Falcon Flyer

Friday, March 31, 2023

Principal Message

The last week had the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs! I would like to first follow up on the district’s communication regarding the Nashville school shooting and the specific safety features and procedures we have in place at Falcon Creek. We are resolute when it comes to the safety of our students and staff. We routinely drill for all scenarios and work with the district’s security department and local law enforcement to stay up-to-date with protocols and emergency response procedures. As mentioned in the letter from our Superintendent, we currently have one point of entry that remains locked throughout the school day. Visitors are admitted only after being cued from an outside buzzer. Once allowed inside, visitors are met by security specialists where identification is presented and verified via Raptor Technologies (an integrated school safety software program). We are currently in the process of adding an additional layer of security with a secondary set of locked doors in the vestibule that will have to be cleared prior to gaining access to the main hallway. This entry system is always manned during the school day by one of our security specialists. Those three individuals are Rory Tucker, James Vaughn, and our newest addition, Larry Washington. These gentlemen spend every minute of every day ensuring the safety of students and staff and the security of our building. They are vigilant in their routines of checking external doors, testing the locks on classroom doors, watching external and internal camera feeds, supervising the lunchroom, hallways, bathrooms, playgrounds, bus lanes, parking lots, and crosswalks, and doing it all while joking with kids, welcoming parents, and recovering foursquare balls from the roof! The next time you are in the building or see them in the parking lot, please give them a wave and let them know how much you appreciate them!

And now for some good news! Last Thursday was the 2023 Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Gala & Educator of the Year Celebration! This year’s nominee from Falcon Creek was the very deserving 8th grade math teacher, Rachel Oline. Rachel was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues who were all so proud of her and thrilled to be a part of her big night! The Foundation Gala is a wonderful opportunity to recognize those educators who pour so much of themselves into their teaching and encourage a love of learning in their students. Rachel Oline exemplifies this kind of teacher! We are very lucky to have her at Falcon Creek and so proud to honor her as our 2023 Educator of the Year.

Until next time,

Lara Kibbee

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CMAS Testing April 11 - 13

While state testing provides valuable information about your student’s academic achievement and growth, Colorado statute does allow parents to exempt their students from testing without consequences to the student, school, or district. If you plan to exempt your student from state testing, please use the following link https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/Page/14853 for Exemption Directions.

Students who are exempted from CMAS AND stay home on their designated testing days will need a parent to call the attendance line at 720.886.7717 to excuse their student from school. Exempted students who come to school will be in an academic setting during the day and expected to read or complete school work. Students will not have access to any technology while at school during the CMAS testing period. All computers and computer chargers will be collected, regardless of exempt status, on April 5th. If you have any questions about how to exempt your student from CMAS testing, please contact Kellie Lutzka-Boivin at 720.886.7745.



Did you know you can now use our Falcon Creek App to notify attendance of your student's absence? From the home screen on the App select the Menu option, 3 lines, in the upper left corner and push the blue Attendance button. Here you will enter your parent and student information. This is an easy and fast way to let us know your student will be absent for one or two periods or the entire day.

Literary Magazine Submissions

Hello Falcon's! The Falcon Creek Middle School Creative Writing Club is looking for submissions for our new literary magazine The Falcon's Nest. All students grades 6th-8th are welcome to submit. If you have a short story, a poem, or the next great literary masterpiece, then click the link below and bring your writing to life!



Magen Gore

Written by Samantha Lee

Ms. Gore is the Health Liaison here at Falcon Creek. She has always had a passion for working with kids and helping people to feel and perform their best in life. She loves the sense of community and support. She has earned a degree in allied health science. Her hobbies outside of Falcon Creek are martial arts, clarinet and bass clarinet, as well as crocheting. Her favorite book is Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires. She grew up in this school district and wanted to give back. SOAR means to her to have a safe environment where everyone can be able to thrive.

Peer Tutoring Available

Falcon Creek is proud to announce the return of Peer to Peer Tutoring on Monday and Wednesdays during Extended Learning. Students can sign up for Extended Learning and come for peer tutoring from 3:45 - 4:45 twice a week.

Ms. Adamiak's Virtual Support

Ms. Adamiak’s is opening up her virtual support to all students now! Ms. Adamiak is a teacher in the 8th grade hallway and has been virtually supporting her 8th graders up until now. This is a great opportunity to get some additional support virtually! Ms. Adamiak can provide some study skills support, tech tools for success and support in classes and with assignments. This is now open to ALL students! Ms. Adamiak is not in all classes and grades therefore- she will do her best to support as she can! This is a great opportunity for support if you are unable to stay after school! Please scan the QR code to the right to register!

Come join Ms. Adamiak’s on Thursdays from 5-6pm!

Contact: Erica Adamiak mailto:eadamiak@cherrycreekschools.org

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2023 Summer Athletics & Activities Camps

Check out all the athletic and activity camps offered this summer through Cherry Creek.

What's Happening at Falcon Creek

April 6 - Girls Volleyball Games - 7th Grade at Fox Ridge and 8th Grade at Falcon Creek

April 10 - Girls Volleyball Games - 7th Grade at Falcon Creek and 8th Grade at Liberty

April 11 - 13 - CMAS Testing ALL GRADES

April 13 - Girls Volleyball Games - 7th Grade at Falcon Creek and 8th Grade at Laredo

April 18 - Girls Volleyball Games - 7th Grade at Falcon Creek and 8th Grade at West

April 19 - 6th grade girls volleyball begins



After School Clubs


Math League

Arab Girls Leadership


Robotics Club

Creative Writing Club

Girls Who Code


Yearbook Club

Book Club

Steel City Coders

Latina Girls Leadership


Arab Boys Club

Black Girls Leadership

Open Gym is back this school year and is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.

