October 2013 Blog Posts (35)

$2500 Scholarship Essay Contest Sponsored by Academy Optimist Club

How Dreams Lead to Success is the writing topic for a 700 to 800 word essay in the $2500 Optimist International Essay Contest for 2014.  The contest is open to participants under the age of 19 who have not graduated from high school or the equivalent.  The entry is due to the Academy Optimist Club by Wednesday, January 15, 2014.  Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more by contacting the essay chair at 719-322-8465 or…


Added by Deb Harney on October 31, 2013 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Marine Corp Prepares Future Principal

Frutoso Chavez is a six-year Marine Corps veteran, honorably separating as a Staff Sergeant Select. Chavez has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and a Master’s degree in Special Education. He received his principal certification from the University of Denver as part of the Ritchie Program for School Leaders.…


Added by Kimberly Yochem-Hiebert on October 30, 2013 at 11:59am — No Comments

Pikes Peak Work Force and District 11 Join to Prepare Workforce Ready Graduates

Students in the region now have the opportunity to be workforce-ready, thanks to a great new partnership!  The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWC) and Colorado Springs School District 11 have joined together to provide career pathway opportunities for students.  The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services.

“The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is excited to engage with School District 11 in order to assist eligible…


Added by Devra Ashby on October 29, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

2013 Class Inducted into the SMHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Athletics are about more than winning and losing. That was the message the members of the 2013 St. Mary’s High School Athletic Hall of Fame class had for those gathered to celebrate the inductees on Friday, Oct. 25.


The third class of nine former athletes, coaches, and athletic directors spanning 60 years of Pirate athletics joined the 20 athletes who have already been inducted. The SMHS Athletic Hall of Fame honors those who have made outstanding contributions to St. Mary’s…


Added by St. Mary's High School on October 28, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

New Curriculum Brings History to Life at St. Mary's

Experiencing living history in school is usually reserved for special projects or field trip days. But St. Mary’s High School history teacher Anna Sanzo has found a great way to make history real for her students on a regular basis.


This year Sanzo is incorporating the Teachers’ Curriculum Institute program into her classes, thanks to a grant from the Good Sisters Trust. The program is used in conjunction with her curriculum text but Sanzo said it is interactive and works…


Added by St. Mary's High School on October 24, 2013 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Fountain Valley School Invites the Public To Film Screening

Fountain Valley School of Colorado will screen the documentary "School's Out: Lessons From a Forest Kindergarten" on Oct. 31 as part of the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival's "Festival in the Community."

Festival in the Community is an opportunity to screen films in areas…

Added by Fountain Valley School on October 24, 2013 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Wildland Fire Crew Shares Stories of Fighting Forest Fires with Students

In theory, three 4th and 5th grade student groups full of energy and in an enclosed space sounds like a recipe for disaster.  However, when Globe Charter School, Buena Vista and Queen Palmer Elementary School’s Young…


Added by Catamount Institute on October 22, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Olympian Alison Dunlap Trains With Fountain Valley School Mountain Biking Team

Two-time cycling Olympian and 2001 World Mountain Biking champion Alison Dunlap spent two hours training with the Fountain Valley School mountain biking team in early October.
FVS mountain biking head coach Aaron Schubach met Dunlap when they both participated…

Added by Fountain Valley School on October 22, 2013 at 11:33am — No Comments

New Stragetic Plan Focuses SMHS's Goals for Next Three Years

The biggest successes are usually accomplished by having a plan. This fall St. Mary’s High School President John Kraus unveiled a three-year strategic plan that will increase the school’s well-established success.


The purpose of the strategic plan, according to Kraus, is to provide the vision, strategies, and goals that will guide improvements to the school during the next three years. Kraus decided to go with a three-year strategic plan—instead of the usual five- or 10-year…


Added by St. Mary's High School on October 21, 2013 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Shoe box Savvy Shopper; Local Resident Shops Year-Round for Operation Christmas Child Gifts

Colorado Springs resident Lori Itson heard about Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in her church in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1999. Lori found out that OCC is a simple, fun project whereby individuals, families, scout troops, businesses and churches fill shoe…


Added by Melissa Klute on October 21, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Recent Graduate Adds Published Author to Her Resume

Dreams are often filled with goals that might seem unattainable. For many being a published author is one of those “maybe someday” dreams. But for Charlotte Meert being a published author is a dream she attained only a few months after graduating from high school.

