STRIVING TO EMBRACE LEARNING
Springs Ranch students lined the halls last Friday, November 10th, to honor, appreciate and recognize those that have served and are still serving in our military. In their second year coordinating the parade, Springs Ranch has made this event better each year. Students and staff cheered and waved as local veterans walked through the hallways.
Linda Hagerdorn, English Development Teacher at Springs Ranch, brings in her emotional support dogs, Kona and Ginny, to support her students through a program she created called PUP, Practice Upon a Pooch. “These animals can lower blood pressure and help the students feel more relaxed” said Hagerdorn of the response her students have when the dogs are present.
Dr. Tiffany Willard, medical student director for Memorial Hospital, began this program in a few local schools but has grown it to about 30 schools a year. “This program is about injury prevention” shared Willard, who runs the programs on her off weeks from working at the hospital. Dr. Willard, Dr. Reckard, and 5 interns coordinated the program for the students of Springs Ranch over a 2-day time period.
Students at Springs Ranch Elementary School saddled up for a night of reading at “Ruckus on the Ranch” Sept. 26. The evening’s festivities included a staff skit, family reading time and the launch of the school book fair.
KOAA News5 joined students, staff and parents at Springs Ranch Elementary School for the solar eclipse Aug. 21. Outbursts from students like, "You have got to see this," and "awesome" were heard across the playground. "That's the sound of learning right there," said Principal Jim Kyner, "We want our learners excited, to be thirsty to learn more."
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.
The work of a teacher is full of passion and commitment. It requires initiative from process improvement to individualized attention. We celebrate our educators for the important role they have. We salute them for the valuable service they provide to students and the community.
Eighth grade students at Horizon Middle School hosted second-graders from each of the three Sand Creek Zone elementary schools May 3 for a science show. In addition to helping the second-graders learn, the science show is an opportunity for the HMS students to learn and practice leadership skills.
Preschool students at Springs Ranch Elementary School hosted parents, grandparents, and older learners April 27 for the second annual recycle fair. As guests walked through classrooms, the students presented creations made at home using recycled materials and explained what they learned in the process. The event serves as the culmination of a unit on recycling.
Principal's Post: Perseverance - Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties. Perseverance is a learner characteristic that is extremely important. At Springs Ranch, we have been having a lot of conversations about being in a "learning pit" when you don't understand something and how good it feels to get "out of the pit" when you learn something new. One key to getting out of the pit is perseverance. When our kids put forth effort and keep at it, their learning increases. Being in "the pit" is not a bad thing. It may be hard, but it is not bad and it is an opportunity to persevere and grow. Please help us in enouraging our students to always put forth their best effort and persevere in school, famiy and life.
2016 3B Priority Two Projects at SRES: 3B projects will help improve safety, aesthetics and the student experience at SRES. Enhancements will be made in the front entrance of the school to provides access to the office for visitors and restricts access to educational areas of the building. Additional security enhancements will be made throughout campus. Nearly 57,000 sq. ft. of carpet is scheduled to be replaced throughout the school. Hallways and high traffic areas will be completed this summer and individual classroom flooring projects will be completed next year during major school breaks.
Work will occur to improve the playground experience of our students. Improvements include a safe and softer playing surface underneath playground equipment and a picnic table canopy. Additionally, garden irrigation and fencing enhancements will improve aesthetics, safety and efficiency.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Chorus Performance
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Musical- 3rd grade
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Musical- 3rd grade
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Springs Studio Annual Clothing Giveaway
8:45 AM - 11:00 AM 5th Grade field trip
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PTO Meeting
District 49 Board of Education directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting American Education Week Nov. 10 during a regular monthly board meeting.