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Threatening Statements Investigated at FHS Feb. 28, 2020Posted by David Nancarrow on 2/29/2020
Dear Falcon High School Families,
FHS administrators have worked closely with our law enforcement partners at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to complete a thorough investigation of threatening statements made by an FHS student. Although we do not believe our campus is in danger, we are committed to seeing the process through to its appropriate conclusion.
FHS administrators, the D49 safety and security team and our law enforcement partners learned of this serious accusation through a Safe2Tell notification posted late Thursday night. The tip indicated FHS students overheard another student making remarks related to a school shooting and harming a teacher. Friday morning, in collaboration with our partners at EPSO, FHS administrators and the safety and security team interviewed the student, who admitted to making the statements. We consider comments like the ones described unacceptable and take them very seriously.
We commend the actions of the students who reported a potentially dangerous situation. After our thorough investigation, we do not believe this was a credible threat to FHS and do not believe our students or staff are or were in any danger. FHS administrators will work closely with EPSO as they document their investigation. FHS administrators will determine the appropriate next steps for the student involved, who is subject to both school and law enforcement consequences.
D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We thank you for your trust, understanding, and support in this matter. The safety of students, families, and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable. We will remain proactive in our partnership with local law enforcement to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner.
Director of Communications
Reports of Threatening Statement Investigated WednesdayPosted by David Nancarrow on 11/20/2019
Dear Falcon High School Families,
FHS administrators are working closely with our law enforcement partners at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to complete a thorough investigation of reports of threatening statements made by an FHS student. Although we do not believe our students and staff were ever in danger, we are committed to seeing the process through to its appropriate conclusion.
FHS administrators, along with our safety and security team learned Wednesday through Safe2Tell that a student made a threatening remark during a heated exchange with other students at school. Safety and security immediately notified EPSO who contacted the student at home Wednesday night to investigate the report. We consider comments like the ones described unacceptable and take them very seriously. FHS will maintain our normal schedule on Thursday, and administrators will assign appropriate consequences for the student involved.
The safety of students, families, and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable. D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourage all of our students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We thank you for your trust, understanding, and support in this matter. We will remain proactive to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner.
Director of CommunicationsComments (0)
Inadvertent Police Alert Activation at FHS Monday, Oct. 7Posted by David Nancarrow on 10/7/2019October 7, 2019Dear Falcon High School Parents,On Monday FHS initiated a lockdown with the Blue Point alarm system at approximately 10:05 a.m. FHS immediately followed standard lockdown procedures as our law enforcement partners at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office along with The District 49 Safety and Security team responded right away to begin an initial investigation. An initial assessment revealed an employee inadvertently activated a remote Blue Point Alert device. There was no threat to FHS students and staff. When the issue was discovered, EPSO gave the all clear, allowing administrators to lift the lockdown and resume normal daily activities at 10:12 a.m. approximately seven minutes after the initial alert.FHS administrators are now discussing the event with D49 safety and security to ensure a similar inadvertent alert does not happen again.D49 commends the quick action by all involved including students and staff to immediately follow our security procedures. Although this was determined to be a false alarm, the alert system activated the security measures our district relies on to maintain safety for our students and staff. As always, D49 encourages all of our students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We thank you for your trust and understanding.Sincerely,David NancarrowDirector of Communications
FHS Emergency Drill Wednesday, September 18Posted by David Nancarrow on 9/18/2019Good afternoon Falcon High School family,District 49's safety and security team selected FHS for a lockdown drill on Wednesday, September 18.This drill started at approximately 2:00 p.m. as part of ongoing efforts to continuously strengthen our safety procedures. Drills like this help your school maintain a safe atmosphere and remain prepared in case of an emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, you would be notified via a phone message, text, and/or email.Please take this opportunity to review and update the emergency contact information you have registered in parent portal.Please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director, with any questions.Sincerely,David NancarrowDirector of Communications
Fire Alarm Investigated at FHS Monday, August 5Posted by David Nancarrow on 8/5/2019
Dear Falcon High School Family,
A fire alarm on the FHS campus alerted our partners at the Falcon Fire Department to dispatch crews to the school at approximately 6:20 this morning. A small group of staff immediately evacuated the building, and first responders noticed a faint haze as well as the smell of smoke on the second floor of FHS when they arrived. To allow our FFD partners to do their job and to keep everyone safe, all students were directed to the FHS football stadium as they got to school.
