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Seventh-grader Ryan Figa, 12, helps a parent volunteer toss color onto students Sept. 25 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning. The PPSEL Parent Teacher Organization sponsored the run as their big fundraiser for the year. There was an entrance fee, and donors pledged for the students who participated. Principal Don Knapp said the run incorporated PPSEL’s holistic program, keeping students active and incorporating physical education as a life skill.

Seventh-grader Ryan Figa, 12, helps a parent volunteer toss color onto students Sept. 25 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning. The PPSEL Parent Teacher Organization sponsored the run as their big fundraiser for the year. There was an entrance fee, and donors pledged for the students who participated. Principal Don Knapp said the run incorporated PPSEL’s holistic program, keeping students active and incorporating physical education as a life skill.

Twelfth grader Dan Snelling, 17, discusses qualifying for the Health Occupations Students of America national leadership conference during a Board of Education meeting May 8 in Falcon School District 49. Snelling earned first place in the emergency medical technician competition during the Colorado HOSA leadership conference.

Twelfth grader Dan Snelling, 17, discusses qualifying for the Health Occupations Students of America national leadership conference during a Board of Education meeting May 8 in Falcon School District 49. Snelling earned first place in the emergency medical technician competition during the Colorado HOSA leadership conference.

Principal Don Knapp participates in a color run Sept. 25 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning. The PPSEL Parent Teacher Organization sponsored the run as their big fundraiser for the year. There was an entrance fee, and donors pledged for the students who participated. Principal Don Knapp said the run incorporated PPSEL’s holistic program, keeping students active and incorporating physical education as a life skill.

Principal Don Knapp participates in a color run Sept. 25 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning. The PPSEL Parent Teacher Organization sponsored the run as their big fundraiser for the year. There was an entrance fee, and donors pledged for the students who participated. Principal Don Knapp said the run incorporated PPSEL’s holistic program, keeping students active and incorporating physical education as a life skill.

Tony Carter, Denver Broncos cornerback, poses for photos with families Oct. 11 during a pre-game tailgate at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. Vista Ridge High School is one of seven schools in Colorado hosting a Broncos Game of the Week this season. The Wolves raised $5,000 for the University of Colorado Cancer Center before the pink game, when they defeated, 63-0, the Kadets from Air Academy High School in Academy School District 20.

Tony Carter, Denver Broncos cornerback, poses for photos with families Oct. 11 during a pre-game tailgate at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. Vista Ridge High School is one of seven schools in Colorado hosting a Broncos Game of the Week this season. The Wolves raised $5,000 for the University of Colorado Cancer Center before the pink game, when they defeated, 63-0, the Kadets from Air Academy High School in Academy School District 20.

Jon Mueller, firefighter and paramecia from Colorado Springs Fire Department, gathers with students at Ken Jordan Park during a Walk to School Day event Oct. 8 near Imagine Indigo Ranch in District 49. More than 150 children, kindergarten though eighth-graders, participated from the charter school. Roughly 70 joined the group’s route. Teachers had been discussing route safety in classrooms.

Jon Mueller, firefighter and paramecia from Colorado Springs Fire Department, gathers with students at Ken Jordan Park during a Walk to School Day event Oct. 8 near Imagine Indigo Ranch in District 49. More than 150 children, kindergarten though eighth-graders, participated from the charter school. Roughly 70 joined the group’s route. Teachers had been discussing route safety in classrooms.

Seniors, pink, and freshmen, green, compete Oct. 2 during a powder puff football game at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. The school's seniors defeated its freshmen, 24-12, during a jovial pre-homecoming football tournament. Boys and girls swapped sports for the school's annual powder puff and peach fuzz games. Football players from each class level coached a girls football team, and then volleyball players took charge of a boys volleyball team.

Seniors, pink, and freshmen, green, compete Oct. 2 during a powder puff football game at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. The school's seniors defeated its freshmen, 24-12, during a jovial pre-homecoming football tournament. Boys and girls swapped sports for the school's annual powder puff and peach fuzz games. Football players from each class level coached a girls football team, and then volleyball players took charge of a boys volleyball team.

Students perform "We Are the World," singing and using American Sign Language, May 8 at Stetson Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Afterward, more than 600 preschool-fifth grade students from the school walked around a neighboring park, as part of their school's second annual Relay Recess. Ahead of the event, they raised money for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society's Relay Recess provides elementary schools an abbreviated version of its Relay For Life.

Students perform "We Are the World," singing and using American Sign Language, May 8 at Stetson Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Afterward, more than 600 preschool-fifth grade students from the school walked around a neighboring park, as part of their school's second annual Relay Recess. Ahead of the event, they raised money for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society's Relay Recess provides elementary schools an abbreviated version of its Relay For Life.

Students present a banner to officers of the Colorado Springs Police Department during a Hero Day celebration Sept. 11 at Odyssey Elementary School in District 49. The students observed Patriot Day with activities honoring selfless service in their community.

Students present a banner to officers of the Colorado Springs Police Department during a Hero Day celebration Sept. 11 at Odyssey Elementary School in District 49. The students observed Patriot Day with activities honoring selfless service in their community.

