ALLIES Leadership Updates

  • Temporary Lockout OES/ALLIES Wednesday, November 6

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 11/6/2019

    November 6, 2019

    Dear Odyssey Elementary and ALLIES Families,

    On Wednesday at approximately 10:10 a.m. school administrators were notified that a person who is considered violent was possibly in a nearby neighborhood. Administrators immediately reported the information to our law enforcement partners at the Colorado Springs Police Department and initiated a lockout status at OES/ALLIES as police searched the surrounding area. Students and staff remained inside the buildings, and the schools restricted visitors, which follows our lockout procedures.

    Our schools operated as normal during the investigation, and our students and staff remained safe. The lockout was lifted less than an hour later, just before 11:00 a.m., when CSPD gave the all clear.

    D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our staff, students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We will remain proactive and partner with local law enforcement to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner.

    Sincerely,

    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications

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  • ALLIES Lockdown Drill: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 10/8/2019
    Good afternoon ALLIES family,
     
    District 49's safety and security team selected ALLIES for a lockdown drill on Tuesday, October 8.
     
    This drill started at approximately 1:30 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 Nancarrow
    Director of Communications
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  • Lockout at Multiple D49 Campuses Thursday, May 2

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 5/2/2019

    May 2, 2019

    Dear OES, ALLIES, SES, SRES, SCHS and PPEC Families,

    On Thursday at approximately 8:41 a.m. our law enforcement partners at the Colorado Springs Police Department told our safety and security team a man who may have been armed was reportedly seen in an area just north of Sky Sox Stadium. D49 safety and security immediately notified the staff at Odyssey, ALLIES, Stetson and Springs Ranch Elementary Schools along with Sand Creek High School and Creekside Learning Center to go into lockout status as police searched the surrounding neighborhoods. Students and staff remained inside the buildings, and the schools restricted visitors, which follows our lockout procedures.

    D49 safety and security lifted the lockout at SRES, SCHS and Creekside 16 minutes later at 8:57 a.m. when the CSPD determined there was no immediate threat to those campuses. OES, ALLIES and SES remained on lockout until approximately 9:20 a.m. at the request of CSPD, which continues to monitor the situation that caused the initial lockout announcement.

    D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our staff, students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We’ll continue to be proactive and partner with local law enforcement to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner.

    Sincerely, 

    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications 

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  • New ALLIES/OES Construction Update

    Posted by Brittany Jilek on 10/25/2017 3:00:00 PM
    Dear ALLIES Families,
     
    Towards the beginning of September a construction update was communicated out explaining the progress on the ALLIES and OES facilities and to offer an expected window of completion for the project as a whole.  We messaged that we were aiming for project completion sometime between Spring Break and the end of the year.  We would like to offer an update to this timeline and confirm that the project is scheduled to be completed towards the very end of this window.  However, to help ensure the project is completed with the most care and attention possible we need to confirm that the facility's first day with students will be the start of the 18-19 school year.
     
    There are two factors that have evolved since our last communication that are highly supportive of marked and continued progress occurring through the remainder of this year.  The first is that on October 2nd of this month we decided to replace our previous general contractor with a new one.  Our new contractor is already moving forward more efficiently and effectively than ever before.  Timelines since the beginning of this month have already been met, or even exceeded, with our new contractors thus far.  
     
    The other improvement factor is related to the supervision of the overall project management and operational oversight of the project.  We now also have the support of our newly hired Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Pedro Almeida, who will be offering personal oversight on the project and helping to ensure we move forward on time with a quality product.  
     
    You will begin seeing more construction progress occurring on a regular basis moving forward.  This is exciting and also brings about certain challenges of its own.  Please look for notes to come home regarding any construction updates that might affect normal processes such as traffic and/or any other before or after school activities.  
     
    I want to also thank all our parents, students, and staff for continuing this journey with us.  We will have two amazing learning environments once completed!  Thank you again for your continued patience, and please let me know if there are any questions.
     
    -Mike Pickering
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  • Important Update on New ALLIES Facility

    Posted by Dr. Mike Pickering, POWER Zone Leader on 9/13/2017 2:30:00 PM

    Dearest ALLIES Families,

    Last March the Academy for Literacy, Learning, and Innovation Excellence and Odyssey Elementary School teamed up to create a new learning facility. This partnership aimed at accomplishing the following goals:

    Providing ALLIES with its own school space.
    Removing modulars for OES to provide a permanent learning structure.

    As last school year ended, a note was sent informing of a change to the plan, and a new timeline. As you may recall from that note, building a permanent steel structure instead of a temporary sprung structure would push completion to Dec. 2017. Our plan was to begin the upcoming spring semester in the new spaces.

    As design and material work started moving forward, we’ve encountered some delays. We are committed to transparency and I need to inform you that we currently expect a completion date between spring break and the end of the school year.

    Increased permitting requirements, unexpected land preparation needs, and labor constraints have all caused this unfortunate shift in timeline and yet another end date.

    I know this is not what you want to hear and I share your disappointment. It is not what you deserve to hear, either. We are all rightly excited for the new ALLIES and OES facility as it will provide unique and innovative learning environments for our ALLIES and OES students. I would personally like to assure you that not a day goes by that there is not direct and specific time and effort put into ensuring this project is successfully completed on the most efficient timeline possible.

    This is also a good time to remind you that we will continue to provide the same quality teaching and learning that is currently occurring within our classrooms. I was visiting classrooms in both schools at the end of last week and am amazed at the amount of passionate instruction and engaged learning that is exuding from so many learning spaces.

    The excitement of new school visions and greater opportunity is almost palpable in these current environments. Both schools are educational environments filled with engaged teaching and learning. I’m excited to see what additional heights our students and educators reach once our new learning environments are complete.

    Please visit the​ project page on the​ ALLIES website for a refresher on the plans of the new permanent structure for both schools.

    I appreciate your continued patience and understanding. Please know we are committed to being as proactive as possible in communicating any additional changes should they arise.

    If you have questions please feel free to contact me at mpickering@d49.org.

    - Dr. Mike Pickering
    POWER Zone Leader

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