Fall SCZ Newsletter

From the Desk of Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone Leader

A Message From Mr. Dorsey

I hope everyone enjoyed fall break and some early snow days. We have many great events coming up in the Zone with concerts, academic nights, and celebrations to recognize our students success.

I would like to thank those of you who participated in our Parent Satisfaction Survey that just closed over Fall Break. We double the amount of parents who took the survey with well over 1000 responses.

Each year, we take your feedback and create a score card as to how we can improve our zone within our 4 pillars: Student Success, People, Service and Innovation & Growth. Please take a moment to check out our score card for the Sand Creek Zone for the 2019-2020 School Year.

- Sean Dorsey, Zone Leader

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Victor Santiago, SCHS

Mr. Santiago, Spanish teacher at Sand Creek, has embodied the pillar of Student Success through his commitment to not only the AVID course but also in helping teachers learn and implement AVID strategies and communicating and connecting AVID with parents and students at Sand Creek High School.

NAHS Experiences UltraVision

Sand Creeks NAHS participated in an interactive art installation that played with the perceptions of all who walked through the environment. The event was held at The Trestle Building, 219 W. Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 and was hosted by UltraVision

UltraVision Art Experience is a collaboration, and the first steps of bringing an immersive art experience to Colorado Springs. ART manifests its full potential as an experience. This experience will encompass the 5 senses. The objective is to create an excessive, immoderate and outre exhibit.

Jennifer Palazzola, RES

Mrs. Palazzola, Instructional Coach at Remington, has been recognized for her dedication to Student Success through her commitment to taking on the task of creating and implementing tiered math interventions, her commitment to coaching best practices to include visible learning principals, and leading the pilot of Star360 assessments at Remington Elementary School.

HMS Gold Qualifiers Get Rewarded at the Movies

7th and 8th graders that qualified for the Gold Level 4th quarter last semester, were rewarded with a trip to the movies with Principal Dustin Horras on Friday, October 4th. Students qualify for the gold level by earning a 4.0. Congratulations to our students and their success!

911 Fire Safety in Mrs. Peterson's Class

Mrs. Peterson’s 1st graders at Remington Elementary received an education on emergencies, when to call 911 and helpful information today from the 911 Authority. Students heard actual calls from kids their age into 911 to talk about how to stay calm, what information is important to know, and when it is important to call 911.

HMS Students Participate in Viola Day

5 HMS orchestra students attended the Colorado Springs Youth Orchestra Viola Day on Saturday, October 26th featuring master viola teachers Vijay Chalasani and Michael Sabatka. Mr Chalasani is an Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Northern Colorado. Currently coaching for the CSYSA, Mr. Sabatka is Assistant Principal Viola with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. They had a great time! Students that participated were Trinity Arcay (7th), Joe Berglund (7th), Makena Miller (7th), Anna Mayfield (8th), and Landon Brown (8th).

Sue Beiner, SRES

Mrs. Beiner, 5th Grade Teacher at Springs Ranch, has been recognized for her dedication to People through her energy and positivity that she puts into both staff and students. She shows dedication by staying late, coming in early and is always a positive force at Springs Ranch Elementary.


Kindness Week at EIES

Evans has kicked off their kindness campaign! Their theme this year is “Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today!”

Staff and students were able to fill out kindness sheets on any other staff and student and put them up in front of the office and library on the windows.

Check out some of the latest kindness recognition!

Parent Academy: Student Health & Safety

The Sand Creek Zone kicked off their 1st Parent Academy of the 2019-2020 school year on Student Health & Safety. Experts from around El Paso County presented on topics that came up in a survey to HMS Parents. Over 60 parents, staff and community members were in attendance. Don't miss out on the next Parent Academy: MIndfulness on 11/21 at RES.

Kids on Bikes at Horizon

Did you know Horizon Middle School offers a bike club? Bike club is just one amazing club open to Horizon students. Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Jung run this after school club and have partnered with Kids On Bikes. This year, four students who did not have bikes have been given bikes, and will be able to earn them as their own by the end of the year!

Evans Hosts Volunteers for Serve Day

New Murals at Remington

Rachel Washburn, Senior Student Council student at SCHS, organized a crew of students to paint student restrooms at RES over Fall Break. The staff voted on their favorite quotes and images for the students to trace and paint. Paint was donated by Sherwin-Willams to help start this project. It was great seeing former Remington students give back to the school. Some of the messages included "I believe in me", "Do the right thing even when no one is looking", and "The time to be awesome is now". Washburn started this campaign at SCHS last summer to bring a positive change in the culture amongst students.

Fall Fest Success at SRES

On Friday, September 27th, Springs Ranch hosted Fall Fest; a night of food, fun, and games! For a small fee, students, parents and community members enjoyed Dion's pizza, and unlimited carnival games. A bounce house was on site along with snow cones, face painting and balloon animals. Such a great event for the Springs Ranch Community!

Whitney Apodaca, HMS

Mrs. Apodaca, 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Horizon, has embodied the pillar of Service through her commitment to the Renaissance program and to taking on Student Council, as well as supporting new teachers, her 8th grade team and always going above and beyond at Horizon Middle School

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SRES Hosts Cool Science Day

Springs Ranch hosted Cool Science on Friday, September 13th, where seniors from Colorado College, majoring in physics, put on presentations for each grade dealing with different physics topics. Students could look through telescopes, learn about pressure, light and motion.

YMCA Partnership

The YMCA, now open off of Tutt Blvd between Constitution and S. Carefree, hosted a multi sport camp at SCHS for Elementary grade levels. The camp was during the first week of fall break and students could try out different sports while attending. The YMCA will be hosting volleyball camps at each elementary school. Check out your schools' website for more information.

Upcoming Events

11/4: HMS Chipotle Night

11/5: SCHS FAFSA Night

11/6: HMS 7th & 8th Orchestra Concert

11/8: HMS Astronomy Night

11/7: STEM Night at RES

11/11: SRES 5th Gr Musical

11/12: SCHS SAC Meeting

11/21: Parent Academy: Mindfulness

11/25-11/29: Thanksgiving Break

12/5: SCHS Band Concert

Parents' Corner: Resources from Mr. Dorsey

As a parent of two fifth graders, I know how frustrating it can be to help your student with math. I can't tell you how many nights I wished I had an accessible resource to help my son and daughter successfully navigate the latest Eureka Math module. Below are a couple of resources that will help take the sting out of supporting your student with homework.

EMBARC Online - https://embarc.online: EMBARC was originally created to support local teachers using Eureka Math, but we now serve 30,000 users each day across the nation. Embedded in each drop down menu are handy resources for parents.

Khan Academy - https://khanacademy.org: Khan Academy boasts videos to help K-12 students reinforce standards-aligned math skills.

Prodigy Math - https://www.prodigygame.com: My kids love Prodigy. Prodigy is a game-based platform that supports math learning Grades 1-8. Best of all, it is zero-cost.

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Join us for our next Parent Academy: Mindfulness on 11/21 from 5:30-7:30pm at RES. Hosted by the administrators and staff of Remington Elementary, this night will give you a better understanding of Mindfulness and implementing Restorative Practices with your own child. RSVP using this link