Sand Creek Zone Fall Newsletter

From the Desk of Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone Leader

A Message From Mr. Dorsey

As we head into our first month of learning for the 2020-2021 school year, we have been excited to interact with students and families via E-Learning. This week, we welcome back our K-2 students in person and next week, we will have grades 3-5 in person.

We will also be maintaining a virtual program for students who would like to continue learning online.

The past weekend, new information came out from the District on our secondary students returning to learn. District 49 will welcome back middle and high school students for in-person learning in a hybrid model starting Monday, Sept. 14.

Overview for Horizon Middle School Students

  • Students will return to in-person learning beginning the week of September 14.
  • Middle school students will attend at a 50% rate in cohorts defined by alphabet and grade level; A-L and M-Z
  • Middle schools will follow a consistent schedule Monday through Thursday.
  • Fridays will be flex days for independent learning, small group instruction, and specialized services for individual students.
  • Students who currently attend most/all days of the week will continue to do so (such as program-based special education students).
Overview for Sand Creek High School Students:

  • Students will return to in-person learning beginning the week of September 14.
  • High school students will attend at a 25% rate in cohorts defined by alphabet: Group A: A-E, Group B: F-L, Group C: M-R, Group D: S-Z
  • SCHS will implement a two-week cycle of block scheduled classes Monday through Thursday.
  • Fridays will remain a flex day for in-person and online support, intervention, tutoring, individualized student services, etc.
  • SAT assessment will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 25 will make up for the Wednesday in-person instruction.
  • Students will attend in-person on a day scheduled for their cohort each week – Monday through Thursday.
  • Students will attend online and on the same schedule (synchronously) for the rest of the week.
  • A limited number of junior/senior level classes (which may include concurrent enrollment) will remain exclusively online to limit the number of students in the building at one time.
  • Our intention is to increase in-person attendance to 50% of students after fall break – again, depending on county and district health data.
  • Students who currently attend most/all days of the week will continue to do so (such as program-based special education students).

We, as always, thank you for your enduring grace, trust and understanding. We invite you to visit our Back to School page at for more information and the thinking behind this decision. Please continue to monitor our regular channels of communication for updates.

Sand Creek Zone Score Card

Each year, the Zone along with all of its schools, prepare a score card to organize our goals and to measure our success. For the Zone, a few of our focus areas are:

  • To meet or exceed the state average in CMAS, SAT and PSAT for English and Math
  • To increase the percentage of students reading at or below benchmark
  • To increase the 4 year graduation rate
  • To increase the number of students choicing into the Sand Creek Zone
  • To increase the parent satisfaction survey score

For more information on how we will accomplish these goals and others, please check out the Sand Creek Zone page for a full view of the scorecard.

E-Learning at SRES

Colorado Youth Congress Seeking High School Student Leaders

The Colorado Youth Congress (CYC) is recruiting for it's next cohort of members! CYC is an intensive, two-year leadership program for 50 of the top high school students in the state. Watch the video below for a glimpse into the relevant activities young adults find at CYC.

If you know of any young leaders (grade 9 - 11) who are looking to lead systems change in the areas of mental health or racial justice, please have them apply to CYC by September 11th at midnight. More information and the application can be found here:
Introducing the Colorado Youth Congress

E-Learning at SCHS


Alumni Makes Masks for RES Teachers

Rachel Washburn, class of 2020 graduate, wanted to give back to her elementary school alma mater and for the building she devoted volunteer time to last year. Rachel received donations of 40 free masks from One Source printing and created designs with positive vibes and teachers' names. Thank you Rachel for thinking of the staff at RES!

E-Learning at EES

Parent Resources

Google Classroom: How-To Video

If you or your student is in need for some step by step instructions on how to utilize Google Classroom, check out this video!

Math E-Learning at HMS

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E-Learning at RES

Boo to the Flu

D49 has partnered with King Soopers to offer flu shots for age 7 and older (Tri-Care, Medicaid for those age 19 and older, and many other insurances accepted including United HealthCare).

Sand Creek High School: Sept. 15 (Tuesday), 3:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Falcon High School: Sept. 16 (Wednesday), 3:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Vista Ridge High School: Sept. 17 (Thursday), 3:30 - 8:00 p.m.

For Younger Patients with Medicaid

For those age 6 months - 18 years old with Medicaid, the Falcon Peak Health Center can provide flu shots at their location at Falcon Elementary School, Monday - Friday (please call 719-344-6247 for hours and appointment). The Falcon Peak Health Center is located at 12050 Falcon Highway, Peyton, CO 80831.

Social distancing measures and mask requirements will be in effect at all Boo to the Flu locations.

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Upcoming Events

9/8: Return to In-Person Learning for K-2

HMS SAC Meeting 5:30pm (ZOOM)

9/9: SCHS SAC Meeting 5:30pm (ZOOM)

9/14: Return to In-Person Learning for 3-5

50% Return to Learn for HMS

25% Return to Learn for SCHS

9/15: RES (4pm), EES(6pm), SRES(7pm) SAC Meetings (ZOOM)

9/16: Evans E-Learning Family Support Event

9/23: SAT for 12th Graders at SCHS

10/9: Parent Teacher Conferences (No Students)

10/13-10/23: Fall Break

11/17: Sand Creek Zone Partners Meeting @5:30pm (ZOOM)

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