2017-2018 News

  • BOE Celebrates Students, Staff During Fantastic 49

    District 49 students and staff members were honored for their achievements in the district prior to the regular monthly Board of Education meeting April 12.

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  • RVES Earns National Recognition for Capturing Kids’ Hearts

    An emotionally safe and caring culture is the heart of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program. That environment is seen every day at Ridgeview Elementary School, and it’s the commitment of staff that earned the school a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School Award for the 2017-18 school year.

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  • BRIGHT Spring Training

    Educators from across the state participated in a ‘Restorative Practices’ training, March 19-20, at Sand Creek High School. ‘Restorative Practices,” is a social and emotional support program for school students and staff, funded through the BRIGHT grant, a grant awarded to District 49 by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

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  • HMS Fine Arts Gala Showcases Student Talent

    Orchestra teacher Karen Leonhardt directs sixth-grade students, March 15, at the Horizon Middle School Fine Arts Gala.

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  • Waters Drifts into Life as World-Class Para-Athlete

    Determination and hard work. That’s what took Jacob Waters, 17, twelfth-grader at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence, from being born with a birth defect to world-class athlete. Waters is competing in the Para-cycling World Championships in Rio De Janeiro, March 22-25.

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  • RMCA, UCCS Partner to Teach Shakespeare to Sixth-Graders

    Rocky Mountain Classical Academy hosted two performance artists from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Feb. 26 - March 2. Funded via a Colorado Arts Partnership grant, the UCCS artists worked with sixth-grade literature teacher, Julie Gumerman, to deliver four days of intensive interpretation and physicalization of William Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar."

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  • Disaster Drill Tests Horizon Middle School Health Science Students

    Skills learned in health science class at Horizon Middle School came to life March 7 during a make-believe emergency.

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  • Falcon Middle School Students Walk Up, Not Out

    Falcon Middle School ambassadors welcomed fellow classmates to school March 14 with kindness and a lesson in inclusion. Instead of a walkout, on a day when students across the nation were protesting against school violence, Firebird Nation student leaders orchestrated a "walk up."

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  • Smiles rule when dogs meet Falcons

    Grace walked through the front door of Falcon High School on Thursday, March 8, and promptly found a place to sit for lunch. It didn’t take long for the seven-year-old Norwegian Buhund/Norrbottosnspet mix to make a few friends, including sophomore, Alina Basse, 15.

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  • BOE Recognizes Support Staff Members During Fantastic 49

    Four District 49 team members were honored for their contributions to the district prior to the regular monthly Board of Education meeting March 8.

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  • Literacy Week at BLRA Launches with Dress Up Day

    Harry Potter. Olivia the Pig. Fancy Nancy. All were in attendance at the start of literacy week, March 5, at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy when students were encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character.

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  • Ullrich Earns National Board Certification

    In order to be Nationally Board Certified, you must demonstrate a commitment to excellence, drive student learning, and lead the way in teaching and learning improvements. Heather Ullrich exemplifies these characteristics, becoming the only teacher in District 49 to qualify and earn the title this year of being Nationally Board Certified.

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  • EIES students soar to new heights with NASA astronaut

    Evans International Elementary School students had a unique look into an astronaut’s life at a school wide assembly, March 2. Duane “Digger” Carey, NASA astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel, USAF retired, presented a video to students explaining an astronaut’s life in space.

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  • Patriot High School Students Strive For Peer Support

    Patriot High School students received leadership training from the Sources of Strength peer intervention program, Feb. 26.

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  • PPSEL students help release rehabilitated hawk back into the wild

    First and second grade students at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning raised $286 to donate to the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center in Pueblo. The students studied birds this past semester by doing research, fieldwork, and working with experts at the Raptor Center.

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2016-2017 News

  • Kids Win With Soccer Kick Around

    Kids from the Evans International Elementary School neighborhood scored big by learning the basics of soccer at a “kick around” hosted by the Southeast Springs Soccer Initiative at the school June 19.

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  • 2017 Teachers of the Year Honored

    Heather Reading, kindergarten teacher, is recognized as Remington Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year during ‘Fantastic 49’ ahead of a monthly Board of Education meeting June 8 in District 49.

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  • Busy Construction Season Blasts Off with Wall-Breaking Ceremony

    The walls at Sand Creek High School started tumbling down on June 6 when the community came together for a groundbreaking, or rather “wall breaking,” ceremony at the school. Administrators, students, and board members took turns knocking down walls to make way for a variety of school improvements and additions. The event marked the official kick-off for $83.5 million of projects across District 49 made possible by ballot issue 3B. Last November, voters overwhelmingly approved 3B by a 2 to 1 margin.

