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Physical Education

Physical Education is a required part of the curriculum unless your child has a doctor's excuse. We hope that each student will have appropriate clothing to wear for this class or for after-school sports. Tennis shoes without black soles are recommended.

Colbert School Library

Every week students come to the library to learn information literacy skills. Kindergarten classes come once a week. All other classes come twice a week. During that time, students learn about literature and how to locate, evaulate, and extract information from a variety of sources.

Students may check out one to two books at a time. They may visit the library everyday to exchange books. Materials for research and reports are often needed by intermediate students.Some reference books, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, may be checked out for overnight use. Other materials are checked out for three weeks. A book may be kept longer by renewing the book. Books requested by other students will be limited to two three-week checkouts.

Students are responsible for the materials they check out in their name. Please caution them about sharing books without returning the book first. Replacements will be required for lost books and damaged books due to mishandling.

Our librarians are happy to assist parents and students with special requests about books, reading, and finding information. Parents are welcome to check out materials.

Resource Room

The Resource Room staff provides specialized assistance for children in grades kindergarten through sixth who have been formally identified as having a specific learning difficulty. To be eligible, students must be referred, tested, and qualified based on current Washington State Law.


The LAP (Learning Assistance Program) is a state-funded program which provides specialized academic assistance for students (grades K-4) who are having academic problems in the regular classroom. Students qualify based on their academic performance.

Speech Program

Students with speech, language, voice and/or fluency disorders are seen by the speech therapist on a weekly basis. They are seen in groups of one to three students for 40-60 minutes each week, depending on the type of disorder and the severity. Students are identified for program through screening and teacher or parent referral.

Quest Program (Grades 4-6)

The Quest Program provides an enriched, differentiated, accelerated and rigorous standards-base curriculum that presents learning at a pace, depth, and intensity that meets students' intellectual needs while simultaneously encouraging growth of individual potential.

Qualified students in Grade 4 attend approximately 45 minutes once per week.
Qualified students in Grades 5 & 6 attend approximately two hours once per week.

For more information on Quest please click here.

Volunteer Academic Support Team (VAST)

VAST is all about relationships!!! Our dedicated volunteers give at least two hours per week meeting with students to provide extra reading support.  This highly effective volunteer program serves students in first through third grades.  Please contact the office if you are interested at 465-6300.

Technology Resources

Our focus on utilizing technology is directly linked to student learning targets and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) requirements. When used as a tool for learning, various technologies can provide students with research resources, communication avenues, word processing capabilities to enhance the writing process and a broad array of software support systems for learning purposes. Board policy #4900 speaks to safeguards and appropriate staff and student use of internet access. For more detailed information regarding this policy, please contact our school office.

Our students and staff have access to a broad range of technology resources. These resources include iPads, Apple Laptops, and Google Chromebooks.  All of our classrooms are equipped with state of the art projectors and document cameras.

Our PTO has been a generous financial supporter of Colbert's technology needs.

Extra-Curricular Music

The extra-curricular music programs are held one to two days per week at the various elementary schools throughout the Mead School District, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Fifth and sixth graders have the opportunity to participate in: a choral program, beginning and advanced band, and beginning and advanced strings. (The strings program is also available to fourth grade students.) Instruments for string and band programs are available for rent at local music shops.

Extra-Curricular Sports

Colbert Elementary offers a variety of sports activities for boys and girls interested in after-school competition between the seven Mead elementary schools. Athletic competition is available to 5th and 6th graders with the exception of track (one meet) which is open to 4th graders. Other team activities (5th and 6th only) are soccer, volleyball, softball, touch football, basketball, and track.