Meet our Principal



Principal, 
Kim Pietrocci 

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School has provided three generations of Santa Fe families a high quality education for over 60 years. Located within walking distance of the downtown Santa Fe Plaza, Carlos Gilbert is the only two-story elementary school in our district. Our downtown location provides students with many opportunities to experience arts and culture at our local performing arts venues and downtown museums.  





Welcome Back Letter August 18, 2013

posted Sep 19, 2013, 12:43 PM by Carlos Gilbert PTK   [ updated Sep 19, 2013, 12:43 PM ]


Principal's Letter - March 2013 Newsletter

posted Mar 13, 2013, 1:20 PM by Darcy Pedersen

From the Principal’s Desk

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School

 

 

Dear Parents & Families of Carlos Gilbert Elementary School,

Beginning Tuesday, March 19th, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders will take the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment, also called a Criterion-Referenced test, to measure how well they have mastered reading, writing, mathematics and science. Testing will be held on the mornings of March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28.  The test measures students’ grade-level proficiency on the New Mexico content standards.  This test will also help the Public Education Department calculate our school grade. 

The staff and I want each student to do their very best on the test.  Some students require accommodations such as being tested in a very small group or one on one with a teacher and some students need certain parts of the test read to them.  Only certified teachers can administer this test under most conditions.  Therefore, we will be using some teachers in lower grades to administer the test to students who require accommodations.  Specials teachers, educational assistants and substitutes will be used to continue teaching and learning in lower grade classes during testing mornings.

We will provide a free breakfast to students who are testing.  Students can choose to eat their breakfast at snack time if they have already eaten at home. On testing days, we will be celebrating “Spectrum of Success!”  Each testing day we will encourage students to wear a certain color of polo shirt following the spectrum of a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet).  Students do not have to wear certain colors, it is only meant to encourage and excite them as a school community.  In addition, our amazing PTK has purchased colored bracelets that read “I did my best on the test!” in each color of the rainbow.  Testers will receive a colored bracelet each day if they, indeed, did their best on the test!

You can help your child do their best on the test by: 

1.       Making sure your child is at school on time.

2.       Encourage your child to get plenty of sleep the nights before testing. 

3.       Be sure your child is eating properly.

4.       Make sure your child is aware of how very important this assessment is to their future!


Thank you for your support,

Kim Pietrocci, Principal

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School

kpietrocci@sfps.info

467-4700

Principal's Letter - November Newsletter

posted Nov 28, 2012, 5:33 PM by Darcy Pedersen



Dear Carlos Gilbert Families,

Can you believe it is almost December, and we are approaching the midyear mark? 

The staff and I are preparing for our mid-year assessments. Kindergarten through 2nd graders will be taking the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills) assessment during the week of December 17th through the 21st. This is a one-on-one test given by their teacher to assess growth in Reading. 3rd through 6th graders will be taking the DEA (Discovery Education Assessment) on December 11th and 12th. This assessment will also show growth in the areas of Language Arts
and Math.

Our school was afforded $25,000 by SFPS to enhance our current educational program. We have decided to hire a math/data coach for one day a week. This person will help disaggregate data for teachers, pin point student needs in the area of
math, and role model best practices for teaching math. In addition, we will be implementing SRA Reading Mastery and Corrective Reading for students who are significantly below grade level in reading.

Remember to read with your child every night and fill out the Blackhawk Bookmark!

Kim Pietrocci, Principal
Carlos Gilbert Elementary School

Principal's Letter - October Newsletter

posted Oct 29, 2012, 8:34 PM by Darcy Pedersen



Dear Carlos Gilbert Families,

I hope to see you at our amazing annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 27th from 12:00 to 5:00. It is sure to be spooktacular! The funds that are raised at this event will directly impact Carlos Gilbert Elementary School.

As we begin the second quarter of school, the teachers and I would like to stress the importance
of regular attendance and being at school on time. The link between attendance and school performance starts at the youngest grades. Absenteeism and tardiness is associated with lower academic performance as early as Kindergarten. Regardless if the absence is excused or not, missing school impacts your child’s learning. 

Your child is considered tardy after 8:00 am. When students are tardy they not only miss valuable instruction, but when they enter the classroom they interrupt other’s learning. Please be sure to have your child at school every day and on time!