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  • Special Olympics Brings Social and Physical Support for Students in Extended School Year Program

    Representatives from the southeast Colorado Special Olympics regional office taught bocce ball to students enrolled in District 49's extended school year program June 7 at Sand Creek High School. The extended year program serves qualifying students with special needs for four weeks at the beginning of the traditional summer break. The program focuses on retaining information and skills that students learn during the traditional school year. The extra learning helps increase retention and ensures a strong start to the school year. "When we are in the classroom we are working hard on reading and math," said Bridgette Martin, ESY coordinator for secondary students. "A lot of the students have social goals too and this is a practical and fun way to work on those goals."

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  • SCHS Graduates Prepare For Next Chapter As ‘World Changers’

    Sand Creek High School graduates prepare for a commencement ceremony May 27 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

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2015-2016 News

  • 2016 Teachers of The Year Recognized

    Amy Rogers, math teacher, is recognized as Vista Ridge High School’s teacher of the year during “Fantastic 49” achievements ahead of a monthly board meeting June 9.

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  • Students Create Art Work As Part of #StopOnRed Campaign

    "We enjoy the opportunity to see the artwork from our students across the district," said Gene Hammond, District 49 transportation director. "To see the importance of safety on our buses through the eyes of those we serve reminds us of the important job we do each day."

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  • News 5 Features FESoT on Newscast

    Falcon Elementary School of Technology fifth grade students learned about being storm safe with KOAA News 5, the NBC affiliate for southern Colorado.

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  • Class of 2016: SCHS Reflects on Successes, New Possibilities

    Roughly 280 Sand Creel High School graduates received diplomas May 28 during a commencement ceremony at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

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  • Class of 2016: VRHS Marks Milestones, Considers Future

    More than 300 Vista Ridge High School graduates received diplomas May 28 during a commencement ceremony at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

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2013-2014 News

  • Hundreds Gather for Patriot Learning Center Commencement

    Graduate Daniella Conway, 18, takes a seat after being awarded a $1,000 Coca-Cola scholarship during a commencement ceremony May 22 at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49.

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  • Spec. Ed. Students Walk Miniature Horses

    Sierra Jarmon, 16, a Mello Memories volunteer, walks a miniature horse with seventh-grader Raneisha Clay, 12, during a special education activity May 19 at Skyview Middle School in Falcon School District 49.

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  • 51 Honored at FVA Commencement

    Mikaela Lowry, 19, is recognized as Falcon Virtual Academy's first four-year student during a commencement ceremony May 16 at Falcon Virtual Academy in Falcon School District 49.

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  • Education Secretary Collaborates in Colorado for Military Children

    “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.

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  • District 49 BOE Honors HOSA Students at 'Fantastic 49'

    Eleventh grader Adrienne DeBauche, 17, discusses qualifying for the Health Occupations Students of America national leadership conference during a Board of Education meeting May 8 in Falcon School District 49.

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2014-2015 News

  • VRHS Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Twelfth-graders Louis Quinones, 18, and Elway Tubbs, 18, sign letters of intent May 6 at Vista Ridge High School.

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  • Teachers of the Year Awarded During ‘Fantastic 49’

    Andrea Aragon, teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School, receives a teacher of the year award June 11 during a Board of Education meeting June 11 in District 49.

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  • Class of 2015: Patriot Learning Center

    Patriot Learning center graduates turn their tassel May 21 during a commencement ceremony.

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  • Grant Propels Learning at PLC

    Paul Austin, science educator at Patriot Learning Center, will use a $4200 Teachers and Technology grant from CenturyLink to purchase a 3D printer. Austin and his students will use the 3D printer to create different propellers in a boat drag racing unit. "Without this grant, there's no way we could do the tinkering phase of the project," said Austin. "It isn't cost effective and there's no way we'd be able to wait for a manufacturer to do that process for us."

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  • Challenging Mission: To The Moon

    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.

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  • PPSEL Students Present Hundreds of Semester Expeditions

    Kindergartner Cassie Johnson, 6, tells principal Don Knapp that “engineers make machines to make life easier” during a gallery night May 20 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in District 49.

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  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

    "It's a great chance for our kids to be out and compete against other schools," said Kara Woolery, Evans International Elementary School counselor, "They are showing us what they can do and are such upstanding young people. It's a nice way to end the year."

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  • Class of 2015: Falcon Virtual Academy

    Fifty-six students graduated from Falcon Virtual Academy on May 15. This is the last graduating class from FVA as it will evolve into Springs Studio for Academic Excellence during the summer.

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  • Father Shares Why Son’s Teacher Deserves Awards, Recognition

    Patrick Jewell, father of second-grader Brett Jewell, 8, shares his appreciation for significant support needs teacher Dawnise Sandwick of Falcon Elementary School of Technology during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49. Jewell wrote a nomination for Sandwick to receive a teacher appreciation scholarship from the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association.

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  • BOE Honors Bonavita As Colorado Online, Blended Counselor Of The Year

    Dale Bonavita, counselor at Falcon Virtual Academy, explains her recognition by the Colorado Department of Education as online and blended counselor of the year during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49.

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