More than 80 graduates received diplomas May 20 at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs.
"A leader doesn't have to be perfect," said Sophia Mayhugh, seventh grade at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence when asked what she learned at the annual District 49 Middle School Leadership Conference at Sand Creek High School April 15. "A leader makes mistakes, but always tries to do the next right thing."
"It shows how well our district works together," said Lori Hall, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence. "Although we're at different schools, we really aren't different. We can learn, work and have fun together."
"Springs Studio for Academic Excellence is such an incredible partner of ours," said Care and Share's Shannon Coker. "Not only do they participate in Harvest of Love, they also volunteer in our gardens as a part of their Green Design and Technology class. The students want to be a part of the solution to hunger, that is incredibly evident by not only giving their time but collecting food and money to feed families in need."
Eleventh-grader Joseph Enright, 16, picks beans Sept. 22 in the Care & Share community garden.
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Dale Bonavita, counselor at Falcon Virtual Academy, explains her recognition by the Colorado Department of Education as online and blended counselor of the year during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49.
Falcon Virtual Academy is evolving into Springs Studio for Academic Excellence. When students and families arrive for the 2015-2016 school year, a new name, a new logo will greet learners in the same state leading, energetic blended learning environment.
"I chose you because you were quite fun to talk to and work with throughout my high school career and encouraged me regularly to pursue greater heights in my writing of which I am so fond of," wrote Johnathan Dillard about FVA teacher Jill Pellegrini, "Thank you enough for being such an amazing teacher." Pellegrini placed the graduation cap on Dillard's head at the school's annual capping ceremony.
"Gymnastics is easier to focus on because of the flexibility I have at Falcon Virtual Academy," said Jay Barnish, who recently qualified for the U.S. Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships. "I get more time in the gym when I need it because of the freedom."
Increasing numbers of District 49 students are taking college courses while in high school. Science teachers from District 49 high schools and Pikes Peak Community College department chairs and science professors met March 13 to discuss how both organizations can best serve this group of students.
Fourth-grader Heidi Lemus, 10, tries out a slide after a playground ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 28 at Falcon Virtual Academy in District 49.
A child speaks with Santa Claus, played by retired firefighter Jim DeGeorge, after shopping for his family Dec. 6 during Santa’s Toy Express at the transportation department in District 49. Fifty-one students, most 4-8 years old, received a call this year from the “elves” of Santa’s Toy Express.
KKTV morning news anchor Dave Nancarrow takes a photo of assistant principal Jodi Fletcher with student leaders after presenting them a Care and Share Food Bank For Southern Colorado Harvest of Love food drive award Dec. 8 at Falcon Virtual Academy in District 49.