Penrose Elementary - A Project Based Learning School

  • Why Project Based Learning?

    Project Based Learning (PBL) is an  instructional approach that  focuses on inquiry. Given an essential question, students work collaboratively on projects to address issues specific to our community.  

    Here is a great example about Penrose PBL Projects.  Our Kindergartners identified a real world problem, with kids not having enough warm clothes and toys on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  They spent weeks learning about what kindness and caring really are, then decided to gather up gloves, hats, coats, and toys to donate to those in need.  Check out the story about it below:

    Staff Spotlight: Counselor Brooke Morgan

    Penrose is the home of many incredible educators, but we were honored this year when it was announced that our very own Mrs. Brooke Morgan was named D-11 first Counselor of the Month!  Watch the video below to see how Brooke is helping ALL of our students to be even more successful.

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District News


  • D-11 Winter Break
    Winter Break for D-11 will start on Thursday, December 20th and will end on January 6th.  From the Penrose family to yours, have a wonderful holiday vacation!  All students will report back to school on Monday, January 7th.

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  • Chili, Checkers, and Chess - January 11th
    On January 11th, from 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm, our amazing Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) will be hosting their annual chili cook-off and game night!  Stop by for a night of fun and games at the Penrose gymnasium, while enjoying some of the best chili around.  If you think you have what it takes to compete, please e-mail Mr. Brummer,  We hope to see you there!  

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  • Penrose wins Crayola Grant!
    Continuing our dedication to high quality Project-Based Learning, we are happy to announce that Mrs. Bitner has won a sizable grant from Crayola!  This will help provide art supplies, crafting materials, and additional funds for our building that will help us to provide colorful options for our students when creating their new and exciting PBL projects! 

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