Putnam Elementary School Winner of Colorado Department of Education Centers of EXCELLENCE Award 2017, 2018, 2019

Putnam Elementary School is a Title One School located in the heart of Fort Collins. We are within walking distance of Colorado State University, City Park, and the beautiful downtown area. We are honored to have received the Colorado Department of Education "Centers of Excellence" Award for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Downtown Fort Collins, "Light the Lights" 2019

The basic principle of Title 1 is that schools with large concentrations of low-income students will receive supplemental federal government funds to assist in meeting student’s educational goals. Title 1 funds can be used to improve curriculum, instructional activities, counseling, parental involvement, and increase staff and program improvement. Putnam Elementary has made a commitment to participate in a school wide program. The emphasis in school-wide program schools is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all resources, as allowed, to achieve a common goal. School-wide programs maximize the impact of Title I. A growing body of evidence shows that it is possible to create schools where all students achieve to high standards, even when most students in the school are poor or disadvantaged. These schools share common characteristics, including:

  • A clear Focus
  • High Expectations for students and staff
  • An environment focused on learning
  • Strrong leadership
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessments aligned with standards
  • High-quality professional development
  • A collaborative spirit and collaborative structures
  • Meaningful parental involvement and
  • A commitment to continuous review and improvement

These characteristics are most likely to produce effective schools when they are integrated together into a school-wide framework. The Title I school-wide process supports the creation of high-performing schools by encouraging schools to make significant, even radical, changes in how they do business, and providing them with a comprehensive process for doing so. Developing and implementing a high-quality school-wide program is a systemic, effective strategy for increasing the academic achievement of all students. We believe this has been the reason for our "Centers of Excellence" awards.

Learning to play the Ukulele

Kindergarten is all about growing! The major goals for Math are counting to 100, sorting objects into groups of 20, greater then and less then, adding and subtracting. In science we learn all about plants, animals, and the sun's effects. We are learning all about independence and what that looks like for each subject area. We learn all about letters...recognizing them, what their letter sounds are, and how to write them. Each week we go to art, music, PE and technology. In technology, we get to use Robots! Of course we save time for recess, lunch and snack time. What a busy day we have!

Kindergartners learn to identify correct colors in Art

First Grade - First Grade students are very engaged in diverse classroom experiences. These include:

  • Peace First Social Emotional curriculum
  • Small group instruction
  • Field Trips
  • Problem-solving with peers
  • Safety Smarts instruction through Larimer County
  • Book Trust funding
  • More technology in the classroom
  • Full specials (Art, Music, PE, Technology)
  • Math workshop instruction
  • LOTS of Reading and Math!
First Grade in PE


At Putnam we offer Enrichment Classes to students who are recommended by their classroom teacher. There are three sessions during the school year, and each students can choose between Art, Music or Technology. Students in second through fifth grade are eligible and the classes meet once a week, during the regular school day. Our Fifth Grade students have the opportunity to be involved in our Leadership team. These students are giving back to their school and community by being involved in outreach activities.

Third grade, designed and created bubble wands on the 3D printer
5th Grade Leadership

Our Staff:

Every staff member is committed to the success of each student. We are a fun bunch of people that enjoy working hard for our students. Our staff longevity on average is 6.5 years. You won't find a harder working group of teachers. They are all dedicated to provide the best education for your student!

Second Grade Team
Third Grade Team
Counseling staff a.k.a Hungry, Hungry Hippos

Community Partners touching the lives of our Students!

Putnam Elementary has been very fortunate to benefit from several community partners that influence our students. The North Fort Collins Business Association works together to provide boots and coats to our at risk students. During the 2018-2019 school year, Putnam Elementary was awarded over $70,000 in grant monies to support technology at our school. "Computer Science Learning Lab" was funded by the Bohemian Foundation. "Girls who Code" is an after school program that currently has thirty 3rd-5th grade girls attending. This program was funded by the Poudre School district Innovation Grant. We were able to create a "Thinkers and Tinkers Makerspace Lab" in our media center thanks to OtterCares and the employees of OtterBox. Our Music department was awarded a selection of new instruments through Can'dAid. Our students have exceptional opportunities because of these wonderful organizations.

OtterBox employees volunteering during annual Close2Open
After school Girls coding club
Can'dAid Instruments
Thinkers and Tinkers MakerSpace Lab