Welcome to Billie Martinez Elementary!
On Thursday, January 18, we held our Winter Concert at Union Colony Event Center. It was a huge success! If you did not get to attend, please enjoy part of our performance.Welcome Back Billie Martinez Families!We are very excited to introduce all of our wonderful Billie Martinez families to our new program, Billie Martinez Elementary Full STEAM Ahead! This year your children will be part of high quality instruction through project based learning with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)! We will hold back to school night on Thursday, August 24th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. You will be able to go to each of your children's classrooms and learn about the program at their grade level! We are so excited to share this amazing news with you! We hope you will all be able to attend this important event.We have other changes as well. First, the students may be at school by 7:20 AM to have breakfast. Our first bell rings at 7:45 AM and students will be counted late if they arrive after the second bell at 7:50 AM. Since we start so early in the day, we will not have recess before school. Therefore, parents will not be on the playground at this time. Students are in school every day, including Mondays from 7:50 AM to 3:10 PM. We no longer have early release Mondays. All families will receive a magnetic calendar to keep at home with all of the days students are in school and those they are not.We are so glad to have all of you return to our Billie Martinez Family! Remember, school begins for all 1st through 5th graders on Monday, August 21st, and for all kindergarten students on Thursday, August 24th.We will see you soon!With Respect,Monica DraperPrincipal, Billie Martinez Elementary School
Billie Martinez Teachers Begin Project Based Learning TrainingCongratulations, Ms. Gunderman!Ms. Gunderman was honored as a Spirit of the Bear teacher at Northridge High School on Wednesday, April 26th! Ms. Gunderman has been a Martinez teacher for a number of years. She was honored by one of her former fifth grade students, Fernando Garcia-Moreno. It was a lovely ceremony and a much deserved honor for Ms. Gunderman!
It is STEAM Day at Martinez!
JDO Grant Supports Learning in 4th and 5th GradesStudents are connected to other students their age in England, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Thank you JDO Foundation for supporting our students in creating a Global Partnership!
Third Graders Visit Poudre Learning Center!Martinez Elementary is Moving Full STEAM Ahead!
Students at Billie Martinez Elementary School are embarking on a new journey, STEAM! On Tuesday, October 4th, the first full year of STEAM kicked off at Martinez with chemistry, geology, animals and adaptations, force and motion, and alternative energy sources! In the past few years Martinez teachers have been researching STEAM as a way to provide engaging and high quality instruction to students through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. In August of this year, 26 teachers worked to design STEAM units of study for all students at Martinez. And on Tuesday all of the hard work paid off as students were engaged in these STEAM projects! Kindergarten students will study force and motion. Students spent Tuesday using trash to build ‘machines that move.’ First graders are studying how horticulturists help farmers in our area. Pam Hungenberg from Hungenberg Farms visited with first graders about the importance of farming in our area. Second graders were engaged with the Butterfly Pavilion to kick off their unit of study about life cycles. Poudre Learning Center teamed with third grade to introduce their month long study on how animals and plants interact with their environment here in Colorado. Fourth Grade students are studying alternative energy forms and how these alternative energy sources may be able to save money in our school and district. Students from UNC majoring in Science provided a chemistry lesson to fifth graders and modeled the importance of women in Science!
Martinez started its journey toward being a STEAM school more than a year ago. In the 2015-2016 school year students and teachers dove into a mini STEAM project in the spring. Parents were invited to Dia del Nino and Science Day where all students presented their science projects to each other, to parents and to the community. During the summer of 2016 teachers attended conferences about STEAM where they were able to make connections with the business community around Colorado. Teachers were able to secure $2900 to build gardens at Martinez as part of the program. One teacher won 30 robots to use for one of the STEAM projects to come. Fourth and fifth grade classrooms wrote grants to participate in the Global Community project with JDO Foundation in Denver. In the next few weeks each child in fourth and fifth grades will have their own computer to participate in a collaborative project with classrooms in England and Ireland. Teachers, students and parents are thrilled with this new focus and look forward to a successful year!
Livia, a third grader at Martinez, said her favorite part of the day was getting to learn about the bull snake from Poudre Learning Center. “I was afraid to hold it at first! I thought it was creepy, but then the teacher said he was friendly so I wanted to hold him. He felt scribbly to me!”STEAM Day at Martinez, October 4, 2016A very special thank you to Redeemer Lutheran Church for helping us have a very successful Back to School Night for our entire Martinez Family! We love you!!Back to School Night 2016
New to Martinez this year is the Martinez Honor Roll. Students may be a part of one or both Academic and Citizenship Honor Rolls. This is how a child qualifies:
Citizenship Honor Roll
Any student in the building who exhibits outstanding behaviors in the quarter:
All 3’s and/or some 4’s in Behavior are on the Citizenship Honor Roll.
All 4’s in Behavior are on the Outstanding Citizenship Honor Roll.
Academic Honor Roll
Any student in grades 1 through 5 who exhibits outstanding academic skills in the quarter:
All P’s and/or some A’s in the overall reading, writing and math content areas are on the Academic Honor Roll.All A’s in the overall reading, writing, and math content areas are on the Principal’s Academic Honor Roll.
Students who achieve Honor Roll status will be honored during an Honor Roll Assembly each quarter. Please watch the newsletter for dates and times. Parents are welcome to attend!
Breakfast in the ClassroomWe offer breakfast to every student at Martinez. Students will have the opportunity to eat in their classrooms every morning. After the first bell rings and students come into the building, they will get their breakfast and begin school for the day. If you have any questions or would like further information about this program, please contact us in the office.
District 6 Headlines
Niurma Sánchez, a meteorologist with Telemundo Denver, gave a weather and science presentation to second grade and a few fifth grade students at Billie Martinez Elementary School today.
Greeley-Evans School Distrit 6 and the Board of Education commits itself to a policy of nondiscrimination and shall not discriminate in its educational, employment or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. Concern or complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person(s) have been identified as a compliance officer for District 6:
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
1025 9th Avenue Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: (970) 348-6000