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,

This was a fantastic week where students engaged in challenging Math testing and showed true academic perseverance during the entire process.  Next week, we have 4th grade testing in Social Studies and 5th grade testing in Science.  Thank you for making sure students are here on time and rested so that they can do their very best.  Our next testing day is on Tuesday. 

We also want to announce some important upcoming events at Peak.  Our 2nd Stakeholder's Summit dinner will be on Thursday April 25th from 4:30-6 pm in our cafeteria and classrooms.  Please join us to share your thoughts and ideas to help us continue to make learning challenging, meaningful, and adventurous next year!  This will be a chance to connect with your student's current class teacher and also meet next year's teacher.  Similar to RISE night, please RSVP if you plan to attend Stakeholder's Summit by replying to this email so that we can order the correct amount of food for the event.

The next big event on the Peak horizon is Better World Day, which is Friday May 3rd.  Peak will join schools around the country as we celebrate the power of student service in our community.  Students in each grade level have chosen topics that range from trying to positively impact homelessness, to making videos about positive behavior, to cleaning up our local environment.  If you are interested in volunteering in your student's classroom, please contact teachers directly. 

Thanks for all that you do to support our students & make it a great weekend!



Tim Carlin

Principal of Fun

Peak Expeditionary School

at Pennington


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