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2016-2017 News

  • ‘Cool Science’ Inspires Third Graders Ahead of Summer Break

    Third-grader Landon Gaytan, 9, makes bubbles using dish soap and dry ice May 25 at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy in District 49.

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  • Patriot High School Graduates "Persevere, Push Through"

    “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.”

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  • Third, Fourth-Graders Pitch Products To Investors In "Shark Tank"

    “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.”

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  • Class of 2017: SSAE Celebrates Academic Success, Challenged to 'Find Your Amazing'

    “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.”

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  • BOE Honors Student For Excellence in Classroom, Activities

    “I simply need to say thank you to not only Ms. Bonavita but to the teachers at both Springs Studio and at PPEC,” said Alexandra Stoller, 17, twelfth-grader at Pikes Peak Early College . “Even as I’ve become more college than high school, I still have teachers asking, ‘How are you doing?’ or, ‘Is there anything I can help with?’ and there is nothing better than that.”

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iConnect Zone Updates

  • Charter School Request For Proposals: District 49 believes that every child should have the right to high-quality educational options. A Request For Proposals for high quality charter schools has been released with this in mind. The district is seeking motivated and talented teams of educators, parents, teachers, and community leaders with the commitment to implement effective and innovative methods of educating children. Because we understand that not every student learns the same way, the district desires to operate and authorize a robust portfolio of schools where programs are designed to fit the needs of individual students, while addressing our district’s priority needs for new school development. Learn more on the Charter Schools Authorizing page.


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  • PPSEL Spring Institute Training: Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning staff members took our annual spring institute training. This year our focus is a constructivist classroom and an integrated-interdisciplinary model. This work leads to revision of our expeditions (curricula). PPSEL leadership team is in Denver on June 6-7 developing their work plan goals for the year. This is accomplished with other leadership of the Mountain Region of Expeditionary Learning. Four PPSEL staff members are scheduled to attend the EL 101 conference in July. This is training for new or newer staff to learn more about our model and begin to align their practices with PPSEL values. The school is beginning to plan its School of Choice Week event for January.
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District Updates

  • Almeida Named Sole Finalist for Vacant COO Position, Hiring Process Continues

    District 49 Board of Education directors named Pedro Almeida the sole finalist for the vacant chief operations officer position Sept. 16 by a unanimous vote (5-0) at the conclusion of a special meeting. Prior to the vote, Almeida and two other finalists presented their vision for the operations department and responded to questions from board directors. “I was very impressed with the number of candidates we had,” said Kevin Butcher, board treasurer. “We had a very impressive short list. We had three very qualified, strong candidates and I’m grateful to everybody who participated in the process.”

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  • 3B Progress Reports

    The purpose of these updates is to report on the current status of projects and serve as a summary of pertinent information related to projects up to report release.

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iConnect Zone

  • Rather than geographical boundaries, District 49's iConnect Zone encompasses schools and programs acting on new and innovative ideas in education, or those seeking to serve students in exceptional circumstances. iConnect Zone's schools represent a wide range of approaches to education, but each of them has in common a genuine commitment to student centered learning environments. We're exploring new and exciting opportunities in the world of education.

School District 49

  • Financial Transparency District 49 prepares students, in a safe and caring environment, to be successful, competent and productive citizens in a global society. Our teachers, administrators and staff members are committed to the creation of educational environments where all children can maximize their individual learning potential. Further, we are committed to meeting students' needs in all domains: academic, social and physical. An emphasis in all activities will be toward empowering students to take an active role in their own learning.
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