C3 In the News


Screen Shot 2016-11-29 at 9.27.55 AM C3 has recently been featured on multiple news outlets in regards to our work on Mindfulness.  Please check out the great press here.

Ms. Laura’s class on 9 News

2nd Grade in the Denver Post

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C3 Special Announcement

October 27, 2016
C3 Earns a Blue Distinguished Rating
One of Only Eleven Schools in the District to Earn Blue
Today Tom Boasberg, DPS Superintendent, announced the 2016 School Performance Framework (SPF) ratings and Creativity Challenge Community has earned a Distinguished (Blue) rating. We are so proud and excited.
C3 opened in 2012 with only first and second grade students and last year we reached full build with K-5 students.  This was our very first year when we had all the data needed for a full SPF rating.  C3’s growth scores, for last year’s 4th-5th graders, were a huge piece of our success.
The School Performance Framework (SPF) is like a report card for each school. It identifies areas of strength and areas for improvement. The elementary SPF looks at several areas of school performance: Academic Growth, Academic Proficiency, Equity/Gaps, Parent and Student Engagement and Satisfaction.  More details can be found here.
Our staff is glowing with excitement at this news.  It means we are currently one of 11 schools to receive this rating across the entire district of over 190 K-12 schools.  We are so proud of the work done by our entire staff since we opened to contribute to this rating.
This is a time for celebration and introspection as we study all of the information in the rating. Staff, the IAT, and the admin. team will be working through all of the data to help drive our work going forward. There will be a meeting on Wed., Nov. 2nd at 8:10 a.m. to share and explain our 2016 CMAS PARCC scores and the resulting SPF rating. Denver Public Schools has created one of the most stringent and detailed accountability systems in the state including early literacy to 12th grade, comparing similar schools to each other and within a school among their own diverse student groups. We will also receive a state rating later this fall.​
Brent and I want to thank each of the members of our staff who work daily with our students and contributed to the success.  It also does not come without the participation of our greater community  of families and the support teams of DPS staff who have believed in and supported our mission and vision over the past five years.  
We also know this is just one piece of who we are but feel strongly that all the innovative aspects of our school — our creativity, our community partners, our curiosity crews — contribute to this achievement. The mission and vision that drives our school lives on and was 100% evident last Tuesday when the Blue at the Zoo C3 community studied the recycled Washed Ashore sculptures and the animals on a perfect fall day.
Finally, as part of this success and our PTSA fundraising efforts at F3, we will be celebrating with our students by having a pizza lunch day on Tues., Nov. 1st.  Our PTSA will be paying for pizza for every student to recognize their amazing F3 fundraising efforts. 
We will also be celebrating our Blue status on Thurs., Nov. 3rd (notice that it will take place on the 3rd) by wearing blue (be creative!), and recognizing the amazing efforts of our staff, students and families.  
Thank you for being a part of this journey.
Enjoy the fall break.
Julia Shepherd and Brent Applebaum
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No C3 School Tours 10/27/16

C3 will not be hosting school tours on Thursday October 27th as this will be a professional development day for teachers.  We will continue with our normal tour schedule on November 3rd.


C3 Administration

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C3 Growth Results and Tours

Dear C3 Community,

As a reminder our weekly tours will start on October 6th at 9:00am.  Please show up to our entrance at the corner of Iowa and Monroe.  Tours occur every Thursday at 9:00am while school is in session.

We are so excited to share with you C3’s first ever test results measuring students’ academic growth on state testing which were released on Tuesday. Median Growth Percentile scores (MGP) were configured on PARCC ELA and Math scores from spring of 2016 for last year’s 4th and 5th grade students. Included in this email is the Chalkbeat article that helps describe how MGP scores are used and developed across the state and district.  “Put simply, the growth numbers provide a picture of how students are progressing and how fast compared to their peers, not taking into account where they are proficiency-wise.”

Our scores were some of the highest results for all of Denver Public Schools and we are so proud. “A student’s growth percentile, which ranges from 1 to 99, indicates how that student’s performance changed over time, relative to students with similar performances on state assessments. School and district growth rates, which make up the greatest share in their quality ratings, are determined by the median growth score from all students in that school or district.” Superintendent Tom Boasberg called when the scores were released to congratulate and thank the C3 team, “you guys did a phenomenal job, just absolutely hit the ball out of the park.”

Filters are available on the Chalkbeat article to look at individual schools. What you will find is that C3 is 5th in MGP scores for math in the entire district including high school, middle and elementary schools, and second for all of the elementary schools in the district with an MGP of 79.0. As for literacy MGP, C3 scored second for all elementary, middle and high schools across the district. Incredible! Only one other school had similar growth for both content areas.

In August of 2012 Creativity Challenge Community opened with a vision that each member of the learning community thinks creatively, achieves at high levels, embraces challenges, takes responsibility for their own learning and contributes to the learning of others. Students and staff focus on all aspects of creative thinking at our school and our community partners as we challenge each other to our highest potential as leaders and learners. We value the importance of data, but understand that it is only a part of our story. The joy of seeing students running into school to embrace their learning and friendships is equally as important and we are thrilled that our results are proving we can do both!

We are celebrating the “challenge” in our name and all of the kind, courageous thinkers of our C3 community. It takes a village of each member of our staff for this success, so please take a moment to thank them for all of their dedication and hard work to making this school great.

Please see more information on academic growth scores at Chalkbeat.





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