The CRS Way
CRS has always pledged to create a safe and caring environment for all students. In an effort to provide a positive school climate, our staff and students will continue following the CRS Way, designed within the framework called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).
CRS students understand and abide by a matrix of positive behaviors when they are in their classroom, hallway, cafeteria, restroom, on the playground/court, and other areas (including buses) around our campus. Banners of behavior are hung in each of these areas and teachers classrooms and teachers have committed to teaching their students the positive behaviors they are expected to demonstrate at school. The CRS Behavior Matrix is below:
From time to time, students do not make the right choices for their behavior. The PBIS framework provides CRS staff with a common language for the redirection of minor behavior infractions and major behavior infractions. Minor behavior infractions are redirected in the classroom. Major behavior infractions are referred to our Administration through an Office Discipline Referral (ODR).
It is critically important to recognize students for their positive behavior. We encourage students through the slogan "Showing the CRS Way, Every Student, Every Day!" Please take some time to preview with your child the positive behavior expectations described on the Copper Ridge Behavior Matrix. Ask your child questions to make sure s/he understands the expectations in different places around the school. Encourage your child to show the CRS Way: Character, Responsibility, and Safety. The Copper Ridge staff appreciates your continued support and involvement in our shared goal of a safe and caring learning environment.
Cell Phone Policy
World Language - Spanish
Copper Ridge students start with exposure to the culture and vocabulary of Spanish-speaking countries. This includes holidays, greetings, and geography. As students move into sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, they may take Spanish as an elective in preparation for high school Spanish.
These courses focus more on thematic communication in sixth grade to advanced sentence writing and speaking in eighth grade.
Rigorous Academics - K to 5th Grade
At Copper Ridge, we are dedicated to educating the whole child. We meet each child where they are and work to ensure academic, social, and emotional growth.
ELA (English Language Arts)
In our primary classrooms, we utilize the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum. It is a research-based, comprehensive ELA program which encompasses phonemic awareness, phonics, grammar, reading,writing, speaking and listening. The curriculum builds on sound knowledge (phonemic awareness) and makes connections to letter names and sounds. These foundational skills support students in decoding unfamiliar words, ready fluency, writing, and spelling. In our intermediate classrooms, we follow Units of Study which are aligned with the Science and Social Studies curriculum. Students read a balance of engaging literary and informational texts with a focus on expanding knowledge across content areas.
Our math instruction utilizing the Big Ideas curriculum provides a balance of conceptual knowledge with operational fluency. Students experience hands-on lessons to build the conceptual knowledge that helps to lay the foundation for more abstract concepts throughout their mathematics education.
Science & Social Studies
Our Foss Science Kits promote scientific understanding through hands-on activities and emphasize the inquiry process. Social Studies concepts including history, geography, government, civics, and economics are incorporated into Units of Study and various grade level activities.
Special Area Classes
Students visit the Library and Computer Lab weekly. They also participate in Music, Art and Physical Education classes on a 5 day rotation. In 4th and 5th grade, students have the opportunity to join band, orchestra, or choir. In addition to their own curriculum, our talented Special Area teachers often collaborate with classroom teachers to enrich and enhance instruction.