Poudre School District

Educate Every Child, Every Day

Rice Elementary School

7000 Third Street
80549 Wellington
United States
Principal: 
Karen Koehn
Grades: 
K - 5
Colors: 
Blue & gold
Mascot: 
Raptor
Phone: 
970-488-8700
Fax: 
970-488-8702
Teacher Education Level: 
15 of 29 teachers hold master's degrees or above
Average Teaching Experience: 
7

History
Rice Elementary School opened fall 2007. The school is named after Edgar Rice, Jr., a long-time and well regarded educator, administrator, and resident of the Wellington area.

Learning culture
At Rice Elementary, students engage in learning with Head, Hands and Heart. Appropriate academic challenge is provided for each child; hands-on projects keep students actively engaged; and relevant subject matter makes learning a joyous experience. High expectations are established for both academic achievement and behavior. Rice is a Positive Behavior Support school. Students exhibit SOAR behavior every day. SOAR stands for Self control, Optimism, Appreciation, and Respect.

Academic environment
The staff and parents at Rice have chosen to embrace the PSD standards-based literacy and mathematics curriculum with the addition of the Core Knowledge social studies and science. A focus on inquiry and critical thinking skills characterize instructional delivery. Our Science Room provides materials and tools for extensive science exploration.

Instructional & enrichment programs
Art, music, P.E. and media-tech classes provide students with a well-rounded curriculum. Extra units of study such as guitar in music and the traversing wall in P.E. make our specials program unique. We offer full- and half-day kindergarten programs as well as both tuition-based and need-based Early Childhood programs. After school enrichment programs include a variety of classes such as choir, FITT club, dance, sign language, scrap-booking, and brain games. A student technology team films and broadcasts the school news daily. BASE Camp childcare is available before and after school.

Opportunities for parents
Parents play an integral role on our site-based decision making team. There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer in our classrooms, office, and media center. Our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) plays an active role in fundraising, supporting teachers, and hosting community and family events. Family nights include literacy night, science night, math night, and core night.