NOW ENROLLING at both campuses for the 2021-2022 school year!

Contact Us

West Campus
P: 303.691.2384
F: 303.226.5529

East Campus
P: 303.338.4110
F: 303.338.4129


West Campus
801 Yosemite St.
Denver, CO 80230

East Campus
17101 East Ohio Dr.
Aurora, CO 80017

Team 5/6

Welcome to Team 5/6!


Welcome back! We hope that you had a refreshing fall break!

Some things to remember:

*Please make sure your student is in their seat before 7:50 am every day- This is especially important since we are now on the block schedule. 

*Please make sure you're in dress code every day. If you need a copy of the dress code, please find it here

*Please make sure your students are only bringing the necessary items to class and leaving toys and other distractions at home

*Please make sure if your student is bringing their Chromebook home, they bring it back charged every day

*Every students needs to be bringing a water bottle to school, every day. We no longer have water fountains 

Infinite Campus

Your student should be logging in frequently to check their grades. Here is a slide show to remind them how to log in. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Tara and she can get your student their log in information.

Class Dojo


Parents, please make sure that you're signing up for Class Dojo. We send most communication through Dojo messenger, so you won't want to miss out on important information. You can either download the Class Dojo app on your phone or just use the web browser.  Each Class has their own unique code, so make sure to ask your student who their homeroom teacher is. Click on the link below for the parent code.

Tracy Flint Dojo Code

Fran Karkoski  Dojo Code

Tommy Milo Dojo Code

Ellie Popelka Dojo Code

Jenny Young Dojo Code

Lindsey Henke Dojo Code

Important Dates




Scholastic Book Fair Monday November 1, 2021-Thursday November 4, 2021 8am-7pm
Conferences- This will be in the cafetorium this year. There are no sign up sheets, first come, first served. Thursday, November 4, 2021 8am-7pm
Panda Express Fundraiser for Washington D.C. Trip- 14302 East Cedar Avenue Thursday, November 4, 2021 11am-9pm
No School Friday, November 5, 2021
Veteran's Day Thursday, November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Break Monday, November 22, 2021- Friday, November 26, 2021

Core Virtues


Stewardship-  is caring well for the gifts given us – our life, our world, our talents, and those entrusted to our care.

5/6 Math

Ms. Flint

My name is Tracy Flint. This is my second year teaching at , my first I as a first grade teacher and this year, I am super excited to join the 5/6 grade team to teach math. In my free time, I like to glamp, watch my daughter dance, and spend time with my hubby. I have a puppy that is my pride and joy, too!

5/6 Social Studies

Ms. Karkoski

My name is Francesca Karkoski, and I am a fifth grade teacher at Vanguard Classical School East. I will be entering my second year teaching at VCS, but my fourth year teaching fifth grade. I have loved teaching fifth grade and have found a real passion for teaching Social Studies. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my amazing team and the wonderful families at Vanguard. Outside of school I spend my time reading, hiking, and watching a lot of baseball.

5/6 Reading

Mr. MIlo

Salutations! My name is Tommy Milo. I’m a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado’s class of 2020, and I’m thrilled to get started here at Vanguard! My theatrical background has instilled in me a passion for applicable and personalized education that I try to pepper into every aspect of my classroom in hopes that my pupils may take away just as much compassion and growth as I did from my own most fondly remembered teachers. I’m ecstatic to have the privilege of learning more about myself and my peers to be in this position.

5/6 Social Studies

Ms. Popelka

My name is Ellie Popelka and this is my first year at VCS. Before joining the VCS team, I got my bachelor’s of arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina where I played division one volleyball for a portion of my college years. I also have a master’s degree in teaching elementary education from the University of Virginia. I have experience working with many different types of learners from preschool to high school ages. Social studies has always been a passion of mine since I was in primary school and I am so excited to teach it in my own classroom. When I’m not in school, I enjoy going on walks with my dog, exploring Colorado, and trying out new restaurants in the Denver area. I am so thrilled and honored to join the 5th and 6th grade team here at VCS East!

5/6 Writing

Ms. Young

My name is Jenny Young, and this is my first year here at Vanguard Classical School. Before joining the VCS team, I taught 5th & 6th grade writing at Cherry Creek Academy for five years, and prior to that, I taught for 21 years in the same school where I had done my student teaching, Glennon Heights Elementary, in Jefferson County. I earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado, and I have a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. I consider myself very lucky to make a living doing something I truly love. I have three children. Kevin is 22, Kyle is 19, and my baby girl Savannah is 9. I play and coach volleyball, and I love to watch football, especially the Florida Gators and the Denver Broncos. I am extremely excited to join the strong 5th grade team and look forward to getting to know your child(ren).

5/6 Science

Ms. Henke

My name is Lindsey Henke, and I will be starting my third year teaching fifth grade at Vanguard Classical School. Prior to teaching at VCS, I attended Ottawa University where I earned my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. When I graduated I thought that I wanted to teach lower elementary, but I have fallen in love with fifth grade and it has become my love and passion. Outside of school I love to be active. I go to the gym daily and spend my weekends rock climbing, hiking with my pup or skiing. I believe that leading a healthy lifestyle and being active outside of school allows me to have the energy and focus in the classroom.

5/6 Educational Assistant

Mrs. Canutt

My name is Tara Canutt, and I am a 5/6th grade Educational Assistant at Vanguard Classical School East. I am entering my third year at VCS. I worked with differently abled students for many years before coming to Vanguard. My passions are grammar and the arts. The kiddos know that I am super silly and love dinosaurs and mermaids! Outside of school I spend my time with my children going on adventures, baking and cooking, but mostly crafting!

5/6 Educational Assistant

Ms. Danielle

I’m a Colorado native and I'm a recent graduate of CU Denver. I enjoy reading and playing with my two cats during my free time, and I’m very excited to be working at Vanguard this school year!