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A future of excellence in Fountain- Fort Carson School District 8

 

Last updated 8/16/2022 at 1:56pm | View PDF

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Students at Patriot Elementary walked the red carpet for their first day of school.

Students returned to all FFC8 schools the week of August 8 and we are very excited to have them back in our buildings. As we embark on the beginning of a new school year, we look forward to a renewed focus on academics, social and emotional health, safety and security, and athletic and other extracurricular activity opportunities for students. I expect the 2022-2023 school year to feel more "normal" for students, staff and families and am excited to visit buildings and celebrate our community this year.

As you may know, FFC8 is one of the most unique districts in the state of Colorado, and the nation. We have five local, FFC8 schools located on Fort Carson. Combined with the military service members who live off post, this equates to approximately 70% of our student body being military- or federally-connected. We pride ourselves on serving the families who serve our country. The district is involved in many military education coalitions and organizations in order to make sure we are implementing best practices to support military children. For example, I am the Commissioner for Colorado in the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3). The district is also a member of the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) as well as National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS). Our primary goal is to make military children, and all children, feel welcome in our district and make the transition as smooth as possible.

In recent years, the district has made a commitment to physical and health safety that is unparalleled in the region, and possibly the state. In partnership with local law enforcement agencies like the Fountain Police Department and the Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services, the district has at least one School Resource Officer in every K-12 school, including the five schools on Fort Carson. The SRO team also added a new K-9 to their team, making Boomer one of the only law enforcement K-9s in the state assigned specifically to schools. The district has also invested in having one, licensed, full-time School Nurse in every school districtwide. Both of these investments ensure that students and staff feel safe, healthy, and have the resources they need to work and learn in their buildings.

I'd like to conclude by taking a moment to champion some outstanding student groups and programs based in FFC8 schools. For example, the Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at Fountain-Fort Carson High School continues to excel and perform at high levels in competitions locally, regionally, and nationally. The district offers students a wealth of opportunities in Career and Technical Education (CTE), including classes and organizations that focus on business, graphic design, coding, marketing, culinary, and other essential skills. STEM access and opportunities continue to expand in FFC8. The district has STEM labs in four elementary schools, and added one more at Aragon Elementary in the summer of 2022. In secondary schools, STEM is embedded in the schedule of courses students can choose from, to include Engineering, Biomedical Science, and more. In the musical realm, the participation numbers for the Trojan Marching Band have grown exponentially and we anticipate great performances from these musicians this year, after a seventh-place finish at state in the spring of 2022.

As you look to learn more about FFC8, I encourage you to visit our website at http://www.ffc8.org or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook at @FFC8schools. These channels will help answer many questions and keep you updated on news and great stories occurring in our schools daily.

 

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