High School Happenings

February 2023

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


  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: Friday, February 17 from 8:00-2:30 PM- no students on campus
  • Presidents' Day: Monday, February 20- no students on campus
  • Black Out Dance: Friday, February 24 from 7:30-10:30 PM at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center
  • D49 Professional Development Day: Monday, February 27- no students on campus

HS Parent/Teacher Conferences February 17

The Campus (SSAE and PPEC high schools) will have parent/teacher conferences on Friday, February 17, 2023, from 8:00-2:30 PM. Please click on the link below to access the Parent/Teacher Conferences Sign-Up Genius. Be sure to check with your student to verify each teacher's name to sign-up for a slot. Each time slot will be 10 minutes.If you are unavailable for this date and time, please reach out to the individual teacher via email to schedule a conference.We look forward to seeing you then.
Thank you!
PPEC/SSAE HS teachers

BLACKOUT DANCE - February 24 @ La Foret Tickets on Sale NOW!

Tickets for the long-awaited Blackout Dance on February 24 are now ON SALE. The tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dress dark and get ready for a night of neon at La Foret - Inglis Hall starting at 7:30 pm and lasting until 10:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Permission Slips for Campus HS students attending the dance must be turned in at the time of purchase.
  • The out-of-building guest form must be turned in at the time of purchase - no later than Feb 22.

Permission Slip for Campus HS students attending the dance must be turned in at the time of purchase.

Out-of-building guest permission form must be turned in at the time of purchase - no later than Feb 22.

Chemistry & Honors Biology

Wow! January was a "reactive" month in the Science Lab! Honors Chemistry students have been very busy discovering the properties of chemical reactions through experimentation and exploratory labs. They have been challenged to balance chemical equations and identify types of chemical reactions. Many were challenged by stoichiometry problems, but all have found a deep appreciation for the importance of a "balanced" equation. January was no less exciting for Chemistry students as they tested their knowledge and skills in calorimetry, thermodynamics, and insulating properties by designing a cooler that could maintain an ice cube in boiling water for two minutes. We have some serious future engineers in our classroom; that's a fact! February will be filled with studying acids and bases for Chemistry students. January was also an exciting month for Biology students and will continue to be quite the "story to tell." They have been exploring genetics and inheritance through their Generations Project. In this project, we are focusing on our three key questions: How are traits passed from one generation to another, and why do members of the same family have different traits? Why are some traits hidden in one generation and expressed in the next? What influences one's identity and how it changes throughout their lifetime? We explore these questions through labs, team discussions, modeling, and lively debates supported by evidence and reasoning. It's been impressive to see our bright young scientists defend their claims with textual evidence. I see some future lawyers in our Science lab!


Intro Engineering students are having an out-of-this-world time as they design new model rockets that are based on space programs from history! Researching the features of each program and applying those to the design of a rocket that must fly between 100 and 121 meters in altitude is the core of the project. Principles of Engineering are immersing themselves in structures as they learn the principles of trusses in advance of a bridge-building contest.

Robotics Team

Robotics is preparing an All-Star Bot for the AFCEA Space Symposium at The Broadmoor. The tournament will take place on February 20. The other teams continue to prepare as they hope to have a chance at qualifying for State.


The second semester is in full swing! Students have been working hard in all of their elective courses. Coding students are utilizing Python to draw and create animations. Students are importing Pygame library to use functions to draw different shapes. Students are creating their own art in a code your own project. Do you know a computer scientist or programmer that is interested in speaking to our students? I am looking for any parent or family friend willing to give our students an in-depth look into future careers. Please let me know if you have a contact for us (ncummings@d49.org)! Thank you!

Peer Tutoring Offered

Peer Support Coaches are students who enjoy helping other students develop their academic abilities and provide extra support to motivate them through difficult assignments. We meet every Friday from 10:40-11:55 am, and the coaches will establish their own availability at various times throughout the week. Email Mrs. Shonk, jshonk@d49.org, if you are interested in joining the Peer Support team! For more information, check out our website.

The Generations Project Family Potluck- March 15

Save the date! The Generations Project Family Potluck is coming up on March 15 from 5-6 pm. This is an event for freshmen; more details to come soon.


FINAL order for Yearbook- March 10

The final deadline to order a yearbook is March 10. To order your yearbook, visit inter-state.com/order and enter code 72527M.

Final deadline for all senior portraits, quotes, and dedications- February 17.

Just to clarify, there is only ONE yearbook for SSAE and PPEC combined. The website says SSAE - sorry for the confusion!


The Campus Student Training Hub

Information on everything you want to know- for students and parents!