Manitou Springs High School

Mustang News - October 7th, 2022

From The Principal

Happy October! This week we had a wonderful College Fair with over 30 schools representing a variety of post secondary options—thank you to our Counseling department. Additionally, our work on the Mustang Way continues: please consider joining us for trail building from 7:45-12 for any of the next three Saturdays: 8th, 15th, and/or 22nd (remember to complete the waiver beforehand).

Next week, please remember that Wednesday, October 12th is not a late start day due to PSAT 9 for 9th graders and PSAT NMSQT for 10th and 11th graders (no school for 12th graders) and that there is no school for students on Friday, 10/14 due to the staff work day.

Have a great weekend!

Anna Conrad

Manitou Springs High School

Interim Principal

PSAT - Next Week

Dear Mustang Students and Families,

On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the high school will have testing for 9th -11th graders starting at 8:05 am (this will NOT be a late start). Seniors will NOT have school on October 12. 9th grade will take the PSAT 8/9, while Grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT. Testing for students without accommodations will conclude at 12:00, followed by lunch for students from 12:00-12:30 pm, and students will be dismissed at 12:30. Families may pick up students anytime after testing concludes at 12:00 pm.

Please be aware that due to a middle school field trip, we will not be able to offer buses until 3:20; we will have supervision available for students who cannot be picked up until then, but encourage families to please coordinate transportation if possible.

The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT exams give students, families, and our school information regarding where students are in meeting college readiness benchmarks. Additionally, the PSAT NMSQT enables 11th grade students to be eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship (which we currently have one semifinalist for!).

Research shows that taking PSAT aligned tests in preparation for the SAT decreases stress and increases readiness and scores for students. As part of our college and career readiness work at MSHS, students will continue to take these tests in the fall and spring until April of their junior year when they will take the SAT. The SAT is used by colleges all over the country for college acceptance, and at times placement into courses. Furthermore, if students earn qualifying scores for both Math and English, the SAT can satisfy the testing element of Colorado’s Menu of Graduation Requirements (which students need to earn in addition to the minimum number of credits).

Thank you in advance for your partnership on this matter and please reach out to us if you have any further questions:


Anna Conrad & MSHS Team

High School Testing Schedule

October 12, 2022

Grade 9- PSAT 8/9

Grade 10- PSAT/NMSQT

Grade 11- PSAT/NMSQT

Grade 12- No School

Testing for students without accommodations concludes by 12:00, then lunch from 12:00-12:30.

12:30 dismissal for students without accommodations

**Further communication will be sent to families whose students have accommodations

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From The Counseling Department

College Corner

College Visit to University Colorado Denver (CU Denver), October 28th. Open for all students, but limited to 30 students. Permission forms are in the counseling office and are due October 17th.

Colorado FREE Application Days - October 18th, 19th, 20th. Seniors can get their applications completed now and then submit during one of the free days! See Mrs. Trainor in the media center or your school counselor for more information. Here is the link for those codes to use on Free Application Days.

Check out the schools in CO who are test optional and also test optional for scholarships.

College Admissions

Are you looking to see what it takes to get into a Colorado college/university? Here is what our colleges accepted.

Educating Children of Color Summit (ECOC) registration is now open for all high school students. This is for ALL students and you can will a laptop for attending. There is also scholarship money available. Checkout this link to view scholarships and register.

Are you interested in attending one of our military academies? West Point will have an information meeting.

West Point Admissions Information Meeting
Presented by
CPT Kelechi Odocha
Southwest Regional Commander, West Point Admissions
Tuesday 11 October
6PM to 7PM
Library 21c
1175 Chapel Hills Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

MSHS College Fair

Our Counseling Team and College Coordinator hosted an amazing college fair this week. Students were able to visit with over 30 colleges and universities from both in and out of state.
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Volunteer Opportunity - Maniboo

Maniboo is a Halloween carnival that MSES does each year to promote community and fun. This fundraiser has traditionally brought together students from MSHS and MSMS to help support our littlest learners. This year the event will take place at MSES on October 28th from 4:30-7pm.

Elementary students come dressed in their Halloween attire and participate in carnival-like games.Games include activities like: fishing, ring toss, cake walk, fortune telling and face painting.

We are looking for 20-30 student volunteers to help us on October 28th in two hour increments from 4-6pm and 6-8pm.

Please volunteer at the link below:

Maniboo Volunteers

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From The Music Department...

Current choir students and choir alumni sang at the Homecoming Football Game last week.
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From The Arts Department...

Art students working on peer critiques.
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Homecoming Week - Memorable Moments

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 7th - Football: Varsity vs. Florence High School (Home) - 7:00pm

Saturday, October 8th - Mustang Way Trail Build - 7:45am - 12:00pm

Saturday, October 8th - Robotics @ KCMT - Denver East High School - All Day

Saturday, October 8th - Knowledge Bowl @ Woodland Park HS - All Day

Monday, October 10th - Volleyball: Girls C/JV/Varsity vs James Irwin Charter (Home) - 4/5/6:00pm

Tuesday, October 11th - Soccer: Boys JV/Varsity vs Lamar (Home) - 4/6:00pm

Wednesday, October 12th - PSAT 9 & PSAT NMSQT - No School for Seniors

Wednesday, October 12th - Mustang Way Trail Build - 3:30pm - 5:45pm

Thursday, October 13th - Pikes Peak State College Visit - Advisory

Thursday, October 13th - Volleyball: Girls C/JV/Varsity vs Woodland Park @ 4/5/6:00pm

Thursday, October 13th - Soccer: Boys JV/Varsity @ Woodland Park HS - 4:30pm/6:30pm

Friday, October 14th - Staff Work Day - No Students

Thursday, October 20th - Early Release/Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 21st - No School/Parent-Teacher Conferences