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#49StaffSaturday: “I love teaching this group of kids,” said Heather Wall, a gifted and talented teacher at Skyview Middle School, “because, as a professional, they challenge me the best. They’re always asking inquisitive questions, and I always get so much of a high from their excitement and their joy from this class.”

Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Wall moved to Colorado Springs at 8 years old. She graduated from Widefield High School in Colorado Springs School District 11, and then attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. After earning a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, she finished two master’s degrees: one in secondary education from the University of Phoenix, another in gifted and talented education from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She’s now working on her third master’s, studying administration and supervision through University of Phoenix.

After working six years in the healthcare industry, as a histology technician at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, she began her teaching career in 2005 at Harrison School District 2, located in the southern area of Colorado Springs. In 2011, she joined the students of Skyview Middle School in District 49.

During her spare time, Wall most enjoys spending time with her family.
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#49StaffSaturday: Keri White, a kindergarten teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School, says her goal is to give students “the structure and the balance — and the skills — they need to be able to be great readers, by the time they leave kindergarten.” At the same time, she says teaching must be fun.

“Teaching is important to me because I know that this is laying the foundation, that for their entire academic career, whether they love or hate school is going to be determined in their first year of class,” says White.

White grew up in Colorado Springs, and graduated from Widefield High School in District 3. She attended Colorado Christian University in Colorado Springs, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Before becoming a teacher, White was an administrative assistant for the vice president of governmental affairs and military programs division at the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

White joined District 49 in 2012, as a kindergarten teacher at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy. After two years, she started working the students of Ridgeview Elementary School.
In her free time, White enjoys hiking, yoga, and activities with her husband Mark and their two teenage children.
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District 49 is CLOSED Thursday, Jan. 5.
Falcon High School is on an e-day schedule.

An incoming winter storm is going to bring very cold air and snow to District 49. Forecasts from the National Weather Service and local media outlets are very similar with respect to the incoming weather system.

Temperatures will plummet behind a cold front that is arriving this evening and in some parts of the district, may be below zero by morning. The thermometer won't move much during the day with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills staying below zero.

Enough should fall overnight, and be falling during the AM commute tomorrow to cause a slow go for travel. Falling snow during the morning commute means city, county and state snow plows don't get around as efficiently due to the increased volume of vehicles. The snow accumulating on roads can also get compacted, creating ice.

The time-frame for the most intense bands of snow over the district will be from 4am - 3pm. Given the forecasted weather conditions and timing, weather and road conditions wouldn't improve with a two-hour delay. As a result, District 49 is closed for Thursday, Jan. 5.

-Matt Meister
Director of Communications
District 49 makes decisions to preserve student and adult safety during inclement weather. Winters in the Pikes Peak region are full of surprises, especially in District 49, which spans 133 square miles of suburban and rural terrain. Outdoor temperatures often plummet, sometimes turning a wet-but-warm ...
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#49StaffSaturday: “The best thing about my job is seeing kids grow from K-5, and to see them become wonderful members of our community,” says Lisa Hartman, school counselor at Evans International Elementary School. “I get to watch them grow, I get to see their smiles, I get to be in their classrooms, I get to work with them in groups.”

Hartman grew up in Colorado Springs, and attended Evans International Elementary School and Horizon Middle School, before graduating from Sand Creek High School. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and her master’s in counseling and human services from the University Colorado Colorado Springs.

Hartman started her career in District 49 as a reading specialist teacher at Stetson Elementary School, and then joined Evans International Elementary School as a third-grade teacher in 2007. She transitioned into counseling for the 2016-2017 school year.
In her spare time, Hartman enjoys adventures in the mountains with her two daughters.
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Eighteen fifth-graders are members of the Springs Ranch robotics club, wherein they meet weekly to research the field of robotics. Meetings culminate in the production of an actual robot which the students will navigate through an obstacle course.

The club, now in its second year, continues to skyrocket in popularity. This year’s roster was full within the first ten minutes it was made available. Lani Bryan, fifth grade teacher, credits the “cool” factor as the reason for the adoration of the club “[Students] just think it’s very cool to learn about robots,” she said.

The club’s purpose is to peaks students’ interest in engineering and computer science careers. Bryan said that an added benefit is the encouragement of female students to participate in the growing science, technology, engineering and math fields, which are predominantly occupied by male professionals. “I love to work with LEGOs,” said fifth-grader Madison Nahrgang, 10. “When I hard there was a robotics club I was really excited about it.”

