POWER Zone STEM System

  • Odyssey Elementary School, Skyview Middle School and Vista Ridge High School are designated by District 49 as a "STEM schools." STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

    The STEM designation's purpose is to get students interested in STEM-related careers, but not at the expense of other content areas. The root of a STEM education is inquiry based learning, which is teaching students how to think and problem solve.

    Schools are implementing this type of learning through project-based units, which requires the integration of other content areas. Students begin to see the relationships between various subject areas and use major skills learned in each area in multiple classrooms. Our goal is to help our students become well rounded thinkers and problem solvers in this digital age.
  • We are POWER Zone

    POWER Zone's educators and support staff are dedicated to facilitating a mission focused on:

    ♦ Purposeful risk 
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    Ownership of learning 
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    Whole child-student concept
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    Engaging inquiry and
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    Respectful relationships


     

    POWER Zone Focus

    Mission Statement:

    POWER Zone takes purposeful risks and a deep ownership over learning to support a whole child concept through presenting engaging opportunities to our students and families while maintaining a core focus on respectful relationships.

    Vision:

    Prepare, Engage, EmPOWER...The POWER Zone Difference.

    Values Statement:

    POWER Zone believes in creating a loyalty effect with our stakeholders through serving our community by ensuring we climb with care and confidence within a family first environment while treating each stakeholder like the most important person in the world.

     



    POWER Zone Indicators

    What are Indicators?

    Our zone is committed to creating school priorities that are very real and meaningful to the stakeholders we serve. POWER Zone students, staff, and parents informed the POWER Zone of what measures mattered most to them. The measures initially formed 6 key performance indicators which then evolved into three zone focuses.

    In POWER Zone, each family's input is helping to drive zone-level educational decisions that will directly supports your child’s ability to successfully work, learn, and lead in the POWER Zone and be career or college ready in the future.

    Indicators:

    Academic Performance: The demonstration of Knowledge and skills integrated across multiple content areas and driven through personalized learning pathways.

    Personalized Learning: Personalized learning is a student centered learning model where students gain more ownership over their learning and more voice with their teacher about how they learn best. This process allows students to have more choice over how they demonstrate their learning. Through developing strong problem solving and critical thinking skills students can create a clear path to competency based learning and skill development.

    ♦ School Safety & Climate:
    When we mention school climate, we're referring to a school's quality and character, along with the values expressed during social interactions. With a Capturing Kids Hearts philosophy reinforced annually, and permeating across the zone, every educator is equipped with specific strategies to help increase our effectiveness with the young people we serve. Our parents must know their children are safe. Our students must feel safe to learn. The importance of ensuring a safe and secure learning environment is universally seen as one the most important indicators to our community.

    Our Marzano High Reliability School certification process allows POWER Zone to continually measure and improve the quality of the cultures, learning structures, and collaborative environments within each school, all with the aim of increased student learning.


     

  • Academic Performance

    Academic Performance

    The demonstration of Knowledge and skills integrated across multiple content areas and driven through personalized learning pathways. 

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    Personalized Learning

    Personalized learning is a student centered learning model where students gain more ownership over their learning and more voice with their teacher about how they learn best. This process allows students to have more choice over how they demonstrate their learning. Through developing strong problem solving and critical thinking skills students can create a clear path to competency based learning and skill development.

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  •  School Climate

    School Safety & Climate

    When we mention school climate, we're referring to a school's quality and character, along with the values expressed during social interactions. With a Capturing Kids Hearts philosophy reinforced annually, and permeating across the zone, every educator is equipped with specific strategies to help increase our effectiveness with the young people we serve.

    Our parents must know their children are safe. Our students must feel safe to learn. The importance of ensuring a safe and secure learning environment is universally seen as one the most important indicators to our community.

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POWER Zone Superintendent

Phone: 719.494.8812

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Dan Snowberger

Dan Snowberger is the POWER Zone superintendent. Dan has worked in public education for the past 36 years, both in the traditional school district and charter school settings.  He has held multiple positions including paraprofessional, teacher, building administrator, and central office administrator.  He has worked in schools in Florida, California, and Colorado.  Prior to joining the D49 community in June 2021, he served as Superintendent of Schools in Durango from 2012-2021. Prior to his term as Superintendent, he served as an Assistant Superintendent in the Harrison School District in southern Colorado Springs.
 
