July 2012 Blog Posts (56)

SMHS Students Have Impressive Showing on AP Tests

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”


That quote perfectly describes the Advanced Placement students at St. Mary’s High School. This year’s AP scores are in, and St. Mary’s students again had an impressive showing with the majority of the students scoring three or higher. St. Mary’s Principal Mike Biondini (SMHS ’66) said that in AP exams a score of three is considered passing.




Added by St. Mary's High School on July 30, 2012 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Vanguard Students Earn High Marks on Advanced Placement Tests

The Vanguard School at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, a top-performing Colorado Springs high school, earned high marks on the 2012 Advanced Placement (AP) tests.  Vanguard offered 10 Advanced Placement courses last year, and 45 students took a total of 99 Advanced Placement tests, earning an average score of 4.19 (on a 5-point scale).  Some of the highest scores came in AB Calculus,…


Added by Janet Dinnen on July 30, 2012 at 10:53am — No Comments

Which Road Will You Follow? Five Simple Tips for Parents


  The Road Not Taken  (1916) 

by Robert Frost

Added by Vivian Kirkfield on July 29, 2012 at 7:38pm — No Comments

SMHS Forensics Duo Places Fifth at National Tournament

Even before the National Forensic Tournament, the 2011-2012 year had been a successful one for the St. Mary’s High School team.


Before Nationals the team had earned two state championships, one third-place finish at state, the title of Colorado Grande District Champion for the fourth time, and had seven students qualify for Nationals. But the year ended on an even higher note with a St. Mary’s duo finishing in the top five in their division.


Recent graduates…


Added by St. Mary's High School on July 28, 2012 at 8:23am — No Comments

Six Social Media Tools to Help You Get Free Tax Information

The IRS uses a variety of technologies to help you get the tax information you need. Here are six ways the IRS uses social media to share information on tax changes, initiatives, products and services:

  1. IRS2Go 2.0  IRS’s smartphone application allows you to check your refund status, get tax updates and follow the IRS via Twitter. IRS2Go 2.0 is available in the Apple App store for iPhone or iPod touch devices and in the GooglePlay store for Android…

Added by Karen Connelly on July 27, 2012 at 11:36am — No Comments

Enrolling a child in a martial arts program is one of the best actions a parent can take to prevent bullying.

Xing Yi Quan (Mind/Form Boxing)

After School Programs offered at the Tai Chi Association

Wednesdays and Fridays 5:30 – 6:30pm - Ages…


Added by Julie Paler on July 25, 2012 at 2:17pm — No Comments

1977 Palmer High School Class Reunion

The Palmer High School Class of 1977 met July 20th-22nd for the 35th high school reunion.  It was 3 days of fun-filled events.  Friday was at Blondie’s, on the rooftop. It was a hot dry summer night, and most of us 50+ alumni hardly noticed the heat…


Added by Julie Ryder on July 25, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Corner Mechanic Car Care Tip of the Week

The Pilot’s Walk Around

A few basic reminders will help keep you on the road, instead of unexpectedly stranded on the side of the road.  Most of us fill our gas tank at least once a week, making it a good time to walk around…


Added by Honest Accurate Auto Service on July 25, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

3 tips on how to improve your linkedIn account


  1. Find more people in your industry- Connect with everyone that you can.
  2. Participate in groups- Ask questions, market yourself and enjoy every minute of it.  
  3. Make an email list- This email list can allow you to market your company online and also be able to yet again have more connections.


LinkedIn is just like an online seminar that lasts for 24 hours a day. It is great fun to meet new people and great for all networking…


Added by Michaela Smith on July 24, 2012 at 9:50pm — No Comments

What is a wood pellet grill?

Colorado BBQ Outfitters would just like to remind everyone that Colorado Springs does allow bbqing, grilling, and/or smoking at residences. 

Wood pellet grills are the best and safe alternative to gas or charcoal. 

