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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}Casey inspires students to be creative and critical thinkers. Our students become engaged lifelong learners who are compassionate and connected to our diverse, multilingual community and global society.<br><br>On behalf of the faculty and staff at Casey Middle School, it is my pleasure to welcome you.  Casey has enjoyed tremendous success and has established many incredible traditions and legacies throughout the years.  Casey is Boulder's historic middle school where, since 1923, over 25,000 students have successfully begun their secondary school careers. At Casey, we promise every student and parent that we will care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible.  The incredible faculty and staff at Casey Middle School encourage all students to set high goals for themselves and to reach for their dreams.<br><br>I sincerely hope you join us and enjoy the numerous opportunities available to all the students who are part of our Cub family. As one parent stated recently, "We are so very happy with all of our son's experiences at Casey!  The teachers have been truly excellent and he's really enjoyed school in a way he never did before. Casey truly is 'the whole package': great teachers, great environment, bilingual and diverse."<br> <br>Mind, Body, Spirit<br><br>●      Student engagement in learning starts high and peaks in eighth grade.<br><br>●      Students have the option to take a highly rigorous course of study through our Spanish language arts program.<br><br>●      We are a Colorado School of Excellence in Arts Education.<br><br>●      Numerous electives are available to engage learners: Leadership, Technology, Art, Baile Folklorico, Band, Guitar, Applied Science, Physical Education, Advanced Fitness, Publications and Orchestra.<br><br>●      We are an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school, preparing first-generation college students.<br><br>●      Casey Middle School was built to the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, and is one of only two middle schools nationwide to receive LEED Platinum status. <br><br>●      PBIS School - Our school climate rating is one of the best in our school district according to many years of student, parent and teacher climate surveys.  Students are taught how to live our GRRR<br>        Concepts - Grateful, Respectful, Responsible and Resilient.<br><br>●      Named "School to Watch" in 2004 and 2006 for innovative and effective teaching practices. Casey was chosen as visitation site for 2008 National Middle School Conference.<br><br>●      A commitment to learning in depth through reading, writing, and discussion<br><br>●      A highly ranked math program that provides students with the challenge needed to ensure high levels of growth over three years.<br><br>●      Formative Assessment School – All staff are trained in how to maximize student engagement, student thinking and student ownership.<br><br>●      Casey has a TAG Educational Advisor who spends time in the classrooms, conducting book groups, small group discussions, and writing and project mentoring.  Additionally, the TEA sponsors various<br>        academic clubs, such as Brain Bowl, Math Counts,  Math on a Sphere and Science Fair.<br><br>●      Model United Nations program embedded into 6th grade social studies curriculum. While this international program is typically for high school and university students, Casey 6th graders are some of <br>        a very small group of middle schoolers nation wide who study in-depth the United Nations and participate in a day long model UN simulation ("CMMUN").<br><br>●      In addition to athletics and intramural sports, Casey offers numerous after school activities and clubs to engage learners: Minecraft, Chess, Writers Workshop, Chemistry, Bike Club, Technovation, Art,<br>        and Morning Cup of Casey.<br><br>Enthusiastic Faculty<br><br>●      One parent observed, "Casey attracts idealistic teachers who care a great deal about each child."<br><br>●      All-Star Staff who believe and are committed to the success of every student.<br><br>●      Teachers plan and conduct outdoor education trips, service learning, concerts, musicals, athletics, and daily tutoring.<br><br>●      We are a CU Partner School with numerous projects that include CU students and faculty in our program.<br><br>Dedicated Parents<br><br>●      Parents are involved in all aspects of their student's education. <br><br>●      Parents regularly come to Casey to present and share their experiences as experts in different fields/careers<br><br>●      Parent Nights and coffee hour book groups host discussion about raising teenagers, high school and middle school transitions.<br>​<br>●      Parents personally assist student achievement and enjoyment through Adopt-a-Reader, Adopt-a-Writer, dances, field trips, Fiesta, Science Fair, and tutoring.<br><br>Justin McMillan - Principal<br><br>