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CollegeAmerica launches new scholarship program


CollegeAmerica has started a new scholarship program for prospective students. The school, which offers undergraduate degree programs in healthcare, information technology, graphic arts and business, will offer 10 full-tuition scholarships, 20 half-tuition scholarships, 30 bachelor’s degree scholarships worth $5,000 each and 30 associate’s...

Teacher For America-Colorado gets a new deputy executive director


Teach For America−Colorado has named Kelley Pomis as deputy executive director. A native of Colorado Springs and a graduate of Colorado State University, Pomis will be responsible for leading the nonprofit organization’s local operations in Colorado Springs. Pomis started her career in education as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in...

Ranch Creek Elementary student wins first place in H20-Eco Challenge


Alyssa Murphy, who in the fall will be in the fifth grade at Ranch Creek Elementary in Academy School District 20, won first place and a Kindle Fire in the H20-Eco Challenge STEM program sponsored by Colorado Springs Water Partners. She engineered a shower head that she said, “can get you clean and save our water resources.” Colorado...

Harrison School District 2 gets grants for security updates


Three schools in Harrison School District 2 recently received grants to make security updates. Wildflower Elementary School, Giberson Elementary School and Mountain Vista Community School each received grants between $3,500 and $4,500 for school security upgrades. The improvements will include additional surveillance cameras, monitors and...

Mini law school teaches basics of legal system


Anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to go to law school and is interested in exploring the basic concepts of our legal system can take a seven-week course that will be delivered live via televised lectures to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus. The course will provide community members with a better...

PPCC hires new director of grants


Tammye Pirie has been hired is as the director of grants for Pikes Peak Community College. She will Pirie oversee the grant office and guide solicitations, acquisition and management of governmental funding and support from private funders. “Grants are powerful resources for supplementing PPCC’s current efforts and future plans for its...

Former Harrison Supt. Miles offers Dallas schools for immigrant kids at border


Mikes Miles, former Harrison School District 2 superintendent, w ho now  has that post with Dallas Independent School District, has offered three empty schools to be used to help house the many  immigrant kids stranded as the Texas-Mexico border. Authorities have checked out the schools. Miles said that they would be willing to also...

Wounded Warrior scholarships available from CTU


Colorado Technical University is offering  up to 50 scholarships to wounded warriors and spouses. Applications are now being taken. To apply write an essay about obstacles that have been faced. The college selects recipients based to “strong desire to advance their education and plans to apply their degree for career advancement after...

Women’s Resource Agency takes part in CrowdRise fundraiser to help at-risk teen girls


The Women’s Resource Agency in Colorado Springs is the only Colorado organization participating in #OperationGirl charity challenge, a global fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls. The agency’s program called InterCept, which works with adolescent girls at risk of dropping out of high school or misbehaving, is part of...

PPCC hires a new dean and a new vice president


Pikes Peak Community College has hired two new administrators, but both are familiar faces around the campus. Lisa Donaladson has accepted the job of vice president of instructional services, and Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan is the dean of the division of math and English. Donaldson oversees and provides direction to the entire instructional...

Skyview Middle School nutrition manager wins national recognition


Jeanne Hornberger, nutrition manager at Skyview Middle School in Falcon School District 49, has been awarded the regional Louise Sublette Award of Excellence in School Nutrition. It’s considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn, according to the School Nutrition Association, a nonprofit group that presents the award. The...

Former superintendent wins prestigious award


Maggie Lopez, former superintendent of Pueblo City Schools, was recently recognized by the Colorado Association of School Executives with the 2014 Colbert Cushing Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding professional contribution and/or have provided exceptional service to a school district, to education on a...

Falcon D-49 launches new brand, logo


Falcon School District 49  has launched a new branding campaign with a new logo. According to a released statement, here are the particulars of the design. A stylized mountain represents Pikes Peak, which has been included in previous logos. Two letter “i”s in the word “District” have been replaced with the numeral one, in reference...

