Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Now & Then

We continue to reflect on how the past has influenced the present by interviewing a senior,  comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences in our lives.

Student Council Representative

Students learn about the democratic process by preparing speeches and presenting in an attempt to persuade their classmates why "THEY" should be voted our 3rd Grade Class representative. 

Plains Conservation Center

Plains Conservation Center
3rd graders analyze how people of the past influenced the development and interaction of different communities and regions.

Monday, August 22, 2016

"Saving Fred"

We started off the new school year with some great team building exercises.  While trying to save Fred, our gummy worm that has capsized his boat, students realize the importance of working as a team in order to accomplish this tough feet, while still having a ton of fun!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Welcome to 3rd Grade

Welcome to 3rd grade!  I am so excited to meet each and every one of you.  I would love to introduce myself and let you know a little bit about me.  I am married with three children.  There is my husband Greg, daughters, Emma (16) and, Kaitlyn (14), and my son Aidan (13).  We spend most of our free time watching/playing hockey, tennis and volleyball.


The five of us moved to Colorado 11 years ago from the Phoenix area where I was born and raised.  I earned my BS in Biology from Arizona State University (Go Devils!!!) and my Master’s in Education through the University of Phoenix.  This is my 6th year with the Gold Rush community and I am so lucky to be part of such an amazing family.  I am also an avid reader, gardener, hiker and I love to spend time with my family.

I am looking forward to getting to know each of your children.  Teaching is my passion and I believe that each year brings new adventures and challenges.  This year will be a special year for your child and I am blessed to be a part of it.  Please know that I have an open door policy and want to hear what your thoughts and feelings are concerning your child and their learning experience.  I am convinced that it takes a village to raise a child and that the cooperation between teacher and parent is imperative for a successful education.  I’m looking forward to a fabulous year.


Lara Castro

3rd grade teacher