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Teaching and Learning will forever by important to your child's success in school, career and life.  Our office provides school administrators and teachers with the training and resources needed to engage your children in rich and rewarding experiences.  Our office is comprised of academic and support departments, which work together to support your child's growth and progress in meeting or exceeding state standards.  Thank you for visiting.

Patty Gelbrich, Director of Teaching and Learning

Special Education and 504's
Julie Johnson, Director of Special Education

Title One - Program Coordinator
Bryan Keatley

Maddie Sanguino

Hi Cap
Carl Stello

Deb Turver

English Language Learners (ELL)
For information about the English Language Learners program, call:
(360) 501-2940

Patty Gelbrich
Director of Teaching and Learning

Lori Varkevisser

Matilde Sanguino-Warner
ELL Teacher

Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
For information about the Learning Assistance Program, call:
(360) 501-2940

Patty Gelbrich
Director of Teaching and Learning

LAP Teacher


For information about the Title 1 program call: (360)501-2940

Director of Teaching and Learning

Title 1 Coordinator


For information about the Highly Capable program, visit our webpage.  HIGHLY CAPABLE



We are happy to announce that next year we are beginning AVID!  We are recruiting students who will be in 6th and 7th grade to be in our inaugural AVID classrooms...  Please complete the short application form and turn it in to your school office.  We look forward to lots of fun activities, team building, and learning.  APPLICATION

Teaching & Learning News

  • Holiday Happenings for Families in Portland Area...  Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have moved into the winter holidays.  This is such an exciting time for families to spend with their children!  Portland is a hop, skip and a jump away from Castle Rock.  Try some of the holiday fun going on all month there.  Here is a great resource!  PORTLAND HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN    How about HOLIDAY LIGHTS?  Here are some great ideas to keep everyone in the holiday spirit...Aspen Meadow Lights                                                                             Each year, the Aspen Meadow light show has a different theme. This year, it’s “The Greatest is Love,” with the grounds designed to reflect the theme. Check out over 150,000 lights, carolers, an interactive children’s area, a miniature train village, videos ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 1:00 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Teaching Thankfulness! It is that time of year, Thanksgiving, where we would like our children to learn to be thankful.  How do we do that?  Here are some ideas to get you going...1.  Talk about traditions and build memories during holidays, like Thanksgiving.2.  Turn off the television and talk during meal time.  Tell stories about your own holidays as a child.  Children love to hear stories about "the good old days".3.  Work together to plan your Thanksgiving Feast.  Talk about the different types of foods, where they come from and how they are prepared.  Get everyone involved in the cooking!4.  Be thankful...  Have everyone share something they are thankful for at your Thanksgiving feast.5.  Share with others ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2017, 12:01 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • VISITING AN A.V.I.D. DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL! Our middle school team had a great visit yesterday to Parkrose Middle and High School.  Parkrose is an A.V.I.D. Demonstration School and has been involved with AVID for nine years.  They are amazing, and our team gained so many ideas for moving forward.  Thank you Parkrose!This year Castle Rock is implementing A.V.I.D. in grades 3,4 and 5; 6 and 7 at the middle school.  At the elementary level, A.V.I.D. strategies are used by the classroom teachers and all students benefit.  At the middle school, there is an A.V.I.D. elective class, plus trained teachers are implementing A.V.I.D. strategies in their content area classes.Next ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 12:47 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Professional Learning Day Friday, October 27 was a Professional Learning Day for our teachers.  The day was spent focusing on instruction and our Instructional Framework, The Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning.  Each school has an Instructional Leadership Team, and with the school principal, the team led the training.Here are a few pictures to show the deep and rich conversations that occurred on Friday.  We also spent time learning more about school safety procedures, specifically lockdown.Way to go CASTLE ROCK TEACHERS and PRINCIPALS!  It was a great day...  
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 1:56 PM by Patty Gelbrich
  • Family Literacy Day! Did you know that November 1st is Family Literacy Day in the United States?  Here are some ideas to help you bring literacy into your day and celebrate!  HAPPY FAMILY LITERACY DAY...Ask your child questions about the story you're reading to ensure comprehension.Book family time to read with your children every day.Create a special reading place in your home, with your child's favorite books within reach.Donate funds to a literacy cause.Encourage children to read words on TV, street signs, mugs and T-shirts.Find new stories to read with your children every week. Vary their length and subject matter.Give your time to read aloud to ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 11:10 AM by Patty Gelbrich
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