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April 14, 2015

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

As I mentioned in my state of the school letter and address this winter, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the CSS Upper School will implement a Bring Your Own Device Program. Like a 1:1 technology integration program, students will be expected to have access to an electronic device (tablet with a keyboard, chromebook, netbook, or full laptop computer) in each of their classes on a daily basis. Unlike a 1:1 program, students will have the choice to use the type(s) of devices they already...
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April 09, 2015

Digital Portfolios

What did you learn in school today? This question was frequently posed to me when I was a young student. In full disclosure, I never liked answering this question, but perhaps that’s because I floundered at answering it. Traditionally, most students, and even most educational institutions, have answered this question by referencing the traditional rituals and accouterments of school – classes, essays, tests, grades, and textbooks. Most schools looking at their own internal goals and...
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December 09, 2014

The Value of a CSS Education: Announcing Tuition and Programs for 2015-2016

As I mentioned in my recent State of the School presentation (Video - 25 minutes), The Colorado Springs School is supported by a committed and motivated group of parents who invest in a CSS education for their child because they know that educational opportunities that promote engagement awaken the skills and habits students need for success. As we announce new tuition levels for the 2015-2016 school year, I want to assure you that we are committed to increasing the value proposition of a...
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December 01, 2014

Thankful for Kodiak Pride: Announcing a New Spring Sport

Earlier this fall, I outlined some of the fine and performing arts programs and events that make CSS different from other schools and a truly special place for students. Brava to Ms. Sandy Bray and company for a fine Revue and Middle School Musical Theatre Showcase this fall. A most immediate applause should also be extended to the cast and crew of Don’t Drink the Water in Upper School on the winter play performed just before Thanksgiving Break. What a show! Next up, Middle...
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October 22, 2014

Faces and Phases of Giving

At this point in the school year, many thanks are in order. The fall colors are here and the many programs of CSS are in full swing. The students and their teachers and coaches have been doing their best in the classrooms, on the stage, the court and the field for many weeks now. The well-measured combination of support and high expectations makes CSS a place where students invent new ideas and invest in themselves and others. It is important to remember that the excellent environment of The...
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October 15, 2014

Recap of Installation and 2014 Founders' Day Ceremony

A sincere thank you to everyone for their well wishes on my Installation as The Colorado Springs School’s 9th Head of School. It was an absolute pleasure to share the stage with our Founders’ Day honorees Master Jay Kuk Lee ‘99, Ms. Lesley S. King ‘77 and Mrs. Ava Heinrichsdorff, a thirty-year veteran English teacher of CSS. For those of you who were unable to attend the Installation and Founders’ Day Ceremony, we wanted to make available a video with highlights of...
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September 09, 2014

Building Upon Tradition and Success in the Arts

Many things set a CSS education apart from other options. Our performing and fine arts programs are near the top of this list. Building on the success of our artist-in-residence program, this year’s art program has CSS students working with professional artists who practice their craft at the local, regional, and even national levels. The school’s commitment to providing authentic learning experiences from those who know the arts best is in line with our mission of bringing our...
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August 18, 2014

Delivering the Mission

Dear CSS Community, Campus feels energized and we are ready for the school year. I would like to let you know what we have been up to at CSS. This past week began with 25 CSS teachers becoming certified or re-certified in Wilderness First Aid by two instructors from the National Outdoor Leadership School. These Wilderness First Aiders learned to recognize the signs and symptoms of serious illness or injury and to treat or stabilize patients in the field. These dedicated teachers spent...
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July 01, 2014

Class Size Models for Anticipated Growth

Thanks to the stellar work of our Admissions department, we are currently experiencing growth in several of our Children’s School grades. In response to this growth, we are adding a second teacher to the classroom in Kindergarten in order to maintain low student to teacher ratios. Our second Kindergarten teacher Jocelyn “Jolly” Burke, will work in the same classroom with Libby Leachman and in partnership with Libby. Jolly will teach the Kindergarten class both as a whole...
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July 01, 2014

New Hires for 2014-2015

Between dodging the hail and enjoying the sunshine of this beautiful early summer, we have been hard at work at The Colorado Springs School planning for next year. This May, at the end of the year meetings, I “officially” rejoined the CSS faculty. It was a great pleasure to present my educational philosophy and views on curriculum design and implementation to the faculty. Together, we created professional learning communities, small groups that will meet through next semester to...
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More recent posts

Dr. Mary Flemke's portrait hangs in the Trianon Terrace Room August 22, 2017

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Mary Flemke

Dear Alumni and CSS Community Members,  It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Dr. Mary Flemke on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Dr. Mary Flemke served as the sixth Head of The Colorado Springs School from 1989-2000. During Dr. Flemke’s headship The Colorado...
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New athletics website powered by VNN Sports August 08, 2017

Welcome to Our 55th School Year

Dear Students, Parents, Past Parents and Alumni of The Colorado Springs School,Inspired by our 55 year history and our commitment to innovation, our preparation for 2017-2018 has been guided by two simple ideas: Improve the core elements of our work each year Ensure that each CSS...
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Head of School with Class of 2017 graduates June 29, 2017

Welcome to CSS: A Hiring Update for 2017-2018

Dear Parents and Students of The Colorado Springs School, It is my pleasure to officially introduce our new faculty and staff for the 2017-2018 school year. Great teaching is the heart of what we do at The Colorado Springs School, and our expert faculty and staff are second to none. Our new...
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