Falling into a new month: November 8, 2019

We got to start this week after falling back and getting that extra hour of sleep. It’s so nice to start our days with a little more light in the morning! As usual, there are many things going on at CES–too many for me to capture in my blog each week but I think you can see there are so many different types of learning opportunities for our kids because of the dedicated professionals and families who work so hard for our kids everyday.

Cool Chemistry at CCHS


Chris McIntyre’s AP chemistry class took time out of their busy day to teach Mrs. Hartman’s first and second grade class all about chemical reactions. They were able to participate in eight different experiments learning about chemistry through the process! The high school students came up with the experience and then performed them for the little ones. It was a great day of learning! We love that we are able to have this type of collaboration with the high school and Mr. McIntyre is always so willing and generous with his time and energy! Thank you Mr. McIntyre and CCHS AP Chem students!

Innovation with Technology


Mrs. Bryan has been enlisting the assistance of her two Teacher Assistants (Luke Farr and Faith Trenhaile) to test out all her new resources this year before she offers them up to a class. So far Luke and Faith have created a few things with the Glowforge. You might have seen their handiwork at the spaghetti fundraiser dinner. They have made slate and tile coasters and watched as Mrs. Bryan created an acrylic engraved cut-out for a night light. The Glowforge is a 3D printer laser printer that can cut, engrave, sketch, burn, and emboss. We felt it was a better tool for the Exploratory School than a regular 3D printer since kids can design and print pieces that they would then have to put together and they spend more time in design. Our PTO generously provided us the funds we needed to purchase it as the one of the first pieces of equipment that will be a part of the computer lab’s evolution as we move in to this era of all students having access to a personal device.

Luke and Faith have also connected and tested all 18 robots and are getting ready to assist Mrs. Bryan in getting the Snap Circuits ready for use. Mrs. Bryan will be offering a 3D technology elective for the second semester to middle school students where they will be able to use all the new technology resources. She has spent a lot of her own time including much of her summer learning about these new resources and we are all excited to see what our students are able to do in the future.

Bounce House Party

For students who participated in selling a certain number of items for our PTO fundraiser, many of them got to participate in the highly anticipated Bounce House Fundraiser Party. Up next is the very popular Limo Ride to Pizza Madness for lunch. That happens on Thursday next week.  I will be out of town and am sad to miss out on that fun event but I know the kids won’t miss me and enjoy their time very much. Many thanks go to the wonderful PTO moms and dads who make all of these wonderful things happen!

Choose to be Nice!

Choose To Be Nice!

We have decided to really focus on what we want to see rather than spend our energy on the things we don’t want to see. So, we are embarking on a school wide initiative of kindness and working with an organization called Choose to be Nice. We are the first Colorado school to work with this group. Take a look at their website here: Choose to be Nice. More to come in future blog posts!

Thank you for reading! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

The last week of October means Snow Days, Characters, and Pasta~November 2, 2019

On this crazy week of two snow days and Halloween, our teachers and kids hung in there with wonderful attitudes and joyful spirits even though field trips were cancelled, the drive home on Tuesday was harrowing, and trick or treating was frigid. And although we only had two full days of teaching plus a jam packed Early Release Friday, a lot was accomplished!

Pasta with a Purpose

Our 4th annual Pasta with a Purpose middle school fundraiser was quite successful and our two new (to middle school) teachers, Mr. Omer and Mrs. Reed, did a fabulous job planning and organizing, this event. We had 200 families that were served a delicious dinner of homemade marinara meat sauce over penne, bread, pizza madness salad, and a homemade brownie dessert. We owe a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Brule’ who prepare the sauce and the brownies from scratch and cooked and served penne pasta all evening. The silent auction was also a big success! We had many items donated and many generous bids. A highlight of the evening was after the kids received a generous donation that they had to dance for. We still don’t know just how much was raised but we do know that it will all go toward off setting the cost of field trips, career development activities, and middle school events. Thank you all who volunteered your time and energy and to those who were so generous with their donations.


