SMS Leadership Updates

  • SMS Lockdown Drill: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 10/8/2019
    Good morning Skyview Middle School family,
     
    District 49's safety and security team selected SMS for a lockdown drill on Tuesday, October 8.
     
    This drill started at approximately 9:45 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.
     
    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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  • Potentially threatening statements by SMS students investigated

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 9/27/2019

    Dear Skyview Middle School Families,

    SMS administrators have worked closely with our law enforcement partners at the Colorado Springs Police Department to complete a thorough investigation of reports of potentially threatening statements made by SMS students. Although we do not believe our students and staff were ever in danger, we are committed to seeing the process through to its appropriate conclusion.

    SMS administrators learned the night of Thursday, Sept. 26 that a student reported seeing two other students passing around firearm ammunition in a classroom; and overheard them making remarks related to a school shooting. Administrators immediately notified CSPD and the D49 safety and security team. Our partners at CSPD contacted one of the students at home Thursday night to investigate the claims, and after speaking to one of the students, determined there was no credible threat, or danger to the school. SMS administrators continued investigating the report at school Friday, Sept. 27. Two students ultimately admitted to making the comments in jest. One of them admitted to having the ammunition at school. Carrying ammunition on campus is a serious violation of our standards for school security. Furthermore, we consider comments like the ones described, even in jest, unacceptable, and take them very seriously.

    We commend the actions of the student who reported a potentially dangerous situation. We do not believe this was a credible threat to SMS and do not believe our students or staff were or are in any danger. SMS administrators will work closely with the CSPD as they document their investigation. SMS administrators will determine the appropriate next steps for the students involved, who are subject to both school and law enforcement consequences. 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 in our partnership 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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  • Temporary lockout at VRHS, SMS, RVES Thursday Feb. 28

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 2/28/2019

    February 28, 2019

    Dear SMS Families,

    On Thursday at approximately 1:20 p.m. our law enforcement partners at the Colorado Springs Police Department informed the D49 Safety and Security team members about an active investigation in neighborhoods near three of our schools. Administrators immediately initiated a lockout status at VRHS, SMS and RVES as police searched the area. Students and staff remained inside the buildings, and the schools restricted visitors, which follows our lockout procedures. Members of our safety and security team also reported to each school as a precaution.

    The CSPD found the person they were searching for approximately 15 minutes after the initial alert, and the lockouts were lifted at 1:35 p.m. All campuses operated as normal during the investigation, and our students and staff are safe. 

    D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our staff, students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We’ll continue to be 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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  • Emergency Drill at SMS Thursday, Jan. 17

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 1/17/2019

    District 49's safety and security team selected SMS for a lockdown drill on Thursday, Jan. 17.

    This drill started at approximately 8:50 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.

    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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  • Skyview Middle School Social Media Rumor

    Posted by Matthew Meister on 4/27/2017 7:45:00 PM

    Dear Skyview Middle School Families,

    You may be aware that a rumor is circulating among the student body at our school, particularly through social media, regarding a threat associated with the dates April 27 or April 28.

    I would like to assure you that there is no substantial credibility to the rumor that has been circulating.

    As you know, the safety of students, staff and visitors on our campus is priority one. It is not negotiable. After learning of the rumor Wednesday evening, April 26, precautionary steps were put in place this morning, including increased presence of school resource officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department. District 49 safety and security team members were also present.

    While the intent was to put students at ease, the additional security worried some of our students and the rumor continued across our student body today. The purpose of this email is to let you know that there is nothing to substantiate the rumor that has been circulating.

    We will continue to receive extra support from the District 49 safety and security team to ensure the safety of our students. We will always operate on heightened alert when issues like this are brought to our attention. Safety is not negotiable at Skyview Middle School.

    Please reassure your child that they are safe at school. Take the opportunity to speak to your child about responsible use of social media and the danger of circulating rumors on digital platforms.

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in helping to maintain a safe campus that creates ample opportunities for student learning.

    Sincerely,

    Cathy Tinucci, principal
    Skyview Middle School

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  • HRS Certification

    Posted by Tammy Kosley on 1/6/2017

    Skyview Middle School achieves Level 1 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools™

    Bloomington, Ind., [December 19, 2016] -  Skyview Middle School is pleased to announce the achievement of Level 1 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools™. Level 1 certification means Skyview Middle School has created a “Safe and Collaborative Culture,” which is the foundation for every level that follows.

    Without such a culture, student achievement will be compromised. Day-to-day school operations are addressed and evaluated in Level 1. The high reliability school (HRS) program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a researchbased five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.

    This framework, based on 40 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become an HRS-where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond. “As you move through the levels, it represents a complete transformation in how schools are run,” says CEO Robert J. Marzano.

    Schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Research analysts in cooperation with school data teams. Using the HRS framework and indicators, schools can drive sustained, positive, and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system.

