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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 2019-2020 school year! We are off to a great start and are excited to have our best year yet! As many of you know, Breck El is always adapting and identifying areas to improve our school instructional programming to increase student success. Through much research on best practices and determining what’s best for the vision and identity of Breck El, we have committed to integrate Applied Learning into our current programming beginning next school year. We are still going to offer the same high standard in all content areas, but we will also reignite our passion for International Baccalaureate (IB) as we increase the transfer of classroom/Makerspace learning into authentic experiences outside of our building walls and into the community and the outdoors.
In addition to our focus on student’s academic success, we are committed to the social emotional development of every child and prioritize the development of strong relationships. We want every student to feel seen, valued, and heard. We have developed a strong PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program which establishes clear expectations for behavior and celebrates students’ successes. Additionally, we implement the Second Step Social-Emotional curriculum to all students K-5, include Mindfulness into our day, and every classroom starts the day in a Morning Meeting.
We have received our school-wide data from the CMAS assessment last year. We also received our School Performance Framework from the state of Colorado. We are incredibly proud of our students’ successes. Breckenridge Elementary outperformed the District and State averages in every content area, ELA, Math, and Science, and in every grade level. In addition to high academic achievement, our students had the highest growth in ELA (English Language Arts) and Math out of all elementary schools in Summit County. We are committed to continuing this success!
To share a bit about myself, I have been the principal at Breckenridge Elementary since 2017. I am a Denver native and and attended Denver Public Schools from Kindergarten through 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. My husband, two daughters (Liliana and Brooklyn) and I have so much gratitude for now being a part of this amazing community.
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!
Let’s make it our best year yet,
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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 STEAM, Chess Club, Choir, Basketball 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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