Character Day

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Character Day is always great at CES! On October 31st, or close to it every year, we celebrate some of our favorite literary characters. Students who dress up bring their book with them and a few artifacts that represent them and present to their class about who they are, why the artifacts represent them, and why they picked that character. Our staff are such good sports about getting in the spirit and the kids were so creative with their costumes. It’s always a fun day!

Math and Measurement the CES way!

Our Scouts learned about measurement while exploring the fall leaves. I’m sure our custodians love us!

Thanks for reading once again! Until next time…

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

1st Quarter is in the books!~October 20, 2019

This last week was the last of the 1st quarter meaning we are already 1/4 way through the school year! Here is a highlight reel from this quarter:

Growth Mindset: a resource for parents

Stephanie Veatch found this really cool resource that she is going to use with her students but felt that there were some great tools for parents too. This all fits perfectly with our model and philosophy. Take a look at the graphic below. It shares some things you can do to foster a Growth Mindset in your child as well as some of our traits: Tenacity, Advocacy, and Agility for example.

growth mindset for parents

You can go to: http://www.biglifejournal.com to download your own copy of this as well as gratitude journals for your child. There is also a Big Life podcast that Mrs. Veatch says is really good that you can check out while you’re there too.


Museum Night and Book Fair

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Thank you to all who attended our very successful All School Showcase of student learning and work which we call Museum Night and for visiting and supporting our book fair. I would also like to give a big shout out to Chris Montoya of Fremont County Real Estate for providing a hot dog dinner for everyone.

Voyagers’ Bear Creek Trip

Voyagers in 1st through 6th grade learned all about insects, bees, and animal habitats at the beautiful Beer Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs. One of the highlights was learning about bees by observing their indoor bee hive that allows students an opportunity to watch the internal workings of a bee hive. The hive is indoors but the bees go in and out of the building through at tunnel of sorts. One of our students even found the queen!

Gaggle–Weird word! What is that?

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With Chromebooks now in the hands of all grade 6-12 students (5th and up at CES), we’ve noticed quite an uptick in Gaggle notifications.

For those who didn’t know, Gaggle is a service we subscribe to that constantly monitors our student Google platform products, including Google.docs, slideshow presentations, Gmail, and pretty much anything a child can download and store in their district managed Google.drive.

Gaggle alerts us to content that may indicate a student is not doing well on the social-emotional front, is bullying another student or is being bullied, is indicating a desire to act out in a violent fashion, or is accessing content not appropriate for their consumption.

When an administrator investigates a Gaggle notification, nine times out of ten he or she finds the student may have used language or terms in the course of a regular classroom assignment that raised red flags in the Gaggle system.

However, once in a while we find the Gaggle notification indicates a student is truly in need, and when this happens we mobilize the resources needed to support that child.

Just so you know!

Thanks for reading once again! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

We are “SMART”! The Multiple Intelligences at CES~ October 11, 2019

Part of CES’s mission is to guide students in reaching their greatest potential by providing learning experiences which honor and challenge individual learning styles and intelligences. That important pillar of our school was designed after the extensive educational research of Howard Gardner and his work with Multiple Intelligences. Gardner provides us with a language for talking about the inner gifts of children. Our teachers teach with this in mind and tap in those 8 intelligences which we call “smarts”. Thursday afternoon, as I was visiting classrooms, I noticed that several intelligences were on display as our students were participating lessons from their units–this was just a snapshot of a typical day at CES. In particular, I could see students using their Interpersonal (people smart), Verbal-Linguistic (word smart), and Visual-Spatial (art smart). If you visit our building you will no doubt hear students singing or engaged in music in some way (Musical), moving creatively or purposely (Bodily-Kinesthetic), working on math (Mathematical-Logical), working alone (Intrapersonal), or engaging in nature (Naturalist).

