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​The staff at Ponderosa encourages creative thinking, collaboration and innovation in teaching and learning.  

We have a strong emphasis on a standards based curriculum with:

A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

Research based interventions

High Expectations for student behavior and,

 outstanding student performance.​

A few of the academic programs we use:

Science:  FOSS (Full Option Science System) is a research based, hands-on science curriculum.  With FOSS, students are learning science by doing science.  Students learn science content and process by constructing ideas through their own inquiries, investigations and analyses.  FOSS integrates reading, writing, mathematics, speaking and listening.  Students are learning basic skills through science content. 

WritingLucy Calkins Units of Study is a rigorous yearlong writing curriculum, which provides students with opportunities to write daily for their own purposes.  During a Writer’s Workshop, students work within a community of writers in order to become thinkers and composers of meaning.   During writing, students are immersed in high quality literature to study how authors write, select their own topics for writing and learn skills and strategies of effective writing as they regularly cycle through the writing process.

Reading:  Reading instruction is provided through a balanced approach that emphasizes comprehension, word study and fluency.  Teachers use authentic fiction and non-fiction text to provide explicit instruction on strategies and skills of effective readers.  Teachers meet with students daily to guide them at their independent reading level.  Students are provided large chunks of time to read daily and respond to their reading in a variety of ways.

Math:  Students across Cherry Creek use the Bridges math program.  The comprehensive, standards-based K-5 program offers students a balance between the procedural ("how to") and the conceptual ("the why").  Bridges also helps students develop a deeper understanding of mathematics through direct instruction, investigations and open exploration.​

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