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"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.
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.
Fifth-graders Ricardo Rodriguez, 10, and Caedan McCulloch, 11, inform classmates about water pollution May 13 at Evans International Elementary School.
One of Riley Schroeder's goals is to help others live a happy life.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.