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Mon. 11/14/16
Cheyenne Mountain completes flood recovery repairs
Peterson Air Force Base - 11/14/16 1:30 PM
Media are invited to a ceremony marking the completion of landslide recovery repairs at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. The ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the CMAFS north portal area.

The $13 million in repairs include a new drainage channel, fencing, vehicle inspection facility, road and retention area to prevent future landslides. As part of the recovery efforts, the security entrance facility was also renovated to modernize the secure perimeter, following the landslide that blocked the tunnel entrance with more than 12,000 cubic yards of rocks and debris Sept. 12, 2013.

"As one of the DOD's most critical facilities, providing the best security and support for our mission partners inside Cheyenne Mountain is a top priority for us," said Col. Gary Cornn, 721st Mission Support Group and CMAFS commander. "We host a number of unique missions that are vital to our nation's security, including air defense, space surveillance and missile warning."

CMAFS is one of the six installations operated by the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, and marked its 50th anniversary of full operational capability in April.
Big Blue Blocks Bring Open-Ended Play to Campus
The Colorado Springs School - 11/14/16 10:20 AM
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- The Colorado Springs School (CSS) is excited to welcome a new addition to campus. With a PreK-12th grade curriculum that emphasizes rigorous academics, relationship-building, and relevant technology and arts education, educators turned to the humble school playground as the next wellspring of growth and learning. The decision was made to invest in a set of Imagination Playground's Big Blue Blocks.

Big Blue Blocks are made of durable, weatherproof foam and come in a variety of larger-than-life shapes. The single color promotes cohesive construction rather than competition. The large size allows children to engage in big-scale creation in groups. While traditional playgroup equipment has fixed purposes and develops motor skills, Big Blue Blocks are only limited by imagination and promote creative thinking, problem solving, and cooperation.

"Regularly we welcome prospective parents to the Admission Office who are concerned and frustrated with local school's whose student schedule's are heavily dictated by state mandated testing," said Director of Admission, Faith Madsen. "The Big Blue Blocks engage students in joyful learning. They represent the best in education and promote problem solving, creative-thinking and an opportunity to build social and emotional communication skills. The blocks are brilliant in their simplicity."

The Colorado Springs School is grateful to be one of only a few organizations in the region to have invested in Big Blue Blocks. The purchase of Big Blue Blocks is yet another example of The Colorado Springs School saying "yes" to students and investing in our mission to prepare students for a dynamic world.

The Colorado Springs School invites parents, friends, and neighbors to a Big Blue Block Party on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. as students in PreKindergarten -- 5th grade come out to experience the Blocks as a community of learners.

Media is welcome to attend the event. Please coordinate any media visits to campus with Jessica L. James, Director of Communications and Advancement at (719)210-3499. The Colorado Springs School is located at 21 Broadmoor Avenue.

About The Colorado Springs School (CSS)
CSS offers an experiential educational curriculum for Age 3 -- Grade 12 students. Through superior academics and mentoring, The Colorado Springs School prepares students to think independently and to meet the needs of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity. Learn more at www.css.org.

About Imagination Playground
Learn more about the Big Blue Blocks created by Imagination Playground at http://www.imaginationplayground.com.
Thu. 11/10/16
Media Alert: Mitchell High School JROTC Veterans Day Celebration
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 11/10/16 3:33 PM
On Friday, November 11, William Mitchell Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, social studies, band, and choir departments will host a Veterans Day Celebration in honor of the military men and women who faithfully served our country. This year's theme is "Bring a Veteran to School," and Mitchell students will be celebrating and recognizing their staff and family members who are veterans or currently serving in the military. The Veterans Day celebration will include the following activities:
Continental Breakfast for Students and Veterans (8:15 -- 9:00 am)
Flag Raising Ceremony, Reveille (9:15 -- 9:25 am)
Veterans Day Assembly for Students and Military Veterans (9:45- 10:30 am)

During the school assembly, cadets will perform a flag folding ceremony and a tribute to the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action; the choir will sing patriotic songs; and students will be recognized for competing in a school-wide essay writing contest.

