School Announcements

UPDATE from SHS Administration - March 20, 2020

posted Mar 20, 2020, 5:09 PM by Aaron Bravo

ATTENTION COLT NATION:

As you are aware, we are currently living through a historic event which is impacting every household in the world we live in.  In times like these, it is especially important that we support each other to make it through.  I want to ensure all members of the Colt Nation family, that the staff at South High School is doing everything it can to provide learning opportunities for its students.

This week, the SHS teaching staff has worked diligently to set up a distance learning platform that will allow them to continue to engage with students.  Many of you already have experience using Google Classroom to interact with your teachers and classmates.  Google Classroom will be the tool used by most teachers to communicate with students until we return to the classrooms at South High School.  At this point, all students should have received an invite from their teachers to join their Google Classrooms.  Students can now login to Google Classroom to see their invites and join their classes. If you notice that one of your classes is missing, and you haven’t received an invitation, please contact your teacher by email to let them know.   You will then be added to their class. Remember that you must use your D60 student email address to access your classes.

Just a reminder that online instruction will officially begin on March 30th.  Please note, D60 is developing a plan to assist high school students who may not have access to an electronic device or the Internet.  Details will be shared as soon as they are available. 

Thank you for your patience and on-going support for South High.

GO COLTS!!! 

Important CHSAA COVID-19 Update

posted Mar 17, 2020, 8:31 PM by Aaron Bravo

Aurora, CO – The Colorado High School Activities Association, following the most recent recommendation of state and federal health officials, has announced changes in the spring sports and activities schedules.
“In light of Governor Jared Polis’ announcement Monday (March 16) afternoon where new restrictions were mandated to slow the advance of the COVID-19 virus narrowing the minimum standards for public gatherings, we are announcing that the Association will follow the guidelines that went into effect at 8:00 a.m. today and will remain in effect for 30 days,” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said. “This media and school advisory is to keep the membership
apprised of the latest decisions from the CHSAA office.”

These updates include:
  • The Spring Sports moratorium is extended through April 18. CHSAA encourages schools to set stricter standards on student gatherings outside of the high school.
  • All CHSAA Music Events have been cancelled for 2020.
  • The CHSAA Hall of Fame, scheduled for April 14, has been cancelled.
  • The CHSAA Legislative Council meeting, scheduled for April 15, has been postponed pending changes in the public gathering restrictions.
  • The State Speech Tournament and Student Leadership Advisor U have been postponed until later in the spring pending changes in the public gathering restrictions.
  • The CHSAA office will remain closed until March 30, with staff working remotely from home.
The CHSAA will recognize individual participants from the CHSAA State Basketball Championships with a memento in the coming weeks to recognize their leadership and resolve during that week.
National and state decisions related to the COVID-19 virus are changing daily, even hourly, so new updates will be posted on CHSAANow.com and communicated via email to schools and media.

Free 'drive-thru' meals provided March 17-20

posted Mar 14, 2020, 12:58 PM by Aaron Bravo

Pueblo School District 60 students will have access to free lunch and breakfast services during the first week of the closure.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., District 60 Nutrition Services will be distributing meals to students at five drive-thru locations at Irving Elementary School, Risley International School, Franklin School of Innovation, South Park Elementary School, and Heritage Elementary School. Each meal will contain one lunch and one breakfast.


To pick up a meal, parents are asked to drive through the front drop-off area at their chosen school. D60 Foodworks staff will be on hand to distribute the meals.


There are currently no plans to distribute meals during Spring Break. In the event of an extended closure, plans for additional lunch and breakfast services will be communicated to parents. 


For more information or questions, call D60 Foodworks staff at (719) 240-6612.

Free Internet Access for Families

posted Mar 13, 2020, 5:07 PM by Aaron Bravo

Today, Comcast announced that it will be providing free Internet for 60 days to low-income families due to the pandemic. This could be a fantastic option for those students and families without Internet as well as for teachers and staff that qualify.

To qualify, they need to be already eligible for some sort of public assistance program (NSLP, Housing, Medicaid, SNAP, or SSI). The link to apply is below.

Additionally, the FCC has announced that people will not be disconnected for unpaid Internet bills for the next 60 days.

https://www.internetessentials.com/Apply

D60/D70 to close school facilities until at least Mar. 30

posted Mar 13, 2020, 12:07 PM by Aaron Bravo

Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Pueblo School District 60 (D60), and Pueblo County School District 70 (D70) will join many other Colorado school districts in closing all school facilities for in-person classes next week, March 16 through March 19. This closure precedes spring break, which will be observed March 23 through 27. We will then reassess the situation as we get closer to that end date, and decide if students and staff should return on Monday, March 30. We will be calling on the Colorado Department of Education for flexibility on mandatory seat time and state testing requirements. 


The decision to close our school districts was extremely difficult and was made in consultation with the superintendents of both school districts in Pueblo County. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that this action will be critical in preventing the introduction and potential spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). We acknowledge that schools play an important role in this effort.  


During the closure, all schools, district facilities, and buses will undergo additional deep cleanings with hospital-grade disinfectants. We encourage the community to continue to practice proper handwashing, social distancing measures and follow other recommendations from the CDC about how to avoid the spread of illness. 


Individual districts will send follow-up communications with additional information to parents that are specific to their local community. Parents should continue to monitor school district communications for updates on their respective websites and social media accounts. 


Our goal is always to protect the safety, health, and wellness of our students, staff, and families. Our strength as a community is our greatest asset. In making this decision, we are working together to protect each other and slow the introduction and progression of COVID-19. 


We will continue to work collaboratively with public health officials, elected leaders, and neighboring school districts, as well as keep parents and media updated with new information as it becomes available. We thank you for your continued support and partnership in this effort. 


Sincerely, 


Charlotte Macaluso, District 60 Superintendent

Ed Smith, District 70 Superintendent


Attention Colt Nation - Spring Sports & All Activities Suspended in D60, Colorado Until Apr. 6

posted Mar 12, 2020, 12:53 PM by Aaron Bravo

Effective immediately, all District 60 practices and sporting events, as well as CHSAA-sponsored band and speech and debate competitions, are suspended until April 6. Additionally, all afterschool and evening events, clubs, organizations, and educational activities - including concerts and performances - have also been suspended until after April 6. 

The suspension until early April addresses concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision coincides with the Colorado State High School Activities Association (CHSAA) decision to halt practice and play until April 6. 

Attention Freshmen

posted Mar 10, 2020, 11:03 AM by Karen Olson

If you are interested in joining Student Council, stop by and see Mrs. Olson in Room 3 for details. Applications are still being accepted for freshman representative positions. (No speeches required)

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