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Springs Studio for Academic Excellence, February Edition
A note from Executive Principal, Mr. Knoche
We are approaching the halfway point to spring break, and we are in the heavy work phase of learning from the first part of the year and beginning to seek input from families and students to improve the way we operate and serve families. One of the immediate changes we are making is to separate this newsletter into several parts. Feedback from families has revealed a need to deliver a specific newsletter to high school families and middle school families separately with grade level content. An all-encompassing newsletter for the school is overwhelming and less personalized to what matters most, your students. We will have some hiccups as we change the way we provide information but with some input as we progress we will do a better job of celebrating our students, programs, and events. This specific newsletter will include information that will have an impact on at least 80% of the school or we will not include it. Improvements to our communications will also be complemented by the D49 App. If you have not downloaded it, please do so as push notifications will keep you up to date on all of the things happening at SSAE. As we attempt to continuously improve at SSAE, I will be reaching out to families and students to participate in focus groups to help us ensure we meet the needs of our stakeholders and allow all students to meet their potential and find their passion. We are excited to deepen our partnership with our families and dig deeper into how we can improve our product. Finally, as we move toward the 19-20 school year, we need everyone to complete the intent to enroll form so that we can manage enrollments for next year. We have a tremendous waiting list of students wanting to enroll, and we have a finite number of spots so please let us know that you are returning so that your enrollment is counted. Here is the link if you have not completed it:
SSAE Testing Dates
State testing is coming quickly, and we want to give you the dates for these important tests that will give us quality data for our school. Your attendance and participation are very important to our school. Please make appointments on days that are not school days especially in April. All testing will be at Springs Studio, except April 11th for 10th-grade students (see below).
February 25th - PSAT - 8th-grade students
April 9th - SAT - 11th-grade students
April 11th - PSAT - 9th-grade students
April 11th - PSAT - 10th-grade students. Testing at Creekside Success Center, 3850 Pony Tracks Drive, Colorado Springs, CO in the Gym
April 15th, 17th, and 19th - CMAS/English & Math - 3rd - 8th-grade students. Two tests per day
April 16th - CMAS/Science - 11th-grade students
April 22nd - CMAS/Science - 5th - 8th-grade students
Classlink - Single Sign-On
"Pull for the House"
from now until April 15th.
Why pop tabs? The tab is made of pure, high-grade aluminum. Don't forget about the tabs from soup cans, broth cans, pet food cans, and even tennis/racquetball balls!
Recycling these pop tabs helps families of critically ill children. Proceeds raised will support programs that last year served over 3,000 area children and their families.
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Family Engagement Council
Our Family Engagement Council is responsible for making recommendations to their principal concerning priorities for; spending school funds, making recommendations concerning the preparation of the school’s performance, improvement, priority improvement or turnaround plan (whichever is applicable), and meeting at least quarterly to discuss implementation of the school’s plan and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract with the local school board. The Educator Evaluation and Support Bill of 2010 (S.B. 10-191) also authorized School Accountability Committees to provide input and recommendations to District Accountability Committees and district administration concerning principal development plans and principal evaluations. To become a member, please fill out the FEC Nomination Form.
Family Engagement Council Meetings are held at SSAE from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm on:
Springs Studio Inclement Weather Information
If D49 issues a 2-hour delay or closure, SSAE students will work virtually from home. Teachers will be available online for student support.
If you are unsure of a closure or delay:
- D49 website - The D49 website will include weather information on the home page in the District Updates section. Also, you can look for a banner at the top of the home page that will provide a brief statement such as "delayed," "Delayed Monitoring, or "Closed."
- Local TV stations - When winter weather hits, tune into any local TV station's newscast to view their weather delays/closure information.
- Social Media - Stay connected regarding delays and closures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow District 49 on each of these platforms to see current information.
- Email/Text Messages - Be sure you have current contact information in our Student Information System to receive emails or text messages. Check with your child's school to ensure they have up-to-date information. If you do not receive an email or text when the weather is questionable, be sure to check other resources.
February 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th, & 13th - Selling Valentine's Day Candy Grams
February 6th - High Trails Meeting
February 7th - Middle School Field Trip to Skate City
February 9th - NHS Babysitting
February 11th - Middle School Spring Dance
February 12th - Family Engagement Council Meeting
February 12th & 15th - High School Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 13th & 15th - Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 18th - Presidents Day - No Students
February 20th - Middle School Colorado Wolf Adventures
February 23rd - Meet & Greet Informational Meeting for New Enrollments
February 25th - PSAT 8th Grade Students & 8th Grade field trip to the movies