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Matthew Wentz, FHS class of 2015 salutatorian, was presented with an appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point during the annual ceremony. Wentz was also honored with a Coca-Cola scholarship, recognition from the American Chemical Society and named as outstanding senior student by the FHS business department May 5.
Twelfth-grader Jeffrey Brosious, 17, performs push-ups during the JROTC Physical Training Competition March 14 hosted by Falcon High School.
Increasing numbers of District 49 students are taking college courses while in high school. Science teachers from District 49 high schools and Pikes Peak Community College department chairs and science professors met March 13 to discuss how both organizations can best serve this group of students.
Eleventh-grader Rileigh Jones, 16, of Falcon High School explains how she earned a Presidential Volunteer Service Award during “Fantastic 49” recognition March 12, ahead of a monthly Board of Education meeting in District 49.
Meridith Jensen, a dispatcher and trainer for the El Paso Teller County E-911 Authority, explains how to use an automated external defibrillator Feb. 14 during hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation training at Falcon High School in District 49. The CPR training was part of student-led weekend activities, called “Pump It Up Falcon,” which focused on heart health.
Twelfth-grader Wyatt Aaberg, 17, signs a letter of intent Feb. 4 during National Signing Day at Falcon High School.
Tenth-grader Kiana Harkema, 14, troubleshoots a Wi-Fi connection with a microcontroller board during a computer forensics class Jan. 23 at Falcon High School in District 49.
Sixth-grader Colin Ralph, 11, and eighth-grader Cole Snyder, 13, compete in the national CyberPatriot VII middle school division semifinals Jan. 18 at Falcon High School in District 49.
Saturday, May 23 is District 49 graduation day at the World Arena. If you can't make it to the commencement ceremonies, a live stream of each graduation can be accessed on the D49.org homepage. There will be a blue banner on the top of the district homepage and on the homepage of each high school as their ceremony gets set to begin.
The District 49 Board of Education approved an increase in wages for staff and approved adding additional district security resources. “Attracting and retaining high quality and effective instructors is a top strategic priority for our district,” said Brett Ridgway, chief financial officer, “And our teachers are getting a sizeable bump in compensation for the 2015-2016 school year.”