    About Marzano Research
    Marzano Research is a joint venture between Solution Tree and Dr. Robert J. Marzano. In service to educators, the company synthesizes Dr. Marzano’s scope of educational research, world-renowned for its breadth and depth, into accessible components teachers and principals can use for concrete gains in student learning. Continuous action research ensures Marzano Research strategies are always at the forefront of best practice.

    Contact
    Name: Cathy Tinucci - Principal
    School: Skyview Middle School
    Address: 6350 Windom Peak Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80923
    Phone: 719.495.5566
    Email: ctinucci@d49.org

    Download the High Reliability School Certification (pdf).

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  • Safety Drill Aug. 29

    Posted by Matthew Meister on 8/29/2016

    Good morning Skyview Middle School family,

    District 49's safety and security team selected Skyview Middle School for a lockdown drill Monday, Aug. 29.

    This drill started at approximately 10:55 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.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Meister
    Director of Communications
    District 49

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  • July 25th Incident

    Posted by Tammy Kosley on 7/26/2016 7:30:00 AM

     

    Parents and Guardians of the Skyview Middle School Community,

     

    Some of you may be aware that two adults got into an altercation during student schedule pick-up yesterday.  The two adults had a previous domestic disagreement.  I applaud our administration, parents and law enforcement partners for responding in a swift, timely and appropriate manner to keep our visitors and staff safe.  I am grateful to our first responders for supporting us as they always do in maintaining a safe school environment.

     

    As a school leadership team, we work tirelessly to ensure a safe environment for our students.  Monday's incident was not typical of our school. Fortunately, it was an isolated event and does not reflect the welcoming culture that is true to Skyview.  We work to help our students feel welcome and we are grateful you chose Skyview as the place for them to learn.  I am sincerely apologetic to those families that had to witness and experience this altercation.  I know that your experience at our school will quickly reflect the welcoming atmosphere and positive relationship building that we provide for our students.

     

    Should you have further concerns about the safety of your child, please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    Respectfully,

     

    Catherine Tinucci

    Skyview Middle School

    719-495-5565

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  • Feb. 9 Lockout Information

    Posted by Matthew Meister on 2/9/2016 9:00:00 AM

    Three schools entered a lockout status Feb. 9 in District 49. The lockouts lasted almost 40 minutes, as police activity developed in the POWER Zone area of District 49.

    Starting at 8 a.m., Ridgeview Elementary School went a into lockout status, followed by Skyview Middle School at 8:03 a.m. and Vista Ridge High School at 8:07 a.m. At 8:28 a.m., Imagine Classical Academy Indigo Ranch was the fourth school to enter a lockout status.

    The status decisions were made at the request of the Colorado Springs Police Department, in coordination with the District 49 safety and security team. CSPD alerted district officials that they were responding to several reports of a man walking around with a rifle in the neighborhood.

    The person originally reported as walking around the neighborhood as having a rifle was identified as a Vista Ridge High School student. The student was carrying a soft-shell case containing Vista Ridge High School marching band color guard flags and there is no danger to the community.

    At Ridgeview Elementary School, where the school day begins at 8:50 a.m., parents and students that were arriving were escorted by staff into the school. District 49 safety and security and Colorado Springs Police were stationed on the street near the school monitoring activity. Buses with children in route to Ridgeview Elementary School were held in safe at locations away from the area and dropped students off after the situation was cleared.

    At 8:39 a.m. all four school lockout statutes were lifted, after CSPD officers reported the situation clear and the areas safe. Students continued their classes as scheduled.

    Thanks for your patience and support in keeping our students and staff safe. We appreciate your continued diligence in being alert on and around school campuses and reporting any activity you see that looks suspicious or out of the ordinary.

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  • Skyview Student Passing

    Posted by Matthew Meister on 12/11/2015

    My dearest Skyview family, 

    Our hearts are heavy today. It is with great sadness that I let you know that our Skyview Middle School family has had a significant loss. One of our seventh grade students, Memphis Nelson, passed away suddenly last night. Memphis has been a student in our school district since elementary school and he will be greatly missed.

    Keeping to a schedule often provides comfort and security, and we are doing our best to keep the typical schedule for our students today. When experiencing a loss, people often respond in different ways. Some are visibly upset and crying, some may be quiet and some may not appear impacted at all. We want to support everyone's way of grieving.

    The district crisis response team was activated to our school earlier this morning and will remain available for the remainder of the day for students that need to talk. Students have been instructed to let their teacher now if they need support, and many have already taken advantage of the help.

    As to be expected, this is a very difficult time for our students and staff. Our entire Skyview and District 49 community grieves for this loss.

    Additional resources are available to help you support your child during this time. Information related to helping children with grief is posted on the Skyview Website at http://d49.org/Page/2236. You may also contact the Aspen Pointe Crisis Line (719) 635-7000 and the Crisis Hot-Line at (719) 633-3819 for assistance.

    We will share information about final arrangements once the family finalizes those details. Thank you for your support of our students and staff. Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is any assistance we can provide.

    In comfort,

    Cathy Tinucci

    Principal

    Skyview Middle School

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