Steck’s Award for High Growth in Literacy & Math!

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Jan 11 Steck Office News


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Science Fair Results

All of our scientists did an amazing job with great questions to explore & investigate! Hope to see you all again next year.

  1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Kindergarten Gracie Gould

Abigial Elliott

Sofia Villarreal

1st Grade Engineering:

Nolan Peintner

Scientific Investigation:

Chloe Richman & Ruby Kay

George Shaver Luis Camacho Rodriguez-Casanova
2nd Grade JJ Shaver Samuel Villarreal Marko Strizak
3rd Grade Bobby Gould Lochlan McGuire & Uta Rainer Olympia Tullar, Nico Franco & Elijah McAllister
4th Grade Maia Kauffman & Kai F., Arjun P. & Zoe Zunker’s Team Izzy Osmundson Ari Apodaca & Hank Bielenberg
5th Grade Zed Hausman Aiden Lin & Ava Stout Chase Yake

Stay Curious and keep asking questions!

Download the Sign Up Sheet and turn it in to the main office by Fri., Nov. 16th (boards will be available to pick up by the main office): http://steck.dpsk12.org/science-fair/

Read more about rubrics, guidelines, and poster displays: https://sciencefair.dpsk12.org/


Please sign up to help in the mornings from 7:50-8:10 or the afternoons from 2:50-3:10.  You can sign up for as many spots as you would like.  We need 3 volunteers in the morning and 3 in the afternoon:

Parents of 5th graders-Sign up HERE for October

Parents of 4th graders-Sign up HERE for November

Parents of 3rd graders-Sign up HERE for December

Parents of 2nd graders-Sign up HERE for January

Parents of 1st graders-Sign up HERE for February

Parents of Kindergarteners-Sign up HERE for March

Steck will be implementing an action plan for school year 2018-19 with components such as, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Steck will establish, communicate, implement and enforce a strict clockwise, right-side of vehicle drop-off/pick-up pattern with parent support.
  2. The plan will reinforce that the northbound Albion frontage area, between 4th and 5th is specifically for “Kiss and Go” drop-off and pick-up only and is intended to keep traffic flowing. Pauses in K&G should always be less than two minutesThere will be no parking permitted on northbound Albion frontage area, between 4th and 5th from 7:45am – 8:15am and 2:45pm – 3:15pm to allow traffic to flow and ensure safe student drop-off.
  3. Parents needing to park for over four minutes, will drop-off/pick-up in approved, signed areas on East 4th and 5thAvenues and neighborhood side streets.  Parents will encourage street crossing at intersections only andalways have children enter/exit on sidewalk sides.

Parking to enter the school grounds employee parking will not be allowed on the east side of Albion from 7:45am-8:15am and 2:45pm – 3:15pm.  This includes drop-off for Discovery Link and school breakfast.

  1. Reminder of prohibited traffic actions.  There should be no:
  2. Parking or blocking, even in idle, of any resident’s driveway or city alley.
  3. U-turns, 3-point turns and utilizing private driveways to turn around on all streets within the perimeter of school property
  4. Across-the-street drop-offs/pick-ups that cause children to cross the street.
  5. Opposite direction crossing (driving to the reverse side traffic) for drop-off and pick-up.
We need plenty of volunteer help to get this plan underway! Please here to sign up.


Late Start Days 2018-19 School Year

Sept 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 6, March 6, April 3, May 1

Students at Steck Elementary School will have 9 two hour late start days for the 2018-2019 school year. These late starts will be used for important Professional Learning time for teachers & staff. School will begin two hours later each of the late start days at 10:10 am. This will be a great time for parents to try to schedule dental/medical appointments throughout the year which won’t conflict with school hours! More information will be available soon!

Important Dates

Tues., Jan 15: PTSA Meeting 8:15am

Mon., Jan 21: No School (MLK Jr. Day)

Steck App

We are using the SchoolWay App to keep you involved in what is going on at our school. SchoolWay is available FREE for Apple or Android devices in the app stores. Search for SchoolWay and download, then follow our school. More information may be found at www.myschoolway.com/DPS.

SchoolWay/Steck App Signup Flyer


Steck’s online Literacy and Math curriculum and assessment tool for personalized instruction.

       Student Login               Parent Guide

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum:

Empowering Education

“…strives to help students seek healthy, positive relationships with their friends, family, and their community, ultimately resulting in positive contributions to society as a whole.”

Learn more: https://empoweringeducation.org/

MELD – Math, English Language Development Block

PURPOSE OF Math, English Language Development Block – (MELD)

Small group instruction time where classroom teachers and/or interventionist(s) work primarily with those who are challenged with common specific skills (to make more impact) while the other students work at their level (at grade level or advanced) with the supervision of other adults.  This gives the teacher a 30-40 minute “sacred” time frame to deep dive into the needs of students who are challenged by grade level curriculum with resources for extra help so  these students are not pulled during whole group instruction (but during the MELD block instead).  TEACHERS WORK WITH THE MOST CHALLENGED – that is the goal in mind, using all data tools created to help inform that their NEEDS are met, not level, but skills in need.  These groups will be fluid and dynamic.