Cañon Exploratory School

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Limo Ride Fundraiser Winners!

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Cañon Exploratory School's Vision:

Empowering life-long learners through relevant exploration, choice, and personal responsibility.



Cañon Exploratory School's Mission:


Foster diverse learners by utilizing Project Based Learning, Multiple Intelligences, Choice Theory, and multi-age groups. Learners will access relevant experiences and make a positive difference for themselves, their
families, and their world.
Cañon Exploratory School's Vision & Mission Statement:

Principal's Message

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Welcome to Canon Exploratory School (CES)! This is an exceptional school with exceptional staff and students. My name is Kelly Albrecht and I’m thrilled to be the principal of this school.  If you are a current member of the CES family, I hope you will stop in and see me the next time you are in the building.  If you a potential new member of our community, welcome!  Take the time to explore our excellent website and get to know who we are.  Please contact us for more information or any questions you may have.
Allow me to introduce myself: I have been in the business of educating children for over 29 years. I am married to a lifetime educator who teaches choir at our local high school and have two grown children.  I began my career as an elementary music teacher, and then moved into the classroom after 13 years teaching primarily 5th grade--first in Pueblo Schools and then at McKinley.  I came to CES as a 5th/6th grade teacher the year we opened and then was instrumental in the creation of our Middle School before leaving to be the Dean of Students at Washington.  I returned to CES as the principal last year. Coming back to CES is like coming home.  I love the people, the families, and the work we get to do here.  
As I stated earlier, CES is a special place! We are a ‘school of choice’ so all of our students and families have chosen to be a part of the Exploratory School. Exploratory Learning is a concept that began in 1992 when Molly Merry wrote a grant for funding through the Colorado Department of Education to provide an alternative form of education for students who needed something different than the traditional models. From the beginning, this school’s mission has been to create an environment where each child can meet his/her greatest potential in their education. We believe in learning through real world experiences, integration of content/standards, feeling safe enough to take a risk and possibly fail, and learning through choices and the resulting consequences—positive or negative. We have one-to-one technology with each of Kindergarten through 8th grade student having their own laptop or netbook. Our students each work on projects that we now call Explorations where they use their passion to learn more about a topic through research and questioning, develop a product, and then teach others. Additionally, our school is multi-age and broken up into smaller communities replicating small schools within the larger school to provide a family-like environment where our students and teachers know each other very well and grow up together through their years in school here.
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News & Announcements

Important Community Announcement - NO SCHOOL 10/30/19

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Due to anticipated snowfall beginning this afternoon and continuing through mid-morning on Wednesday, October 30th, as well as temperatures forecast to be in the lower teens, Cañon City Schools is canceling school on Wednesday, October 30th. ALL SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED, AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OFFICE. Please also note that in addition to this ALL after school activities have been canceled for Tuesday, October 29th. Students in grades 6-12 will once again be assigned classwork by teachers through electronic means. These will be posted on Schoology by 8 AM on Wednesday, October 30th and students will be given an appropriate amount of time to complete it. Please stay safe and warm!

SNOW DAY 10-28-2019 - NO SCHOOL

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Due to snow accumulating all night, and frigid temperatures contributing to icy roads on into mid-day today, Cañon City Schools is canceling school today, Monday, October 28th. Thus, all schools will be closed. Please remember that new this year, students in grades 6-12 will be expected to make up this missed class time through electronic means as assigned by teachers. Thus, assignments need to be sent by email or posted on Schoology by 8 AM. Students must be given an appropriate amount of time to complete this work beyond the time they are not in school. Please stay safe!
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