Manitou Springs High School

Mustang News - October 21st, 2022

From The Principal

This week I found myself consistently impressed by the deep learning, opportunities, and relationships across staff and students. It was so joyous to spend time in classrooms this week: students discussing edits on their rhetorical analysis essays based on feedback from their teacher and self-reflection on the rubric, students building boxes with sliding lids that they stamped with their own design, students playing some very intense volleyball, and more.

Additionally, it has also been exciting to hear about our increased family participation in conferences! Thank you to all families who took the time to connect with teachers this week.

Have a wonderful, fall weekend.

Anna Conrad

Interim Principal

Manitou Springs High School

Mustang Way Trail Build

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From The Counseling Department...

A reminder that the MSHS Counseling Department has an ongoing newsletter that can be found here: Counseling Newsletter. Here parents and students can access important Naviance videos/tutorials and other valuable resources throughout the year. We encourage you to check this out often to see the updated scholarship list as well as many other opportunities and resources!
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Scholarships for all 9th -12 grade students. It's never too early to apply for FREE money for college!!

  • Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship due 10/31. Students 14 years of age or older are eligible to apply
  • 9th-12th graders:
    • Create a free account with a scholarship search engine. Some of my favorite scholarship search engines include GoingMerry and Unigo. Pro tip: when creating your account, make sure to unselect checkboxes if you don’t want to be bombarded with a lot of emails. Make time to review and apply to scholarships frequently. Avoid “lottery scholarships” that only ask for your contact info. The more effort you have to put into a scholarship, the more likely you are to actually receive it!
    • You can create an account where you enter all your coursework, grades and achievements. Then they offer you college-specific scholarships. This is a great way to discover new colleges based on some of the scholarship offers. If you apply to one of the colleges that are offering you a scholarships during 12th grade, you’ll already have a micro scholarship waiting for you!

From The Technology Department...

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From The Theater Department...

Don't miss the High School Fall Play, "Beowulf & the Bard," - a fun, frenetic and freewheeling farce that updates the Old English poem about the warrior Beowulf, who must rescue the mead hall from a hideous ogre (and his even more hideous mother). Told through the eyes of the epic’s writer—a character known simply as “the bard”—the comedy’s events unfold much differently than the familiar story passed down through the ages. In reality, Beowulf is an out-of-shape prince hoping to fulfill the heroic code, while the bard is a desperate poet struggling with a nasty case of writer’s block. This retelling also introduces a new female character: the bloodthirsty warrior princess Gunborg, whose quest to reach her heroic destiny is ignored by her overprotective father, the king. Beowulf (and the Bard) is a comedy about friendship, duty and what it means to be a hero.

~thank you to Maya S. for the poster design and to the Tech Theater Class for the set construction and painting.

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From The Music Department...

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From The Prospector...

The Prospector Article of the Week: Entrepreneur Ethan Orr's business takes off by Angela Rowe
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From The World Language Department...

Spanish I students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by doing oral presentations about Spanish Speaking Countries. Students embraced the hispanic culture by researching interesting facts and bringing food to share with their classmates. They had a lot of fun.

From The Science Department...

Garden of the Gods Field Trip -

Jay Temple, consulting geologist for the Colorado Geological Survey, took Manitou's Earth/Space science students on an adventure to answer the question "How did those red rocks get there?" One cool demonstration using play-doh showed how horizontal layers become vertical. We traveled through a mountain-building event (70-40 million years ago) and then a more recent uplift (5 million years ago) to understand the rock layers that form the Garden of Gods and the effect of erosional forces. We found evidence of the Ancestral Rockies, too!

Physical Science -

Physical science students had a blast this week doing repeatable science and putting air pressure to the test. Students used the scientific method to solve problems. They asked how big of a container could we use, observed changes, made guesses, and ran their own wet experiments. After drying off, we even bent water with static electricity

Science News:

Exciting news for physical science students: The Challenger Learning Center of Colorado, through their partnership with Blue Origin and the Kinder Morgan Foundation and support from local structural consulting company, Criterium-McCafferty Engineers, have provided scholarships to support a full day field trip. In January, students will have an immersive STEM experience. After a simulated space mission, students will complete an explorer lab (STEM activities) followed by a planetarium show. Thank you for your generous support and tireless effort to grow next generation explorers. Stay tuned for more details.

