Frequently Asked Questions
When can I drop off and pick up my child during the school day?
Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us! It is imperative that students are dropped off no earlier than 7:20 a.m. and picked up at 2:30 p.m. (1:15 on Wednesdays). At 7:20 a.m. the students are allowed into the building and the tardy bell doesn’t ring until 7:35 a.m. Adult supervision is only available 10 minutes before and after our school start/end times meaning that is why students should not be dropped off before 7:20 a.m. If students arrive early, they may wait outside of their external classroom door or on the back blacktop. Walking around in the hallways is not permitted before school.
What is the Arapahoe Ridge dress code?
Arapahoe Ridge Dress Code:
- Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length.
- Tops must cover midriff and chest areas.
- Pants should not sag.
- Hats, bandanas, and scarves may not be worn inside the school.
- No “heelies” may be worn at school.
- Tank tops must have 1” arm straps and may not be low cut (no spaghetti straps).
- No visible tattoos/hair dye (including temporary).
- Clothing that advocates drug, alcohol, tobacco, violence, religious, racial, or criminal activities. (Superintendent Policy)
In the event that a district or ARE dress code is not followed, parents will be notified and asked to bring an appropriate change of clothing. Thank you for your understanding our requests for a safe environment and proper atmosphere for learning.
Superintendent Policy has changed from past practice. Students are now allowed to wear all professionally licenced athletic apparel (Rockies, Broncos, CU Buffs, etc.)
What do I do if my child lost something at school?
Each year hundreds of articles of clothing are left unclaimed. If your child misplaces an item, we encourage you to look in the lost and found rack by the library. Often it is difficult to identify what they have lost. Please label coats, jackets, mittens, etc. Remaining articles are donated to a local charity.Valuables at school: We highly discourage students to bring valuables (and toys) to school. Items having value for one individual usually have an attractive appeal for others and unfortunately sometimes disappear. The school cannot be responsible for these items.
How do I report a student absence?
Please call our attendance line at (720) 972-5758 before 8:00 a.m. to report your child’s absence. Absences must be reported on Arapahoe Ridge’s attendance line, even if the teacher has been notified of the absence. You may call the attendance line 24 hours a day. Please leave a message that includes:
- Name of person calling
- Relationship to student
- Student’s name
- Date(s) of absence
- Reason for absence
- Teacher’s name
- Requests for homework
How do I enroll my student?
Enrollment forms are available at the Arapahoe Ridge Elementary office or can be downloaded from the Adams 12 Five Star Schools enrollment page.
Will there be any school fees?
School fees such as field trips, classroom magazines, author visits, lost books, and more can arise. These may require a fee and will be collected at the school.
Families who participate in the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program may request a waiver by submitting a copy of their Free and Reduced Eligibility letter. Per privacy acts, we do not have access to verify eligibility for Federal Free/Reduced lunch.
Invoices for students with outstanding fees are sent each month by the district. Fees not paid from the previous school year will roll over to the following school year.
What if my child becomes ill or injured while at school?
If your child becomes ill or injured at school and needs immediate care, you will be contacted as soon as possible. It is imperative that the school has your current home, work, and other numbers where we may reach you in the event of an emergency. The school has no facility to keep ill children for long periods of time. A designated adult must come and sign the child out and accompany him/her home. Your child may not be sent home alone.
If your child is seriously injured or ill at school and requires care beyond the facilities of the school, an attempt will be made to contact you as well as immediately calling emergency medical personnel (911) for treatment and/or transportation to a proper facility.
Can I send medication with my child?
If students must take prescription medication during the school day, written instructions and authorization must be provided by the student’s physician. We cannot give aspirin, Tylenol, medicated lip balm, or other over-the-counter medication, unless prescribed by a physician. Students may not carry medication, medicated lip balm, etc. All medications must be in the original container, properly labeled with the name of the pharmacy, patient’s name, doctor’s name, and dosage clearly marked. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE KEPT IN THE CLINIC.
Cough drops are no longer considered medication under this policy, and therefore, parent and physician authorization is not required for a student.
