Award Year: 2015

Penrose Elementary School

100 Illinois Street
Penrose, CO, 81240-9668

(719) 372-6777

Mrs. Michelle L Lesser, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Fremont Re-2 School District

School Website

Mission

To lead all students to reach their individual potential by pursuing high academic achievement in a nurturing environment that ensures responsible and prepared citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 80%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
PES students recognizing American Heart Association's Wear Red Day.

PES students recognizing American Heart Association's Wear Red Day.

At Penrose Elementary School we lead all students to reach their individual potential by pursuing high academic achievement in a nurturing environment that ensures responsible and prepared citizens. We are able to accomplish our mission because of the commitment from our students, staff, district directors, superintendent, board of education, parents, and small community.

Our school is steeped in tradition from the school mascot of the Beaver to the photos of past graduates adorning our halls. One of our most prominent traditions is celebrating Penrose Apple Days. The community depends upon the school to participate in the celebration of the harvest on the first Saturday in October. We begin the day with a “fun run”, each grade level decorates a float for the parade, and prizes go to the classrooms and teachers.

We have fun, but we stay committed to our primary goal of educating our future. We ask our students to engage in, and take active responsibility for their learning. We take specific steps to help students answer the questions: 1. Where am I going? 2. Where am I now? 3. How can I close the gap? These same questions are relevant for our teachers when designing instruction based upon frequent assessments for student learning.

Even though we reside in a low socioeconomic area, where 95% of our students are bused from outlying rural areas, we are able to meet the needs of our students emotionally, socially, and academically. We believe in every student, every day, learning for life!