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School tours are held every week beginning in October or by appointment as needed. Come see this hidden gem tucked into the heart of Denver.
No School during Thanksgiving week
Just a reminder that school is out from Nov. 24-28. All students, except those in ECE, return on Dec. 1. ECE students return on Dec. 2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Volunteer opportunities at the school
If you went through volunteer training and received your approval, there are are several volunteer opportunities available at Palmer. Please read the attached letter from Dr. Paula Bieneman. Thanks for making Palmer such a great community. Letter to Volunteers
Parents’ Night Out is Dec. 4, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Palmer PTA and the teachers and staff at Palmer invite you to take a night off. Enjoy a night on the town or get in some holiday shopping while your kids spend special time with parent and teacher volunteers. School-age children are welcome, ECE-4 to Fifth Grade. Younger siblings who are potty-trained are also welcome. Children can watch movies in the auditorium, dance and play games in the gym and make wonderful art projects in the cafeteria. Cost is $15 per child, which includes dinner and a drink. We are serving pizza. Children of parent volunteers are free, so an additional incentive to come help out at Parents’ Night Out. It should be a really fun night! Fill out this form if you are interested and bring it to the office with a check before Dec. 3. Parents’ Night Out Form
Your School, Your Voice
Palmer has been chosen as a grant finalist focused on school curriculum innovations and we need YOUR input. Read more and complete a survey.
Palmer is a high growth school!
Superintendent Tom Boasberg sent a letter to Palmer today talking about the school’s growth on the School Performance Framework or SPF. And while overall the school dipped into the yellow (by less than a point), Palmer showed tremendous growth in numerous areas, including math. Here is an excerpt from his letter:
It is our pleasure to announce the Top Performing and High Growth Schools for the 2013-14 school year. Each year, teachers participating in ProComp earn incentives for serving in schools that are Green or Blue on the School Performance Framework (SPF) and/or on the SPF academic growth indicator. Educators in schools that are Green or Blue on both growth and overall SPF receive both incentives.
We are thrilled that the number of schools that qualify for these incentives continues to grow! This year, nearly 59% of our schools achieved either the Green or Blue status, according to the 2013-14 School Performance Framework, qualifying them as a Top Performing School under ProComp. Additionally, 60% of our schools also achieved Green or Blue status on the combined SPF academic growth measures, qualifying them as a High Growth School. To view the Top Performing list, please click here. To view the High Growth list, please click here. Palmer is on the High Growth list! That means the school is absolutely moving in the right direction. If you would like to learn more about Palmer’s performance on the SPF, come to the PTA meeting next Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the school library. Principal Dr. Bieneman will share with us the details of that academic measure and what the school is doing about it.
Palmer one of 10 schools selected for Personal Success Factors Pilot
(From DPS’s Week in Review Publication)
Palmer was selected as one of 10 Denver Public Schools to pilot a new program that helps teachers address the emotional and social needs of their students. Personal Success Factors systematically integrates ways to help kids grow academically, socially and emotionally. While teachers around DPS already help students develop positive behaviors and habits on a daily basis, the personal success factors pilot schools will work with local and national models to learn about the best ways to integrate these personal success factors at school. Learn more about this exciting program by watching this video highlighting how teachers are learning to apply “grit” into their everyday teaching. A big congratulations goes out to Palmer and the other pilot schools: Colfax, College View, Force, Harrington, Steck, Hill, Morey, CLA and Manual.
Many thanks to BKD Staff Foundation and Bill Schneider and CitiScapes
BKD Staff Foundation generously donated time, labor and made a financial contribution during a volunteer day on August 14 to plant new landscaping in the front of the school and to spruce up the playground. What a wonderful gift to start the school year! Bill Schneider and CitiScapes designed the new landscaping and provided oversight on the project! Many thanks to everyone. Check out pictures in our photo gallery.