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I thought this week I would highlight those “smarts” for you

Trailblazers helping Scouts (Interpersonal)

Our unexpected fire alarm provided us with an illustration of why we believe in our multi-age K-8 model, and why we value our “big buddies” or “mentors”.  At the beginning of the year, our middle school students worked with our Kindergarten Scouts to teach them about what it means to be a student in school since this was a new experience for most of them. The Big Buddies made a a connection with the Little Scouts that has paid off in so many ways allowing them to be positive role models to the littlest of our littles. This last week, when our fire alarm went off on the only cold and snowy day we’ve had, our Scouts were in PE or Music and didn’t have their coats for the evacuation. Our middle school students immediately jumped into action, sharing their coats and even making a huddle around the Scouts that included a cover to keep them warm and protect them from the wind and snow. No adult asked them to do this–they acted on instinct and used their interpersonal skills. It was a sweet and rewarding moment as you can see in the picture below and we are so proud of them!



Band and Choir Concert (Musical)

This last week our 6th-8th grade band and our middle school choir gave a lovely concert of several enjoyable songs. We were all impressed with their great sound and harmonies. I also wanted to give a shout out to our wonderful parents who always jump in and put away all of the chairs so our custodians don’t have to do it all by themselves. Together we Make a Difference!! Thank you!

Depth and Complexity (Verbal-Linguistic)


Last year several of our teachers participated in training on Depth and Complexity, a critical thinking tool that provides visual clues to help students more deeply understand a topic or content. Depth and Complexity is often just used in Gifted and Talented programs, but we felt this type of deep thinking was very appropriate for all of our CES students with our Exploratory model of inquiry and project-based learning. Kaitlin Strong and Stephanie Veatch stepped up to become trainers of teachers and are providing on-going staff development on our early release Fridays and during their Professional Learning Community times. As you walk around CES, you will see examples of D & C and can recognize it by the language being used and the accompanying visual cues or icons.

The Depth and Complexity Icons are visual prompts designed to help students go beyond surface level understanding of a concept and enhance their ability to think critically.  These critical thinking tools help students dig deeper into a concept (depth) and understand that concept with greater complexity.

In fact, to truly understand something, one must be able to speak the language specific to that topic.   One cannot have a critical understanding of that same topic without knowing the details, rules and patterns associated with it or understanding how it may have changed and the varied perspectives through which it is viewed.

Below you will find the icons with their definition (courtesy of Jay Taylor Education)

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Depth Tool- Language of the Discipline

The meaning of this icon is pretty self-explanatory.  The lips represent specialized language related to a topic or concept.  This language includes key words, phrases, signs/symbols, figures of speech, abbreviations, and the like.

For example, to truly understand a concept in mathematics, one must speak the “language of math”.   A student being asked to add and subtract would need to understand not only terms such as  “sum” and “difference”, but also be able to understand mathematical sentences which often include symbols:  27 + (16 – 5) =
In the study of the American Revolution, students would need to know the meaning of “Redcoat” and realize that it isn’t something one can purchase in a store!

Image of details iconDepth Tool- Details

As you consider the design of this icon, think about the details of the flower and how each part (flower petals, etc.) make up the whole flower.  Details contain the information that enhance understanding.  They act as supporting information to a big idea or concept (main idea).  Details include: parts, factors, attributes, traits, and variables.

If we go back to our earlier math example:  27 + (16 – 5)=  the details are the numbers themselves (the parts that make up the equation). Being able to discern important details of a story is key to one’s ability to critically analyze that text.  While we can concede that one of the pigs in the story, The Three Pigs is wearing a red shirt, we can agree that the color of the shirt is extraneous and doesn’t lead to a deeper understanding of the story.

Image of patterns iconDepth Tool- Patterns

There’s no surprise that this icon represents patterns (note the circle, line, circle, and zig-zag pattern).  If one were asked, it would be a fairly simple task to continue the pattern.  Patterns are recurring elements or factors in ideas, objects, stories, and events.  They are predictable, repetitive and ordered.

We see patterns in math: number lines, geometry; literature: “Little pigs, little pigs! Let me come in…” ; social studies: patterns in movement and settlement, behavior.  The list goes on…  Being able to move beyond simple identification of patterns to defining the cause and effect of a pattern or identifying relationships among patterns is rigorous and requires the ability to think critically.

