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Bear Creek Elementary School

Bear Creek R.O.C.K.S!

​​Bear Creek is a vibrant school where creative staff and engaged students learn and play together with the support of parents and community. Our environment is one in which academic achievement is expected, all students are valued and diversity is embraced. Our collective vision and shared goals unite us to work cooperatively and fuel our passion for providing the best possible learning experience for all students.



Tanner Dayhoff

 

 

Address: 2500 Table Mesa Drive

City: Boulder

State: CO

Zip: 80305

Office Phone: 720-561-3500

Fax: 720-561-3501

Attendance Phone: 720-561-3502

Counseling Phone:  

Counseling Fax:  

Email:  

Daily Schedule:
School Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Office Hours: 7:15am - 4:00pm



About Our School:
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bear Creek Elementary School is situated on a hilltop at the base of the Flatirons, Boulder's dramatic rock formation, and we enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Boulder and the Colorado plains.  The impressive mountain backdrop is a daily inspiration reminding us that our tradition of maintaining a strong school community is the bedrock upon which we strive to reach high academic goals.  By enveloping children in a safe, nurturing environment and teaming with parents and the community to ensure learning for all students, we can inspire students to conquer their mountains and realize their dreams.

Bear ​​​​​​​Creek has been recognized as a "National Blue Ribbon School."  The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors both public and private K-12 schools that are determined by the U.S. Department of Education to be either academically superior or to have shown dramatic gains in student achievement. The Blue Ribbon designation is awarded to approximately five schools in Colorado each year, Bear Creek representatives were invited to Washington, D.C. for a nationalceremony to meet with other Blue Ribbon schools and to share ideas that have led to school success.  Bear Creek has also been the recipient of numerous Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards and the Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awards.


Program Characteristics:
Bear Creek Elementary School is a dynamic, innovative neighborhood school that emphasizes the multi-faceted cognitive and conceptual connections among mathematics, science and music. Our focus content has students looking at interdisciplinary connections to enrich their learning and their lives.

A high priority is placed on a rich language arts experience as a solid foundation in literacy skills. Students are enveloped in an investigative and creative classroom culture that develops thinking skills and evokes the use of critical thinking.

The staff provides learning experiences that challenge students to excel to their maximum potential. We strive to stimulate intellectual curiosity and love of learning in children. During the acquisition of skills and knowledge, students are encouraged to ask questions, take risks, and be willing to make mistakes in their quest for greater understanding. The school helps students to develop successful relationships with peers and creates an environment in which students can feel both self-assured and accepting of others. Parent volunteers are a visible and valuable resource in our school and teachers build strong home-school bonds through personal contacts, reports, newsletters and conferences.

Fine and performing arts are integral parts of the education at Bear Creek. The school’s physical education classes place an emphasis on physical fitness, individual and team sports, and sportsmanship. Excellent media and technology resources are available.

Bear Creek provides support and assistance to meet the needs of all students. Special services are available for students who are talented and gifted, and students with disabilities. Bear Creek emphasizes the importance of respecting and valuing individual differences and appreciating cultural plurality.

Special Programs and Opportunities

Spotlights – This choir is open to fourth and fifth graders who have an interest in developing vocal skills. The choir rehearses mornings before school and performs two programs during the year at school and in the community. Bear Creek had more than 75 students participate in Spotlights throughout this past year.

Before and After-School Clubs and Activities – A variety of clubs are offered each year based on interest. Last year some of the opportunities that were available to students were student council, chess club, foreign languages, homework club, jump rope group, Landsharks running group, drumming club, Lego Robotics club, nature club, and intramural sports.

Science Presentations – A few years ago Bear Creek modified its annual Science Fair in order to match each grade level’s developmental abilities and thus maximize learning opportunities for students. This past year every student at every grade level participated in science exploration and communication of their newly learned science information. The culmination of the Bear Creek Science Presentation experience is a data rich, individually presented science project by each fifth grade student. 

Enrichment Activities – Many enrichment activities are offered every year. Some of the exciting opportunities are the National Geographic Geography Bee, Spelling Bee and CU Science Explorers.


Healthy Living Focus – The Bear Creek community believes strongly in teaching students about smart choices regarding personal, community and global health. Activities include a Safe Routes to School program to encourage car-free commuting to school, the Garden to the Table project which produces food for our Harvest Bar lunches, and our Green Star Schools goal of moving toward zero waste production.



Principals Message:
Bear Creek is a vibrant school where creative staff and engaged students learn and play together with the support of parents and community. Our environment is one in which academic achievement is expected, all students are valued, and diversity is embraced. Our collective vision and shared goals unite us to work cooperatively and fuel our passion for providing the best possible learning experience for all students. Historically we have a reputation for educational excellence and continue to make significant strides. We are proud of many of our school achievements. 

Some highlights are:
  • Honored with the U. S. Department of Education’s 2006 National Blue Ribbon Award
  • Recognized nationally by the 2008 John L. Oberstar Award as “the school in the country with the most outstanding achievement in establishing a Safe Routes to School program”
  • Recipient of the John J. Irwin Schools of Excellence Award, Spring 2001-2015
  • Dedication to exceptional academic growth and achievement as demonstrated by results of students on district and state assessments
  • Commitment to the whole child and to maintaining strong arts, music and athletic programs
  • High parent and staff satisfaction with our school as reported by the BVSD Snapshot Survey. Annually parents and students have rated the safe-caring community, the personal attention and the academic programs very highly.
While we celebrate our recognitions, our greatest source of pride and first commitment is to our students. 

I am proud to be your principal and look forward to working with the Bear Creek community to seek ways to continuously improve our school.

Sincerely,
Tanner Dayhoff



Points of Pride:


Mission statement:
​The mission of the Bear Creek Elementary is to create challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive and are prepared for successful, civically engaged lives.​ We strive to stimulate children's intellectual curiosity and love of learning in children. In the process of acquiring skills and knowledge, we encourage students to ask questions, take risks, and be willing to make mistakes in their quest for greater understanding.


Vision statement:
​Bear Creek Elementary develops childrens’ greatest abilities and makes possible the discovery and pursuit of their dreams which, when fulfilled, will benefit us all. We provide a comprehensive and innovative approach to education and graduate successful, curious, lifelong learners who confidently confront the great challenges of their time.


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Student/Teacher Ratio: 18.9/1

Funded Headcount: 417

Equity Goal:  

Enrollment FTE: 417

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