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Welcome to Elizabeth School District C-1

634 S. Elbert Street, PO Box 610
Elizabeth, CO 80107


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Our Community Comes Together for Kayla Ackerman
About Kayla

Kayla was a young girl who triumphed for years (since she was 4 years old) with a medical condition that was out of her control.  She had multiple surgeries, year-over-year.  We are very sad to say that at the age of 16, Kayla lost her battle on Monday April 14, 2014.  Kayla has attended the schools in Elizabeth since Kindergarten.  Tricia and Todd Ackerman are district employees, and Tricia has been part of the District Accountability Committee for the last few years. 
The services are Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 at Creekside Church. The Elizabeth School District is sending information on how you can support the Ackerman family.
Donate for Kayla at:
  Go Fund Me  
Krista Dodd and the EHS Students are coordinating a Quarters for Kayla. A donation box is set up at EHS, every quarter helps.
Saturday, April 19 anytime between 12-12, Wing Nuttz will donate 15% of your ticket to the Elizabeth Networking Group Ackerman Family fundraiser.
Please keep the Ackerman family and friends in your thoughts.

Isabelle Veed, in grade 6 at Elizabeth Middle School, competed at AKC club specialty show, BCOA, [Borzoi Club of America, INC] in Albuquerque, NM this past Saturday, April 12, with her young Borzoi dog, Isabelle's Passionate Dazzle. She placed First in Junior Showmanship Novice, and Second in Open Junior Showmanship. This was the first show her young dog has been shown at, and did a stellar job. Isabelle has previously shown dogs in 4H, going to State Championships twice with her Standard Poodles. This AKC Specialty competition had beautiful dogs and handlers arriving from many countries, China, Japan, Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico and even Russia, where the breed originated.

Parker Gabbert, grade 11 at EHS, placed 3rd in the Motorcycle Technology Division at the 2014 Skills USA State Competition.

Elizabeth High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club presented at the April 8 Town of Elizabeth Board Meeting.  Although sufficient reserves are available for the Town of Elizabeth’s water and sewer enterprise, the fund is running at a deficit and the goal of the FBLA case study was to help reverse that trend.  The FBLA presenters of the case analysis were Douglas Coulter, Haley Frahm, Aleigha Mace and Zack Perry. The advisor is John Loutzenhiser.  ARTICLE

Kalli Wilkins, senior at the Elizabeth High School, created the winning poster to advertise for the Arbor Day Art Contest. Entries for the Arbor Day "In Leafing Color" Contest are due Friday May 2 by 5:00pm at the Elizabeth Town Hall.  All forms of art and creative expression are encouraged to enter. Winners will be announced at the Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, May 17th. The art contest is sponsored by the Town of Elizabeth Tree Board and the Public Art Committee and is open to all community members.   Winning Poster and entry form and guidelines

entries for the Arbor Day "In Leafing Color" Contest are due Friday May 2nd by 5:00 p.m. at the Town of Elizabeth Town Hall at 151 Banner Street. ALL forms of art and creative expression are encouraged to enter. Winners will be announced at the Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday May 17th. The art contest is sponsored by the Town of Elizabeth Tree Board and the Public Art Committee and is open to all community members. For more information click here: flyer and entry form and guidelines

MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL 2014 planning meeting will be Monday April 21st from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Town of Elizabeth Town Hall, 151 Banner Street, Elizabeth, Colorado 80107. The 2014 Elizabeth Music & Art Festival will be Saturday August 23rd on Main Street in Elizabeth, Colorado. To be a part of planning this community event please join us April 21st at the Town Hall. More information about the 2014 festival, how to register, become a sponsor, etc. will be available soon. In the meantime please send an email to art@townofelizabeth.org or call 303-506-7511 for more information. 

ELIZABASH & LOCAL ART. On June 7th the Public Art Committee will have both a float in the parade and a booth highlighting local art and artists. To share your ideas, art and to participate please send an email to art@townofelizabeth.org or call 303-506-7511 for more information. There is no fee to participate. Please join us!

