Sand Creek Zone Overview


    The plan for Sand Creek Zone schools was developed during the 2016-2017 school year over a number of forums with community members, teachers, students, and parents. Educational leaders across the zone also provided valuable input. In addition, goals were developed in response to staff and parent survey results compiled during the 2016-2017 school year.

    MISSION - Pursuit of Excellence


    Commitment Personalized Paths  Growth Mindset







     Inclusivity Inclusivity  Pride
    Sand Creek Zone Plan
    Think of the Sand Creek Zone plan this way...the vital work we do every day, no matter the assignment, drives student success. Each member of the Sand Creek Zone team engages in service for our learners,. parents, and community in some way, shape, or form. Every staff member helps create a work environment that is healthy and stimulating. Our schools will continue to innovate and grow in purposeful fashion.
    Our goals address four pillars...Student Success, People, Service, and Innovation/Growth. We have defined strategic actions aligned with each of the pillars and goals and measures to assess our performance.

Sand Creek Zone Schools

Sand Creek Zone Superintendent

Phone: 719.495.1177


Degrees and Certifications:

Dustin Horras

Sand Creek Zone Superintendent Dustin Horras has worked in District 49 and the Sand Creek Zone for 27 years, serving the past 9 years as principal of Horizon Middle School. In his time in the SCZ, he's enjoyed a wide variety of assignments, including teacher and later, assistant principal and principal, at Evans Elementary School as well as Dean of Students at Sand Creek High School. Horizon Middle School began its journey with the Renaissance program under Horras' leadership, earning national recognition for its deployment of the framework which recognizes students for their academic accomplishments and good behavior.

“I’m excited to move into this role,” Horras said. “We as a zone want to make sure our focus is on students and achievement. We’ll continue creating a student centered culture where we are thinking about kids and doing what they need.”

Sand Creek Zone Updates

  • Amber Whetstine, learning services executive director, and Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone innovation leader, will present June 2 a full-day workshop for leaders that will focus on providing on-going, specific feedback to all teachers on a weekly basis to improve teaching and learning. All principals, assistant principals and instructional coaches in the zone will learn how to schedule and conduct meaningful teacher observations and feedback sessions throughout the school year.
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2014-2015 News in District 49

  • BOE Honors Schroeder For Awards, Recognitions, Distinctions

    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.

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  • Students Share Interactive Projects During IB Exhibition

    Fifth-graders Ricardo Rodriguez, 10, and Caedan McCulloch, 11, inform classmates about water pollution May 13 at Evans International Elementary School.

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  • Remington Students Shine in Beauty and the Beast

    Lana Arends, fifth grade, performs as Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr. May 7 at Remington Elementary School.

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  • Science Teachers for the Day

    Eighth-grader Amber Muehlhausen, 13, teaches a lesson about reflection and refraction May 7 at Evans International Elementary School.

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  •  Gazette Section B. April 29, 2015.

    Gazette Best and Brightest: Riley Schroeder, Sand Creek High School

    One of Riley Schroeder's goals is to help others live a happy life.

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  •  Dallo Fall

    RES Families Explore Cultures, Celebrate Diversity

    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.

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  • Growing A Better World In Their Own Backyard

    "The students' dream is take what they are learning at the YWAM aquaponics facility to build one for Care and Share to serve southern Colorado," said Todd Matia, SCHS engineering instructor.

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  •  Anne Flemke

    Preschool Families Explore Science Ideas for Summer Fun

    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.

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  • Students With Special Needs Sharpen Warrior Skills

    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.”

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  • Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Twelfth-grade athletes sign letters of intent April 16 at Sand Creek High School.

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