Study: Most college presidents don’t want guns on campus


An overwhelming majority of college and university presidents want to keep their campuses gun free, according to a new study from Ball State University. The survey, titled “University Presidents’ Perceptions and Practice Regarding the Carrying of Concealed Handguns on College Campuses,” found that about 95 percent of respondents opposed allowing...

No more fumbling: Kindergartners can quickly grasp the art of shoe tying


The popularity of Velcro shoes and parents’ lack of time have resulted in a consequence: children are falling behind in learning how to tie their own shoes. A former teacher, Eileen Sloan, believes she has come up with a solution. She’s created a shoe-tying tool to help kids learn this important skill. EZLeaps is a […]

CC's Summer Music Festival director to receive award


Mayor Steve Bach will present the Spirit of the Springs Award to Susan Grace, senior lecturer, associate chair and artist-in-residence with the Colorado College Music Department on Monday at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Packard Hall on the CC campus, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. Grace, who was nominated for a 2005 Grammy […]

Teachers invited to apply for classroom grants for aquaponic gardening systems


A new grant program from The Aquaponic Source, a Longmont-based store, education center and research laboratory, enables teachers and schools to get funding to operate aquaponic systems in classrooms. Students can learn a sustainable way to grow food and get a hands-on science lesson with aquaponic gardening, says Sylvia Bernstein, president of...

CU-Boulder study shows stunting effects of helicopter parenting


Children who spend more time in less structured activities — from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo — are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to a new study by the University of Colorado in Boulder. The study, published […]

Annual Peace Camp teaches kids various aspects of peace making


An annual alternative week-long day camp, Peace Camp, will be held July 14-18 at Beth-El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Dr. Sessions run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with opportunities for Beginning Peacemakers, ages 6-9; Advanced Peacemakers, ages 10-13; and Counselors in Training, ages 14-18. Children ages 6-13 take on different crafts...

Calhan resident to return to Antarctica to study climate science


A Calhan resident studying at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. has received an award from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems for a climate science-related research project. Trista Vick-Majors’ research focuses on microbial life in subglacial Lake Whillans, a shallow lake in western Antarctica. Even though the lake lies beneath a...

Who's that in the school yearbook? It's Taxi, the service dog


Along with photos of Madeline, Bailey, Hayden, Gabriella and other seventh graders at a school in San Antonio, Texas, is the mug of Taxi, the half lab, half golden retriever service dog of student Rachel Benke. Taxi has been Rachel’s helper for four years, going to school with her in the Northside Independent School District […]

UCCS student wins first ANB Bank Dennis Nathan Scholarship


University of Colorado at Colorado Springs junior Ashley Renee Gardner is the first recipient of the ANB Bank Dennis Nathan Scholarship. She was chosen out of a pool of 20 applicants, based on academic performance, financial need and an essay covering the business of banking with members of Generation Y. Ashley will receive $2,500 toward […]

Local teacher wins spot in Honeywell's Green STEM Boot Camp


Local teacher David Eick is the only educator from Colorado to be selected as one of 70 teachers from 12 countries to attend Honeywell’s Green STEM Boot Camp in San Diego, Calif. He leaves June 22 for the five-day expenses-paid teacher training on science and sustainability. Eick has been an elementary teacher for 20 years […]

Local Head Start provider gets grant to support mental health services for preschoolers


Community Partnership for Child Development has been awarded a $120,000 grant over the course of two years from the Caring for Colorado Foundation to support behavioral health programming for local preschoolers in Head Start, Early Head Start and The Colorado Preschool Program. Nearly half of the children enrolled in the organization’s programs...

