From the Desk of Sean Dorsey

Community Newsletter. May 2019

A Message from Sean Dorsey

Thank you to those that completed our recent Parent Satisfaction Survey. 540 parents took time out of their hectic lives to provide us valuable feedback. Currently, school leaders are rolling out the results to staff. The roll-out process allows building staff to develop straight forward actions to address opportunities for improvement. Below are the bright spots (highest average scores) and opportunities for improvement (lowest average scores) based on the Parent Satisfaction Survey results:

Bright Spots

1. The school is clean and well-maintained.

2. My family is treated with respect at this school.

Opportunities for Improvement

1. I receive positive phone calls, emails, or notes about my child from the school.

2. I regularly receive feedback from school staff on how well my child is learning.

We will continue to capitalize on our bright spots while we work to address our opportunities for improvement. One of the many things I admire about the staff in the Sand Creek Zone is the desire to improve and grow.

Thank you for your involvement this year as our schools continue to better serve students as a result of engaged families and community members. I very much appreciate and notice the time folks dedicate to volunteering in our schools, serving on committees, and attending events. Your impact on our students' success cannot be understated.

Keep an eye on school and zone websites for upcoming events. Dates for open houses and registration will soon be posted on our websites. We will also utilize Facebook and Twitter to communicate events of importance as we ramp up next school year. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a great summer.


Zone Identity Award - Lori Maher

Lori Maher, instructional coach at HMS, received the Zone Award for the Pillar of People by providing specific, actionable feedback to improve instruction, through her leadership with Visible Learning, mentoring new teachers, and helping teachers effectively implement and adjust their impact cycles. Lori is patient and understanding and has built strong relationships with the staff and students of Horizon Middle School.

Zone Identity Award - Leslie Garza

Leslie Garza, counselor at HMS, received the Zone Award for the Pillar of Student Success by building relationships with all students individually, to ensure their academic, emotional and social success at Horizon Middle School. Leslie motivates students to work hard through weekly check ins and goes above and beyond outside of school hours to attend student events, go on home visits and do whatever else it takes to stay in contact with students who are at risk.

Zone Identity Award - Misty O'Connor

Leslie Garza, third grade teacher at SRES, received the Zone Award for the Pillar of Student Successby conducting impact cycles around helping students understand various levels of performance. She helps other staff members broaden the scope of conducting impact cycles around writing. In addition, she does an outstanding job in the area of teacher clarity as she presents lessons to kids.

Colorado FBLA Advisory of the Year

Congratulations to FBLA Advisory and Business teacher, Erika Siemieniec! Ms. Siemieniec was awarded outstanding Colorado FBLA Advisor for the 2018-19 school year! She has grown the Future Business Leaders of America at SCHS to over 60 students. This is the largest student organization in District 49!


RES Wax Museum Benefits Shield 616

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Remington Elementary 5th graders hosted their annual Wax Museum. This year’s donations will be given to the Colorado Springs Shield 616 Organization to help get protective gear to all our law enforcement and firefighters. Students, teachers, and parents came to see the exhibits and listen to a variety of monologues as told from each character’s perspective. Attendees learned about Queen Elizabeth I, Ellen Ochoa and Mae Carol Jemison-first Latina and African American women in space, and how Colonel Sanders got his start; just to name a few.

The fifth graders at Remington spent many hours researching, composing and memorizing monologues, and creating elaborate, detailed displays for their Wax Museum exhibits. Fifth grader, Kamila Maldonado said, “This event is a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot about people I’ve never heard of before. I mean, I knew Susan B. Anthony was on a coin, but I never knew why.” Another student, Jadynne Brady agreed and added, “But the best part about it is being able to collect money for police and fire fighters.”

Thanks to the generous students and families of the Remington community, the 5th graders earned a total of $395.99, the most ever earned from this event. They presented a check to a Shield 616 representative during their Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 23rd. Check out more photos here.

Horizon Raises Thousands for Make-A-WIsh Kids

Horizon Middle School sponsored Make-A-Wish week for 3 young children from Colorado. The goal was to raise enough funds to grant the wishes to Landon (6 y/o with cancer), Olivia (3 y/o with cancer), and Alice (3 y/o with a brain tumor). Each grade level sponsored one child and Horizon Community gave online as well. Students and staff created videos of encouragement for the children as well as artwork. There were two major events held during the week of May 13-17 to raise funds for our Make-A-Wish kids, which were Gladiator Field Day and a student teacher basketball game. Our school raised in excess of $3800 for our sponsored children during the week. This campaign provided our students the opportunity to make difference in the lives of children battling life threatening illnesses in the state of Colorado.

Evans' Packs Resources for Students

Tiffany Roberts, EIES Title I School Community Liaison, pulled multiple resources from the local community to give all Evans' students a back pack filled with information on free famers markets, lunch programs throughout the summer break, athletic schedules, health clinic resources, along with pencils, magnets and more! Some students received free books and educational games as well. Backpacks were distributed to students last Thursday for students to enjoy over the summer!

Growth and Innovation

SRES Takes on Taekwondo for PE

3rd grade students at SRES were invited to participate in Taekwondo as part of a new unit in Physical Education. Students have learned basic taekwondo skills (punching, four different kicks, board-breaking, etc), positive character development, and the tenets of respect, discipline, perseverance, hard work, and more. Mr. Ingram, PE Teacher at Springs Ranch, along with qualified instructors from the U.S. Taekwondo Center conducted classes during regular PE time free of cost to SRES.

Students were invited to participate in special activities at the USTC Dojang (Korean for taekwondo school) that included a free class, special Bring-A-Friend Fun Friday class taught by Grandmaster Sang Lee and a graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

Student Success

SCHS Grads Shine at Commencement

On Saturday, May 25th, 263 seniors walked across the stage to recieve their diploma from SCHS. This year's student speakers included Valedictorian Jessica DeLeon, Salutatorian Rebecca Knoche (pictured), Senior Class President Tiye Cunningham, and Elected Class Speaker Jolie Wright.

Highlighted Seniors from the Class of 2019

Senior Walk Inspires Younger Students

Sand Creek High School Class of 2019 donned their graduation caps and gowns to visit elementary and middle schools, thanking former teachers and offering inspiration to young students on May 9 for their annual Senior Walk.

Graduates paraded down the hallways of four sand creek zone schools to music where they were met with cheers, claps, high-fives and congratulations on their accomplishments by students, teachers and administration.

“I thought this was cool,” said Liliana Galvan, third-grader at Springs Ranch Elementary. “I want to thank all the high school kids because they worked hard for this!”

“The senior walk was a fun experience for me and I felt it was a great way to reflect on all I have been through as well as inspire the next generation of high school students,” stated Roman Rodriguez, senior at Sand Creek High.

Military Signing

The Navy, Marines, Army and Army National Guard we’re represented at our first Military Signing! Parents, students, teachers, and community members were on hand as these students signed with their commitment to enlist. A cake and punch reception followed the ceremony.

State Qualifiers

Girls Soccer Finishes in Final Four

SCHS' Girls Soccer team destroyed the competition and made it to the final four of the Girls State Soccer Competition. They fell to Evergreen in the semifinals but finished the season with a 16-3 record. Congratulations to Coach Jeremy Tafoya and all of the Lady Scorps!


Davis and Daniels take on 2019 State Track

A big congratulations to Jahzara Davis & Marcus Daniels for qualifying for the 2019 state track championships.

Marcus qualified in the 100m dash.

Jahzara qualified in the 100m dash, 100m hurdles, & long jump. She finished in 3rd place on the 100m hurdles and 7th place in the 100 m dash!