INNOVATIVE, RELEVANT AND PERSONALIZED
Prior to the Oct.12 District 49 Board of Education Meeting, staff members and students were recognized for various achievements during “Fantastic 49.”
The Falcon Middle School Firebirds football team soared to success and won the Tri-County League Championship Oct. 7 against Cheyenne Mountain Junior High. The Firebirds were victorious with a score of 46-16.
Knights of all ages helped break ground on their castle’s new addition Oct 6 at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy. The new Early Education Wing will house preschool and kindergarten, along with an onsite daycare for children of RMCA staff.
Students at Pikes Peak Early College journeyed into the mountains Sept. 25 to High Trails Outdoor Education Center near Florissant. The one-day trip taught students how to work together as a team, while providing the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.
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.
Vista Ridge High School defeated Discovery Canyon High School 35 - 21 Sept. 29 during the homecoming football game at VRHS. Prior to the contest, the VRHS marching band entertained fans with a colorful display featuring flags, puzzle pieces, and a number of formation changes. At halftime, the coed cheerleading squad entertained fans before the homecoming court was introduced. Senior Leia Berry was named homecoming queen and senior Aidan Peña was named homecoming king.
Senior girls beat freshman and junior classes in the traditional powder puff football game Sept. 27 at Vista Ridge High School. After two games, seniors were the victors over all classes and juniors came in second place.
Amber Kettinger, fifth grade teacher at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy, and Anna Tapia, fifth grade teacher at Woodmen Hills Elementary School, were surprised Sept. 20 when they were selected as honorees in the “Extra Yard for Teachers” Air Force Athletics Campaign.
Falcon High School celebrated homecoming festivities Sept. 22 with a football game and tradition. “It’s about a bunch of students coming together and celebrating school spirit,” shared Tyler McCormick, 15, tenth grader.
Sand Creek High School students, staff, parents and alumni celebrated homecoming activities Sept. 22. Prior to the football game, alumni and former staff gathered in recently built new learning spaces to reminisce and celebrate the beginning of the school in 1997. Current students and staff members participated in the annual chili cook-off in the parking lot.
Rocky Mountain Classical Academy sixth grade students attended school in the outdoors at Lutheran Valley Retreat Aug. 29 – Sept. 1. Seventh graders had their chance Sept. 5 - 9. A smaller version of the program is in store for fifth graders soon.
Vista Ridge High School students and staff learn about empathy and conflict resolution at a “Challenge Day” workshop, Sept. 5.
Students in Amy McCarty’s third grade class at Falcon Elementary School of Technology hosted a special visitor Sept. 13. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lisa Webster dropped in at school to read to the class as part of the sheriff’s office’s Badges and Books program.
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.
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."
“If your dreams don’t scare you, then what’s the point?” said ShaeLynn Rickert, student commencement speaker, speaking from the podium, facing her classmates and hundreds of family and friends. “Go and get that dream.”
“I have completely changed 180 from who I was as a freshman,” said Jake Marvin, 18, twelfth-grader at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence during "Fantastic 49" recognition May 11. “Being in all the different programs and classes and opportunities presented to me has allowed me to grow and become someone I never thought I could be.”
Olivia Khaliqi, eleventh-grader, Best in District 49 Art Show
Congratulaions Olivia Khaliqi, winner of the District 49 art show for 11th grade 2-D art.
Pikes Peak Community College Teen College: Explore your interests in fun college programs that can lead to cool careers. Sessions run weekly, with morning, afternoon or all-day sessions. When you sign up for same day morning and afternoon courses, lunch is provided. You can design a comic book, create something using a 3-D printer, build a robot, feed a boa constrictor, or make a gourmet dessert. Learn more at PPCC.edu/teencollge or download the course guide.
Supporting Healthy Schools Initiative: The Springs Studio for Academic Excellence supports the healthy schools initiative. This school year, money from a Medicaid grant helped fund a walking track at the K-5 campus. This walking track has provided a safe place for students and staff to exercise during break, recess and landsharks practices. According to Allison B., “the track helps her perform at her personal best.” She knows that three laps around the track is a half mile. The track has helped her compete against herself to set a personal best. Many of the older students walk on the track with friends during recess. Thanks to the this walking track, students and staff are getting more exercise during the school day.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM D49 Fall Break
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Harvest of Love
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM High School StudCo Butter Braid Sales Begin
11:15 AM - 12:10 PM National Junior Honor Society Meeting
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Middle School Flag Football
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Middle School Halloween Dance
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM High School Parent Teacher Conferences
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM HIgh School Parent Teacher Conferences
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Trading Cards Club
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM High School Community Event Night
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Astronomy - Star Gazing Night
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM Care and Share Food Bank SSAE Middle School Community Event
11:15 AM - 12:10 PM Middle School Yearbook Meeting
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Trading Cards Club
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Marion House Soup Kitchen Middle School
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.
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence (formerly Falcon Virtual Academy) engages students in an innovative, rigorous digital learning environment that prepares them for the 21st century and beyond. We provide high expectations that encourage critical thinking skills with comprehensive learning opportunities for every student. Learning occurs when students feel valued and engaged in the process.