Image of rules iconDepth Tool- Rules

Rules are the organizational elements that create structure.  This concept is an easy one for students, as they are surrounded by rules (at home, school, in sports, etc).  Rules provide structure and represent organization and hierarchy.  The meaning is reflected in the design of the icon, which itself has a clear structure.

This icon is often seen in science when looking at classifications.  Students may encounter it when examining the structure of a text (compare and contrast, main idea and details, and the like).  They may also be asked to apply mathematical rules (formulas) to solve a problem or utilize spelling and grammar rules in writing.

Image of Big Idea IconDepth Tool- Big Idea

The Big Idea indicates a generalization, principle or theory about the curriculum being studied. It often represents the focus of study or a learning task.

For example, the big idea of a science lesson might be the water cycle.  The Big Idea design works well to help students organize the main idea of a story or paragraph (in the roof), which is then supported with evidence (pillars supporting the roof).  Students use this with universal themes and generalizations.

Image of Ethics iconDepth Tool- Ethical Issues

This element of Depth and Complexity represents moral principles (possible rights or wrongs).  An easy way to remember the meaning: “Black and white/ right and wrong”.  It represents conflicting points of view on events, ideas or issues and involves bias, values, or judgments.

Students will most likely encounter this dimension when analyzing literature or studying social studies.  For example, students might be asked to consider ethical issues surrounding Spanish colonization and the establishment of missions along the California coast or to examine ethical issues surrounding a character’s behavior in a story.

Image of trends IconDepth Tool – Trends

Trends represent the general direction of change.  CHANGE is the key word here.

Trends can be explained by external factors or influences that contribute to the change.  This icon is represented well by the line graph.  Each spike and dip in the graph was caused by something (external factor or influence).  Think cause and effect here.  One example I like to use is the trend in schools to move away from hardback text books to e-books.  What caused the change to go from one to another?  Context is huge here!   In this case, one reason the trend was caused was the availability of technology. This is different from simple change over time, because for a trend to occur, one thing has to replace, or compete with, another.  It’s important to not only examine the “why”, but also the “so now what?” questions.  What are the consequences, both intentional and unintentional?

Image of unanswered questionsDepth Tool- Unanswered Questions

These are questions about anything is is unsolved, unclear, or unproven.  These can be ideas that have yet to be explored, are unresolved, or that have missing components (incomplete).  Unanswered questions are good!

These are questions we need to pursue.  Having said this, many students will be content with simply asking a question and leaving it at that.  As educators, we need to push students to pursue the answers to these questions.  These are typically questions that are not answered quickly and sometimes they aren’t answerable (yet), but they do have the potential to generate some good thinking and discussion.

Image of perspectiveComplexity Tool- Multiple Perspectives

This icon basically represents different points of view on ideas, events, people, and issues.

It often represents an “expert” viewpoint, and is dependent on time and place.  This icon falls under the “complexity” section of the Depth and Complexity framework.  This icon is easy for students to remember because glasses have lenses through which one must look to see something clearly.   Multiple perspectives combines nicely with the other icons.  For example, one could look at the different perspectives on rules or on details.  One really couldn’t get a good understanding of a conflict without first looking through the different perspectives involved.

Image of Change over TimeComplexity Tool- Change Over Time

This icon prompts students to explore a concept, event, or person as it relates to time (past/present/future).

Change is inevitable.  This powerful tool facilitates a more complex exploration and can easily be applied across disciplines and combined with all the other Depth and Complexity Tools.  Consider having students examine how and why rules change over time.  How do changing perspectives impact changes in rules? For a different approach, consider having students explore why things haven’t changed.

Image of across disciplines iconComplexity Tool- Across Disciplines

This icon also falls under the complexity section of the framework.

The Across Disciplines icon prompts exploration of connections within, between and across subject areas.  Although not used as often as some of the other tools, this icon supports understanding of how something relates to multiple disciplines.  For example, students can examine natural resources across science, economics, history, etc.  Questions students might explore – How does the California Gold Rush relate to science, economics, and history?   Through what disciplines might we better understand the presidential election?