Mitchell JROTC Cadets will also be visiting military veterans at a few of the senior citizen living facilities in Colorado Springs.
Media Alert: Hundreds of Local Middle School Students Get New Tablets and 24/7 Internet Access For Learning in Class and at Home
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 11/10/16 9:22 AM
District 11 Joins the National Verizon Innovative Learning Initiative
WHAT: The principals of two Colorado Springs School District 11 middle schools will accept an exciting grant of more than $3 million from Verizon Innovative Learning, a national initiative of the Verizon Foundation in partnership with non-profit Digital Promise, which is using mobile technology to extend learning beyond the classroom. Middle school students and educators at Sabin and Mann Middle Schools will receive their own personal tablets, equipped with a 2-year Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data plan for 24/7 internet access at school and at home.

Verizon Innovative Learning equips students and teachers with technology to encourage the qualities in students that fuel innovation -- creativity, collaboration and critical thinking -- and to prepare students with the technology proficiency they will need to compete in today's economy. Verizon Innovative Learning also equips teachers with ongoing professional development by dedicated learning coaches to integrate mobile technology into instruction across all subjects and put into practice more individualized and experiential learning methods. The initiative will provide new learning opportunities, especially outside the classroom and to those without high-speed Internet connections at home.

Sabin and Mann Middle Schools are two of 46 schools that are a part of Verizon Innovative Learning nationwide, and the initiative will reach more than 27,000 students and 2,100 teachers across the country this year.
The event will show local middle school students receiving tablets, as well as:
Firsthand remarks from administrators and program leaders on why hands-on learning experiences using technology -- particularly in middle school -- are so important to academic achievement and lifelong success.
Demonstrations by teachers and students on how this technology will be used in classrooms this year.
WHEN: Monday, November 14 | 4:30-7:00 pm
WHERE: Sabin Middle School |3605 N Carefree Cir, Colorado Springs, CO, 80917
Enter through main doors -- Cafeteria is first set of doors to the right as you enter
WHO:
Local middle school students receiving new tablets
Jared Welch, principal of Sabin Middle School
Shawn Limberg, principal of Mann Middle School
Dr. Nicholas Gledich, Superintendent of Schools, Colorado Springs District 11
Tom Zimmerman , Verizon
VIP Guests -- School District 11 Board of Education members, local elected officials
WHY: Low income students are at a learning disadvantage. According to Pew Research, roughly one-third (31.4%) of households whose annual incomes fall below $50,000 and with children ages 6 to 17, do not have a high-speed internet connection at home.
With the recent growth in STEM-skilled jobs, and the under-representation of minorities in these fields, it's clear we need to do more to level the playing field for students from minority and under-served communities. Through Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, we develop measurable STEM education programs that provide students with technology and hands-on learning to help build the confidence they need to become tomorrow's creators.
Tue. 11/08/16
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 11/08/16 9:49 AM
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will hold a board meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
Policy GBM: Staff Identification Cards
Policy GCAA: Certified Staff Positions
Policy GDA: Support Staff Positions
Amended Board Meeting Dates for 2016-2017
Resolution 2017-18: American Education Week
District and School Accreditation Ratings and State Performance Frameworks

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The November 9 agenda is featured.
Fri. 11/04/16
Silver Key to Host Grand Opening of S. Murray Campus
Silver Key Senior Services - 11/04/16 8:02 AM
Media Advisory
Colorado Springs, CO - Silver Key Senior Services will host a grand opening and tours of its new campus on Friday, November 4 at 8:30 a.m. Speakers will include Jocelyn Wall, Silver Key board chair, Patricia Ellis, Silver Key CEO, and David Lord, board member and chair of the capital campaign committee. A formal program will take place at 8:45 a.m. with tours of the new campus, including the new pantry, commercial kitchen, and dining rooms immediately following.

Silver Key made the move to its new home at 1605 -- 1655 S. Murray ending more than 38 years as a west side resident on August 1, 2016. In addition to the traditional services of Silver Key, transportation, case management, and nutrition assistance, the new campus features a dining space for up to 75, expanded commercial kitchen, and community rooms for meetings and gatherings.

Since 1971, Silver Key has provided vital services to seniors in our community, allowing them to live independently, with safety, dignity and respect. The legacy of caring and excellent customer service continues but from a welcoming, senior-friendly space with room to grow.