Manitou Springs High School

Mustang News - November 18th, 2022

From The Principal...

Happy Snow Day! I hope you all are staying warm and are excited for a wonderful break. Recently, we have had so many moments that epitomized our core values: relationships, deep learning, and opportunities. For example, if you have not reviewed the KRDO article about our MSHS Home Build through Brad Borkowski’s class in partnership with Careers in Construction Colorado, please check it out; a huge shout out to Brad as well as Kolleen Johnson, our Career and Technical Education Director! I would also like to thank Kelly Perry for creating the opportunity for our physical science students to interact with AirForce cadets as they learned about a full-size glider set up in the gym and experienced the corresponding flight simulator! Additionally, we’ve had numerous staff members take students on field trips recently ranging from film festivals to local experiential environmental exploration to visits to Colorado College’s library collection. It is clear how much time and energy you have each invested in creating these deep learning opportunities.

I hope you all have a fantastic week off, and we are looking forward to finishing the semester strong with classes: November 28th through December 13th, followed by finals: December 14th-16th! Please remember that there is no Late Start on Wednesday, November 30th; class will start at 8:05 am.

Anna Conrad

Manitou Springs High School

Interim Principal

Staff Thanksgiving

Thank you to our Special Ed Department for putting together a delicious Thanksgiving meal for the staff. We enjoyed a time of togetherness before Thanksgiving Break.
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Front Office "Friendsgiving"

Mrs. Thomson and her office assistants celebrated a "Friendsgiving" together. Office assistants serve every other day in the front office during a block of class. We appreciate their hard work and the support that they give to our front office staff!
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From Manitou Springs School District...

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From The Technology Department...

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From The Counseling Department...

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:

Virtual College Fair

Colorado Council on High School/College Relations Day/Night Fairs is offering a virtual fair from November 14th through December 16th to allow families to explore colleges. In addition, the College Matchmaking™ service will enable you to find schools that best fit your ideal college experience! If you haven't already signed up for our virtual fair, click here to add it to your existing registration. If you have signed up for the virtual component, log in here to browse the virtual fair site!
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From The Athletics & Activities Department...

Congratulations to the Mountain Bike Team on a fantastic season!
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From The Prospector...

Be sure to read our Winter Sports Previews available now on our website -
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From The Music Department...

Jazz band students had an opportunity to play some music at the school board meeting on Monday. They played improv solos made up on the spot. School board and community members enjoyed the performances.
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From The English Department...

Mr. Walker's poetry class took a field trip to the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery to write narrative and experiential poems.
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From The Science Department...

Dr. Perry invited the Air Force Academy to display a glider and teach students more about flight and careers within the Air Force. Students (and staff!) loved the opportunity to sit in the TG-16A. Thank you!

Photo taken by The Prospector

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From The World Language Department...

Spanish I and French I students did a lesson about Thanksgiving and how to be thankful. As a demonstration of learning activity, students needed to think about 3 things they’re thankful for, write them on a leaf, in the target language, and put them up on the Appreciation Tree.

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From The Art Department...

Sculpture class had some special visitors from teachers and staff members who wanted to learn how to make Kurinuki potter!
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A Field Trip In Film...

Mr Gilliam's MAP class and Ms Harms' Theater class had the opportunity to attend a film makers' forum with documentary filmmakers whose films were featured at this year's Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival.

The students were asked to create a piece of art that was inspired by one of the films that they had pre-screened prior to the event, and to have a question to ask the filmmakers. The students asked great probing questions that helped us get a better insight into the films. After the Q&A portion students had the opportunity to present their art.

From The PAC...

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MSHS Craft Fair

Please consider participating in or shopping at the Manitou Springs High School Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3rd. This yearly event is the perfect place to find unique, locally made holiday gifts.
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Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 21st - Friday, November 25th - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29th - Grand Canyon University Visit - Media Center - Advisory

Wednesday, November 30th - Band Concert - District Auditorium - 7:00pm

Wednesday, November 30th - Varsity: Girls Basketball vs Peyton (Away) - 5:30pm

Wednesday, November 30th -Varsity: Boys Basketball vs Peyton (Away) - 7:00pm

Thursday, December 1st - Orchestra Concert - District Auditorium - 7:00pm

Friday, December 2nd - Spirit - Cheer: Varsity vs. Vista Ridge (Away) - All Day

Friday, December 2nd - Wrestling: Boys Varsity vs. Pueblo Central (Away) - 9:00am

Friday, December 2nd - Wrestling: Girls Varsity vs. Pueblo Central (Away) - 9:00am

Friday, December 2nd - Swim & Dive: Varsity vs. Pueblo County (Home) - 4:00pm

Friday, December 2nd - Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Elizabeth (Away) - 5:30pm

Friday, December 2nd - Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Elizabeth (Away) - 7:00pm

Saturday, December 3rd - (HS) Knowledge Bowl @ Mesa Ridge High School - All Day

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

Saturday, December 3rd - HS Craft Fair - 9:00am - 3:00pm