EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Sandi Esparsen, Falcon Education Foundation secretary, receives a plaque of appreciation from District 49 Board of Education President Nov. 9 after awarding just under $31,000 to educators across District 49 for innovative and unique learning opportunities.
Angela Pretzeus, 17, junior, greets her family during the Patriot High School annual spaghetti dinner. Angela enjoyed dinner with six grandparents and her parents.
Patriot High School culinary arts student Summer Nyseth, 17, helps serve food to local community members during a pre-Thanksgiving luncheon, Nov. 8.
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.
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.
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."
“The greatest lesson taught in high school is the ability to persevere through all things,” said Jacob Leslie, 17, facing his classmates and hundreds of family and friends. “High school isn’t just about what we learn. It’s about persevering and pushing through when it’s difficult.”
As he approached the podium to address the BOE directors, Joey Templeton, 17, Patriot High School eleventh-grader, was overcome with emotion. “I really haven’t had a proud life for myself,” said Joey, “and this is a moment where I should be really happy. This program itself has directly changed my life a lot and it’s a great thing for not only this school but for my district. It will help the progression of students at-risk and I appreciate all of you giving us a chance to excel in this.”
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.