Air Academy High School student donates 1,000 books to Harrison D-2 elementary school


Anne Zou, an incoming senior at Air Academy High School in Academy School District 20, has donated over 1,000 books to Centennial Elementary School in Harrison School District 2. Zou heard about the Koats 4 Kids campaign at Centennial earlier in the year and decided to do some research. She discovered that many students receive […]

Weekly coloring contest for kids kicks off


In conjunction with a “free movies on the big screen series,” The Promenade Shops at Briargate is holding a weekly coloring contest for kids in two categories, ages 6 and under, and ages 7-10. Winners receive a $5 gift card to the outdoor mall and get their artwork featured on the big screen. Two winners […]

Russell Middle School inducts six into Wall of Fame


Charles M. Russell Middle School recently held its Wall of Fame induction ceremony. The distinction is given to former Russell students who have made significant contributions to their community in any field. The award not only honors former students but also encourages present students by providing positive role models who have shared the...

Liberty earns 'model school' distinction for special needs program


The Colorado Department of Education has recognized the significant support needs program at Liberty High School as a model school. Liberty is the only high school in Colorado to receive this distinction. One of the key components of the Liberty program is a self-sustaining business so that students with support needs can gain work experience....

Thomas MacLaren School graduation for eight seniors on Saturday


Thomas MacLaren School will celebrate commencement exercises for eight members of its second graduating class on Saturday at 1 p .m. at the school, 303 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Professor Carol Neel of Colorado College will be the guest speaker. She teaches European Middle Ages, courses in ancient Roman civilization, the history of family life,...

Woodland Park Middle School gets new principal


Jeff Wallingford is the new Woodland Park Middle School principal. Woodland Park School District Re-2’s board approved the hiring at this month’s monthly meeting. Wallingford comes from Colby, Kan., where he has been a high school principal. He has 20 years of experience in education, with eight years of middle school administrative experience....

UCCS by the numbers


  The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has 37,747 alumni. The school, one of four campuses of the University of Colorado system, will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Here are some other numbers from the alumni association: 24,991: Alumni who still live in Colorado 10,598: Students enrolled in fall 2013  26: Percentage of...

D-20 elementary students create video games and get feedback from the pros


Students at Pioneer Elementary School had expert help recently as five representatives from the Academy School District 20 technology department evaluated student-created video games. The students worked on their games in an after-school club sponsored by Deb Hill. The information technology professionals who evaluated the games were David Remy,...

UCCS engineering students build solar system courtyard at local middle school


A team of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs engineering students will do a demonstration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, to get middle school youth more involved in math and science. The event will take place at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, 4220 East Pikes Peak Avenue. Tom Hutton, spokesman for UCCS, said […]

Coronado's assistant principal in line for top job


The second time around seems to be the charm for Coronado High School’s assistant principal, Darin Smith. A 1990 graduate of Coronado, Smith is poised to become the school’s principal, starting with the 2014-2015 academic year. It’s his second try at landing the job. Smith’s appointment was presented to staff and...

Thank a Colorado teacher this week online


Like your teachers? Let them know. The Colorado Department of Education is coordinating a statewide  participation in the National Teacher Appreciation campaign May 5 – 9. To hear Gov. John Hickenlooper and  Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia talk about their favorite teachers, and to see others, go to  and click on Teacher...

Space Day and Urban Advantage events at Museum of Nature & Science


  Denver Museum of Nature & Science is hosting a Space Day  and Urban Advantage  science celebrations for kids  Saturday, May 10 The  event will include a visit to the planetarium, a Maya Astronomy  presentation, spacecraft design activity using gumdrops,  classes on solar system and Mars exploration and other topics. The programs are...

Colorado Math Olympiad winners announced by UCCS


Winners of the  31st annual Colorado Math Olympiad held recently at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs were announced recently during a campus award ceremony. The Olympiad, attended by  252 middle and high school students from Colorado and the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science,  attended the XXXI Colorado Mathematical Olympiad...

