ABOUT US

Benefits of the Beacon Zone

The Beacon Network Schools Innovation Zone will empower member schools with collective flexibilities and resources, supporting teachers and leaders to learn, grow and excel together and providing community ownership and involvement, in order to codify and sustain the Beacon Model to improve outcomes for all students.

What is an Innovation School?

Passed in 2008, the Innovation Schools Act provides a pathway for schools to develop practices to better meet the needs of individual students, allowing sites more autonomy to make decisions at the school-level. Innovation status must be approved by a local school board and the Colorado Department of Education through a multi-faceted application process.

GBMS’s innovation plan allows for:

  • A more rigorous college prep curriculum,
  • Blended learning with technology-based instruction, applications, and assessments,
  • A system for frequently analyzing student data, and
  • Research-based interventions that result in high growth and achievement.

With innovation status, Grant Beacon Middle School increases instructional time, continually reduces class sizes in reading, writing, and math, and provides ongiong professional development necessary to meet the needs of our diverse learners.

How We Succeed

  • Culture Drives our Performance 
  • Growth Mindset Creates our Solutions
  • Our Teams Lead Our Transformation 
  • Blended Learning is Our Path to Personalization
  • Data Informs Our Instruction 
  • Social Emotional Learning Builds Our Character
  • Rich and Varied Learning Experiences Motivate Us

Our Vision

Beacon Network Schools students will be among the highest in academic growth in the state, will be well-rounded in their interests and abilities, and will be recognized in the community for outstanding leadership.

Our Mission

Beacon Schools are committed to the high achievement and growth of every student, providing a college preparatory program of study that sets high expectations and requires critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Through the integration of technology and collaborative work of students, staff, families, and community partners, BNS will bring together its neighborhoods’ diverse communities and prepare students with the academic knowledge and 21st century leadership skills necessary for college and career success.

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Our Values

Student-Centered:
We foster Personalized Learning Environments where students own their education.

Growth Mindset: 
We relentlessly pursue improvement of our practice. 

Relationships: 
We are here for our students and each other.  

Happiness: 
We don’t just work, we have fun because we are valued.

Our TEAM

ALEX MAGAñA

Executive Director of Beacon Network Schools

Executive Directoram honored to be one of the first Executive Director in Denver Public Schools. I welcome the opportunity to continue to build on the academic achievements we have made at GBMS and to set KBMS on a similar road to success.

The structure we provide within the Beacon Network prompts our students to become engaged achievers who are eager to learn. They are prepared to move on to high school, college, and career.

We attribute much of our success to the outstanding quality of our teachers and to community partnerships with parents, individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations. These partnerships allow us to offer a variety of enrichments that students may not otherwise experience. These programs help young people learn about topics that sometimes become lifelong passions such as; science and technology, art, dance, and sports. These partnerships also provide valuable family support and bring additional resources to the school that enhance our curriculum. We urge you to consider becoming a partner or a donor to the Beacon Network. Join us by making an investment in the future of our students.

If you would like to learn more about the Beacon Network or have any questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Alex Magaña
Executive Director

mr.magana@denverbeaconschools.org

NETWORK TEAM

JENNIFER KENT

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS

ms.kent@denverbeaconschools.org

JOANNA LEEDS

DEAN OF INSTRUCTION

ms.leeds@denverbeaconschools.org

ROSEYN HOOD

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

ms.hood@denverbeaconschools.org

ELIZABETH WALTERS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 

ms.walters@denverbeaconschools.org

VALERIE SVOBODA

DATA PROCESS MANAGER

ms.svoboda@denverbeaconschools.org

EVELYN MARQUEZ

Financial Manager

ms.evelyn@denverbeaconschools.org

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