The eaglets at Paonia Elementary School will have a new principal when school doors open in August.
Current principal Sam Cox recently announced that he's leaving PES to become director of curriculum for Delta County Joint School District 50.
If you accept the premise that every student can and should learn and that learning should be measurable, then Paonia Elementary's laser focus on student growth makes perfect sense.
The staff doesn't focus on how much students know, but on how much students learn.
To learn to read, children need to build and improve their vocabulary. What better way to help them learn than to give them a dictionary.
Paonia Junior-Senior High School students recently shared their wood-building skills with kindergarteners at Paonia Elementary School. Children, big and small, worked together to open their own version of Santa's Workshop by building birdhouses for their families and friends.
Soldiers overseas will receive packages packed full of supplies and goodies this holiday season from, of all places, Paonia Elementary School.
PES staff member Renee Adams came up with the idea.
Levi Broyles of Delta and Katya Schwieterman of Paonia were the top placing male and female Sunday at the first Paonia Elementary School 5k race. The race began and ended at Paonia Town Park.
The entire Paonia Elementary School staff and student body sat on pins and needles for months before learning last Tuesday night, Sept. 18, that that they won the Colorado Succeeds Prize for Transformational Impact in an Elementary School. The $15,000 cash prize is considered one of the highest honors for the state's public schools and educators.
With the start of the new school year, the North Fork School of Integrated Studies begins its fourth year as a Waldorf-inspired school within a school at Paonia Elementary School, and with a new principal.
Christi Gubser brings more than 20 years of education experience to NFSIS.
When the state of Colorado started recognizing student growth on the state assessments nearly 10 years ago, Paonia Elementary started recognizing individual student growth with dog tags. Most recently, these "eagle" tags recognize high growth for fourth through sixth grade students who took the state math and English language arts (ELA) tests the previous year.
Paonia Elementary School has been named one of nine finalists for The Succeeds Prize. Now in its second year The Succeeds Prize recognizes transformational public schools throughout the state, and is sponsored by Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS/KUSA, and mindSpark Learning, a nonprofit dedicated to impacting and evolving education through educators.
Did you know that it is time for monarch butterflies to migrate to Mexico and Southern California before winter?
Paonia Elementary's second graders do!
The art of persuasion led Paonia Elementary second graders on a community outreach journey. In January, the class chose to "persuade" people to support the Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS). Students researched the positive impacts adopting and caring for pets provide for people of all ages.
Paonia Elementary School learned in February that it had received the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award, based on 2016 school year assessment scores in math, science, and English language arts (SLA). While other schools in the district and across the state also earned the distinction, this was the sixth consecutive year PES has demonstrated "exceptional student growth."
During the month of October, local agencies presented Safety Day at Paonia Elementary and Hotchkiss K-8 schools. The events were intended to bring some important messages to students.
The North Fork School of Integrated Studies at Paonia Elementary School invites the public to join it for a cup of coffee at the Rainbow Cafe on the first Wednesday of the month.
Local agencies provided Safety Day at Paonia Elementary and Hotchkiss K-8 during the month of October to bring some very important messages to the students. The mild fall weather was a perfect setting to bring the kids out from their normal class schedules to spend time learning about these vital services in our communities.
Paonia Elementary School second grade teacher Jodi Simpson is passionate about pedagogy. She understands that the important things kids learn in school isn't accomplished through testing, but by experiencing life and all its wonders.
At its end of the year assembly, Paonia Elementary School (PES) recognized staff changes, stellar attendance, and held a sixth grade elementary school graduation. PES also took this opportunity to recognize 2015-2016 school year independent reading and math excellence.
Children have so much to learn during their primary education: Grammar, spelling, arithmetic, history, geography, social skills and music and art. But there's one skill that kids and adults use almost daily, and yet many are ill-prepared for.
For more years than it can count, the staff at Paonia Elementary School (PES) has given dog tags (renamed Eagle tags) to students for advanced achievement and high growth on the state assessments. Last year was the first year for the new state tests in English language arts (ELA) and math, so this year they did not have the multi-year data required to recognize growth.
Paonia students who ride bikes to school now have access to a repair station at both Paonia Elementary and Junior-Senior high schools, thanks to a grant from Action for Healthy Kids.
As part of National Walk To School Day, elementary school students who walked or biked to school Oct. 7, which was also National Walk to School Day, were treated to prizes and other incentives, also courtesy of the grant.
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