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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

  • Summer Fun! START WITH A BOOK!    Trying to find things to do with your little ones?  Well, have we got a great resource for you!  Reading Rockets has a treasure trove of theme-based summer ideas to get you started, and keep everyone busy, happy and having fun!  Check out all of the summer fun...
    Posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:53 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • A.V.I.D. COMES TO CASTLE ROCK! We are excited to announce A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is coming to Castle Rock School District!  We will begin next year (2017-2018) with students in grades 3,4 and 5 will benefit from AVID strategies throughout the day in their own classroom.  At the middle school level, an AVID elective class helps support students in rigorous curriculum while they have fun, engaging activities, field trips and motivational speakers.  Want to learn more?  Visit avid.org for more information.
    Posted May 30, 2017, 5:54 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • How You Can Help Your Child - Test Taking Tips!  It's testing season!  Smarter Balanced Assessments are occurring for our students in grades 3 and up.  Can you help - you bet!  Encourage your children to always do their best on the test.  Remind them that doing well in school will allow them more options for their future.  Here are some do's and don'ts...Do's and Don'ts....Do:Make sure your children have eaten well on test days.  Studies show good nutrition is related to improved attention and concentration.Help your children by encouraging a good night's sleep.  Tired children have difficulty focusing.Make the morning of a testing day pleasant.  Stress will impair your child's ability to do their best.Ensure your child ...
    Posted May 5, 2017, 11:34 AM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Preparing Students for Success In the next few months, our students will begin an assessment period.  To help parents, teachers, and school leaders know whether students are on the path to success, states have joined together to develop improved tests of student achievement.  Administered online, these assessments adapt to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed and grow.  Key FeaturesMeasures critical thinking with questions that ask students to demonstrate their research, writing, and problem solving skillsAssessments are untimed and students can take breaks so that they can do their bestAccessibility resources for all students and accommodations – such as Braille – for those who needthemDeveloped with input from K-12 teachers, higher education faculty ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 6:55 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • 5 Fun Things To Do Over Spring Break! HAPPY SPRING!  Looking for some fun things to do with your children over spring break?  Here are some ideas from the Seattle Times...  Why not drive north and have some fun!1. Seattle Center hosts Whirligig inflatable rides, activities and entertainment for kids ages 12 and younger including a Toddler Zone, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, March 31 though April 16, indoors at Seattle Center Armory. Rides are $8 for an all-day pass, $4.50 for all-day toddler zone pass or $1.50 per single ride. All rides are free on Thursdays.Other activities at Seattle Public Libraries include board games for all ages, 1-3 p.m. April 11 at New Holly Branch; Craft Extravaganza ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2017, 10:35 AM by Patty Gelbrich
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