THE BEST CHOICE TO LEARN, WORK, LEAD
Evans International Elementary School fifth-graders had the opportunity to explore social studies and science units at the USAFA Equestrian Center on May 6 for Pioneer Movement Day. Students were able to review units in a Movement Method based way with ten stations to learn more about animal adaptation, Native American history, art expression, shelter building and much more.
Team members contribute to success in District 49 every day, and many give it their all. The May 9 Fantastic 49 festivities honored five employees for giving their heart and soul to D49 students and colleagues.
Camaraderie and excitement filled the gym at Vista Ridge High School April 24 for the Unified basketball game against the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Unified basketball brings together students with and without disabilities on the same athletic team, and promotes inclusion through sports.
Falcon Elementary School of Technology third, fourth and fifth-grade students had the opportunity to work with Texas Instruments coding experts on April 26, 2019. Students learned how to program and code rover machines thanks to funding from the IGNITE grant, a Department of Defense Education Activity grant awarded to District 49.
Two Falcon Middle School Firebirds will take the field trip of a lifetime later this summer. Alease Church and Gavin Adams have confirmed spots at Space Camp where they will train like astronauts.
At a typical Fantastic 49 celebration, sentiments share a common theme, touching on hard work and commitment to District 49. Once again, the presentation before the April 11 BOE meeting included warm accolades for students and two D49 staff members, plus a district-wide department.
There is a place in the spotlight for learners like Aislynn Cates, a sixth-grader at Falcon Middle School. “It made me feel unique, and like I can do anything,” shared Cates. She and other D49 students took the stage at the Colorado Miss Amazing pageant March 30. The event transcends pageantry, creating a platform for girls with disabilities to have their voices heard and their faces recognized.
“At the heart of everything the nutrition services department does is our customers- the students,” said D49 Director of Nutrition Services Monica Deines-Henderson. “We understand they have a choice every day to either have their meals with us or not, and we want to make each meal a positive experience for them.”
Individuals in D49 aspire every day to make our educational community the “Best Choice to Learn, Work and Lead.” Before the monthly board of education work session March 27, one staff member and two students were celebrated during Fantastic 49 for leading in notable ways.
For a moment during the match, Bella Mitchell felt her advantage begin to slip. “I actually got a little scared at one point, because she had turned really far and my hips came off the mat,” the VRHS wrestler recalled. “I was scared that she was going to flip me over.”
Individuals across District 49 aim for excellence every day. For some, it encompasses working hard in and out of the classroom. For others, it is about demonstrating D49’s values on a daily basis. The board of education honored four individuals during Fantastic 49 festivities before the regular board meeting February 14 for their commitment to always going above and beyond.
IVES Principal Kristy Rigdon invited a group to tour the worksite at the end of January. Wearing hard hats and fluorescent vests, guests including the D49 Chief Officers as well as Board of Education Vice President John Graham explored the rapidly developing campus.
Students at WHES hosted special visitors from the community at the school Jan. 11. Sergeant William Webster and Deputy Courtney Norman from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office were onsite to read to young learners as part of the Badges and Books program.
Team members across District 49 impact learning in many ways. For some, it is teaching students in the classroom. For others, it is about helping ensure students and staff have the best learning environment possible. The board of education honored five staff members during Fantastic 49 festivities before the regular board meeting January 10 for their commitment to D49.
To welcome a new year, and students back to campus, School District 49 is launching a mobile app for smartphone users. Those who download the app will find a wealth of information at their fingertips. D49 families will receive important notifications as well as having the option of logging into the app to get up to the minute information about their students, including grades, attendance and account balances.
More than 60 students and staff earned CPR certifications from this event, co-organized by PPEC senior Kaine Greathouse.
Thanks to partnerships with local military installations, D49 students with parents who serve in the armed forces have programs available made just for them. During Fantastic 49 festivities Dec. 13 before the regular monthly Board of Education meeting, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base were honored for their collaborative support of District 49.
The JOI Club turned the HMS gym into a Christmas wonderland Dec. 8. for its annual day of service.
