Manitou Springs High School

Mustang News - November 4th, 2022

From The Principal...

Happy November! This week I had the chance to see deep learning in so many classrooms: students practicing ballet moves in dance and receiving individualized feedback, biology students practicing focusing microscopes on different kinds of cells, and students applying real world skills during our Coffee Coral. Additionally, I would like to congratulate senior Fin Dufford for his film, titled Breathe, being named as runner-up in the YDA competition! We are so proud of Fin and appreciative of his family, friends, and MSHS staff who have supported him along the way. Furthermore, congratulations to Olive Van Eimeren (MSHS ‘22) for winning YDA’s Best Documentary.


We are really looking forward to USA Week next week! Thank you to Student Council for all of the time and energy that they have invested in creating these events.


Enjoy your weekend!


Anna Conrad

Manitou Springs High School

Interim Principal

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From The Parent Action Committee...

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Pikes Peak Regional Science and Engineering Fair...

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From The Counseling Department...

College Corner

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From The Technology Department...

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Advisory Speaker...

Thank you to Beth Hodge for playing kahoot with students during Dr. Perry's Junior advisory this week. We learned about the traditions and successes at the University of Alabama from academics to hard work on athletic fields.
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From Student Council...

USA Week will be held Monday, November 7th - Friday, November 11th. The week is dedicated to raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project and bringing awareness to our first responders. Events include a Chili Cook Off, Macho Volleyball, Dodge Ball Tournament, a dance, and more.
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Chili Cookoff - QR Code to compete is below.
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From The Music Department...

Choir Concert Success

Congratulations to all choir students that participated in the Fall Choir Concert last Thursday! We had a full house and the students performed beautifully. We can't wait for our December 9th concert that's coming up!

COMING SOON

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From The Science Department...

There is nothing in this world as precious as a healthy heart. Cardiac nurse, Francine Hyland, inspired students about pacemakers and stress testing in a small group discussion. Students got to hear behind the scene stories about being a nurse and how to balance work and life.
Dr. Mameyan Donzo, who also serves in the Army National Guard, shared her experience as a military doctor with physical science students. Students learned about medical school, residency, and board exams. They even learned tricks about keeping medical school costs down.
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From The World Language Department...

Over the last week, French classes have prepared and sampled Ratatouille, a traditional fall dish.

Spanish I students learned about the differences and similarities between Halloween and Día de los Muertos celebrations. As a demonstration of learning, students used cardboard boxes and decorations to create “ofrendas” (offerings) for family members, pets, or Spanish speaking celebrities that has passed away. They also needed to describe the person or pet on their ofrendas by writing down 3 to 5 full sentences, in Spanish, using conjugations of the verbs SER (to be) and TENER (to have), then share with the class.


Other Spanish students had the opportunity to visit UCCS on November 1st to learn more about the Day of the Dead.

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From The Social Studies Department...

Mr. Sam Duff is conducting a trial in his government classes. Students will serve as the lawyers, witnesses, the defendant and the accused. Students who do not have an active role will serve as the jury members to decide the fate of the accused.


Mr. Brian Brown is having his students in Ancient Civilizations and World Philosophies build their own obelisk with their epitaph in hieroglyphics.

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AP Psychology

On Halloween, in AP Psychology, students learned about the structure and function of a neuron by “Building a Mad, Mad, Mad Neuron” with guest mad scientist, Dr. Dendristein. Kids loved the cheesy graphics and had a lot of fun building neurons.
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From The Prospector...

Did you know that MSHS has an online literary magazine called The Muse? The Muse features art, photography, writing, music, and video created by the student body. Any current student can submit their work for publication! Check out our recent submissions, and encourage your student to submit something! Submission guidelines can be found here.


Latest submission: Orcas Island, photography by Sadie House (12)

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Experience in the Workplace...

Some of our students have been doing job shadow and work experience trips.

One student worked at the Tick Tock Shop, a store that not only sells clocks of all kinds, but also does click repair. Another worked behind the counter at the Manitou Penny Arcade.

From Athletics & Activities

The Climbing Team participated in their first competition! Congratulations to the team.
Congratulations to the Cheer and Football Teams as they wrapped up the fall season. We are proud of you!

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, November 5th - Robotics FRC FTC @ Space Foundation - All Day

Saturday, November 5th - Knowledge Bowl (Home) - All Day

Saturday, November 5th - Volleyball: Girls Varsity vs. Fort Lupton/Jefferson Academy (Regionals) - 12:00pm/1:00pm

Monday, November 7th - Friday, November 11th - USA Week - See Flyer within Newsletter

Monday, November 7th - Chili Cookoff - Commons - 6:00pm-8:00pm

Tuesday, November 8th - Spirit - Cheer: Varsity vs. Vista Ridge (Away) - 4:30pm

Tuesday, November 8th - Tri Peaks League Band Concert Band - District Auditorium - 7:00pm

Wednesday, November 9th - Late Start Wednesday - school starts at 10:05am

Thursday, November10th - Staff vs Staff Basketball & Bake Sale - 6:30pm

Friday, November 11th - Be Bold/Sadie Hawkins Dance - Old Gym - 7:00pm