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Kindergartner Riley Aragorn, 5, meets teacher Amanda Ralston after finishing a school supply scavenger hunt during back-to-school activities July 31 at Imagine Classical Academy Indigo Ranch in District 49. Riley had just finished watching Samoan fire dancers perform, along with other members from Pacific Pride and Island Hearts, outside the school.
Andrea Aragon, teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School, receives a teacher of the year award June 11 during a Board of Education meeting June 11 in District 49.
Nearly 900 youth earned a diploma during the 2014-2015 school year by attending one of the five coordinated high schools in District 49.
Paul Austin, science educator at Patriot Learning Center, will use a $4200 Teachers and Technology grant from CenturyLink to purchase a 3D printer. Austin and his students will use the 3D printer to create different propellers in a boat drag racing unit. "Without this grant, there's no way we could do the tinkering phase of the project," said Austin. "It isn't cost effective and there's no way we'd be able to wait for a manufacturer to do that process for us."
The POWER Zone schools in District 49 focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) ecosystem. Fifth grade students from the gifted program at the zone's three elementary schools visited Challenger Learning Center May 20. The students participated in a mission to a lunar base on the moon.
Kindergartner Cassie Johnson, 6, tells principal Don Knapp that “engineers make machines to make life easier” during a gallery night May 20 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in District 49.
Patrick Jewell, father of second-grader Brett Jewell, 8, shares his appreciation for significant support needs teacher Dawnise Sandwick of Falcon Elementary School of Technology during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49. Jewell wrote a nomination for Sandwick to receive a teacher appreciation scholarship from the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association.
Dale Bonavita, counselor at Falcon Virtual Academy, explains her recognition by the Colorado Department of Education as online and blended counselor of the year during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49.
The Board of Education approved a resolution to place a question on the November ballot giving the voters the option to ensure local representation on the District 49 School Board.
The Colorado Department of Education released July 16 the second year results of the Colorado Measures of Academic Standards. District 49 leaders interpret the results as the baseline for future tests.
Two Board of Education seats currently held by Chuck Irons and Marie LaVere-Wright will be on the coordinated election ballot on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. At this election, two directors will be elected for a term of office of four years.