Peak Expeditionary School at Pennington is purposefully different. We are here to change learning and change lives. We believe learning should be challenging, meaningful, and adventurous!  Peak is a PreK-5 school that has a Colorado environment theme at each grade level (Pre K - Shortgrass, K-Foothills, 1-Montane Forest, 2nd-Alpine, 3rd-Riparian (river), 4th-Canyonlands, 5th-Alpine).  Our students will go on outdoor adventures into each environment with the support of Colorado Mountain Club, Snowboard Outreach Society, and other community sponsors.  Students will have a chance to hike, bike, climb, and even snowboard in the Rocky Mountains that we call home.

As an Expeditionary School we offer hands on learning expeditions connected to our curriculum for all students, taking learning outside our classrooms and into our community.  Our approach to literacy integrates Science & Social Studies topics that we connect with field experiences as students think like: scientists, mathematicians, journalists, engineers, and explorers.  We believe in a 3 dimensional view of student achievement that includes: Knowledge & Skills, Character, and Quality Work.  Our character education is called CREW, which stands for Courage, Respect, Empathy, and quality Work.  Students engage in project based learning experiences connected with our CREW character traits throughout the school year and display their amazing work throughout our building.  

 We offer expanded learning time each day through integrated Science experiences at every grade level & enrichment opportunities that range from Karate, to Chess, to Engineering with NREL.  Our school day runs from 7:50 am-4:20 pm, which allows for students to engage in these rich community based experiences.

 Peak offers meals and snacks for all students as part of our expanded learning day, before and after school care, and full day kindergarten, Band and Orchestra for all 5th graders, monthly community engagement nights and outreach and in-reach programs for our families.

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Office:303-982-2083 Web:‚Äč Twitter:@PeakExSchool Drop-off - 7:40am - Earliest drop-off is 7:40. Students will assemble on the playground where teachers will pick-up at 7:50. 8:00 is the tardy bell. In inclement weather, students will enter the cafeteria through the north side entrance (signs will be on the front doors). Breakfast is provided for all students and one will be given to every student. (Jeffco meal menus can be found on our website).

Lunch -  All Free and Reduced students will receive lunch at no cost, the cost of lunch is $3.25. Students are always welcome to bring a lunch from home. There is a snack cart available to students at breakfast and lunch that is not covered by Free and Reduced. Parents can regulate what students purchase by contacting the office. 

Recess -  Students have 30 total minutes of daily recess and supervised play time.  20 minutes attached to their lunch time and 10 minutes during another part of the day.  

Inclement weather - Peak follows the Jeffco weather guidelines and students may be outside when the weather is 25 degrees and above. Please dress students appropriately to play outside.

Field Experiences and Adventure trips - You will receive a day trip form notifying you of the trip with guidance from the teacher. Overnight Expeditions and Adventure trips will involve additional required Jeffco paperwork as well as required parent meetings. There are no fees for trips, some fundraising activities may be required.

Allergies and Medication - All allergies should be reported to the office by the first day of school along with any emergency medications. Please see the office team for required forms. 

ELT (Expanded Learning Time) - In our last year of our CDE grant, all students are required to participate in amazing additional science classes during the school day and choice activities from 3:30-4:20.

Kindergarten Flexible Pick Up - Parents/guardians can work with administration on a flexible pick up time based on the needs of individual kindergarten students.

Pick Up- 4:20 pm - If you plan to walk up to school to pick up your child, please make your first left upon entering the driveway into the parking lot.  If you plan on picking your student up in the lane closest to the building, please sign up for this option on the first day of school and complete required RED sign that needs to be placed on the dashboard of your car to support safe pick up at the front of school.


Peak Families,

We are enjoying so much of this great fall weather, learning outside with our CREW!  However, this week a storm is coming in Thursday morning and could make traveling to school difficult.  I just want to remind everyone that any change to the status of JeffCO opening schools or having a 1 hour delay will be communicated by 6 am Thursday morning.  I believe it is likely that we will have school at our normal start time.  With that said, please drive slow and safe to school, we will not record any tardy time for lateness due to inclement weather. 

 Here are other great highlights & upcoming events:

*Last week - BIG shout out to our Kindergarten classes for getting out on their Muiral hike in Boulder, visiting a science museum about weather, and a local toy store.  Thanks to all parents who joined us on this fun first field experiences.

*Also last week - our 3rd graders hiked Apex and it was quite an achievement!  They are well on their way to climbing other mountains in the future.

*Upcoming events:

Today - 4th Grade Ranch Campout & Wolf Sanctuary Trip Today - 5th Grade Snowboard Outreach Trip meeting at 4:30 Friday 10/11 - Respect Award Assembly - 8:05, parents will be notified tomorrow.

Tuesday 10/15 - 2nd Grade Fossil Trip

Friday 10/18 - 5th Grade FIDA presentation and fundraiser for Haiti Friday 10/25 & Monday 10/28 - Fall BREAK - No School for Students Wednesday 10/30 - Eeeek at Peak Fun Run Thursday 10/31 - Halloween Parade - Please no masks or bloody/gory costumes that would scare our youngest students.

 So much fun and learning happening at Peak!  Thanks for all that you do to support our kids. Make it a great day!



Mr. Tim Carlin

Principal of Fun

Peak Expeditionary School

at Pennington

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