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Boulder Elementary School has the unique ability to teach students in a multiage learning environment, meaning students of different ages learn together in one class, not separated by grade level.  This fosters instruction driven by individual objectives, allowing students to thrive and be challenged based on their specific needs.

Multiage learning reflects the natural groupings that are found in the world around us, and offers opportunities for children to exchange ideas, follow modeled behavior, and develop leadership and social skills.  Attention to education of the whole child, integrated curriculum, and child centered learning are key principles in multiage learning.

The foundation of Boulder Elementary School’s philosophy and teaching is based on the Responsive Classroom approach, focusing on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.  In addition to these principles being carried out throughout the day, the students begin their day with Morning Meeting and end with a Closing Circle.  

Boulder Elementary School uses Guided Reading, individual or small group instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency.  The small group model allows our teachers to focus on each student’s specific needs, accelerating their progress.

Students have Word Work daily that is taught using the Words Their Way curriculum.  Words Their Way is a teacher-directed, student-centered approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development, whereby students engage in a variety of sound, pattern and meaning activities, sorting pictures and words.  It allows for differentiated learning in the classroom, rather than a one-size fits all solution.

Students also have guided writing as part of their instruction.  All grade levels incorporate the writing process each week, which is comprised of five distinct stages, pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.  In using these steps, students are able to break writing into manageable chunks and focus on creating quality writing.  Students who can write proficiently can articulate their thoughts, respond to reading, and communicate effectively.

Go Math! is a comprehensive Kindergarten through Sixth Grade mathematics curriculum that is at Boulder Elementary School, as well as throughout Garfield County School District.  The program emphasizes essential questions and big ideas with depth of understanding as a goal.  Interactive lessons utilize research based instructional approaches and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students.

Boulder Elementary School also uses Mastering Math Facts, Rocket Math with all students.  This is a paper and pencil, worksheet-based math facts supplemental curriculum.  Individual goals are set and reevaluated throughout the year as students master writing numerals and fact fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Students also have the ability to master skip counting, factors, integers, and equivalent fractions.     

Elementary specials are implemented throughout the day through cross curricular lessons, as well as, in block scheduling for Social Studies, Science, Technology, Engineering, Performing and Visual Arts, and Applied Mathematics (project based learning).  Students are broken into Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Middle Elementary, and Upper Elementary for these subjects.  The equivalency for these divisions are typically First and Second Graders in Lower Elementary, Third and Fourth Graders in Middle Elementary, and Fifth and Sixth Graders in Upper Elementary.

 

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Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Julian - Teacher

Elizabeth is the Teacher and Principal at Boulder Elementary School.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont in 2003.  Elizabeth graduated with honors receiving the Elementary Education Program Diversity Award, recognizing her efforts to advance the Elementary Education program’s mission of teaching all children strategically in diverse communities.  

Prior to teaching at Boulder Elementary, she taught with various experiential education programs and was a wilderness guide throughout the United States.  Elizabeth has been living in Boulder with her husband since 2008.  In addition to her role at the school, she is a librarian at the town library and serves on the board of the Boulder Arts Council.  

 Molly Benson - Paraprofessional

Molly started right here as a student at Boulder Elementary School.  Later, in 2010 she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied Film and Feminist Studies. She then spent six years in Seattle where she gained experience working in many fields, including event management, graphic and web design, theatre and film festival production, and had the opportunity to work with opera singers, filmmakers, and writers, among others. She is delighted to have come full circle to contribute her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to her former elementary school. Molly works with students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.

Lexi Johnson - Paraprofessional

Lexi works with students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. She plans on continuing her education in Early Childhood Education, until then Lexi is using her time at Boulder Elementary School for professional experience.  Lexi grew up in Boulder and attended  Boulder Elementary School.  She was a student at Escalante High School and graduated from Utah Online School in May of 2016.