Teachers around the globe have latched onto the concept of Caine’s Arcade, a project-based curriculum that teaches students how to use innovation in creating projects from inception to completion. During November, students in Mary Hopper’s project-based learning classes at Woodmen Hills Elementary were given the opportunity to take on the cardboard arcade challenge.
The Horizon Middle School student body gathered in the gym to hear an emotional story about overcoming a rough childhood, enduring abusive parents, entering foster care and being adopted. On Nov. 27 HMS students had the rare opportunity to listen to punk rock musician, motivational speaker and kindness promoter, Davey Muise.
Food and carnival games were ripe for the picking at the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence Harvestmania event Nov. 9. Students and staff gathered together to celebrate the season, and to raise money for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.
Lisa Ghrayyeb-Hartman, Evans International Elementary School counselor, meets with the Neonatal Intensive Care staff at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital, Nov. 15. EIES staff members delivered donated items collected by third grade students to the hospital while students watched via a live video call.
The list includes captivating projects from a science escape room to a nature store trading post. Thanks to the Falcon Education Foundation, students in District 49 will be exploring and learning from unique classroom experiences. Thirty-seven teachers received mini grants for innovative classroom projects during Fantastic 49 festivities before the Nov. 8 board meeting.
Red, white and blue decorations filled the gym. Thank you notes were posted on the wall. Men and women in uniform were the distinguished guests. Remington Elementary School honored area military during a Veterans Day appreciation luncheon Nov. 13.
District 49’s DoDEA grant funded program, BRIGHT, hosted its first annual Rocky Mountain Restorative Practices Conference, November 8-9, 2018 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs. John Register, keynote speaker, kicked off the conference Thursday morning with an inspiring message.
Board members all voiced sincere gratitude at the Nov. 8 Board of Education meeting. Each had words of thanks to the D49 community for voting in favor of ballot measure 4C. The initiative passed in the Nov. 6 election with 56% of voters in favor of the measure.
School District 49’s Pathbuilders team developed the Get a Life Expo to offer an engaging experience of discovery for students in middle school and early high school.
If a D49 student needed something fun to do during summer break, all they had to do was ask someone in, of all departments, nutrition services. Michelle Suggs and Sophie Bettendorf made that part of their commitment to the D49 summer meal program, which also made them Fantastic 49 honorees for October.
Somewhere in a cup of instant pudding-powder mixed with a few tablespoons of water and a gummy worm is a lesson about science.
Olivia Kirschbaum, a senior at Pikes Peak Early College, who is also enrolled in her first full year at Pikes Peak Community College, receives her 3.75 academic lettering sweater from principal Rochelle Kolhouse, Sept. 24.
Woodmen Hills Elementary School enjoyed a rock themed day full of fun activities and music Sept. 20. WHES joined thousands of educators around the world for Rock Your School day to capture students’ attention with fun experiences. Students were able to dress up in rock inspired garb and make fake musical instruments.
Three teachers in District 49 all have something in common. Parents and colleagues would say these teachers deserve recognition for going above and beyond in their classrooms. Once again, the Air Force Academy’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” campaign made that possible.
Skyview Middle School students with disabilities practiced math, reading and everyday life skills Sept. 11 when a local food truck visited the school. Paraprofessional, Devon Marry, coordinated the occasion with Stephanie Perry, case manager.
School pride was in the air, and cheering fans were in the stands, as the Vista Ridge High School football team stood ready for competition. The Wolves celebrated homecoming Sept. 14 with a football game and fanfare.
Friday night-lights in Falcon were bright for Falcon High School’s homecoming activities on Sept. 14. The festivities included fireworks, football game, homecoming court crowning, and special alumni cheer presentation.
Seventeen D49 teachers received accolades from principals, and recommendations from students and parents to prompt selection as their school’s Teacher of the Year.
School District 49, in conjunction with its esteemed partners at Peterson Air Force Base are recipients of the 2018 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award™.
