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2016-2017 News

  • 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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  • BOE Honors SSAE Senior for Leadership, Service, Kindness

    “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.”

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  • BOE Honors Culinary Arts Student For Resiliency

    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.”

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  • District 49 Salutes Military Families

    Woodmen Hills Elementary preschooler Andrew Holland, 5, admires rockets on display at District 49’s first Military Family Appreciation Day April 22 at the Creekside Success Center.

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2015-2016 News

  • Patriot Learning Center Graduation, 2016

    More than 70 graduates and GED recipients were honored May 26 at the school.

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  • Springs Studio For Academic Excellence Graduation, 2016

    More than 80 graduates received diplomas May 20 at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs.

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  • Students Donate Hair to Locks of Love

    Fifth-grader Suzanne Baker, 10, donates her hair to Locks of Love May 12 at Imagine Classical Academy Indigo Ranch.

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  • PPSEL Students Focus on Weather With News 5

    Students at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning explored weather and made multiple appearances on KOAA News 5, the NMB affiliate for southern Colorado, May 3.

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  • Elementary School Choir Participates in Music Festival

    Choir students from nine elementary schools performed at the District 49 Music Festival on May 3.

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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

  • Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Teen Academy

    The Colorado Springs Police Department, the Fountain Police Department, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Teen Academy. The Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Teen Academy provides young adults with a unique opportunity to learn about the operations of regional law enforcement agencies in El Paso County.

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  • School Meal Accounts Must Have Funds in May

    Starting May 1, student accounts must be funded to purchase meals. No students will be allowed to charge additional debt to their meal account. While District 49 often affords flexibility for young children in its elementary schools, each school year must end with all accounts current.

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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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