Rice Elementary is located in Wellington, Colorado, a small rural community located 10 miles north of Fort Collins. Built in 2007, it is one of four schools in Poudre School district (PSD) with the same floor plan. The PSD Sustainable Design Guidelines were used which makes Rice an inspiring place to learn in. Rice Elementary was designed to earn the Energy Star and has scored a perfect 100 in the past two years.
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.
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.
The staff and parents at Rice have chosen to embrace the PSD standards-based literacy and mathematics curriculum and follow the Colorado Academic Standards. 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., media-tech, and science 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, dance, sign language, scrap-booking, and brain games. The Raptor Squad, 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 events include Math & Literacy Day, Thanksgiving Lunch, Science Night, Art & Tech Night, and the Someone Special Barbeque.