WELCOME TO FIREBIRD NATION
Juniors celebrate a win during a peach fuzz volleyball game Sept. 20 at Falcon High School in District 49. After three games of boys coached by the girls volleyball team, juniors defeated seniors, 2-1
The Odyssey Elementary School family is moving forward, literally, with their Walking Wednesdays program. A new initiative for the 2017-18 school year, Walking Wednesdays brings together students, teachers, staff and families for a time of fitness before school each Wednesday.
District 49 eighth graders discovered job and educational opportunities at the College and Career Fair that was hosted in conjunction with School District 11 Sept. 15 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
Vista Ridge High School twelfth-grader Darian Taylor, 17, talks with A&B Bank representative Becky Moore, at the District 49 and School District 11, College and Career Fair, Sept 14 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
Eli Hawkins, 18, a Sand Creek High School twelfth-grader, kicked off his senior year by taking a sledgehammer to the school. As part of an internship with Nunn Construction, the general contractor for a major voter-approved 3B remodel at the school, Eli was part of the team that demolished a number of older style classrooms to create bright, collaborative new learning spaces.
“They loved having the 911 dispatchers bring their trailer out to teach them what to do during emergency situations,” said Michele Meegan, first grade teacher at Remington Elementary School. “It's so important for kids to learn this skill at an early age and we are thankful we could set up this opportunity for them to practice.”
A group of 18 students, several from each district high school, volunteered to serve on the student board of representatives, adding the student voice to the district’s governance process through the community’s elected representatives. The student representatives were chosen by their teachers and peers to help bring a student voice to the district’s governing processes.
Their determination was challenged. Life lessons were learned. Participating in the Breckenridge Spartan Race Aug. 26 was a valuable experience for several Stetson Elementary staff members.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets from Sand Creek High School and Vista Ridge High School joined together Sept. 8 to remember the anniversary of 9/11 and honor first responders prior to a football game between the two schools.
Student council members and Dr. Michael Roth, principal, address honored guests and the student body Sept. 11, at Falcon Elementary School of Technology.
Falcon Homeschool Enrichment Program students enjoyed recess on their playground equipment for the first time in its new home Sept. 5.
Little hands used big shovels to make history Aug. 25 in District 49. Staff, board of education members, students and families celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Bennett Ranch Elementary School.
The walls at Sand Creek High School started tumbling down on June 6 when the community came together for a groundbreaking, or rather “wall breaking,” ceremony at the school. Administrators, students, and board members took turns knocking down walls to make way for a variety of school improvements and additions. The event marked the official kick-off for $83.5 million of projects across District 49 made possible by ballot issue 3B. Last November, voters overwhelmingly approved 3B by a 2 to 1 margin.
Representatives from the southeast Colorado Special Olympics regional office taught bocce ball to students enrolled in District 49's extended school year program June 7 at Sand Creek High School. The extended year program serves qualifying students with special needs for four weeks at the beginning of the traditional summer break. The program focuses on retaining information and skills that students learn during the traditional school year. The extra learning helps increase retention and ensures a strong start to the school year. "When we are in the classroom we are working hard on reading and math," said Bridgette Martin, ESY coordinator for secondary students. "A lot of the students have social goals too and this is a practical and fun way to work on those goals."
“We are greeting the students and encouraging them to be kind to one another and have a great day as they enter the building for school,” said Teresa Murphy, sheriff deputy and Falcon Zone school resource officer. “It’s also the first event for the new Firebird Ambassadors program." Murphy, a 20-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, has been serving as a school resource officer in Falcon Zone for nearly six years. Working with students in grades K-12 has inspired Murphy and Kristyn Nordeman, fellow sheriff deputy and SRO, to create a new club to promote a positive message to the school community. “The Firebird Ambassador program will inspire students to cultivate kindness and gratitude,” said Murphy. “The goal is to develop a student culture where everyone feels appreciated and recognizes compassion, honesty, and simple acts of kindness.”
Retiring adaptive physical education teacher Bonnie Mendenhall shows Sand Creek High School tenth grader Brendan Ellis,15, how to cast, May 11 at the 10th annual District 49 Fishing Day event for special needs students at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.
2016 3B Priority Two Projects at FMS: In November 2016, voters approved ballot issue 3B. The ballot language includes four funding priorities for District 49's Building Our Future Community plan. FMS is receiving more than $2.4 million as part of priority two, a commitment to refurnbish and refresh all schools. Plans continue for a construction project to create a new learning commons area and front office this summer as part of the priority two work. Download a pdf of the library office reconfiguration plans.
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Special Speaker Holly Huffman
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Firebird Assembly
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Choir Concert All classes
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Band Concert 7th Grade
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM Student Council Bake Sale
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Parent Teacher Conferences
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Student Council Bake Sale
District 49 Board of Education directors named Pedro Almeida the sole finalist for the vacant chief operations officer position Sept. 16 by a unanimous vote (5-0) at the conclusion of a special meeting. Prior to the vote, Almeida and two other finalists presented their vision for the operations department and responded to questions from board directors. “I was very impressed with the number of candidates we had,” said Kevin Butcher, board treasurer. “We had a very impressive short list. We had three very qualified, strong candidates and I’m grateful to everybody who participated in the process.”
District 49 is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our children and staff. We completed multiple projects this summer; where we hired a licensed asbestos removal contractor to remove some of the asbestos containing material from five of six schools. As we complete more projects in the future, we will continue to abate it until all of it has been removed. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Carey at 719.494.8934.