Asian students aced ACT college readiness benchmarks


Asian high school grads beat all other  groups in meeting college readiness benchmarks  for  English, reading, math and science in 2013 according to a study by ACT. The report shows that 58 percent of 2013 Asian high school graduates met at least three of the  College Readiness benchmarks, compared to 39 percent of all ACT- […]

AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girls


The American Federation of Teachers is asking people to protest the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls. The AFT and Education International are urging people to take Instagram photos holding a sign saying #BringBackOurGirls, and to post the photos on AFT President Randi Weingarten said in an email announcemenet...

Academy D-20 selects teachers, staff, volunteers for annual awards


Academy School District 20 has presented its educator awards for this school year. The Charles Tewell Elementary Educator of the Year is DeLene Hoffner from School in the Woods. The John Asbury Secondary Educator of the year is Genice Matzke from Liberty High School. Becky Allan from Discovery Canyon Middle School is the Building Administrator...

UCCS team wins first place in Daniels Fund ethics competition


A team from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs won first place at the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative’s 2014 Ethics Consortium Case Competition in mid April in downtown Denver. This was the third year that student teams from eight universities in four states competed in Denver. Eight business leaders from communities across Colorado,...

UCCS biophysicist receives New Inventor of the Year award


Janusz Hankiewicz, a research associate at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a member of CU’s BioFrontiers Center, was recently honored for his efforts in developing and commercializing new medical imaging contrast agents. For his work, the CU Technology Transfer Office presented him with the CU New Inventor of the Year award....

Mitchell High teacher wins National Geographic fellowship


Kathryn Zimmann from Mitchell High School has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. She was selected as one of 25 teachers, out of more than 1,300 applicants from the U.S. and Canada. Teacher fellows will travel later this year on an in-depth, eight to 14-day […]

Local teacher selected for 2014 PBS LearningMedia program


For his innovation and use of digital media in the classroom, Philip McIntosh, a seventh grade math and science teacher at Challenger Middle School in Academy School District 20 has been selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The free digital media service for classrooms recognizes 100 preK-12 educators nationwide...

Local student awarded scholarship worth up to $30,000


Jordan Burns, who is from Colorado Springs and attends the University of Colorado Boulder, has won a prestigious Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Burns, a junior majoring in civil engineering, is CU-Boulder’s ninth recipient of the scholarship and first since 2006. The 59 Truman Scholars were selected from...

Harrison School District 2 launches community survey


Harrison School District 2 has launched a community survey on communication, educational values and educational outcomes, among others. Parents and community members who have provided the district with an email address are receiving invitations to participate. The survey also is available to all parents and community members on a link on the...

Colorado Springs School District 11 honors four teachers


Each year, the Crystal Apple Awards program, sponsored by El Paso Council PTA and Colorado Springs School District 11, recognizes excellence in teaching with awards to outstanding teachers. This year, four District 11 teachers have been selected to receive Crystal Apple Awards. The Crystal Apple Awards nomination process involves the teacher’s...

Colorado Springs School District 11 and collective bargaining teachers' union to resume negotiations Thursday


Union contract negotiations regarding compensation will resume Thursday at 8 a.m. between the Colorado Springs Education Association and Colorado Springs School District 11, the region’s largest school district. The administrative team made its initial proposal last week, on April 23. The union is presenting its initial proposal at...

Student from Colorado Springs to present research on Capitol Hill this week


Jacelyn Peabody of Colorado Springs has been selected to present her research at the Posters on the Hill event April 28-29 in Washington. A junior at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, she was one of 60 students nationwide to be accepted from 700 applicants. Students present their research to members of Congress and representatives from...

Scholarships available for early childhood teacher perparation


Want to teach young children? There is $400,000 in scholarships available for those attending  Colorado community colleges, according to Colorado Department of Human Services and Colorado Department of Education. The scholarships will be awarded to students  working on certificates or associate’s degrees, and who intend to work in early...

Middle schoolers to graduate from city's Ticket-to-Success program on Thursday


Nearly 50 seventh and eighth graders from five local schools will graduate from the city of Colorado Springs’ Ticket-to-Success class Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Airport. The program helps develop young leaders. Participants visited city departments four times during the school year, met city employees and learned about city...