Pennies for Patients.  Thanks so much to all that contributed to the Pennies for Patients Drive!  Thanks to your efforts, Elizabeth Middle School raised over $700.  Many families will now benefit from your kindness and generosity! 
The winning Advisory team was Mr. McKee with a whooping $259.15
2nd place was Mr. Marumoto with $81.60
3rd place was Ms. Williams-Martin with $81.44
Thanks again Elizabeth Middle School for supporting such a great cause!

Elizabeth School Board supports Superintendent letter to Governor and the General Assembly.  "As the school finance debate moves from the House to the Senate and inevitably into Conference Committee, we urge you to do everything you can to begin restoring K-12 funding to pre-recession levels, to save the BEST program to support the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Colorado’s school infrastructure, and to give local boards of education as much flexibility as possible so that they may allocate funding in a way that will serve all students’ needs.”  LETTER

CALL TO ACTION – Funding Our Schools
.  The Elizabeth School Board is asking for your help.  On Thursday afternoon, the Colorado Senate Education Committee will meet to consider passage of HB 1292 “The Student Success Act”.  This bill, though optimistically titled, will not ensure student success.   We ask you to join us in contacting the committee and expressing our concerns.
Letter from our Board of Education

Colorado Public Radio just published a Q&A: Why Colorado schools want their $1 billion back.  The concerns voiced by the Board of Education and Superintendents across Colorado are being heard.  This Q&A regarding legislature and the lack of funding for public education in Colorado represents the voices of large districts and of several rural districts. Ron Patera, Chief Financial Officer of Elizabeth Schools is quoted on the affects directly impacting Elizabeth Schools.  Also referenced is the Superintendent Letter, that Douglas Bissonette recently coordinated working with superintendents across the state of Colorado, basically stating “Restore money to our budgets without the strings attached.”  Colorado Public Radio

Logan Blakeslee, sophomore at Elizabeth High School, won the high school division of the Elbert County Republican Women's essay contest last week. The contestants responded to the prompt "How Do You Define the American Dream and How Does it Relate to You?".  The contest was open to middle and high school students from across Elbert County.  Logan received $100 in addition to a $1,000 scholarship.  
Press Release acknowledges several students across Elbert County.

Congratulations to Viktor Buzalsky, 6th grade student attending Elizabeth Middle School and gymnast, received two 1st place gold medals and three 2nd place silver medals which resulted in 2nd place All Around at the Regional Competition last week.

- Stayin Fit and Lovin It, 2nd Annual Zumbathon® Charity Event to support the American Cancer Society is on Saturday, May 3rd.  Registration begins in the parking lot of the Elizabeth Fire Station at 10:30 a.m.  We will Dance (Zumba terms - "shake our booty") with a live DJ from 11:00am-1:00pm.  Register early with a $15 or more donation and receive a free t-shirt!!  Attached is a registration form or you can pick one up at Stayin Fit and Lovin It! Just print it, fill it out, and turn it in with your donation and you are set!!  EASY AS THAT!
Registration Form

Message from the Superintendent.  We are very pleased to announce that we have hired Jodi Elkins as Principal for Elizabeth Middle School, to follow Terry Miller who was hired as an Interim Principal for one year. The recommendation to hire Jodi was approved by the Board of Education in a Special Meeting held yesterday.  READ Announcement

