Falcon Zone Overview

Falcon Zone has a strong tradition that dates back to 1900. That tradition carries on today with five highly successful schools. Falcon Zone offers the following programs: Academy of Health Sciences, Academy of Finance, Academy of Information and Technology, Air Force JROTC, FBLA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Student-to-Student program and many others. The zone offers more than 20 advanced placement and CU Succeed classes. Its schools have performed well on CSAP and ACT. Falcon Zone prides itself on offering students a sound, fundamental and comprehensive education.
  • Information Technology Academy
  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Finance Academy
  • Air Force Junior ROTC
  • Vocational Classes

Trust, Compassion, Integrity

Falcon Zone achieves excellence through a collective responsibility for student learning. All members of the Falcon Zone community must feel respected, accepted and valued as we work together for students. By placing the focus on learning in every classroom, we make academic success a priority for all students. Through effective professional learning communities and collaboration with all stakeholders, in Falcon Zone:
  • We learn by using data analysis to drive instruction, resulting in academic growth for all students.
  • We work by providing excellent research based instruction.
  • We lead by empowering and growing people through targeted and focused professional development.

Balanced Enrollment in Falcon Zone Elementary Schools

Falcon Zone Balanced Enrollment
Falcon Zone schools — Falcon Elementary School of Technology, Meridian Ranch Elementary School, Woodmen Hills Elementary School, Falcon Middle School and Falcon High School — are bustling with newly built homes and new families moving in on a daily basis. Class sizes in some grade levels at Falcon Elementary School of Techology and Meridian Ranch Elementary School are nearing and reaching student numbers that begin to be detrimental to an ideal learning environment. Conversely, there is available seat space at Woodmen Hills Elementary School for the time being. Having classrooms with high student-to-teacher ratios at one school, while another sits with available spaces is not the most ideal situation for effective student learning.
Depending on grade level, new Falcon Zone students will attend Woodmen Hills Elementary School, even though it is not within their natural attendance area, or “home neighborhood” school. The growth in our community presents both opportunities and challenges for all of us. The Falcon Zone leadership team is committed to giving all students an equal opportunity for learning and success.
How is enrollment balanced?
The Falcon Zone administrative assistant, Trish Burley, monitors enrollment during the summer, as well as quarterly throughout the school year. As students join the district, elementary school principals collaborate to place them in schools and classrooms based on class sizes. Mrs. Burley notifies parents as soon as possible, after they complete the central enrollment process, regarding each child’s school placement. 
  • A student may be returned to the school in the natural attendance area, if an opening occurs during the first two weeks of the school year (August 4-14, 2015), based on the child’s official date/order of enrollment. We value children having the opportunity to attend their “home neighborhood” school whenever possible. 
  • During the process, Ms. Burley will ask parents if they want to be contacted later (after the initial two-week start) during the school year for a possible relocation to the home neighborhood school, as spaces become available.  If parents indicate they do not want to be called during the school year, then they give up their current place in line on the waiting list to return for the current school year, and the balanced enrollment process will begin again for them the following year. 
  • If parents want to be notified of an opening during the school year, then Ms. Burley will call on a quarterly basis. Children will have the option to return, where openings exist, at the end of each quarter.
Our Promise
We care for students in the same special way, regardless of whether or not they are attending their natural attendance area school. Every teacher, every administrator, and every support staff member will treat all children with love and respect.

Falcon Zone Schools

Falcon Zone Superintendent

Dr. Julia Roark



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Dr. Julia Roark

Dr. Julia Roark died in a tragic accident April 8 while riding her bicycle in Falcon Zone. The following words were written by Peter Hilts, chief education officer in remembrance of the person Dr. Roark was and the impact she made on students, families and staff in District 49.

As our district endures a horrible season of loss and uncertainty, it has been comforting to remind ourselves of the powerful impact a committed educator can have on colleagues and students.

We first heard about Julia Roark when she applied to be superintendent of a school district a little north of here. Several of us knew people who were finalists for that job, so we read the articles and reviewed the resumes that were posted online. It was pretty clear to us that their top candidate should be an assistant superintendent from Aspen named Julia Roark. Well, fortunately for us, they chose a different leader.

