April 10, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We would like to let you know about a great opportunity that The Pinnacle is participating in this spring. On May 13, the 8th graders will be field testing the new PARCC assessment. Students will be taking the end of year English language arts assessment.
As background, our school has been implementing updated learning expectations called the Colorado Academic Standards. The Colorado Academic Standards are the expectations for what students need to learn and be able to do at the end of each grade. Our teachers design their curriculum and lesson plans to meet the learning expectations outlined in the standards. The updated standards reflect the critical-thinking, problem solving and effective communication skills that students need to be truly prepared for success after high school in today’s world.
Good instruction based on standards and assessment of student learning cannot occur in isolation of one another. Together, they guide measurable student learning and achievement. Transitioning to challenging new standards requires using quality next-generation assessments that measure students’ knowledge of the new expectations.
Colorado’s state assessments are changing to align with the new Colorado Academic Standards. With the new standards being more rigorous and focused, our assessments are also adapting to accurately measure student learning. Colorado is among a group of leading states that are in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). As a member state, our educators are helping to develop next-generation, computer-based tests in math and English language arts.
These new tests will replace the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) in math, reading and writing in the 2014-15 school year. Before we give these new tests, we have the opportunity to learn more about them by participating in field tests this spring. This is really a “test of the test” to see how well it works and whether we need to make any adjustments before kids take the actual PARCC exams next year. This practice run is also a chance for schools using the online version to make sure the tablets, laptops and desktop computers most students will use for the test work properly. Students won’t get scores back, but by taking part in the field tests, our teachers and students will provide critical feedback and play an important role in the development of Colorado’s future tests.
If interested, parents and students are welcome to check out sample items here: www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples. More information about the PARCC field test is available from the Colorado Department of Education: http://www.cde.state.co.us/sites/default/files/PARCC%20Field%20Test%20Fact%20Sheet%203-18-14.pdf. Thank you for all you do on behalf of your children. Please be in touch with your child’s school principal or my office if we can answer any questions you may have.
Director of Curriculum, Grants, and Assessment
The Pinnacle Charter School
1001 W. 84th Avenue
Federal Heights,CO 80260
303-450-3985, ext. 1113
The Pinnacle HS Art Students participated in the Cambodia Memory Project. The students receive pictures of Cambodian children and draw them. They are then sent to the kids in Cambodia. Take a look at the video.
Memory Project Cambodia Link
Also, at the following link you can see photos of the kids holding their portraits! You may notice that some of the kids look rather serious, and are not smiling, this is because they are usually very shy and nervous in front of the camera:
Click here to see photos
Now Accepting Applications For Enrollment
We are now accepting applications for all grade levels for the upcoming school year. Get your application in today! For more information contact Crystal Perez (303) 450-3985 ext. 1027
Click Here For Application Page
Important Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Pinnacle Community:
We are very excited to let you know that our board has authorized us to look for a new property where we will be able to expand our program offerings in Arts, Science, and Athletics, and strengthen our K-12 focus. We’ve asked a real estate firm to look for opportunities, as well as determine the market for our current properties. Thus, if you hear that the Pinnacle is for sale, it is only because we’re trying to see if there are potential buyers.
We will be conducting parent focus groups in the near future to gather information and feedback from you to help us sharpen and expand our focus into areas that matter to parents and students.
This is an exciting opportunity for the entire Pinnacle community. We want to keep all of you informed about what we are doing and dispel any rumors which may arise. We’ll let you know about decisions which may be made to make changes – or not make changes. Please feel free to send me an e-mail (email@example.com) with any questions you may have.
“We are Pinnacle!”
William K. Wiener, Ph.D.
Estimada padres de Pinnacle en la comunidad:
Estamos muy entusiasmados de saber que nuestro consejo nos ha autorizado a buscar una nueva propiedad, donde podremos ampliar nuestras ofertas de programas en Artes, Ciencias y atletismo, y fortalecer nuestra K-12 . Hemos pedido a una empresa de bienes raíces en busca de oportunidades, así como determine el mercado para nuestras propiedades actuales. Por lo tanto, si usted oye que el Pinnacle está a la venta, es sólo porque estamos tratando de ver si hay compradores potenciales.
