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iConnect Zone Overview

The iConnect Zone has reinvented educational environments that inspire individuals’ peak potential. In iConnect, faculty interconnect effective educational systems, which inspire individuals to their learning potential, investigate and implement best educational practices that lead students to success, invest in students by challenging and developing citizens that compete in a global society, invent settings and systems that empower individuals’ learning, leadership and life. The zone strives to inspire individuals with meaningful challenges and surround them with nurturing support to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Online and Blended Learning
  • Credit Recovery
  • Alternative Learning
  • Homeschool Enrichment
  • GED Prep Program, Testing
  • Tuition-free Charter Schools

iConnect Zone Schools

iConnect Zone Superintendent

 Andy Franko

Phone: 719.495.1100

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Andy Franko

Andy Franko continues to serve as head of school at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year. During this time, he is beginning to coordinate with other district leaders and iConnect Zone staff memebers.

Franko has a long tenure in District 49 as an elementary educator, an award-winning coach and high school leader in addition to currently serving as head of school at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy.

iConnect Zone Updates

  • Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning staff members took our annual spring institute training. This year our focus is a constructivist classroom and an integrated-interdisciplinary model. This work leads to revision of our expeditions (curricula). PPSEL leadership team is in Denver on June 6-7 developing their work plan goals for the year. This is accomplished with other leadership of the Mountain Region of Expeditionary Learning. Four PPSEL staff members are scheduled to attend the EL 101 conference in July. This is training for new or newer staff to learn more about our model and begin to align their practices with PPSEL values. The school is beginning to plan its School of Choice Week event for January.
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2014-2015 News

  • VRHS Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Twelfth-graders Louis Quinones, 18, and Elway Tubbs, 18, sign letters of intent May 6 at Vista Ridge High School.

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  • Students Volunteer Time During Summer Workday

    Seventh-grader Bella Fajardo paints the Falcon Homeschool Program logo during a workday July 23.

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  • Teachers of the Year Awarded During ‘Fantastic 49’

    Andrea Aragon, teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School, receives a teacher of the year award June 11 during a Board of Education meeting June 11 in District 49.

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  • Nearly 900 Youth Earn High School Diplomas in District 49

    Nearly 900 youth earned a diploma during the 2014-2015 school year by attending one of the five coordinated high schools in District 49.

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  • Class of 2015: Patriot Learning Center

    Patriot Learning center graduates turn their tassel May 21 during a commencement ceremony.

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  • Grant Propels Learning at PLC

    Paul Austin, science educator at Patriot Learning Center, will use a $4200 Teachers and Technology grant from CenturyLink to purchase a 3D printer. Austin and his students will use the 3D printer to create different propellers in a boat drag racing unit. "Without this grant, there's no way we could do the tinkering phase of the project," said Austin. "It isn't cost effective and there's no way we'd be able to wait for a manufacturer to do that process for us."

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  • Challenging Mission: To The Moon

    The POWER Zone schools in District 49 focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) ecosystem. Fifth grade students from the gifted program at the zone's three elementary schools visited Challenger Learning Center May 20. The students participated in a mission to a lunar base on the moon.

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  • PPSEL Students Present Hundreds of Semester Expeditions

    Kindergartner Cassie Johnson, 6, tells principal Don Knapp that “engineers make machines to make life easier” during a gallery night May 20 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in District 49.

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  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

    "It's a great chance for our kids to be out and compete against other schools," said Kara Woolery, Evans International Elementary School counselor, "They are showing us what they can do and are such upstanding young people. It's a nice way to end the year."

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  • Class of 2015: Falcon Virtual Academy

    Fifty-six students graduated from Falcon Virtual Academy on May 15. This is the last graduating class from FVA as it will evolve into Springs Studio for Academic Excellence during the summer.

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2013-2014 News

  • Hundreds Gather for Patriot Learning Center Commencement

    Graduate Daniella Conway, 18, takes a seat after being awarded a $1,000 Coca-Cola scholarship during a commencement ceremony May 22 at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49.

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  • 51 Honored at FVA Commencement

    Mikaela Lowry, 19, is recognized as Falcon Virtual Academy's first four-year student during a commencement ceremony May 16 at Falcon Virtual Academy in Falcon School District 49.

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  • GED Prep Program Helping to Boost Earnings Potential

    Hillary Dennis of Peyton studies mathematics during a GED prep class Feb. 18, 2014, at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49.

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  • PPSEL Summits in Reading Scores

    Seventh grader Caity Chudzinski, 12, watches classmate Jessie Harvilicz, 11, offer important questions, concerning Marco Polo's journey across the Silk Road hundreds of years ago, Aug. 21, 2013, at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in Falcon School District 49.

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  • RMCA Breaks Ground for New Building

    Sixteen students help break ground Sept. 27, 2013, during a Rocky Mountain Classical Academy ceremony in Colorado Springs.

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