One year later, we met Dr. Roark when she applied to lead the Falcon Zone. We got excited. When we saw her perform through a gauntlet of panel interviews and timed tasks, we got very excited. By the end of the day we saw six candidates, but no competition. Julia was the brightest prospect of the bunch and we were thrilled when she agreed to come and lead the Falcon Zone. We knew we had a leader who was going to make us better—we just had no idea how much light she would bring to our lives.

Julia brought light to all she did and everyone she served. In education, we often talk about the aha moment when the light comes on and you have a flash of understanding. Well, with Julia it wasn’t a flash because the light was always on. She wasn’t just well educated—making her smart; she was also well experienced, making her wise. When she studied something, Julia learned all the things and quickly became an expert. When she first came to District 49, Julia came to me, somewhat sheepishly, and said she would need to miss one of our first leadership meetings. She had a prior commitment to attend a training in Alaska. What she didn’t say was, “I’m a national leader for cognitive coaching and there are dozens of school districts counting on me to come and lead their training.” She could have said that, but she didn’t. One of Julia’s defining characteristics was humility. She never drew attention to herself or her accomplishments. When I visited her office this week, Julia’s degrees and diplomas were literally stacked on a side desk gathering dust. Somehow she never got around to posting her own credentials. What was displayed were a poster about kindness, a book about happiness, some Dr. Suess artwork, lots of pictures of her children Austin and Alex, and a big framed glossy of her husband Greg front and center.

Instead of resting on her past accomplishments, Julia doubled up on learning about our district, and brought years of leadership to serve the principal team in the Falcon Zone. Her principals would tell you that Julia rarely planned anything that began with “I” it was always “We” except when she said, “How can I help?” If you messaged Julia with a problem or crisis, she didn’t call back—she drove over. She walked in the door and asked, “How are you doing? How can I help?” Last night, after we learned about the tragic death of Michael Finley, I needed to call Julia. We could always depend on her best when we were at a loss. Like the light she embodied, Julia brought warmth and insight. Imagine walking down a dark path, stumbling, uncertain, tentative…leadership is like that sometimes when problems and crises take you past your experience. But that’s just when we appreciated Julia’s light the most. She illuminated our understanding with her careful questions—reminding us to pause and reflect.

Last summer, Julia lived out that philosophy on a long climb up our local landmark. As part of a district event, a bunch of teachers and parents, administrators and board members gathered for a symbolic climb up Pikes Peak. Julia was fully capable of lacing up her bright orange trail shoes and zipping up the mountain, but she didn’t. Instead, she joined me and others in the final group (we were the ones planning a “deliberate” pace) and spent the next 10 hours encouraging our progress. One friend was moving on pace, but as the air got thin, doubt crept in. Julia said, “Just 50 steps more. You don’t have to climb the whole mountain, just 50 steps more. You can make it 50 steps, you can do this.” With her encouragement, that climber and our whole group, turned 50 steps into 500. Then 500 steps into 5 miles, and eventually we ran out of mountain and celebrated at the summit. That’s exactly Julia’s greatness. She’d walk alongside you until you ended up doing more than you knew was possible. Her personal warmth and professional wisdom enlightened our lives and made us all better. As sunlight brings life, Julia helped us come alive.

No matter if you called her Julie or Julia, Dr. Roark or Mom, you knew when you called on Julia she’d be there. We will miss Julia deeply and often. This loss is not something we will get over or move past. It is our new and painful reality. But, I encourage us all to remember that Julia left a hole in our hearts, but not a shadow. The light she brought is reflected in each one of us. The best way to honor her legacy is to live as she lived—in the light.

Each morning in Colorado Springs, the sun will rise and Pikes Peak will glow. We see the sun about 300 days a year. So every sunset when you see our sun and Pikes Peak in the sky together—think of Julia. Remember her strength to encourage us all, “just 50 steps more.” Remember the light she brought to our darkness and the light that showed us a new way. May the life she lived be an inspiration to the lives we touch.

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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  • Dr. Julia Roark is the new Falcon Zone superintendent. She most recently served as Assistant Superintendent for Aspen School District in Colorado, from 2010 - 2015. Prior to that Julia was a Principal Mentor and Professional Development Specialist, as well as a school principal in New Mexico. In her 32 years as an educator across four states, in addition to her experiences as a school administrator, she has been a classroom teacher, coordinator for gifted students’ programming, instructional coach, and graduate and undergraduate level college instructor.

