Sand Creek Zone Overview

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    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.
  • Pillar: Student Success

    Student success is the first pillar of the Sand Creek Zone plan. The goals for student success are addressed through four strategic initiatives and are measured through a large number assessments that can be made on an annual basis. Click for the goals, initiatives and measures for student success.

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  • Pillar: People

    Our people are integral to our pursuit of excellence through our vision of commitment, personalized paths, having a growth mindset, inclusivity, heart and pride in who we are and what we do. This pillar is focused on effective communication, engagement and building a world-class team in Sand Creek zone.

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  • Pillar: Service

    As a pillar of the Sand Creek Zone plan, service is a commitment to our community. It's a commitment to students, parents and taxpayers that we are getting the most out of the investment made in our schools, people and programs and that we are operating efficiently.

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  • Pillar: Innovation & Growth

    Born as a formal innovation zone with the Colorado Department of Education, Sand Creek Zone is committed to innovation, driving continuous improvement in all we do. We understand innovation will drive learning in individual students and growth in enrollment.

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2017-2018 News

  • Sand Creek High Celebrates Class of 2018

    Sand Creek High School graduates and family members waited to enter the World Arena late afternoon on Saturday, May 26, 2018 for the Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony. 274 Sand Creek seniors received their diploma on Saturday.

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  • Seniors Take A Walk Through Education

    On Wednesday, May 9th, Seniors from Sand Creek traveled to all zone elementary and middle schools to revisit their beginnings in education and to inspire our up and coming scorpions to strive for the best and get to graduation

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  • HMS Fine Arts Gala Showcases Student Talent

    Orchestra teacher Karen Leonhardt directs sixth-grade students, March 15, at the Horizon Middle School Fine Arts Gala.

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  • HMS Club Fosters Holiday JOI

    “We believe in the importance of developing empathy, service, and leadership,” said Heather Ullrich, language arts teacher and JOI club sponsor. “In addition to many grade-level, school-wide, and classroom-focused service projects, our Junior Optimist International club is for students who want to further develop their service and leadership skills.”

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  • Wildcat Week of Thanks

    "Each grade level adopts an organization in the community and gives donations to it as part of our International Baccaleaureate action to the community," said Lisa Hartman, counselor at EIES. "The idea is so show these organizations that we see what they do in the community, we appreciate them, and we recognize the importance that they make."

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  • Military Service Members Honored at Horizon Middle School

    Students and staff filled the gymnasium at Horizon Middle School on Thursday, Nov. 9 to honor family members representing all five United States military branches. The Veterans Day event commenced with over 50 veterans entering the gym to a standing ovation from the students, staff, and visitors in attendance.

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  • Community Races to Health, Wellness at First-Ever D4.9K Run/Walk

    Students, staff and family members of all ages hit the trail to wellness at the first D4.9K Run/Walk, Sat., Nov. 4 at Stetson Elementary School. The event sold out with 499 participants registered for the new race that took runners and walkers down the Sand Creek Trail behind the school.

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  • Heart of Students Create Hurricane Harvey Help Through Hats, No Homework

    Touched by images and stories of struggle and loss in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey, third-graders at Evans International Elementary School in District 49 organized a fundraiser to help.

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  • Sand Creek High School Homecoming, Celebrating Twenty Years

    Sand Creek High School students, staff, parents and alumni celebrated homecoming activities Sept. 22. Prior to the football game, alumni and former staff gathered in recently built new learning spaces to reminisce and celebrate the beginning of the school in 1997. Current students and staff members participated in the annual chili cook-off in the parking lot.

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  • Students Explore Expansive Choices at College and Career Fair

    District 49 eighth graders discovered job and educational opportunities at the College and Career Fair that was hosted in conjunction with School District 11 Sept. 15 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

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  • Student Takes a Sledgehammer to SCHS During Summer Internship

    Eli Hawkins, 18, a Sand Creek High School twelfth-grader, kicked off his senior year by taking a sledgehammer to the school. As part of an internship with Nunn Construction, the general contractor for a major voter-approved 3B remodel at the school, Eli was part of the team that demolished a number of older style classrooms to create bright, collaborative new learning spaces.

