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Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning will forever by important to your child's success in school, career and life.  Our office provides school administrators and teachers with the training and resources needed to engage your children in rich and rewarding experiences.  Our office is comprised of academic and support departments, which work together to support your child's growth and progress in meeting or exceeding state standards.  Thank you for visiting.

Patty Gelbrich, Director of Teaching and Learning

Special Education and 504's
Julie Johnson, Director of Special Education

Title One - Program Coordinator
Bryan Keatley

Maddie Sanguino

Hi Cap
Carl Stello

Deb Turver

English Language Learners (ELL)
For information about the English Language Learners program, call:
(360) 501-2940

Patty Gelbrich
Director of Teaching and Learning

Lori Varkevisser

Matilde Sanguino-Warner
ELL Teacher

Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
For information about the Learning Assistance Program, call:
(360) 501-2940

Patty Gelbrich
Director of Teaching and Learning

LAP Teacher


For information about the Title 1 program call: (360)501-2940

Director of Teaching and Learning

Title 1 Coordinator


For information about the Highly Capable program, visit our webpage.  HIGHLY CAPABLE



We are happy to announce that next year we are beginning AVID!  We are recruiting students who will be in 6th and 7th grade to be in our inaugural AVID classrooms...  Please complete the short application form and turn it in to your school office.  We look forward to lots of fun activities, team building, and learning.  APPLICATION

Teaching & Learning News

  • Why is attendance important?   Since we are still in ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH, I am linking a short video to this news article today.  In the video, Attendance Works talks to parents about the importance of school attendance and making certain absences do not add up.   This video offers practical, every day steps parents can take to help their children attend school.Happy Friday and we will see everyone back at school Monday morning!
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:14 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Welcome Back Luncheon & Benefits Fair We had a welcome back event today!  We acknowledged employees, heard remarks from our Superintendent, Mayor of Castle Rock, and a message from the Mayor of Vader.  We welcomed all of our new staff today as well.  It is good to be back!     
    Posted Aug 31, 2017, 5:03 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • WELCOME BACK TEACHERS!   We are having an amazing day together...  Thank you teachers for all you do to help our Castle Rock students.  Welcome Back!  
    Posted Aug 30, 2017, 11:43 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • WELCOME NEW TEACHERS!   Monday was the day we welcomed new teachers to Castle Rock School District.  You will see some new faces at each of our four schools.  I was so impressed yesterday with their knowledge, excitement, willingness to learn and creative new ideas!  This is going to be a fantastic year....  WELCOME NEW TEACHERS!
    Posted Aug 29, 2017, 6:54 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Prepare for the Start of School! Oh my goodness...  can you believe it is already time to start school?  I know I can't!  I was researching tips to help in the transition process and found a short and sweet article to help.  Starting school can be a difficult time for children. Every child is hesitant to go somewhere new and see people she's never met before. Here are some helpful ways to prepare your child for her first day of school:1. Let your child know what his schedule will be like. Tell him what time school begins and ends each day.2. Ask your child about her feelings -- both the excitement and the concerns -- about starting school.3. Visit the school with your ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2017, 2:17 PM by Patty Gelbrich
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