Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8! We are honored to serve the students in the communities of Fountain and Fort Carson.
I am excited to be in my second year as Superintendent. The staff in all of our buildings do great work to support our students and I am eager to continue supporting their efforts.
This year, we look forward to implementing changes that will encourage growth and success for our students and staff. Beginning this fall, we will be using new math textbooks at the elementary level. Teachers are enthusiastic to get their hands on these new resources and improve math instruction at all our elementary schools. This summer, we also launched our new professional learning opportunity, Teacher Leadership Institute, as teachers return to work in the fall. The three days of professional learning focused on high-leverage practices identified by our district and building leaders as areas for greater leadership capacity among our teachers. We have hired Gifted and Talented teachers to assist students, teachers, and administrators in creating opportunities that will meet the needs of students identified as gifted at Fountain Middle School, Carson Middle School, and FFCHS. This supports our continued commitment to effectively meet the needs of all students.
We are working both internally and with our community partners to improve safety, through more training and collaboration around this topic. We also have altered the front entry at most schools and will be providing a district guidebook to all staff on safety and security. We are happy to kick off the construction of the new Fountain Middle School building and property, which you can follow along with online via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Technology is another area we are constantly working to improve in order to better support staff and students. For the 2016-2017 school year, students at the middle schools will experience greater interaction with technology as we implement at 1:2 computer initiative.
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 has student needs at the forefront of all we do – from our seniors in the Class of 2017 to the new preschoolers in the Class of 2031. However, we can and should always be challenging ourselves to improve upon our best practices. With our highly qualified staff and effective parent, family, and community partnerships, I am confident that we will be able to embrace, meet, and exceed the challenges of the 2016-2017 school year with great success!
Keith Owen, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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