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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

VCS West - 1st Grade Team

Subject & Time

Social Emotional Learning: 7:50-8:20

Specials: 8:45-9:35

Math: 9:35-10:30

ELD/ Enrichment: 10:30-11:10

Read Aloud: 11:10-11:25

Recess: 11:25-11:40

Lunch: 11:40-12:00

Literature & Writing: 12:00-1:20

History: 1:20-2:10

Recess: 2:10-2:25

Science: 2:25-3:15


1st Grade Overview


Monday through Thursday students will have a Riggs assignment and one math assignment every Wednesday. Please read 15 minutes a day with your student as well. You can check out your student's assignments in their planner. 


Color System

  • Silver Star- Going above and beyond

  • Green- Great day where all students start

  • Yellow- Slow down and think about behavior (it’s okay to be on yellow)

  • Orange- Complete a Think Sheet

  • Red- Phone call home 

  • *Parents can see everyday what color their students received in their planners. 



  • Website

  • Email

  • Hawk's Nest

  • Planners


Core Virtue

Perserverance= is pushing on despite difficulty and hardship. 

Special Events

October 29th= Core Knowledge Costume Day

November 4th= Parent Teacher Conferences

November 5th= No School

November 18th= In-House Field Trip with Star Lab 

November 22-25= Thanksgiving Break 

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4th Grade

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5th/6th Grade

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7th/8th Grade

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Latin/Reader's Theater

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Special Education

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1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Parks

Mrs. Parks is going into her third year teaching first grade at Vanguard Classical School. She is originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. In 2006, Mrs. Parks moved here to attend undergrad at the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado. Mrs. Parks loves seeing the smile on her student's faces and is extremely excited to be a part of the first grade team!

1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Ferguson

Ms. Ferguson is a 1st grade teacher at Vanguard Classical School- west campus. She has previously worked as a special education TA for 2 years. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and will have her Masters degree in Special Education at the end of August! She just moved to Denver from Massachusetts in July, and is excited to start her new adventure in Colorado and at Vanguard!


Mr. Garsez

Mr. Garsez is a first grade educational assistant who has been with VCS-West for 4 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from MSU Denver. He has been an educational assistant for second grade as well, and helped substitute teach for many of the classes throughout the school. He also coaches the Colorado Soccer Foundation, and enjoys all the Colorado outdoorsy activities!


Ms. Baxley

Ms. Baxley is a first grade educational assistant at Vanguard Classical School. She was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, and moved to Denver after she graduated from Missouri State University in December 2019. She graduated with a degree in global studies and is passionate about travel and learning about different cultures. Ms. Baxley is excited for her second year at Vanguard. Go Hawks!