There is also an educational focus to the club. Members study the field of robotics and participate in various activities using Project Lead The Way applications on iPads. This includes researching the history of the machines and their use in society. They also use the tablets to view instructions for the robot they will build in small groups.

“It’s not just building randomly,” said Celeste Blake, gifted and talented teacher. “We’re giving them a purpose.” Once their robot is completed, members will attempt to maneuver it through an obstacle course, and they will need to make adjustments to the basic model in order to successfully complete the challenge. Scott Nicholson, 10, said that he enjoyed working through all the steps of assembling the robot.

“It lets kids of all levels have a chance to learn,” said Blake, noting that the field becomes more competitive as students enter higher grade levels.
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A paraprofessional and reading interventionist were honored during “Fantastic 49” recognition Jan. 12, ahead of a Board of Education meeting in District 49.

Malinda Keck, principal at Falcon Elementary School of Technology, introduced Bobby Odom, a specific learning disability paraprofessional. When he works with students, Odom, who retired from the Air Force, shows a high level of respect and integrity, according to Keck.

“Bobby goes above and beyond to support students with an individuated education plan for an SLD,” said Keck, facing a room of community members. “Bobby is very humble, and does what he does because it’s the right thing to do.”

Keck commended his work with the school’s WatchDOGS, or “dads of great students.” Odom is known as a caring recruiter for the program. He says it helps bring positive male role models in the school’s building, as well as enhance security.

“I don’t think we always understand how important our role is in public education, especially as male role models,” said Odom, who urged everyone in the room to spend more time with young people.

“Come to school, and sit down and understand what they’re going through,” he said, encouraging fathers to join Watch DOGS. “We require so much of our students, so we must be positive examples.”

Odom is currently in class himself, studying emergency management, lessons he quickly puts into practice at Falcon Elementary School of Technology.

Mike Pickering, POWER Zone superintendent, recommended public recognition of the efforts of Teresa Hinote, lead LEx reading interventionist at Odyssey Elementary School.

“Teresa has been integral in making a difference to students who fit a profile of dyslexia,” said Pickering.

"Teresa has been with us since the very beginning of the LEx program at Odyssey Elementary School. She has been instrumental in the overall success of our LEx pilot. The pilot has been so successful, and student growth so profound, that we are preparing to increase the amount of students that we can serve through this targeted program.”

Learn more at D49.org: http://ow.ly/QT5a307XpyU
A paraprofessional and reading interventionist were honored during “Fantastic 49” recognition Jan. 12, ahead of a Board of Education meeting in District 49. Malinda Keck, principal at Falcon Elementary School of Technology, introduced Bobby Odom, a specific learning disability paraprofessional.
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Due to high winds across the region, and high profile vehicle safety restrictions issued for El Paso County by the Colorado Department of Transportation, District 49 school buses will not run this afternoon, Monday, Jan. 9.

District 49 schools will release at the normally scheduled time. If your child is scheduled to ride the bus today, and you approve of them riding with a friend or walking home, contact the school to provide that information. School faculty will coordinate your plans with your child. Contact information for each school is available at D49.org/Schools.

School principals will keep adult supervision in place this afternoon, until all students are picked up by a parent, guardian or family designee. If you are unable to pick up your child prior to 5 p.m., contact the school to discuss extending the supervision time.

If any student’s parent feels conditions are unsafe to finish the school day, the parent may pick up his or her child at the earliest convenience.

District 49 Board of Education policies EBCE and EBCE-R specify that if, "in the parent's judgement it is too hazardous … The child will not be penalized for the absence or tardiness and will be given ample opportunity according to the information in the student handbook to make up missed assignments."

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this abnormal situation. We expect our phone lines and email inboxes will be busy, so we will work through all correspondence as quickly as we can. We are committed to the safety of your student and appreciate your cooperation in this unprecedented weather event.

Sincerely,
Matt Meister
Director of Communications
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Two-hour Delay: Friday, Jan. 6.

Due to extremely cold wind chill temperatures early Friday morning, a two-hour delay has been called for Friday, Jan. 6. The air temp and wind chill will increase dramatically once the sun comes up.

