FESoT Leadership Updates

  • FESoT Lockdown Drill: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 10/9/2019

    October 9, 2019

    Good afternoon Falcon Elementary School of Technology family,
     
    District 49's safety and security team selected FESoT for a lockdown drill Wednesday, October 9.
     
    This drill started at approximately 1:00 p.m. as part of ongoing efforts to continuously strengthen our safety procedures. Drills like this help your school maintain a safe atmosphere and remain prepared in case of an emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, you would be notified via a phone message, text, and/or email.
     
    Please take this opportunity to review and update the emergency contact information you have registered in parent portal.
     
    Please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director, with any questions.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications  
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  • Toy Pellet Gun Discovered on FESoT Monday, Sept. 30

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 9/30/2019
    September 30, 2019
     
    Dear Falcon Elementary Families, 
     
    At the end of the school day Monday afternoon a first-grade student told a teacher a fellow student brought a realistic looking toy-pellet gun to campus. The teacher immediately notified FESoT administrators who in turn reached out to the D49 safety and security team along with our law enforcement partners at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. We do not believe the student intended to threaten, or harm, students or staff. 
     
    D49 commends the quick action of the FESoT student who reported a potentially dangerous situation. Although we do not believe this was intended as a threat, and do not believe our students or staff are in danger, we take these matters very seriously. FESoT administrators are working with EPSO to determine the appropriate next steps for the student involved.  
     
    D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We thank you for your trust, understanding and support in this matter. The safety of students, families and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable; we will remain proactive and partner with local law enforcement to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner. 
     
    Sincerely,
     
    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications
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  • Handgun Discovered Thursday in Student's Backpack, September 26

    Posted by Samantha Dosen on 9/26/2019

    September 26, 2019

     

    Dear Falcon Elementary Families, 

     

    FESoT and the D49 safety and security team are currently working with our law enforcement partners at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the discovery Thursday morning of a small caliber handgun in the backpack of a FESoT student. We want to assure you the firearm has been secured, and that students and staff are safe.

     

    At the start of school Thursday the first-grade student showed a staff member a single round. The staff member immediately notified FESoT administrators who called both EPSO and D49 safety and security. The student was removed from class, and a search of the student’s backpack revealed a handgun that had a single round from a different caliber firearm in the chamber. The student told administrators he did not want to hurt anyone, and we do not believe the student intended to threaten, or harm, students or staff. EPSO will conduct a thorough investigation into how the student obtained the handgun. 

     

    D49 commends the quick action of the FESoT staff to identify and respond to a potentially dangerous situation. Although we do not believe this was intended as a threat, and do not believe our students or staff are in danger, we are committed to investigating this situation completely and will determine the appropriate next steps for the student involved. D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We thank you for your trust, understanding and support in this matter. The safety of students, families and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable; we will remain proactive and partner with local law enforcement to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner.

    Sincerely,

    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications


     

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  • FESoT Lockdown Drill: Dec. 11, 2018

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 12/11/2018

    Good afternoon Falcon Elementary School of Technology family,

     

    District 49's safety and security team selected FESoT for a lockdown drill on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

     

    This drill started at approximately 2:00 p.m. as part of ongoing efforts to continuously strengthen our safety procedures. Drills like this help your school maintain a safe atmosphere and remain prepared in case of an emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, you would be notified via a phone message, text, and/or email.

     

    Please take this opportunity to review and update the emergency contact information you have registered in parent portal.

     

    Please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director, with any questions.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    David Nancarrow

    Director of Communications

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  • New Secure Front Entry Construction to Begin May 30

    Posted by Matthew Meister on 5/2/2017

    Building Our Future Community Logo Voter approval of ballot issue 3B in November 2016 funds District 49's Building Our Future Community plan. The four priorities established in the ballot language includes investment to refresh and refurbish each existing school in the district.

    This priority two investment includes $1,039,500 for Falcon Elementary School of Technology. Construction to create a new secure front entry to the school will begin immediately after the school year ends.

    As part of this project, a new flow of traffic into the school will be created. After passing through a new canopied entryway, visitors to the school will enter a secure, but welcoming reception area.

    Reworked office spaces will increase efficiency in front office operations, while new carpet, LED lights and paint will create a comfortable space for students, parents and staff.

    Architecture plans for the FESoT new secure front entry and office.

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  • Early Release and Water Leak Follow Up Message

    Posted by Malinda Keck on 12/6/2016 1:45:00 PM

    Greetings,

    As you know, a water leak in our school required an early release today, Dec. 6. Situations like this put us all out of normal routines and can create stress and anxiety for you as parents and guardians, students and staff.

    I apologize for any burden that our early release caused in your work day or any plans that had to be changed as a result of no running water in the building.

    Thank you for your quick response, patience and support today. It is yet another reminder of how wonderful our Falcon Elementary School of Technology family is.

    The District 49 facilities team has been on site responding to the leak with clean-up and repair efforts continuing as I write. They have promised that repairs will be complete and school will continue as scheduled tomorrow - although, we’ll see what happens with weather.

    Thanks again for your understanding and collaboration in running through emergency pickup and bus procedures today, I am grateful for your continued partnership.

    Warmly,

    Malinda Keck

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  • FESoT Under Early Release After Water Pipe Burst

    Posted by Matt Meister on 12/6/2016

    Main Takeaways

    • Water Pipe Leak Near Library
    • Early Release Protocols Initiated
    • Emergency Release Preferences Used
    • Regular Day Expected Tomorrow


    School administrators initiated early release procedures Dec. 6 at Falcon Elementary School of Technology. The emergency response was due to a water pipe burst in the ceiling near the library.

