 2017! Friday evening was the perfect evening for graduation.  The clouds parted and the heavy downpours took a break while the graduating class of 2017 and their families took part in a lovely graduation ceremony.  Staff from the high school, middle school, and elementary school all were there to help celebrate our graduates.  Julia Collins, Nancy Chennault, and Jim Mabbott had inspirational words for the graduates.  The band played, the choir sang, and a lovely evening was had by all.To quote Dr. Seuss, "Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!" (Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!) Best of luck to the graduating class.  We will miss you!
    Posted Jun 12, 2017, 6:50 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Focus Groups - Summary Eighteen focus groups were held in the fall regarding school district, programs, and issues.  We promised to produce a summary report.  It is now available for viewing.  Thanks to all community, families, staff, and students for your involvement and participation.  We appreciate you!  FOCUS GROUP SUMMARY
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 3:04 PM by Patty Gelbrich
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Community Forums on Advisory Vote and Possible Bond Issue!

posted Oct 10, 2017, 2:40 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 9:53 AM by Shawna Guest ]

Mark your calendars and please attend one of our community forums. Your input is essential to our success.
10/17 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock High School
10/19 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock Intermediate School
10/26 @ 6:00 p.m., Vader City Council
10/30 @ 7:00 p.m., Castle Rock Primary School

It's Attendance Awareness Month!

posted Sep 5, 2017, 3:59 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 4:01 PM ]

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit as soon as kids start school so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work in the future.

Four Tips to Prepare for School Starting!

posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:10 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 2:12 PM ]

As parents, we have a key role to play in ensuring our child transition successfully from relaxing, summer fun to school routines. Your involvement in your child’s education is a powerful contributor to his or her success in school and in life. Setting expectations and creating positive habits can go a long way!

Here are four simple things parents can do to set their children up for success for the school year.  School time will be here before we know it!  Have you noticed that school supplies are beginning to take over the shelves at our local stores?

  • Get back in the routine. Ease transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the school year by re-establishing bedtime, mealtime, reading and homework routines.
  • Create a homework zone at home. Work with your child to designate a specific time and quiet place in your house for homework. Make sure that the area is free from potential distractions and that study tools are at your child’s fingertips to keep them focused on homework and studying. Without a daily routine, it’s easy for your child to put off or forget to do their homework.
  • Set education goals. Help your child set goals at the very beginning of the year. Whether it is striving for an “A” in reading, handing in all homework on time or preparing for tests well in advance, setting goals can help set the routine for the new year. Then be sure to celebrate your child’s successes along the way with a small surprise such as pizza, a trip to the park or watching their favorite movie.
  • Meet your child’s teacher in the fall and stay in touch during the school year to learn how they’re doing in class. Take time to meet your child’s teachers at the beginning of the school year. Our schools offer “meet the teacher” or “back to school” nights. Teachers can be the best source for information about your child’s academic performance and they can recommend ways to help your child or resolve any difficulties he or she is having in the classroom.

Congratulations Class of 2017!

posted Jun 12, 2017, 6:50 AM by Patty Gelbrich

Friday evening was the perfect evening for graduation.  The clouds parted and the heavy downpours took a break while the graduating class of 2017 and their families took part in a lovely graduation ceremony.  Staff from the high school, middle school, and elementary school all were there to help celebrate our graduates.  Julia Collins, Nancy Chennault, and Jim Mabbott had inspirational words for the graduates.  The band played, the choir sang, and a lovely evening was had by all.

To quote Dr. Seuss, "Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!" (Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!) Best of luck to the graduating class.  We will miss you!