Wood pellet grills look just like any other grill for the most part. They have a hopper on the side that holds bbq good grade wood pellets. There are many pellet brands on the market but, we here at Colorado BBQ Outfitters, stand behind the Lumberjack…


Added by Colorado BBQ Outfitters on July 24, 2012 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Free College Planning Workshop

For further information contact:     

College Planning of Colorado          

Phone: 719-593-0023

Email:  Info@CollegePlanningofColorado.com




Free College Planning Workshop to be Held at  

the Rockrimmon Library



Colorado Springs, CO July 26, 2012 - Barbara Swiatek, noted college expert with the National Association of…


Added by Barbara Swiatek on July 24, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Social Media--The Keys to Success

Our society has become much more 'social'.  Not necessarily the way people used to be social with potlucks and Popsicle's on the front porch or back yard BBQ's.  This day and age we are using: text, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Pinterest.  

As an author I've always thought in person book signings were the way to draw attention to a new book.  I can't remember the last time I walked into a book store and saw an author sitting at a table with his/her book with a pen in hand.…


Added by Shelly Goodman Wright on July 24, 2012 at 11:26am — No Comments

Collectibles: Picture Books and People


Children’s picture books are among some of the most prized collectibles.  Many don’t survive the wear and tear of childhood…others live on to be passed down from generation to generation. 

For me, the value of the book is in the joy each story gives to the children who hear it.

Some collectibles are valued in the millions but the smile on a…


Added by Vivian Kirkfield on July 23, 2012 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Northwestern Mutual-Colorado Springs Raises Nearly $33,000 to Support Citizen Soldier Connection

Northwestern Mutual-Colorado Springs – through its third-annual “Rocky Mountain Scramble” golf tournament – has raised nearly $33,000 for Colorado Springs-based Citizen Soldier Connection. Citizen Soldier Connection is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing friendship and support to the soldiers and military…


Added by Northwestern Mutual on July 23, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The National MS Society Fundraiser at Paint the Town!

The National MS Society held a fundraiser at Paint the Town, Paint & Party Studio Friday night.  A fun & creative time was had by all those that attended.  The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to…


Added by Bev Selby on July 22, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Palmer Lake Native American Powwow

Third Annual Palmer Lake Native American Inter-Tribal

Festival and Traditional Powwow


The Palmer Lake Historical Society is sponsoring a one-day Native American…


Added by Al Walter on July 20, 2012 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Return of the Rocky Mountain Chautauqua

The Chautauqua movement spread across the Nation from 1874 to 1930 and was the first mass educational and cultural movement in the Nation's history.  Educators, speakers, artists, and musicians brought educational, cultural, and recreational programs to ordinary people in the rural areas of the country.  It…


Added by Al Walter on July 20, 2012 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Dealing with tragedy.

We are in East Denver not 5 miles from the events of last night’s tragedy. Many, many people have and will be affected from this horrific night. All people experience trauma and hearing about trauma differently. Below are some suggestions for talking to your kids about what they hear on the news and from friends and how to address common fears and concerns:

“The American Humane Association offers these tips for parents and other caregivers to help children cope with the fear…


Added by Stacy Hladek on July 20, 2012 at 2:24pm — No Comments

The Corner Mechanic Car Care Tip of the Week

Man-Made Vs. Mother Earth:  Who do You Trust?

When it comes to automotive lubricants, you do have a choice…either conventional oils, those derived from crude oil, or synthetic oils, those manufactured from hydrocarbons and other…


Added by Honest Accurate Auto Service on July 20, 2012 at 7:49am — No Comments

Crew Aids Waldo Canyon Fire Evacuees

Seeing footage and photos of the Waldo Canyon Fire burning the Southern Front Range was enough to make one's stomach turn. But imagine being an evacuee; having to leave the comfort of your home and most of your possessions behind without assurance that you would see it all again. From there, think about not having friends or relatives to flee to, but instead relying on a makeshift shelter in a school gymnasium, full of strangers in the exact same situation.

Though most evacuees were…


Added by Mile High Youth Corps on July 19, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

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