Online enrollment available for kindergarten students now
April 8, 2014
EAGLE — The school district's online student registration system went live Friday. Parents of all pre-school and new kindergarten students will be able to complete most of the registration process online.
Once you're through with the online part, you'll take the information to school, including birth certificates, immunization records and proof of residency.
The online system is designed to streamline the process, said Mike Gass, assistant superintendent. Once in the system, parents will only need to update information as it changes from year-to-year. If you have more than one child in the system, then they won't have to duplicate information for things like addresses.
Previously, parents would complete paper forms, then registrars would manually key the information into PowerSchool for each of the school district's 6,500 students.
They cannot automate collection and review of valid identification records, Gass said.
State law requires that birth certificates and immunization records be verified.
After completing the online process, parents will be assigned a date to register at their schools.
During this first phase, the online registration information is only available in English. Schools will have bilingual staff members on hand to support native Spanish speakers. By the summer, the system will be available in both English and Spanish.
Online registration is just for kindergarten for now, but should be live for the other grades by August. For existing/returning students, current data will be pulled into the new system.
"Anytime you roll out something this complex at scale, the community should expect a few bumps in the road," Gass said. "So, we ask for patience and understanding for this first year. The system has been tested, refined, and tested again, but we will still have IT staff members on-hand to address the unforeseen problem that might happen."
Registration dates by school:
Avon Elementary: April 25 and 28.
Brush Creek Elementary: April 28.
Eagle County Charter Academy: April 21 and 24.
Eagle Valley Elementary: April 29 and May 1.
Edwards Elementary: May 6.
Gypsum Elementary: April 22 and 23.
Homestake Peak: April 29 and 30.
June Creek Elementary: April 23.
Red Hill Elementary: April 9 and 10.
Red Sandstone Elementary: April 9 and 10.
Parents are reminded to bring several important records with them to successfully complete registrations: birth certificates, immunization records, and proof of residency.
Early childhood education accepting applications
Eagle County Schools is accepting applications for preschool students between the ages of 3-5.
"We currently have eight preschool programs in the county serving nearly 300 students," explained Shelley Smith, director of Early Childhood Education with Eagle County Schools. "Our facilities serve all families, including those who qualify for Head Start and have special education needs."
Some of their programs may be full and have a waiting list, but Smith encouraged parents in those areas to also inquire and join that list. That could be an indicator that that center needed to be expanded, or new centers added.
Early Childhood Education programs include:
Avon Elementary Preschool. Contact Elizabeth Hoeft at 970-328-2494 for more information.
Brush Creek Preschool. Contact Jody Ejnes for more information 970-328-3908.
Eagle Valley Elementary preschool. Contact Brittany Kass at 970-524-1370 for more information.
Edwards Elementary preschool, Stephanie Haines, 970-328-6139.
Gypsum Elementary preschool. Contact Michelle Spencer at 970-328-9251 for more information.
Homestake Peak preschool. Contact Amy Chato at 970-569-5051 for more information.
June Creek preschool. Contact Cindy Long at 970-569-5248 for more information.
Red Sandstone preschool. Contact Tanya Vasquez at 970-328-3845 for more information.
Early Childhood Education. Contact Shelley Smith at 970-328-3942 for more information.
Eagle County schools selects two new principals
Two new principals will lead local schools next year.
Roy Getchell will be the principal of Avon Elementary, and Stephanie Gianneschi will be the principal of Brush Creek Elementary in Eagle.
Both principals will start with the arrival of the 2014-15 school year.
Getchell comes to the district from his position as campus director of the Emirates National School in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Denver.
Gianneschi was site administrator of Meadowood Child Development Center with Aurora Public Schools. She was a math teacher leader and math teacher coach at the elementary school level before becoming an administrator. She earned her master's degree in instruction and curriculum from the University of Colorado, Denver.