Poudre School District

Educate Every Child, Every Day

Putnam Elementary School of Science

1400 Maple Street
80521 Fort Collins
United States
Principal: 
Steve Apodaca
Grades: 
Pre K - 5
Colors: 
Blue & white
Mascot: 
Panther
Phone: 
970-488-7700
Fax: 
970-488-7702
Teacher Education Level: 
15 of 36 teachers hold master's degrees or above
Average Teaching Experience: 
8

History
Putnam opened in 1956 and was named after A. H. Putnam, a long-term custodian in PSD. Putnam was remodeled in 1999.

Learning culture
At Putnam Elementary School of Science, children explore and understand connections in their world. Science is integrated through our broad curriculum each day. Students use the scientific method and inquiry to develop critical thinking skills that prepare them for a lifetime of productivity and learning.

Academic environment
Putnam aligns its school-wide goals with PSD goals. At Putnam our goals include 1) students will attain reading proficiency and 2) students attain at least a year’s growth in reading and math. In addition, as a school of science, Putnam has a targeted goal for students to attain proficiency in science. At Putnam, students learn the connectedness of science and literacy. Staff builds upon the common critical thinking areas in science and literacy to help our students learn the necessary skills to be successful in the 21st century. Literacy is reinforced through the extensive writing that occurs during the day. Writing is taught across all curriculum areas and all students receive one hour of daily, small group literacy instruction.

Instructional & enrichment programs
With a focus on setting a strong foundation for learning, Putnam offers full-day tuition-free kindergarten and Head Start preschool. Additionally, Putnam offers small class size at all grade levels to ensure each student is successful.

After-school extended learning includes small group tutoring in math, reading, and writing, homework help, and enrichment. Putnam has also formed Break It!, a hip-hop dance club. Enrichment activities include Club Invention, leadership club, art club, technology club, and a spring musical.

Opportunities for parents
Our site-based decision making team of staff and parents help make decisions about our budget, mission/beliefs, educational programs, and staffing. Parents are welcome to volunteer in the school and classrooms. PTO sponsors family literacy and math nights, Cinco de Mayo celebration, homecoming parade float, Read-a-thon fundraiser, book fair, and parent programs.