11 months ago
29 days ago
Welcome to Breckenridge Elementary School, home of the bulldogs!
Principal: Ms. Khristian Brace
Dear Breck El Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the start of the 2017-18 school year! I cannot express how honored and excited I am to serve this amazing community as the Principal of Breck El. In a couple of weeks, we will open our school doors and welcome you and your child to another great year. Together, we will build upon the great work this community has started and will continue to partner to provide an excellent educational experience for our students.
To share a bit about myself, I am coming to Summit County from the Denver area. I am a Denver native and and attended Denver Public Schools from Kindergarten thru graduation from high school. Upon graduation, I moved to Durango, Colorado for college where I received a degree in Psychology, Elementary Education, and an endorsement in Linguistically Diverse Education. After spending six years in Durango, I moved back to Denver to complete my student teaching. I wasn’t yet ready for “city life” so after completing my student teaching, I moved to Steamboat Springs for two years. I became the supervising teacher at a preschool in town. After those two years, I moved back to Denver and started teaching in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. I taught there for eight years, became an instructional coach, and completed the Ritchie Program for School Leaders through the University of Denver. I then continued at DU and received my Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. After completing my Masters, I entered my leadership journey as an Assistant Principal in Denver Public Schools in the Montbello neighborhood. After two years as an Assistant Principal, I moved into my first Principal position in the Southwest area of Denver. Now, my journey continues and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to join this community. My two daughters, Liliana and Brooklyn, will be joining the Breck El community as well! Brooklyn will be in 2nd grade and Liliana will be in 5th. We pinch ourselves daily for living in this town!
We know that you want the very best for your child and so do we! We have an INCREDIBLE staff here at Breck El and we can’t wait to begin this new year with you and your children!
Ms. Khristian Brace
about 1 year ago
Why Breck Is Where You Want To Be
The World is our Classroom
The world is full of learning opportunities. Every day our children discover something new - even in their own backyards. Children have a natural eagerness to explore and understand, and at Breckenridge Elementary, we bring that excitement into a school environment. By encouraging children to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens, we foster the growth of internationally-minded people and create positive attitudes. Thank you for joining us in the quest toward a cooperative, peaceful worldwide community!
The IB program is a comprehensive learning philosophy that has many important aspects. We encourage anyone to come by for a tour of our school to see our inner workings first-hand. In the meantime, here are a few highlights that make Breck El strong:
Academic Framework: Our curriculum framework consists of concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and action. The knowledge component is developed through "units of inquiry" that explore six themes of global significance, namely: Sharing the Planet, Who We Are, How We Organize Ourselves, Where We Are in Place and Time, How the World Works, and How We Express Ourselves. Each theme is supported and balanced by subject areas that are creative and meaningful. Don't be surprised when your child comes home talking about Changing Habitats, Communities, Plants and Insects, Native Americans, Natural Disasters, Heroes, Inventions, Exploration, or Biomes/ Ecosystems.
Woven throughout these units of inquiry we have a consistent delivery of core curriculum Kindergarten through 5th Grade with Everyday Math (Math), Benchmark Literacy (Reading), and Lucy Calkins (Writing). We also have a school-wide agreed behavior program through Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS). You might hear our amazing kids talk about being "Bulldog Strong" which refers to him/her making a choice that is respectful, responsible, and safe!
Extra curricular activities involve Shakespeare Club, STEAM, Chess Club, Choir and Girls on the Run.
It Takes a Village: Parents at Breck Elementary have made a commitment to raising kids who are culturally aware, respectful of other people, and passionate about experiencing new things. To leverage the parent body's enthusiasm and further guide the healthy growth of our school, two organizations have been formed. The PTSA advocates for all children, organizes fund raisers, and pursues community-building initiatives. The BAAC is a parent/staff committee focused on the improvement of school programs with distinct academic- and community-driven goals. We welcome and encourage involvement from Breck families in these organizations!
Intercultural understanding: An important element of IB is mastery of a foreign language. Our foreign language is Spanish. Art and music characterizing cultures around the world further advance our students' understanding of different people and places. We embrace all cultures.
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