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Sand Creek Zone Overview

Based on Sand Creek Zones outlined goals, all schools will continuously strive for increased student achievement as measured by international, national, state and local standards; all students will attend schools comprised of high performing, collaborative teams of educators; and through a consistent process of innovation, the zone will engage its community. Three of the schools, Evans International Elementary School, Horizon Middle School and Sand Creek High School, encompass the only K-12 International Baccalaureate feeder system in eastern Colorado Springs. As an internationally accredited, rigorous and engaging educational program, the International Baccalaureate is a large part of the zone's identity. All of its schools, including Springs Ranch Elementary School and Remington Elementary School, offer a first class education for students with diverse interests and needs, and each extends sound, research-based educational services to each student. As a result, educators value and expect beneficial engagement among all students. They offer gifted and talented services, performing and visual arts, full-day kindergarten at no cost to families, and a wealth of extra-curricular activities for students at all levels.
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Critical Thinking, Creative Problem Solving
  • Academic Intervention
  • Media, Arts, Communications
  • Community Service Learning

SCHS Class of 2016 Graduate Profile

In Sand Creek Zone, educators focus on developing tomorrow’s leaders as...

Caring
  • Principled and caring
  • Culturally engaged
  • Contributors serving the community
Competent
  • Collaborative leaders
  • Effective communicators
  • Efficient users of technology Self-directed scholars
Critical Thinkers
  • Problem-solvers
  • Reflective
  • Flexible and creative

Sand Creek Zone Schools

Sand Creek Zone Superintendent

 Sean Dorsey

Phone: 719.495.1177

Email: sdorsey@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Sean Dorsey

"This is a unique and exciting opportunity to make us the top district in the state," says Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone superintendent, about District 49's innovation initiative. "Right now, we are creating the plan and the community has a stake in this process." As the global workforce changes, education must change to prepare students for excellence in and out of the classroom. Within the Sand Creek Zone, Dorsey says schools will assemble a wide array of services for students. The elementary, middle and high schools will coordinate and work together so educators aim toward the same goals, move in the same direction.

"We are going to match the world’s expectations with a level of intensity in our classrooms," says Dorsey. "We are going to engage students in a rich, stimulating environment." As the zone continues to build a sense of community, he says open communication is extremely important and the focus remains on students. "We need to ask, 'what do our students need?' because we are preparing them for the next level."

Mr.Dorsey began his education career as a special education teacher. He then went on to serve in assistant principal and principal roles. Sean moved to Colorado Springs, within District 49, in 2010. He enjoys working with his community throughout the innovation processes.

"When the community is involved and parents are involved, students succeed," he says.

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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2014-2015 News

  • BOE Honors Schroeder For Awards, Recognitions, Distinctions

    Twelfth-grader Riley Schroeder, 18, explains his recent awards, recognitions and distinctions during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49. “I just want to live a happy life and help others live a happy life,” said Schroeder, who’s been enrolled in the district since preschool.

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  • Students Share Interactive Projects During IB Exhibition

    Fifth-graders Ricardo Rodriguez, 10, and Caedan McCulloch, 11, inform classmates about water pollution May 13 at Evans International Elementary School.

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  • Remington Students Shine in Beauty and the Beast

    Lana Arends, fifth grade, performs as Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr. May 7 at Remington Elementary School.

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  • Science Teachers for the Day

    Eighth-grader Amber Muehlhausen, 13, teaches a lesson about reflection and refraction May 7 at Evans International Elementary School.

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  • Gazette Best and Brightest: Riley Schroeder, Sand Creek High School

    One of Riley Schroeder's goals is to help others live a happy life.

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  • RES Families Explore Cultures, Celebrate Diversity

    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.

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  • Growing A Better World In Their Own Backyard

    "The students' dream is take what they are learning at the YWAM aquaponics facility to build one for Care and Share to serve southern Colorado," said Todd Matia, SCHS engineering instructor.

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  • Preschool Families Explore Science Ideas for Summer Fun

    Teacher Anne Flemke watches preschooler Ava Pairsh, 5, inflate a balloon by creating carbon dioxide with baking soda and lemon juice during a family science workshop April 24 at Springs Ranch Elementary School in District 49.

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  • Students With Special Needs Sharpen Warrior Skills

    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.”

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  • Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Twelfth-grade athletes sign letters of intent April 16 at Sand Creek High School.

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2013-2014 News

  • Community Celebrates World Arts, Student Creativity

    Art teacher Angie Reid provides Salsa dance lessons May 2 during "Celebrate the Arts Family Night" at Remington Elementary School in Falcon School District 49.

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  • Fifth Graders Exhibit IB Research Projects

    Fifth grader Miguel Smith, 10, answers questions from fourth graders about his research project May 13 at Evans International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49.

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  • School Focuses on Community Service

    Bradlee White, a firefighter and EMT for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, discusses public safety occupations during a community service career day April 23 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49.

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  • Students Exhibit Use of Scientific Method

    Fourth-grader DeAndre Davis, 10, explains his "sodaspolosion" project to Air Force 2nd Lt. Jane Blore of 1st Space Operations Squadron, 50th Space Wing, during an annual science fair April 18 at Springs Ranch Elementary School in Falcon School District 49.

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  • Fifth-graders Prepare for Pikes Peak Battle of the Books

    Fifth-grader Frank Hoyle, 11, collaborates with teammates during a districtwide Battle of the Books event April 9 at Evans International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49.

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