Hiking Club is back! (Bodily-Kinesthetic & Naturalist)

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Perfect weather…Beautiful views…Awesome kids! What is it? Hiking Club, of course! We had our first hike on Tuesday October 1st. What a fun time! We walked up to the Hogbacks and hiked the Greenhorn Trail before heading back to school. Thank you to the teachers, Mr. Dieckman, Mrs. Burrell and Ms. Rogers, who joined Mrs. Daly. We also had a fantastic parent volunteer! Thanks, Grant Emmerson! Hiking Club is available to 1st through 5th graders. To join, get a permission slip in the hall outside Mrs. Daly’s classroom. We hike on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:15. See you there!  ~Mrs. Daly

Fall Compass Academy~A Parent Education Night

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Please use the following link to join us for our Fall Compass Academy. We have some really interesting and exciting sessions!

Sign Up Genius for Fall Compass Academy

Support our Destination Imagination Team (Visual-Spatial, Interpersonal, & Mathematical-Logical)

Every Tuesday, 10% of your purchase at Chile’s will go to support our DI team. Just tell them what you want it to go towards or show them this blog post. Our DI team made it all the way to Nationals last year. They use many of the smarts to do this as they have to write a skit using logic and reasoning, creativity, and interpersonal skills. They prepare for months and put in a lot of after school hours to hone their skills. We want to support their efforts in any way we can and this small fundraiser will get them going for the year. Please consider helping them out–thanks!



Thank you so much for reading! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

Bubbles, Apples, Rocks, and Books~October 5, 2019

Early Release Friday’s

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Have you been wondering what happens on Early Release Friday’s after kids leave? Well, if you thought it was time for teachers to get a break or just catch up on their work, you are wrong. Our district is using this time to provide staff development. Most of the Friday’s, the development is provided in-building but several of them are District-Driven where teachers across the district come together for trainings that will provide cohesiveness, fidelity, and focused improvement plans of instructional practices. In-building days are an opportunity for each school to work on issues that are specifi to their own needs and established goals.

Yesterday, CES staff  participated in training about Safety and Security in our Schools led by Paula Buser, Director of Support Services. We also spent some time on our continued improvement of the use of Choice Theory in our building, and we did some ‘data mining’ of CMAS data.

Ms. Merry’s latest visit: Bubbles and Apples

Yesterday Ms. Molly Merry (Exploratory School’s founder) visited all of our 3rd/4th classes as she is continuing to work with us on Choice Theory at all of the developmental stages of students, helping us to continue to strengthen and refine our practice. The last Friday she came on Sept. 20, she visited 1st/2nd grade to discuss Perspective and Point of View. Yesterday, the lesson was about self-esteem and self-respect using the metaphors of bubbles and apples. In a nutshell, bubbles represent self-esteem: on the outside they are shiny and pretty but on the inside there is just air. Apples represent self-respect: when you cut open an apple straight through the core reveals a star–much like the heart of a person. In here lie character traits like self control, positive attitudes, gratitude, kindness, empathy, etc. It’s not bad to have self-esteem, but if that’s all we have without self-respect, we don’t have as much to offer and will eventually “pop” making poor choices. Understanding this and intentionally working on our core will lead to more positive choices and actions. At the end of the lesson, the kids drew a heart placing what they would like to work on inside and what they would like to eliminate on the outside. This is a great exercise for us all!

Rangers’ Geology Field Trip

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We went on a geology tour around Canon City. We started at a few dinosaur digs in Garden Park led by Andrew who is a paleontologist at the BLM office. Then we went up Old Skyline Drive and learned about the dinosaur footprints up there. We finished by looking at fossils at the Royal Gorge museum and dug for our own dinosaurs with the small dinosaur kits they gave to us. ~the Rangers


Fall Book Fair!

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Hi All!
Our Scholastic Book Fair will run Oct 14-18 before and after school. Our big event will be on Museum Night Thursday the 17th, from 5:30-7 pm. I am still in need of some parent volunteers to help as right now I only have one.

