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2015-2016 News

  • Ramirez: ‘What You Don’t Talk About, You Act Out’

    Fabian Ramirez, an anti-bullying speaker and drug prevention specialist based out of Dallas, puts on a “Run Biscuit” T-shirt during a presentation Aug. 27 at Horizon Middle School in District 49.

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  • Dogs Help Students Study Canine Careers

    Third-grader Hailey Clementz, 8, pets Sienna, a border collie, after demonstration Aug. 27 at Remington Elementary School.

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  • School Nurse Awarded Nightingale Luminary Award

    Amy Dreher, a school nurse, is recognized Aug. 13 for receiving a Nightingale Luminary Award from the Colorado Nurses Foundation ahead of a Board of Education meeting in District 49.

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  • GOAL Academy Recognized as Exemplary Affiliate

    Carolyn Gery, National Council of La Raza master fellow, and Ken Crowell, GOAL Academy chief executive officer, accept an award from board president Tammy Harold during a Board of Education meeting Aug. 13 in District 49.

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  • Students Encouraged to Join Activities During "Club Crawl"

    Eleventh-grader Ashaily Carson, 16, gives a "Bomb Squad" step team flier Aug. 13 to ninth-grader Nayo Lopez, 15, during Sand Creek High School’s “club crawl”.

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  • SCHS Student Council Kicks off School Year

    Tenth-grader Noah Hoehn, 15, leads sophomores in a cheer Aug. 4 during Sand Creek High School’s back to school assembly.

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  • MRES Bulldogs Back At It As School Begins

    "The community at this school is better than anything we've experienced during our time in the military," said Army Capt. Cameron Ek of 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, as he walks his sons Landon and Liam into Meridian Ranch Elementary School with his wife, Amy.

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  • SRES Bobcats Pounce on New School Year

    Ron Naugle takes a photo Aug. 4 of his daughter, fourth-grader Sadie Naugle, 9, before the first day of school Aug. 3 at Springs Ranch Elementary.

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  •  Alwin Teruya

    SES Families Kick Off School Year

    Almarie Teruya, speaks with son and second-grader Alwin Teruya, 7, ahead of his first day of school Aug. 4 at Stetson Elementary School in District 49. He recently relocated to Colorado with his military family.

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  •  Caleb Baudoin

    FHS Freshmen Unlock High School Future

    Caleb Baudoin, ninth grade student at Falcon High School, opens his locker for the first time of his high school career at orientation. After opening his locker successfully, Baudoin helped a classmate who was having trouble.

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2014-2015 News

  • GOAL Academy Recognized as Exemplary Affiliate

    Carolyn Gery, National Council of La Raza master fellow, and Ken Crowell, GOAL Academy chief executive officer, accept an award from board president Tammy Harold during a Board of Education meeting Aug. 13 in District 49.

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  • Teachers of the Year Awarded During ‘Fantastic 49’

    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.

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  • Nearly 900 Youth Earn High School Diplomas 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.

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  • Class of 2015: Patriot Learning Center

    Patriot Learning center graduates turn their tassel May 21 during a commencement ceremony.

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  •  Paul Austin with student design drag racing boats.

    Grant Propels Learning at PLC

    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."

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  • Challenger Learning Center

    Challenging Mission: To The Moon

    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.

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  • PPSEL Students Present Hundreds of Semester Expeditions

    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.

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  • Boys take off during a sprint at the District 49 field day.

    On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

    "It's a great chance for our kids to be out and compete against other schools," said Kara Woolery, Evans International Elementary School counselor, "They are showing us what they can do and are such upstanding young people. It's a nice way to end the year."

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  • Class of 2015: Falcon Virtual Academy

    Fifty-six students graduated from Falcon Virtual Academy on May 15. This is the last graduating class from FVA as it will evolve into Springs Studio for Academic Excellence during the summer.

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  • Father Shares Why Son’s Teacher Deserves Awards, Recognition

    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.

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District Updates

  • Update On Meal Charges, Balances

    District 49 will no longer provide unlimited alternative meals to elementary school students who do not have money. Starting Sept. 15, elementary students will be allowed to acquire a negative balance for up to three breakfasts and three lunches. After that, they will be provided with three complimentary meals.

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  • District 49 Student Based Budgeting Highlighted By Independence Institute Education Policy Center

    "SBB extends Colorado’s established system of 'local control' beyond district headquarters to decision-makers closer to individual students," said author Ben DeGrow. "It also bolsters parental choice, by directing more dollars to follow students directly to where they learn. District 49 has developed the state's most robust system of SBB...the low-funded district gradually has unveiled a system that significantly expands the potential to serve individual student needs through greatly empowered local decision-making."

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BOE Updates

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.