2015-2016 News in District 49
Exploring Colorado: Camp Helps Students Develop Language, Friendships
Emmanuel Lozano Padilla, 13, wraps duct tape around PVC pipes for a shelter concept June 3 outside the Creekside Success Center in District 49. Originally from El Salvador, he previously attended schools in Mexico.
Patriot Learning Center Graduation, 2016
More than 70 graduates and GED recipients were honored May 26 at the school.
Students Present Business Plans to Entrepreneurs
Tenth-grader Mattison Heckel, 17, presents Chance Dog Training, a business that focuses on helping dog owners, to a panel of community members May 26 at the Falcon Homeschool Program.
Springs Studio For Academic Excellence Graduation, 2016
More than 80 graduates received diplomas May 20 at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs.
District 49 Earns RMPEx Foothills Award
“By benchmarking our processes against high-performing enterprises in education and other industries, we can see more clearly where we are already excellent and where we have the most need to improve,” District 49 Peter Hilts, chief education officer, said.
2014-2015 News in District 49
Class of 2015: Patriot Learning Center
Patriot Learning center graduates turn their tassel May 21 during a commencement ceremony.
Grant Propels Learning at PLC
Paul Austin, science educator at Patriot Learning Center, will use a $4200 Teachers and Technology grant from CenturyLink to purchase a 3D printer. Austin and his students will use the 3D printer to create different propellers in a boat drag racing unit. "Without this grant, there's no way we could do the tinkering phase of the project," said Austin. "It isn't cost effective and there's no way we'd be able to wait for a manufacturer to do that process for us."
PPSEL Students Present Hundreds of Semester Expeditions
Kindergartner Cassie Johnson, 6, tells principal Don Knapp that “engineers make machines to make life easier” during a gallery night May 20 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in District 49.
Class of 2015: Falcon Virtual Academy
Fifty-six students graduated from Falcon Virtual Academy on May 15. This is the last graduating class from FVA as it will evolve into Springs Studio for Academic Excellence during the summer.
BOE Honors Bonavita As Colorado Online, Blended Counselor Of The Year
Dale Bonavita, counselor at Falcon Virtual Academy, explains her recognition by the Colorado Department of Education as online and blended counselor of the year during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49.
Students Honor Supporters at Annual FVA Capping Ceremony
"I chose you because you were quite fun to talk to and work with throughout my high school career and encouraged me regularly to pursue greater heights in my writing of which I am so fond of," wrote Johnathan Dillard about FVA teacher Jill Pellegrini, "Thank you enough for being such an amazing teacher." Pellegrini placed the graduation cap on Dillard's head at the school's annual capping ceremony.
Gymnast Finds Balance In Blended Learning
"Gymnastics is easier to focus on because of the flexibility I have at Falcon Virtual Academy," said Jay Barnish, who recently qualified for the U.S. Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships. "I get more time in the gym when I need it because of the freedom."
District Battle of the Books Arms Students for Regional
Evans International Elementary School fifth-grader Alexis Gonzalez, 11, discusses a question about a story April 9 during a districtwide Battle of the Books competition at Evans International Elementary School in District 49.
Students Study Drumming Basics, History
Eighth-graders Veron McCarty and Autumn Koehler practice on a conga drum Feb. 9 at Falcon Virtual Academy.
Imagine Indigo Ranch Students Kick It With New Football Club
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC players Carlos Contreras, Josh Phillips and Jaime McGuinness spoke to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students Feb. 6 at Imagine Indigo Ranch.