What is your recess policy?
A recess break of 20 minutes is provided for all children at the start of their lunch period. Additional recess breaks are at the discretion of the teacher. Precipitation, wind speed, and low temperatures can cause recess breaks to be held inside. Arapahoe Ridge policy is whenever any combination of these factors takes the chill temperature below 20 degrees, the recess breaks will be inside.
Because of the temperate Colorado climate, children are generally sent outside for recess. Children should dress appropriately for the season, and should wear warm clothing and boots during cold and wet weather.
What are expectations for visitors?
Colorado State Law requires that all parents and visitors sign in at the office upon entering the building. You will need your driver’s license, as it will be scanned through our Raptor system. You will be asked to wear a “visitor” sticker at all times while in the building. You are welcome to come and visit your child at any time. If you would like to spend time with a teacher, we ask that you call and make arrangements prior to coming. If you are coming to volunteer for your student’s classroom or the staff workroom, please find alternate supervision for younger siblings.
We appreciate your assistance in complying with our check-in procedures. It is designed to ensure a safe environment for everyone at Arapahoe Ridge.
When does my child have lunch and recess?
Recess and Lunch times for 2018-2019 are as follows:
GRADE LEVEL RECESS CAFETERIA
K 11:05-11:25 10:45-11:05
1 10:45-11:05 11:05-11:25
2 11:45-12:05 12:05-12:25
3 11:25-11:45 11:45-12:05
4 12:05-12:25 12:25-12:45
5 11:05-11:25 11:25-11:45
What does lunch cost?
The lunch prices are as follows:
- $3.95 for an adult meal
You can now manage your child’s lunch money via the internet using a certified, secure, third-party provider: payforit.net
Students who were on free or reduced lunches on the last day of school last year, are eligible for the same benefits for the first 30 days of the new school year. The federal government requires a new application to be submitted and evaluated to determine if benefits will continue. If the new application is not received by the designated dates, your child’s meal benefits will be stopped, and you must send money. Additionally, Free and Reduced applications are now available online. There is no fee for using the online service to submit your application for benefits.
What if my diet has special dietary needs?
Adams 12 Nutrition Services understands that there are many students in our schools with special dietary needs. Nutrition Services wants to make you aware of our Special Dietary Needs procedures.
Adams 12 WILL:
- Make meal modifications (substitutions) prescribed by a licensed physician to accommodate a dietary disability based on a medical statement completed and signed by a licensed physician (doctor of medicine or osteopathy).
- Make modifications (substitutions) for students as called for in their Section 504 or an IEP plans.
Adams 12 WILL NOT:
- Make meal modifications (substitutions) prescribed by a medical authority due to a food allergy/intolerance or other medical condition that does not rise to the level of a disability.
- Make substitutions for fluid cow’s milk due to a food allergy or intolerance or for other reasons.
In this case, Adams 12 Nutrition Services WILL provide nutrition information regarding ingredients in menu items specific to the student’s allergy or intolerance to help parents and students make appropriate meal choices.
For a copy of our Special Dietary Needs Paperwork, Allergen information and Carbohydrate count, please visit the Nutrition Information on the Adams 12 website.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, elementary and middle schools (K-8), in Adams 12 School District will be “peanut cautious”. “Peanut cautious” means that there will be no peanut-containing menu items served in those schools. It does not mean that we are “peanut-free”. Adams 12 Nutrition Services does not guarantee that all of our menu items for K-8 were produced in a facility that is 100% peanut and tree nut free, some items may be processed in a plant that process peanuts or tree nuts.
What treats can I send to school for my child's birthday?
In support of the Adams 12 District Wellness Policy (3720), at Arapahoe Ridge we strive to help our students make healthy lifestyle choices. Simple steps can help children continue making healthier choices as adults. In addition to healthier lunch choices in our cafeteria and brain breaks in the classroom to promote physical activity during the day, Arapahoe Ridge is also going to promote healthy choices for birthday celebrations.
