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2016-2017 News

  •  Santa arrives at the District 49 Education Success Center during Santa's Toy Express.

    News 5: Fifteen Years of Santa's Toy Express in District 49

    "They shop for their brothers and sisters," said RJ Berry, bus driver, "not even knowing they have anything waiting for them."

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  • WHES Students Recognize Veterans Through Song and Celebration

    Fourth grade students perform in a Veterans Day concert Nov. 11 at Woodmen Hills Elementary School in District 49. Over 150 fourth-graders performed, singing songs like “Spirit of America” and “Thank You to Our Soldiers” to veterans in attendance.

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  • Students Paint With Local Artist

    First-graders Christopher Lacombe, 6, and Francesca Rodriguez, 6, paint flowers during a watercolor lesson taught by Janie Knickerbocker, retired teacher and professional artist, Sept. 16 at Woodmen Hills Elementary School.

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  • Student Urges ‘Teaching With SOUL’

    Evan Mahon, 17, scheduled to start 12th-grade at Vista Ridge High School, speaks July 27 to hundreds of school administrators and teachers during a District 49 back-to-school event at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs.

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  • District 49 Leads Regional Learning Efforts During Summer Break

    “We’re learning new ways that we can engage students in the classroom with updated activities that use technology to get students excited about learning,” said Patty Gioscia, Skyview Middle School assistant principal, at the Colorado Springs GAFE Summit July 20.

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2015-2016 News

  • Division 2 Winner

    Students Create Art Work As Part of #StopOnRed Campaign

    "We enjoy the opportunity to see the artwork from our students across the district," said Gene Hammond, District 49 transportation director. "To see the importance of safety on our buses through the eyes of those we serve reminds us of the important job we do each day."

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  • Elementary School Choir Participates in Music Festival

    Choir students from nine elementary schools performed at the District 49 Music Festival on May 3.

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  • Fifth-graders Share "Spacesuit" Designs

    Fifth-graders Rachel Foulks, 11, and Madison Jones, 10, present their “spacesuit” design to a panel of local experts April 21 Woodmen Hills Elementary School

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  • District 49 Schools Re-open After Historic Winter Storm

    After three days of closures following an historic winter storm in north easter El Paso County, students returned to class Feb. 4 in District 49.

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  • Students Toss Pies at Principals During Assembly

    Dr. Kathy Pickering, principal, and Mike Miller, assistant principal, prepare for a pie toss during a celebration assembly Dec. 11 at Woodmen Hills Elementary School.

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WHES Updates

  • Assessment Season Is Near: The opportunity to measure the hard work happening in our classrooms is upon. WHES students in grades 3-5 will take state assessments including PARCC and CMAS in March and April. Learn more and see the schedule on our state assessments page.


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  • School of Choice Applications: Our community continues to grow. Due to current choice enrollment numbers and our commitment to serve students within WHES boundaries, we are not able to accept school of choice applications for the 2017 - 2018 school year. 


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  • WHES Woodmen Web Front Page Woodmen Web: Read the Woodmen Web, the student-led digital newspaper of Woodmen Hills Elementary School. It's seven pages. Support our kids, download the latest issue.


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  • WHES students in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Trip: WHES students visited Washington, D.C. over fall break. Visit the leadership updates page to read about their experience and see more photos from the trip.


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  • FHS Graduation Guidelines Summit: If you missed the FHS graduation guidelines summit on Sept. 21, we've created a page with the presentations from the summit, Q&A from the conversations that night, and an opportunity for you to provide your feedback. Please visit D49.org/FHSsummit to collaboarate. We need to hear from you as we implement new Colorado graduation guidelines to ensure we launch our students to success after high school.


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District Updates

  • Preschool Roundup Feb. 24

    The 2017 Preschool Roundup & Screening takes place Friday, Feb. 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. It will be held at the Creekside Success Center, located at 3850 Pony Tracks Drive in Colorado Springs.

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  • Tips to Reduce Spread of Illness

    District 49 school nurses report an increase in illness in our community and throughout District 49.

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Woodmen Hills Elementary School

Woodmen Hills Elementary, a neighborhood school, educates and empowers the whole child to thrive through quality instruction, meaningful relationships and high expectations.  Students are inspired to collaborate and use their unique traits to positively impact our community.  

School District 49

Financial Transparency District 49 prepares students, in a safe and caring environment, to be successful, competent and productive citizens in a global society. Our teachers, administrators and staff members are committed to the creation of educational environments where all children can maximize their individual learning potential. Further, we are committed to meeting students' needs in all domains: academic, social and physical. An emphasis in all activities will be toward empowering students to take an active role in their own learning.
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