Brian Hepperle, third grade teacher, and Jeff Ingram, physical education teacher, encourage limbo dancing for Springs Ranch Elementary School students during a fundraiser walk May 17 at High Meadows Park in Falcon School District 49. More than 700 students, kindergarten-fifth grade, joined the effort to raise funds for a school gymnasium sound system. Many children received a donation to complete the 90-minute walk, while others earned pledges based on how many quarter-mile laps they…

Brian Hepperle, third grade teacher, and Jeff Ingram, physical education teacher, encourage limbo dancing for Springs Ranch Elementary School students during a fundraiser walk May 17 at High Meadows Park in Falcon School District 49. More than 700 students, kindergarten-fifth grade, joined the effort to raise funds for a school gymnasium sound system. Many children received a donation to complete the 90-minute walk, while others earned pledges based on how many quarter-mile laps they…

Ninth-grader Maddison Randall, 14, participates in a relationship-building game during freshmen orientation activities Aug. 3 at Vista Ridge High School in District 49. “I think I like it here — it’s new,” said Randall, after the game. “It’s fun. We get to interact with different people.” Dozens of students in 10th-12th grade were participating as leaders in the school's Alpha orientation and transition program.

Ninth-grader Maddison Randall, 14, participates in a relationship-building game during freshmen orientation activities Aug. 3 at Vista Ridge High School in District 49. “I think I like it here — it’s new,” said Randall, after the game. “It’s fun. We get to interact with different people.” Dozens of students in 10th-12th grade were participating as leaders in the school's Alpha orientation and transition program.

Twelfth grader Tony Viera, 17, writes his aunt's name and birthday on his wrist Oct. 11 ahead of a pink game at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. She died of breast, brain, lung and bone cancer. The school's football players and cheerleaders raised $5,000 for the University of Colorado Cancer Center before the pink game, when the Wolves defeated, 63-0, the Kadets from Air Academy High School in Academy School District 20.

Twelfth grader Tony Viera, 17, writes his aunt's name and birthday on his wrist Oct. 11 ahead of a pink game at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. She died of breast, brain, lung and bone cancer. The school's football players and cheerleaders raised $5,000 for the University of Colorado Cancer Center before the pink game, when the Wolves defeated, 63-0, the Kadets from Air Academy High School in Academy School District 20.

Principal Brian Smith teaches grilling techniques to students Nov. 20 at Falcon Middle School in Falcon School District 49. The students were participating in a grilling mini course, one of 45 classes offered Nov. 19-20 ahead of the district's Thanksgiving break. The school's educators paused their regular curriculum to help sixth, seventh and eighth graders discover new interest areas and career possibilities. The students selected from a list of one-day and two-day courses.

Principal Brian Smith teaches grilling techniques to students Nov. 20 at Falcon Middle School in Falcon School District 49. The students were participating in a grilling mini course, one of 45 classes offered Nov. 19-20 ahead of the district's Thanksgiving break. The school's educators paused their regular curriculum to help sixth, seventh and eighth graders discover new interest areas and career possibilities. The students selected from a list of one-day and two-day courses.

Sixth grader Jade Quinones, 11, mixes granola and yogurt during breakfast Sept. 18 at Skyview Middle School in Falcon School District 49. The school’s successful breakfast program is a big reason why it received a $2,500 Colorado Healthy School Champions award this year, according to Tony Marino, physical education teacher. “We’re evaluating how this money will be best used to impact our children,” said Marino, who leads the coordinated school health team at Skyview Middle School.

Sixth grader Jade Quinones, 11, mixes granola and yogurt during breakfast Sept. 18 at Skyview Middle School in Falcon School District 49. The school’s successful breakfast program is a big reason why it received a $2,500 Colorado Healthy School Champions award this year, according to Tony Marino, physical education teacher. “We’re evaluating how this money will be best used to impact our children,” said Marino, who leads the coordinated school health team at Skyview Middle School.

Augustin Rivera, fourth-grader at Ridgeview Elementary School, sprints at the District 49 field day. "To be our here racing with my friends is amazing," said Rivera, "it's really fun to see how all of these schools come out here and train so hard." Fourth and fifth grade students from elementary schools across the district participated in multiple track and field events Thursday, May 14. The annual competition, in its 13th year, brought nearly 450 students together at Sand Creek High School.

Augustin Rivera, fourth-grader at Ridgeview Elementary School, sprints at the District 49 field day. "To be our here racing with my friends is amazing," said Rivera, "it's really fun to see how all of these schools come out here and train so hard." Fourth and fifth grade students from elementary schools across the district participated in multiple track and field events Thursday, May 14. The annual competition, in its 13th year, brought nearly 450 students together at Sand Creek High School.

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Twelfth graders Aaron Johnson, 18, and Darrian Morgan, 18, discuss their boys' track and field 4A State Championship win while watching a video playback during a pep assembly May 21 at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. Competing in the athletic program's fifth year, the track and field team earned the school's first state title May 18. The Wolves set a 4A meet record in the 1,600-meter relay. Everyone who competed scored points in outstanding team effort.

Twelfth graders Aaron Johnson, 18, and Darrian Morgan, 18, discuss their boys' track and field 4A State Championship win while watching a video playback during a pep assembly May 21 at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. Competing in the athletic program's fifth year, the track and field team earned the school's first state title May 18. The Wolves set a 4A meet record in the 1,600-meter relay. Everyone who competed scored points in outstanding team effort.