• Ponderosa Elementary School Profile 2017-2018

    Educating Students in Grades PK-5


    School Pride:

    The Ponderosa mascot is the Eagle and our colors are navy blue, hunter green and tan. Our school motto is, “Soaring high to achieve success!” Our school is named in honor of the Ponderosa Pine.



    Kathy Crowley, Principal

    KayCee Choate, Vice Principal

    Karla Holmes, Counselor



    38 Certified Staff

    23 Classified Staff



    665 Enrolled

    5 Languages Spoken

    5% Gifted and Talented

    19% Special Education

    27% Economically Disadvantaged


    Grading Scale:

    Basic – Student does not yet demonstrate competency on the grade level achievement target.

    Strategic - Student demonstrates inconsistent competency on the grade level achievement target.

    Proficient – Student demonstrates consistent competency on the grade level achievement target.

    Advanced – Student demonstrates consistent competency on achievement targets above their grade level.


    School Activities:

    PTA, Student Council, Fuel Up to Play 60, Pacers, Book Nook, Book Fair, 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo, Service Projects.


    School and Staff Recognition: Kris Pfaff, 5th grade teacher, is the Teacher of the Year. Tammi Rose, Nutrition Cashier, is the Classified Employee of the Year. Jennifer Stoor, PE teacher, was awarded the 2017 Youth Advocate of the Year from the American Red Cross. Kathy Crowley, Principal, was awarded the IASA Gem Instructional Leadership Award.

    Ponderosa serves students who are Deaf or hard of hearing in West Ada and surrounding school districts. We are also partners with IESDB and integrate their preschool program into the school. Ponderosa has a strong wellness focus. A track was installed for the school-wide Pacer program. Students and staff walk and run more than 40,000 miles a year. We participate in Mayor Tammy’s Walking Club each year. Our Book Nook is very popular with the students. Students can choose to read for enjoyment during one recess per day. Teachers often write grants to supplement materials, supplies, and specialized seating.