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 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.
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.
- 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.
Falcon Zone Schools
Falcon Zone Leader
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I am truly honored and excited to be the Falcon Zone Superintendent! The zone’s firm foundation of tradition intertwined with innovation provides a great springboard for us to continue to learn, work, and lead and truly be a strong piece of the district’s focus on being the best choice in education.
From my early roots of teaching secondary English/Language Arts, I always desired to ensure that ALL students were provided the best education possible. This yearning eventually launched me into school leadership spanning from assistant principal to superintendent roles. My leadership work began in a neighboring rural district to D49, and I’m so pleased to return to the eastern side of the Pikes Peak region—it really is like coming back home.
I completed my undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Educational Leadership from UCCS. My passion continues to be impacting students in phenomenal ways through working with and coaching building principals. My vision for Falcon Zone is to better engage students in innovative and meaningful learning so they are prepared for successful careers and lives in a world we can’t yet imagine!
With a heart for relationship building and growth, I look forward to partnering with staff, students, parents, and the Falcon Zone community to achieve the greatness each of our students deserves!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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.
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.
Fourth-grader Conner Ury, 10 competes against teacher Katherine Kessler March 19 during a student teacher basketball game.
Twelfth-grader Jeffrey Brosious, 17, performs push-ups during the JROTC Physical Training Competition March 14 hosted by Falcon High School.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.