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Message from Superintendent Mabbott 


Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  My name is Jim Mabbott.  The Castle Rock School Board has appointed me as the new superintendent of the school district.  My first day was July 1, 2016.  I am very excited to be here and am learning as much as I can about the town and the district.  I am already impressed with our staff in the district and the commitment of Castle Rock citizens to make this one of the premier small towns in the state – from my observations, you are well on your way now!

I believe strongly in working together as teams to accomplish worthwhile goals.  The students of Castle Rock deserve the very best that we can offer and that can only be accomplished by establishing a baseline of where we are now in a variety of areas and set goals that indicate what we eventually want to accomplish in the district.  We will have many active teams throughout the district including staff, parents, Board members, community leaders, other community members, and students.  Each team will have a very specific and unique target to accomplish and report back to the school board on progress.  We have already begun to create and build strong teams within the district.

Before we can accomplish anything of significance, we need to create a strong, comprehensive District communication plan.  This plan will make it known exactly how items will be communicated throughout the district and community and will identify the target audiences.  Strong and clear communication is the foundation of all that gets done and we need to make sure that we begin that way from the beginning.  Integrity and transparency are both very important for me and to me regarding everyone involved with the district.  If you can’t trust me then you are not going to waste your time working side-by-side with me.  Therefore, I intend to earn your trust and that of everyone in the community – only then can we work together and accomplish great things for the students of Castle Rock!

Two other large team projects that we will launch soon include an updated report on our district facilities and a five-year district strategic plan.  We need to do everything we can to keep our current facilities in the best condition possible and establish pride on each campus regarding those facilities.  Our students deserve nothing less.  Yes, it can be difficult with old buildings with serious flaws but it can be done with the right strategies in place.  We will do that.  We also need a short/long term plan for the district going forward.  That will require a committed team of people in the district/community who have a vision for what this school district/community can become.   The plan should consist of three to five overarching district goals with performance indicators and specific metrics for measurement.  From that, with your assistance, we will create a very specific plan prior to each school year with proven strategies to reach the targeted metrics.  Those targeted activities will improve all aspects of the district programs and, most importantly, the academic progress of all students. 

If this sounds overly optimistic, it should – our students and staff deserve every bit of energy and well thought out plans that we can create!  If you believe that I am excited about this work – you’re right!  Let’s get busy!

Jim Mabbott, Superintendent

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  • 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
  • Castle Rock School District Water Testing 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 ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2016, 11:53 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Welcome from Superintendent 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 ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2016, 11:45 AM by Jim Mabbott
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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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