Pagosa Springs Elementary School

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Principal's Letter

Welcome to Your School

Pagosa Springs Elementary School incorporates components of STREAM (science, technology, recess, engineering, arts, math) in a culture of personalized learning. We value every aspect of the STREAM concept and, as such, we embed classes and activities into our master schedule to ensure high levels of learning in these areas. Additionally, we operate a Response to Intervention Model--we have WIN (What I Need) clubs in math and reading to fill gaps in every student's education. 
As the school's instructional leader, I have worked with staff to increase the academic growth of our students. We work as collaborative teams to implement specific professional development on Curriculum Mapping, Lesson Planning, and Best Practices. We are a school on the rise and after implementing a 3-year institutional plan, attained the "performance" rating from our state--the highest a school can be rated, in only the second year of implementation. Our growth now exceeds the state's growth cutoffs. I am incredibly proud of our kids for reaching deep down, persevering and taking on the challenges the PSES staff put before them. Additionally, I am very proud of the staff for implementing the initiatives that ensure our kids learn at high levels and result in this astounding improvement.

You’ll notice the school's slogan, Care Reigns Here. This slogan encapsulates everything I know about our staff as people, as teachers, as professionals. With that idea in mind, we're always mindful about how to connect with each child here and purposefully build relationships with each and every one that first month. Through our Advisory Period (Morning Meeting) each student is well-known by a specific teacher that advises, mentors, and builds character through teamwork activities.  Many of these activities are through the Leader in Me curriculum, an offshoot of the popular Seven Habits for Highly Effective People approach to life.

We are a Healthy Schools Champion (4 years running!) in our great state and want to continue driving to win that award again. To that end, we value physical activity and a healthy lifestyle and our schedule reflects that. Every child receives PE, Great Body Shop, Rec, and Fitness along with their core classes and other specials.
I am excited to walk this journey in which we form new relationships and I’m grateful for the opportunity we have to educate your children together. 

Best to all of you this school year.

Justin S. Cowan
Principal, PSES