At 7:00 a.m., about 40 minutes after the first alarm, our partners at FFD gave the all clear for FHS to continue with their regular learning day. Students and staff were held in the football stadium until we received word that we could safely enter the school. FHS carried on with the start of school with no disruption. A team from the district facilities department will work to determine what may have caused the alarm to sound.
We thank our partners at the Falcon Fire Department for their immediate response and thorough search of the building. The safety of students, families and staff on our campuses is a top priority; we’ll continue to be proactive to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner every time they arrive at school. We thank you for your trust and understanding.
Dr. Darryl Bonds
Principal, Falcon High School
School Cancelled at FHS ThursdayPosted by David Nancarrow on 4/19/2018
April 19, 2018
Dear Falcon High School Families,
Firefighters confirmed Thursday morning a natural gas odor in FHS, but there is no gas leak in the building. They do not believe there is a danger to FHS, but based on the strong, lingering odor of natural gas in the building, FHS administrators decided to cancel school Thursday. FHS will take the following steps to manage the early release of students:
- Parent Pick-Up: Parents wishing to pick-up their children will need to pull into the student parking lot near the student/athletic entrance. Staff members will greet you with your identification at the student doors on the south end of the building. Staff will request your child’s name and your child will be released. Please follow all guidance from staff members once you are onsite and adhere to this process to keep the release of students as efficient as possible.
- Release for Walkers/Bikes: Students that walk or ride bikes to school and wish to get home that way will be asked to notify FHS staff. Before these students can walk or ride their bike from campus, a staff member will make contact with a parent or guardian to confirm that this option is acceptable.
- Bus Riders: The District 49 transportation team is sending buses to the school at the normal time. Students who ride the bus home will remain in a safe place at FHS until they can be picked up and dropped off at their normal bus stop location.
After school activities at Falcon High School will continue as planned.
The source of the odor appears to be from butane heaters from the ongoing construction on the new academic wing at FHS. The building will be cleared of the smell Thursday, and FHS administrators are working with the project managers to determine a way to prevent this situation from happening again.
D49 thanks our partners at the Falcon Fire Department and encourages all of our staff, students and families to stay alert for anything unusual. D49 will continue to be proactive and partner with first responders to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner. We’ll provide an update on the status of school for Friday, April 20 when that information is available.
Director of Communications
E-Days At Falcon High SchoolPosted by Matthew Meister on 11/29/2016
Dear Falcon Nation,
As we finally enter winter and the holidays, we need to make you aware of a recent Colorado State Board of Education approval that will impact how some District 49 weather delays and cancellations are handled at Falcon High School this year.
In October, the State Board of Education approved the Falcon High School innovation plan. Our plan includes five e-days (electronic school days) each school year to use during district called inclement weather schedule changes and/or testing days.
The purpose of adding the option of calling an e-day is so we can continue to move forward with our learning at Falcon High School when weather makes it difficult or dangerous to get to campus.
What is an e-day at Falcon High School?
When a FHS e-day is called, students are not required to come to the building, but can attend school via an online option through Schoology. It is important to note that not every delayed start or snow day called by District 49 will be designated as an e-day at FHS, but students will want to be prepared "just in case."
If a student does not have Internet access at home or through their phone plan, they should touch base with their teacher the day before inclement weather is expected. This meeting allows students to download the required material to their Kindle ahead of time. Students should be proactive and let their teachers know early if they anticipate or experience any problems.
We will work with the district office to evaluate the weather and assess how many hours we have accumulated toward meeting the number of contact hours required by the state for high school students.
If an e-day is called for Falcon High School during a District 49 delay or closure due to weather, families will be notified via a text message and email. Additionally, it will be posted by 5:30 a.m. on the Falcon High School website, D49.org/FHS. Many students follow District 49 on Twitter. A Falcon High School e-day will also be communicated on social media.
Here’s an example. District 49 calls a two-hour delay due icy road conditions in the morning. Because some of our students are new drivers, we may call an e-day at FHS so that our students can stay home and learn through Schoology. Even though the rest of the district is on a delayed start, FHS students and staff will not report to campus on an e-day; Learning will take place at home.
