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.  



Peak Families,

We have a very busy week ahead and I wanted to update everyone on the many wonderful things going on Monday through Friday.  We are starting our first annual "Peak Earth Week" where students will expand on our Expeditionary Learning literacy curriculum by engaging in activities tomorrow on Earth Day and throughout the week. 

 Students will have a chance to learn more about trees, birds, pollinators, and the water cycle all through activities on and off school grounds.  A highlight on Monday afternoon will be a trash clean up walk from our school to clear creek, where we will also clean up a section of this beautiful creek that travels all the way down from the Continental Divide.  If you want to join us, please reply to this email and bring some gloves to meet up at 1 PM in front of school.

 On Tuesday, we will host a required meeting for parents/guardians of 4th grade students who are going on the canyon canoe trip in May.  Please make sure to join us from 4:30-5PM right after school in Ms. Rachel's room for all the important information and a chance to answer questions about this amazing 3 day trip to the Colorado National Monument and the Colorado River.

 On Thursday, we will participate in the JeffCO tradition of Day Without Hate.  Students will learn more about acts of kindness and participate in activities led by Wheat Ridge High school students.  Also on Thursday, our spring Stakeholder's Summit is a dinner event where we invite all parents and family members to give us your insights on the experience this year and how we can improve and grow in year 2.  You will have a chance to speak with your student's current teacher and meet next year's teacher at this important event.  To RSVP, please reply to this email if you haven't already done so, this will help us create an accurate food order.

 Finally, Friday is a non-student contact day, students do not have school at all on Friday.  Please contact our YMCA partners if you are interested in care options for Friday.  It's a great week for everyone in our CREW and we welcome any parent volunteers who would like to visit classrooms for Peak Earth Week activities.  If you are interested, reply back to this email and we will connect you with teachers at each grade level for volunteer options.


Hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Sunday!




Mr. "Tim" Carlin

Principal of Fun

Peak Expeditionary School

at Pennington



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