Did You Know Overview
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.More "Did You Know" Information
- 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.
District 49's communications team works hard to keep you current with the district's activities, programs, leaders, students and initiatives. We re-enforce the public’s requirements for accountability, transparency and trust.
- Accountability to the public – taking great care to expedite explanations of the district’s successes and immediate responses to its failures.
- Transparency in actions – ensuring maximum disclosure with objective reporting of events, actions and decisions.
- Trustworthy source of information – respecting needs to be informed, inform others and collaborate during planning and execution phases.
Personalized communications — collaborating with an understanding that each community member harbors his or her own information needs and expectations.
Personable in coordination — interacting with people as people, not as members of a collective on either side of communications initiative
Strategic Plan Overview
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 TrustWe 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 CommunityThe 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 SchoolsWe 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 FoundationThe 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 SuccessWe 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.RESPECTWe respect others for their abilities, qualities and achievements.TRUSTWe promote trust in our relationships through honest and open communication
CAREWe provide a safe and caring environment for students and staff
RESPONSIBILITYWe hold ourselves accountable for our actions
The outer face of the compass rose guides us in how we treat our work.
LEARNINGWe 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
TEAMWORKWe embrace working together to achieve effective results for our students and communityAs 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
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.
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."
Sand Creek High School graduates prepare for a commencement ceremony May 27 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
"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."
Roughly 280 Sand Creel High School graduates received diplomas May 28 during a commencement ceremony at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
More than 300 Vista Ridge High School graduates received diplomas May 28 during a commencement ceremony at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.