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1 month ago

We will be having an indoor release due to the current weather in the area.

As a reminder, Indoor Release means that students stay in their classroom and the parent goes to each classroom for pick up.

If your student is "categorized as a WALKER", walkers are still released as normal unless you call the front office 719-495-7360 by 3:10 pm.

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Grand Peak Fun Run results are in, and you guys were amazing!!! Thank you for all of your support! Here are a few updates for the incentives....

Mr. Hunter will dye his hair because we got donations from all 50 states.

The top three teachers are
1st ($300)Mrs. Colby
2nd ($200)Mrs. Lee
3rd($100)Ms. Young

Mrs. Colbys class will also get any party they would like up to $50 for earning the most money for the school and Mrs. Tildens class will get a pizza parry for 100% log in.

Students:
Top ten fundraising students:
1st Sophia Bailey with $54.33 per lap
2nd Atticus Schmit with $40.00 per lap
3rd Carlos Rickard Rothschuh with $23.33 per lap
4th Cayle Guthrie with 22.50 per lap
5th Lana Rykhus with 20.00 per lap
6th Tied Jaxon and Presley Armstrong with $20.66 per lap
8th Sean Layman with $20.83 per lap
9th Bianca Giacoma with $20.00 per lap
10th Mattison Leva with 17.33 per lap

Again THANK YOU for all of the support. You guys are incredible!!!!
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1 month ago

Grand Peak Families, we will be having an indoor release today due to the current real feel temperature.

As a reminder, Indoor Release means that students stay in their classroom and the parent goes to each classroom for pick up. Front doors will open at 3:20pm to pick up elementary students; please do not pick up your middle school student until 3:30pm as they are still in class.
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1 month ago

We hope that you stayed safe and warm today and enjoyed your snow day.

We wanted to remind you that as long as we remain on a normal schedule tomorrow, class pictures will still happen as scheduled. We are also aware that our families have not received order forms for the class photos because of today's closure. Forms will go home with students tomorrow and you will have until Friday to turn those in to your child's teacher.

This is a normal uniform dress day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 719-495-7360.
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We hope that you stayed safe and warm today and enjoyed your snow day.  

We wanted to remind you that as long as we remain on a normal schedule tomorrow, class pictures will still happen as scheduled.  We are also aware that our families have not received order forms for the class photos because of todays closure.  Forms will go home with students tomorrow and you will have until Friday to turn those in to your childs teacher. 

This is a normal uniform dress day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 719-495-7360.

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Should the kids wear uniforms or dress to impress? How about the cap and gown pics?

Thank you for the reminder!

1 month ago

Grand Peak Families, due to the increasing snowfall and freezing temperatures, we will be closed for today, Tuesday, February 18th. All activities on campus are cancelled; Champions is closed as well. ... See MoreSee Less

Grand Peak Families, due to the increasing snowfall and freezing temperatures, we will be closed for today, Tuesday, February 18th.  All activities on campus are cancelled; Champions is closed as well.

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If we have to make up time, what part of the year will it be?

1 month ago

We will be on a two-hour delay for Tuesday, February 18th due to unsafe road conditions for the morning commute

The PreK, Kindergarten, and 8th Grade cap and gown pictures will be rescheduled for a different day.

Champions will open at 8:30am; front doors will open at 9:45am for a 10:00am start of the school day.

Please be safe and warm!
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We will be on a two-hour delay for Tuesday, February 18th due to unsafe road conditions for the morning commute

The PreK, Kindergarten, and 8th Grade cap and gown pictures will be rescheduled for a different day.

Champions will open at 8:30am; front doors will open at 9:45am for a 10:00am start of the school day.

Please be safe and warm!

2 months ago

We are looking for volunteers to help with PreK, Kinder, and 8th Grade cap/gown pictures on Tuesday, February 18th and class pictures on Wednesday, February 19th. If you are available and would like to help, please email chelsea.haysley@grandpeakacademy.org as soon as possible. ... See MoreSee Less

We are looking for volunteers to help with PreK, Kinder, and 8th Grade cap/gown pictures on Tuesday, February 18th and class pictures on Wednesday, February 19th.  If you are available and would like to help, please email chelsea.haysley@grandpeakacademy.org as soon as possible.
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2 months ago

Families, thank you so much for your support with the FUN RUN! We are aware many of the students did not receive all of the prizes they earned. The overwhelming support exceeded our expectations and Booster ran out of the prizes. They have already addressed the issue and will have them at the school for your student when we return next week. As always thank you for all of your support!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

In the midst of our fantastic fun run, the front office recieved a wonderful singing valentine surprise! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Due to the current real feel temperature, we will be having an indoor release. Front doors will open at 3:20 pm to pick up elementary students; please plan to pick up your middle school student no earlier than 3:30 pm as they are still in class. ... See MoreSee Less

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Who pledged money per lap before they knew it was in the gym? 😂

Woohoo!! 🎉🎉

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Kiddos waited all day for this! Thanks Lightning Liv!

2 months ago

Today was the 100th day of school and our Preschool celebrated in true fashion! ... See MoreSee Less

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What a good idea. Cheers to the teachers . They are adorable as old people.

