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“Historically, recorded total solar eclipses are rare in the United States," said Teresa Brooks, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy middle school science teacher, during an Aug. 21 solar eclipse. "As such, they became valuable scientific tools for testing theories, including Einstein’s theory of relativity. They are part of the Western heritage.”
Firebird Nation students looked to the skies from the baseball field and stadium Monday, Aug. 21 as they witnessed the solar eclipse.
KOAA News5 joined students, staff and parents at Springs Ranch Elementary School for the solar eclipse Aug. 21. Outbursts from students like, "You have got to see this," and "awesome" were heard across the playground. "That's the sound of learning right there," said Principal Jim Kyner, "We want our learners excited, to be thirsty to learn more."
Teachers break out into a flash mob performance to kick off the Renaissance Assembly, Aug. 11 at Horizon Middle School.
The Colorado Department of Education Aug. 15 named Wendy Murphy, an educator at Woodmen Hills Elementary School in District 49, one of seven finalists for Colorado’s Teacher of the Year. “Colorado values the dedicated teachers from around the state who inspire and motivate our children every day,” said Colorado’s education commissioner Katy Anthes, in a release. “The Colorado Teacher of the Year award is just one of many ways we can honor our state’s educators. We look forward to hearing from the seven finalists in the search for the individual who will represent our state’s teaching profession.”
Sand Creek High School is celebrating their 20th anniversary and with the funs from 3B have been able to redesign areas in the high school to improve student's learning environments and increase safety.
Nathan Pearsall, Vista Ridge High School social studies department chair, addresses Board of Education directors during “Fantastic 49” recognition Aug. 10 ahead of a Board of Education meeting in District 49. Pearsall was recognized for recently being selected to the commissioner’s teacher cabinet, assembled by Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “We want to address things are important to teachers,” he said, “We've got some surveys to help capture their voice. If you have something to bring forward, please tell me.”
Students, parents, community members and staff attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the school Aug. 4. "Today we cut the ribbon on another excellent educational option for Colorado Springs students," said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. "Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy is our newest charter high school augmenting an already strong school system. Folks, you've done a great job. Thanks to all of you and congratulations."
First grade learners in Sheila Kelly’s class were practicing listening to directions while cutting and coloring. “Remember that when one of our classmates is talking our job is to listen to what they have to say,” said Kelly. The first-graders were scheduled to quickly take a tour to locate the restrooms. Several hands in the air indicated that might need to be moved up on the agenda.
Hawks fly into the new school year on Aug. 2 at Falcon Elementary School of Technology.
Vista Ridge High School opened its doors for ninth grade students to begin the new school year Aug. 1.
Carson Wright, 7, a second-grader at the Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence, gets his first "Aha!" moment of the new school year Aug. 2. ALLIES opened its doors serving approximately 85 students in grades 2 - 5 who fit a profile of dyslexia.
The walls at Sand Creek High School started tumbling down on June 6 when the community came together for a groundbreaking, or rather “wall breaking,” ceremony at the school. Administrators, students, and board members took turns knocking down walls to make way for a variety of school improvements and additions. The event marked the official kick-off for $83.5 million of projects across District 49 made possible by ballot issue 3B. Last November, voters overwhelmingly approved 3B by a 2 to 1 margin.
Representatives from the southeast Colorado Special Olympics regional office taught bocce ball to students enrolled in District 49's extended school year program June 7 at Sand Creek High School. The extended year program serves qualifying students with special needs for four weeks at the beginning of the traditional summer break. The program focuses on retaining information and skills that students learn during the traditional school year. The extra learning helps increase retention and ensures a strong start to the school year. "When we are in the classroom we are working hard on reading and math," said Bridgette Martin, ESY coordinator for secondary students. "A lot of the students have social goals too and this is a practical and fun way to work on those goals."
Sand Creek High School graduates prepare for a commencement ceremony May 27 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Groundbreaking - Bennett Ranch Elementary School
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM POWER Zone Backyard BBQ
The Board of Education will hold a work session on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the Education Service Center. The agenda and revised packet are available for download.
Item 8, pages 255 and 287-289 have been revised.
The Board of Education held a regular meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the Education Service Center. The agenda and revised packet are available for download.