Hawk Highlights

January 19, 2022

Dear Families and Friends of the Hollys,

Recent changes to the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act or READ Act, originally passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2012, require all Colorado school districts to implement a state-approved literacy program by the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. CCSD formed a committee of educators, including teachers from all elementary grade levels, gifted and talented teachers and English Language Acquisition teachers, to evaluate two of the state-approved programs. They used a rigorous process to select Into Reading.

“We used a rubric that looked at lots of different components for each program,” Jones said. “That it’s student centered, supports culturally relevant education, provides authentic learning experiences and its utilization of standards-based instruction and assessment.”

The committee recommended Into Reading because it will benefit students by helping them develop strong literacy skills from kindergarten on, and also because Into Reading supports teachers with myriad resources for meeting the needs of diverse learners. The program helps students build strong literacy skills as readers, writers and speakers. Those skills include phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, text analysis, comprehension, fluency and more.

“It’s exciting!” said Dr. Dominique Jones, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Cherry Creek Schools. She explained that Into Reading is a research-based literacy resource that will help students become successful readers, writers and lifelong learners. “Students are going to have a consistent resource that is grounded in evidence-based practices called ‘the science of reading,’” she said.

With changes to the Colorado READ Act, all K-3 teachers have or will complete 45 hours of evidence-based training. Implementing Into Reading will leverage this evidence-based approach, with support provided by the many tools embedded into the resource. Kindergarten through second grade teachers will begin Into Reading professional learning this spring and begin implementation of the program in those grades this fall. Third- through fifth-grade teachers will receive professional learning next year, and the program will be rolled out in those grades during the 2023-24 school year.

For more information about the Into Reading curriculum resource visit: https://www.hmhco.com/programs/into-reading


The Cherry Creek School District

School of Choice

School of Choice Applications are OPEN for the 2022-23 school year.

The Cherry Creek School District gives district residents the opportunity to apply for enrollment in the Cherry Creek school/program of their choice. Families may request that their child attend a Cherry Creek school outside the assigned attendance area. The School of Choice application is available online during the month of January only. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications are considered based on lottery and space availability. Priority is given to students with siblings currently attending the requested school and approved to return the following year. Priority is also given to children of district employees. There is a limit of one application per student and all information is verified for accuracy. Addresses must be up to date in order to be considered for School of Choice.

    • Except as may be required by law, transportation for resident students granted permission to attend a school or program outside their attendance area is the responsibility of the parents or guardians - Policy JFBA

Parents are notified of the results by March 15th. Appeals may be submitted in writing to District Admissions by April 15th. The Appeals Committee will review all letters​ received, and parents will be notified of the decision by May 15th. Include student name, student ID number, parent/guardian information and reason for request. Submit to jwimer@cherrycreekschools.org.

Submit your School of Choice application here from January 1-31 only.

A Message from the Hollys PTCO

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Please contact (name of liaison) at (email) for support with this resource in your language.


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