About Skyview Middle School
Skyview Middle School, located in the POWER Zone at 6350 Windom Peak Boulevard in Colorado Springs, is an exciting learning environment that supports the zone's mission and values. The zone's middle school includes many opportunities for students to take power over their learning while promoting middle school excellence.The Skyview Middle School team believes:
- All students will learn and must be given opportunities for success.
- All students are encouraged to take risks, grow as individuals, and become productive citizens.
- Every person will be treated with dignity and respect.
- Students, staff, and parents are accountable to uphold high expectations of academic excellence and social responsibility.
- Students, staff, and parents must be actively involved.
The staff provides a science, technology, engineering and math educational focus using a highly engaging curriculum, inquiry learning, and a 21st century building. At Skyview Middle School, students are encouraged and supported in multiple avenues of technology access. Opportunities are available for interactive learning providing students and teachers with Smart Board technology and interdisciplinary units in the classroom. Some also participate in the a one-to-one tablet program using iPads as interactive learning tools. A new math program is aligned with common core math standards creating a more rigorous program of study. Students also participate in Challenger Mission Science Expeditions and innovative field trips.
Teachers in varying content areas make real world connections, for example, correlating history lessons with discussions of current events and showcasing their findings by creating online digital posters using Glogster. Students explore different cultures by creating Greek masks and writing their own myths. Hands on adventures in cartography, puppetry, designing graphic novels and creating art using math skills incorporates interdisciplinary learning skills.
Staff members lead by example, many actively pursuing and achieving higher levels of certification to offer different programs for students. The school's has several teachers who are career and technical education certified and others working on science, technology, engineering, and math certification. Additionally, several teachers are National Board Certified, a career distinction. Educators share their professional skills with the next generation of teachers through the UCCS Teach program.
Skyview Middle School has many activities for students including robotics, engineering, theater, music and athletic programs.
Community members are welcome to share their expertise with students and become active partners in the learning environment. The Colorado Springs fire and police departments, Pikes Peak Library District, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Schriever Air Force Base have all shared their time and talents. Community member support is actively sought through the School Accountability Committee and Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Students also support their community through service projects and fundraising drives.An Overview of Skyview Middle School from Skyview Broadcasting
POWER Zone STEM System
Odyssey Elementary School, Skyview Middle School and Vista Ridge High School are designated by District 49 as a "STEM schools." STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.
The STEM designation's purpose is to get students interested in STEM-related careers, but not at the expense of other content areas. The root of a STEM education is inquiry based learning, which is teaching students how to think and problem solve.
Schools are implementing this type of learning through project-based units, which requires the integration of other content areas. Students begin to see the relationships between various subject areas and use major skills learned in each area in multiple classrooms. Our goal is to help our students become well rounded thinkers and problem solvers in this digital age.
POWER Zone Overview
The POWER Zone is comprised of six unique and excellent schools across the northwest portion of District 49: Vista Ridge High School, Skyview Middle School, Inspiration View Elementary School, Ridgeview Elementary School, ALLIES, and Odyssey Elementary School. Although each POWER Zone school is unique, we are guided by a shared vision, mission, and values.
POWER Zone values apply to students, staff, and families and they include prioritizing: family, service, trust, relationships, purposeful innovation, and continuous growth.POWER Zone leaders, teachers, and support staff function to ensure a safe and collaborative culture, effective teaching in every classroom, and a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Research-based resources are utilized in our work. The Capturing Kids' Heart process provides an inspiring relational framework that is used across our six campuses. Marzano's High Reliability Schools framework and the New Art & Science of Teaching instructional framework provide processes, elements, and strategies that promise a strong focus on teaching and learning and an excellent educational experience for every student.
Personalized learning is a student centered learning model where students gain more ownership over their learning and more voice with their teacher about how they learn best. This process allows students to have more choice over how they demonstrate their learning. Through developing strong problem solving and critical thinking skills students can create a clear path to competency based learning and skill development.
When we mention school climate, we're referring to a school's quality and character, along with the values expressed during social interactions. With a Capturing Kids Hearts philosophy reinforced annually, and permeating across the zone, every educator is equipped with specific strategies to help increase our effectiveness with the young people we serve.
Our parents must know their children are safe. Our students must feel safe to learn. The importance of ensuring a safe and secure learning environment is universally seen as one the most important indicators to our community.
Portfolio of Schools
District 49 will create a robust portfolio of distinct and exceptional schools. It’s not enough just to have a bunch of different kinds of schools; the district needs to have high quality, exceptional schools. District 49 strives to offer wonderful schools in all of its zones, schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor. If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together. District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks. These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.
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Skyview Middle School Facts & History
Inaugural Year (2000-2001)
- Opened with 450 students
- Capacity 600
- Only field was football field
- No houses around for miles
- 41 staff members including all administrators, counselors, custodians, kitchen staff and paraprofessionals
- 1 bus for students
October 2006 New Addition
- Added 42,000 square feet to core building
- Capacity 900
- Weight room
- Auxiliary gym
- New band and choir rooms
- 15 new classrooms
- Conference rooms
Current Statistics and Programs
- Enrollment: 1,050 students
- Capacity: 900 students
- SSN and SIED programs
- Only middle school consumer family studies program in the district
- Broadcasting and media production program
- Gateway to technology program
- Eight-room pod outside
- Rated "high" on report card
- Positive behavior support program
- Year 2000: 88,000 sq ft.
- Year 2006-Today: 130,000
- Modular buildings: 14,040 each; total: 70,200 square feet
- Total school square footage for all: 200,200 square feet