Principal Page

Renee Williams

August 7, 2017

Welcome to Lukas! Whether you are a new or returning student or parent or a community member looking for more information on your neighborhood elementary school, we are glad you stopped by.

The Lukas staff welcomes 500 students through our doors each day. We are proud of our students and their individual and shared accomplishments. We look forward to encouraging students continued love of learning, creative problem-solving, and inquisitive explorations into new interests and ideas. We also work hard to ensure students feel safe, welcome, and cared for during their days at school. 

This will be Lukas 29th year serving the Standley Lake community. We have much to be proud of. Some highlights include:

1. 120 new Chromebooks and 4 new storage carts for use in K-6 classrooms. We are now able to provide each grade level with a storage cart of 30 Chromebooks, in addition to the computer stations already in individual classrooms.

2. New reading resources for K-5 students, including $2,000 per grade level of new books for reading groups and leveled libraries. 

3. New instructional resources to enhance our curriculum. Many grade levels are using Lucy Calkins' Reading and Writing Workshop, which is a well-regarded in early literacy circles for providing the individual support students need to become life-long readers and writers. We are also using Fundations to ensure all students receive systemic phonics instruction in grades K-3.

4. Expanded intervention resources for our struggling students. We continue to provide BURST and Lexia as interventions for struggling readers. We have also purchased additional reading intervention resources such as Read Naturally. Do the Math! is being used across many grade levels as a math intervention.  Our paraprofessionals have been trained to provide small group intervention to students.

5. Expanded enrichment options for our advanced learners. Lukas has partnered with Jeffco Virtual Academy to provide advanced math students in 5th and 6th grades with online learning options within our classroom. Our teachers are implementing WIN (What I Need) time to ensure proficient or advanced students receive opportunities to extend and enrich their learning through project and problem based learning. 

6. Our school is advancing the Jeffco 2020 Vision through R.O.C.K.E.T. Days, which will be held during each Early Release Day throughout the 2016-17 school year. All students have the opportunity to select topics of their choice and engage with a small group of peers in authentic project and problem based learning. Staff members supervise and guide the student groups. Each R.O.C.K.E.T. Day will be centered around one of the Jeffco 2020 Vision core competencies.

I encourage you to take a look at our website and learn more about what it means to be a Lukas Skywalker. I am proud to be your child's principal and share in all the wonderful experiences they have each and every day.  I look forward to working together with you along the journey.

Here's to a great year ahead!