Bill Roberts Parent Handbook 2017-2018 (PDF)
Bill Roberts Middle School Handbook (PDF)
What time does school start?
8:15am- 3:15pm? Monday though Thursday
8:15-1 pm Friday (early release)
Please make sure to arrive early enough that your child has sufficient time to get to class before the second bell rings.
*Supervision begins at 8:00am (students are not to be on school grounds before 8:00 am) and the first bell rings at 8:10 am.
For more information, please visit the Arrival and Dismissal Information page.
How do I schedule a tour of the school?
Tours for both Elementary and Middle school are typically offered every other week in early Fall through January. Please check the School Tours link for specific dates or email our volunteer PTA tour committee.
Where can I find information about the school choice process?
Denver Public Schools (DPS) handles the school choice process, it started in February this year. For more information about School Choice, please visit their website:
School Choice Information Link You can only participate in School Choice online at: schoolchoice.dpsk12.org. The administration does not have any input into school selection as it is handled district-wide by DPS.
I just moved to Stapleton. How do I know which school my children should go to?
Stapleton has a unique shared school boundary system. Residents are guaranteed a space at Bill Roberts, Westerly Creek, High Tech, Isabella Bird, Inspire or Swigert elementary schools for grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. The DPS school choice form for Stapleton offers families to indicate a first, second and third choice option among these five schools.
For Middle School students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grades, there are five choices for residents within the Stapleton/Park Hill boundary: Bill Roberts, Discovery, DSST-Conservatory Green, DSST-Stapleton or Macauliff middle schools.
Placement for residents is completed through the DPS School Choice Office during the enrollment period, which is typically January through March. If you move to Stapleton outside of enrollment period, please contact our registrar at the school directly: email@example.com.
There is also limited availability for students living outside of Stapleton to choice into Bill Roberts. Registrants must provide birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of address. For families that are building homes not yet completed, please bring a copy of the purchase agreement/contract; for families who are renting, please bring a copy of the lease agreement.
Is there before and after school care?
Yes, Discovery Link – The DPS Afterschool Program is a daycare program (up to middle school) operated by Denver Community School at Bill Roberts from 6 a.m.- 8:40 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more details visit discoverylink.dpsk12.org
Discovery Link usually has a wait list, so some other options include bus pick-up after school from Bill Roberts to take kids to daycare at these other local childcare businesses:
Children’s Center 303-333-1335
Knowledge Beginnings 303-329-4405
What is your School Accountability Rating?
Bill Roberts K-8 is ranked 3rd among all elementary, middle and high schools in the Park Hill/Stapleton boundary after DSST Conservatory Green Middle School and DSST Stapleton High School on the DPS SPF scorecard.
According to the DPS School Performance Framework, Bill Roberts Middle School is #1 in the Stapleton/Park Hill boundary area and #2 in the District. Read more here�
Do you have a strong PTA?
Our PTA is active in supporting the school with thousands of volunteer hours in the school and planning programming like family dances, a Fun Run, Health and Wellness initiatives, a Green Team, Carnival, WatchD.O.G.S., and other support for throughout the school.
Like the other top-rated DPS schools, the Bill Roberts PTA raises and donates more than $170,000 each year to the school to help support specials like Art, Music, PE, Drama, Dance, Technology, Spanish and staff salaries as needed to keep teacher/student ratios low.
For more info, visit the PTA page!
Do you have volunteer parents in the classroom?
Bill Roberts encourages parent participation and many parents volunteer their time in the classroom, library, office and lunchroom, as well as for the many PTA-organized programs that make our school a great community.
Classroom volunteering can include room parent, reading or math assistance, field trip chaperone, etc. Please check with the teacher for the many volunteer opportunities available.
The PTA has a range of fun volunteer opportunities, too, that are a great way to be involved in your child’s school.
How old does my child have to be to start ECE or Kindergarten?
Your child must turn four before October 1st for ECE and five before October 1st for Kindergarten to be enrolled in a program for the upcoming academic year.
Does Bill Roberts offer a Gifted and Talented Program?
There are two GT specialists at Bill Roberts who work with students and teachers. For more information, please visit our Gifted and Talented program page.
Is there a bus to school?
Yes. Busses are provided to all K – 5th grade students who live further than one mile from the school and to all 6th – 8th grade students who live further than two and a half miles from the school. DPS transportation details are available online.
Why are ECE and Full-Day Kindergarten tuition-based?
The state of Colorado does not require children to attend preschool or kindergarten; therefore, these programs are not funded by tax dollars. For more information, please visit the DPS website.
If my child will miss a school day, what should I do?
Call the school’s Attendance Line at 720-424-2649 when your student is absent from school.
If this is not done by 9:30 am, you will receive an automated call from DPS informing you of your student’s absence. Please also review our AttendancePolicy (PDF).
Do you offer electives in the Middle School?
We add enrichment choices that interest our students that may change a bit year to year, but usually include Art, Music, P.E., Drama, Advanced Drama, Dance, Yoga, Multimedia Technology, SMART Lab, and Creative Thinking (which includes Yearbook). Parents are encouraged to help their child select electives together. Visit our Middle School page for more information.
What is the neighborhood High School?
Stapleton’s official high school Northfield High School. Denver Public School’s choice program allows families to consider other possibilities in order to best meet your child’s needs.
When I have a problem, who do I talk to and how?
If you have a classroom-specific issue relating to your child, talk to your classroom teacher first. The best way to contact your teacher is via e-mail (links are available on this website) or by sending a note with your child.
After contact with the teacher, should you continue to need assistance, please reach out to the administration by making an appointment by calling 720-424-2640.
Which issues go to the CSC and which to the PTA?
There is sometimes confusion about the roles of the PTA and the CSC – Collaborative School Committee, and who to go to with questions. If you are not sure, please ask or email the PTA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can direct you to the right place. We are always happy to help!
CSC – Collaborative School Committee – Any issues relating to the:
Unified Improvement Plan, school budget or ?classroom configuration.
PTA- Parent Teacher Association – Any ideas, issues or suggestions about:
PTA committees and events, ?advocating for all students, ?community building and social events, ?after school enrichment? or fundraising for the school.
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