Twelfth grader Celine Inge, 17, stands near a deadly story of domestic violence Sept. 24 at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49. Amanda Hansen was 15 years old and more than three months pregnant Aug. 19, 2002, when she was strangled, beaten and stabbed. Her then boyfriend pled guilty and avoided the death penalty. He’s serving a life-without-parole sentence. A group of high school students had created tributes for 82 victims of domestic violence in El Paso and Teller…

Twelfth grader Celine Inge, 17, stands near a deadly story of domestic violence Sept. 24 at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49. Amanda Hansen was 15 years old and more than three months pregnant Aug. 19, 2002, when she was strangled, beaten and stabbed. Her then boyfriend pled guilty and avoided the death penalty. He’s serving a life-without-parole sentence. A group of high school students had created tributes for 82 victims of domestic violence in El Paso and Teller…

Fifth grader Matthew Wells, 11, presents a flag to members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department on Sept. 11 during Hero Day at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Firefighters, police officers and military veterans visited the school, where preschool-fifth grade students recognized their public service with presentations and songs. During a hero parade, the honorary guests toured the school's hallways, gathering handwritten messages and high-fives from students.

Fifth grader Matthew Wells, 11, presents a flag to members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department on Sept. 11 during Hero Day at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Firefighters, police officers and military veterans visited the school, where preschool-fifth grade students recognized their public service with presentations and songs. During a hero parade, the honorary guests toured the school's hallways, gathering handwritten messages and high-fives from students.

Ninth grader Matthew Hanning, 14, signs a banner petitioning against bullying Oct. 2 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. Student council freshmen representatives were handing out markers to sign the banner, along with anti-bullying bracelets and ribbons. The two-color ribbons symbolized that one out of four students are eventually confronted by aggression or harassment in school, based on nationwide statistics.

Ninth grader Matthew Hanning, 14, signs a banner petitioning against bullying Oct. 2 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. Student council freshmen representatives were handing out markers to sign the banner, along with anti-bullying bracelets and ribbons. The two-color ribbons symbolized that one out of four students are eventually confronted by aggression or harassment in school, based on nationwide statistics.

Grant Gubser, Rachel's Challenge presenter, explains a series of student empowering programs and strategies Oct. 9 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. Rachel's Challenge, based out of Littleton, Colo., follows the writings of 17 year-old Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. The program equips students and adults to combat bullying, while creating a culture of kindness and compassion. http://www.rachelschallenge.org

Grant Gubser, Rachel's Challenge presenter, explains a series of student empowering programs and strategies Oct. 9 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. Rachel's Challenge, based out of Littleton, Colo., follows the writings of 17 year-old Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. The program equips students and adults to combat bullying, while creating a culture of kindness and compassion. http://www.rachelschallenge.org

Kathy Hancock, a reading teacher, greets sixth graders during group activities July 31 at Falcon Middle School in District 49. Students transitioning from elementary to middle school where welcomed by eighth graders with Where Everybody Belongs, a peer mentoring, transition and orientation program. Hancock is starting her sixth year at the middle school, and 22nd year as an educator.

Kathy Hancock, a reading teacher, greets sixth graders during group activities July 31 at Falcon Middle School in District 49. Students transitioning from elementary to middle school where welcomed by eighth graders with Where Everybody Belongs, a peer mentoring, transition and orientation program. Hancock is starting her sixth year at the middle school, and 22nd year as an educator.

Miles, Denver Broncos mascot, raises excitement Sept. 3 for "Fuel Up to Play 60" at Ridgeview Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Teacher Marvra Winner is the adult adviser for the school's student-led participation in Fuel Up to Play 60, a program founded by the NFL and National Dairy Council. It empowers students to eat healthy and complete 60 minutes of exercise every day.

Miles, Denver Broncos mascot, raises excitement Sept. 3 for "Fuel Up to Play 60" at Ridgeview Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Teacher Marvra Winner is the adult adviser for the school's student-led participation in Fuel Up to Play 60, a program founded by the NFL and National Dairy Council. It empowers students to eat healthy and complete 60 minutes of exercise every day.

Air Force Master Sgt. Nicole Baldwin, reunites March 18 with her son, Connor Baldwin, 6, at Meridian Ranch International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. As kindergarten teacher Ashley Mullins announced a special guest for story time, she knocked on a door. Baldwin opened it. Connor ran for a hug. A reservist assigned to the 39th Aerial Port Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Baldwin had just returned from a seven-month deployment to the Middle East.

Air Force Master Sgt. Nicole Baldwin, reunites March 18 with her son, Connor Baldwin, 6, at Meridian Ranch International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. As kindergarten teacher Ashley Mullins announced a special guest for story time, she knocked on a door. Baldwin opened it. Connor ran for a hug. A reservist assigned to the 39th Aerial Port Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Baldwin had just returned from a seven-month deployment to the Middle East.

Horizon Middle School sixth grader Payton Hartley, 10, smells his classroom-made root beer July 12 during the Gifted and Talented Institute edible science class at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. Roughly 130 students, first through 12th graders from across District 49, gathered for the district’s inaugural Gifted and Talented Institute, July 8-12.

Horizon Middle School sixth grader Payton Hartley, 10, smells his classroom-made root beer July 12 during the Gifted and Talented Institute edible science class at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. Roughly 130 students, first through 12th graders from across District 49, gathered for the district’s inaugural Gifted and Talented Institute, July 8-12.

Sixth-grader Colin Ralph, 11, and eighth-grader Cole Snyder, 13, compete in the national CyberPatriot VII middle school division semifinals Jan. 18 at Falcon High School in District 49. Ralph and Snyder are part of the CyberPatriot team at Falcon Middle School. Their coach is not too concerned with the official results. “They’ve already won because the skill sets they’ve been learning are way ahead of most high schoolers,” said Thomas Russell, a technology teacher at Falcon High School.

Sixth-grader Colin Ralph, 11, and eighth-grader Cole Snyder, 13, compete in the national CyberPatriot VII middle school division semifinals Jan. 18 at Falcon High School in District 49. Ralph and Snyder are part of the CyberPatriot team at Falcon Middle School. Their coach is not too concerned with the official results. “They’ve already won because the skill sets they’ve been learning are way ahead of most high schoolers,” said Thomas Russell, a technology teacher at Falcon High School.

Students selected for homecoming court take center stage during a homecoming assembly Sept. 25 at Falcon High School in District 49. Participation in spirit week surged this year, according to 12th-grader Amelia Thompson, student body president. “The leaders in our school aren’t just in student council,” she said. “The leaders are also in gaming club, and in volleyball and football … and so, by getting their participation, we started a chain reaction from within the different clubs and…

Students selected for homecoming court take center stage during a homecoming assembly Sept. 25 at Falcon High School in District 49. Participation in spirit week surged this year, according to 12th-grader Amelia Thompson, student body president. “The leaders in our school aren’t just in student council,” she said. “The leaders are also in gaming club, and in volleyball and football … and so, by getting their participation, we started a chain reaction from within the different clubs and…

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