University Hill offers a wide variety of special programs to support students and families. Below are a few of the offerings:
Gifted and Talented
The academic programming for gifted and talented students may include:
Differentiation within the regular classroom by classroom teachers and/or GT Staff
- Math Differentiation such as:
- 4/5 Compacted Math Class
- 6th Grade Math
- Math Tutor Support
Enrichment Activities such as:
Family Resource School After School Classes
- Second Steps and Mindfulness strategies
- “Lunch Bunch” groups with GT Advisor for students to discuss ALP goals and social emotional issues.
- Family Resource School Counseling Support
Mexico Exchange Program
Student Council begins in 3rd grade at University Hill. Student representatives are elected by their classmates each semester. These students are involved in a variety of activities throughout the school year. Many of the projects focus on school climate, helping those in need, or in working on service projects within our community. Student Council has coordinated school wide can food drives; participate in the Boulder Rotary’s Share-A-Coat program; and organized Pennies for Patients. In addition to these projects, student council organizes fun school spirit days. On these days, students might have special time for free reading, pajama day, or have crazy hair day. For more information about Student Council, please contact Steve.Kless@bvsd.org.
GARDEN TO TABLE
The Garden to the Table Program focuses staff, students and families at Uni Hill on creating a school environment that promotes good health. The program is intended to improve students’ health by providing freshly prepared, nutritious meals in the lunchroom; we know that well-fed children are much better learners than poorly nourished ones. The project is also intended to improve students’ interest in good health by providing the tools to learn about it at its most inspirational levels. Working in the garden and kitchen gives children a sense of responsibility for creating something good. We will demonstrate through our kitchen, garden and curriculum that our own good health is tied directly to the health of the earth. This project is an educational process, designed to increase academic achievement and close the achievement gap through integrated units of study that are comprehensible, experiential and motivational. These aims will be accomplished through the following four components:
Provide healthy, delicious and cost-effective meals that are cooked on premises by a skilled chef; source food from local suppliers and farms; work with local chefs and nutritionists to create menus and recipes; take students to farms where their food is grown; use produce from our own school garden when possible; involve students in the preparation of food to illustrate classroom curriculum.
Build raised-bed gardens in our school courtyard, and possibly on land adjacent to the playground; use gardens as a hands-on means of understanding lessons learned in the classroom—not only life-cycle lessons, but from literally all areas of the curriculum; use produce from the gardens in the school lunch program to help students see the fruits of their labor through from start to (almost) finish (see zero waste program below); connect with local gardening and farming experts to advise on garden design and growing programs; involve students in building, design and growing choices.
Integrated Curriculum Units
Support teachers in tying existing curriculum and standards into units of study related to school gardens, wellness and nutrition whereby students can gain the knowledge and motivation necessary for lifelong physical activity and healthy eating habits; use gardens and kitchen whenever possible to illustrate classroom lessons; consult with appropriate experts to achieve these goals.
Zero Waste Recycling Program
Implement a zero waste program supported by Eco-Cycle staff; show students the importance of waste in the life-cycle of all things; demonstrate that we can vastly reduce our waste products and in fact enhance life—that is, our health and the health of all growing things—by composting everything we can.
The Growe Foundation, has implemented many successful programs in Boulder County aimed at improving children’s health. Our Love of Children, which gave way to the Growe Foundation, will build the relationships between the Uni Hill community and the greater Boulder community that will ensure the necessary funding, materials and expertise to start the project and keep it going. The foundation will provide connections to experts as diverse as chefs, farmers, gardeners, business people, nutritionists, publicists and the media.
Family Resource School (FRS)
Family Resource Schools (FRS) is a joint partnership between the City of Boulder and the Boulder Valley School District serving children and families at five elementary schools in Boulder: Columbine, Creekside, Crest View, University Hill and Whittier International.
Promote family self-sufficiency
Remove barriers to academic achievement
Build on family strengths
Enhance academic opportunities at the school
Serve as an advocate for families
Case management and follow-up services
- Counseling: individual and group
- Referrals to service providers
- Workshops, classes and school engagement for parents
- Neighborhood outreach
- Coordination of special events
- Afterschool enrichment programs
Child care and child care subsidies
Basic needs and transportation assistance
Dental, medical and vision care
For further information on the City of Boulder's Family Resource Schools Program, please contact Sharone Calles at: 720-561-2938 or by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.