Red Feather Lakes Elementary
- How the Mountain Schools Work
- Recess and Preparing for all Weather Conditions
- Valuables and Digital Devices at School
- Emergency Information
- Personal Party Invitations
- School History
How the Mountain Schools Work
The Poudre School District’s Mountain Schools are considered ‘one school’ with three campuses that are situated in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Colorado. These campuses are Livermore Elementary, Red Feather Lakes Elementary, and Stove Prairie Elementary and are one of the most unique school’s in Colorado.
Every campus features a multi-graded learning environment. At each campus there are three certified teachers with combined classrooms. Each classroom has a small student/teacher ratio and is divided into the following grades:
- Kindergarten/1st Grade (K-1)
- 2nd Grade/3rd Grade (2-3)
- 4th Grade/5th Grade (4-5)
The intimate atmosphere ensures staff members know every student and encourages the highest level of instruction and learning opportunities. Our multi-age classrooms support differentiated instruction and deliver a standards-based curriculum with 21st century technology.
The Mountain Schools offer a challenging math program and learning opportunities that focus on literacy instruction, including a rigorous reading series with a literature-based component and integration of reading and writing. Classroom laptops and a media center complement all instructional areas. Art, music, media and technology, STEM, and physical education are rotated through each week for specials.
Since we are such a unique school our staff excel at differentiating curriculum to meet individual student’s needs and offers a rich selection of programs to education “the whole child.”
- We develop autonomous, inquisitive, and empowered learners.
- We will meet the individual needs of every student.
- We will empower students to take ownership of their learning path.
- We will facilitate student experiences that develop communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity
Recess and Preparing for all Weather Conditions
All students go to recess and should dress appropriately for all types of weather. Since we are in the unique situation of living in the mountains, we ask that you help your child prepare for all weather conditions. We encourage all students to dress in layers so they can be ready for the rapidly changing weather conditions in the mountains.
Students are encouraged to participate in all games safely, respectful, caring and responsible for each other. If your child has a problem with another student on the playground, the students will be encouraged to solve the problem they have created. Adults are available, as necessary, to help in this process.
Valuables and Digital Devices at School
We request that students not bring valuables (e.g.toys, digital devices, etc.) to school, unless otherwise expressly authorized by the principal or his/her designee. If a problem arises with a digital device or valuable, a phone call will be made home to have them pick up the item from the office. As you discuss this with your children, please be aware Mountain School staff members can not be responsible for items that get lost, damaged or stolen.
Homework will be assigned at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Homework assignments will be reasonable in length and difficulty. The purposes of homework are to practice recently acquired skills, provide extended learning opportunities and develop the habit of academic rigor. Occasionally, students take work home because they have chosen to not use school time well. Parent/guardians, please help your child learn to budget time in order to complete assignments. Show an active interest and be supportive of quality work and homework completion. Provide a quiet place for your child to work. Students are responsible for the completion and return of homework. All students are encouraged to read or to be read to every night. Teachers will contact parent/guardians if a student shows a pattern of not completing homework. Adequate time will be given for students to complete homework resulting from absences.
Emergency information is kept on file in the school's office. Whomever you have designated as emergency contact people will be used in the event you cannot be reached. This information will be used for unexpected school closures during the day due to severe weather. It may also be used if your child becomes sick or injured during the day and needs to go home. Please let us know immediately if this information changes.
Personal Party Invitations
Please deliver invitations to personal parties for birthdays or other social functions away from school. This helps to avoid hurt feelings of children who are not invited. Thank you for your cooperation.
Red Feather Elementary School, located 48 miles northwest of Fort Collins, was originally a two-room schoolhouse. The current Red Feather Lakes Elementary School, built in 1985, offers a multi-graded learning environment.