Monument Academy , Prairie Winds rev up for Odyssey of the Mind world competition


In the recent state finals in the Odyssey of the Mind Competition, Monument Academy and Prairie Winds Elementary School teams showed  a knack for problem solving, creativity and teamwork. They will advance to the world  finals in Ames, Iowa in May. More than 800 teams will compete in the event at Iowa State University, according […]

Challenger Middle School teacher wins PBS digital award


A local teacher is among 100 nationwide to win on-demand digital media services from PBS. Philip  McIntosh, of Challenger Middle School, and ther others were chosen from hundreds of applicants for the 2014 Learning Media Digital Innovators program.  They were judged on videos and written essays  about their classroom use of digital teaching....

Panel to point way to student success


How do kids succeed? Colorado Springs School District 11 is  hosting a panel discussion on how perseverance, curiosity, optimism and self control can help. The book “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough will be the guide. The event will be held April 24,, 6 p.m. at the D-11 board room, 1115 N. El Paso. To […]

Three UCCS students win new John Suthers Scholarship


Three University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students majoring in criminal justice are the first recipients of the John Suthers Scholarship. April Rogers, a junior from Craig, and Isaac Abila, a junior from Pueblo, will receive $1,000 scholarships for the 2014-and 2015 academic year. They are the second and third students to receive the...

Teacher wins grant to take World War I history on the road


Kurt Skinner, a history  teacher at Colorado Springs Christian School has been awarded a $500 classroom grant to teach kids more about World War I. Skinner will use the money to purchase historic items for a traveling  World War I trunk to use in  history classes to teach about that era,  the Professional Association of […]

State school board asks legislature to allow withdraw from PARCC


The  state Board of Education voted this week to ask the legislature to  allow Colorado to withdraw as a governing member of PARCC, so officials can create  an assessment aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards. Pursuant to state law, Colorado is a governing member of PARCC, a multi-state assessment consortium developing English language...

Locally hosted foreign exchange student participating in a social media for social change tech camp


Yasser Adler Tamo De Lekelem, a foreign exchange student from Cameroon who is staying with a local host family, this week is participating in the Youth TechCamp at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. The camp is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It  teaches exchange students leadership and training skills that will enable them […]

LGBT students at several area high schools to observe Friday's 'Day of Silence' event


Students from Rampart, Pine Creek, Coronado, Palmer, Doherty, Sand Creek and Sierra High schools will be among the hundreds of thousands nationwide to raise awareness Friday about the pervasiveness of name-calling, bullying and harassment of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender students. The annual event is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and...

Regional History Day Competition winners released


Colorado College hosted the 2014 Regional History Day Competition last Saturday. More than 600 area middle and high school students entered historical papers, websites, documentary, exhibit backboards and dramatic performance research projects related to the 2014 national theme: “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” First, second...

How do boys learn?


How do boys learn? Edmond Dixon, a human development expert and author of “Helping Boys Learn” has  presented  suggestions to help them succeed. Here are some of his tips:   Learns Where the Action Is :Boys develop more brain-wiring for movement than girls at early ages. This is why they  fidget in class. But they […]

Colorado has three of the nation's top 30 most affordable and highest rated online colleges


Three universities and colleges in Colorado have made the top 30 list of the nation’s highest rated and most affordable online colleges, released Tuesday by Affordable Online Colleges. The list recognizes schools with high academic standards and lower-than-average tuition for online education. Colorado State University in Fort Collins ranks...

Palmer High graduate wins Goldwater scholarship


A Palmer High School graduate is one of three University of Colorado Boulder undergraduates to win a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for 2014. Ryan Dewey, a junior majoring in astrophysics and physics, has been awarded the scholarship worth up to $7,500, along with Jasmine Brewer, a junior in engineering physics, and Brennan Coffey, a junior...