Arapahoe Ridge has implemented a "Healthy Birthday Initiative." We ask that families forego the traditional sugary birthday treats and send in non-food treats to celebrate your child's birthday. Some examples could include:
- Donate a book to the school library in honor of your child.
- Bring in stickers, pencils, fun erasers or inexpensive toys/favors such as bouncy balls or notepads.
- Donate a plant to the classroom.
- Donate a board game to be used for indoor recess or a sturdy jump rope or ball for outdoor games.
- Have a family member come to read a story or share a special talent or skill with your child's class.
Classroom teachers will continue to recognize children in special ways. Your child's teacher can provide you with specific information about how birthdays are celebrated in their class.
Thank you in advance for your support of this policy and for helping promote a healthy lifestyle at Arapahoe Ridge.
What community resources are available to Adams 12 families?
The Student and Family Outreach Program has compiled an online list of resources for the Adams 12 Community to access. On this list you'll find categories to help you navigate to the resource you need. If you have any questions please call 720-972-6249 or make a referral using our Outreach Services Referral and someone from the district office will contact you in order to help you with your search.
Standards Based Grading
How Does Standards-Based Grading Work?
Traditional grading averages a student’s achievement data with other criteria, such as work habits. Standards-Based Grading removes extraneous factors and focuses solely on a student’s academic achievement and continued mounting evidence that indicates a true assessment of the student’s present attainment of learning. Other characteristics are reported separately.
How Is Standards-Based Grading Different?
The student’s grade more accurately represents the progress toward proficiency of standards than traditional grading does. Subject areas are subdivided into big ideas related to standards and their respective learning outcomes that students need to learn or master. Each target is assessed. Scores from activities that are provided solely for practice will not be included in the final assessment of the learning outcome. The influence of positive and consistent work habits on student learning is reported separately from the academics.
Why Aren’t Grades Just Averaged?
Because the purpose of standards-based grading is to report what students know and are able to do, averaging does not represent an accurate picture of where a student is in his/her learning. A student who struggles in a class at the beginning of a grading period and receives poor grades, but who keeps working and by the end of the grading period can clearly demonstrate competence in the subject, should receive a grade that reflects that competence. The average is a fixture in most grading systems, but the average does not always represent the data accurately. Consider two students, Stewart and Maria. Stewart earns the following scores: 85, 85, 85, 85, 85, 85, 85, 85 and 85. The average is not difficult to calculate, and Stewart’s grade is posted as a B. Maria struggles in math and turns in this performance: 50, 60, 65, 70, 80, 85, 90, 90, and 90. Her mean score of a little over 75 would result in a C on her report card, but it is obvious that Maria now understands the math even though she struggled in the beginning.
How Will Student Progress Be Measured?
The District Standards were synthesized into major learning goals (Gradebook Reporting Criteria, or GRCs) to provide clear and concise information to parents regarding student progress. Teachers collect evidence of student understanding through observations, class work, projects, and test data then evaluate overall performance using the following scale: 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.
So Is A 4 Like And A, A 3 Like A B And So On?
No. While it may feel as though standards-based grading performance scale scores are easy to translate to the traditional A, B, C, D, F, it is actually quite difficult, and should be avoided in Standards-Based Grading. Think of the two grading methods as totally different languages. For example, Mandarin Chinese has words and phrases that cannot be translated accurately into English because no English equivalent exists. It is like that with Standards-Based Grading.
In Standards-Based Grading, a 1 is a very narrow range which communicates that the student has made little or no progress toward the standard. A 2 tends to have a larger range because it includes student performance that ranges from just a little closer to the standard than a 1, to just a little short of meeting the standard of a 3. A 3 indicates that the student has met the standard, and is right where we expect the student to be. A 4 is quite narrow because it indicates that not only has the student met the standard, but has also taken the skills and concepts and transferred them with greater complexity and depth into other areas and disciplines. In traditional grading, letter grades report the number of points earned in a subject, and doesn’t report very much about what the student has learned.
How Will IEP Students Measure Their Progress?
