RESPECTFULWe respect others for their abilities, qualities and achievements.TRANSPARENTWe build positive relationships through honesty and openness with all stakeholders
CARINGWe provide a safe and caring environment for students and staff
ACCOUNTABLEWe hold ourselves accountable for our actions
We ensure all decisions align with the ‘Five Rocks’
We encourage risk taking by supporting exploration of new ideas and strategies
CREATIVEWe embrace creativity at all levels
LIFE-LONG LEARNINGWe model continuous learning to encourage life-long learners
Mix It Up at Lunch Day
Mix It Up at Lunch Day is a national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance over a decade ago, which encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. In surveys, students identified cafeterias as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So ,for one day a school year, students are asked to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away. Watch Video
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.
"I am at this school because of these students," said Scott Young, Falcon Middle School science teacher, "they are very talented and respectful. I wanted to make a difference in the world and being a servant in schools for these kids is very fulfilling."
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.
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.
Dallo Fall of Senegal leads the Jamoral troupe through West African dancing and drumming traditions April 30 during “Celebrate the Arts Family Fun Night” at Remington Elementary School in District 49.
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.”
Kim Miller, a humanities teacher at Horizon Middle School, explains rising levels of school pride during “Fantastic 49” recognition Feb. 12, ahead of a monthly Board of Education meeting in District 49.
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.
Tenth-grader Kiana Harkema, 14, troubleshoots a Wi-Fi connection with a microcontroller board during a computer forensics class Jan. 23 at Falcon High School in District 49.
School volunteer Bruce Hicks helps children feel safe and included on a playground Dec. 11 at Falcon Elementary School of Technology in District 49.