The What's UPdate!

Welcome to the new school year!

HELLO SSAE FAMILIES! We're so excited to bring you the What's UPdate for our first week back to school.

Mrs. Wichman

Welcome! I have been teaching ART at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence for the past 9 years. I have watched many of these fabulous kids grow up. I am excited for another of fun messy projects and digital art.

Mrs. Danford

Welcome back, everyone! I am Mrs. Danford, your math teacher this year. This is my 8th year at Spring Studio. I have been a parent, volunteer tutor, student success coach, high school teacher, and I'm in my second year as a middle school teacher. I am super excited to work with 5th-8th this year. We are going to have so much fun in math (don't all groan at once)! Please reach out if you have any questions. I love to text and my Remind classes will be up and running soon, but until then don't hesitate to send a message -

Mrs. Schinck and Miss Pukansky

Our amazing Student Success Coaches are here to assist you! Please contact them at and

Ms. Martin

Hello! I am Chelsea Martin, the school counselor for grades 5-9. I recently moved back to Colorado Springs from New York and am so excited to work with the amazing students at Springs Studio! Beginning in September, I will be pushing into the classroom to teach students various skills to be a successful student and adolescent. Please feel free to contact me at any time at or 719-432-8179.



During our first week back, scholars finished their first STAR360! Students also caught up with old friends and enjoyed meeting their new classmates. Moving into next week, students will show off their writing skills with ThinkCERCA. We're starting strong on creating a community of thinkers and writers! Here's to the year ahead!


Students learned how to access several tools in Google, including Google Docs, Sheets, Classroom, and Slides. All students should have created five folders (one for each of their core classes and an electives folder). They were also shown how to save a Google doc into a PDF (one of the forms that Edgenuity accepts for submission). The All Things Google presentation can be accessed via the following link: In the upcoming weeks, we will be going over Lab Safety and learn the routines that will enable all learners to be successful in science.


It was very exciting to get our new Macbooks! Our Student Success Coaches, Mrs. Schink, and Miss Pukansky did an amazing job managing the computer handouts. We are the first school in District 49 to have one to one Macbooks. In Electives class, we have been getting everyone up to speed with all the new technology here.

I am looking forward to starting STEM-based activities!

Social Studies

Hey Hey, Hey!! My name is Mr. Lohmann (Mr. L), and this is my second year at SSAE. I enjoy playing frisbee golf, billiards, and sewing in a hail storm. Additionally, I have two labradors, and they love walking me. I am super excited to have new and returning students in Social Studies, and I am looking forward to a phenomenal 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to reach me at Science be with you.


Our first week was spent getting student laptops set up. Next week we will start art projects. You may reach me, Kara Wichman, at or (719) 499-0387.


Math is slowly getting up and running. Students are into ALEKS and are getting familiar with how it works. Our first official in-building knowledge check is Monday, August 12th, at 8:15 AM. Students will not need to bring anything special for the knowledge check but should have their computers charged and ready to go for the day.