• Restorative justice program gets grant from Peyton Manning's foundation

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Teen Court has received a $10,000 grant from Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation to support restorative justice programs. Colorado Springs Teen Court is an alternative sentencing program that uses trained student volunteers to provide restorative justice sentencing...

  • New job for Colorado principal who nixed coming out speech

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    LONGMONT — The principal who pulled a graduation speech by a valedictorian who wanted to disclose his sexual orientation is resigning for a new job at another school. The Daily Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/1ddZuJ7) parents were notified Monday that Twin Peaks Charter Academy...

  • Local school district receives award for finance reporting

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The Association of School Business Officials has given a Finance Certificate of Excellence award to the Academy School District 20's business services department for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 2014. ASBO officials say the award...

  • Community embraces Library 21c concept, making first year a success

    By Robin Intemann Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    If you haven't checked out Library 21c, you're overdue. The Pikes Peak Library District's 21st century library opened its doors at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive one year ago as the first phase of a three-building project that includes renovation at the East and Penrose libraries. The 21c...

  • Air Academy students play artistic role at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Kira Olson graduated from Air Academy High School last month and will head to art school in Santa Fe this fall but already has completed her first commissioned piece that will be seen by millions of people. "It took awhile to make and was hard to figure out, but it feels awesome," she...

  • Colorado Springs kids make mock Mars landing a big success

    By Jack Howland jack.howland@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The three members of the Martian Lions of Science approached the 2-foot ladder as if it were a launch pad Friday morning, ready to deploy their handmade landing craft to Mars. In this case, the red planet was red cardboard set against green carpeting. The self-named team - Emily...

  • Furry and slithery visitors light up classroom for special-needs students

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Eleven-year-old Ethan Honea puffed up his shoulders, stuck out his tongue, yelled "ha" really loudly and tried to blow bubbles out of his eyes. Ethan and 43 other special-needs students in Falcon School District 49's Extended School Year program were mimicking the actions of the...

  • Monument schoolchildren learn that one person's trash becomes a charity's treasure

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Kids might like eating mini muffins and slurping applesauce and juice from squeezable pouches, but sorting the trash that results from snacking is anything but fun. "It smells. It's nasty," said Gwen Shindel, who teaches fourth and fifth grade at Prairie Winds Elementary School in...

  • Local organization that promotes school choice receives major funding

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Parents Challenge, a Colorado Springs nonprofit organization that promotes school choice by helping low-income families pay for school uniforms, tutoring, summer school, transportation and computers, has received two grants that will fund operations fot the coming school year. The...

  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 to participate in active shooter exercise

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in coordination with other agencies will conduct an active shooter exercise at Carson Middle School at 10 a.m., in conjunction with Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services and other agencies.  The school is located at 6200 Prussman...

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