    Julia earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. She then went on to achieve her Doctor of Education degree from University of Northern Colorado in K-12 Reading Education, as well as completing principal and administrator licensure programs through University of Phoenix and University of Colorado - Colorado Springs.

    Dr. Roark is excited about the opportunity to lead, and further enhance the innovation, collaboration and excellence already in place. She looks forward to working closely with the staff, the families and the overall community in the Falcon Zone.

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2014-2015 News

  • Father Shares Why Son’s Teacher Deserves Awards, Recognition

    Patrick Jewell, father of second-grader Brett Jewell, 8, shares his appreciation for significant support needs teacher Dawnise Sandwick of Falcon Elementary School of Technology during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49. Jewell wrote a nomination for Sandwick to receive a teacher appreciation scholarship from the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association.

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  • FHS Students Honored At Annual Year-End Awards

    Matthew Wentz, FHS class of 2015 salutatorian, was presented with an appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point during the annual ceremony. Wentz was also honored with a Coca-Cola scholarship, recognition from the American Chemical Society and named as outstanding senior student by the FHS business department May 5.

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  • Students Sign Letters of Intent at FHS

    Twelfth-grade student athletes signed letters of intent May 5 at Falcon High School.

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  • Family Science Experiments At WHES Made Possible By Falcon Education Foundation

    "I would really like to thank the Falcon Education Foundation for the opportunity and the huge grant that they awarded our school," said Paula Hinson, WHES project based learning instructor and GT coordinator. "The impact of that grant on what these kids are learning is huge."

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  • One School, One Book

    "One book, one school," a major initiative of Falcon Elementary School of Technology during the spring semester culminated with a school wide viewing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on April 23. More than 300 students and family members attended the event, a celebration for parents, teachers, staff and students all reading the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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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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  • Students Compete Against Teachers in Basketball Fundraiser

    Fourth-grader Conner Ury, 10 competes against teacher Katherine Kessler March 19 during a student teacher basketball game.

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  • JROTC Students Compete, Strengthen Relationships during PT Event

    Twelfth-grader Jeffrey Brosious, 17, performs push-ups during the JROTC Physical Training Competition March 14 hosted by Falcon High School.

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  • Jones Honored by BOE For Presidential Volunteer Service Award

    Eleventh-grader Rileigh Jones, 16, of Falcon High School explains how she earned a Presidential Volunteer Service Award during “Fantastic 49” recognition March 12, ahead of a monthly Board of Education meeting in District 49.

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  • HOSA Students Provide Valentine’s Day Focus on Heart Health

    Meridith Jensen, a dispatcher and trainer for the El Paso Teller County E-911 Authority, explains how to use an automated external defibrillator Feb. 14 during hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation training at Falcon High School in District 49. The CPR training was part of student-led weekend activities, called “Pump It Up Falcon,” which focused on heart health.

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2013-2014 News

  • Education Secretary Collaborates in Colorado for Military Children

    “Nervous but excited,” said 10th grader Leah Petrie, standing May 9 along the hallways at Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49. Soon, she’d help influence public education’s support for military children.

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  • District 49 BOE Honors HOSA Students at 'Fantastic 49'

    Eleventh grader Adrienne DeBauche, 17, discusses qualifying for the Health Occupations Students of America national leadership conference during a Board of Education meeting May 8 in Falcon School District 49.

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  • District 49 BOE Honors Falcon High School CyberPatriot Team

    Dave Shiller, president of the Air Force Association Lance P. Sijan Chapter, recognizes Falcon High School CyberPatriot students for their state placements during a Board of Education meeting May 8 in Falcon School District 49.

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  • S2S Leaders Host Month of the Military Child Activities

    Eleventh grader Austin Worbington, 17, finishes 124 pushups, while motivated by Staff Sgt. Bobby Martin, a combat engineer assigned to the Colorado Springs Recruiting Company, along with several soldiers from 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, during Month of the Military Child activities April 17 at Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49.

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  • Falcon Middle School Rallies Ahead of TCAP

    Seventh grader Tyler Weeda, 13, blindly guides principal Brian Smith in compiling a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during a motivational assembly Feb. 28, 2014, at Falcon Middle School in Falcon School District 49.

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