WE ARE CREW, NOT PASSENGERS
"Each grade level adopts an organization in the community and gives donations to it as part of our International Baccaleaureate action to the community," said Lisa Hartman, counselor at EIES. "The idea is so show these organizations that we see what they do in the community, we appreciate them, and we recognize the importance that they make."
“So here’s to the art of humanity, the art of each other, the art of you and me, and the art of love. And the proper facility to celebrate it, to celebrate all of us,” said Sierra Tune, 18, twelfth-grader and president of the VRHS student body and thespian club. “Here’s to the new auditorium.”
Patriot High School culinary arts student Summer Nyseth, 17, helps serve food to local community members during a pre-Thanksgiving luncheon, Nov. 8.
Sometimes to be a good student, one needs to stretch their mind. That’s exactly what took place at Falcon Middle School, Thurs., Nov. 16, when the school hosted their sixth annual mini course day. A mini course is a one-day class designed for students to try something new and different. Mini courses were planned for Fri., Nov. 17 also.
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.
“This year one of our Firebirds reached out and shared with me that her father was killed in Afghanistan in 2011,” said Karen Hobson, a nearly 17-year U.S. Army veteran and FMS administrative assistant, who planned the school's Veterans Day assembly. Hobson presented a folded American flag to a group of students in the middle of the school’s gymnasium. The students performed a traditional flag folding ceremony. “The American flag drapes the casket with the remains of a fallen hero, with the field of blue placed over the left shoulder,” said Hobson. “The flag is folded and given to the next of kin. Would you please rise to honor those who never made it home with a moment of silence and the playing of taps,” said Hobson.
Students and staff filled the gymnasium at Horizon Middle School on Thursday, Nov. 9 to honor family members representing all five United States military branches. The Veterans Day event commenced with over 50 veterans entering the gym to a standing ovation from the students, staff, and visitors in attendance.
Students and staff presented a special Veterans Day program Fri., Nov. 10 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning. “It’s nice to see schools honoring veterans,” shared David Nutting, who served nine years in the Navy. “It’s especially important to me with the NFL dishonoring the flag.”
Students and staff hosted a special Veterans Day assembly Fri., Nov. 10 at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. The gymnasium was packed as military parents and community members attended to honor those who have served. Approximately 40 percent of all families at MRES are military.
In Rita Engelhart’s first-grade classroom, Navy veteran, Jessica Demarco, read aloud to the students during FESoT's Veteran Day celebration. Each student was able to ask her questions about her service while her son, Damon, listened attentively.
Aaron Pitch, 10, fifth grader sings his solo to "American Tears" during the fifth grade hosted patriotic performance of the musical “A Celebration of Our Country” Nov.9 at Ridgeview Elementary School. Directed by Katie Stafford, music teacher, the musical was homage to veterans to celebrate and honor their service.
Falcon High School senior Darrian Escobar-Winter signs his National Letter of Intent to play Division I NJCAA baseball, at Garden City Community College in Kansas.
“Hi, I’m Beau and I’m nine-years-old,” said Beau Leach, third-grader, extending his hand to Matt Isner, a mechanic and owner of Timing Belt King, a local automotive repair shop. Beau pitched a closet system that automatically sorts and organizes clothes by color, the entrepreneur explained his costs of doing business and the profit margin of his product. “I charge 105 dollars for my product,” said Beau. “It costs 46 dollars to make and I have a profit of 59 dollars.”
"It seems like it has some properties of a liquid and a solid," said Sydni Ellis, sixth grade student at PPSEL during an exploration of the properties of matter Aug. 24.
District 49 Board of Education directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting American Education Week Nov. 10 during a regular monthly board meeting.