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  • Mustangs Master Smoke and Fire Safety in 911 Mobile Classroom

    “They loved having the 911 dispatchers bring their trailer out to teach them what to do during emergency situations,” said Michele Meegan, first grade teacher at Remington Elementary School. “It's so important for kids to learn this skill at an early age and we are thankful we could set up this opportunity for them to practice.”

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  • Schools Battle on the Gridiron, Come Together to Remember 9/11

    Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets from Sand Creek High School and Vista Ridge High School joined together Sept. 8 to remember the anniversary of 9/11 and honor first responders prior to a football game between the two schools.

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  • Student Experience: Sand Creek High School Football

    Whether in the stands, the marching band, the concession stand, as a cheerleader, or on the field, Sand Creek High School students experience Friday night lights a number of different ways Sept. 8 during a home football game against Vista Ridge High School.

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  • News 5: Eclipse viewing party and science lesson at Springs Ranch Elementary

    KOAA News5 joined students, staff and parents at Springs Ranch Elementary School for the solar eclipse Aug. 21. Outbursts from students like, "You have got to see this," and "awesome" were heard across the playground. "That's the sound of learning right there," said Principal Jim Kyner, "We want our learners excited, to be thirsty to learn more."

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2017-2018 News SCHS

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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2016-2017 News

  • Kids Win With Soccer Kick Around

    Kids from the Evans International Elementary School neighborhood scored big by learning the basics of soccer at a “kick around” hosted by the Southeast Springs Soccer Initiative at the school June 19.

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  • SCHS Graduates Prepare For Next Chapter As ‘World Changers’

    Sand Creek High School graduates prepare for a commencement ceremony May 27 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

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  • Nearly 100 Students Participate in RES Continuation Ceremony

    Hunter Romero, 11, walks back to his seat May 25 after receiving the Dave Pratt Citizenship Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Remington Elementary School student. The award was named after Pratt, a former Colorado Springs Police Department officer when he conducted the D.A.R.E. program in the 1990s. Pratt currently serves as a safety and security specialist in District 49.

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  • Graduates in Caps and Gowns Encourage Excellence

    Members of the Sand Creek High School Class of 2017 visited elementary and middle schools in caps and gowns May 17 to thank former teachers and inspire younger students. Some of the young studentes gave high fives while others shook hands or waved signs. "Congratulations," said one young student. "Good luck in college," yelled another.

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  • SCHS Students Share a Passion for Learning

    Sharing your passion with an engaged audience is part of the culture at Sand Creek High School. Sophomores in the Primary Years Programme and honors classes participate in the annual design expo with seniors from the Project Lead the Way program.

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2015-2016 News

  • Class of 2016: SCHS Reflects on Successes, New Possibilities

    Roughly 280 Sand Creel High School graduates received diplomas May 28 during a commencement ceremony at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

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  • Exploring Colorado: Camp Helps Students Develop Language, Friendships

    Emmanuel Lozano Padilla, 13, wraps duct tape around PVC pipes for a shelter concept June 3 outside the Creekside Success Center in District 49. Originally from El Salvador, he previously attended schools in Mexico.

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  • News 5 Highlights Remington Elementary School Fifth Grade Students

    The Mustangs shine on News 5 at noon after getting a weather lesson from News 5 meteorologist Jessica Van Meter.

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  • Firefighters Build Relations With Preschoolers

    Bricyn Ward, apprentice firefighter from the Cimarron Hills Fire Department, stands as Jermaine Frye, firefighter and paramedic, describes personal protective equipment during a visit with preschoolers May 24 at Evans International Elementary School in District 49.

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  • District 49 Earns RMPEx Foothills Award

    “By benchmarking our processes against high-performing enterprises in education and other industries, we can see more clearly where we are already excellent and where we have the most need to improve,” District 49 Peter Hilts, chief education officer, said.

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