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Ms. Zensen's Class

Subject: 
General Education

Hello 3rd-grade Families!

I sincerely thank you for all you will be doing to support your child with remote learning.  I have always seen parents as an essential, integral part of the team in your child’s education, but now more than ever.  The attached documents will be a great resource to you for information about Adams 12 remote learning and the 3rd-grade daily schedule (please note, due to the ever-changing regulations for COVID-19, the information in these documents may change). 

Soon you will be receiving an email regarding your child's login information. Prior to the start of school (Aug. 27th), please make sure your child has all of this in place:

  • My device (Chromebook, computer) is charged and connected to a wifi signal

  • I know my student ID number

  • I know my password

  • I have found the Schoology icon in the Student Login Portal and I can log in to the portal quickly and independently.

    • Student Login Portal is located on the Stellar website.  Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the webpage and click "Student Portal Login". Enter your child's username (student ID number) and password. See the attachment for step by step directions.

  • I am practicing how to type on the computer.  Suggested website:  Dance Mat Typing https://www.dancemattypingguide.com/dance-mat-typing-level-1/

If your child needs to borrow a Chromebook, contact the district. 

Please reach out to me for help and support as we navigate remote learning together.  I am available by email at catherine.l.zensen@adams12.org and I am willing to help you and your child however I can.  Together, we can do virtually anything.

About me: I love my job! I am a passionate, self-motivated, quality-conscious team player with a reputation for enthusiasm, commitment, leadership, and loyalty.  My love for learning and teaching is fostered through a caring, student-centered, constructivist culture supporting diverse learners in gaining knowledge through inquiry and connections in a safe, challenging, engaging, and collaborative atmosphere.  My goal is student success; for every student to become empowered through education and to realize their potential as they recognize the influence and value of knowledge, and to seize ownership for learning. I am committed to making learning fun, insightful, and holding every student accountable to take responsibility for their success. I look forward to partnering with parents to support each child through this process.

Dreams do come true and I am living mine!  This is my fourteenth-year teaching third grade at Stellar Elementary.  I am thrilled to be on a dynamic team of dedicated, hardworking professional educators who share the goals of high student achievement in all of the Scholarly Habits Traits:  Respect, Preparation, Risk-Taking, Excellence, and Perseverance. As a cohesive staff we work together not only within our grade level but vertically to meet the needs of all students through collaboration; THE key to the success of all children.  I am fortunate to be part of a “Stellar” staff.  We are your team, working together with parents and caregivers, to support your children in becoming lifelong learners!

On a personal note, I am a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Two handsome young men call me Mom.  When I’m not at work, you can find me somewhere outside; golfing, fly-fishing, shooting my long-bow (targets only), running, hiking, dancing, skiing, or entertaining.  My latest adventure was flying among the clouds as a passenger in a single-engine plane flown by my son, Alec!  I'm certain that my Navy Veteran Hurricane-Hunter father is smiling down from heaven!  I was born in Pennsylvania and lived my first eight years in six different cities! Halfway through 2nd grade, my residence became Wheaton, Illinois where I grew up with my four sisters.  I’m thrilled to call Colorado home since 1983, minus six years living in southern California.  I appreciate the natural beauty and sunshine that Colorado provides, I can't imagine living anywhere else!

Ms. Zensen

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