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Second grader Kiara Barney, 8, and fifth grader Hailey Sapanaro, 11, create a Czech Republic flag May 10 at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. While kindergarten-fourth grade students entered the academy's gymnasium, groups of fifth graders welcomed them to "European extravaganza." They encouraged them to visit their country-themed tables, where they'd present research and stamp "passports." The event started with classroom presentations of slideshows and magazine…

Second grader Kiara Barney, 8, and fifth grader Hailey Sapanaro, 11, create a Czech Republic flag May 10 at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. While kindergarten-fourth grade students entered the academy's gymnasium, groups of fifth graders welcomed them to "European extravaganza." They encouraged them to visit their country-themed tables, where they'd present research and stamp "passports." The event started with classroom presentations of slideshows and magazine…

Fifth grader Corbin Kroeker, 11, explains Slovenia's leading pastimes for second graders May 10 at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. While kindergarten-fourth grade students entered the academy's gymnasium, groups of fifth graders welcomed them to "European extravaganza." They encouraged them to visit their country-themed tables, where they'd present research and stamp "passports." The daylong event started with classroom presentations of slideshows and magazine…

Fifth grader Corbin Kroeker, 11, explains Slovenia's leading pastimes for second graders May 10 at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. While kindergarten-fourth grade students entered the academy's gymnasium, groups of fifth graders welcomed them to "European extravaganza." They encouraged them to visit their country-themed tables, where they'd present research and stamp "passports." The daylong event started with classroom presentations of slideshows and magazine…

Fifth grader Kelsey Brown, 11, explains Cyprus landmarks for second graders May 10 at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. While kindergarten-fourth grade students entered the academy's gymnasium, groups of fifth graders welcomed them to "European extravaganza." They encouraged them to visit their country-themed tables, where they'd present research and stamp "passports." The daylong event started with classroom presentations of slideshows and magazine projects.

Fifth grader Kelsey Brown, 11, explains Cyprus landmarks for second graders May 10 at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. While kindergarten-fourth grade students entered the academy's gymnasium, groups of fifth graders welcomed them to "European extravaganza." They encouraged them to visit their country-themed tables, where they'd present research and stamp "passports." The daylong event started with classroom presentations of slideshows and magazine projects.

Third grader Lauryn Chavez, 8, creates a paper poinsettia Dec. 20 during her Spanish class at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. Students were studying the cultural legends of the plant, which is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. The kindergarten-eighth grade academy includes Spanish classes as part of every student’s education. It earned its first Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award Dec. 18 for achieving the highest levels of student growth.

Third grader Lauryn Chavez, 8, creates a paper poinsettia Dec. 20 during her Spanish class at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. Students were studying the cultural legends of the plant, which is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. The kindergarten-eighth grade academy includes Spanish classes as part of every student’s education. It earned its first Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award Dec. 18 for achieving the highest levels of student growth.

Fourth graders William Ramirez, 9, and Davis Nelson, 9, apply a protective sleeve to an Apple iPad during the first day of the 2013-2014 school year Aug. 1 at Falcon Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Falcon Zone received 230 iPads for a one-to-one pilot program at the elementary school, according to fourth grade teacher Jarrod Torrez, who helped setup the devices. Students in third though fifth grades will receive the tablet PC, which they'll be able to take home.

Fourth graders William Ramirez, 9, and Davis Nelson, 9, apply a protective sleeve to an Apple iPad during the first day of the 2013-2014 school year Aug. 1 at Falcon Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Falcon Zone received 230 iPads for a one-to-one pilot program at the elementary school, according to fourth grade teacher Jarrod Torrez, who helped setup the devices. Students in third though fifth grades will receive the tablet PC, which they'll be able to take home.

Fourth grader Gage Blaydes, 10, helps navigators during a "mission to Mars" activity Jan. 28 at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Housman was coordinating with the fourth grade classroom's three student communications officers for a shuttle recovery mission, a curriculum remotely hosted by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Using an Apple iPad, the students relayed data from each team's navigation, cargo and transmission specialists to the…

Fourth grader Gage Blaydes, 10, helps navigators during a "mission to Mars" activity Jan. 28 at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Housman was coordinating with the fourth grade classroom's three student communications officers for a shuttle recovery mission, a curriculum remotely hosted by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Using an Apple iPad, the students relayed data from each team's navigation, cargo and transmission specialists to the…

C. Jeffrey Nunnally, author of “This House Needs a Mouse,” shares the contents of his writer’s notebook with third graders at Jan. 28 at Springs Ranch Elementary School in District 49. During his visit, Nunnally spoke to students about ideas and story development. “I believe that all of you are writers,” said the first-time author.

C. Jeffrey Nunnally, author of “This House Needs a Mouse,” shares the contents of his writer’s notebook with third graders at Jan. 28 at Springs Ranch Elementary School in District 49. During his visit, Nunnally spoke to students about ideas and story development. “I believe that all of you are writers,” said the first-time author.

Fourth grader Colin Housman, 9, helps decode a message during a "mission to Mars" activity Jan. 28 at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Housman was coordinating with the fourth grade classroom's three student communications officers for a shuttle recovery mission, a curriculum remotely hosted by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Using an Apple iPad, the students relayed data to the center.

Fourth grader Colin Housman, 9, helps decode a message during a "mission to Mars" activity Jan. 28 at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Housman was coordinating with the fourth grade classroom's three student communications officers for a shuttle recovery mission, a curriculum remotely hosted by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Using an Apple iPad, the students relayed data to the center.

Fourth grader William Ramirez, 9, uses an Apple iPad during the first day of the 2013-2014 school year Aug. 1 at Falcon Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The elementary school received 230 iPads for a Falcon Zone one-to-one pilot program. Each student in third though fifth grades will receive the tablet, which, save for a signed parent agreement, they'll be able to take home.

