October Dine Out For Steck!

Wednesday, October 16th 4pm-10pm

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Cherry Creek North

240 Milwaukee Street

Dine-In & To-Go (no online orders)

Please mention Steck!

Click here for a flyer and more information.

No School for Students on Friday, October 18

As our staff wraps up a week of conferences, there will be no school on Friday, October 18, 2019.  No school on Monday October 21 and Tuesday October 22-staff professional development days.

We will see you on Wednesday October 23rd!


Letter from Principal-Leticia Jara-Leake

June 5, 2019

Dear Steck Community,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed principal of Steck Elementary. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such an outstanding reputation. The tight-knit neighborhood school feeling Steck exudes is one of the primary reasons why I was drawn to your great school.

I have dedicated myself to the field of education for over 20 years. During my career, I have worked relentlessly to create supportive learning environments, increase parent involvement, and achieve academic excellence. As a principal, I have also worked collaboratively with the Instructional Leadership Team to reorganize and restructure instructional time, align curriculum and assessment, and create a systematic approach to monitoring academic growth.

Along with teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of high expectations and performance at Steck Elementary. I will work collaboratively with staff members to ensure instructional practices that are rigorous, while maintaining a high level of student engagement and developing students’ character.

Throughout my years as a leader, I have learned that people are the most important assets of a school. People are the ones who build a positive school culture conducive to learning and growth. Creating trusting relationships with all stakeholders, while distributing leadership, leads to consistent improvement. I also hold a deep belief that parents, no matter their background and socioeconomic status, strive to provide the best possible opportunities for their children’s overall development.

This upcoming year, I will be focused on getting to know students, staff, and parents. I am committed to listening, observing, and asking questions. I am excited about the future and look forward to working with you as a team to help your child meet their goals and have a great school year. Enjoy your summer and see you in August!



Leticia Jara-Leake


Steck Elementary

Late Start Days 2019-20 School Year

Sept 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, March 4, April 8, May 6

Students at Steck Elementary School will have 9 late start days for the 2019-2020 school year. These late starts will be used for importantProfessional Learning time for teachers and staff. School will begin 2 hours and 20 minutes later each late start day at 10:30 am. This will be a great opportunity for parents to schedule dental/medical appointments throughout the year which won’t conflict with school hours!

Inclement Weather Update

                                                                                      Inclement Weather

We want to give you an update on the process for inside days in the morning and for two-hour delays. Inside days are called when the temperature outside is below 20 or it is actively snowing, raining or lightening. Two-hour delays are called by the district and will be announced through local news, district website and social media. More information can be found by clicking here: Denver Public Schools Weather Delays
These are the arrival procedures for inside days:
·      Do not bring your child to school earlier that 7:50 am, staff supervision will not be available outside and the Kiss and Go Lane will not be an option on inside days.
·      If your child is in ECE, Kindergarten and 1st grade, please walk your child to the main door by the auditorium. Your child will be greeted by school personnel and directed to where they need to go. No parents allowed inside the building.
·      If your child is in 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th, please walk or direct your child to the outside door by the GYM. Your child will be greeted by school personnel and directed to where they need to go. No parents allowed inside the building.
·      ECE parents will be the only ones allowed into the building.

Steck Book Fair

Mark your calendar! Steck’s Fall Book Fair is coming up — this is the big one! We partner with Scholastic to put on this amazing fair. Not only will we fill our students’ arms with books and promote reading, 25% of the fall book fair sales go to Steck. These events are volunteer run, so sign up to help!
As in past years, we’ll have Wish Boxes for each teacher and specials instructor, so as you’re shopping at the Fair, also pick out a couple books from the Wish Boxes and donate them to the classroom. We’ll have dedication stickers available at checkout, and we can deliver the books to their new homes. 
Book Fair Hours: 
Monday, October 7
7:30am – 8:15am
2:45pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, October 8
7:30am – 8:15am
2:45pm – 7:30pm (open late for afterschool families & Family Reading Night)
Family Reading Night  6:00-7:00pm — ALL FAMILIES ARE WELCOME!
Wednesday, October 9
7:45am – 8:15am
2:45pm – 4:00pm
Thursday, October 10
7:45am – 8:15am
2:45am – 4:00pm
Questions about the Book Fair? Contact co-chairs Ann Hunt and Megan Kilpatrick
Questions about Family Reading Night? Contact Sara Bellamy

Student Fee Links and Information

Pay for your student fees today using this link MySchoolBucks
Use this step by step tutorial for help http://tiny.cc/paydpsfees

To Report An Absence

Parents/ Guardians:

To report an absence, please email Attendance_Steck@dpsk12.org.

Please email the following information:

·       Student Full Name

·       Grade and teacher

·       Date

·       Reason for absence

Fall 2019 Enrichment at Steck!

Registration goes live August 21that 8:00am and ends September 9th at 6:00pm. Please click below to download the brochure with more information about registration. 

2019 Fall Enrichment Brochure Steck


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.