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Peak Inside May 2018

In this issue ... -News from Leadership -Employee Accolades -Update on #D49TeachersShine -Creekside Success Center Introductions

Special Sightings Across District 49

Top left, then clockwise: D49 staff, students and community members gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new elementary school on Vista del Pico Boulevard in Banning Lewis Ranch May 15. Kate Bock, first-grade teacher, personally greets students outside her classroom at RVES April 5 as part of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program. Kayla Higbee, manager, (on left) and Keri Gorman, assistant manager, with Kids’ Corner share details about their program with attendees at the Military Family Appreciation Day April 21 at the Creekside Success Center. Sand Creek High School seniors walk the halls in all Sand Creek Zone elementary and middle schools May 9 to celebrate with and inspire District 49’s youngest students.

Important Updates News from Leadership

I find myself surrounded by incredibly special people who genuinely care for the work we do, the families we serve and for each other.

I got a tremendous piece of advice when I began exploring the opportunity of working at School District 49. A mentor of mine encouraged me to learn well the district’s strategic plan, and as I reflect on my experience at D49, I realize the value of this suggestion.

As yet a relative newcomer to School District 49, I am grateful for the enthusiastic welcome I’ve received and the support coming my way every day.

I started learning about the five “Big Rocks.” These, of course, go hand-in-hand with our Cultural Compass which steers how we treat our work and treat each other. I am so impressed to witness daily how District 49 walks this walk.

One of my team members likes to tell me about the crew of D49 staff who rose early in the summer of 2016 to climb Pikes Peak. To me, this is a snapshot of the daily dedication of our district: D49 is an organization that reaches great heights together, and it is a distinct pleasure to join the climb.

When I am asked, “How is it going?” I generally respond, “It’s been EPIC.” I am quickly learning the scope of work at a school district of our size and the energy it takes by everyone involved to move it forward, in a word, is invigorating.

Proud to be ascending with you,

David Nancarrow, Director of Communications

What’s New with VoW Surveys

Summer STEM Opportunity

In a previous VoW monthly survey, we asked for feedback regarding safety and security at schools.

Are you a third to eighth grade teacher with a love for science? If so, this learning adventure is for you.

STEM Bootcamp | July 17 - 19

The 600+ responses we received were insightful and will be helpful to our safety and security team. The team will be coordinating focus groups in the near future to talk with staff, parents and students directly.

Bear Creek Elementary School, Monument Hosted by the Challenger Learning Center *Limited spots available - first come, first served* Lunch & snacks provided each day Every participant will receive robots to take home!

We’ll be digging deeper in a future survey regarding safety and security, and focus groups. A BIG THANK YOU to staff members who took the time to complete surveys during the 2017-2018 school year.

To attend, send name, school, grade level and summer email address to by May 25.


Made possible thanks to the IGNITE Grant.

Around the District Health & Wellness Corner Mark your calendars for this popular repeat event! D4.9K Run/Walk | Saturday, Sept. 29 | FHS

Thanks to everyone who completed the staff wellness survey. The winners of the Colorado Crafted Snack Boxes are Stephen Swanson from SCHS, Margaret McBride from RES and Juliana Johnsen from SMS.

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

July 24 Base Camp - New Teacher Orientation July 27 Teachers Return from Summer Break Aug. 31 Welcome Back All D49 Staff Event at Sand Creek High School

June 1 Full-Year ESP & Professional/Technical Evaluations are Due

Update on #D49TeachersShine

“I want to give a shout out to Gina Dupre at EIES for her awesome heart for students and amazing talent to teach them a love of art!” -T. Wiltz

It’s easy to see why District 49 is the best choice to learn, work and lead. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we heard from many parents and students on social media who love D49 teachers. Here’s what a few of them had to say ... “My daughter was in Angie Moore’s very first kindergarten class at Stetson 17 years ago. She loved on those kids in and out of the classroom and became a lifelong friend.” -K. Haddox “Juli Romero (SMS) has always been this upbeat and charismatic person with an amazing spirit and heart.” -Melanie M. “Linda Herrera from SCHS has honestly changed my life for the best and has pushed me to be the best student and person I could possibly be.” -Vicki K.


“Mr. Eric Lustig has been like a father, mentor and so much more to me. He took me aside and told me I could do anything, and for the first time ever, I believed that. I truly believe he is the best teacher this district has.” -A. Marshall “We have absolutely LOVED our teachers! Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. Mullins and Mrs. Quinn all of MRES ... they’re ALL major rockstars!” -L. Bradford Congratulations to the following teachers who won gift baskets! -Shawna Beeler -Martha Doler -Holly Lustig -Marissa McCulloch -Anna Tapia

Spotlight on Team Members Employee Accolades Congratulations to the following students and staff who were honored May 10 before the regular monthly Board of Education meeting.

Fantastic 49 Honorees for May: -Mehki Reese, Senior, SCHS -Dwayne Morris, Custodian, WHES -Annette Romero, Professional Learning Specialist -Brian Green, Coord. of Professional Learning

A Fond Farewell to District 49 Retirees

Many departments and schools are saying goodbye to District 49 team members at the end of the 20172018 school year. We wish each of the retirees a goodbye full of gratitude for all they’ve done for students and fellow staff members in our district. We thank you for helping make D49 the best choice to learn, work and lead. Best wishes!

Creekside Introductions Congratulations to Kyle Spanswick on his new role as central registration supervisor. Prior to this position, Spanswick served District 49 as an SIS data tech. His background includes experience as a software analyst for Denver Public Schools and as a help desk support technician for District 11. “I was interested in the central registration supervisor role to take on new challenges and to have the opportunity to lead a dynamic team,” shared Spanswick. New projects for the central registration department include the implementation of a new SIS and registration process, along with centralizing charter school registrations and data. In his free time, Spanswick enjoys traveling, camping, reading and music. He is also the father of two boys. Spanswick’s office is located at the Creekside Success Center. He can be reached at or 719-494-1149, ext. 1007.


Emp Newsletter May 2018  
Emp Newsletter May 2018