Welcome to your neighborhood school! Here at High Plains
Elementary we are committed to the academic, social, and emotional growth of
all students. We demonstrate this commitment through our relationships with
students and families, and instructional programming.
The culture at High Plains is positive as evidenced by the
smiles on the faces of our students and staff. We value the importance of
providing a safe and caring learning environment for every student. Students
are encouraged to participate in our “High Five for High Plains” program in
which emphasis is placed on these five attributes: safety, responsibility,
positive attitude, respect and achievement. We strongly believe that these
qualities are the essential building blocks needed to develop today’s students
into tomorrow’s leaders. In order for children to learn, they must first feel
safe, respected, and valued.
Our diversity is our strength. We know that every child is
different and unique. It is this diversity that we embrace and plan for when
making instructional decisions. We value the use and integration of technology
in our curriculum. High Plains understands the recent shift in education from
teaching students how to use technology, to teaching students how to learn with
technology. Our technology includes, but is not limited to, iPads, SmartBoards,
document cameras, laptops, and desktop computers. Our on-going professional
development provides a continuous cycle of learning for all staff members. We
are reflective about our instruction and thoughtful about future decisions.
This cycle of planning, teaching, monitoring and adjusting is our foundation
for differentiation and attention to every child and their unique needs.
Our parents and community members are essential to the
success of High Plains. Through volunteering and the help of our PTCO we have a
wide variety of extracurricular offerings for our students. This
school-community partnership creates opportunities for students to shine,
values the whole child, and embodies what is great about High Plains. Positive
relationships are at the core of what High Plains stands for and believes in.
As a parent, I too am aware that every day you send us your
most treasured possession. Thank you for your trust. The High Plains staff and
I will continue to work hard in keeping and building upon this foundation of
trust as we work collaboratively to promote the mission of the Cherry Creek
School District, “To inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to
I am honored to serve the students, families, and staff as
Principal of High Plains Elementary.
Derek Mullner, Principal