High School Happenings

September 2021

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

Physical Science-Biology-Forensic Science

Our science students have gotten right to work and in the lab! Physical Science- created an experiment to create a density column in a test tube using nothing but sugar, water, and food coloring. We had a student get a record-breaking 8 layers! They are now working on a career project to discover the chemistry in our daily lives! Biology class is just full of life! Biology students have embarked on their Conservation Zoo Exhibit Design Project which included a visit from the Zoomobile and some “cuddly” creatures, as well as a field trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to evaluate the zoo’s exhibit design features and how they relate to the conservation of those animals. Forensic Science has been busy processing crime scenes, learning about forensic techniques, and gearing up to run some tests of their own! It is wonderful to see their faces and have them all back in the classroom!

Chemistry & Honors Biology

To start the year off, our Chemistry students have tested their ingenuity, grit, and understanding of density through a “Salty” challenge. However, no one got “salty”, they all rose to the occasion. Chemistry students went on to explore measurements, significant figures, and scientific notation through an escape room-style challenge. They found that a little uncertainty is significant when it comes to digits. Not to be outdone, this year our Honors Biology class is just full of life! Biology students have embarked on their Conservation Zoo Exhibit Design Project which included a visit from the Zoomobile and some “cuddly” creatures, as well as a field trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to evaluate the zoo’s exhibit design features and how they relate to the conservation of those animals.

English III

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! This semester, blended-learning students are taking ownership of their own learning by choosing topics they are passionate about or ideas that spark their curiosity. Some have chosen to master a technique, some to solve problems, and some even to create or innovate. On our journey, we will gain a plethora of tools to add to our writing, researching, and communicating toolboxes. In the end, each English III genius will have a project that demonstrates not only English skills but a deeper understanding of a topic they personally enjoy. Student grades for all their in-building work will be displayed in folders built into Edgenuity and will be updated bi-weekly. I’m so excited to see our future leaders show off their talents! Whether in-building or full virtual, all students can reach me for support on Tuesdays and Thursday! Just email me at kajackson@d49.org, and I’ll send you a Zoom invite. Don’t sit suffering in silence! Another opportunity is on Fridays from 8 – 11:30 when we do not have professional development or a holiday. Students can drop in for 1:1 support with me! Stay as long as you need. Stumped on the Edgenuity assignment or quiz? Not sure of how to begin that next paragraph? I’m here to help! I think we’re going to have a fantastic semester, and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone even more.

Engineering

Intro to Engineering students have spent the first three weeks discovering Engineering as a career and exploring the many inventions that have come from it. Now, they will begin learning and applying the design process through a series of mini design challenges. Principles of Engineering students are being introduced to building with VEX robotics by discovering and building a series of simple and compound machines. Students in Engineering Design and Development are problem seeking, finding a worthy real-world challenge that can be solved through the engineering and design process.

Electives Galore!

Drones, coding, Minecraft, leadership games, speeches, and much more have been going on in the electives department. It's been a wonderful first month of school and it's been exciting getting to know all of the new and returning students. They have been working hard through training and in class. Students who need any elective support can contact me at ncummings@d49.org or (719)964-6820. My zoom link is https://zoom.us/my/ncummings. Keep working hard in your courses and please let me know if you need any support.

Additional Electives with Wixom

Students who are working through an online elective and need help should email jwixom@d49.org , or text/call Mr. Wixom at (719)491-1434. There is also a Zoom session from 1:00-2:00 PM on Tuesdays at https://zoom.us/my/wixipedia or zoom by appointment on Thursdays. If you are PE, please follow the dates in the class or on the PE Time Log templates and reach out to Mr. Wixom for clarification, as the actual grade will not count correctly for this course.

Class of 2022: Mandatory Graduation Information

Save the Date! Mandatory SSAE Senior/Graduation Information Night! More information will be sent about this event at a later time.

SSAE Concurrent Enrollment (CE) Information Night

SSAE Concurrent Enrollment (CE) Information Night (for students wishing to start CE in the spring semester); please sign up here if you are interested; a Zoom link will be emailed to those interested at a later date: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4EAAA92EA1FD0-ceinformation

PSAT/NMSQT testing

PSAT/NMSQT is open to 10th & 11th grade students. The Campus will be testing on October 26, 2021. 10/26. This exam is optional. Please sign up before 9/15. Click here to register