Springs Ranch Elementary School fifth-grader Camrie McCombs, 10, enters a gym during a Renaissance program assembly Jan. 8 at Horizon Middle School in District 49. Students set to graduate from the elementary school were invited to the assembly, where students are recognized and rewarded for classroom achievements.
Santa Claus, played by retired firefighter Jim DeGeorge, greets children Dec. 5 during Santa’s Toy Express in District 49. Chosen from elementary schools across the district, some 47 children facing special circumstances during the holidays were bused to the morning activities.
Eleventh-grader Nattasitth Yamasmit of Bangkok, Thailand, plays a marching baritone during a Veterans Day parade Nov. 7 in Colorado Springs. Nattasitth, 16, arrived in July, and enrolled at Sand Creek High School in District 49. He’s one of three foreign exchange students participating in marching band this semester.
Twelfth-grader Ashlynn Lahoe, 19, finishes a cheer during a homecoming assembly Oct. 2 at Sand Creek High School in District 49. The cheer squad invited Ashlynn and 10th-grader Devon Beckmann, 15, both students with special needs, to perform in their homecoming routine.
Eleventh-grader Joseph Enright, 16, picks beans Sept. 22 in the Care & Share community garden.
The POWER Zone schools in District 49 focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) ecosystem. Fifth grade students from the gifted program at the zone's three elementary schools visited Challenger Learning Center May 20. The students participated in a mission to a lunar base on the moon.
Trevor Romain, author and illustrator, meets with students May 13 at Falcon Middle School in District 49. While serving in the army of his native country, South Africa, he was inspired to assist children through hardships. Now a resident of Austin, Texas, Romain has published dozens of self-help children’s books—selling more than 1 million copies.
"I would really like to thank the Falcon Education Foundation for the opportunity and the huge grant that they awarded our school," said Paula Hinson, WHES project based learning instructor and GT coordinator. "The impact of that grant on what these kids are learning is huge."
Teacher Anne Flemke watches preschooler Ava Pairsh, 5, inflate a balloon by creating carbon dioxide with baking soda and lemon juice during a family science workshop April 24 at Springs Ranch Elementary School in District 49.
"Gymnastics is easier to focus on because of the flexibility I have at Falcon Virtual Academy," said Jay Barnish, who recently qualified for the U.S. Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships. "I get more time in the gym when I need it because of the freedom."
Eleventh-grader Phillip Held, 17, navigates an obstacle course April 21 at Sand Creek High School in District 49. Two teams of students with special needs, ranging from developmental to intellectual disabilities, had rushed into the school’s field house, where they discovered an adapted obstacle course based on the popular NBC television program “American Ninja Warrior.”
Fourth-grade teacher Becki Sims explains research skills during a writing class April 14 at Ridgeview Elementary School in District 49. It was nearly 10 years ago, when Sims started volunteering in a kindergarten classroom. The experience would change her life, and many others.
Meridith Jensen, a dispatcher and trainer for the El Paso Teller County E-911 Authority, explains how to use an automated external defibrillator Feb. 14 during hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation training at Falcon High School in District 49. The CPR training was part of student-led weekend activities, called “Pump It Up Falcon,” which focused on heart health.
James Clark, 65, of Colorado Springs, explains the civil rights movement for middle schoolers Jan. 29 at Patriot Learning Center in District 49. For six years, Clark has visited the alternative learning school in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday and National African American History Month.
A child speaks with Santa Claus, played by retired firefighter Jim DeGeorge, after shopping for his family Dec. 6 during Santa’s Toy Express at the transportation department in District 49. Fifty-one students, most 4-8 years old, received a call this year from the “elves” of Santa’s Toy Express.
“Nervous but excited,” said 10th grader Leah Petrie, standing May 9 along the hallways at Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49. Soon, she’d help influence public education’s support for military children.
Hillary Dennis of Peyton studies mathematics during a GED prep class Feb. 18, 2014, at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49.
When kindergarten teacher Ashley Mullins announced March 18 that a special guest had arrived for story time, her classroom energized with speculation.
"There are so many great things happening in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, and this is an example of that," said Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, congratulating engineering students.