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  • Falcon D-49 launches new brand, logo

    Tue, July 29, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Falcon School District 49  has launched a new branding campaign with a new logoDistrict_49_Full_Color.

    According to a released statement, here are the particulars of the design.

    A stylized mountain represents Pikes Peak, which has been included in previous logos.

    Two letter “i”s in the word “District” have been replaced with the numeral one, in reference to the district working toward its slogan of being “The Best District to Learn, Work and Lead.”

    The number “49″ contains a sweeping element designed to represent a path and the educational journey that parents and faculty walk with students.

    D-49 also is developing “49 Pathways,” in preparation for new graduation guidelines coming down the pike. D-49 is emphasizing its flexibility and innovation in providing students with the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school, providing various “blended learning” environments with online and in-class choices and expanding career and technical education programs.

    The green mountain and the word “District” reference the new growth the students and staff experience on their journey of learning. Green also speaks to growth that continues on the Eastern plains, where D-49 schools are located.

    The gradation in color conveys” fun and vitality in the orange to optimism, creative thought, prosperity and energy in the gold.”

  • Former superintendent wins prestigious award

    Tue, July 29, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Maggie Lopez, former superintendent of Pueblo City Schools, was recently recognized by the Colorado Association of School Executives with the 2014 Colbert Cushing Award.

    The award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding professional contribution and/or have provided exceptional service to a school district, to education on a national level, or to the Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators, a department of CASE.

    Lopez retired June 30, after 37 years in public education, four years as superintendent of Pueblo City Schools.

    “Maggie was a natural choice for this award,” stated CASSA President, Jed Bowman.  “Her dedication to public education and service to students, parents and the community are to be commended.”

    CASSA and CASE presented Lopez with her award at the 45th Annual CASE Education Leadership Convention last week in Breckenridge.


  • Skyview Middle School nutrition manager wins national recognition

    Tue, July 29, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Jeanne Hornberger, nutrition manager at Skyview Middle School in Falcon School District 49, has been awarded the regional Louise Sublette Award of Excellence in School Nutrition. It’s considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn, according to the School Nutrition Association, a nonprofit group that presents the award.

    The annual award recognizes a manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity by successfully implementing a project to improve his or her school meal program.

    Hornberger pioneered the first breakfast program at Skyview Middle School. She worked with the coordinated school health team, faculty, staff and parents to create a program to fit the needs of the school community. The breakfast program earned Skyview a “Healthy School Championship” finalist award.

    The award is in memory of Louise Sublette, a leader in school nutrition in Tennessee and in the national School Nutrition Association.

    Hornberger received her award July 13 in Boston.

  • PPCC hires a new dean and a new vice president

    Tue, July 22, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan

    Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan

    Pikes Peak Community College has hired two new administrators, but both are familiar faces around the campus.

    Lisa Donaladson has accepted the job of vice president of instructional services, and Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan is the dean of the division of math and English.

    Donaldson oversees and provides direction to the entire instructional program of the college, including degree and certificate programs, the library, academic support and auxiliary programs.

    She also will represent the college in instructional matters with Colorado Community College System, Colorado Department of Higher Education and the State Board, as well as the community.

    She had worked as a sociology professor at PPCC from 2000 to 2007 and most recently was the dean of instructional services for Front Range Community College.

    Lisa Donaldson

    Lisa DonaldsonCollege.

    In her role as a new dean, Gaiters-Jordan is responsible for daily operations of six departments: transfer English, transfer math, college prep math, college composition and reading, English as a second language and advancing academic achievement.

    She has worked at PPCC for the past 14 years, starting as an adjunct while working as education director for the Urban League of the Pikes Peak region.

    She has taught all levels of developmental English and served as department chair and became associate dean for college prep programs.

  • Women’s Resource Agency takes part in CrowdRise fundraiser to help at-risk teen girls

    Fri, July 18, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    wraThe Women’s Resource Agency in Colorado Springs is the only Colorado organization participating in #OperationGirl charity challenge, a global fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls.

    The agency’s program called InterCept, which works with adolescent girls at risk of dropping out of high school or misbehaving, is part of the $100,000 Operation USA challenge, which kicked off on the Today show earlier this month.

    The Women’s Resource Agency has set a goal of raising $5,000.

