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Howbert Elementary School 9th Annual Walk-A-Thon - 09/27/22

On Friday, September 30, 2022, the Howbert Elementary School Walk-A-Thon will be held from 8:45-9:30 a.m. Over 300 Howbert Elementary School students, teachers, staff and interested parents, and community members will walk continuously around the school playground. A rainbow of color-coordinated shirts and an abundance of enthusiasm will make for a picturesque community event. Located at 1023N. 31st Street, Howbert sits just below the majestic mountains and near the gateway to the Garden of the Gods.

Guests participating in the walk-a-thon include Colorado Springs Police, school and team mascots, and even some stormtroopers! Howbert is an outdoor education school that prides itself on providing enriching outdoor activities that enhance what students learn in the classroom. This year's goal is to raise $19,000, with 100% of the funds to help support various school educational programs, such as classroom materials, outdoor learning supplies/experiences, technology, field trips, and other student and staff school-related needs.

Many local businesses have provided prizes that will be awarded to our students raising the most donations. Louie's Pizza will be providing pizza lunches for students as an incentive to raise funds for their school, and CoolScience will be involved in a school-wide assembly.

Colorado Springs School District 11 to Dedicate Sesquicentennial Time Capsule at City's Oldest High School (Photo) - 09/22/22

On Tuesday, September 27, 12:30 p.m., in the courtyard at Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Avenue, the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education, Superintendent, and Palmer High School student representative will fill and dedicate a time capsule in honor of D11's 150th year. 

Set to be opened during the District's Bicentennial year in 2072, this above-ground time capsule will remain on display for the next 50 years at the District's central administration building. 

Items such as student writings, Board of Education members written hopes for students in the future, and elementary student artwork depicting what life is like today will be included in the time capsule, along with district relics and newspaper clippings.

We hope you join us for this monumental dedication. If you plan to send a member of your media outlet, please have them check in with the front desk security at Palmer High School at the main entrance to the school, located just off the intersection of Nevada and Platte Avenues. 

Mitchell High School Air Force JROTC 9/11 Ceremony - 09/06/22

On Friday, September 9, 8:30 a.m., Mitchell High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will host the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony commemorating the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.  The Mitchell High School community will honor the military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and civilians who passed away during the 9/11 tragedy.  It will take place at Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive.

There will be a special tribute to Ms. Kathryn Yancey LaBorie, a 1975 graduate of Mitchell High School, who was a flight attendant aboard United Airlines Flight 175.  Her plane was the second aircraft to crash into the World Trade Center. 

As part of the tribute to Kathryn Yancey LaBorie, the JROTC cadets and the Yancey Family will be laying a wreath in honor of Ms.  Laborie during the ceremony. Also, Mitchell High School and the Yancey Family will announce the winner of the Kathryn Yancey LaBorie Memorial Scholarship for 2022. 

Mitchell’s JROTC Cadets, Band, Choir, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Police Department, and the Yancey family will participate in the ceremony.  Students, teachers, parents, district administrators, and public officials will attend the ceremony. Members of the local media are invited to attend the 9/11 memorial ceremony.

Scott Elementary Students and Staff to Honor First Responders in Observation of Patriot Day - 09/06/22

Scott Elementary School, 6175 Whetstone Drive, 80918, will welcome 12 law enforcement and first responder agencies from all over the Pikes Peak Region as they observe Patriot Day on Friday, September 9, 2022. The following schedule will take place, and the media is invited to cover the day's events:

8:30-10:30          CSPD K-9 Officers on campus

9:30-10:30          Smokey the Bear in 5th-grade classrooms

9:00-11:00          Wildland Fire Department on campus

9:00-11:00          CSPD patrol officers with vehicles on the school plaza

9:00-11:00          CSPD officers read to students in the Learning Commons

10:00-10:30        5th Graders to wave homemade American flags at the Austin Bluffs & Rangewood Blvd. intersection

10:00-12:00        ASMR Ambulance Services on campus

10:00-1:00          CSPD SWAT Team on campus

1:00-2:30            CSPD Motorcycle officers on campus


Born out of the tragedy of 9/11, Scott Elementary School has annually recognized area first responders during a special day to learn and build relationships. On Friday, students will have an opportunity to interact with their special guests and local heroes. This has become a favorite day for students over the years for a variety of reasons. Scott 5th grader Caelab Lloyd enjoys this day because, as he says, “First responders protect our community and make our community equal and fair to everyone!”

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

D11 Counselors Awarded Colorado School Counseling Association Counslors of the Year in All Three Levels - 09/01/22

For the second year in a row, the Colorado School Counseling Association has selected not one, not two, but THREE D11 counselors as recipients of the Counselor of the Year Award! Congratulations to Cassidy Bristol from Wilson Elementary, who was selected as the Elementary School Counselor of the Year, Sarah Clapham from West Middle School as the Middle School Counselor of the Year, and Timothy Garland from Doherty High School as the High School Counselor of the Year. 

The Colorado School Counselor Association (CSCA) is the state division of the American School Counselor Association and represents more than 1,600 school counselors in Colorado. Last year, D11 school counselors were also awarded at all three levels. Carrie Skeens, a D11 school counselor at Edison Elementary School, was selected as the overall Colorado School Counselor of the Year.

For soundbites from each and more information on why all three were selected and awarded, please visit the Colorado Springs School District 11 Facebook page ( to view the video of the award presentations.