Annual School Report
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From the Board:
Dear NRCCS Families,
Everyone on the board is honored to have the privilege to serve our community school. But we recognize it takes the entire "village" to make us successful.
On behalf of the NRCCS board, I want to thank you and your students for the resources you've so graciously given in the last year. Whether it was your time, energy, talents or financial support, we know its commitment and generosity of our families that make this community and our school so unique.
It is also my sincere hope that you will share my gratitude and appreciation for our school's teacher, administrators and staff members. Every individual who works for NRCCS is committed to the success of each student on a daily basis. Our team is dedicated to creating an environment of academic excellence, character building and leadership.
Lastly, I'd like to thank the larger Steamboat Springs voters for approving two mill levy overrides: one to fund full-day kindergarten and another one to provide the funds necessary to maintain our school facility and campus.
President, NRCCS Board of Directors
2018 Board of Directors
Teresa Van Orden
Dear NRCCS Community
It's always good to reflect back on the previous school year and see what we achieved. Our strategic plan is used by the board and school administration to drive progress in academics and operations, guide strategic directions for the school and inform budget decisions and resource allocations. Using the strategic plan in this manner allows the school to maintain and build on the level of achievement and momentum achieved in past years. We couldn’t be prouder!
Continue to achieve academic excellence at all levels
We received the James Irwin Award for school excellence, met or exceeded CMAS goals and achieved the state’s highest school performance rating designation.
Reduce school debt
We have successfully reduced our debt from a high of $235,000 to $130,000, and are on track to eliminate all debt within the next four years.
Improve school operations
Student, facilities and communications policies were examined and refreshed, a communications schedule to regularly share information with parents, donors, community members and others using Facebook and regular emails was created, and improvements to website for mobile devices were implemented. We installed several security cameras inside and outside the school, became FEMA-certified and worked closely with the district and county officials. We’ve added several security-related policies and are completing a robust emergency operations manual.
Improve our middle-school experience and curriculum
We expanded science and humanities for 5th-8th graders, added more fieldwork for all students and increased our art instruction for every grade.
Become a Mentor EL School
We are well on our way to becoming a mentor EL school. There are more samples of student work throughout the school, as well as a focus on every student’s learning targets. Outside groups are visiting our school already--anxious to see our culture and meet our staff and students. And Katrina Wellman-Machut was honored as an exemplar teacher by the EL Education organization. We also exceeded by 20% all expectations of an EL school at this timeframe of development.
We are thrilled to work with your students each and every day. It is an honor to help them develop a passion for learning, a willingness to try new things, a resiliency to learn from mistakes and a kind heart toward their peers. Thank you for your trust in us.
Yours in education,
Brandon LaChance, Executive Director and Principal
30 individual service projects
4 crew projects
NRCCS by the NUMBERS in 2017-1018
95 K-8 students
16 staff members
22% students who receive special education services
99.3% average attendance rate
The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.
NRCCS is achieving Academic Growth generally in line with the District overall in both Math and English Language Arts. This growth has put us into a category as a top performing charter school in Colorado.
The School Performance Framework (SPF) is a tool used by the Colorado Department of Education to measure key performance indicators identified as measures of educational success, including: academic achievement and academic longitudinal growth. Schools are assigned to one of the following four plan types:
Performance Plan (school meets or exceeds statewide attainment)
Priority Improvement Plan
The NRCCS rating level is Performance.
Annual Giving Program:
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AUTOMATIC MONTHLY DONATIONS
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END OF YEAR CONTRIBUTIONS
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Help us Achieve BIG!!
Every December (this year: December 4) NRCCS has an annual giving campaign to support its unique learning environment. We are, indeed, teaching beyond four walls. To do this, we need:
Manageable class sizes
Service-learning opportunities for students
Modern, well-equipped facilities
Greatly enhanced outdoor education and wellness program.
With your help we hope to develop a lifelong love of learning in all our students.
There are many ways to GIVE.
The Annual Give is our most significant and sustainable fundraiser!
EXTENDED FAMILY AND FRIENDS DONATIONS
Invite grandparents and other family members to invest in NRCCS. Donations can be made online or by check.
Per Pupil Revenue
Fundraising and Donations
Grants and Steamboat Springs Education Fund (SSEF-EFB)
Capital Construction and MLOs
Budgetary Basis Financials
(July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)
Facilities/Bus Maintenance, Upgrades and Construction Reserves and Debt Service
CUMULATIVE FUND BALANCE
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