Meert, a 2013 St. Mary’s High School graduate, published her first novel, The Cause, during the summer before starting her freshman year of college. She began writing the story while in high school after wondering what would…


Added by St. Mary's High School on October 18, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Workforce Development Mural Created by Youth Zone Particpants

Participants in the Youth Zone’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program  completed two  4’ by  8’ murals for the Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC), which were recently unveiled and now hang prominently at PPWFC.  This purpose of the project was to introduce art as a means of self-expression and communication and to show participants ways to give back to their community. The students worked under the direction of Concrete Couch, a local organization, with the mission “To work with kids and…


Added by Jeanne Cotter on October 18, 2013 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Give The Gift of Scouting!

The Pikes Peak Council will hold an online holiday auction through MissionFish,eBay's charitable giving site.  100% of proceeds from the auction will benefit our ScoutReach program.  ScoutReach is the Pikes Peak Council's commitment to make sure all young people in the Pikes Peak region have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood or ethnic background.

Start and end dates:  Saturday, November 23rd until Cyber…


Added by Chelsea Hernandez on October 18, 2013 at 10:42am — No Comments

Latino Religious Leaders Form New Alliance for Environmental Protection

NATHROP, COLO. – Yesterday, prominent Latino religious leaders from Colorado and California joined together to form Por la Creación Faith-based Alliance, which will develop stewards of God’s creations by engaging and educating this generation to leave a legacy for the future. This group seeks to…


Added by Robert Fanger on October 17, 2013 at 9:43am — No Comments

SMHS Golf Tourney Provides Fun for Golfers and Support for School

Golf has been described as a good walk spoiled. But the golfers who participated in the 2013 St. Mary’s High School Golf Classic would argue that point. This year’s event, held at the Country Club of Colorado, brought together alumni, parents of students past and present, school faculty and staff, and other supporters to enjoy a fun filled day.


Tournament chair Penny Heiniger said the event continues to grow and that this year there were more golfers, more sponsors, and more…


Added by St. Mary's High School on October 16, 2013 at 10:33am — No Comments

Developmental Volleyball team Tryouts

Tryouts for our Developmental teams will happen this coming Sunday 10-20-13 at Play it Now Sports from 1-3pm. Our developmental program is for those volleyball players who can not afford or commit the time to club volleyball. They get a 16 week season and great training for a minimal amount compared to club. Please visit our website at www.csavbc.org for more information.

Added by Melissa Jo Sweeney on October 16, 2013 at 9:46am — No Comments

Decrease screen time to give your child a healthier life

With more electronic entertainment options than ever before, it can be harder to get children up and moving.  Setting limits on time spent with electronic devices is important. During the last 20 years, the number of children in the United States who are physically active has decreased while the number of…


Added by El Paso County Public Health on October 16, 2013 at 9:06am — No Comments

Annual Halloween Costume Carnival on October 26 in North Cheyenne Cañon Park

The Cañon may be closed while flood damage repair is in progress but the party is on at Starsmore Discovery Center!

Be sure to bring your little spooks and angels for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun. Admission is free for the whole family. Festivities include: a costume contest with prizes, a haunted…


Added by Rosanne Gain on October 14, 2013 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Free Try It Classes at Fountain Arts Center to Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month

Fountain Arts Center is celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month by offering FREE Try It Classes to our community.


Monday October 21

Jazz/Tap 1 (ages 7-9) Monday 4:45pm

Kinderballet (ages 4.5-6) Monday 4:45pm

BalletCombo(ages6-8) Monday5:30pm

Hop 1 (ages 7-10) Monday…


Added by Fountain Arts Center on October 14, 2013 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Disability Awareness Month Advocate Highlight: Justin Dart

Justin Dart, Jr., was a leader of the international disability rights movement and a human rights activist. Dart has earned the title of "the father of the Americans with Disabilities Act" and "the godfather of the disability rights movement." Dart was a leader in the disability rights movement for three decades.

Dart contracted polio as a child and was told he only had three days to live. Dart survived the ordeal and started…


Added by The Independence Center on October 14, 2013 at 2:20pm — No Comments

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