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June 09, 2020

Emerging Plans for 2020-2021 and a Fond Farewell

Dear CSS Families, As our end-of-year celebrations have drawn to a close, we have turned our attention to planning for August. The Colorado Springs School Leadership Team, with input from our incoming head of school, Ms. Tambi Tyler, and me, have reflected upon our e-Learning platforms and we are planning the best way to deliver our mission and maximize safety in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis and emerging guidelines from local and national health authorities.   ...
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June 06, 2020

Standing for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

Dear CSS Community,  The past few months have been challenging for all of us and we want to continue to show care. It is important that we continue messages of solidarity, love, and acceptance, during this time of upheaval. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”  For nearly 60 years, The Colorado Springs School has prepared students to meet the challenges of a dynamic world with...
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May 12, 2020

A Message from the Head of School Transition Committee

  “Is there anyone that does not need to navigate uncertainty and risk on a regular basis? To be alive is to be vulnerable; to be a leader is to be vulnerable every minute of the day. You don’t get to opt out!” -Brené Brown, Daring Leadership Dear CSS Community, As we make our way to the end of a school year marked by change, we wanted to introduce you to the efforts of the Head of School Transition Team. As chair, and together with my fellow...
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May 07, 2020

A Message from the CSS Leadership Team: Looking Ahead to 2020-2021 & Reflecting on e-Learning

  Dear CSS Families,Thank you for celebrating the Head’s Holiday last Friday. We hope you and your students enjoyed the day off from academics. With a wave and honk parade on campus, we celebrated a brief return to some semblance of community, and homemade chocolate chip cookies were the perfect antidote for the stress and isolation many of us have felt in recent weeks. The procession of cars, heartfelt signs, and senior tributes - all at a safe distance - were a...
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April 25, 2020

Open Letter to the CSS Class of 2020

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, a hand-signed letter and a box of cookies was delivered to the home of each senior in the Class of 2020. Previously, a “congratulatory / we miss you” yard sign was placed at the homes of our seniors throughout 12 zip codes across region. Dear Seniors, You were primed for academic and personal bests, to captain your sports teams, lead clubs, act, dance, and entertain in “Fiddler on the Roof,” and perform in your final...
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April 22, 2020

Gratitude and Planning

Dear CSS Families, Please join me in thanking our donors and volunteers for a highly successful e-Gala & Auction on Saturday night. It was a great pleasure to see so many smiling faces and celebrate the mission and strength of this fine school. Click here for a recap of the e-Gala program and DJ Dumplin’s dance party set. As many of you know, Governor Polis announced Monday the upcoming shift to the new Safer-at-Home policies and offered forecasts on the...
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April 07, 2020

Head's Message on May Celebrations, Enrollment, and e-Gala

Dear CSS Community, The silhouettes of Cheyenne Mountain and Pikes Peak and the budding trees and grass in town are a stark juxtaposition to the local, national, and international news stories I read too frequently. For many of us, this time of transition and uncertainty offers personal insights and moments of deep connection to family, in addition to isolation, financial concerns, and professional challenges unimaginable a few weeks ago. In this challenging time, the...
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March 29, 2020

Welcome to e-Learning

Dear CSS Community, I’ve been tremendously impressed with the strength and positivity of the CSS community during the last few weeks. Long before COVID-19, historian Howard Zinn wrote, “We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” Every day, I see, online and in-person...
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March 19, 2020

CSS Announces e-Learning

Dear CSS Community, As many of you know, yesterday Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered all public and private schools across the state to suspend in-person learning from March 23 through April 17 to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado. We are well-prepared for this eventuality having spent the last two weeks (and two full on-campus professional development days) preparing our e-Learning policies and content. We will begin e-Learning on Tuesday...
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October 01, 2019

2019 State of the School Presentation and Annual Fund Challenge

Dear CSS Families and Alumni,  Last month, we began the start of school with the State of the School presentation, and I welcomed new and returning families to the opening of our 57th school year. The screencast shared below is a recap of that presentation which proudly speaks about the school’s history, enrollment growth, school-wide goals. Please watch (and share) the State of the School presentation. As has always been the case, The Colorado Springs School...
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More recent posts

September 02, 2020

Gratitude and Appreciation

  Greetings CSS families,   We have successfully re-opened school during a pandemic. Let that statement settle in. To say we are grateful would be an understatement. We are embarking upon living up to our mission to prepare students for a dynamic world by mitigating risk, re-inventing...
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Faculty on the Quad preparing for the Start of School August 17, 2020

School Planning Update and Progress

Dear CSS Families,     As we move closer to the start of school, it is important to update you on some of the many plans that are underway. There are many details to digest during these ever-changing times. Here are some of the things that you will want to know.   People...
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Preparing for a Safe Return to Campus August 05, 2020

Delayed Opening of School and Staggered Starts by Division

  Dear CSS Families,   August has arrived, and we are continuing to make plans and actively seek solutions to many COVID-19 challenges. Like many schools, we are looking to return to on-campus learning. Unique to CSS, plans are underway to provide our CSS community the greatest...
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