Ute Pass Elementary

All is well!  Tomorrow your child will bring home a homework menu and a weekly reading log in their Yellow Friday Folder.

The directions for the  homework menu are on the top. You will also notice this weeks spelling words. Our focus is irregular spelling and digraphs. In class we have practiced vocabulary in three fun ways that can be used to help practice spelling during the week at home; crossword, little letter makes a big letter and block/bubble letters.

The weekly reading log is a great way to stay organized and create a habit of reading nightly. Thank you for your support!

Jacob Sampson


Another week has passed!

We have settled into our routines and are starting to dive into the year.

Writing: We have begun looking at small moments and personal narratives. We are also going to start the writing process.

Literacy: Tall Tales and Fairy Tales, our focus will be sequencing, character analysis and summarizing. We will be modeling and working on these together as we establish the structures. We will also have our daily phonics lesson to ensure growth in our reading abilities.

Math: Number sense, starting our journey towards 1000. We are looking and more/less, sequencing, and counting on.

PIT:  Such fun the last two weeks getting to know each other. In the next couple weeks we will start looking at phonics and syllable types. For math PIT we will be practicing number sense. We will have three groups, up to 10, up to 100 and up to 1000. Please ask your child which skills they are mastering during PIT time.

What a fantastic start to the school year!

It has been a week filled with cooperation, teamwork, organizing, sharing, caring and fun.

  •  Academics: establishing baselines. This is an important time as I get to know your child and where they are at academically. We have completed a writing project, some math baselines and a few reading fluency passages. I would love to sit down and share what I have learned.  Please contact me to schedule a time. 719-466-3001 or jsampson@mssd14.org
  • Multi-age K/1/2 :  PIT ( Personalized Instruction Time)  What a fun week getting to know each other. Each day this week we have spent time looking at topics such as mindfulness, learning pit, growth mindset, perseverance, beautiful oops, and things we can’t do……..yet!  All of these topics relate to each other and our goal is to support your child as they learn and grow.

First Week Fun!

Also, Please sign up for the Remind Text system. I will be using this system often to communicate. I will also send another sign up sheet home.   Homework and spelling will start up in the next few weeks. Thank you!

Welcome to your classroom! I am very excited about the upcoming year. If you have a particular question, which is not addressed at Back to School Night, please feel free to contact me or set up a conference. This year will be active, energetic, and will depend upon great cooperation and communication between home and school. We are partners with your child in the learning process. Positive attitudes at school are crucial to the smooth transition and adjustment your child will make this year. In addition to academic areas, there will be a focus to help your child act in positive ways to help build a supportive classroom.

Parents are a very important part of our classrooms. The children love having their mom, dad, grandparent, etc. helping out in their classroom. If interested in helping let’s talk!


April 22nd, 2016

Today,  in honor of Earth Day, we went on a hike to clean up the Ute Pass Trail between our school and GMF. We only made it to Mountain Rd. due to all the trash we found. Great job 1st and 2nd grade!

We stopped at the open space and decided to play. No toys, equipment or technology. Just 40 kids running, jumping, building and creating.

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April 6th, 2016


For the next two Tuesdays, April 12th and 19th from 9-11am, our class will be participating in Kid Power. Look for information on this program coming home in backpacks.

March 17th, 2016

Dr. Suess Day Pictures!

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Real World Field Trip!


Fruits of their Labor!


We have arrived!


Practice makes perfect!

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