❤❤ Emelie really enjoyed it!

They are all so adorable!

Oh my gosh how cute?

So cute!!

Super cute!!

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2 months ago

From D49 concerning the weather todayDear D49 Family,

The bottom line up front is, I made a bad call. That’s kind of a “No duh” lead, but D49 is committed to transparency and it’s important that you know we don’t defend or justify this morning’s weather call. We set some records today. We had the highest ever response to a winter weather survey with over 2,500 responses. We also set a record for disapproval, with over 90% disagreeing with today’s weather call. We take those numbers to heart, as well as hundreds of passionate comments. The gentler messages took some form of “What were you thinking?!”; hence, this message.

I apologize for the Friday many of you just experienced. Besides the literal challenge of dealing with the weather, many of you experienced some combination of fear, anger, or exasperation. It was not our intent to alarm or frustrate, but I pledge to be much more sensitive to the community impacts when we make future weather calls.

I’d also like to debrief a little about our process so you all can calibrate for future weather events. We made our call to operate as scheduled at 4:15 this morning. We prefer to make go/delay/no-go calls early, but we now know that our decision was too early—so we got the timing wrong and rolled our busses out as the snow picked up. By midday, we measured triple the projected snowfall, so our call to go as scheduled started bad and got worse as the snow intensified.

In light of that bad decision, I need to publicly say thank you to our drivers and facilities folks who worked incredibly hard to get students to schools and get those schools ready. Thank you also to our teachers and other staff who made their way through rough weather to be there for our students. And mostly, thank you to the parents and students who drove and walked to school as well as those who overrode our call and stayed home. I made a bad call, but you all made the best of it and I’m sincerely grateful.

Additionally, quite a few parents have contacted us to ask why we didn’t close schools on an early release schedule. Again, in the interest of transparency, I’ll share our thinking. Somewhere around 75% of students made it to school today, so that number would make it very chaotic to implement irregular release procedures and bus schedules. Once students are safe inside, we try to normalize the end of day to balance safety and disruption. Our experience with early release is that it can be very hard for parents to leave work or other commitments early to come on an adjusted schedule. We were also concerned about releasing walkers if we didn’t know for sure that someone would be home to meet them. With weather that was already lousy, our thinking was that an early release wouldn’t increase safety but it would increase disruption. Many parents disagreed, and picked their kids up early; but for most students, the rest of afternoon release was relatively calm as the snow tapered off.

Thank you for trusting us to make better decisions, and working with us when we don’t. Thank you also for holding us to the highest standard—the students deserve that. I promise that we’ll keep listening and learning so future decisions will meet your expectations.

Sincerely,

Peter Hilts
Chief Education Officer
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From D49 concerning the weather today

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I know that every person who has a child at GPA has decision making ability. If it wasn't safe for you to be driving, why didn't you keep your child home? Why didn't you ask a neighbor or relative to keep them if you had to work? No one was forced to go to school today. My kids went, my husband took them and picked them up without incident and we drive through Black Forest to get them there. We all have decisions to make and we all need to realize our OWN accountability here.

Weather did only call for 2”... so I understand why things happened the way they did, and I certainly appreciate the apology & transparency. I’m just as disappointed (we opted to keep our kids home). I’d kindly remind those frustrated that this isn’t a recent trend of D49, they’ve typically been very cautious.

“Very chaotic to implement irregular release.” If a military insulation can implement phased early release, why can’t a school district? I’m OUT on the whole transparencies of 75%. Figure it out GPA. Or hire someone who can.

It’s great that D49 owned up - now GPA what’s your story?

Michael McCord

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I got OK to donate! 😀 Working on the other states

2 months ago

Dear Grand Peak Families,

Due to the current weather conditions, we are encouraging you to pick up your children as soon as possible today; teachers and staff will be conducting class until the end of the school day. Until further notice, D49 buses and Champions are running as scheduled. If your child rides a daycare bus, please check with your daycare provider to determine if they are still running this afternoon. Students will not be considered absent due to weather conditions.

Thank you,
Scott Hunter and Serena Brizic
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Such a bad call on d49’s part on not canceling! I understand I have the final decision but with only 3 days of school next week and d49 not delaying or canceling I assumed it couldn’t be “that bad” obviously I won’t be trusting their decisions anymore 🤦🏼‍♀️

Thank you kept my girls home today. It’s cold out there. Thank you for the update and working on days like this

Is the middle school dance going to be cancelled?

2 months ago

Middle School Families...due to the rapidly changing weather and road conditions, we are rescheduling the dance for tonight. We will communicate the new date as soon as it has been determined. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Grand Peak families, we just want to remind you that Friday will be the last day that our 3rd grade is collecting mini shampoo bottles for their class community service project. There is a box outside the front office you can drop them in if you do not have a 3rd grade student. Let's help them reach their goal of 350 bottles! ... See MoreSee Less

Grand Peak families, we just want to remind you that Friday will be the last day that our 3rd grade is collecting mini shampoo bottles for their class community service project.  There is a box outside the front office you can drop them in if you do not have a 3rd grade student.  Lets help them reach their goal of 350 bottles!

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So awesome. Thank you!

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