Dos Rios Elementary School has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization as a Primary Years Programme.

This designation allows Greeley-Evans School District 6 to provide a continuum of International Baccalaureate education from elementary through high school. Dos Rios Elementary joins Brentwood Middle School, which was approved last year to provide the IB Middle Years Programme, and Greeley West High School, which houses the later years Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme.

“Dos Rios is focused on growing students who are well-rounded, internationally-minded, life-long learners,” says Principal Matthew Thompson. “We seek to help students become inquirers, knowledgeable thinkers, communicators and risk-takers who can also be balanced and reflective.”

Dos Rios has been utilizing the principles of International Baccalaureate for the past two years. This year, students and staff adopted the theme of “Taking Action.” The school has responded to hurricanes Harvey and Irma by raising funds for relief efforts, as well as gathering items to send to those suffering from hurricane damage.

The school has also worked with Rotary International to send needed instructional supplies and clothing to students in sister schools in Tela, Honduras. Most recently, the students raised more than $2,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“We are very proud of the staff at Dos Rios for their hard work in securing this IB program,” says Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “This creates another educational focus program for parents to choose and for our students to receive a unique opportunity to learn.”

Two District 6 schools receive excellence award

Jackson Elementary School and Brentwood Middle School have received the Colorado Centers of Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Education.

The CDE recognizes public schools in Colorado that enroll at least 75 percent of students who are at risk while demonstrating the highest rates of student growth as compared with other schools in the state.

“We are so proud of the work staff at Jackson and Brentwood schools have done to ensure students are learning and growing academically,” says District 6 Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “We have amazing students who are engaged in their learning and ready to succeed. This is a great honor for the very dedicated teachers and leaders at Jackson and Brentwood.”

This is the first time since the awards began in 2009 that District 6 schools have been recognized. To see a complete list of Colorado Centers of Excellence Award recipients this year, go to