Did You Know Overview

  • Did You Know Mailer Image Thank you for visiting D49.org at our "Did You Know" page. This is meant to be a welcome spot for members of the community that may not be familiar with District 49 or D49.org. If you are familiar with the district, it is a convenient launching pad to the wealth of information we've got available for our community here on our digital home. 
    From our strategic plan, to how every dollar is spent, our goal through D49.org is two-fold: 1) to provide transparent, easy to access information for our residents so they may review the impact of their tax investment, and 2) to provide access to educational information and schedule items that our students and families need. 
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    • Did you know Falcon High School is likely the only high school in the country this year that had six appointees to U.S. military academies? Five students from the FHS class of 2016 have been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy and one student has been appointed to West Point.  
    • Did you know District 49 is one of three locations in the state that will host a Google Apps For Education (GAFE) summit each year? District 49 beat out neighboring districts, including District 20, to partner with Google and Ed Tech to provide a high-intensity two-day event that focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Communications Overview

  • The D49 Communications Department is committed to open, honest conversations with our stakeholders creating an environment to promote accountability, transparency and trust, making D49 the Best Choice to Learn, Work and Lead.

    The D49 communications department is committed to open, honest conversations with our stakeholders.


    • We are committed to creating conversations through sharing our story and listening to our community of students, staff, family and other stakeholders.


    • We are committed to supporting D49’s promise of providing a superior portfolio of schools by sharing the success within our district and how we are improving the educational experience.


    • We are committed to providing a direct connection to all aspects of decisions, plans and directives that supports our vision and mission of being the best choice to learn, work and lead.


    • We are committed to clearly reporting D49’s assurance of excellent education, safe learning environments and responsible use of taxpayer resources. 


Strategic Plan Overview

  • Big Rocks
    Our vision is to be the best choice in public education. We envision a future when every time a student, parent, or educator chooses a school district, we are the best choice they can make. We have a mission to Learn, Work, and Lead. Our commitment is to be the best place to learn, to work, and to lead. Every day, we create environments so that everyone associated with the district is always learning, working, and leading us to be the best.
    District 49’s board-approved strategic plan is integral to the vision and mission, providing unified goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. The strategic plan is organized around a big rocks metaphor, which comes from the work of Stephen Covey.

    Covey illustrated that if you fill your life with the small things, trivial things, then you might not have room for what's really important, what he called the big rocks. But if you first fill your life with what's most important – the big rocks – and add other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally work 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 next three to five years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. District 49 will use these five rocks as the foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.

    Establishing Enduring Trust

    We endeavor to establish and maintain enduring trust throughout our community, not by telling our patrons that we're trustworthy, but by demonstrating it.

    Engage Our Community

    The district has a lot to offer our community and we recognize that our community has a lot to offer back. That reciprocal relationship offers a powerful multiplier for student success.

    Host a Robust Portfolio of Schools

    We commit to offer high quality, exceptional schools in all of our zones - schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.

    Build a Firm Foundation

    The success of every student begins with a firm foundation of academic knowledge and mastery of skills that ensure a successful progression through school and beyond.

    Launch Every Student to Success

    We launch every student to success by building individualized pathways that guide each student toward a valued future. By the time they finish their pathways, every student will be prepared to learn, work, and lead our communities into the future.

Our Cultural Compass

  • A compass is an important navigational aid. It helps to find our heading; it guides in the right direction. When off course, it can be used to get back on track. A compass tells nothing about the speed of movement however, only the direction of travel.

    District 49’s cultural compass provides the intended bearing to students, parents, and staff; how we treat each other and our work. We use the compass to orient us as an organization and as individuals in our execution of the ‘Five Big Rocks’ of our strategic plan.

    The heart of the compass rose guides our actions in how we relate to and treat each other.Cultural Compass

    We respect others for their abilities, qualities and achievements.
    We promote trust in our relationships through honest and open communication
    We provide a safe and caring environment for students and staff
    We hold ourselves accountable for our actions

    The outer face of the compass rose guides us in how we treat our work.

    We model continuous learning to encourage life-long learners

    We ensure all decisions align with the ‘Five Big Rocks’

    We encourage risk taking by supporting creative exploration of new ideas and strategies
    We embrace working together to achieve effective results for our students and community


    As our guiding paradigm, the cultural compass creates an atmosphere of camaraderie shared perspective. Maintaining a principle-centered vector to relationships and work increases the cultural capacity of the organization, making District 49 the best district to learn, work and lead.

    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

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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