E-day specifics as stated in the FHS innovation plan
Lesson plans for e-learning days will be available on Schoology. The lessons will cover the same material that would be covered via traditional instruction in the classroom. Students that don’t have Internet access at home will have one week to complete the assignments uploaded by their teachers. Falcon High School will meet the following criteria for e-learning days:
a) All students and teachers have the ability to access the Internet or instructional materials when they are away from the school building. This may include downloading of materials the day before inclement weather is expected.
b) Parents and students will have the ability to reach teachers via email for help and questions throughout the "virtual" learning day or if students are unable to access email, teachers will be available by email the week following the e-learning day. Students will have one week to complete the e-learning day work if they are unable to access the assignment and/or teacher on the “virtual” learning day (with administrative approval).
c) All content given to students during "virtual” classes is content that would have been presented had a normal day been in session.
E-days are new for Falcon High School. The FHS staff will work collaboratively with our families to successfully implement this opportunity to continue our learning when weather makes travel to school difficult or unsafe.
E-days only apply to Falcon High School, not to other schools in Falcon Zone or other zones in District49. We appreciate your support and collaboration as we move to make things safer and more convenient for our FHS students and families. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the FHS administration if you have any questions regarding e-days.Comments (1)
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado Highlight Partnership at FHSPosted by Becky Garber on 11/19/2016
Timberline partners with Falcon High School on Career Pathways
By: Becky Garber, Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado
The Irrigation 101 training provided by ALCC for high school teachers in January was a hit with Dave Kranz – a teacher at Falcon High School, Colorado Springs. Soon after loading up his Irrigation System in a Box from that training and driving back to the Springs, he was on the phone with Tim Emick, owner of Timberline Landscaping, Inc. Kranz was inspired to be the first Landscape Career Pathway school in his area, and he wanted to know how soon they could get together and talk shop.
“I just don’t want to do this – I want to do it the right way,” says Kranz. And that is why he contacted Timberline. During spring break, he got into a Timberline truck to see firsthand what the industry does. That included getting into the mud with Timberline’s John Butters to help repair a mainline.
Though his teaching background is in social studies and special education, Kranz is a good fit for teaching Career and Technical Education – an assignment his administrators had asked him to accept about 2 years ago. While in middle school, Kranz bought a lawn mower for five dollars and dragged it behind his bicycle to mow lawns in his Minnesota neighborhood. Hands-on experience as an adult helped qualify him to be an Ag/Ed teacher, which is the big umbrella under which Career Pathways fits. He spent time on a ranch in Montana working cows and training colts. He still has a small business on the side feeding horses. He’s an aggie who also loves irrigation.
With his certifications now complete and with support from the school, Kranz talks excitedly about launching a curriculum that connects high school students with the landscape industry. His vision is to begin school year 2017-2018 with 15-20 students including boys and girls “who are taking classes because they are really interested and want to do this.” Students in the program will be able to do a work/study program during spring break and spend their last two months spring semester doing internships – mainly irrigation.
Timberline’s help as an industry advisor has been key. Says Kranz, “We have it worked out to be the first year-long high school offering landscaping, design and installation in the State of Colorado. There’s no way I could do this by myself. Timberline has offered design people and others to come in and help.”
Colorado Courts at Falcon High SchoolPosted by Matthew Meister on 11/1/2016
The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases at Falcon High School in Peyton on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, before an audience of students. The public also is invited to attend.
The visit is part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, the outreach program the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals initiated on Law Day (May 1), 1986. The Courts in the Community program was developed to give Colorado high school students firsthand experience in how the Colorado judicial system works and illustrate how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. These are not mock proceedings. The court will hear arguments in actual cases from which it will issue opinions. The court generally issues opinions within a few weeks of the arguments.
The 22 judges of the Colorado Court of Appeals sit in divisions of three judges to hear cases. Judges hearing cases at Falcon High School are Daniel M. Taubman, Stephanie Dunn and Karen M. Ashby.
FHS Student 2 Student Team in Washington, D.C.Posted by Matthew Meister on 8/7/2015 2:45:00 PMThe FHS Student 2 Student team was selected to attend the Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. for the 7th year in a row. The seminar, held in late July, featured two FHS students, Hunter Hughes and Ashlee Dillahunty. These FHS representatives gave speeches in the general sessions in front of the entire audience. Hughes and Katelyn Jensen were invited on stage during the 1st general session to have a Q&A with General Martin Dempsey, the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Our students also got to hear from the Secretary of Defense. It was an awesome experience that our STS students earned!