Thank you for your support!

Kim Pietrocci, Principal
Carlos Gilbert Elementary School


Principal's Letter - September Newsletter

posted Sep 27, 2012, 7:23 AM by Darcy Pedersen



Dear Carlos Gilbert Families,

Autumn has arrived! Can you believe we are nearing the end of the first quarter? The first quarter ends
on October 16th and parent teacher conferences are scheduled for October 29th and 30th. I have visited
all classrooms several times and know that amazing teaching and learning is occurring daily!

What’s new this school year?

  • Teachers are implementing the new Common Core State Standards, which were created to ensure that all students are college and career ready by the end of high school. This is a more rigorous set of standards (what needs to be learned) than the NM standards that were previously used.
  • Teachers meet weekly in “Professional Learning Communities” or PLC’s to collaborate on lesson planning and effective teaching, analyze data and create action plans for individual student and classroom needs.
  • Response to Intervention, or “Walk to What You Need”, is occurring to ensure all students are being challenged at their academic level.
  • Teachers are preparing “Student Data Folders/Binders” which will contain information on individual academic goals and progress. Students will graph their own performance! These folders will be shared with you at the parent teacher conferences.
Reminders! Please do not allow your child to go to the playground after school unless they are being
supervised by an adult. Never park in the parent pick-up and drop-off lane during arrival or dismissal
times. Always use the crosswalk, do not cross the parking lot at any other location. Thank you for
helping keep everyone safe!!

Thank you for your support!

Kim Pietrocci, Principal
Carlos Gilbert Elementary School

Principal's Letter - August Newsletter

posted Aug 30, 2012, 1:29 PM by Darcy Pedersen   [ updated Aug 30, 2012, 1:29 PM ]



The first few weeks of school have been smooth sailing! It's been a pleasure to see all of the new and returning faces. I would like to take this opportunity to explain some of the assessments that teachers are giving students at this time, and in the near future:
  • K- 2nd grade students are taking the DIBELS, which stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. This assessment measures the development of early literacy and early reading skills. Students will complete this assessment at the beginning, middle and at the end of the year. With the results of this assessment, teachers will be able to target specific skills students need to develop, such as: letter sound recognition, phonics, and oral reading fluency.
  • 3rd -6th grade students will be taking a new assessment called the DEA, which stands for Discovery Education Assessment. The DEA will test the areas of reading and math. The reading and math sections each take about an hour to complete. This assessment will also be given at the beginning, middle and end of the year. The first round of the DEA is scheduled for September 25th and 26th.
Both the DIBELS and DEA will help teachers learn about individual, as well as class strengths
and weaknesses. Teachers will be able to monitor the progress and growth of every student,
and apply interventions when needed. If you have any questions about these assessments,
please feel free to stop by and talk with me, or talk with your child’s teacher.

I hope to see you all at the “Back to School” event on August 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.! 

Kim Pietrocci
Carlos Gilbert Elementary Principal

Principal's Letter - August 16, 2012

posted Aug 16, 2012, 2:14 PM by Darcy Katzman

From the Principal’s Desk

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School


 

Dear Parents & Families of Carlos Gilbert Elementary School,

Welcome to the 2012-13 school year!  We are looking forward to a productive, successful, and fun year.   The first day of school went very smoothly, and we are excited about our Kindergartners starting tomorrow! 

Thank you in advance for observing all safety guidelines while on the Carlos Gilbert Elementary School campus.  The morning bell rings at 7:50 a.m., and instructional hours are from 7:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:55 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. on Friday.   All students who enter the building after 8:00 a.m. will be considered tardy and must check in at the office.  Students who are picked up before dismissal must be signed out in the office.  Always use the crosswalk when crossing the street or parking lot.  Never park and leave your vehicle while in the parent pick-up/drop-off lane.   If you allow your child to play on the playground after school, please be sure you provide supervision.

“Back to School Night” is scheduled for August 30th.  K-3rd grade classroom visits are from 5:30-6:00 p.m., and 4th-6th grade classroom visits are from 6:30-7:00 p.m.  There will be a general assembly at 6:00 p.m. for all students and families in the gymnasium.  See you there!

Thanks for your support!

Kim Pietrocci, Principal

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School

kpietrocci@sfps.info

467-4700

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