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IVES Principal Kristy Rigdon invited a group to tour the worksite at the end of January. Wearing hard hats and fluorescent vests, guests including the D49 Chief Officers as well as Board of Education Vice President John Graham explored the rapidly developing campus.
Students at WHES hosted special visitors from the community at the school Jan. 11. Sergeant William Webster and Deputy Courtney Norman from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office were onsite to read to young learners as part of the Badges and Books program.
Team members across District 49 impact learning in many ways. For some, it is teaching students in the classroom. For others, it is about helping ensure students and staff have the best learning environment possible. The board of education honored five staff members during Fantastic 49 festivities before the regular board meeting January 10 for their commitment to D49.
To welcome a new year, and students back to campus, School District 49 is launching a mobile app for smartphone users. Those who download the app will find a wealth of information at their fingertips. D49 families will receive important notifications as well as having the option of logging into the app to get up to the minute information about their students, including grades, attendance and account balances.
More than 60 students and staff earned CPR certifications from this event, co-organized by PPEC senior Kaine Greathouse.
Thanks to partnerships with local military installations, D49 students with parents who serve in the armed forces have programs available made just for them. During Fantastic 49 festivities Dec. 13 before the regular monthly Board of Education meeting, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base were honored for their collaborative support of District 49.
The JOI Club turned the HMS gym into a Christmas wonderland Dec. 8. for its annual day of service.
Teachers around the globe have latched onto the concept of Caine’s Arcade, a project-based curriculum that teaches students how to use innovation in creating projects from inception to completion. During November, students in Mary Hopper’s project-based learning classes at Woodmen Hills Elementary were given the opportunity to take on the cardboard arcade challenge.
The Horizon Middle School student body gathered in the gym to hear an emotional story about overcoming a rough childhood, enduring abusive parents, entering foster care and being adopted. On Nov. 27 HMS students had the rare opportunity to listen to punk rock musician, motivational speaker and kindness promoter, Davey Muise.
Food and carnival games were ripe for the picking at the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence Harvestmania event Nov. 9. Students and staff gathered together to celebrate the season, and to raise money for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.
Lisa Ghrayyeb-Hartman, Evans International Elementary School counselor, meets with the Neonatal Intensive Care staff at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital, Nov. 15. EIES staff members delivered donated items collected by third grade students to the hospital while students watched via a live video call.
The list includes captivating projects from a science escape room to a nature store trading post. Thanks to the Falcon Education Foundation, students in District 49 will be exploring and learning from unique classroom experiences. Thirty-seven teachers received mini grants for innovative classroom projects during Fantastic 49 festivities before the Nov. 8 board meeting.
Red, white and blue decorations filled the gym. Thank you notes were posted on the wall. Men and women in uniform were the distinguished guests. Remington Elementary School honored area military during a Veterans Day appreciation luncheon Nov. 13.
District 49’s DoDEA grant funded program, BRIGHT, hosted its first annual Rocky Mountain Restorative Practices Conference, November 8-9, 2018 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs. John Register, keynote speaker, kicked off the conference Thursday morning with an inspiring message.
Board members all voiced sincere gratitude at the Nov. 8 Board of Education meeting. Each had words of thanks to the D49 community for voting in favor of ballot measure 4C. The initiative passed in the Nov. 6 election with 56% of voters in favor of the measure.
School District 49’s Pathbuilders team developed the Get a Life Expo to offer an engaging experience of discovery for students in middle school and early high school.
If a D49 student needed something fun to do during summer break, all they had to do was ask someone in, of all departments, nutrition services. Michelle Suggs and Sophie Bettendorf made that part of their commitment to the D49 summer meal program, which also made them Fantastic 49 honorees for October.
Somewhere in a cup of instant pudding-powder mixed with a few tablespoons of water and a gummy worm is a lesson about science.
Olivia Kirschbaum, a senior at Pikes Peak Early College, who is also enrolled in her first full year at Pikes Peak Community College, receives her 3.75 academic lettering sweater from principal Rochelle Kolhouse, Sept. 24.
Woodmen Hills Elementary School enjoyed a rock themed day full of fun activities and music Sept. 20. WHES joined thousands of educators around the world for Rock Your School day to capture students’ attention with fun experiences. Students were able to dress up in rock inspired garb and make fake musical instruments.
Three teachers in District 49 all have something in common. Parents and colleagues would say these teachers deserve recognition for going above and beyond in their classrooms. Once again, the Air Force Academy’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” campaign made that possible.
Skyview Middle School students with disabilities practiced math, reading and everyday life skills Sept. 11 when a local food truck visited the school. Paraprofessional, Devon Marry, coordinated the occasion with Stephanie Perry, case manager.
School pride was in the air, and cheering fans were in the stands, as the Vista Ridge High School football team stood ready for competition. The Wolves celebrated homecoming Sept. 14 with a football game and fanfare.
Friday night-lights in Falcon were bright for Falcon High School’s homecoming activities on Sept. 14. The festivities included fireworks, football game, homecoming court crowning, and special alumni cheer presentation.
Seventeen D49 teachers received accolades from principals, and recommendations from students and parents to prompt selection as their school’s Teacher of the Year.
School District 49, in conjunction with its esteemed partners at Peterson Air Force Base are recipients of the 2018 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award™.
Woodmen Hills Elementary School may have welcomed some new students for the first day of class Aug. 2, but some things were as constant as ever. As young learners arrived, several long-standing staff members were there to greet them for another year.
