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February 2022 Issue

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ACCEPT demonstrated at our After-School Tutoring sessions

We started our after school tutoring program January 25th and will continue every Tuesday-Thursday from 3:15-4:15. Free tutoring for all students in most subjects.

Appreciation to our Guest Teachers

Ms. Blackwell is excited to share with you how we've shown our appreciation for Guest Teachers this month. In celebration of Chinese/Lunar New Year each Guest Teacher received a gift bag with a tin can filled with fortune cookies, a set of chopsticks, and a welcome letter. The tag attached to each bag read "We are so Fortunate to have Guest Teachers like you"! Our Student Aides delivered them. The remaining items will be made available to our teachers. See the images below.


Happy Lunar New Year,

Ms. Blackwell

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Women’s Basketball Makes it to the State Tournament!

Congratulations to our Women’s Basketball Team for making it to the CHSAA State Tournament for the first time since 2009! They traveled to Summit High School and lost in the first round in a close game. They finished 13-11 on the season. Heck of an accomplishment and we are proud of the Lady Marauders and all their coaches

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Men’s Basketball wraps up the 2021-2022 season!

The Men’s team wrapped up their season with a solid win over Abraham Lincoln to finish the season 6-16. Huge improvement from last year where they only won 1 game. Great work gentlemen and good luck moving forward!
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Women’s Swim

The Women’s Swim team had a great season and they were a ton of fun to watch! They wrapped up their final meet at Harrison High School All swimmers had a personal record and showed massive improvement throughout the season. We are proud of you Water Marauders!
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Wrestling

The ELITE Marauders also finished their season this month. They are a young team with a lot of potential and you will need to watch out for them next year! The only senior leaving us is Madalyn Youngbird who had a great final season! Congratulations to all our grapplers and keep up the great work!
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Spring Sports Begins February 28th

Mitchell is currently offering the following sports for the spring season:


  • Baseball
  • Men’s Swim
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Golf
  • Track and Field

Please check our website under announcements to view all the details you need to know to sign your child up! Good luck to all our teams!

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Pikes Peak Region One Act Competition

Friday Drama Workshop 4 attended the Pikes Peak Region One Act Competition. We were the only D11 school to compete. They performed "Look Me in the Eye", a dystopian drama. They selected the show in December, and only rehearsed in class the month of January.


Highlights-


  • Emma Henry (senior) took Outstanding Supporting Actress (only 4 awards were given out to individuals)
  • Our troupe had great praise from the judges for their ensemble connection and clear character objectives (both very difficult things to do).
  • Nick Karn and Amanda Blanchard went above and beyond to make it happen. With ever hurtle, they were there. My appreciation for their support is beyond words.

Counselor Appreciation Week – February 7th – 11th

We always appreciate our amazing counseling staff, but we hope they felt the love during this special week!

February 17th Chris Herren (Guest Speaker)

Chris Herren was a high school basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, who scored over 2,000 career points while at Durfee High School and was named to the 1994 McDonald’s All-American team. Starting his collegiate career at Boston College, Chris transferred to Fresno State after several failed drug tests, playing for legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, known for giving second chances to players. He was named to the All-WAC first team in 1996 and 1997 before announcing that he would need miss part of the 97-98 season to seek treatment for an ongoing struggle with substance use disorder. Chris realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, and then was traded to his hometown team, the Boston Celtics, in 2000. After suffering a season-ending injury as a Celtic, Herren went on to play in five countries including Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, and Iran. Going on 14 years of sobriety, Chris was able to come to MHS and share his story with Mitchell High School students and staff.
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February 18th CU School of Medicine Suture Workshop

Third year medical students from CU Denver and their advisor came to MHS to work with our Project Lead the Way students to teach them various suture techniques.
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Student Accountability Committee (SAC) Meeting

Thursday, March 10th, 5-6:30pm

1205 Potter Drive

Colorado Springs, CO

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

“She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition” is being performed Friday and Saturday, March 11th and 12th at 7 PM. “


The publisher describes the show as “She Kills Monsters tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.”

The cast and crew have poured themselves into this production since December, practicing 10 hours a week at rehearsal, plus preparing at home. They’ve worked with a stage combat choreographer to produce some epic battles, and have worked really hard at developing memorable, and meaningful characters. We hope that you’ll consider joining us for their performance. More details are available at www.mitchelldrama.org. “

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Construction Career Day Fieldtrip

Construction Career Day Fieldtrip

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Norris Penrose Event Center


Juniors and Seniors only – must sign-up in the Mitchell College & Career Center (Library) with Mrs. Thomasson.