Standards-based grading principles and tenets are equally as applicable and appropriate for students with disabilities as they are for their typical peers. IEP teams, inclusive of general educators, should determine what, if any, adaptations are needed for students to master grade-level expectations. Some students on an IEP have accommodations that support them with making progress to grade-level standards. These students will be instructed with these accommodations and then graded on the GRCs as written in the GRC rubrics. Other students may have modified grade-level expectations (standards) written into their IEP. If a student has a modified grade-level expectation as part of his or her IEP, the GRC that represents the modified standard should be noted on any report card or progress report and parents should be aware that their student is working toward a modified standard.
How Will ELL Students Measure Their Progress?
Standards-based grading principles and tenets are equally as applicable and appropriate for students who are learning English as they are for their native English speaking peers. English Language Learners may have modified grade-level expectations for any oral language and/or communication standard within various content areas. This includes all Reading, Writing and Communicating Standards, as well as any communication standards within other content areas. The modification within these standards should be adjusted based on the student’s current placement along the language acquisition continuum. The GRC that represents the modified oral language or communication standard should be noted on any report card or progress report and parents should be aware that their student is working toward a modified communication standard, including knowledge about their student’s current language development on the continuum.
How Will I Know If My Student Is On Track To Meeting The Standard?
In order to know what progress students are making, parents should begin with talking to their student’s teacher to understand what assignments, assessments and/or student work products are most important for their student in regard to the GRCs in any given content area. Schools using the IC gradebook with the parent portal, will have certain assignments, assessments and/or student work products listed in the online gradebook with a 1, 2, 3, or 4 score. Parents should look at these scores over the course of the semester and pay attention to trends in these scores, knowing that they will not be averaged, but that over time, students should be progressing toward 3’s and 4’s by the end of the semester. Teachers will be using assignments, assessments and student work products as a body of evidence to make a final mark at semester. Some elementary schools are not yet using the IC online gradebook and will be communicating with parents about these assignments, assessments and/or student work products through conferences, and regular and timely parent communications.
How Does Homework Fit Into Standards Based Grading?
Homework is practice. Therefore, let's re-think the question to be, "Does practice count?" To use a sports analogy, or a knitting analogy, or a painting analogy, or an accounting analogy or pretty much any other analogy you can think of... Practice is extremely important and valuable as it prepares you to perform. Let’s take Peyton Manning as an example. Manning is known for his dedication to practice and study. He's one of the first ones at practice and he's one of the last to leave. He works incredibly hard while practicing, but his work on the practice field or during preseason games doesn't "count" at the end of the season. What "counts" is his performance in actual games - in our case, the assignments, assessments and/or student work products.
Here Are Some Examples:
Law School is practice. The Bar Exam counts as performance against the standards of practicing law. There are examples of people passing the Bar Exam with very little formal law study, and there are lots of examples of people who attended numerous law school classes and may have even earned a law degree, but they never passed a bar exam.
Driver's Ed is practice. The driving exam “counts.”
Cosmetology school is practice. The cosmetology state board exam “counts” – serving satisfied clients as a cosmetologist “counts.”
Studying accounting is practice. The CPA exam "counts" - performing your accounting job well once you've landed a job "counts."
Homework assignments need to be aligned to GRCs in order for students to utilize homework as practice toward proficient performance on grade-level standards. Students should be able to articulate how a homework assignment helps them practice toward performance at a 3 or 4 in any given GRC. Teachers should NOT use homework completion as an indicator of student proficiency on a GRC or standard and instead should use student assignments, assessments and/or student work products from class to determine proficiency. However, teachers SHOULD use homework completion as an indicator of a student’s progress toward Scholarly Habits (Respect, Preparation, Risk Taking, Perseverance, and Excellence). Progress on Scholarly Habits will be reported each semester.
What can I expect from my child's report card?
Adams 12 report cards come out by semester; winter (December) and spring (May). A Family's Guide to Standards and Report Cards was given to parents/guardians at back-to-school nights/open houses.