Welcome to Platte River Academy! We are a public school of choice in the Douglas County School District. You will see, as you read the many links and pages on this website, that this school was not started with a “business as usual” idea or model. Our school was started to rewrite the rulebook and to extend the boundaries of the “possible.” We have had a magnificent strategy and it has worked brilliantly for over 18 years. We are very committed to continuing the school’s success and progress.
PRA is a charter school that has earned many prestigious awards, including the John Irwin School of Excellence Award (every year since 2001) and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. These are some incredible honors and they showcase all of the care, love, and hard work that has gone into this school.Click here for full article...
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Deadline: Friday, April 4, 2014
Platte River Academy, has been invited to submit art to the 2014 Colorado Charter School Student Art Contest. This is a great honor. Read more details in the March 13th Newsletter if you or your child is interested. Go PRA!
All drawings are due to Mrs. Cramond by Friday, 3/21 (last day before Spring Break. If you are mailing it in, please have it post marked by Friday, 4/4.
Kick off your shoes and enjoy a warm foot bath filled with fragrant bath salts. Regenerate your face with a deep-cleansing, exfoliating, homemade facial (sensitive skin choices). Then finally, relax with a deep-tissue massage… Feeling content yet? Then join all of the girls for this energizing evening of pampering yourself with your 7th grade classmates.
When: Friday, April 4th 6:00-9:00pm
Where: PRA Library
Bring: Water bottle, favorite nail polish, pillow and blanket, towel, headband
Hosts: Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Borger
Recommended for 11 – 15 year olds
Upcoming classes at our local libraries – get certified this spring!
We still have two more events that are a part of our Jump Rope For Heart campaign. The second annual Pay-to-Play Dodgeball Tournament for our 7th and 8th grade students will happen Friday, March 14th. Students who participate in the tournament donate $10 per person to play. Students who do not play get to cheer their classmates on in the gym as they compete for the “Golden Dodgeball.” Duct Tape for Dollars is another event that is coming up on March 21st . For each dollar that students bring they receive 1 foot of duct tape that they can use to duct tape “Jenny Jumper” (aka: Mrs. Borger) to an upright lunch table.
We have a new challenge… should we DOUBLE our original goal and raise $13,000 Dr. Stueven has approved that the whole school will earn a bonus dress of choice day! I think we can do it!!!!
Thank you to our whole PRA community for encouraging our students to become Heart-Heroes!!!
In effort to make communicating with the office easier, we have added an email address for sending us your child(ren)’s attendance. We realize that our attendance phone number isn’t the easiest number to memorize and some of you prefer emailing as opposed to a phone call. It is essential that we hear from you as early as possible when your child(ren) will be absent or tardy. It is appreciated when your teachers have the ‘heads-up’ knowledge of the absence but it is REQUIRED that the office hears as well. So here are the following ways to communicate your children’s absence:
Attendance phone line 303-243-5210
Please remember, for your child’s safety, we HAVE to have ALL children accounted for each morning of the school day or else we have to get on the phone and contact you which can be a lengthy process. In addition, if your child will be absent for three (3) or more days, we require that you fill out a Notification of Planned Absence form. These forms can be found in the folder located just outside the window to the office. We appreciate you helping us make this process as efficient and reliable as possible by doing one the above options when your child(ren) won’t be at school.
Volunteers are needed to help in the Parent Workroom on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons, as well as, Tuesday and Friday mornings. You can select whatever time frame works best for you.
If you are available and willing to help please contact Rochelle at email@example.com.
Wednesday May 14th @ Sports Authority Stadium in Parker
Here are the events: 4×100 meter relay; 4×400 meter relay; 100 meter individual race; Tug of rope; Softball Throw; Long Jump
Tryouts will be Thursday, March 20th, immediately after school. Unfortunately, we are limited to nine boys and nine girls that can participate. This is a fun school event and a chance to compete against other schools and classmates in a fun atmosphere. If you have a track background and would like to help, please contact Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing many 6th graders at tryouts!
PRA will be offering track and girls soccer this spring for 6th- 8th graders. If your child is interested please fill out the appropriate forms found on the Platte River Academy website under athletics. The forms are due fully completed by March 10th. Please hand the forms into Mr. Pearson. March 17th is the first practice for both track and soccer.
Students in 4th-8th grades have completed six of the nine total sessions of TCAP this week. Teachers are pleased to see the students taking this assessment so seriously and really working hard to show what they know. Our 3rd grade students have completed two of the four total sessions this week. They were given a little “practice run” in February with Reading, and now have it this all figured out.
We will have two more days of testing next week: Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12.
(3/11) Tuesday: 3rd Grade – Writing I; 4th -8 th Grades – Reading/Writing 4 & 5
(3/12) Wednesday: 3rd Grade – Writing 2; 4th -8 th Grades – Reading/Writing 6
If your child has been absent for any of the testing sessions, s/he will need to make them up after March 12th. All TCAP testing needs to be completed before March 21st. We sincerely appreciate your efforts to make sure your child attends school on these days.
We will be having a Dress Code meeting on Thursday, March 13th from 11:30am – 12:30pm. You are welcome to come if you have questions/ concerns as well as suggestions for the 2014/15 school year. If you are not able to make the meeting, please email you concerns/suggestions to email@example.com.
More parents than ever before completed Platte River Academy’s 2014 Parent Survey! Approximately 77% (240) of our families shared their opinions and offered comments through the Operations Survey. Since the goal of 80% participation was set for this year?s survey, SAC is thrilled with these results! The committee will be reviewing this year?s feedback from parents and comparing results from previous years during their next meeting on March 20th.
Although most families completed the Operations Survey, fewer elected to complete the Academic Survey for their student(s). A total of 206 (approximately 52%) Academic Surveys were completed for K-6; only 40 surveys (approximately 38%) were submitted for 7th and 8th grades. This is great because our teachers appreciate hearing from parents about homework and communication.
SAC said that they would provide pizza parties for the homeroom classes (K-3/4-6) with the greatest parent participation on the Academic Surveys. Mrs. Bell?s 3rd grade homeroom had the highest participation with 73%, and Ms. Dizon?s 6th grade homeroom had the most with 77%. Each of these classes will have a special pizza party in April. Unfortunately, the middle school students did not earn an additional dress of choice day.
Please watch for an article in April that will share some specific information related to this data.
The mission of John Adams High School is to prepare high school students for collegiate success. To do this we will: Provide a rich academic program that focuses on college preparatory courses. Hold our students to high standards of academic and moral accountability. Value our students as individuals by individually monitoring their progress.
There will be a Special Session of the PRA Governing Board (GB) on Monday, March 3 at 6:30pm in the library. Once convened the GB will go into Executive Session to review and discuss the current status of the Principal Search.
PRA Community: Please review this information below and let your voice be heard. At this time PRA’s debt service (mortgage) for the building is close to $496,000 annually, or around $1000 per student per year just for this mortgage which does not include other facility costs. PRA receives about $46K each year from this annually approved state allocation of $7M to charter schools. If the legislature was to increase this allocation to $25M, PRA could possibly receive as much as $166,000. Wouldn’t it be great if the state supported our facility at about 33% since our own school district currently gives us zero dollars of the $69 million it collects annually from Douglas County home and property owners to pay off its “mortgage” on the neighborhood schools. https://www.votervoice.net/COLCS/Campaigns/34859/Respond
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