Aurora student scores a hat trick in state Geographic Bee competition


No local students placed in the top 10 of this year’s Colorado Geographic Bee on April 4 at the University of Denver. Ten of the 100 competitors who made it to the state tournament were from the Pikes Peak region. This year’s winning question was: What sea in the Arctic Ocean separates the Taymyr Peninsula […]

History will come alive during regional finals competition


Some 600 students from the area are expected to compete in the regional finals of the University of Colorado at Denver’s “National History Day in Colorado” on Saturday. The competition happens from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Palmer Hall on the Colorado College campus. Middle school students will compete in the junior division and...

School District 11 moves up to second best in nation in advancing digital technology


Colorado Springs School District 11 again has been named as one of the top-ranked school districts in the 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. D-11 moved up from seventh place last year to second place this year, for expanding the use of innovative […]

Royal Caribbean now offers autism-friendly cruising for families


Royal Caribbean now offers services and activities on cruise ships to accommodate families with children who have autism. This news comes from Vacations To Go, which created the first comprehensive list of cruise lines and ships that cater to people  with special needs. Autism-friendly toys are available for loan on all ships. Counselors can...

10th annual summer institute for educators taking applications


Western State Colorado University in Gunnison will host the 10th Summer Teacher Institute June 9-21. The Institute offers a variety of graduate credit content courses for K-12 educators who want to enrich their existing curricula. Participants enhance their content knowledge, share pedagogy, learn creative ways to deliver lessons and network...

D-11 student named 2014 Colorado Youth of the Year


The Boys’ and Girls’ Club has named Coronado High school student Ashley O-Donnell as the 2014 Colorado Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year program, established in 1947, recognizes club members who, with the help of their club, have met personal challenges head-on and, despite the odds, have given back to their […]

Douglas County District voucher program goes to the state Supreme Court


  Colorado’s  Supreme Court will  hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Douglas County  School District voucher program. The court will decide if  Taxpayers for Public Education and others have the right to challenge the voucher program.  The school  board initiated the Scholarship Choice program in 2011, but it  never got started...

12 area schools win $$ for healthy practices


  Twelve Pikes Peak area   schools  are among 42 that have been awarded Healthy School  Champions  designation for 2014 by the  Colorado Legacy Foundation. More than $45,000 total  was awarded to the schools. “The Colorado Legacy Foundation recognizes the importance of a healthy and engaging learning environment for all students,”  Dr....

Woodland Park School District recognized among best in nation for supporting music education


Woodland Park School District RE-2 was one of two Colorado school districts recognized for being among the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States. The program of the University of Kansas and the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation acknowledges “outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students...

Academy School District 20 recognized for financial accountability


Academy School District 20 has received the Certificate of Excellence Award from the Association of School Business Officials International organization. The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2013. The award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial accountability...

10 local students to compete in state Geographic Bee


Ten area students are among the 101 Colorado middle schoolers who have qualified for the state competition of the 26th annual National Geographic Bee at the University of Denver on April 4. They are: Mara Abernethy, Holmes Middle School; Gabriel Goetz, The Colorado Springs School; Keshav Nambiar, Mountain Ridge Middle School; Madison Janes,...

UCCS gets solar-powered picnic table charging stations


Three solar-powered picnic tables have been installed at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for students to charge their cell phones, laptops, music devices, cameras, electronic readers and electronic tablets. The Solar Power-Dok tables from Ener-Fusion Inc. were paid for by the UCCS Green Action Fund, which is supported by student...

Top books for spring break or anytime


  Booksource  suggests this list of “Spring Fever Books” for kids and teachers. It’s based on what is being read nationwide from grades K-12. l.  “Elephants Cannot  Dance” preschool-2:  Piggie tries to teach Gerald the elephant a few new dance moves. 2. “Cabin Fever,”  grades 4-7: Greg as he tries...