This is the link to our published Book Fair website:

I set it up to include the hours of operation/event calendar. It also offers online shopping, volunteer sign up, and an e wallet option for cashless student purchases. It’s pretty neat, check it out!
~Ms. Kate Rogers, CES Librarian

Mrs. Hartman is Alpha Delta Kappa’s Teacher of the Month!

Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) is a teacher sorority that recognizes outstanding educators each month. This month Mrs. Kristine Hartman was recognized and she is so deserving! She is a hard working, dedicated, passionate, relationship-centered, amazing teacher! Congratulations Mrs. Hartman!
I just know that ADK will be visiting CES a lot this year to recognize many more of our stellar staff!

Thank you for reading once again! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

Mid-term already!~September 21, 2019

Can you believe we are at mid-term! If you haven’t already been in, we’ll be seeing you this next week for Parent/Teacher Conferences. It hasn’t felt much like summer is coming to an end but we are about to enter Fall and all of the fun that comes with it. This is one of my favorite times of year with lots of things to look forward to. This last week summer at school was a busy one and I didn’t capture nearly enough pictures to share all of the wonderful learning that happens everyday but hopefully my weekly blog helps you get an idea of some of the great things that happen on a daily basis at CES.

The Importance of Choice Theory

by Molly Merry


Growing is not necessarily smooth.  Growth and development are processes and happen uniquely for each child, yet in a somewhat predictable sequence for all children.  Every year of growth, children build on their learning and understandings up to their current age. This year we will be working with our CES students to help them understand Choice Theory as a developmental sequence that aligns with their age group abilities to understand and apply the concepts.     Because Choice Theory is so much more than a behavior management program, it offers a depth of understanding that transfers to life.  At CES our goal is not to manage student behavior, it is to help in the development of positive self respect and responsibility in relationships and with community.  This aligns with the Core Beliefs of the entire school district. 

In August I met with the CES staff to determine the focus concepts for each multi-age level.  In the next few months I will be meeting with each of the multi-age classrooms to present these ideas and concepts and give students a focus for their work in learning Choice Theory.  CES staff will be paying close attention through the school year to reinforce and support student understanding and application not only at school, but in their lives outside of school.  All learning at CES is focused on application to life! 

Ms. Merry’s visit

We have enlisted Ms. Merry’s assistance this year to come into our classroom to teach Choice Theory lessons for the benefit of both students and staff. We are embarking on a Action Research project that we hope will culminate in an article to demonstrate the effectiveness of the use of Choice Theory across the developmental levels of a K-8 school and its positive impacts on student behavior and overall school climate. Friday, Ms. Merry visited out 1st/2nd grade classrooms with a lesson on perspective and point of view which is a critical component for students to develop empathy and understanding of others as they work through conflict and compromise. We can count on seeing Ms. Merry in our building at least once a month this year. How fortunate are we to be able to tap in to the expertise of our very own school’s founder?! 

Brian V’s Bees

Mr. Brian VanIwarden is not only our school district’s wellness coordinator and a father of kids in our school, he is also a master bee keeper! He came to share his experience and knowledge with our Adventurers as part of their conceptual units. Mr. V brought in bees, including a queen, from one of hives. Students could observe and listen to the bees up close and personal and they learned lots of very interesting things. Thanks Mr. VanIwarden!

Learning about our Heritage in Kindergarten

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This last week our Little Scouts spent time learning about each other’s and their own heritage. On Thursday afternoon they spent time in hands-on activities rotating in centers including making their own homemade tortillas. On Friday, they gave their very first presentation in front of the class and parents presenting their wooden spoon people they dressed in their heritage wardrobe. We had a wonderful turn out of parents coming to watch presentations and volunteering to create a memorable learning experience for our kinders.

