Taylor Tales

from Principal Gilbert

Happy New Year!!

Welcome back! I hope your holidays were peaceful and joyful. I know the staff is excited to be back. As we begin this semester, we continue to focus our work on high expectations and effort because we believe all students are more successful when they try and believe in themselves!

As we start our 2nd semester, I want to remind you of some basic procedures that we need help following.

Late Drop-off: we hope that you are able to be on time to school every day, however, we know there are times when you are running late. Students are not allowed to check themselves in when they are tardy. The reason is to make sure your child is completely safe and to do that a parent needs to walk them into the office.

Personal Information: It is important, in the case of emergency, that we can contact parents. So, if you changed your personal contact information over the break, please let the office know and we will make changes.

We thank you for your continued support! Welcome to 2019!

About Our School

Our Mission

Taylor Elementary ignites enthusiasm for learning through dynamic and rigorous teaching,

creating an environment with high expectations, connecting the Arts and celebrating student growth and success.

Our Vision

To be a school where we build positive relationships and empower students to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers who take ownership of their education through a growth mindset.

Taylor is a school committed to excellence and putting kids first. Academic achievement, commitment to safety, and a sense of belonging and community are high priorities. We have a dedicated PTA who highly support staff and students! Taylor is an Arts Integrated school providing students opportunities to learn through interdisciplinary content and demonstrate their learning through project-based activities. Our teachers utilize problem-based learning approaches, and rigorous college and career readiness standards. Our students demonstrate a high depth of knowledge, practice social and relational skills, and develop strong personal values. Students are provided opportunities to solve problems through the application of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. Taylor is committed to preparing students to become productive 21st century citizens through quality instruction and high expectations for student ownership of learning. This year, we have started our journey as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts school.

Kimberly Gilbert, principal

A bit about my background for new families: I hail from Michigan originally, so I am a huge hockey fan! I attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins for my undergraduate degree. After, I continued on to UNC in Greeley for post-bachelorette work and my teaching license. I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Leadership from UCCS. My career in education began as a teacher in Falcon SD49 for 10 years. I served Harrison SD2 as an assistant principal for 6 years. Then, I came to D11 as the principal at Carver for 4 years. This is my 3rd year as principal at Taylor. My husband, Jim, and I have two beautiful children. Our daughter, Micayla, is attending CU Boulder for Mechanical Engineering. Our son, Cayden, is a freshman at CU also studying Mechanical Engineering. As a family, we enjoy camping, traveling, and attending almost any sporting events. I am very proud to be able to continue to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment that ensures differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability. Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have an important role to encourage our children to become active learners. Through a close and collegial team effort with all educational stakeholders, our children will be successful. I am confident Taylor is a place for all students to learn and grow.



Jan. 8- PTA meeting 5:30- 6:30 in library

Jan. 11- Generation Spirit Day and Report Cards come home

Jan. 21- MLK Day- NO SCHOOL (District Closed)

Feb. 1- Jersey Sports Spirit Day

Feb. 15- Valentine's Day Dance 5:30

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