Science Award Winners:

Announcing our inaugural Criterium-McCafferty Engineering and Science award winners: Madelyn Tehan, Natalee Reeves, Brooke Ferguson, Kyle Blasi, and Mackinzy Wall! Thank you to our local structural consulting company, Criterium-McCafferty Engineers, for supporting the next-generation innovators.

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From The Athletics Department...

Interested in trying out for basketball, swimming, or wrestling this year??

Don't miss out on important pre-season & try-out information.....Sign up for sportsYou today!

Access Codes:

Boys Basketball -- AT8L4LHM

Girls Basketball -- A6KD6G25

Swimming -- XZL83HVY

Boys & Girls Wrestling -- FBDU96ZV

Open gyms are underway!! First day of try-outs: November 14th

***Have you turned in your Athletic Registration Form (attached) and physical form into Mrs. Glass yet???***


To receive a PASS TO PRACTICE, the following items must be completed before the first day of practice:

· NOVEMBER 14th, 2022 – Boys & Girls Basketball, Swimming, Boys & Girls Wrestling

· February 27th, 2023 – Track, Baseball, Girls Soccer, Girls Golf

Registration paperwork only needs to be filled out once per school year but you must get a PASS TO PRACTICE for every season that you intend to participate.

$60.00 Registration Fee (max $120.00 per year/per student-$300/family/school year)

· Cash

· Check, Made Payable: MSHS

· Online (

You may also use the QR code below.

Athletic/Activities Administrative Assistant: Angie Glass,, (719) 685-2053

Athletic Director: Cameron Jones,, (719) 685-2058

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Maniboo - Student Volunteers Needed!

Maniboo is a Halloween carnival that MSES does each year to promote community and fun. This fundraiser has traditionally brought together students from MSHS and MSMS to help support our littlest learners. This year the event will take place at MSES on October 28th from 4:30-7pm.

Elementary students come dressed in their Halloween attire and participate in carnival-like games. Games include activities like: fishing, ring toss, cake walk, fortune telling and face painting.

We are looking for volunteers to help us on October 28th in two hour increments from 4-6pm and 6-8pm.

Please volunteer at the link below:

Maniboo Volunteers

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Holiday Craft Fair - Coming Soon!

Below is the registration link for the 2022 MSHS Craft Fair - hosted by Student Council. Stop by and shop or register to sell below!

Manitou Springs High School Craft Fair
Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00am-3:00pm
401 El Monte Place
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Vendors must be set-up and ready by 8:45am and stay until 3:00pm for customer browsing.
Student volunteers will be available for load in, tear down, and other needs throughout the day.

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First Official Kendama Club Meeting

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Mustang Moments

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 21st - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 21st - Fall Play - District Auditorium - 7:00pm

Friday, October 21st - Football: Varsity vs. La Junta (Home) - 7:00pm

Saturday, October 22nd - Fall Play - District Auditorium - 7:00pm

Monday, October 24th - Volleyball: Girls JV/Varsity vs Atlas Prep (Away) - 4/5:00pm

Monday, October 24th - Football: JV vs. La Junta (Away) - 4:00pm

Wednesday, October 26th - Late Start Wednesday - school starts at 10:05am

Wednesday, October 26th - Movie Night presented by GSTA - Old Gym - 6:30pm

Thursday, October 27th - UCCS Visit - Media Center - Advisory

Thursday, October 27th - Volleyball: Girls C/JV/Varsity vs University (Home) - 4/5/6:00pm

Thursday, October 27th - Choir Concert - District Auditorium - 7:00pm

Friday, October 28th - Football: Varsity vs. Lamar (Home) - 7:00pm

Sunday, October 30th - Key Club Haunted House - Commons - 6:00pm