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Home of the Bears

In addition to being the home of our mascot, the Bears, North Star Elementary is also home to a skillful and dedicated staff determined to make a difference in the lives of children.  The entire school shares pride in our vision: North Star empowers students to be confident and joyful learners engaged in rigorous instruction in preparation for college and careers.

Our mission is to provide high quality instruction that empowers all of our students to tackle rigorous content.  We collectively help our children succeed in a learning environment that is encouraging, safe, and engaging by using best practices including reader’s and writer’s workshop, differentiated math instruction, challenging math and science curriculums, and a model social emotional curriculum called PATHS.

We look forward to working closely with you throughout the school year so your child has an excellent experience in elementary school.

What’s new at North Star for the 2018-2019 school year?

-The most noticeable changes to North Star are related to the Bond Program passed by the voters in 2016.  We were fortunate to be one of the first six schools in Adams 12 to receive an “upgrade” during the summer of 2018.  This has included a reconfigured front office area with a secured entry vestibule; improvements to the front access to our building; the addition of another hallway connection to our Library Media Center; restroom and plumbing improvements, a relocated and larger art room; new classroom cabinetry, new interior paint; new corridor and cafeteria flooring; improvements to our playground; upgrades in restroom ADA accessibility; replacement of exterior doors; and new classroom technology.

-In August we adopted the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.  WATCH D.O.G.S. is a nationwide school-based, family, and community engagement program that invites fathers (and mothers) to volunteer one day or more in their child’s school.   D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) spend time both inside and outside of the building visiting with students. By doing so, they demonstrate for our school community how important learning is for everyone.  We are looking for fathers, grandfathers, or uncles to volunteer as WATCH D.O.G.S. at North Star Elementary. If you are interested and/or would like more details, please contact our community liaison, Geraldine Hernandez, at 720-972-5560.

-In June, North Star received a grant from Book Trust for the 2018-2019 school year.  Book Trust is a non-profit organization that inspires kids’ passion for reading by empowering them to choose and own books.  Participation in Book Trust allows each student at North Star to choose $7 of FREE BOOKS from Scholastic Book Clubs every month during the school year.  These books will belong to your child.

- In August, staff received additional training in PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) which is a highly regarded social-emotional curriculum we use to teach positive social and emotional behaviors and reduce bullying and aggression.  Students particularly enjoy being PATHS Kid of the Day (P.K.O.D.). Each day a different P.K.O.D. is celebrated in each classroom. In addition to receiving compliments from students, teachers and parents, P.K.O.D. enjoy a variety of special privileges both inside and outside the classroom.  To supplement PATHS, we utilize a school-wide behavioral management program called “The Learning Path.” This provides students with more opportunities to be celebrated for being engaged learners and role models in the classroom.

Sincerely,
Grace Taylor

Staff - Principal

photo of Grace Taylor

Dr. Grace Taylor

Principal
BS, MA, PhD
Learning is a step-by-step process for all of us. The first step I took into education was as a first grade teacher in Washington D.C., where I worked closely with students, parents and supportive community members. ... Read More