    “When girls drop out and lose the connection to education, they are at risk for sex trafficking, teen pregnancy and drug abuse,” said Melissa Marts, executive director of the Women’s Resource Agency. And, “they lose the opportunity to live a self-sufficient and economically independent life.”

    Girls ages 14-18 who go through the InterCept programs have a 99 percent graduation rate. They come to the program through the criminal justice system, foster care or school staff. Girls learn about healthy decision making, relationships and leadership skills.

    The campaign runs through Aug. 18. The team that raises the most during the public CrowdRise challenge will win a $50,000 donation.

    To participate, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/operationgirl, and look for the Women’s Resource Agency team.


  • Wounded Warrior scholarships available from CTU

    Wed, July 16, 2014 by Carol McGraw with no comments


    Colorado Technical University is offering  up to 50 scholarships to wounded warriors and spouses.

    Applications are now being taken. To apply write an essay about obstacles that have been faced. The college selects recipients based to “strong desire to advance their education and plans to apply their degree for career advancement after completing the program,” according to an email announcement of the program.

    Applicants must have proof of high school graduation or equivalency and  be member of the military or veteran receiving treatment for injuries received in combat zone in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, or be the spouse.

    Applications are due September 1. For information visit www.coloradotech.edu.

  • Former Harrison Supt. Miles offers Dallas schools for immigrant kids at border

    Thu, July 10, 2014 by Carol McGraw with no comments

    Mikes Miles, former Harrison School District 2 superintendent, w ho now  has that post with Dallas Independent School District, has offered three empty schools to be used to help house the many  immigrant kids stranded as the Texas-Mexico border.

    Authorities have checked out the schools. Miles said that they would be willing to also educate the children, according to MSNBC and the Dallas Morning News.

    Some Dallas County  officials  and charitable groups have said  they  want to  help the children, according to news reports.

  • PPCC hires new director of grants

    Wed, July 9, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Tammye Pirie has been hired is as the director of grants for Pikes Peak Community College. She will Pirie oversee the grant office and guide solicitations, acquisition and management of governmental funding and support from private funders.

    “Grants are powerful resources for supplementing PPCC’s current efforts and future plans for its classrooms and community,” she said in a released statement.

    Pirie has 25 years experience in grant work to support organizational growth, program outreach and service delivery.


    Most recently she was principal for Anchor Research, Development and Grant Services, LLC in Colorado, chief development officer for Rocky Mountain Service Employment Redevelopment in Denver and assistant director of the Department of Grants and Partnership Development for Aurora Public School District.

    She has a master of public health in community healtheEducation from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. and a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.

    She also holds two national certifications: Grant Professional Certification from the Grant Professionals Association and Certified Grant Management Specialist from the National Grant Management Association.


  • Mini law school teaches basics of legal system

    Mon, July 7, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to go to law school and is interested in exploring the basic concepts of our legal system can take a seven-week course that will be delivered live via televised lectures to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus.

    The course will provide community members with a better understanding of important legal principles in key areas of the law and how the legal system operates and impacts everyday life.

    Mini Law School lectures will occur Tuesday evenings from Sept. 16 through Oct. 28. Class is 6-7:30 p.m. and will be telecast live to UCCS (University Center room 302) from the Wittemyer Courtroom at the Wolf Law Building on the CU-Boulder campus.

    A different topic will be explored each week, including:

    • Constitutional law with Associate Professor Scott Moss
    • Environmental law with Professor Mark Squillace
    • Litigation with Associate Professor Frederick Bloom
    • Estate planning and taxation with Professor Wayne Gazur
    • Contracts and business law with Professor Mark Loewenstein
    • Family law with Professor Jennifer Hendricks
    • Criminal procedure with Clinical Professor Ann England
    The registration fee for the series is $90 and participants who attend at least five of the seven sessions receive a Mini Law School Certificate (no academic credit is received for participation). There are no required readings, tests or homework assignments.
    Click here to register.


  • Harrison School District 2 gets grants for security updates

    Mon, July 7, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Surveillance camera being installed.

    Surveillance camera being installed.

    Three schools in Harrison School District 2 recently received grants to make security updates.

    Wildflower Elementary School, Giberson Elementary School and Mountain Vista Community School each received grants between $3,500 and $4,500 for school security upgrades.

    The improvements will include additional surveillance cameras, monitors and an audible voice notification system.

    The money is from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, under the 2014 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education “Never Stop Improving” grants for the School Security Upgrades program.