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I am excited to be in District 49 and the Falcon Zone. My vision and leadership is centered on fostering the capacity to do effective collaborative work within school and district settings. I am people-oriented (whether it is a student, educator, parent, or community member) and know that deep, reciprocal relationships lead to greater success.
I embrace the district’s strategic plan, with such a clear focus on “Every student” and the identified importance of both trust and community. In addition, the spotlight on innovation as an entire district and the way in which District 49 has created innovative options for families is refreshing.
The emphasis on relationship-building in preparing students to be successful, competent and productive in our cultural compass sets the course for how we treat each other and our work. Maintaining and enhancing a positive culture is extremely important in high performing organizations.
I have an extensive background in curriculum, instruction and professional development. In addition, leadership development is always a focus for the setting in which I work. I have implemented a variety of instructional modules for leadership growth during the past several years. Finally, my experience in supervising a variety of special programs during my years as a school and district administrator has provided me with a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise.
I look forward to collaborating with families as we continue the strong legacy of success in Falcon Zone.
Falcon High School graduation requirements will change, beginning with the class of 2021. Teams of administrators and counselors from Falcon Middle School and Falcon High School have begun working on revisions. This work is initiated based on the new Colorado High School graduation guidelines developed by our state. Information will be shared soon across the zone regarding current drafts of possibilities, and a community meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Falcon Middle School.
In February 2016, we formed a group of parents, staff and community members as the "Falcon Zone Coalition." At this time, at the start of the 2016-2017 school year, we have 14 members who are dedicated to supporting two goals for the coming year: Improving communication and engagement with students, staff and parents between and among school sites; and broadening and enhancing communication with the overall Falcon Zone community. At the August meeting, the team decided to begin immediate work on the first goal, so look for more information soon regarding progress and action in this area.
Dr. Julia Roark is the new Falcon Zone superintendent. She most recently served as Assistant Superintendent for Aspen School District in Colorado, from 2010 - 2015. Prior to that Julia was a Principal Mentor and Professional Development Specialist, as well as a school principal in New Mexico. In her 32 years as an educator across four states, in addition to her experiences as a school administrator, she has been a classroom teacher, coordinator for gifted students’ programming, instructional coach, and graduate and undergraduate level college instructor.
Julia earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. She then went on to achieve her Doctor of Education degree from University of Northern Colorado in K-12 Reading Education, as well as completing principal and administrator licensure programs through University of Phoenix and University of Colorado - Colorado Springs.
Dr. Roark is excited about the opportunity to lead, and further enhance the innovation, collaboration and excellence already in place. She looks forward to working closely with the staff, the families and the overall community in the Falcon Zone.
Patrick Jewell, father of second-grader Brett Jewell, 8, shares his appreciation for significant support needs teacher Dawnise Sandwick of Falcon Elementary School of Technology during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49. Jewell wrote a nomination for Sandwick to receive a teacher appreciation scholarship from the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association.
Matthew Wentz, FHS class of 2015 salutatorian, was presented with an appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point during the annual ceremony. Wentz was also honored with a Coca-Cola scholarship, recognition from the American Chemical Society and named as outstanding senior student by the FHS business department May 5.
"I would really like to thank the Falcon Education Foundation for the opportunity and the huge grant that they awarded our school," said Paula Hinson, WHES project based learning instructor and GT coordinator. "The impact of that grant on what these kids are learning is huge."
"One book, one school," a major initiative of Falcon Elementary School of Technology during the spring semester culminated with a school wide viewing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on April 23. More than 300 students and family members attended the event, a celebration for parents, teachers, staff and students all reading the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Evans International Elementary School fifth-grader Alexis Gonzalez, 11, discusses a question about a story April 9 during a districtwide Battle of the Books competition at Evans International Elementary School in District 49.
Fourth-grader Conner Ury, 10 competes against teacher Katherine Kessler March 19 during a student teacher basketball game.
Twelfth-grader Jeffrey Brosious, 17, performs push-ups during the JROTC Physical Training Competition March 14 hosted by Falcon High School.
Eleventh-grader Rileigh Jones, 16, of Falcon High School explains how she earned a Presidential Volunteer Service Award during “Fantastic 49” recognition March 12, ahead of a monthly Board of Education meeting in District 49.
Meridith Jensen, a dispatcher and trainer for the El Paso Teller County E-911 Authority, explains how to use an automated external defibrillator Feb. 14 during hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation training at Falcon High School in District 49. The CPR training was part of student-led weekend activities, called “Pump It Up Falcon,” which focused on heart health.
“Nervous but excited,” said 10th grader Leah Petrie, standing May 9 along the hallways at Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49. Soon, she’d help influence public education’s support for military children.
Eleventh grader Adrienne DeBauche, 17, discusses qualifying for the Health Occupations Students of America national leadership conference during a Board of Education meeting May 8 in Falcon School District 49.
Dave Shiller, president of the Air Force Association Lance P. Sijan Chapter, recognizes Falcon High School CyberPatriot students for their state placements during a Board of Education meeting May 8 in Falcon School District 49.
Eleventh grader Austin Worbington, 17, finishes 124 pushups, while motivated by Staff Sgt. Bobby Martin, a combat engineer assigned to the Colorado Springs Recruiting Company, along with several soldiers from 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, during Month of the Military Child activities April 17 at Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49.