Lewis-Palmer Faculty District 38 focuses on development, connection, innovation as college students return | Thetribune

College students have returned to the classroom in Lewis-Palmer Faculty District 38 because the district itself appears to deal with a number of points the brand new tutorial 12 months.

The primary day of college for hundreds of scholars, from kindergarten to highschool, was Aug. 16 in faculties all through the Tri-Lakes space. In a way of custom, households and their college students attending D-38’s 5 elementary faculties gathered to share first-day encouragements earlier than lining up with their new academics and heading for the classroom for the day.

Palmer Lake Elementary Faculty Principal Peggy Griebenow and her workers have been getting ready for weeks to welcome college students with new applications, together with having sixth-grade college students serve in management roles inside the constructing.

“The hope can also be to have them do service outdoors of our constructing,” Griebenow stated. “When you concentrate on the Portrait of a D-38 Graduate, it doesn’t begin in secondary. It begins in elementary college. Getting 12-year-olds prepared to enter the secondary degree by already placing them in service within the constructing by which they’re enrolled. We’re actually enthusiastic about that.”

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Second grade trainer Katie Beltz speaks with college students Aug. 16 outdoors Bear Creek Elementary Faculty on the primary day of college.

Energizing music rang out at Lewis-Palmer Center Faculty and Excessive Faculty, in addition to Palmer Ridge Excessive Faculty, the place principals greeted their returning college students.

Center college principal Seann O’Connor provided a message of hope that day, the fruits of motivating his workers within the previous.

“At present, we construct the muse of our future work within the classroom upon the relationships we forge beginning now,” O’Conner stated. “At present is our day.”

The 2022-2023 tutorial 12 months in D-38 will symbolize “development, connection and innovation,” LPSD Superintendent KC Somers stated in a message to district households. The start of a brand new college 12 months usually ushers in nice hope, optimism and enthusiasm with quite a few alternatives, he stated.

“It’s thrilling to faucet into this vitality as we work to raise each scholar, every single day,” Somers stated. “The brand new 12 months additionally gives an opportunity for us to mirror on our challenges and recommit to our pursuit of steady enchancment and excellence in all the things we do.”

Somers additionally promised households the district’s communication with households would proceed with common updates on the work of its management, aligning with D-38’s mission and values integrated into its strategic plan.

The D-38 Board of Schooling and govt management crew participated in an off-site retreat Aug. 15 in Colorado Springs the place these in attendance engaged in crew constructing and strategic planning for the approaching college 12 months. No official district enterprise was performed.

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