The purpose of Construction Career Days is to broaden student knowledge about the multi-faceted opportunities available and to increase the number of men and women entering the construction industry.

Students spend the day, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. engaging in hands-on events, stationary equipment activities, and technology demonstrations. Lunch will be provided.

The Southern Colorado Construction Career Day Foundation plans this day to introduce the Construction Industry to our next generation. This will give these students a great insight to the job opportunities offered in the Construction industry. Please contact Mrs. Thomasson if you have any questions at 719-328-6617

Mitchell H.S. World Cafe #3

Thursday, March 17th, 5:30-7:30pm

1205 Potter Drive

Colorado Springs, CO

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Spring Break

March 21 - March 25
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Women's History Month

Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month is a celebration of the visual arts!

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Cintia Davila

Cintia Davila was the Fall Wing Commander for the JROTC program which is the highest position in the JROTC program. Besides being the Wing Commander, she is also a member of our famous "Reds" exhibition drill team. Cintia also performs at many community events as a member of the Mitchell JROTC Color Guard Team. On January 31, 2022, Air Force awarded Cintia the Distinguished JROTC Cadet Badge which is the highest award that a JROTC cadet can receive.


ISAAC KEITH WOODFORK, Lt Col, USAF (ret)

Mitchell High School JROTC

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Mitchell High School partnership with The University of Chicago and Network for College Success

Mitchell High School is in their second year of a partnership with The University of Chicago and Network for College Success. The Network for College Success (NCS) “envisions neighborhood high schools that continuously cultivate collaboration, powerful learning, and a culture of high achievement to prepare all students for college and career success.”


In this second year, our work is focused on building teams of Mitchell staff to develop systems of support, ensuring the success of our freshman and sophomore students. This work is part of our Mitchell Multi-Tiered System of Support.


Some of the support systems that have been built this year include: Universal Grade Checks and Progress Plans in CCRC, Mandatory Interventions in CCRC, Kid Talks, and the After-School Tutoring program. Most recently, our Freshman Success Team and the Sophomore Success Teams have started Kid Talks, a process where teams of teachers work together to develop and implement interventions and strategies to support struggling students. These teams then follow up to ensure that the strategies are helping students experience greater success. In the coming year, we hope to develop Junior and Senior Success teams as well.


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Craig Galaydick

Mr. Galaydick is a great Science teacher and mentor for students. He is data driven and dedicated to allow students to demonstrate skills learned and growth. Our Science Department has met or exceeded national averages on Pre-Ap performance measures under his direction. Mr. Galaydick is a talented, caring, and result oriented teacher that wants the best for his students, Mitchell High School, and works everyday to maximize achievement. Mr. Galaydick exhibits the ACCEPT core values daily with everything that he does."
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Innovation Plan Next Steps

  • Innovation plan staff vote passed with a 90% pass rate and 95% participation rate on January 14, 2022.
  • The Innovation plan was presented to the Colorado Springs School District #11 Board of Education (BOE) on January 26, 2022.
  • The Colorado Springs School District #11 Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved the the Innovation plan on February, 9, 2022.


This is an overwhelming demonstration of professional collaboration, collegiality, investment, and collective buy-in. A great deal of collective effort and energy went into the feedback, revision, and voting process.


Next Steps:

  • The innovation plan will be presented to and voted on by the State Board of Education on April 13, 2022.
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Shout Out to our Instructional Coaches

Big shout out to our instructional coaches Jennifer Chappell and Cheri Kessler, for hosting the inaugural Kagan Kafe sessions today! I snapped some pictures of session two participants practicing with the structures and the delicious food provided. This is a great demonstration of distributive leadership and site-level talent development that will positively impact instruction in the classroom. If you missed this one, don't miss the next one. Kudos to our facilitators and participants.

Officer Jacquez

Mitchell SRO, Fabiola Jacquez has been recognized by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) for her service to our youth. Thank you for your efforts, Officer Jacquez!
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Black History Month

Shout out to Mr. Dowdy and Student Council for helping Mitchell celebrate Black History Month. Below are a few posters they put up around the school.
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Games! Games! Games!

“If you all are interested in card games, board games, table top, and role playing games find your way to the cafeteria from 3-4:30. No prior experience necessary. See you there!”

Attention Guys, Gals, and Non-Binary Pals!

"The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club is back and will be meeting in Room 112 every Monday after school. Bring your friends we look forward to seeing you!"

Actors! Comedians! Theatre enthusiasts!

You're invited to join us for theatre games, to plan MHS drama events, laugh, earn honors & awards, and hang out with fun loving people! Thespian- Mitchell's Drama Club and Theatre Honor Society is at 3:05-3:50 in the black box theater (room 5)!