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April 11, 2018

Reflections on Seminar-Learning

  Dear CSS community, I would like to extend a personal invitation to tonight’s Experience Centered Seminar (ECS) presentations. Whether you are a Kindergarten parent or an alum, a current Upper School parent or a prospective family, please join us in the Louisa Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. for Upper School ECS Presentations. Teams of students will present their research, insights, and answers to essential questions discovered during...
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March 23, 2018

Freedom on the River | River Madness

Over the period of our Experience Centered Seminars, there have been many experiential and educational steps taken to get to canoeing down the Mississippi River. On the river, we used the water as a highway to get from camp to camp along the sandy banks of the big muddy river. This wild body of water took its own path, swallowing up much of the dry ground and sandbars. This state of the river’s flooding pushed us to paddle hard and far to find dry land suitable for a camp each night. This wild...
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March 23, 2018

Balancing Act | Challenges, Accomplishments, and Connections

“Although I had done the Incline many times before, I still felt a sense of accomplishment when I made it to the top.” - Kyle J. ‘20 On Friday the 16th, Mr. Rob Johnston shared a presentation about his journey with running ultramarathons. After giving us some inspiration, he then led a trip to the top of the Manitou Incline. Everyone made it to the top, and down the Barr trail at their own pace. For our capstone adventure, everyone headed to school on Sunday at 10am and packed...
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March 22, 2018

India | A Hike to Kareri Lake

  Miles G. ‘19   On the second day of camping, we hiked to Kareri Lake high in the mountains around 8,000 feet above sea level. The trip was worth it. Our day started at 6:00 am and our trek began at 7:00. It began with a steep uphill climb through the woods. We crossed a river and continued along the edge of the mountainside. One thing that fascinated me was the number of street vendors along the trail. I didn’t understand how they could make enough money to make a...
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March 22, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | Preparations and Recap of the Iron Pour

Amber W. ‘19 & Imani L. ‘19Visit to Bliss Studio & Gallery This past Thursday our Iron pour ECS took a trip to Bliss Studio & Gallery, established by alumna Jodie Bliss, in Monument, Colorado. She mainly focuses on hand-forged fine art Sculptures, public art, hand-forged steel, and blown glass. Jodie told us that she has been working in metal for 15 years. In those years she evolved from a jewelry fabricator into large steel sculpture fabrication and eventually into...
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March 21, 2018

Yellowstone| Pictures of Success

‘ECS.’ When CSS students hear this word, they get excited; many think that they can rest up from their repetitive and hard school days. However, ECS is not supposed to be a rest period. It is an ‘Experience Centered Seminar.’ Students are supposed to experience something new that they would not get to do during normal school time.  In Yellowstone ECS, students completed many different activities that they would not experience in usual life: snowshoeing, tracking ungulates using...
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March 17, 2018

Balancing Act | Mind, Body, Spirit

On our first day of the second week of the Balancing Act ECS, we were introduced to Mrs. Jennifer Clarke P’29, P’27, a psychologist at the Air Force Academy. She talked to us about how stress could impact our lives. It was very interesting and our ECS learned alot about stress and the mind and how to calm down. Later, in the afternoon we talked to Dr. Melissa Hocate P’27, P’20, P’16, who gave us an even grander idea about stress. It was very entertaining to learn...
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March 17, 2018

Yellowstone| For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People

Few gifts are greater than community service. Service incorporates kindness and a sort of sacrifice. Service is a pivotal act that is critical for any functioning community. When people give their time and energy, unselfishly, for the benefit of others, a miraculous transformation occurs. We helped clear fencing and tree stakes for the Bison Team biologists of Yellowstone as a thank you for allowing us to help them with their ungulate research.  However, we were not just serving the...
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March 15, 2018

Yellowstone| The Best Things in Life are Wild and Free

Chilly morning air, stars dotting the dark sky, and breath freezing to sparkling clouds in an instant. We started our day like the animals we were searching for: rising with the sun into the frosty winter. We loaded groggily into the cans and made for an overlook to watch for wolves. Although they seem to be far from us genealogically, listening to Rick McIntyre, a retired park service interpreter with 26 years of experiences, I realized that we share some hidden similarities with these...
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March 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Freedom and "Unfreedom"

The theme of freedom, or rather “unfreedom,” was taught when we visited Slave Haven and the Civil Rights Museum. Slave Haven reminded all of us how truly horrendous the lives of slaves were. One insight that we gained through the African section was the realization that Africans forced into the Transatlantic Slave Trade weren’t sitting in their countries living their simple lives waiting for white people to come teach them the rights and wrongs of the Western World. Instead, they were kings,...
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The Colorado Springs School Circular Logo August 16, 2018

2018-2019 Welcome

Dear CSS Families, Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are glad you are here. I have three points of pride I want to share with you to kick off the school year. Responsible Growth: We’re proud to announce that, following our strategic plan, enrollment has grown...
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Summer at The Colorado Springs School July 24, 2018

Summer Enrichment

Dear CSS Families, I hope this finds you and your family refreshed and (almost) ready for an outstanding 2018-2019 school year. This summer, in addition to some time on both coasts with friends and family, I had the opportunity to do some DIY experiential education. These experiences...
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Join us the the Terrace for the Welcome Coffee July 23, 2018

2018-2019 Back-to-School Orientations, Meetings, and Events

2018-2019 Back-to-School Orientations, Meetings, and Events Start the school year off right and connect at these community-building events.  Back to School Night: PreK-5th Grade (for parents) Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. In Classrooms 6th Grade and New Middle...
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