Dan and his wife are excited to join the D49 community.  While their five children are grown, Dan continues to recognize the importance of parents in supporting the educational process and looks forward to getting to know families and students.  Dan is also extremely excited to join the POWER Zone and to lead a dynamic group of educational leaders focused on meeting the needs of its students and ensuring that we prepare students for the challenges of our ever-changing world.  

POWER Zone Schools

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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2016-2017 News in District 49

  • VRHS Graduates Encouraged to "Take Calculated Risk to Build and Dream"

    More than 360 Vista Ridge High School graduates received diplomas May 27 during a commencement ceremony at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

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  • SES Students Set For Summer Reading Success

    Hundreds of students, parents, teachers and community members supported literacy efforts at Stetson Elementary School May 19. The end of year event focused on celebrating student achievement and providing parents with resources for continued literacy efforts during summer break.

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  • Vista Ridge Boys' Track and Field Sprints to Second State Championship

    The Vista Ridge High School Boys' Track and Field Team earns the school’s second state track and field championship May 21 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. The state finals meet was postponed and shortened to two days for the first time in history. The Wolves, led by strong efforts from their sprinters, ran away with the state title, scoring 93.5 points. Air Academy High School in District 20 was second with 58 points.

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  • BOE Honors Senior Set to Earn Associate's Degree and High School Diploma

    “Meleah is the first student in District 49 to complete her Associates of Arts and Business while completing her high school degree at the same time,” said Elisabeth Fisk, Vista Ridge High School concurrent enrollment dean during her introduction. Meleah earned college credit in high school through concurrent enrollment, a program for students to earn free college credits on high school and college campuses while completing high school graduation requirements.

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  • District 49 Special Needs Students Learn Fishing Skills

    Retiring adaptive physical education teacher Bonnie Mendenhall shows Sand Creek High School tenth grader Brendan Ellis,15, how to cast, May 11 at the 10th annual District 49 Fishing Day event for special needs students at Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs.

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2015-2016 News in District 49

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Student Council Members Bring Buddy Bench to RVES

    Fifth-grader Jake Amaya, 11, sits on a “Buddy Bench” May 24 at Ridgeview Elementary School.

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  • 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.

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  • Student Achievement Honored During “Fantastic 49”

    Students from Sand Creek High School, Skyview Middle School and Falcon High School were honored during “Fantastic 49” achievements ahead of a monthly board meeting May 12 in District 49.

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2014-2015 News in District 49

  • VRHS Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Twelfth-graders Louis Quinones, 18, and Elway Tubbs, 18, sign letters of intent May 6 at Vista Ridge High School.

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  • Challenging Mission: To The Moon

    The POWER Zone schools in District 49 focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) ecosystem. Fifth grade students from the gifted program at the zone's three elementary schools visited Challenger Learning Center May 20. The students participated in a mission to a lunar base on the moon.

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  • Student Athletes Accept Awards at Vista Ridge High School

    Twelfth-grader Kellie Mrofcza,17, accepts the alpha award May 12 during the 2015 Athletic Awards Ceremony at Vista Ridge High School.

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  • Students Sign Letters of Intent at VRHS

    Twelfth-graders Malik Hollier,18, and Tyler Hunt,17, prepare to sign letters of intent April 21 at Vista Ridge High School.

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  • Organization Puts "Fun" in Fundraiser, Focusing on Fitness and Character Building

    Fourth-grader Natalya Gibbons, 10, completes laps during a fundraiser April 15 at Ridgeview Elementary School.

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  • Boardrooms to Classrooms: Businesswoman Inspired By Students

    Fourth-grade teacher Becki Sims explains research skills during a writing class April 14 at Ridgeview Elementary School in District 49. It was nearly 10 years ago, when Sims started volunteering in a kindergarten classroom. The experience would change her life, and many others.

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  • RVES Family Opens Little Free Library

    Logan Clemens, 5, checks out reading material at a Little Free Library gathering place April 10 near Ridgeview Elementary School in District 49.

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  • Sims Honored for Earning Teacher Appreciation Scholarship

    Becki Sims, Ridgeview Elementary School fourth grade teacher, describes the moment she found out she had earned a University of Phoenix teacher appreciation scholarship during “Fantastic 49” recognition April 9, ahead of a monthly Board of Education meeting in District 49.

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  • 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.

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  • Families Gather to Explore Science, Inspire Children

    Eleventh-grader Natalie Roman, 17, teaches Nathaniel Jones-Brown, 7, about anatomy during a family science night March 20 at Vista Ridge High School in District 49.

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