Focus Groups - Summary

posted Jan 19, 2017, 2:56 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 3:04 PM ]

Eighteen focus groups were held in the fall regarding school district, programs, and issues.  We promised to produce a summary report.  It is now available for viewing.  Thanks to all community, families, staff, and students for your involvement and participation.  We appreciate you!  FOCUS GROUP SUMMARY

Castle Rock School District Water Testing

posted Dec 14, 2016, 2:21 PM by Jim Mabbott   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 11:53 AM by Patty Gelbrich ]

Hi Everyone,

As you may know, we recently had every water faucet/spigot of any kind in the District tested for levels of lead and copper.  We have 235 water sources in the district. Of those, only twelve of them came back over the acceptable levels of lead and/or copper.  While we were pleasantly surprised, we took action immediately to shut down those twelve sources.  Fortunately, none of the twelve are important to the operations of the district.  While they are currently shut down, we realize that is a short term solution. We are developing a plan for each of the twelve with these options: permanently cap the source; or run for several hours and retest because the source is rarely used which tends to cause false positives.  If there is one that we want to use in the future and the second test comes back bad, we will install comprehensive filters that filter out both lead and copper.  We will test those again after the filters are installed before allowing usage by anyone.

Here is the list of the failed tests:

Retest

Portable building in back of the Elementary School: Short drinking fountain
Baseball Concession Building: Men's restroom sinks (2)
District Office: Women's sink and Men's sink
High School Classroom: One of four sinks
Middle School Office: Faucet
Elementary School: Classroom drinking fountain and classroom sink

Cap off permanently

High School: Storage room sink; 
High School Classroom: One of four sinks 
Elementary School: Band room sink

Happy Holidays!
Jim Mabbott, Superintendent

Welcome from Superintendent Jim Mabbott

posted Aug 19, 2016, 7:04 AM by Paul Nelson   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 11:45 AM by Jim Mabbott ]

Message from Superintendent Mabbott 

My first day was July 1, 2016 and every day since then has bolstered my first impressions of the communities making up the District –Impressive!

Over the last three months, I have had the privilege of meeting with many District and Community groups regarding the vision for the District going forward.  I have met many caring and concerned citizens, including the Mayor of Castle Rock, Paul Hellenberg, who is ready and willing to assist in transforming Castle Rock into one of the premier School Districts in the state.  We can do it!  However, we need a plan.

We are currently working on our Comprehensive Communication Plan for the District.  This plan will lay out how two-way communications should occur and provide some insight into how District and building decisions are made.  Once approved by the School Board, it will be published for all to see and utilize this month.

Soon, we will be launching our District Strategic Planning process.  This will result in a complete five-year plan for the District which will be updated annually.  The plan may include areas including but not limited to academic progress, staff development and training, District facilitates/resources, technology, communications, safe/healthy environments, etc.  Each large goal area will include specific objectives that will include measurable metrics.

To begin the process, we need to establish a baseline description of where the district is today as perceived by our many stakeholders.  To gather that data, we will hold fifteen to twenty focus groups in October/November.  The schedule for these groups is listed below.  Once the groups are concluded, a detailed summary will be published throughout the district.  It is our hope that each one of you will attend and participate in one of these groups (they will all have the same agenda).

I look forward to meeting each of you as we implement this process.


Castle Rock School District Focus Groups:

 

 

Castle Rock School District

Administration Team

10/19/2016

 

 

Castle Rock Senior Center

10/26/2016

 

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce & CRCDA

10/21/2016

 

City of Castle Rock

Mayor,

Police, Fire, Public Works

10/17/2016

 

 

 

Community Forums

Castle Rock Elementary School

10/18/2016 @ 7:00

Castle Rock Middle School

10/20/2016 @ 7:00

Castle Rock High School

10/27/2016 @ 7:00

 

 

Castle Rock PTO

10/6/2016

 

CREA/PSE Unions

11/3/2016

 

 

PLEASE ATTEND ONE OF THESE SESSIONS! 

 

Ministerial Association

 

 

C.A.R.E Coalition

10/27/2016

 

 

 

Ryderwood City Council 

11/8/2016

10:00am

 

Vader City Council

11/3/2016

7:00 pm

 

Castle Rock High School

Students

10/14/2016

Castle Rock High School Staff

10/18/2016

 

 

Castle Rock Middle School Students

10/25/2016

Castle Rock Middle School Staff

10/11/2016

 

 

Castle Rock Elementary School Staff

10/13/2016

New website!

posted Aug 17, 2016, 11:21 AM by Paul Nelson   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 11:22 AM ]

Welcome to our new school website!

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