High School Happenings

September 2022

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

Spirit Week is September 12-16

Monday (9/12) - Anything but a Backpack Day

Wednesday (9/14) - Sports Jersey Day

Friday (9/16) - Yeti Spirit Day On anything but a Backpack Day - it's just that. Carry your stuff in anything except a backpack (within reason - try not to bring something huge like a canoe or a dumpster). Be creative, and have fun. Then wear any sports jersey on Wednesday - especially your own if you're an athlete! Lastly, any Yeti attire will do on Friday! The Outstanding Outfit Award will be selected daily and immortalized in the yearbook!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The Campus High School will have parent/teacher conferences on Friday, October 7, 2022, from 8:00-2:30 PM on the North Campus. You will have the opportunity to sign-up for a 10-minute time slot with each teacher you wish to conference with. Please check which teachers your student has so you sign up for the correct person. You will receive an email with the sign-in link and more information next week.
The Campus Student Training Hub

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

Fall Break

Fall Break is October 10-21. School will start back up again on Monday, October 24.

Chemistry & Honors Biology

Biology and Chemistry students have started the year exploring all aspects of Scientific Inquiry. Honors Biology students have begun their extensive Zoo Exhibit Design Project. They will learn about the diverse needs of zoos by identifying an exhibit that would be enjoyed by zoo-goers and would fulfill the needs of the animals in the enclosure in a safe, sustainable fashion. They must choose an animal or habitat being threatened and create a conservation plan for the animal(s) that will live there. They will present their final design proposal to an audience of conservation groups, zookeepers, and people who frequent the zoo. They started their background research through a field trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Researching Wildlife conservation, and exploring animal adaptations through a visit from the local Zoomobile Edventure team. I can’t wait to see where our students go with this project. Both Chemistry and Honors Chemistry students are exploring chemistry through the lens of a forensic investigation/crime scene Project over the next month. Honors Chemistry students will use their knowledge of density to design an experiment that will provide the first clues in their forensic investigation. In addition, students will use gas laws to determine details and further evidence.. Non-STEM chemistry students will also be exploring different aspects of chemistry through a crime scene investigation. Students will test a child’s bottle to determine if it contains “just” water. They will then use the evidence they uncover to decide if a crime has been committed. All students will work in collaborative teams and learn to apply broad science concepts to real-world situations. As a culminating activity, all blended chemistry students will be invited on a field trip to the Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab to learn about the connections between science and community law enforcement careers.

English III

English III is diving into the world of slam and spoken word poetry to study the use of voice. We will travel to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center to connect visual art with spoken art, and wrap up the month with an in-class slam jam.

Engineering & Robotics

It's been an exciting first month for the Engineering and Robotics program. Students in Intro to Engineering have spent the month learning the basic tools and design process, competing against one another in a series of instant challenges. They're about to start learning how to use CAD through SolidWorks. Principles of Engineering is finishing up that exact activity, and transitioning into Mechanisms - where they will be learning about energy and efficiency through VEX kits. Engineering Design and Development are beginning to research the potential design challenges deeper before they pick their yearlong mission in the next few weeks.

We are excited this year to introduce the new competitive Robotics program, where students will build and compete against other schools in a game called "Spin-Up." The program is new, and we are learning many things along the way. Still, the first generation of Disco Bots is walking around the hallways and terrorizing other classrooms as students design improvements for them. The first competition date is October 1 at Mesa Ridge High School from 8 to 2. More information will be on the way as it becomes available!

Coding is going well!

Coding 1 students are utilizing print input statements to start their journey of learning python. Drone students have assembled their remotes and used code to build flight plans. Welcome to all our new and returning families. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding computer science and digital elective courses.

I look forward to a great school year!

Peer Tutoring Offered

Peer Tutoring will start again on Friday, September 16, and meet weekly from 10:40 to 11:55 AM. Peer tutors are students who enjoy helping other students develop their academic abilities and provide extra support to motivate them through challenging assignments. Email Mrs. Shonk, jshonk@d49.org, if you are interested in joining Peer Tutoring!

Student Events

Sports Movie Night - The Sandlot - September 14 at 6:00 PM

We will enjoy popcorn, pizza, and The Sandlot! If you plan to eat pizza, please bring $5 to help us cover the cost.

70's Disco Dance - September 23 at The Campus - Tickets ON SALE NOW

Throwback to a great decade of music and culture - the 70's. This dance will be at the Campus from 7:30 to 10:30 PM and will feature radical decor and groovy tunes. Dress the part and bring your dance moves. Tickets are on sale now, only $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Find the out-of-building guest form here and return it no later than September 21.