CITIZENS OF INTEGRITY AND CHARACTER
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.
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.
Pikes Peak Early College student, Kristal Willis, 16, eleventh grade, was recognized as a “Fall Out Boy Champion” Nov. 10. Willis was nominated through an Instagram social media campaign in recognition of her community service project last year to raise money for Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance.
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.
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.
PPEC's Informational Meeting for April 4th has been canceled. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 11th at 5:30 pm.
PPEC's biology students are seeking to address some critical global and local environmental concerns by planning and hosting an environmental awareness festival. This ecology community service project is a major activity for students to complete in the ecology unit of their biology class. This family-friendly event will be held at the Creekside Gym, March 31st, 12noon - 3 pm.
This year PPEC students engaged in health and wellness in a variety of ways. PPEC is a blended school housed in the PPCC satellite campus. Since we are a non-traditional campus, we prefer to utilize unique flexible seating and therefore bought wobble chairs and balance ball chairs for our students.
Additionally, since PPEC does not have a cafeteria or a true gym for PE, we had a Healthy School day. The day started with team building exercises followed by a healthy lunch provided by Patriot High School’s Culinary students. They had a choice between delicious Pan Roasted Salmon and Quinoa or a Balsamic Chicken over a tossed salad with fruit flavored water and Greek Yogurt Parfaits for dessert. After lunch, the students were treated to a Hot on Yoga session. Christine, one of the fantastic Hot on Yoga Instructors, came over to PPEC and led our students in a Vinyasa Flow yoga class. Following the class, the students met with Christine to discuss the benefits of yoga in their lives. They enjoyed the day so much that we are planning our next Healthy School Day for this Spring!
Beginning Monday, June 4, free meals are available at Evans International Elementary School. The breakfast and lunch services are part of the USDA summer food service program. Breakfast and lunch are provided to all children in District 49, ages 1-18, for free.
We thank our colleagues and stakeholders who have continued to engage about the teacher action day planned for this Friday at the state capitol in Denver. The number of planned absences has grown past the point where District 49 can ensure safe operations and a high-quality learning experience at all schools and sites. Accordingly, District 49 is converting Friday, April 27 from a student contact day to a professional work day. That means students will not attend school this Friday, April 27.