IMPORTANT RESPIRATORY ILLNESS INFORMATION
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OCTOBER IS SAFE SCHOOLS MONTH
Governor Hickenlooper has signed a Proclamation declaring October 2014 as Safe Schools Month in the State of Colorado.
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FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON HIGH SCHOOL
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
Thirty-two Fountain-Fort Carson High School (FFCHS) AP Scholars were recently recognized by the Advanced Placement College Board for their achievements and academic excellence in AP coursework completion. FFCHS moved to the AP courses in the fall of 2011, complimenting their already strong dual-credit college curriculum. The AP courses provide students and teaching faculty with a national measuring stick for their efforts in the academic arena. Students that receive a “3” or higher (a “5” is the highest possible score) on their AP Exams (which are all taken in the spring on national standardized exams on the same test dates around the country) are eligible to earn college credit from highly selective universities and colleges schools across the country. The AP Board recently recognized a strong contingent of FFCHS students for their success over the past three academic years. There are three levels of recognition:
Kyleigh Bloyd, now in her senior year, who was the only junior recognized as a Scholar with Distinction, had this to say about the AP Courses she has had the opportunity to take. “The biggest advantage is that the curriculum is more structured, given that instructors are trained in the AP Course curriculum, there is an opportunity to measure your achievement against not just students in a given class, but against the best of the best across the country.” Kyleigh emphasized that having the “AP Scoreboard” provides an additional incentive for students that truly want to compete in the classroom. Kyleigh has earned a 4.62 GPA thus far in her academic career at FFCHS and is currently taking three additional AP courses during her senior year. It was readily apparent in her approach to academic success and achievement that Kyleigh truly recognizes the value of competing in the academic arena as she wraps up her high school career while currently taking her sixth, seventh, and eighth AP courses.
FFCHS senior Kaitlyn Cyprian, recently recognized as an AP Scholar felt the “AP Courses have pushed me and challenged me to think differently.” She feels these types of learning experiences will ultimately allow her to be better prepared for future academic challenges.
Mr. Brett Johnson, the Assistant Principal who is responsible for administering the AP Program at FFCHS, had nothing but high praise for the National Math Science Initiative (NMSI) Project that provided funding for FFCHS to undertake this project and allow FFCHS to develop a firm foundation for students to be able to have this opportunity. The NMSI Grant provided funding for staff training, materials, and provided partial funding for the actual exam fee of $91 per exam (NMSI paid half, while FFCHS was able to provide resources to pay the other half). Additionally students received under the NMSI Grant a stipend of $100 for their academic achievement, while teaching faculty also receive bonuses of $100 for each student earning a “3” or higher on the exam. The three-year NMSI Grant has run its course, but the seed for academic excellence is firmly planted at FFCHS. They plan to continue to pay for student and faculty materials and for students to sit for their exams. The bonus stipends, however, ended with the end of the NMSI Grant cycle. Students that were recognized at the three levels and students earning stipends from last spring’s exams will be recognized at halftime of a future home ball game.
FFCHS senior Kyleigh Bloyd, in a familiar pose, prepares for one of her three AP courses as she gets ready for the home stretch of her final year of high school. This will bring her AP course total to eight for her high school academic career, to compliment her 40 + college course credits.
TEACHER REWARDS PROGRAM RECOGNIZES
The Fountain Walmart (store #1273) recently recognized School District #8’s Aragon Elementary through its “Teacher Rewards Program.” Aragon Elementary was nominated and selected by the Fountain Walmart store associates for this recognition. The celebration included a cake and $50 gift cards for 20 lucky Aragon staff members who were selected in a random drawing at the school during a faculty staff meeting. Representatives from Walmart Community Involvement, Associate JoAnn Kilstrom, and Assistant Manager Jay Damian (pictured left) explained that the gift cards are to be used by the selected staff for school supplies, healthy snacks and materials to supplement their classroom activities. Each year store #1273 selects a local school (K-8) as recipients for this community outreach project. It was explained that in order to support both Widefield School District #3 schools and Fountain-Fort Carson School District #8, our local Walmart alternately recognizes schools from the two school districts each year. Last year Widefield’s Watson Elementary was honored by this program.
Walmart recognizes that teachers across the country spend a tremendous amount of their own money to meet the needs of their students annually. The intent of the Walmart Teacher Rewards Program is to offset some of these expenditures and appreciate the good work that so many of our educators provide to their students. Last year Walmart provided more than $5 million dollars to more than 100,000 teachers across the country through the Teacher Rewards Program.
The 20 lucky Aragon Alligator faculty selected for Walmart gift cards pose appreciatively with Walmart’s Jay Damian and JoAnn Kilstrom.
D8 United Healthcare Member
Know Your Numbers Events - REGISTRATION OPEN
The United Health Care Know Your Numbers biometric screening events will be held at 9 district locations during October. Please refer to the schedule on the wellness page for all dates, times and locations. Remember to take your UHC insurance card with you and please note that fasting is required.
Please register on-line as soon as possible at https://register.wellness-inc.com/elpaso to reserve a time slot at your preferred location. If you have trouble with the link, please cut & paste the URL into your browser.
Employees will earn a $75 reward from UHC for participating in the biometric screenings AND completing the on-line health risk assessment. Additional incentives can be earned for participating in on-line and/or telephonic coaching sessions. Fasting is required so most of our KYN’s events will be held from 5 – 8 am. We will provide juice and breakfast bars for those who participate.
Screenings will be held during the first 3 weeks of October.
Visit the Employee Wellness & Nutrition site for details...
SD8 currently has surplus items for sale at the Public Surplus auction website.
Professional Development Opportunities
Town - Fountain Middle School
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept 29
Post - Abrams Elementary
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6