2016-2017 News

  •  The Springs Studio for Academic Excellence student council accepts an award from Care and Share.

    Tradition of Fighting Hunger in the community continues at Springs Studio

    "This is a long-standing tradition of us presenting an awared to your school," said Shannon Brice, Care and Share chief development officer, as she presented the award. "Because of you collecting more than 15,000 pounds of food, so many families are going to have healthy meals and happy holidays."

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  • Springs Studio Students Deliver Newscast On Rocky Mountain PBS

    Springs Studio for Academic Excellence sixth-graders Lillian Altmann, 11, and Sam Covington, 12, anchor a newscast for the Super School News program Dec. 7 at the Rocky Mountain PBS studios at Colorado State University in Pueblo.

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  • District 49 Middle School Students Explore Their Pathways at College and Career Fair

    District 49 Middle School Students Explore Their Pathways at College and Career Fair

    Over 850 middle school students from District 49 attended the district’s second annual “College and Career Fair” on Nov. 15 in Colorado Springs.

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  • Student Board Forms For Second Year

    Student Board Forms For Second Year

    High school students volunteering for a student board of representatives gathered with district leaders Aug. 11, ahead of a Board of Education meeting in District 49.

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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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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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  • Springs Studio For Academic Excellence Graduation, 2016

    More than 80 graduates received diplomas May 20 at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs.

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  •  High school and middle school students licorice race at the Middle School Leadership Conference.

    High School Students Help Middle Schoolers Learn To Lead

    "A leader doesn't have to be perfect," said Sophia Mayhugh, seventh grade at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence when asked what she learned at the annual District 49 Middle School Leadership Conference at Sand Creek High School April 15. "A leader makes mistakes, but always tries to do the next right thing."

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  •  Naomi Perkins, SSAE fourth-grader, looks at the surface of the moon on a Google Expeditions Journey

    MRES & SSAE Come Together for an Expedition Across the Universe

    "It shows how well our district works together," said Lori Hall, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence. "Although we're at different schools, we really aren't different. We can learn, work and have fun together."

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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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Springs Studio Updates

  • Inclement Weather Policy 
    SSAE students and families,
    Here are a couple things you must know regarding weather delays or cancellations related to Springs Studio campus and virtual access:
    1. If District 49 closes the district for weather: SSAE school campus will be closed but teachers will still be available online for student support.
    2. If District 49 issues a 2 hour delay for weather our campus will open for classes at 9:30 AM.
    These decisions are made by district administration not by school personnel.
    Here is how to get notified of closures and delays:
    • Go to to see updates in the scrolling messages!
    • Go to and look in the upper right corner for status of district
    • Tune into KRDO Television Channel 13 in Colorado Springs
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  • The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning recently announced its 2016 Student Scholarship recipients. After receiving over 750 applications, it honored 31 high school graduates in 21 states across the country. Springs Studio 2016 graduate Sierra Jarmon was one of them.

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  • Enrollment Information 2017-18

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  • Megan Yorke, tenth-grader, Best in District 49 Art Show

    Megan Yorke stands with her piece at the District 49 art show.

    Megan Yorke earned Best in Show and first place in the 10th Grade 2D Art category for her work. Congratulations Megan!

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District Updates

  •  Afternoon Busing Cancelled

    Afternoon Buses Curbed Jan. 9

    Due to high winds across the region, and high profile vehicle safety restrictions issued for El Paso County by the Colorado Department of Transportation, District 49 school buses will not run this afternoon, Monday, Jan. 9.

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  •  Expected weather conditions plot for Friday, Jan. 6.

    Two-hour Delay: Friday, Jan. 6.

    Due to extremely cold wind chill temperatures early Friday morning, a two-hour delay has been called for Friday, Jan. 6. The air temp and wind chill will increase dramatically once the sun comes up.

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Springs Studio for Academic Excellence

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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.