    The burst occurred at 11 a.m., and an early release was announced by Principal Malinda Keck at 11:15 a.m. The school day was scheduled to release at its regular time, 3:40 p.m. However, a loss in water pressure, and area water damage, required the early release.

    Early release procedures will occur as parents and buses arrive. District 49 bus drivers have started responding to the school. Students will depart on the bus if their parents’ emergency release preferences requested it.

    Bus transportation began arriving by noon. Parents or guardians who’d prefer to pick up their student may respond to the school with proper identification.

    Due to temperatures around 21-degrees Fahrenheit, the school’s administration is attempting to contact parents, as a means to verify students will have access to a warm building. The school's administration will send follow up notifications.

    Champions afterschool program was canceled.

    Parents who would like to change their transportation preference during emergency releases, or are unsure about their currently selected preferences, should call the school 719-495-5272.

    Ahead of the early release, the school’s front office team was expecting a high volume of calls, and finding additional staff to help answer the phones.

    A regular school day schedule is expected tomorrow, Dec. 7.

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  • Security Activity Aug. 31

    Posted by Kayla Maldonado on 8/31/2016

    Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to maintain a safe school environment. A situation today presents an important opportunity to emphasize the need to report anything suspicious on or around our campus. Please report any suspicious activities to our school’s front office faculty or the district’s safety and security team.

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    Students and faculty went into a lockdown status due to a visitor seeking access without an authorized reason Aug. 31 at Falcon Elementary School of Technology in District 49.

    While the visitor was confronted by the school’s administration around 2 p.m., the school was placed on lockdown to close off classrooms. They locked external doors and transitioned to a lockout status after the principal quietly escorted the individual outside and watched him leave.

    The lockdown lasted roughly 5 minutes and had a minimal effect on the school day. The lockout was lifted at about 2:30 p.m. The school’s faculty followed the appropriate procedures for the situation, according to Dave Watson, safety and security director. They also kept their students calm and focused on learning.

    The school day ended at 3:40 p.m. with a typical release protocol.

    Responding to the school’s emergency call, the district’s safety and security team arrived and surveyed the area. Deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office intercepted the visitor’s vehicle, away from the school, and conducted an interview as part of an investigation.

    Last week, the same person was reported to the school’s front office by several parents explaining a suspicious vehicle in the area. District 49’s safety and security team contacted the driver, and informed him that a return would be considered criminal trespassing. They provided deputies with a description of the man and vehicle.

    If you have any questions regarding today’s events, contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director. He is best reached via email at
    dwatson@d49.org.

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  • Lockdown Drill Aug. 30

    Posted by Kayla Maldonado on 8/30/2016

    Good morning Falcon Elementary School of Technology family,

    District 49's safety and security team selected Falcon Elementary School of Technology  for a lockdown drill Tuesday, Aug. 30.

    This drill started at approximately 10:30 a.m. as part of ongoing efforts to continuously strengthen our safety procedures. Drills like this help your school maintain a safe atmosphere and remain prepared in case of an emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, you would be notified via a phone message, text, and/or email, like this one.

    Please take this opportunity to review and update the emergency contact information you have registered in parent portal.

    Please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director, with any questions at dwatson@d49.org

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  • Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

    Posted by Malinda Keck on 7/29/2016

    Hello Fabulous FESoT Families,

    Welcome back to school! I hope each of you had a fabulous summer. I can't wait to see all of you again. If you are new to our FESoT family, we welcome you and we are so glad you are here. Falcon Elementary School of Technology is a wonderful place to be. This is my 6th year as principal at FESoT and I am proud to serve you and your precious children. I am also blessed to work alongside a wonderful Assistant Principal, Aimee Crespin, and together we are focused on student achievement and student safety. Our mission at FESoT is 700% of the students, 100% of the time. This mission is rooted in our philosophy that as a staff we are committed to ensure all students succeed in all areas.

    We have new staff members to announce this year as well as some staff members that have moved to new positions.


    Please stop by and say hello to these new and familiar faces and welcome them to our school or to their new role.

    Please note that our school hours are from 8:30-3:40. The school day begins at 8:30 and the earliest that students can be dropped off is 8:15 a.m. Please do not drop off your children any earlier than 8:15. We do offer breakfast again this year and students can certainly go into the cafeteria as early as 8:15 to eat. Champions is at our building again this year and they offer before school as well as after school care. It is imperative that you pre-register your child/children if you are considering this option so please contact them at 719.272.1546 or www.discoverchampions.com.

    As a technology school, we are proud to have a 1 :1 iPad model in our building for our 1st - 5th grade students and a 1 :3 model for Kindergarten. Our students are learning in a technology centered world and as educators we are charged with ensuring that we are giving our students the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century. Our iPad implementation supports this charge and we are fortunate to be able to put it into action. In addition, we have a new position in place this year, PBL or Project Based Learning. Mr. Torrez has taken on this role, which is geared toward supporting students and staff with technology integration.

    Our Boy Scout Troop along with the support of Mr. Bobby Odom have built an awesome "Little Free Library" for our school. It is located in the front of the school by the picnic table. This library will be filled with free books that you and your child can take home and keep. You are welcome to add books to the "Little Free Library" as well; however that is not necessary. This is a resource to ensure that students are reading every chance they get. We are so excited about this new concept!

    To conclude, Mrs. Crespin and I are looking forward to another great year at FESoT. As a school, we are committed to ensuring your students receive an excellent education here at FESoT. For additional information regarding procedures and information about our school, please refer to our FESoT Family Handbook which is on our website under "school info". Thank you again for all of your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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