Bulls Lead the Way!
A formidable train of black fabric meandered into the Broadmoor World Arena the evening of Saturday, May 25. A Vista Ridge High School senior from the class of 2019 filled each billowing ebony robe -- the required dress for more than 330 student participants in the VRHS graduation ceremony.
At 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25, more than 260 Falcon High seniors walked together for their last assembly as FHS students. In flowing robes of green and gold, the class of 2019 strode single-file to find their seats for a commencement ceremony at the Broadmoor World Arena.
Congratulations, District 49 homeschool graduates who received their certificates of completion on May 18.
Pikes Peak Early College celebrated graduates and continuation students with a ceremony on May 20 at the Antler’s Hotel. Family and friends were gathered to celebrate student achievements.
Evans International Elementary School fifth-graders had the opportunity to explore social studies and science units at the USAFA Equestrian Center on May 6 for Pioneer Movement Day. Students were able to review units in a Movement Method based way with ten stations to learn more about animal adaptation, Native American history, art expression, shelter building and much more.
Team members contribute to success in District 49 every day, and many give it their all. The May 9 Fantastic 49 festivities honored five employees for giving their heart and soul to D49 students and colleagues.
Camaraderie and excitement filled the gym at Vista Ridge High School April 24 for the Unified basketball game against the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Unified basketball brings together students with and without disabilities on the same athletic team, and promotes inclusion through sports.
Falcon Elementary School of Technology third, fourth and fifth-grade students had the opportunity to work with Texas Instruments coding experts on April 26, 2019. Students learned how to program and code rover machines thanks to funding from the IGNITE grant, a Department of Defense Education Activity grant awarded to District 49.
Two Falcon Middle School Firebirds will take the field trip of a lifetime later this summer. Alease Church and Gavin Adams have confirmed spots at Space Camp where they will train like astronauts.
At a typical Fantastic 49 celebration, sentiments share a common theme, touching on hard work and commitment to District 49. Once again, the presentation before the April 11 BOE meeting included warm accolades for students and two D49 staff members, plus a district-wide department.
There is a place in the spotlight for learners like Aislynn Cates, a sixth-grader at Falcon Middle School. “It made me feel unique, and like I can do anything,” shared Cates. She and other D49 students took the stage at the Colorado Miss Amazing pageant March 30. The event transcends pageantry, creating a platform for girls with disabilities to have their voices heard and their faces recognized.
“At the heart of everything the nutrition services department does is our customers- the students,” said D49 Director of Nutrition Services Monica Deines-Henderson. “We understand they have a choice every day to either have their meals with us or not, and we want to make each meal a positive experience for them.”
Individuals in D49 aspire every day to make our educational community the “Best Choice to Learn, Work and Lead.” Before the monthly board of education work session March 27, one staff member and two students were celebrated during Fantastic 49 for leading in notable ways.
For a moment during the match, Bella Mitchell felt her advantage begin to slip. “I actually got a little scared at one point, because she had turned really far and my hips came off the mat,” the VRHS wrestler recalled. “I was scared that she was going to flip me over.”
Hey Bennett Ranch Families,
We're already looking forward to next year! Here are a couple of important information items for the 2019-2020 school year:
Bennett Ranch is hosting many activities this summer!
Base 49 - Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., until June 29th.
D49 Read Camp - Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., until June 28th.
D49 Extended School Year - Monday-Thursday, 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m., until June 27th.
The front office at Bennett Ranch Elementary will be open from 9:00 - 2:00, except for June 7th, until June 11th. The office will re-open on July 15th, with hours again being from 9:00 - 2:00.
Parent Portal access is disabled and will be re-activated on July 20, 2019.
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.