Air Academy Award Winners

Best in Show

Liberty Metzger, Running Creek Elementary

Evan Baker, Elizabeth Middle School

Ben Siekierski, Elizabeth High School


Elementary Level


Middle School Level

High School Level

Greydon Jones

Mario Mendez

Tara Hiatt

Lacy Antinora

Brooke Burton

Jenny LeCuyer

Stephanie Lunt

Summer Hatch

Callihan Stanley

Katie Owen

Sierra Ridel

Kim Walter

Montana Webster

Tatum Darnell

Brenna Dettlaff

Rhyken Schenck

Camissa Miller

CJ Arnold

Brooke Hudson

Kristie Davis

Ben Sierkierski

Jalee Van Aernam

Dierson Bankert

Heather Munafo

Allison Cook

Evan Baker

Sierra Roy

Jolie Sprouse


Kim Walter

Avery Couch


Kori Christensen

Colby LaTurner


Kaitlin Nelson

Masen Loeks


Jessica Brendlinger

Kailey Humes


Amanda Wheeler

Jillian Smith


Tanapat Sartpech

Austin Crowner



Liberty Metzger



Aubri Aplegate






Tatum Neubert, senior and Lady Cardinal basketball player at EHS, has been named 1st team all state by the Denver Post and she has been selected to play in "The Show".  The show is an all star game that is the best in the state of Colorado. The game is played Saturday April 12th at the Pepsi Center.  If anyone would like to attend you can purchase tickets through the Denver Nuggets for the games.  The ticket allows you to watch the girls at 1:30 and the boys at 3:00 pm and then attend a Nuggets game at 7 pm.  Tickets are $45 for lower level and $15 for upper level seats.  To purchase go online and log onto www.Nuggets.com/TheShow2014.

  Elizabeth Middle School Performs Finian's Rainbow.  Finian McLonergan, who has emigrated from Ireland to the town of Rainbow Valley in the mythical state of Missitucky with his daughter Sharon, is intent on burying a stolen pot of gold in the shadows of Fort Knox in the belief it will grow and multiply. Hot on their heels is Og, a leprechaun intent on recovering his treasure before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complicating matters are a corrupt senator, but in the end, Sharon marries the handsome, young Woody Mahoney; and Woody’s mute sister, Susan, acquires the power of speech and falls in love with Og, who decides that being human is not so bad after all.

EHS Family Career Community Leadership Association.  Thank you for all of your support for the FCCLA No Kid Hungry Campaign. They were able to raise $2,164.00!! Almost 3 times as much money as last year... they also collected 475 non-perishable items from Running Creek and the High School.

Article on FCCLA Districts and State by Emily Mohlis

State Leadership Conference - The mission of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Education. Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events competition takes place at the state and national levels. In order to qualify for nationals, a competitor must earn a gold medal and take either first or second place. Elizabeth High School FCCLA has five national qualifiers after the State Leadership Conference this past Thursday-Saturday (April 3-5).  Nationals will be held July 6-10 in San Antonio, Texas!

2014 State STAR Events Results:
Bronze Medals:
•    Chandra Roth & Giana Craig – Illustrated Talk
 Silver Medal:
•    Shelby Graham – Focus on Children
Gold Medals:
•    Breean McElroy – Career Investigation
•    Megan Reyher – Teach and Train - 1st Place Gold
•    Sierra Stein & Taylor Bunch – Life Event Planning - 1st Place Gold out of 33 Teams
•    Natasha Breakall & Anthony McConnell – No Kid Hungry National Outreach online event - Event has reached level two, qualifying them to compete at level three (National competition).  They were the only Colorado online event entry that qualified for nationals.

Adviser, Mrs. Melanie Darter was presented the “Spirit of Advising” award by the Colorado FCCLA Executive Council, and will also be recognized at our national conference.

Junior Natasha Breakall, after many speeches and interviews, has become the 2014-2015 Colorado Vice President of Events, and will represent Colorado at Nationals. Congratulations to her for all of the work she has put into becoming a state officer!

2014 Colorado State Geographic Bee Semifinalist Press Release
Gregory Stephenson, grade 8 at EMS, has been notified by the National Geographic Society as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2014 Colorado State Geographic Bee.  State GEO Bee will be held on Friday, April 4.

Maddie Proctor, 5th grader at Legacy Academy, represented the Elizabeth School District well at the State Spelling Bee held on March 8, 2014. This was the first year implementing the new Spelling Bee format, spelling and vocabulary.  Maddie first had to make it through a written test of 30 words, then a vocabulary test of 15 words to advance to the oral rounds.  While she did not achieve her goal of making it through those two rounds, she studied hard to prepare, she had a great experience, and she did a great job representing the Elizabeth School District. There were approximately 300 students in the competition.  Out of the 34 finalists, all but 3 were seventh/eighth graders.  Making it to the State Spelling Bee is a huge accomplishment.  Congratulations to Maddie!  Well Done!

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Recently the Elizabeth High School TSA chapter competed in the state conference. The following EHS students placed at the conference.

3rd place Project Showcase: Brittany McCague
1st Place Video Game Design: Ryan Fleury, Kyle Birks, Logan Blakeslee, Pierce Hopkins, Aiden Martinez, and Andrew Smith
The Video Game Design team is 2 time champions at the High School level.

