Manitou Springs High School

Mustang News - December 2nd, 2022

From The Principal...

This week sped by, and only two weeks left! I have so enjoyed hearing about everyone's breaks and witnessing the joyous reunions between staff and students this week. While this time has so much going on, it is one of my favorite times of year! We are so proud of the band and orchestra concerts this week as well as the opening events for fall athletics, and we’re looking forward to the many events coming up in the next two weeks before Winter Break.

Please remember that we have our last Late Start of the semester on 12/7, and that 12/14-12/16 we will have finals (12/14: no late start and 12/16: half day with classes ending at 12:45 pm).

Have a wonderful weekend, and stay warm!

Anna Conrad

Manitou Springs High School

Interim Principal

From The Counseling Department...

College Scholarship Opportunity for all 8th-12th Grade Students

Educating Children of Color (ECOC) Summit will award several scholarships and give away 20 free laptops for students who attend the conference and complete the scholarship form. Educating Children of Color Summit will be held on January 14th at Colorado College. This is FREE and open to ALL students in 8th-12th grade and parents. There are several scholarships to apply for, but you must attend the conference in order to be eligible to win the scholarship. Additionally they will be giving away 20 laptops at the conference. Here is the link to register for the conference and be sure to check out their scholarships.


The Coolidge Scholarship is a unique scholarship that is only available to juniors. If you are awarded this scholarship, you can use it at any college/university you attend. Check it out here. Deadline to apply is February 23rd, but start now as there are many parts to this application.


Parents, Guardians and Students,

MSHS Counselors are excited about Career Start opportunities! Have you heard about the Career Start Program at PPSC (Pikes Peak State College)? The Career Start Program is a concurrent enrollment offering at Pikes Peak State College that provides high school students with opportunities to earn both college and high school elective credit towards a certificate in a vocational setting and immersion to the college environment and expectations. Through this program, students participate in career technical programs that provide hands-on learning environments at the PPSC Centennial Campus as part of their regular school day (Monday- Friday). Students who participate in Career Start attend PPSC in the morning and return to MSHS to complete their high school courses in the afternoon. If your student is on track to graduate and is in 10th or 11th grade and wants to find out more- please encourage them to sign up in the counseling center by January 13th so we can pull them for an informational session. There are limited slots available. For more information as to what programs are available, click here:


A reminder to parents and students as the semester comes to an end of MSHS graduation requirements for class of 2023 and beyond:

MSHS Graduation Requirements

English – 8 credits

Math – 6 credits

Science – 6 credits

Social Studies – 6 credits

P.E. – 3 credits

Health – 1 credit

Fine Arts/Practical Arts – 6 credits

Electives – 18 credits

Total Credits Needed to Graduate: 54

**Students must also meet both Math and English College and Career Readiness from MSHS menu of options in addition to meeting minimum credit requirements** See page 3 of the curriculum handbook.

From The Technology Department...

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From The Parent Action Committee...

Hello Mustang Families,

6-12 PAC has purchased treat boxes to give our teachers and staff at MSMS, MSHS, and SILC for the Holidays, and we need YOUR help filling them so they will have a sweet treat to take home.
If you are able, please bring 2 to 4 dozen cookies, small baked goods, tiny muffins, small candies, chocolates, etc. to your school's office, on Wednesday December 14, 2022 when your student arrives for classes. These can be your family's favorite home baked item or store purchased. We are also looking for a few volunteers to bring Gluten Free and Vegan selections for staff who have dietary needs.

Please use the Google Form below to sign up for treats.

Thank you for helping us Treat our Staff to some Holiday Cheer!

Coralyn Gauvin

PAC Chair
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From The Athletics Department...

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From The Prospector...

The Prospector Article of the Week: Holiday Volunteer opportunities for the Manitou Springs community by Morgan Flannery

The Ugly Sweater competition is coming Monday, December 12! Get your sweater ready!

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From The English Department...

Dr. Moen's Film & Media as Propaganda class have been exploring how film and media propagate cultural values, norms, beliefs, and identities. As the unit comes to a close, students are creating products to illustrate their understanding of the archetypes, stereotypes, and authenticity portrayed in American media. Recently, they created propaganda posters providing a commentary on the "American Cultural Identity".

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From The Art Department...

Drawing students practiced drawing still life pieces this week.

From The Science Department...

Please see the feature from the Pikes Peak Bulletin - Students Take Flight

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National Weather Service

Kyle Mosley from the National Weather Service inspired the next generation meteorologists and climate scientists. Students discussed what drives our weather and what’s the difference between weather and climate. We learned how climate change is affecting Colorado and complicated interactions of oscillations in Earth's ocean and atmosphere. We discussed: Is there still a wildfire season? What's going on with the beetles eating our trees? How do melting glaciers affect the Gulf Stream and cause colder winters in the UK? Why was there a super cold winter in Texas? Last, students enjoyed a tornado demonstration and stories about a tornado on Pikes Peak as well as sling psychrometers used during wildfires.
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From The World Language Department...

Club de Español is selling Holiday Cards with greetings in Spanish, perfect for the upcoming season of celebration. Every card designed has been created by a group of students from the club. Part of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be going towards the sponsorship of Moris, the kid from Central America that Club de Español has been sponsoring through the On Bound Organization since 2021. To make an order, please feel free to contact Sra. Perez or Dra. Valladares. We'll appreciate your support.
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From The Music Department...

Jazz Band & Symphonic Band performed their winter concert Wednesday night.

Orchestra and Advanced Orchestra performed their winter concert on Thursday night.

Both were successful performances!

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A Mustang Opportunity...

This is it...the last European tour headed by Mr Brown will happen this upcoming summer. Our destination is the beautiful island of Ireland. This tour combines the excitement of the big city (Dublin) with the traditions of Ireland's countryside as we visit Galway, Killarney, Blarney, and more.

From historical museums to sheep dog demonstrations, a horse farm visit to kissing the Blarney Stone, this is a tour you don't want to miss.

Contact Mr. Brown ( for more information. Please open the powerpoint for visuals.
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Important Upcoming Dates...

Saturday, December 3rd - Knowledge Bowl - Mesa Ridge High School - All Day

Saturday, December 3rd - Wrestling: Boys Varsity vs. Pueblo Central (Away) - 9:00am

Monday, December 5th - Staff vs Woodland Park Staff Basketball- Woodland Park High School - 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 7th - Late Start Wednesday - school starts at 10:05am

Wednesday, December 7th -PAC Meeting - HS Media Center - 5:30pm

Wednesday, December 7th - Wrestling: Boys Varsity vs. Peyton Jr/Sr High (Away) - 6:00pm

Thursday, December 8th - Grand Canyon University Visit (Rescheduled) - Media Center - Advisory

Thursday, December 8th - Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Middle Park (Away) - 3:30pm

Thursday, December 8th - Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Middle Park (Away) - 5:00pm

Friday, December 9th - Spirit - Cheer: Varsity vs. CHSAA (Away) - Denver Coliseum - 8:00am

Friday, December 9th - Winter Choir Concert - District Auditorium - 7:00pm