In the Zone
From the Desk of Dustin Horras
Sand Creek Zone Families -
I hope you have enjoyed a summer of fun and time to relax. We are quickly approaching the start of the new school year and I want to welcome our new families to the Sand Creek Zone while extending thanks to our returning families. Thanks for trusting our schools, leaders, teachers, and staff with your students. Our schools are full of staff members who will develop strong relationships with your student(s) while going above and beyond to support their needs. My expectation for our schools is to have a strong student-centered culture that maintains high expectations for teaching and learning. Our Zone is one that will support, and challenge, our students to succeed and be prepared for whatever is next: the next grade level or post-graduation opportunities. The Sand Creek Zone is an excellent choice, and place, for your student(s).
The start of this school year brings some change in leadership at many of our schools. Each of our schools, with the exception of Sand Creek High School, welcome new administrators. Stetson Elementary, Springs Ranch Elementary, and Horizon Middle School all welcome new principals this year. Evans Elementary, Remington Elementary, Stetson Elementary, Springs Ranch Elementary, and Horizon Middle School all welcome new assistant principals to their buildings. Having worked with our returning administrators and either hiring or meeting our new ones, I am excited about our group of school leaders and the things they will do at each building.
Although I am moving into a new role this year as Zone Superintendent, I am starting my 28th year in District 49 - all working in the Sand Creek Zone. I began my career as a 4th grade teacher at Evans Elementary before moving to principal roles at both Evans and most recently Horizon Middle School. I also spent a couple years at Sand Creek. My experience at the various levels, in the Zone and District, allow me to bring a lot of knowledge of our Sand Creek Zone schools and many of our families. I truly look forward to continuing to serve this community.
Please look for communication for your student's school regarding upcoming events, open house, registration, and other back to school information. Again, welcome back, or welcome to, the Sand Creek Zone! - Dustin Horras, Sand Creek Zone Superintendent
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Community Partner Spotlight
SCZ Schools Boost Culture and Climate Renaissance
Evans Elementary presented on how they brought on the Renaissance program at the elementary level, showing other schools how to successfully implement character education, celebrate students through rallies, and involving student leadership in the positive culture planning of their school.
Horizon Middle School Assistant Principal Liz Dalzell also presented on how to get Renaissance started in your school and the positive impact the program has had on academic growth and achievement. Liz also was asked to give a "REN Talk" on what is student achievement and that we can measure it with more than just a grade.
We are excited of the expansion of the Renaissance program in the Sand Creek Zone and we can't wait to see the positive growth of our students! Check out more photos here.
Nominate a Staff Member "In the Zone"
This is a new and special recognition that acknowledges a Sand Creek Zone employee who has done an outstanding job, made an extraordinary effort, went above and beyond their role, or presented an overly caring or welcoming attitude. This nomination is meant to recognize those that truly go the extra mile and to acknowledge exemplary performance in the Sand Creek Zone.
Those selected as "In the Zone" through this nomination will receive zone wide recognition for their exceptional efforts.
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Back To School Events
HMS Registration (7th/8th) 9am-3pm
7/27: HMS Open House 5:30pm
7/29: SCHS Campus Clean Up 9-11am
7/31: SRES Open House 3:30pm
SES Open House 3:30pm
EES Open House 5pm
8/1: K, 6, 9th Graders First Day of School
RES Meet & Greet 3:30-5:30pm
8/2: First Day of School for All Students
8/8: SCHS Back to School Night 5:30pm
8/17: RES Back to School Night 5pm
SRES Back to School Night 5pm
8/18: No School for Students
8/25: SCHS Homecoming Game 7pm