Extended Learning is offered Monday thru Thursday from 3:45 - 4:45 in the Innovation Center. All students are welcome!

Please visit the calendar on our school website for more details.


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Falcon Creek PTCO

Our next PTCO meeting is April 11th at 6:00 p.m.

Your PTCO board is looking for a volunteer for either the Co-President or Secretary position. The position is a two year commitment, you'll spend the first year helping and learning from our current board member. Please reach out to mailto:falconcreekptco@gmail.com if you have questions of if you'd like to learn more.

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night on April 11th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Parker & Chambers location.

Crazy Hat Roller Skating Party at Skate City is April 5th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Hazel Health - Mental Health Care for All Students

Hazel Health has partnered with CCSD to provide access to quality health care services for all students, at no cost to families, this school year. A school health representative can initiate a video visit with a Hazel Health licensed therapist while your child is at school. Therapy sessions with Hazel Health are a safe space and are private and confidential. To ensure your child has access to this service, please take 5 minutes to sign up today.


District Meetings and Events

April 4 - PIN Meeting

April 6 - Indigenous Parent Action Committee Meeting

April 10 - Board of Education Meeting

April 13 - Parents' Council

April 13 - Special Education Advisory Committee

From the Nurse

We have passed spring break, so we know that warmer weather and summer are fast approaching! Today we will review some warm weather safety tips.

  1. Sun and heat exposure – When any of us are spending time outside, especially in the spring and summer, it is essential to use sunscreen. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, and our risk can be avoided by taking some basic steps. If we are spending time outside, it is important to wear sunscreen, even if it is cloudy out. If you or your kids are outside for an extended period of time, follow the manufacturer’s advice and reapply the sunscreen as needed (usually every 2 hours). It is also important to know that sunscreen does expire – so check the dates on your sunscreen at the beginning of the season. Most only last for 2-3 years. It is important to try and avoid sunburns, as that means we damaged the top layer of our skin and increase the risk for skin cancer down the road. We can also protect ourselves by wearing hats, sunglasses, wearing long sleeves and taking breaks in shady areas or taking breaks inside.
  2. It is also important to avoid becoming dehydrated during the hot summer days. Stay well-hydrated during the hot weather and make sure your kids are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially when they are more active.
  3. Water Safety – When spending time at the pool or around other bodies of water, be aware if there is a lifeguard on duty or not. Keep an eye on your kids. Drownings can happen very quickly. If you are at a lake or at the beach, always keep an eye on your kids. There can be tricky currents and riptides that can pull people under unexpectedly, or drag them out too far from the shore.
  4. Concussion awareness – Our kids are often more active during the summer, which can lead to an increase in possible concussions. Make sure your kids are wearing a helmet when they are riding their bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller skates. Falls will happen, but helmets can help protect their skulls and their brains. If they are playing sports, they should follow any recommended safety guidelines. Know the signs and symptoms of concussions.
  5. Concussion Definition (from the CDC): A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
  6. Symptoms kids may complain of:

  • Headache or pressure in the head

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Balance problems or dizziness

  • Double or blurry vision

  • Being bothered by light or noise

  • Feeling sluggish or groggy

  • Having trouble concentrating or any memory problems

  • Just “not feeling right”

  • Signs that others may notice:

  • They can’t remember events before or after the injury

  • They appear dazed or stunned

  • They forget instructions or seem confused

  • Appear unusually clumsy

  • Slow to answer questions

  • Have any change in mood, behavior or personality

  • More concerning signs and symptoms (have them evaluated ASAP)

  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up

  • Headache that gets worse or won’t go away

  • Slurred speech, weakness or numbness

  • Repeated vomiting or nausea

  • Increase confusion or agitation or seizures

  • Passing out or being knocked out – even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously

  • One pupil larger than the other

  • If there are concerns, remove your child from any sports or activities until they can be evaluated by their doctor.

  • Things to remember:

  • Most concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness.

  • Even minor injuries can result in a concussion. It all depends on what happened to the brain and the chemical reaction that occurs after the injury.

  • Kids recover from most concussions in 1-3 weeks.

  • Treatment is generally resting as needed (often they need a lot more sleep than usual), taking breaks when symptoms occur or when they worsen, and avoiding another injury during the recover time. Their doctor may recommend further restrictions as well.

  • If students receive a secondary injury when they are still recovering from an initial head injury, that can prolong their recovery and occasionally cause more long-term complications.

  • Finally, if your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, be sure and notify your school nurse. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, they may need some accommodations at school during their recovery. This could include:

  • postponing tests and quizzes until their concentration and memory issues resolve

  • Decreasing their workload or giving extra time while they are recovering

  • Excusing missing assignments during their recovery

  • Allowing them to rest and take breaks as needed

  • Sitting out of PE and school sports.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!

Glenda Kauffman, MSN, RN, NCSN - Falcon Creek School Nurse

(720) 886-7767 mailto:gkauffman2@cherrycreekschools.org

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