James Hove Family.  A family from the Elizabeth Schools lost their home to a devasting fire last week.  To make monetary donations please click on the following link. Every $1 counts!  More ways to help the Hove family....you can also donate Big R gift certificates to the family. There is a Big R location in Elizabeth Colorado. Also visit the James Hove Family Fire Disaster Facebook page for more ways to help.

What Could 10 Million Dollars Do For Elizabeth Schools.  Article by Director Chris Richardson.

Future Business Leaders of America helps students prepare for careers in business and business-related fields.  There are 10 FBLA Districts across Colorado and approximately 220 FBLA Chapters.  Competitions occur at the district, state, and national levels.  To earn a trip to state a competitor must finish in the top three at the district competition.  Elizabeth High School Future Business Leaders of America has several state qualifiers.  Congratulations!  The state competition takes place April 2014. 

2014 State Qualifiers

Third Place Winners who have qualified for State include:

  • Alex Green-Personal Finance
  • Marianne Hughes- Public Speaking
  • Kristen Jackson and Zack Neelley- Web Site Development
  • Nick Malwitz and Fletcher Short- Global Business
  • Nathan Margosian- Introduction to Business
  • Sierra Stein- Client Services

 Second Place Winners who have qualified for State include:

  • Lena Aslan and McKenna Eddy- Banking and Financial Systems
  • Douglas Coulter- Insurance and Risk Management
  • McKenna Eddy- Computer Applications
  • Kayla Schwartz-Agri-business
  • Ryan Wills- Cyber Security

Champions include:

  • Wes Boone- Accounting
  • Wes Boone again in Agri-business
  • Gav Houston- Impromptu Speaking
  • Marianne Hughes- Parliamentary Procedure
  • Rylie Kretsinger and Nathanial W. Moss III – Management Decision Making
  • Morgan Long and Aleigha Mace- Business Ethics
  • Zack Perry- Insurance and Risk Management
  • Jamie States- Business Plan
  • Sierra Stein- Personal Finance
  • Kristen Jackson- Business Communications

Damian Garvey student at Elizabeth Middle School took 1st place in the 140lb weight class at the Tri County League Tournament.  He also took 1st place in all three regional trounaments the EMS wrestling team entered this year.   

School superintendents
across the state are employing a rare, unified message that has intensified the pressure on lawmakers to significantly bolster education funding this legislative session.  Denver Post Article

Thank you to everyone who responded to the request for volunteers to be part of the Citizen Impact Committee to support the Elizabeth School District key initiatives.

The Purpose:  This group is a citizen lead committee of volunteers for the Elizabeth School District to help drive community engagement that will result in a positive impact for our schools.  This group will assist the district in promoting district initiatives and informing community members on current and pending issues that affect our schools.  The district will work in collaboration and partnership with the citizen group.  The group is comprised of positive citizens with the common goal of working for the good of the district.  

Andi Hei and Rebekah Anderson – Co-Chair
Venessa Weber – Lead Fundraising
Niki Luck – Lead Parent Engagement
Paul Benkendorf – Lead Messaging/Marketing
Natalie Gregory – Lead Community Engagement
Carol Dodd – Lead Volunteer Coordinator

Upcoming Fundraising Activities
Buzzard’s Pizza May 7th all day 10% of sales go to Impact Committee, Take the flyer with you and don't forget to mention Citizen Impact Committee

9Health Fair - Own your health
April 19 7:00am-12:00pm, Elizabeth Middle School
Free & low cost screening, Health Education Booths, Health Care Professionals
We are looking for non-medical volunteers, contact Terry Clayton at


Colorado State Junior and High School Rodeo
May 17 & 18, 2014 in Kiowa
Presented by Elizabeth High School Rodeo Team
March 17 General Meeting Open to the Public
April 7 Board Meeting
April 21 General Meeting Open to the Public

Elizabeth High School presents LADY CARDS Youth Softball Camp

ProFootball Camp is for young athletes ages 7-14.  The Camp is July 8-10, 8:00-11:30, located at Four Diamond Sports Camp in Colorado Springs.  flyer

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