Ridgeview Elementary School picked up right where it left off on the last day of school before the start of summer break. On the first day of school, Friday, August 3, Andrea Aragon, RVES assistant principal, greeted every student at the front door.
New District 49 and Odyssey Elementary School kindergarten teacher Deanne Thoden, greets her students on their first day in class, Aug. 3.
Stephanie Hazelton, Innovation Lab teacher, greets students as The Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence opened its doors, Aug. 3.
Falcon High School Link Crew members pump up the incoming freshman Class of 2022 during orientation day, Aug. 1.
SRES physical education teacher Jeff Ingram greets kindergarten students, Aug. 1.
Young and excited scholars arrived at Falcon Elementary School of Technology August 1 and 2 for kindergarten orientation. Kindergarten is all about laying the groundwork for learning in the years to come.
Three major projects at School District 49 are ready for the start of school year 2018-2019. To mark these milestones D49 hosted three ribbon-cutting ceremonies, on three different days, a week ahead of the first day of school.
District 49 is thrilled to announce the completion of major construction projects made possible with the 3B MLO funding approved by taxpayers in the fall of 2016. Our school leaders and esteemed guests will celebrate these milestones and offer an up-close look at our new, and upgraded, buildings. We invite you to attend our ribbon- cutting ceremonies beginning the week of July 23, starting with Bennett Ranch Elementary School!
Two teams, which included both students and staff members, were honored for their contributions to the district prior to the regular monthly Board of Education meeting Feb. 8.
“This has been wild,” said Meridian Ranch Elementary School PE coach Tarike Adams. “Some of the kids who didn’t seem to be overly excited during class drills are getting super competitive out there today.”
“Career and technical education is more than a buzz word,” said JaDee Harsma, DLR Group project architect and design leader for the addition. “It’s the pathway to prepare students for college and career. We fully embrace this idea. We design spaces that enable this concept of applied learning and allow for new programs and coursework in the future.”
“This year one of our Firebirds reached out and shared with me that her father was killed in Afghanistan in 2011,” said Karen Hobson, a nearly 17-year U.S. Army veteran and FMS administrative assistant, who planned the school's Veterans Day assembly. Hobson presented a folded American flag to a group of students in the middle of the school’s gymnasium. The students performed a traditional flag folding ceremony. “The American flag drapes the casket with the remains of a fallen hero, with the field of blue placed over the left shoulder,” said Hobson. “The flag is folded and given to the next of kin. Would you please rise to honor those who never made it home with a moment of silence and the playing of taps,” said Hobson.
Falcon High School senior Darrian Escobar-Winter signs his National Letter of Intent to play Division I NJCAA baseball, at Garden City Community College in Kansas.
Students, staff and family members of all ages hit the trail to wellness at the first D4.9K Run/Walk, Sat., Nov. 4 at Stetson Elementary School. The event sold out with 499 participants registered for the new race that took runners and walkers down the Sand Creek Trail behind the school.
Students in Amy McCarty’s third grade class at Falcon Elementary School of Technology hosted a special visitor Sept. 13. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lisa Webster dropped in at school to read to the class as part of the sheriff’s office’s Badges and Books program.
Juniors celebrate a win during a peach fuzz volleyball game Sept. 20 at Falcon High School in District 49. After three games of boys coached by the girls volleyball team, juniors defeated seniors, 2-1
District 49 eighth graders discovered job and educational opportunities at the College and Career Fair that was hosted in conjunction with School District 11 Sept. 15 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
Student council members and Dr. Michael Roth, principal, address honored guests and the student body Sept. 11, at Falcon Elementary School of Technology.
Dads, uncles, grandpas, and more!
Come join us for our PTA-sponsored "Daybreak with Dads" event. This will take place on February 14th, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Come get a donut and refreshement while spending time with our great students.
Thursday's manager's choice will be:
1. Cheeseburger Meatloaf
2. Mile High Sandwiches
Here are the breakfast and lunch choices for December 17th-20th:
12/17 - Chocolate Chip Uber
12/18 - Parfaits
12/19 - Cinnamon Rolls
12/20 - Eggs, Sausage, and Cinnamon Toast
12/17 - Cheese Pizza or Philly Cheese
12/18 - Ham and Cheese Ravioli or Ravioli in Marinara
12/19 - Twin Beefy Tacos or Cheese Quesadilla
12/20 - Breakfaast for Lunch or Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Were you unable to attend the Watch D.O.G.S. Information Night? Take a day off work, volunteer in your child's school, and come have fun by being a Watchdog! Click here to view a presentation to learn about the program and the steps to signing up.
Calling all fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and more! Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a fantastic opportunity to volunteer at Bennett Ranch Elementary and serve as a positive mentor for our students. Bring the kids, eat some free pizza, and learn more about how you can make a positive impact by attending our Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night on September 12th at 5:45 p.m at Falcon Middle School. See you there!
Were you unable to attend our PowerSchool Parent Support Night?
If you are looking to create your account to access PowerSchool, here were the two biggest tips that emerged:
For a step-by-step walkthrough, you can use this guide.
A blast of cold weather started moving quickly into northern and eastern El Paso county Wednesday afternoon. Forecasts indicate wind-chills will dip below zero into the double-digits overnight with the potential for freezing fog to coincide with the normal departure time of our busses Thursday morning. Along with the dangerous temperatures we anticipate the possibility of hazardous travel Thursday, so School District 49 will delay two hours Thursday, February 7.
District 49 recognizes some of our families may be affected by the current partial government shut down. We would like to share some resources that might help during this difficult time. (D49 does not support or endorse any of these vendors, but are supplying this list for information purposes only)