Woodmen Hills Elementary School may have welcomed some new students for the first day of class Aug. 2, but some things were as constant as ever. As young learners arrived, several long-standing staff members were there to greet them for another year.
Ridgeview Elementary School picked up right where it left off on the last day of school before the start of summer break. On the first day of school, Friday, August 3, Andrea Aragon, RVES assistant principal, greeted every student at the front door.
New District 49 and Odyssey Elementary School kindergarten teacher Deanne Thoden, greets her students on their first day in class, Aug. 3.
Stephanie Hazelton, Innovation Lab teacher, greets students as The Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence opened its doors, Aug. 3.
Falcon High School Link Crew members pump up the incoming freshman Class of 2022 during orientation day, Aug. 1.
SRES physical education teacher Jeff Ingram greets kindergarten students, Aug. 1.
Young and excited scholars arrived at Falcon Elementary School of Technology August 1 and 2 for kindergarten orientation. Kindergarten is all about laying the groundwork for learning in the years to come.
Three major projects at School District 49 are ready for the start of school year 2018-2019. To mark these milestones D49 hosted three ribbon-cutting ceremonies, on three different days, a week ahead of the first day of school.
District 49 is thrilled to announce the completion of major construction projects made possible with the 3B MLO funding approved by taxpayers in the fall of 2016. Our school leaders and esteemed guests will celebrate these milestones and offer an up-close look at our new, and upgraded, buildings. We invite you to attend our ribbon- cutting ceremonies beginning the week of July 23, starting with Bennett Ranch Elementary School!
Three District 49 staff members were honored June 14 for their achievements in the district prior to the regular monthly Board of Education meeting.
Nearly 400 fourth and fifth-graders from 10 schools across D49 participated at the all-district track meet May 17 at Falcon High School. Students were gathered together to practice physical education skills learned throughout the year and to experience competition.
Families, friends and graduates gathered at the World Arena on the morning of May 26, 2018 for Falcon High School’s Class of 2018 Graduation. Falcon’s 2018 class had 242 graduates receiving their high school diplomas Saturday morning. Graduates quietly lined up in the tunnels before entering the world arena floor to kick off the event.
Band music serenaded the audience during the gathering of family and friends for the Class of 2018 graduation of Vista Ridge High School on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the World Arena. 325 Vista Ridge graduates filed into the World Arena floor to “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by VRHS band.
A room full of Pikes Peak Early College students sat quietly at tables surrounded by their family and friends early in the afternoon of Friday, May 18.
It’s the season for celebrating the milestone of completing a K-12 education. For area homeschool students, graduation is no exception. Five homeschool high school seniors were honored for their completion during a special ceremony May 19 at the Creekside Success Center.
Ninety-two purple-gowned seniors kicked off the District 49 graduation season the morning of Friday, May 18.
Twenty-seven graduates from Patriot High School were commended for their success during a ceremony May 18. The graduation took place at Creekside Success Center and highlighted accomplishments of the students and encouraged them for what is yet to come.
A small team of School District 49 leaders put their shoveling skills to work on a breezy Tuesday afternoon.
5:30 PM Meet & Greet at Springs Studio
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sand Creek High School Graduation
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Falcon High School Graduation
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Vista Ridge High School Graduation
9:00 AM Meet & Greet at Springs Studio
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Goal Academy Graduation
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM BOE Regular Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM BOE Work Session
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM BOE Regular Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM BOE Regular Meeting
Starting May 1, student accounts must be funded to purchase meals. No students will be allowed to charge additional debt to their meal account. While District 49 often affords flexibility for young children in its elementary schools, each school year must end with all accounts current.
Dear D49 Families, We are pleased to tell you about an important step forward to fulfill our year-long strategic objective to enhance safety and security at our schools. On Monday, April 1, Sand Creek High School will begin a pilot program of the Blue Point Alert System.
The Board of Education held a regular meeting on Thursday May 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the board room at the Education Service Center located at 10850 E. Woodmen Road, Peyton, CO 80831.
The Board of Education held a work session at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in the board room at the Education Service Center.