A LEARNING SOLUTIONS HUB
Two teachers in District 49 scored regional recognition for going above and beyond in their classrooms. Amy Levi, third-grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary, and Kortney Sorensen, P.E./health teacher at Falcon High School, were selected as honorees in the Air Force Academy’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” campaign.
P.E. teacher Jedd Sims wanted a lesson for his Falcon Middle School students different from the rest. “I’m a big basketball fan and thought it would be unique for our kids to meet a former NBA player,” Sims shared. That’s when he learned about the Denver Nuggets Community Ambassadors.
FHS students are performing an experiment similar to one Galileo attempted 400 years ago in Tim Cerniglia’s Physics 1 class using some updated technology. Working with a $5,000 grant awarded by Century Link, Cerniglia purchased new technology to add practical application to his students’ coursework.
Staff across District 49 dedicate themselves to helping both students and colleagues. At the heart of how they treat each other and their work is the D49 cultural compass, which emphasizes care and respect. The board of education recognized four individuals during Fantastic 49 festivities before the regular board meeting September 12 for their commitment to serving others.
A distinguished group of District 49 teachers received accolades from building leaders, parents and students to move to the head of the class as their school’s Teacher of the Year for the 2018-19 school year.
Students and staff unite to begin an academic journey at Inspiration View Elementary School on the first day of school, August 2.
Odyssey Elementary School second-grade teacher Nicole Hibler joins her students for morning circle time.
For some students returning to class Aug. 1, big goals are already on the horizon. Excellent grades and exemplary behavior have consistently been part of their history, and now it’s about closing the chapter in middle school with the same track record.
Springs Ranch Elementary School welcomed kindergartners to the first day of their educational journey on July 31, 2019. Students and parents were welcomed by principal James Kyner and teachers to the building and classrooms.
D49 Chief Education Officer Peter Hilts looked out over a small crowd Monday, July 22. "How many of you out here are going to be students at Inspiration View?” He asked. "Raise your hands high!”
Aaliyah Russell, sophomore at SCHS with Hillary Douglas, learning specialist, visiting therapy dogs during the GO TEAM’s Tuesday morning visits to the extended school year program students.
Team members and students work hard every day to make District 49 the “Best Choice to Learn, Work and Lead.” During the June 13 Fantastic 49 festivities, the Board of Education recognized a group of honorees for their commitment to leading in D49.
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.
All District charter school applicants must file this intent to apply form with the District by March 15, 2019 before submitting an application to the Board of Education. This provides formal notice to the Falcon 49 School District regarding the applicant’s intention to submit a new school proposal to open in the 2020-2021 school year.
The deadline for applications is May 3, 2019; therefore, the Intent to Apply form must be submitted no later than close of business of March 15, 2019. The intent to apply form may be returned by in person to the iConnect Zone office at 3850 Pony Tracks Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80922 or e-mail to email@example.com. This form should also be the first document included in the charter school application.
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.
Dear D49 Families, We are pleased to tell you about an important step forward to fulfill our year-long strategic objective to enhance safety and security at our schools. On Monday, April 1, Sand Creek High School will begin a pilot program of the Blue Point Alert System.