School District 11 receives financial reporting award


Colorado Springs School District 11 has received the Association of School Business Officials International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. This is the 24th time District 11 has received the award. The district...

Tonight is last information session at Thomas MacLaren School


Thomas MacLaren School, a 6-12 charter school, will host a final information session tonight, Thursday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The school is located at 303  Austin Bluffs Parkway, east of Nevada Avenue on Austin Bluffs. Prospective parents and students are invited to attend to learn more about the school. For more information, go to...

Meister's last broadcast May 23, but he'll start working in April for School District 49


KRDO-TV’s chief meteorologist Matt Meister won’t leave the local ABC affiliate unitl May 23 but will begin his work with Falcon School District 49 as its new communications director in April, the district announced this week. Meister introduced himself to the district’s school board at its meeting this week. Meister will take...

Glenwood Springs High students win state 'mock trial' competition


Students from Glenwood Springs High School beat out students from 23 other high schools around the state – including four in Colorado Springs – to take the state championship in the Colorado Bar Association State Mock Trial Tournament. Held March 14-15 at the Jefferson County Combined Court in Golden, the tournament focused on the topic […]

Legal conference on special needs students


What are all the legal ramifications of having a special needs child in school? Parents, legal  advocates, legal professionals are invited to attend the  Special Education Legal Conference to be held April 24 in Denver. Among the topics will be: avoiding conflict to have a smooth IEP meeting;  new case law; discussion of least restrictive...

CDE invites educators and community to live chat about digital literacy


Educators and the community are invited to a Colorado Department of Education Twitter chat to be held Monday, March 24, at 4 p.m. The topic is using digital literacy to empower students to become workforce ready. To participate go to and enter #Coedchat in the search box. If you want to ask a question […]

Local robotics team wins regional tournament


Out of 48 teams competing, the robotics team from Coronado High School and Colorado Springs School District 11, Cougars Gone Wired, won this year’s Utah regional competition held last Saturday. The team now will advance to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) world championships April 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo....

Grant will enable students in Woodland Park RE-2 to get physical


Woodland Park School District RE-2  received a $20,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente during this month’s school board meeting. The grant money will be used for before, during and after school physical activity programs and activities in all five schools: Woodland Park High School, Woodland Park Middle School, Columbine Elementary, Gateway...

‘Bong-smoking elephant in the room:’ High Times links spike in college applications to legalization of weed


The world’s largest cannabis-related magazine in the world, High Times, is theorizing that a surge in out-of-state college applications could have something to do with Colorado’s legalization of marijuana. In an article published Monday, High Times magazine said it doesn’t buy the “excuse” that the standardized online “Common Application” is...

Teens to compete in ‘City Slam’ poetry event tonight


Looking for something to do tonight? Fifteen students from local high schools will compete in the city of Colorado Springs’ “Lyrical Lounge” poetry competition championship. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. Sponsored by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Division, the program gives teens a...

Students from four local high schools competing in mock trial tournament this weekend


Four local high schools have sent teams to the Colorado Bar Association State Mock Trial Tournament, which started Friday and continues Saturday at the Jefferson County Combined Courts, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. Students from Doherty High, Thomas Maclaren, Coronado High and William Jackson Palmer High schools are pitting their...

Education board chair wants Colorado to repeal testing requirement


Could Colorado lawmakers repeal a 2012 requirement that the state participate in a multi-state testing consortium known as PARCC? That’s what the chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education wants to have happen. Paul Lundeen told fellow board members this week that he plans to ask them to vote in April on a resolution […]

Early childhood education amendment aims to help programs


A new amendment to the Child Care Development Block Grant Act was passed this week  by Congress. It  will help states coordinate federal and state funding for early childhood education, according to an email press release from  the office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Co.) . “Early childhood education is essential to a child’s future,”...

American Indians not prepared for college, study finds


This  email announcement  comes  from ACT . So often American Indians are left out of the equation when talking about minority education. IOWA CITY, Iowa—Most American Indian students—86 percent—want to further their education after high school, but the majority are not well prepared to succeed in college, according to a new report released...

