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Prairie Crossing is going full STEAM ahead!

What does STEAM mean?

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as an access point for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. ~ Susan Riley, Arts Integration Specialist

STEAM experiences involve two or more standards from Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts to be taught AND assessed in and through each other.

STEAM is interdisciplinary, rigorous and links students to real-world challenges emphasizes process & design as well as hands-on activities, with a goal to develop

is a way of thinking, inquiry, collaboration, problem solving & sustaining a sense of wonder is authentic & sustainable project-based learning serves ALL students

What Does STEAM look like in the Classroom?

First Grade Example: Catch a Gingerbread Man

In a first grade classroom, students read a story (connection to literacy), design a

track and then use materials (like blocks or LEGOs) to build a track to catch

a gingerbread man. This activity includes a focus on literacy, math,

design, and problem-solving. Students then reflect on the process and make

suggestions for improvements.

Fifth Grade Example: Balloon Car Derby

Students identify components of the engineering design process and work collaboratively

to design a balloon car. They create a blueprint, construct the car, and then test the

car to measure the distance traveled. Students then reflect on the process and make

suggestions for improvements.

Will there be any changes @ PCE because of STEAM?

STEAM will only enhance the personalized learning for our students at Prairie Crossing.  One minor shift will be in Mrs. Debbie Blair’s role within teacher collaboration. Mrs. Blair will become our STEAM coordinator, using her extensive technology knowledge and experiences to support and collaborate with grade level teachers to fully integrate student learning.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).