Manitou Springs High School

Mustang News - October 29th, 2021

From The Principal...

Manitou Springs High School took part in Instructional Rounds on Thursday, October 28th. Here is some important information about the process:

Why: Instructional rounds help educators look at school wide instructional practices in a systemic, purposeful and focused way. They help a school celebrate successes and plan instructional next steps.

What: Small groups of 5 people (including our school's admin and a small number of MSHS students, parents, and staff) spend 15 minutes making “rounds” in all classrooms collecting data on a specific look for(s) that the school is working on. This year, we have decided that purposeful student collaboration is our focus since it ties into the Language Rich Classroom techniques we have learned and will be diving deeper into.

Here are the 2 focus questions that were used to collect data:

1. The Tasks: What evidence is there that staff purposefully planned for student collaboration opportunities (through structured reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities)?

2. Performance: What evidence is there that all students practiced collaboration in the learning environment?

We will have instructional rounds again in the spring. My goal is for all MSHS teachers to have an opportunity to participate in this process over a 3 year cycle.

The data collected will help our school determine how we move forward with engaging all students at MSHS. I look forward to sharing our celebrations and takeaways from this process!

Jesse Hull


Manitou Springs High School

Mustang Moments

From The Transportation Department...

Mask Wearing Requirement on MSSD14 Transportation

Federal Law currently requires students and staff wear masks on our school buses.

The difficulty of mask enforcement while the bus is in motion cannot be overstated. The driver simply must focus on safe driving, and enforcing mask wearing, while the bus is in motion, is not a safe practice. Even when efforts are made to enforce mask wearing, students are still able to pull them down when the driver should not and cannot be looking.

Our drivers:

  • hand out masks when students board and they do not have a mask.

  • remind student riders of the expectation.

  • notify principals when a child is not wearing a mask.

Principals will be in contact with parents if their child is not wearing a mask while riding a school bus.

As we continue to work towards all students consistently wearing a mask on the bus, if you would like your child to sit in a specific seat, we can make those arrangements with the bus driver in a private and discreet way so other children are not aware of the situation.

We appreciate your understanding and support of these requirements.

From The Counseling Department...

College visit to Metropolitan State University Denver (MSU Denver).

When: Wednesday, November 17th

Where: MSU Denver (we will be taking a school bus)

Time: 8:15am - 2:30pm

Who: Any 9th-12th grade student can attend. The trip is limited to the first 35 students who return their permission form in the counseling office.

What: Go to the counseling office to pick up a permission form to attend. Permission form due back November 3rd to counseling.

Cost: You will need money for lunch (around $10) or you can bring your lunch. We will eat on campus

We will have a representative from PPCC in the Media Center on Wednesday, November 3rd from 2:00-5:00pm to help Seniors and their parents/guardians with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here is the website to get started and to receive financial aid for college.

Registration is open for Education Children of Color (ECOC)'s 15th Annual Summit! The summit is taking place remotely via Zoom on January 15th, 2022. This is free to students and parents and there are opportunities to win scholarships and laptops. Here are the links to register:



Seniors - Scholarship Highlight


What are the eligibility requirements for the Daniels Scholarship Program?

To be eligible for the Daniels Scholarship Program, students must meet the following requirements at the time of application:

  • Be a high school senior graduating from a school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
  • Be a resident of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Earn a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 in high school (on an unweighted 4.0 scale)
  • Earn a minimum SAT Math score of 490 and a minimum Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 490, or a minimum ACT score of 18 in each category (writing score not required). Super scoring is not accepted.
  • Meet financial eligibility requirements as described below.

Financial Eligibility Details: In order to be eligible for the Daniels Scholarship Program, the applicant's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $85,000 or less on the 2020 tax return on which the applicant is claimed as a dependent.

Here is the link for more information and the scholarship application:

From The Athletics Department...

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From The Theater Department...

The Manitou Performing Arts Club and the MSHS Theater Department celebrate the return of live theatre, with our fall show, OUR TOWN, at the District Auditorium. Three performances are available to the public. Come join us for this American Classic!
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KEY Club Update

Last Saturday, October 23rd, at MSHS, the Key Club created a Haunted House to kick off the Halloween season and allowed brave individuals to wander through it at their own peril. Approximately 100 students and adults survived their tour of this year's version of the Haunted House. The funds donated by our venturous guests will go toward the Key Club's goal of contributing to UNICEF. The event raised over $400 for children benefiting from the UNICEF charity. The creative and hardworking Key Club members transformed Mr. MacIvor's, Ms. Avery's, and Mr. Mack's classrooms into a clown wonderland, an eerie graveyard, and a mad scientist's laboratory, respectively. Each room had actors/actresses from the club who "welcomed" and "joined" each tour that ventured through the maze. Several of our guests had to be encouraged to pass through the entrance after committing to the ghoulish tour, but all made it to the end... well, almost everyone. The Key Club would like to extend its appreciation to the three teachers who had the courage and faith in the Key Club to allow the use of their classrooms for the Haunted House as well as the Athletic Department, administration, and other staff members who contributed in some way.

Vigilant Parent Program - Facilitated by CSPD

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Care & Share Food Distribution

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Holiday Help

If you would like to learn more about how you can support families in our community, please
contact Partners for Healthy Choices. Community is indeed people helping people!
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Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 29th - Varsity Football vs The Classical Academy @ Home - 7:00pm

Saturday, October 30th - Knowledge Bowl Competition @ Liberty High School

Saturday, October 30th - Varsity Volleyball Tournament @ Home - 10:00am

Saturday, October 30th - XC State Meet @ Norris Penrose Events Center - 2:20pm

Monday, November 1st - JV Football vs The Classical Academy @ Home - 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 3rd - Cheer Varsity Meet @ Coronado High School

Friday, November 5th - Varsity Volleyball Regionals - location TBA

Saturday, November 6th - Varsity Volleyball Regionals - location TBA