Principal's Message

Welcome to Washington Elementary School! I am so excited to begin a new school year with the Washington Elementary School community! I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful school with amazing staff and students. This is my 1st year serving as the leader of this outstanding school and my 20th year in education overall. Previously, I was the Literacy Coach at Washington Elementary School for four years before stepping into the role of District Elementary ELA Coordinator. 

I am originally from this community and am a proud graduate of Cañon City High School. My husband (Jake) and I are proud to call Cañon City our home, along with our children.  Our son is a 9th grader at CCHS and our daughter is a 2nd grader here at Washington. Having a child that attends Washington allows me to experience the parent perspective of our school.

Washington has been at the heart of Canon City since 1951 and, thanks to a BEST Grant and the community voters, now is the newest elementary school in Fremont County. With this new facility comes a well rounded education rooted in foundational knowledge needed to be successful in everything students do. Rather than focusing on one area, we believe that students at a young age should be exposed to many learning experiences in order to make choices for their future while teaching skills and traits that will help them be successful in anything they do. We do this through Project Based Learning, hands-on learning, one-to-one technology, field trips, explicit instruction, blended learning, life skills classes, collaborative and independent learning, etc. 

Our staff is very excited to get back to the important job of working with your children.  I consider myself fortunate to work with such a focused and dedicated group of people each day.  Please read through our handbook and keep it handy for any questions that come up throughout the school year.  Much time has been spent making sure it is up-to-date and relevant for our students and their families.  Also make sure you stay current with school news on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Feel free to reach out to me any time!



Kelli Jones