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Message from the Principal

Ryan Elementary School has around 500 students who are excited to do their very best job of learning! As families and faculty, we believe we share the same excitement and responsibility to make sure that every day, every child is learning. Ryan's staff focuses on making certain that school time is used to maximize learning, and that traditional academic disciplines are well at the heart of what we do. High expectations for instruction, curriculum and discipline continue to receive our strong support and attention!

As we all know, volunteers can make an important difference to our children. Reading a story to a child, listening to a child read, helping a child with math facts, sharing a career with young people, helping in the Library Media Center, inviting seniors and neighbors to be a part of a learning at school, are all ways in which positive support helps children at Ryan in their educational journey.

The culture of Ryan parallels the culture of our community, making parent partnerships easy to develop and maintain. The staff views parents as valuable assets in the joint education of students. Parents visit and volunteer in the school. They want to know how their children are progressing and what they can do to support their education. Frequent newsletters and conferences keep communication open between the school and parents and assist in empowering parents with the educational process of their children. An active parent teacher organization helps support students and teachers with their times, interests, ideas, activities and financial support for special programs and projects.

Ryan staff, in partnership with students, parents and the community, will provide a systemic, high quality education in a safe learning environment that results in increased student learning and success for ALL students. Ryan is a safe place for caring, sharing, laughing and learning. This is much more than a mission statement. It expresses an outline of the job we must accomplish for this school year and beyond. It speaks of our obligation to provide educational opportunities resulting in learning for EVERY child.

Our staff is committed to the District mission of providing a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future.

  • a challenging and engaging curriculum
  • high expectations for all students
  • a safe, healthy, orderly and trusting environment
  • a climate that supports strong relationships between adults and students
  • a climate that welcomes family participation
  • a learning community for students, teachers and families

At Ryan, students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities beyond the regular classroom setting, such as: Choir, Drama, Fuel Up to Play 60 activities, the Ryan Run Club, cooking classes and many more. These activities provide opportunities for students to form friendships, accept additional responsibility and practice intellectual and social skills.

I invite you to browse our website, visit our school or give me a call at 982-3105 to find out more about Ryan Elementary. I welcome your interest in our school and all of the learning opportunities that we offer. If you need additional information, we invite you to e-mail the Principal directly at [email protected] or call the school office at 303-982-3105. You are more than welcome to come and visit our school to experience the exciting learning that takes place here at Ryan.

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Kristi Shaner, Principal

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