UPE News Update

May 9-13

Mr. Briggs-Hale’s Class Notes:

During the next few newsletters, we would like to celebrate a few of our student’s accomplishments this year:

Healthy School Champion:

UPES was named a Colorado Healthy School Champion for the fourth time!

Heart Committee absorbs other planning components for UPES to become “Heart at the Heart.”


Our students and teachers had a blast exploring deep, classical content and vocabulary. We were standing on the shoulders of giants all year long! Content learned this year:

- Greek Myths

- The Viking Age

- Islamic Empires in the Middle Ages

- The Renaissance

- Shakespeare

- Europe in the Middle Ages

- Early Asian Civilizations

- Fairy Tales

- Making blood

- 3D rendering of Medieval castles

- And much, more!

Library/Classical Seminar:

- Kindergarten finger puppet plays

- Second grade skits – learning about collaboration with peers

- The “Campfire” in the Library - Singing songs and telling stories

- Reading Sarah Plain and Tall

- The fourth graders studied “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”

Building Wide Art Projects:

- Study of European Middle Ages painting

- Study of Islamic geometric designs

- Incredible third grade creativity!


- Second year of Math in Focus implementation

- Focus on fractions continues with one classroom piloting “Action Fractions”

- Principal Briggs-Hale serves as Math Interventionist.

Mountain Academy for Arts and Science:

- Our class started the year with a bang- an overnight backpacking trip in Florissant. Students hiked into the campsite using compasses and top maps and cooked the meals that they had planned and shopped for.

- One of many topics throughout the year we have been focusing on has been science and conservation. We have participated in several citizen science projects including Project FeederWatch, The Great Backyard Bird Count, and more. Last week, students saw first hand how to harvest the energy from the sun and wind. They measured the wind speed across several fields and used the scientific data to plan their own wind farm. As we move towards the end of the year, they will be using their mathematical and design skills to create their own tiny house.

See next week’s Newsletter for more!


Health Jam Guest Speaker Alison Dunlap

Alison Dunlap, a world biking champion will be joining us for our Health Jam celebration on Wednesday, May 11. Alison will be speaking from 1:45 – 2:45 in the gymnasium to the student body about her accomplishments, the sport of biking and how she stays fit now that she is retired. Ms. Dunlap was the World Cross-Country Mountain Bike champion in 2001. She has won two Mountain Bike World Cup races and the Redlands Bicycle Classic in 1996. She finished 7th in the 2000 Olympics and was the gold medalist in the Pan American Games in 1999, among dozens of other accomplishments in the bike world. She is in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Families, please feel free to join us in the gymnasium to hear Ms. Dunlap on May 11.

This and That...

** The last day of school is Thursday, May 26. It is a 11:30am dismissal and all buses, will run regular routes, including those to Manitou. We have many fun events planned for that week!
  • Beach Party Wednesday, May 25 in the morning
  • 5th Grade Graduation Thursday, May 26 8:30-10:00am
  • All School Slide Show Thursday, May 26 10:30-11:00am
  • Yearbook/Autograph Thursday, May 26 11:00-11:20am
  • Students Dismissed Thursday, May 26 11:30am

** All library books need to be returned as soon as possible. The library is now closed for check out, and we are gathering library materials in for inventory processing. Thank you for helping your child locate any Ute Pass Elementary School books!!

** PTO has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 6pm. Please join us to discuss summer playground renovations and celebrate our many successes .

Camp opportunities for students

Weekly Activity Report

Mon., May 9

5th Grade Overnight Camp

11:00am 6th Grade Rocket launch

2:50pm arts14 (last day for Monday music classes)/Animation Station

Tues., May 10:
5th Grade Overnight Camp
2:50pm STAR Study Hall/arts14 (last day)/Landsharks/Yearbook Club

Wed., May 11:

7:10 AM Walking School Bus

8:00am Prek -2nd grade Field Day

12:45pm Health Jam

2:50pm arts14 (last day)

Thur., May 12

12:00-2pm 6th grade to Manitou Middle School

2:50pm STAR Study Hall/Variety Show Rehearsal/arts14

Friday, May 13:

1 & 6pm Variety Show

Intent to Return Form

If you have not done so, please complete the Intent to Return form. This helps us with planning for the next school year.

Choice Re-Enrollment Form

All out of district students must have this form on file for 2016-17 in order to secure a spot in the upcoming year. Please print and return to the office, or stop by the office to complete the form.

Ute Pass Elementary School

Ute Pass Elementary School, located at the foot of Pikes Peak, serves the historic communities of Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, and Crystola. Ute Pass Elementary is a small school where personal attention, strong relationships, and rigorous learning lead to unequaled opportunities for high achievement and leadership development. Our small size leads to big advantages for children – personalized attention, strong relationships, and a cozy, nurturing environment. If you are new to the area, we invite you to come in for a tour. If you are a member of our community, become involved in our school and to visit us often. Our school is a reflection of the great people who attend, work here, and support us. Please feel free to come in, visit, volunteer, and share of yourself.