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2016-2017 News

  • Construction of Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy on Schedule, Set to Open in August

    “It’s wonderful watching the building take shape, and even more exciting as I meet the people – the students, teachers, staff, and families – who will be the heart of this place,” said Todd Morse, head of school.

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  • Yo-yos Help Students Display Virtuous Character Traits Through Ups and Downs of Life

    “If you want to be awesome at something, to be a champion at something, you’ve got to work at it,” said Andrew Booth, performing a series of yo-yo tricks during "The NED Show" March 17 at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy. “You can’t just learn to walk the dog with your yo-yo right away, you have to practice.”

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  • Knights Kick Up Self-Awareness Through Karate

    Rocky Mountain Classical Academy eighth-grader Aubrey Smith, 13, kicks a karate instructor's pad in physical education class Feb. 13.

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  • Astronomy Night at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy is Out of This World.

    More than 500 students, family members, staff and community members attended the event, organized by Ariel Collins, third-grade teacher and amateur astronomer.

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  • ICA Students Compete In Science Fair

    Seventh-grader Adara Ceja Albarran, 12, explains how pressure affects weather to volunteer judges from the United States Air Force Academy during a science fair Jan. 23 at Imagine Classical Academy.

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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

  • 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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  • District 49 Dispatch Published April 17

    Published Jan. 13, this edition of the Dispatch highlights a change to the before and after school program, upcoming events, and successes in the classrooms across the district.

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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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