• D49 Update: Monitoring Coronavirus (COVID19)

    We are working closely with our local public health agencies as we monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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  • BASE49 Closing Early Oct. 10

    Due to wintery weather and icy roads, District 49's after-school program, BASE49, will close early Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4:00 p.m. at all locations.

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  • AHERA Asbestos Notification

    District 49 is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our children and staff. We completed multiple projects this summer; where we hired a licensed asbestos removal contractor to remove some of the asbestos containing material from five of six schools.

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BOE Updates

  • APRIL REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

    The Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The packet is supported by the BoardDocs program. To view the agenda and packet or follow along with the meeting and view supporting documents in real time, click here to access BoardDocs. 

    The Fantastic 49 segment will be at 6:00 p.m. in advance of the meeting.

    Audio files will be available on 4/10/2020.

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  • March BOE Special Meeting-Additional

    The Board of Education held an additional special meeting immediately following the work session Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

    The packet is supported by the BoardDocs program. To view the agenda and packet or follow along with the meeting and view supporting documents in real time, click here to access BoardDocs. 

    Audio files are available through BoardDocs.

    NOTICE: Due to the current restrictions in place, meetings are being held electronically. Please use the BoardDocs link above to access packets and follow along. Audio files of the meetings are being posted within 24 hours of the meeting. Open Forum is available during regular and special meetings. Contact Donna Garza at dgarza@d49.org or 719-200-6220 for more information.

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District Alerts

  • District alerts will show here, such as emergency closures, cancelations or evacuations. When posted, these alerts also broadcast on the top of this website.
  • D49 News and Announcements 

    Please see the D49 COVID Updates page for complete and current information as we transition to E-learning, including meal pick up times and locations. 

    April 1, 2020

    We continue to have a high demand when we open up the Chromebook reservation process, and once again, reservations are full. We will share more information about checking back to the reservation links as we can get more devices ready for distribution.

    We thank you for your continued patience, and we are confident we have enough technology to meet the needs of D49 families.

     

     

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Falcon Zone Updates

  • Falcon High School graduation requirements will change, beginning with the class of 2021. Teams of administrators and counselors from Falcon Middle School and Falcon High School have begun working on revisions. This work is initiated based on the new Colorado High School graduation guidelines developed by our state. Information will be shared soon across the zone regarding current drafts of possibilities, and a community meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Falcon Middle School.

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  • In February 2016, we formed a group of parents, staff and community members as the "Falcon Zone Coalition." At this time, at the start of the 2016-2017 school year, we have 14 members who are dedicated to supporting two goals for the coming year: Improving communication and engagement with students, staff and parents between and among school sites; and broadening and enhancing communication with the overall Falcon Zone community. At the August meeting, the team decided to begin immediate work on the first goal, so look for more information soon regarding progress and action in this area.

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Sand Creek Zone Updates

  • Amber Whetstine, learning services executive director, and Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone innovation leader, will present June 2 a full-day workshop for leaders that will focus on providing on-going, specific feedback to all teachers on a weekly basis to improve teaching and learning. All principals, assistant principals and instructional coaches in the zone will learn how to schedule and conduct meaningful teacher observations and feedback sessions throughout the school year.
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POWER Zone Updates

  • Please see the following document for additional information on the Power Zone's 2019-2020 SB191 Accountability. 

     

    Power Zone SB191 Accountability 19-20

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  • New elementary school coming to the POWER Zone in 2019  

    This new neighborhood elementary will add to District 49’s portfolio of schools through integration of the visual and performing arts with traditional academic standards to develop the passion and talents of all students. Scheduled to open in August of 2019, the school will serve the Banning Lewis Ranch area and surrounding neighborhoods. This school is the second of two new D49 elementary schools outlined in the Building Our Future Community plan, made possible by the voter approved 3B MLO of 2016.
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  • August 2015 Update

    Values: Climb with Care and Confidence * Create a Loyalty Effect * The Most Important Person in the World * Family First * Serving our Community

    Mission: Purposeful Risk * Ownership of Learning * Whole Child/Student Concept * Engaging Inquiry * Respectful Relationships

     

    Current and Ongoing Activity

     

    Primary Literacy

    Last May, at the completion of a Language Arts curriculum review and adoption process lead by Sherry Kyle, POWER Zone elementary schools began to plan professional development around new programming entitled Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA).  Two days of training occurred over July 30th and 31st.  K-5 teachers dove into the material and began a learning process to better understand how to best deliver these materials to a wide variety of learners.  The program was chosen primarily due to its strong explicit core phonics instruction, along with the relevancy and engagement of their reading passages.  This particular resource will align well with current benchmarking indicators and will provide the zone with the opportunity for whole zone collaboration around reading and writing instruction.

    D49 Pathways

    VRHS now has a dedicated lead Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) advisor whose primary responsibility is to ensure a core group of selected teachers are continually trained in the development of ICAPs for every student.  Advisory will now have an ICAP focus at strategic points throughout the year.  No longer will ICAPs be a formulaic checklist with little to no differentiation per student.  The expectation at VRHS is that ICAPs will be targeted and supported a monthly basis for each and every student.      

    Assessment Work

    POWER Zone will now use Beacon Assessments in place of Scantron for ELA and Math in grades 2-8.  These assessments are aligned to on grade level material that has the most impact on student learning.  Beacon also creates a virtual concept math for each individual student that can then be tracked once the student takes the beginning of year assessment.  This will allow for further differentiation across classrooms and grade levels.  These assessments will also be used within the zone’s student growth portion of their evaluation model.

    POWER Zone Performance Surveys

    POWER Zone is asking students, parents, and staff to take 2 surveys at the beginning of this year in order to measure the effectiveness of their three main zone initiatives of ensuring a safe, collaborative, and learning focused environment for our staff and students, ensuring they offer curriculum and learning opportunities that are engaging, rigorous, and individualized, and finally ensuring they have the most effective educators possible in each and every classroom.  The Level 1 High Reliability Schools Certification process offered through Marzano Research will serve as a framework to measure how successful each stakeholder group believes POWER Zone is in implementing strategies to meet these initiatives.

     

    Upcoming/Other Activity


    Two main focuses of the POWER Zone this year are to track feedback from their High Reliability School and Performance Dashboard surveys.  Both surveys will serve as major components of their overall community feedback process.

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