Student cancer survivor helping others with the disease


Harrison High School is raising funds to help a youngster with cancer. Leading the effort  is Damarcus McGill, a  student who is a 15-year leukemia survivor. McGill had done a similar fundraiser last fall, inspiring the Harrison Marching Band to participate  at a Light the Night walk to raise awareness of blood cancers. He and […]

School District 11 officials working to correct computer issues


Colorado Springs School District 11’s information technology staff has been working feverishly since Saturday to figure out why some of its computers are having problems. “It’s hit and miss. It’s not affecting all computers,” said Devra Ashby, spokeswoman. For those whose work stations are being impacting, some personal settings are not showing...

Summit planned to help increase STEM talent


  A new forum, STEM  High Education Council has been created  to better connect colleges with  business and industry. Rob Denson, President of Des Moines Area Community College, will Chair the council with Martha Kanter to serve as Senior Advisor.  Kanter is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education at New York University,...

A solution to crushing college student debt?


There  may be hope for college  students who rack up tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. A  campaign  “Higher Ed, not Debt’  plans to  mobilize students, parents, borrowers, and others to  find  solutions to the  problem. They plan to  lobby policymakers and lenders to help  everyone to get higher education without the f...

15-year-old orinthology enthusiast wins Young Birder of the Year


A local 15-year-old orinthologist has won the American Birding Association’s top award: Young Birder of the Year. Rampart High School freshman Alec Wyatt took first place honors in the 14- to 18-year-old category, impressing the judges with his dedication to conservation and community leadership. Alec also received high marks for his outstanding...

The search is on for new principals at two local high schools


Two of Colorado Springs School District 11’s four high schools will get new principals for next school year, and five candidates are vying for both jobs. Three already work for the district:  Nancy Smith, principal at Audubon Elementary School;  Jerry Monks, assistant principal at Mitchell High School;  Darin Smith, assistant principal at...

Campaign to help minority boys read better


White male students are three times more likely to be reading proficiently in the fourth grade than their black peers, and more than twice as likely as Hispanic boys, according to a study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count. Among those who don’t read well, the dropout rats in high school are twice […]

Two local high school students win scholarships to leadership academy


Two local high school students are attending the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., this week and next week. Zach Nguyen, who attends Air Academy High School, and Jessica Seney, who attends Cripple Creek-Victor Junior/Senior High School, are among the 304 students from 38 countries and...

Troops to Principals Program streamlined to be less time-consuming


The Colorado State Board of Education recently streamlined the School Leaders for America Troops to Principals Program in Colorado Springs School District 11. Shortening the program’s training will lessen the time for military candidates to become professional Colorado school principals. The board action allows combining School Leaders’...

List of Common Core adversaries continues to grow


More and more school districts and states are expressing concern with  Common Core  standards. The latest is the Georgia State Senate,which  passed legislation this week calling for a review of the controversial Common Core.  It passed 36-16.  Other states have also addressed it. Colorado has not taken it up  yet, but three is a bill […]

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Carol McGraw writes about education for The Gazette with Debbie Kelley. The coverage includes lifelong learning, state and national education issues, 17 school districts in the Pikes Peak Region, pre-K through 12, plus higher education including Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College and for-profit schools. Carol has a B.A. degree in journalism and a year of law school. These days she enjoys taking quilting classes and says she’s got a lot to learn. Carol recently took obedience classes with her unruly Australian shepherd and Australian cattle dog. She failed. They got their diplomas.

Debbie has covered nearly every subject at The Gazette, including news, religion, business, real estate, the energy industry, health care, nonprofits, fashion, home and garden and county government. Her career also has encompassed writing greeting cards, speeches, annual reports, and technical trade and magazine articles. Her two kids have taught her a lot about education and life in general, including this kernel of wisdom, “Mom, not everything is a lesson.”