FAQs

Q: When does school start for the year 2013-14?

A: 6th grade students need to come to school at 7:45 August 16th. All students come August 17th.


Q: When will we get our schedules?

A: Students may begin picking up schedules on Monday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the commons. Incoming and new student tours are available.


Q: What if I didn't get the classes that I requested?

A: Remember that we have four quarters of elective options, so you may not have gotten your first choices in the first quarter but there are many more during the year. We worked extremely hard to make sure students received their top four choices during the course of the year, a year long elective or semester longclass are considered number 1 choices.


Q: I signed up for band, choir, orchestra or Spanish and it's not on my schedule, what do I do?

A: Go to either the counseling office or main office once you pick up your schedule and we will fix the schedule so you don't miss the first days of class.


Q: How do I know what supplies I need?

A: For the first day of school bring only a pen/pencil and notebook. Supply lists are on our Website.


Q: Will I need to buy a planner?

A: You will need to buy a Coal Ridge Planner with handbook inside when you pick up your schedules. Planners are $5.


Q: When do we get our lockers?

A: During the first week of school your core one teachers will help you select your locker.


Q: Will my instrument fit in the locker?

A: We have separate lockers by the Band and Orchestra room so your instrument will fit there.


Q: Can I decorate my locker?

A: Students may decorate their locker, using magnets, appropriate pictures for school, and mirrors. No markers are allowed inside or outside of the new lockers.


Q: Can I bring my cell phone, IPOD, MP3, or video game to school?

A: Electronics can be used during lunch, but not during class (unless a teacher has a reason for their lesson); students are solely responsible for anything they bring from home. Cell phones are allowed before and after school, also during lunch; however they are NOT to be used and must be turned off during class time.


Q: How will I know where to catch my bus?

A: When students come in to pick up class schedules there are bus instructions, maps and explanations of the time and place students are picked up. If you have specific questions call transportation at: 303-702-7530. If a student needs to ride a bus with a friend for whatever reason there is a form that needs to be filled out through transportation about a week in advance called: Space Availability Request Form. The school cannot give permission; you must go through transportation.


Q: I get a ride to school, how does drop off and pick up work?

A: Parents may drop you off and pick you up before and after school.  Parents should pull into the south parking lot and wait in line to pull around to the front of the school. Once they reach the front, you can embark or disembark from the vehicle.


Q: What's the earliest I can get into the building?

A: The lobby doors are typically unlocked by 7 a.m. West Commons doors do not open until 7:25 a.m. For the safety of our school, all other doors remain locked at all times.


Q: What will I do about lunches?

A: On the first day of school you can either bring money for hot school lunch, or bring a sack lunch from home. Parents can put money on a students account by accessing SchoolPaymentSolutions.com. All you need is your students 6 digit ID number (which you can get from our the school’s administrative assistant). If you are an incoming 6th grade student your account rolls into CRMS from your elementary school.


Q: Does Coal Ridge serve breakfast?

A: Yes. Breakfast is served from 7:05 to 7:25. The cost is: $1.50 or subsidized through the free and/or reduced federal meal program.


Q: If I'm a new student what happens if I get lost?

A: Teachers take the first few days of school to review all the details of the building, schedule and classes. Any student can stop an adult at ANYTIME and ask for help.


Q: What if I want to do sports after school?

A: Coal Ridge has intramural sports programs for $60 each sport. Girls should sign up for Volleyball when they pick up schedules or during lunch the first week of school. The next sport in mid Oct. is Boys Basketball, followed by Girls Basketball, Wrestling and then Track. All programs are about 6 weeks in length and sign ups are during lunches. Contact Longmont Youth Sports or the City of Longmont for recreational soccer and football. We do have a school soccer team.


Q: Are there other things to do after school?

A: OH YES! We have an art club, drama club, geography club, yearbook, homework club; MESA. All of the details and person(s) to contact for the various activities will be in the packets that are picked up when students get their schedules.


Q: Do I have to get shots (immunizations) before school starts?

A: Yes. Students must have a Tdap before entering middle school. Immunization requirements for the 2012-13 school year are: 5/4 DTP,DTAP, DT; 1 TDAP; 4 POLIO; 2 MMR; 3 HEPATITIS B; 1 VARICELLA (or your child has had the disease) if a student receives their first Varicella shot after the age of 13, a second shot is required within 4-8 weeks.


Q: What should I do if I see something before, during or after school that doesn't seem right?

A: PLEASE let someone know; either your parents, Mr. Young, Ms Nybo, Mrs. Ault,  a counselor, teacher or call 1-800-SAFE-2TELL. The person reporting an incident is ALWAYS kept anonymous and their identities are never revealed by staff members.


Q: Why is there a police car at the school?

A: Coal Ridge has a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) named Luke Dunker who is with the Firestone Police Department.  We work closely with Officer Dunker to make sure our school is always running smoothly and safe. Parents are also encouraged to contact him at any time with questions or concerns. He can be reached at 303-833-4176.


Q: What is the PTO?

A: The PTO works to help advise our school's administration on what is best for our students and community. Coal Ridge's administration works closely with the PTO to communicate what is going on within our school, and to solicit ideas, advise and guidance about projects, technology, school achievement goals and/or anything that can make Coal Ridge a better school. The PTO invites all parents to participate in whatever they are able to be involved. More information can be found on our website.


Q: Is Coal Ridge an Open Enrollment school?

A: YES! As long as we have not reached capacity within a grade level we are happy to accept and welcome new students.