• Freedom 4th Grader Wins Big Award in the Midst of Fighting Cancer

    Posted by DEVRA ASHBY on 9/27/2019

    "I want to find a cure for cancer," says 4th grade Freedom Elementary student, Jalen Thompson. This desire is not so surprising considering what he is going through. For over a year, Jalen has battled leukemia. Jalen’s work as an ambassador for Children’s Hospital, his courageous journey, and his hopeful, positive attitude which inspires others, demonstrate the best qualities in our youth.  His teachers are proud to share the incredibly positive impact he makes in the classroom each and every day. 

    Today, that positive attitude and desire to help others was rewarded when Jalen received the Junior Division of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) Youth Impact Award for 2019. This award, formerly known as the Distinguished Student Award, is designed to recognize children ages 7-18, who have made a positive, meaningful, and beneficial impact on others in their classroom, school and community.

    Jalen’s teachers agree, his outlook on life shines through in both his words and actions. “If someone is hurt, he will be the one to help them.”  Someday, Jalen would like to find a cure for cancer, but his explanation behind this wish says so much about who he is. “Because of my chemo treatments, I will be OK.  But there are a lot of people out there who won’t live very long because of the type of cancer they have.  I am the lucky one.” Jalen's dad, Chad Thompson, is so proud of his son and says, "When other people recognize how special your kid is and how hard that he's worked, there's just no words to express what that means."

    Congratulations to Jalen Thompson! He is an inspiration to us all.

    Jalen Thompson Pic  Jalen Principal Teachers

    Jalen's Reaction to the Award

    Jalen's Dad, Chad Thomson's Reaction

    Announcement of Award at Freedom

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  • Two D11 Students Place First in Mayor's Cyber Cup PSA Video Competition

    Posted by DONNA HINES on 9/23/2019

    Alex Umana, Odyssey ECCO, and Kyle Donahoo, The Bijou School, were awarded first place in the Colorado Springs Mayor’s Cyber Cup PSA Video Competition. Students from high schools across El Paso County participated in the inaugural video competition. For the competition, students created 30-second, Cybersecurity Public Service Announcement videos explaining why cyber safety is important in one of three topics: online safety, cyberbullying, or social media safety. Six teams from our sudoCYBER CTSO organization participated in the competition.  All students participating in the competition and their parents/guardians were invited to a luncheon at the Broadmoor International Conference Center during the National Cybersecurity Center Symposium to celebrate the program and recognize the winners.


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  • Mitchell Honors One of their Own on Patriot Day

    Posted by DEVRA ASHBY on 9/13/2019 9:00:00 AM

    As the country reflects on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, most of our students hadn't been born yet or were babies on that tragic day. Now, many years later, we teach our students the meaning behind Patriot Day and what it means to #neverforget. Many schools honored first responders by hosting special ceremonies or guest speakers. For Mitchell High School, every year they honor one of their very own, who perished in the 9/11 attacks. Watch this video to hear from the Mitchell High School Air Force JROTC students for their perspective on 9/11.


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  • Jeff Peckham - Vocal Music Director at Palmer HS

    Posted by Devra Ashby on 8/29/2019

    How much of an impact does a teacher have on their students? Ask Mike Bauer that question. Mike is a former D11 student who, at a very impressionable age, met a vocal music teacher by the name of Mr. Jeff Peckham.

    Through tough times and trials, Mike came to trust Mr. Peckham and both bonded over music. Mr. Peckham helped teach Mike a life lesson: you have a choice to take the tough times in life and either use them to make you stronger and more positive, or let them break you.

    Recently, Mike, who is now a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney AND a LA-based independent singer/songwriter, paid it forward, visiting Palmer and conducting master’s music classes alongside of some of his professional music industry colleagues. Watch the full story in the video below of Mr. Peckham and Mike’s heartfelt bond between a student and his teacher/mentor.


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