About Skyview Middle School
Skyview Middle School, located in the POWER Zone at 6350 Windom Peak Boulevard in Colorado Springs, is an exciting learning environment that supports the zone's mission and values. The zone's middle school includes many opportunities for students to take power over their learning while promoting middle school excellence.The Skyview Middle School team believes:
- All students will learn and must be given opportunities for success.
- All students are encouraged to take risks, grow as individuals, and become productive citizens.
- Every person will be treated with dignity and respect.
- Students, staff, and parents are accountable to uphold high expectations of academic excellence and social responsibility.
- Students, staff, and parents must be actively involved.
The staff provides a science, technology, engineering and math educational focus using a highly engaging curriculum, inquiry learning, and a 21st century building. At Skyview Middle School, students are encouraged and supported in multiple avenues of technology access. Opportunities are available for interactive learning providing students and teachers with Smart Board technology and interdisciplinary units in the classroom. Some also participate in the a one-to-one tablet program using iPads as interactive learning tools. A new math program is aligned with common core math standards creating a more rigorous program of study. Students also participate in Challenger Mission Science Expeditions and innovative field trips.
Teachers in varying content areas make real world connections, for example, correlating history lessons with discussions of current events and showcasing their findings by creating online digital posters using Glogster. Students explore different cultures by creating Greek masks and writing their own myths. Hands on adventures in cartography, puppetry, designing graphic novels and creating art using math skills incorporates interdisciplinary learning skills.
Staff members lead by example, many actively pursuing and achieving higher levels of certification to offer different programs for students. The school's has several teachers who are career and technical education certified and others working on science, technology, engineering, and math certification. Additionally, several teachers are National Board Certified, a career distinction. Educators share their professional skills with the next generation of teachers through the UCCS Teach program.
Skyview Middle School has many activities for students including robotics, engineering, theater, music and athletic programs.
Community members are welcome to share their expertise with students and become active partners in the learning environment. The Colorado Springs fire and police departments, Pikes Peak Library District, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Schriever Air Force Base have all shared their time and talents. Community member support is actively sought through the School Accountability Committee and Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Students also support their community through service projects and fundraising drives.An Overview of Skyview Middle School from Skyview Broadcasting
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
♦ Ownership of learning
♦ Whole child-student concept
♦ Engaging inquiry and
♦ Respectful relationships
POWER Zone Focus
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.
Prepare, Engage, EmPOWER...The POWER Zone Difference.
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.
♦ 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.
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.
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.
Portfolio of Schools
District 49 will create a robust portfolio of distinct and exceptional schools. It’s not enough just to have a bunch of different kinds of schools; the district needs to have high quality, exceptional schools. District 49 strives to offer wonderful schools in all of its zones, schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor. If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together. District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks. These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.
Skyview Middle School Facts & History
Inaugural Year (2000-2001)
- Opened with 450 students
- Capacity 600
- Only field was football field
- No houses around for miles
- 41 staff members including all administrators, counselors, custodians, kitchen staff and paraprofessionals
- 1 bus for students
October 2006 New Addition
- Added 42,000 square feet to core building
- Capacity 900
- Weight room
- Auxiliary gym
- New band and choir rooms
- 15 new classrooms
- Conference rooms
Current Statistics and Programs
- Enrollment: 1,050 students
- Capacity: 900 students
- SSN and SIED programs
- Only middle school consumer family studies program in the district
- Broadcasting and media production program
- Gateway to technology program
- Eight-room pod outside
- Rated "high" on report card
- Positive behavior support program
- Year 2000: 88,000 sq ft.
- Year 2006-Today: 130,000
- Modular buildings: 14,040 each; total: 70,200 square feet
- Total school square footage for all: 200,200 square feet