Fourth grader William Ramirez, 9, uses an Apple iPad during the first day of the 2013-2014 school year Aug. 1 at Falcon Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The elementary school received 230 iPads for a Falcon Zone one-to-one pilot program. Each student in third though fifth grades will receive the tablet, which, save for a signed parent agreement, they'll be able to take home.

Jerry Ackerman of McCordsville, Ind., prompts third grader Brody Harlow, 8, to act aggressive Jan. 9, during an anti-bullying presentation at Woodmen Hills Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. To equip kindergarten-fifth grade students to combat bullying in their schools and communities, Ackerman presented a mix of comedy, respect and roll playing exercises at Woodmen Hills Elementary School and Falcon Elementary School in Peyton, Colo.

Jerry Ackerman of McCordsville, Ind., prompts third grader Brody Harlow, 8, to act aggressive Jan. 9, during an anti-bullying presentation at Woodmen Hills Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. To equip kindergarten-fifth grade students to combat bullying in their schools and communities, Ackerman presented a mix of comedy, respect and roll playing exercises at Woodmen Hills Elementary School and Falcon Elementary School in Peyton, Colo.

Fourth grader Audrey Ellis, 9, speaks with a lead educator from Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs, during a "mission to Mars" activity Jan. 28 at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Ellis was one of three communications officers for the fourth grade classroom's shuttle recovery mission. Using an Apple iPad, the students relayed data from each team's navigation, cargo and transmission specialists.

Fourth grader Audrey Ellis, 9, speaks with a lead educator from Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs, during a "mission to Mars" activity Jan. 28 at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Ellis was one of three communications officers for the fourth grade classroom's shuttle recovery mission. Using an Apple iPad, the students relayed data from each team's navigation, cargo and transmission specialists.

Fifth grader Ted Bortei-Doku, 11, explains Spain's soccer team and other top FIFA World Cup competitors May 10 at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. While kindergarten-fourth grade students entered the academy's gymnasium, groups of fifth graders welcomed them to "European extravaganza." They encouraged them to visit their country-themed tables, where they'd present research and stamp "passports." The event started with classroom slideshow and magazine presentations.

Fifth grader Ted Bortei-Doku, 11, explains Spain's soccer team and other top FIFA World Cup competitors May 10 at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy in Falcon School District 49. While kindergarten-fourth grade students entered the academy's gymnasium, groups of fifth graders welcomed them to "European extravaganza." They encouraged them to visit their country-themed tables, where they'd present research and stamp "passports." The event started with classroom slideshow and magazine presentations.

Seventh grader James Cazares, 12, weighs a hen Oct. 10 at Skyview Middle School in Falcon School District 49. Cazares and two classmates weighed the hen at 327 grams, a 226-gram gain since Sept. 16. "We're seeing what will happen over time to the chick's mass in response to nutrient consumption," said Cazares. The students are also measuring lima bean plant growth under red, blue, green and white lights, as well as temperature changes in decaying compost.

Seventh grader James Cazares, 12, weighs a hen Oct. 10 at Skyview Middle School in Falcon School District 49. Cazares and two classmates weighed the hen at 327 grams, a 226-gram gain since Sept. 16. "We're seeing what will happen over time to the chick's mass in response to nutrient consumption," said Cazares. The students are also measuring lima bean plant growth under red, blue, green and white lights, as well as temperature changes in decaying compost.

Fourth grader Hannah Cash, 8, helps decode a message during a "mission to Mars" activity Jan. 28 at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Cash was one of three communications officers for the fourth grade classroom's shuttle recovery mission, a curriculum remotely hosted by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Using an Apple iPad, the students relayed data from each team's navigation, cargo and transmission specialists to a lead educator at the…

Fourth grader Hannah Cash, 8, helps decode a message during a "mission to Mars" activity Jan. 28 at Odyssey Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Cash was one of three communications officers for the fourth grade classroom's shuttle recovery mission, a curriculum remotely hosted by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Using an Apple iPad, the students relayed data from each team's navigation, cargo and transmission specialists to a lead educator at the…

Fifth grader Karissa Martinez, 11, writes a goal during Healthy Heart Week at Ridgeview Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Martinez committed to exercising one hour every day until the end of the school year. Fifth grade teacher Kyla Greenfield, a coordinated school health co-leader, taught her students how to write goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely, known as SMART goals. The school is spending the week completing healthy living activities.

Fifth grader Karissa Martinez, 11, writes a goal during Healthy Heart Week at Ridgeview Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Martinez committed to exercising one hour every day until the end of the school year. Fifth grade teacher Kyla Greenfield, a coordinated school health co-leader, taught her students how to write goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely, known as SMART goals. The school is spending the week completing healthy living activities.

Sixth-grader Jayda Bernadac, 11, rehearses notes using a violin during a string orchestra class Sept. 3 at Horizon Middle School in District 49. “At first, I had trouble with it, but once you really get it, it’s easy,” said Jayda, who started playing in fifth grade. “I didn’t see it in my future to be a professional violinist, but now I do. If I keep playing, I’ll get really good.” Her teacher, Catherine Camp-Davidson, received a gift of 10 violins during a presentation Aug. 29 in Denver.

Sixth-grader Jayda Bernadac, 11, rehearses notes using a violin during a string orchestra class Sept. 3 at Horizon Middle School in District 49. “At first, I had trouble with it, but once you really get it, it’s easy,” said Jayda, who started playing in fifth grade. “I didn’t see it in my future to be a professional violinist, but now I do. If I keep playing, I’ll get really good.” Her teacher, Catherine Camp-Davidson, received a gift of 10 violins during a presentation Aug. 29 in Denver.

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