Cottonwood Plains Elementary
Principal: Eric Harting
525 Turman Dr. Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970 613-5900
About Our School
At Cottonwood Plains, everyone is learning and growing. We are located in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have an annual enrollment of approximately 430 students. Our staff now numbers fifty-five, which includes those in both licensed and classified support positions. Our school is truly unique in that it is nestled in a neighborhood located in Fort Collins, but we are part of the Thompson School District. We have a Loveland telephone number but a Fort Collins address. The areas where we have focused particular attention as a staff include: Literacy, Positive Behavioral interventions and Support (PBiS), Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, instructional strategies, Common Core state standards and Professional Learning Communities (PLC).
We offer three types of kindergarten programs, a full-day tuition based Spanish Dual Language Immersion program (check out our Curriculum tab for more information or just click here: ), a full-day tuition based traditional kindergarten class and a half-day program. Our students go through the 5th grade before transitioning to Middle School. Our school hours are from 8:30 a.m to 3:45 p.m. Our half-day kindergarten students attend from 8:30 a.m to 11:45 a.m. The school office hours are 8:00-4:00 weekdays.
We are currently into our third year using the Dual Language Immersion program. The Dual Language Immersion Program is an academic program that enhances the development of content in two languages-English and Spanish, as well as literacy in both languages, so that students will graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy and a collaborative global community. This unique program builds student linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in both English and Spanish. Students learn standards-based content as they become linguistically and academically proficient in two languages.
Our student population is diverse and while our goals are many, we work around the idea of doing whatever is necessary to effectively meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. We also strive to build strong character that will carry students beyond the walls of our school. Our staff seeks constant professional development and has been trained to use best practices in instructional methods to differentiate instruction and meet the individual needs of all learners. We also have a menu of programs to support students that includes Gifted and Talented, Exceptional Student Services, Intensive Reading, Response-to-Intervention/ Instruction support, Counseling, and English Language Acquisition.
In the math area, our district is using Math Expressions. In literacy, most grade levels utilize the Journeys curriculum. Science is taught using FOSS kits that are hands-on and inquiry based. Social Studies allows the use of a variety of materials that are grade level and content standards specific. Periodic and frequent checks of progress are also used to help guide our teaching and student learning, and to ensure that all students are responding to our instruction.
The Cottonwood Plains student council is called PRIDE, which stands for Panthers Respecting Individuals Demonstrating Excellence. The mission of this student leadership group is to make our school the best place possible for students and staff alike through ownership and responsibility for the learning environment and the development of leadership skills. PRIDE is run like a business. Students fill the roles of CEO, CFO, Historian, and Panther Relations Officer. PRIDE has three goals each semester: a fundraiser, a community service project, and a fun activity for the school. They also identify the themes of our monthly Spirit Days.
Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is outstanding not only in the support that they provide to students and staff, but also by encouraging parents to be involved in their children’s school. They organize and help the following: Open House & Back-to-School Night, Fun & Fitness Day, Family Nights, fundraising, Harvest & Valentine's Day Parties, Kindergarten Visitation, Fifth Grade Picnic and Celebration, and the Scholastic Book Fair just to name a few. You can find out more about our PTA here:
We are proud of our school and the partnership that exists between our students, staff, and parents. Cottonwood Plains is the place to be, a place for everyone to continue to learn and grow.
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For school history and facility information: See the district's Master Plan.