District 49 facilities team members will begin removing snow from campuses beginning at midnight. Schools will be ready for the arrival of students, staff and visitors Friday morning. As is always the case when winter weather occurs, dress appropriately for the conditions and be alert when driving and walking.

-Matt Meister
Director of Communications
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Rocky Mountain Classical Academy students starred in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Rapunzel Dec. 10. The renowned touring theatre team spent a week with students preparing for the play, providing costumes, props, makeup and other materials.

 The charter school was granted nearly $2,300 by the theatre for the production, with the remaining funds being raised at the school-level through ticket sales .Dr. Steven Pomeroy, director of strategy, innovation, and development at RMCA, initially connected with the company, seeking resources to further develop the schools arts program.

On Monday, Dec. 5, 130 students auditioned for various roles, with 60 being cast in the musical. The cast rehearsed throughout the week, including Friday.“It shows their commitment level,” said Pomeroy.

The production was a twist on the classic tale of Rapunzel, a young girl with superfluous tresses who is trapped in a tower by Madame Gothel. Matty Schntitker, Missoula Children’s Theatre director and tour actor, narrated the musical, which included characters like wood elves, gremlins, unicorns, mushrooms and pixies.

“I watched some kids up there who have never really come out of their shell,” said Julie Siebert, music teacher, explaining that students learned to stand in front of a crowd. “These are moments the kids are going to look back on 20, 30 years from now.”

Dr. Pomeroy said that creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that students attained through their participation.
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Twelfth-grader Joel Walker, 18, celebrated signing Dec. 15 at Vista Ridge High School. Joel will play soccer at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Sam Baldwin, athletic director, reported that Joel was the first soccer player in the school’s history to be selected as the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference player of the year. “I’ve never seen a kid so excited about soccer practice in my life,” said John Lupton, soccer coach. “He is one of the best soccer players I’ve had the privilege of coaching in 20 years.” Joel plans to study business and marketing.
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A school counselor and a seventh-grader were honored during “Fantastic 49” recognition Oct. 13, ahead of a Board of Education meeting in District 49.

The BOE directors expressed their gratitude for Greg Morris, an academic counselor coordinating a military child support group at Falcon High School, and then listened to a keyboard rendition of two melodies by seventh-grader Austin Nordhaus, the first student the district has recognized as gifted in instrumental music.

The directors highlighted Morris' contributions in the forming of Falcon High School’s Student 2 Student group, a student-led peer support program founded by the Military Child Education Coalition.

The school’s program started with a couple of students interested in helping military-connected children in transition. Today, dozens of students participate and their outreach has gained national recognition, including discussions with the U.S. Secretary of Education and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Falcon High School students routinely attend the Frances Hesselbein student leadership program at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Due to their commitment to keeping military children academically successful, as well as emotionally and socially secure, they were recently described as a “dream team” by the Military Child Education Coalition.

Mary Keller, MCEC president and CEO, thanked Morris for being “generous in your example to help develop other S2S schools." Morris told the BOE directors the program’s success is best attributed to the school’s student population, which genuinely wants to provide support for military children.

Austin, 13, is part of a military family. His father is an Air Force brigadier general at nearby Peterson Air Force Base. The family was preparing for a transition to the East Coast.

Prior to his performance, Austin approached the board room podium to explain the pieces he’d play, and the parts he wrote. Among his peers at Horizon Middle School, where he has helped teach sixth grade percussions, he is known for performing and composing melodies, according to principal Dustin Horras.

In sixth grade, Austin performed with the Sand Creek High School marching band and winter percussions. At the end of that school year, he joined the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony.

The development of a selection process for students gifted in instrumental music was led by Pattie Vail, District 49 gifted and talented education coordinator. It was later approved for statewide use by the Colorado Department of Education, requiring an interview, portfolio presentation and a performance evaluation by domain experts.

While he looks forward to performing with a band, Austin says he’s most interested in traveling the world and meeting new people.
A school counselor and a seventh-grader were honored during “Fantastic 49” recognition Oct. 13, ahead of a Board of Education meeting in District 49. The BOE directors expressed their gratitude for Greg Morris, an academic counselor coordinating a military child support group at Falcon High ...
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Terrible school district with the most unprepared, uninformed, unintelligent administration i have ever seen as well as, unmotivated and lazy teachers,and unfriendly and sometimes even hostile environments,