WELCOME TO FIREBIRD NATION
“We are greeting the students and encouraging them to be kind to one another and have a great day as they enter the building for school,” said Teresa Murphy, sheriff deputy and Falcon Zone school resource officer. “It’s also the first event for the new Firebird Ambassadors program." Murphy, a 20-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, has been serving as a school resource officer in Falcon Zone for nearly six years. Working with students in grades K-12 has inspired Murphy and Kristyn Nordeman, fellow sheriff deputy and SRO, to create a new club to promote a positive message to the school community. “The Firebird Ambassador program will inspire students to cultivate kindness and gratitude,” said Murphy. “The goal is to develop a student culture where everyone feels appreciated and recognizes compassion, honesty, and simple acts of kindness.”
Retiring adaptive physical education teacher Bonnie Mendenhall shows Sand Creek High School tenth grader Brendan Ellis,15, how to cast, May 11 at the 10th annual District 49 Fishing Day event for special needs students at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.
The work of a teacher is full of passion and commitment. It requires initiative from process improvement to individualized attention. We celebrate our educators for the important role they have. We salute them for the valuable service they provide to students and the community.
Falcon Middle School students prepare for a special "Star Wars" themed live broadcast of Firebird Nation News May 4. “It's better than someone reading the announcements,” said Brian Smith, FMS principal. “It's a memorable experience to begin our day in Firebird Nation."
KayLee Parson, art teacher, helps students with color wheel projects March 16 at Falcon Middle School.
Emmanuel Lozano Padilla, 13, wraps duct tape around PVC pipes for a shelter concept June 3 outside the Creekside Success Center in District 49. Originally from El Salvador, he previously attended schools in Mexico.
"A leader doesn't have to be perfect," said Sophia Mayhugh, seventh grade at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence when asked what she learned at the annual District 49 Middle School Leadership Conference at Sand Creek High School April 15. "A leader makes mistakes, but always tries to do the next right thing."
2016 3B Priorirty Two Projects at FMS: In November 2016, voters approved ballot issue 3B. The ballot language includes four funding priorities for District 49's Building Our Future Community plan. FMS is receiving more than $2.4 million as part of priority two, a commitment to refurnbish and refresh all schools. Plans continue for a construction project to create a new learning commons area and front office this summer as part of the priority two work. Download a pdf of the library office reconfiguration plans.
Pikes Peak Community College Teen College: Explore your interests in fun college programs that can lead to cool careers. Sessions run weekly, with morning, afternoon or all-day sessions. When you sign up for same day morning and afternoon courses, lunch is provided. You can design a comic book, create something using a 3-D printer, build a robot, feed a boa constrictor, or make a gourmet dessert. Learn more at PPCC.edu/teencollege or download the course guide.
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.
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.