Meet our new Counselor

Hi everyone! I’m Elizabeth Miller. Ms. Beth is what I go by here at CES. I am a long-time resident of Canon City, a St. Scholastica graduate and a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. I am currently attending Adams State University and will be graduating soon with my MA School Counseling.  As a life-long resident of Canon City, I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors. My favorite activities are camping, rafting and hiking with my husband, three boys, and our two ginormous dogs. Previously, I was a Social Studies teacher at GOAL Academy and Aim Global and worked as a legal assistant for a local attorney. I love working with kids and their families and was fortunate to start here at CES as a part-time school counselor this year. I believe kids are our world and all kids have the potential to be successful human beings wherever their lives take them. You can contact me at elizabeth.miller@canoncityschools.org 

Fall Fundraiser


Our fall fundraiser was kicked off on Monday with our annual magic show that is quite popular with our students. He is always so funny and entertaining. The kids are really motivated to earn some prizes and help out the school. I know fundraisers are not the most fun for families but please understand the incredible things we are able to accomplish at CES thanks to the efforts of our PTO and all of you. Although our school district is extremely supportive of our school’s exploratory model with its field trips, experiential learning, conceptual units, 1:1 technology that is K-8, and our parent education and events, it costs more than our school district’s budget can support. Fundraisers are crucial to our success. Thank you again for all you do to support what we do at CES!

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

Our 1st 4-day week was packed!~September 14, 2019

With our new calendar giving us every other Friday off and short Fridays in between, our days are longer and more packed than ever. Our teachers are doing a wonderful job embracing the longer days and filling them with lots of high quality instruction and learning experiences. Part of attending CES is taking our learning outside the four walls of the school building and getting out in the community as much as we can to learn what our state standards guide from experts in Canon City and all around Colorado. But even with all of those wonderful field trips, there are so many more meaningful learning experiences taking place every single day inside the four walls of CES!

Working on our SEL with Miss Emily

We are lucky to have Mrs. Emily Cornella here at CES who is our School Health Professional (SHP). She comes to each classroom once a week to teach a lesson in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Her lessons include topics like embracing your uniqueness, making healthy choices, friendship/relationships, and dealing with anxiety. Another wonderful thing about Mrs. Cornella’s lessons are the opportunities kids have to develop positive relationships with each other and with her. She has become yet another trusted adult they can talk to when they are having some troubles or just need someone to talk to. Her classes are fun, engaging, and filled with great information. Thank you Miss Emily!

Learning Outside the 4 Walls


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This last week two of our communities had wonderful educational experiences outside the four walls of our building. Our Trailblazers took a trip to Leadville where they visited the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel and Treatment Plant. At the Leadville Treatment Plant, they were led in a tour by CCHS alum Janelle Stefanic who is the Water Treatment Supervisor. They learned terms like reclamation,  electrocoagulation, nanofiltration, and mitigation. They learned how the plant is able to take contaminated water that runs through old mines, remove lead, maganize, iron, and zinc and return the clean water to the Arkansas River. The Rangers traveled to Colorado Springs to the Bear Creek Nature Preserve where they learned about insects as part of their Conceptual Unit. They also experienced interactive hands on exhibits, observed wildlife, and hiked. We are so thankful that our school district and our PTO make these types of extensions of our classrooms possible!

Nature, Inquiry, and Blended Learning

More nature learning was happening right here at school this week. Mrs. Hartmans’ class was buzzing with learning about an unusual critter called a mudskipper. I was quite impressed to see how independently these 1st and 2nd graders were working using an Inquiry model and incorporating Blended Learning. They spent some time observing the mudskippers that are living in Mrs. Hartman’s classroom and are affectionately known as Cupcake and Cookie. They were taking notes in their notebooks, filled out graphic organizers, conducted online research, engaged in collaborative discussions, and used their multiple intelligences as they became experts on mudskippers. Such great learning!!

Boxtops for Education App

Are you looking for an easy way to help out our school? Download the Boxtops for Education App and earn money for us with things you buy everyday. No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit our school’s Box Tops earnings online if you choose Canon Exploratory School. Each box top equals 10 cents which add up quickly and they sometime offer specials that give us even more money. Here is the link or go to the App store on your phone. Box Tops for Education

Thank you for reading! Until next week,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

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