Nosotros conduciremos grupos de enfoque de padres en el futuro para obtener información y comentarios de ustedes para ayudar a perfeccionar y ampliar nuestro enfoque en las áreas que son importantes para los padres y estudiantes.
Esta es una oportunidad emocionante para toda la comunidad de Pinnacle. Queremos mantener a todos informados acerca de lo que estamos haciendo y despejar los rumores que puedan surgir. Les dejaremos saber a usted sobre las decisiones que se pueden hacer para hacer cambios - o si no hacemos cambios. Por favor, de enviarme un e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) con cualquier pregunta que pueda tener..
William K. Wiener, Ph.D.
Food Service Survey for Parents and Students
The Pinnacle Charter School is constantly working to improve our programs to better meet the needs of our students. We value your feedback, both positive and negative, from parents and students regarding the services they receive. This is an anonymous survey and you do not need to include your name. You will, however, be able to include your name and email if you have a specific concern that needs attention. Please click on the link below to start the survey. Thank you for your time and valuable feedback.
Please click on the link below to complete the survey.
To educate students to attain superior levels of academic performance by:
Creating a safe, supportive school community
Fostering a structured environment to prepare students for college and career
Using data and the state standards to support learning
Striving for excellence in everything we do
Thursday, April 24
Grades 4 and 7
Friday, April 25
Grades 5 and 8
Dress Down Day
Monday, April 28
Grades 5 and 8
Don't Be Fooled Into Eating Bad
The time is near for Peeps, ham, potatoes, and so much more. Don't be fooled, indulge in moderation.
Try this April breakfast casserole.
Click Here for the Recipe
Parent Guide for School Emergency Procedures
Los procedimientos de emergencia de la escuela
have you always wondered the difference between a Lockout and Lockdown,
or what would happen if the school had to evacuate in an emergency? The
link below will provide details into each of these scenarios. Safety
is a number one priority at the Pinnacle.
Standard Emergency Response Information for Parents
Padres, siempre se han preguntado por la diferencia entre el Lockout y lockdown, o qué pasaría si la escuela tuvieron que evacuar en caso de emergencia? Los links siguientes proporcionan detalles en cada uno de estos escenarios. La seguridad es la prioridad número uno en el Pinnacle
Los procedimientos de emergencia de la escuela
Bullying is Never Okay
SAFE2TELL® is designed to help YOU anonymously report any threatening behavior that endangers you, your friends, your family, or your community.
TO: The Pinnacle Community
FROM: Bill Rosell, Director of Facilities
RE: Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
Date: February 10, 2014
We are conscientious about the health and safety of our students, faculty, building occupants and contractors who work in our facility. During the summer of 2011, we had our facility inspected for asbestos-containing materials by Stiles Environmental & Industrial Hygiene, LLC, an asbestos inspection and consulting firm. The inspection results were evaluated and asbestos was detected in the wall plaster identified on the original perimeter wall of the high school. An asbestos management plan was developed by a certified management planner at Stiles Environmental documenting these findings and submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for approval. We have copies of this approved asbestos inspection report and management plan in our main office and our maintenance office for review.
The EPA’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires us to perform a periodic surveillance every six (6) months for known or presumed asbestos-containing materials in our buildings. This is to determine overall condition of the material and ensure the material has not been, or has the potential of being, disturbed. Also, these materials need to be re-inspected every three (3) years by a certified asbestos building inspector to ascertain any change in condition.
We intend to fully comply with all relevant EPA and OSHA regulations in our facility and will be closely monitoring all asbestos related activities and installation of new building materials. We look forward to working with you in the future to provide a healthy and safe learning and working environment for our students, staff and contractors.