High School Happenings

November 2021

Welcome to the High School Newsletter for The Campus (SSAE and PPEC)

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break is November 22-26! This break time, like October Break, we suggest that you use this time to take a break, get caught up if you are behind, or get ahead in Edgenuity. During this break, no new work is assigned, so students will see the progress bar move up quickly as work is completed. It is imperative that students who are behind work to get caught up as the semester ends shortly after we get back on Friday, December 17.

Physical Science-Biology-Forensic Science

Biology- Our amazing Biology students are wrapping up their big zoo exhibit projects this month. They have put a lot of effort and energy into coming up with some really amazing ideas! We will be finishing the semester with heart dissections the week before Thanksgiving break! Physical Science- is wrapping up the end of their chemistry portion of the class. We have done a lot of really cool labs in the last few weeks and will finish up strong learning about the science of tie-dye, lava lamps, ice cream, and more! Forensic Science- Our forensic scientists have done a myriad of criminal catching activities this semester and will end the semester with forensic entomology and fingerprinting.

Chemistry & Honors Biology

The science lab was sure a spooky place to be in October; you never know what matter you might stumble upon! Good thing we have our illustrious Chemistry students to figure it out. They are identifying characteristics and properties of matter now that they understand the electron configurations and molecular geometry of the atoms that make it all up. In November, chemistry students will experiment with different types of chemical reactions, balanced chemical equations, and observed precipitation reactions. They will be putting their understanding of dimensional analysis to the test with stoichiometry. If you enter the science lab and start to feel a strange “energy,” Don’t worry; it’s no trick! It’s just our Honors Biology students wrapping up their in-depth P.B.L. Zoo Exhibit Design Challenge. They are putting the finishing touches on their TriFold posters and their 2D and 3D zoo exhibit designs for their endangered species. In November, Biology students will be exploring the human body systems and their physiological and anatomical structure both through our district’s Z Space Bus (a fun, augmented reality experience) and through good ol’ fashion animal dissections. As we wind down the semester, check in with your students and see if they are caught up in their science class Edgenuity course work. The end of the semester will be here before we know it!

English III

Students wrapped up writing an argumentative essay focused on their passion projects. Along the way, they’ve been learning the ins and outs of MLA citation! They’re going to be research pros! Up next, students are analyzing texts and will be working on their summarizing skills. I plan to sneak in some comma help as well. As we move through this month, students will begin using all the ideas they’ve learned and practiced as they create their passion project final presentation. "


It's just a few weeks away from the annual Wacky Races competition, where students will race their 3D printed CO2 Race cars to see who can design the fastest vehicle! This is the main project for Intro to Engineering Design, although all students are invited to compete. The finals will be on December 6th. Intro to Engineering Design students are also working through their Certified Solid Works Associate courses and will take their certification courses either at the end of the semester or at the beginning of next. Principles of Engineering students are working on their recyclable material sorter (marble sorter) project, where they are applying the fundamentals of robotics. Lastly, Engineering Design and Development courses are creating design proposals for their year-long design projects.

Electives Galore!

Computer Science students have been coding away this first quarter! Students have coded various games and programs using Python programming language! This month we focused on values, expressions, conditionals, booleans, and loops. Ask your students to see what they have been coding in Computer Science! Drones students tested out their driving skills in our drone obstacle course. Teen Leadership students have been working collaboratively designing lessons to present, focusing on essential skills. Students are always welcome in the Makerspace to test out their creative genius! 3D printing, Arduino microcomputers, code and drive sphero and drones, explore virtual reality, play some Minecraft or test out your Rubik's cube skills! If you want instant updates to follow PPEC on Instagram and Twitter @PPEC49.


Did you take College Adobe Photoshop, or College Adobe Illustrator, or College Drawing I (2017- 2020)? If you have NOT received your 3.0 credits from Pikes Peak Community (PPCC), email Mrs. Kara Wichman at kwichman@d49.org. https://www.ppcc.edu/application/files/1116/0089/0118/SSAE_Flyer.pdf

Clothing Donation and Giveaway

The Campus presents its annual COMMUNITY CLOTHING DRIVE & GIVEAWAY!

Hosted by the SSAE & PPEC National Honor Society

Donations are welcome now through December 3rd!

  • Donations must be clean, gently used, with no tears, rips, holes, or missing buttons

  • Accepting all sizes from baby to adult

*Not accepting: Undergarments or swimwear


THEN come shop the gently used, quality clothes for FREE at SSAE/PPEC

Where: 6113 Constitution Avenue, 80915

When: Saturday, December 4, 8:00am-12:00pm

*All of our community is welcome to shop, so please invite a friend! Bring your own bags or use ours to fill to the brim.

Peer Tutoring Offered

Peer Tutoring will be available every Friday morning, from 10:40 to 11:55 am. Tutors will work with students one-on-one to provide academic support and feedback during this time. Tutors will also be available to work in classes or during teacher support times throughout the week to provide additional help. For more information, or to make an appointment, students can check out the Peer Tutoring website: https://sites.google.com/d49.org/peer-tutoring-hub/home.

The Campus Nationals drag races for CO2 cars

December 6, 2021

8:00 AM - 11:55 AM

South campus main area, all students are invited to compete.



CLASS OF 2022- Senior Quotes for Yearbook

Please begin thinking about senior quotes. You may submit your quote here: https://forms.gle/ABnqTSUTxBbmUgub8 Senior photos will also be accepted through the app under the category "Formal Senior Photos." Send any questions to Ms. Shonk: jshonk@d49.org