Dear Soaring Eagle parents/guardians –
May is filled with wonderful end-of-school-year activities, and still much to be learned and completed. The calendar of events included with this letter highlights these important events—concerts, field trips, award ceremonies, graduation, and final exams. Your participation makes them even more special.
2013-2014 RE-ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN:
We truly hope to see all of you back at Pikes Peak Prep next year. Our success is measured by your continued trust. Current students who reenroll for next year by May 17 receive priority enrollment and scheduling for next year.
Re-enrollment confirmation forms were sent home on Friday, May 10. Please return it to the front office as soon as possible to reserve your child’s seat at Pikes Peak Prep for next year. YOU CAN ALSO NOW RE-ENROLL HERE.
HIGH SCHOOL CLASS SELECTIONS FOR NEXT YEAR:
Students in grades 8-11 will receive course selection packets for next year in advisory class this week—including information on some exciting new programs that expand your student’s college and career preparation options. We look forward to partnering with you to set your young adult on the path to successful college preparation and post-secondary education and training.
END-OF-YEAR AWARDS CEREMONIES WEDNESDAY, MAY 22:
End-of-year awards and recognition will be given for academic achievement and improvement, sports, extra-curricular activities, and student leadership, and will also include our first annual National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremonies. You will be notified in advance if your child will be receiving an award.
- 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Elementary Award Ceremony and Ice Cream Social for Kindergarten – 6th Grade
- 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Secondary Awards Banquet (Spaghetti Dinner/Awards) for 7th – 12th grades
FINAL EXAMS MAY 28-30:
Final exams are scheduled for May 28-30. Every day of attendance is important for students to receive full credit for the semester, and we count on final exams and end-of-year MAP tests to help determine if students are prepared to move on to the next grade level. We ask that families honor the school schedule and that students attend up to the last day of the school year. Early final exams cannot be given, and end-of-year finals cannot be made up or excused. If a family emergency occurs, please notify the front office.
OPTIONAL EARLY RELEASE FOR GRADES 7-12 DURING FINALS:
On May 29 and 30 students in grades 7-12 have the option to be released at 12:50 p.m. Included with this letter is a Final Exam Early Release permission form. We are telling the students that negotiations about the early release need to happen at home with their parents, and whatever option you choose is the one we will follow. Sports, art and music activities will be offered for middle and high school students who stay at school until the regular 3:30 release time.
Congratulations to the Class of 2013! On graduation day, eleven Pikes Peak Prep seniors will walk across the stage in Colorado College’s Armstrong Theater. They are all talented, kind and forward-thinking young men and women who will make a difference in our world. Graduation will be held in Colorado College’s Armstrong Theater. Guests of the graduates and their families will receive their tickets through them. If you would like to attend graduation, please contact Mrs. Galvez, Office Manager.
END-OF-YEAR CONFERENCES are Friday, May 31 – 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHAT’S NEW AT PIKES PEAK PREP FOR NEXT YEAR?
MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGINEERING:
The engineers and scientists of the future are your children in our classrooms right now, and we want to ensure they have the chance to excel in these areas. We are proud to announce that we are expanding our Project Lead The Way engineering program into the middle grades starting in Fall 2013. Mr. George Antone, our 6th grade teacher, will receive training and certification this summer to teach the Gateway To Technology (GTT) middle school engineering program in Grade 6 next year. In particular, Mr. Antone will teach the “Energy and the Environment” and “Green Architecture” modules. For more information, please visit http://www.pltw.org/our-programs/middle-school-engineering-program.
CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES AT PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE:
Students in grades 9-12 who qualify can take courses leading to Associate in Applied Science degrees and Career-Technical Education (CTE) certificates at PPCC as well as academic general education courses through concurrent enrollment—and the classes are paid for by the school. Career-Tech programs include Automotive Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Services, HVAC, Health Information, Multimedia Graphic Design, Welding, and Zoology, to name a few. For complete program listings and descriptions, visit http://ppcc.edu/programs. High school graduation requirements still apply, but many of those requirements can be met through CTE programs and courses.
PIKES PEAK MIDDLE COLLEGE (PPMC):
Enrollment is currently underway for Pikes Peak Middle College (PPMC)—an EVENING high school diploma and concurrent enrollment program. Young people under the age of 21 who can’t attend a traditional daytime high school because of work or family obligations can earn their high school diplomas and take college classes for free, if qualified. For more information about this program, contact us here at school.
ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES BUILT INTO THE SCHOOL DAY:
Co-curricular enrichment activities, such as robotics, speech and debate, drama, math and science competitions, creative writing, film making and intramural sports will be incorporated into the school day schedule several times per week. A complete calendar of events for May is included with this letter.
Thank you for your support.
Dawn M. Nelson