Welcome to Glenwood Springs Elementary School
New GSES Kindergartners!
Fourth graders explore our watershed in the classroom and on the riverbanks with Roaring Fork Conservancy!
Learning Targets are an example of purposeful, student-centered learning at GSES.
Students get ready to lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance at our first All-School Crew meeting. Our school comes together once a month to celebrate high-quality student work and show how the GSES Habits of a Scholar come alive every day at GSES. Most of all, we love to come together to see how we are a part of this wonderful community of learning!
The GSES Accountability Committee is an advisory group made up of parents, teachers and community members.
Duties may include:
- Recommend to the principal priorities for spending money.
- Advise the principal concerning the preparation of the UIP.
- Discuss whether the school leadership, personnel and infrastructure are advancing or impeding the school’s performance.
- Advise the district about principal evaluation and development.
- Advise the principal on school wide systems, long range planning and goals.
The Accountability Committee meets four times a year. All meetings are open to the public and an open comment/question time will be honored.
In the Spring of 2012, GSES officially became an Expeditionary Learning school. Teachers, community members and the Board of Education worked together to adopt this exciting school model for GSES. GSES has now entered a long-term relationship with Expeditionary Learning Schools that includes a model for teaching and learning, a school designer, and local and national professional learning opportunities for teachers.
What is Expeditionary Learning?
Expeditionary Learning schools inspire the motivation to learn, engage teachers, and students in new levels of focus and effort, and transform schools into places where students and adults become leaders of their own learning. We provide a model that challenges students – even those starting with low skill levels – with high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom. This model succeeds in urban, rural, and suburban schools and at every grade level. For more information visit elschools.org.
What guides us?
Our Design Principles: We believe in. . .
1. The primacy of self-discovery
2. The having of wonderful ideas
3. The responsibility for learning
4. Empathy and caring
5. Success and failure
6. Collaboration and competition
7. Diversity and inclusion
8. The natural world
9. Solitude and reflection
10. Service and compassion
At GSES, we work ensure that every child and staff member is safe in their school. Safety drills are practiced and reviewed regularly. If you would like to review a copy of our safety plan please stop by our front office.
• All exterior doors are to remain locked all day. Do not prop open doorways.
• Teachers should have the emergency procedures posted in a visible location near the doorway with their class list and red/green fire drill card. Emergency procedures should also be placed in all substitute notes.
• All staff must wear their badge and carry a key card at all times.
• All visitors must check into the office and get a visitor badge. If you see a visitor without a badge, please direct them to the office to get a badge – even if you know them.
• Please call the office if you notice suspicious activity. If you are unsure and consider it a threat, call 911 and then the office.
• Staff on duty should be aware of activity on sidewalks, trails, and in parking lots while they are supervising the playground. Walk around during duty so you can observe the entire grounds.