Manitou Springs High School

Mustang News - August 27th, 2021

Welcome Back!

We are so delighted that a new year has started at Manitou Springs High School. All of us can feel the positive energy among the students and staff as everyone returned to school on Friday, August 20. We continue to be impressed by our students' resiliency, grace, and understanding in navigating high school, particularly during a global pandemic.

All signs point to an exciting and productive school year dedicated to teaching and learning. Our core values of deep learning, relationships, and opportunity will continue to guide our work at the high school. Therefore, we are dedicated to fostering a culture and community in which all students' academic, social, emotional, and physical needs are met.

The high school is in need of parent/guardian volunteers for the School Accountability Committee. The committee's purpose is to provide recommendations for high school funding priorities and recommendations for implementation of the high school's action plan. The committee will meet five times during the school year from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays mid-month. The first meeting is scheduled for September 14. Please email me if interested:

Homecoming week is September 7-11 during which we celebrate our rich school culture. Please stay tuned for more detailed information on homecoming events.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Jesse Hull

Manitou Springs High School Principal

The Class of 2025 gathers in Mustang Plaza during Freshmen Orientation

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Welcome to The Herd!

We would like to give a warm welcome to the newest members of our Manitou Springs High School Staff. Please help us to welcome...

Anna Conrad - Assistant Principal - Raised in the mountains of Colorado, Anna Conrad is thrilled to return to a small-town community as she transitions to the Assistant Principal role at Manitou Springs High School. After graduating summa cum laude from Whitman College, Anna completed Teach For America and taught at Harrison High School for eight years. During her career, she has taught six different English courses (including International Baccalaureate) and two AVID classes (a college and career readiness course). In 2016, Anna earned her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Critical Pedagogy in Urban Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. Furthermore, she attended the University of Denver Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program to earn her Principal’s License in 2018. Throughout the last five years, she has led curriculum writing and editing work as well as authoring a social-emotional curriculum specifically supporting freshmen. In addition to teaching students, Anna has deeply enjoyed partnering with staff as the HHS Instructional Coach (two years) and the HHS AVID Coordinator (three years). Anna is thrilled by the opportunity to learn alongside Manitou staff, students, and the community in partnership of pursuing Deep Learning, Relationships and Opportunity, principles that closely mirror her personal core values of leadership, learning, and love. Outside of the classroom, Anna has been the Varsity Volleyball Coach, Junior Student Government Advisor, and Minds Matter at Harrison Site Director. In her free time, she loves backpacking, Nordic skiing, doing yoga, and reading. Anna was honored with CSML Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2018, HSD2 Teacher of the Year in 2019, and was a finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year 2021.

Chris Goodloe - Paraprofessional - Born and raised in Alabama, but split time between Alabama and Michigan growing up. I’ve spent some time traveling, also living in other states for work purposes. Throughout traveling, Colorado has been the best experience. Moving here last August has been the best result. Getting an opportunity to be a part of the Manitou Springs High School team has been a tremendous experience. Becoming an assistant coach for football and baseball here is a great honor, and most enjoyable. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Lawrence Housley - Social Studies - I originally earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Cincinnati, where I am originally from. I moved to Colorado 10 years ago soon after receiving my degree. After arriving in Colorado, I began working as a climbing guide and instructor where I took clients into the hills and mountains to learn about rock and ice climbing along with mountain safety and mountain travel. Following this, I soon realized I wanted to move my career in education into the classroom. I have since gotten married, earned my teaching certificate and a Master of Arts in Education at UCCS, and bought my first home in Colorado Springs. During my four years in the classroom, I have taught Economics, U.S Government, World History, and American History. Although I still have a passion for the outdoors and climbing, most of my teaching is done in the classroom now which I enjoy just as much.

Elizabeth Lee - Math - Has taught secondary mathematics for eight years and is very excited to join the MSHS math team this year. She attended college at UCCS and received a BS in Applied Mathematics, with an emphasis in Electrical Engineering. She worked in radio, TV, and utility metering while raising her four children in Manitou Springs. She returned to school in 2012 to complete her teaching certification at CSU Pueblo and fulfill a lifelong dream of helping students find success in mathematics. She has been an active community member in Manitou Springs for over 25 years volunteering with the MAT, Concrete Couch, and the MS Garden Club. Ms. Lee also enjoys hiking, learning the piano, and spending time with family, especially her four grandchildren.

Crissy Leonhardt - Paraprofessional - Being a Manitou graduate, there is something that pulls you back to this place. I am so happy to be home and I am proud to be a Manitou Mustang! There truly is no place like home and I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with some amazing staff members and students. Crissy is also our Manitou Springs High School Varsity Girl's Volleyball coach!

Duncan MacIvor - English - Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, has recently relocated to Colorado Springs in order to pursue the proverbial “fresh start” and new opportunities. He fervently believes that everyone has a responsibility to give back to the community in their respective way and has chosen to pursue education to fulfill this passion. Between his work in school settings, churches, and his volunteership with jails in Albuquerque, he’s gained a wealth of rich experiences that he’s excited to apply here at Manitou Springs.P.S. His background is in music theory and composition, and he’s a pianist, so he is a bonafide, unashamed Classical music nerd. Ask him about it.P.S.S. If you want a friend for life, bring him chocolate.

Ingrid Perez - Spanish - Teaches introductory Spanish I and II classes. Ingrid was born and raised in Puerto Rico and she's a native Spanish speaker. She received her Bachelor degree from Universidad de Puerto Rico and her Master degree from Universidad Metropolitana de Puerto Rico. As a teacher, her goal is to share her passion for the language and the culture with her students and to help them apply what they have learned in order to become more proficient in the target language. Outside of school, Ingrid spends her time with her family and her dog Coco, sings at church as part of the worship team and she loves to go on road trips. Her spirit animal would be a llama - empathetic, fun-loving and focused on achieving her goals.

Stacy Thomson - Administrative Assistant/Front Office - Grew up in Manitou Springs and has been heavily involved in the community - working at several schools within the district. Stacy loves interacting with students, staff, and families. She enjoys traveling, watching any and all sports, and cooking Italian food. Her daughter will be a senior at MSHS this year, and her husband is an SRO at Coronado High School.

David Williams - Band/Orchestra - Grew up as an Air Force child, mostly in Nebraska. He graduated from Hastings College with a Bachelor of Music in Education and Saxophone Performance. David's first job was in Sterling, Colorado, where he taught beginning and middle school band and assisted with the high school band. In 2004 he moved to Colorado Springs and accepted a job as the band director at Doherty High School, which he held for 15 years. During that time he traveled with students, performing in Disneyland, Disney World, Hawaii, and Germany. David received his Masters Degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2010. He left Doherty in 2019, took a break from teaching for 2 years, and will be returning to the classroom. David will be teaching band and orchestra at Manitou Springs High School. David lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Leslie, and their 2 boys, Dillon and Lucas. His hobbies include training for triathlons, getting outdoors, and watching the Detroit Lions.

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Mustang Performing Arts Club

Theater and Performing Arts students are gearing up for a new year with a kick off Ice Cream Social. We'll be introducing the drama club with it's new name, "MPAC" - Mustang Performing Arts Club, giving information about our logo contest, eating lots of ice cream and indulging in theater improv games.
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Manitou Springs High School Athletics - Website/Social Media

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Important Upcoming Dates -

September 1 - Late Start Wednesday - school starts at 10:05

September 1 - Parent Action Committee Meeting - 6pm/HS Media Center

September 6 - Labor Day Holiday - No School

September 7-10 - Homecoming Week - more details to come