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  • Alternate make-up days will be school days

    In the March Board Meeting, the D38 Board of Education approved using April 19 and May 10 as regular school days to make up for our snow days. Both of these days were built into the 2018-2019 calendar as alternative make-up days.

    Snow Day Make up Days

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    February 2019 Thoughtexchange results

    The results from D38’s February Thoughtexchange event are now available.


    Thank you to all who participated. We asked the question, “What are some important ways Lewis-Palmer School District 38 can build trust and ensure confidence?” These are the top five thoughts which received the highest overall ratings:

    1. First of all, I appreciate the teachers and their efforts with my grandchildren. Teaching surely is a gift that should be acknowledged and supported.
    2. Be sure to separate issues. Combining funds for the charter school and the public school on the same ballot does not seem transparent.
    3. Ensure the School Board gives equal attention and funding to ALL district schools, not just to the loudest constituents. Monument Academy is a great school - but it doesn’t deserve special consideration above any other D38 school. All our schools are equally important.
    4. Respect the professionalism of our amazing teachers, and start supporting what is best for student learning. The bickering that is happening between some people and the board has nothing to do with our what our students need for learning.
    5. We need to continue to prove the need and show the impact of a lack of funding. Until people realize how many students and families will be impacted, the negative and false information spread via social media will win out.


    Top themes included board feedback, communication/transparency, and funding and finances.


    We will be looking at this feedback and incorporating many of these ideas. You may continue accessing information regarding D38 on our website. Recently, we have made improvements to our website and will continue updating it and making improvements over the next few weeks. You may access all the Thoughtexchange results and the interactive tools by clicking here


    Thoughtexchange logo


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  • LPSD Hall of Fame now accepting nominations 


    LPSD Hall of Fame 2019 The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations from the community for inductees to the 2019 Hall of Fame. Anyone may nominate a person who has made significant, ongoing contributions to the excellence of LPSD schools. The award seeks to honor retired staff, volunteers, elected officials, and community members. Nomination forms can be found under the Community tab on the district website. 


    The deadline is April 19, 2019.


    2019 Hall of Fame 


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     Superintendent Search

     Superintendent Search On March 4 during a work session, the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 school board chose three finalists from the 17 applicants for the superintendent position created by Karen Brofft’s retirement at the end of this year. 

    The finalists are Dr. Josh J. Middleton (Middleton, Idaho), Dr. Matthew J. Mann (Pleasanton, Texas), and Dr. Kenneth Christopher (K.C.) Somers (Aurora, Colorado). 

    The board is working with the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) in filling the position. According to CASB, “Finding the right superintendent to lead a school district is one of the most important - and most difficult - tasks for a school board.” Finalists will interview next week with three teams prior to interviewing with the school board. The three teams will be led by a D38 administrator and consist of administrators from each school, teachers from each school, parent representatives, and a community representative. D38 received and reviewed over 60 applications for the superintendent interview committees. Individuals were selected for interview teams based on participation in D38 and in the community in order to represent K-12 education as well as a cross-section of the community. 

    The school board will announce the new superintendent on: date TBD. Please check back.


    Superintendent Brofft's Retirement Announcement

    CASB Superintendent Search Information

    CASB Posting for LPSD Superintendent Opening

    Superintendent Interview Teams 


    Feedback CASB gathered 

    Community Focus Group Responses

    Board of Education Focus Group Responses

    D38 Staff Focus Group Responses

    Electronic Survey Responses



    Important Dates
    Monday, January 14, 2019 - Superintendent Position Posted
    Thursday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. - Community Input
    Thursday, February 14, 2019 – Posting Closes
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – Board Screens Applications in Executive Session
    Monday, March 4, 2019 - Board Announces Finalists
    Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – Superintendent Interviews with Staff
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – Superintendent Interviews with Board 
    Monday, April 8, 2019 – Board Announces Superintendent


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  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38 welcomes two new principals

    Our new principal of Prairie Winds Elementary School is Alicia Welch. Alicia joins us with over 20 years of experience in education. She has served as principal of Global Village Academy in Colorado Springs since 2013. Alicia believes “that an educator’s mission is to make school enjoyable and exciting - if students look forward to attending school, they will want to LEARN.” 


    LPSD is hosting an opportunity for families and the community to meet Alicia Welch between 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at Prairie Winds Elementary School.


    Our new principal of Palmer Ridge High School is Dr. Terry Bramschreiber. He has served as assistant principal at Discovery Canyon Campus High School since 2009. Terry joins us with 25 years in education. Terry values “helping multiple stakeholders come to consensus about new ideas and strategies while preserving the culture” that makes a school unique.


    LPSD is hosting an opportunity for families and the community to meet Terry Bramschreiber at Palmer Ridge High School in the Sunset Room on Wednesday, March 6, between 4:30-5:30 p.m.


    Please join D38 in welcoming them both.


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  • Board of Education Intent to Pursue Bond in the upcoming fall election

     During D38's February monthly board meeting, the board made a resolution stating their intent to pursue a bond in the 2019 November Election. The Board recognizes the urgent need to address current enrollment and future growth, which prompted the decision to pursue a cost-effective bond to build a single elementary school. If the bond passes, D38 will then convert Bear Creek Elementary School back to Creekside Middle School using district reserve funds.


    The Board understands the community rejected a bond for many reasons, which have been taken into account. The Board will ensure clear and specific bond language stating the bond funds will be spent only on a single new school; any additional costs will be paid for by D38. 


    Resolution Regarding the Intent to Pursue a Bond in November Election 


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  • Viral Social Media challenge targeting youth: Momo Challenge

    Lewis-Palmer School District 38 recently became aware of a viral social media challenge targeting youth. The Momo challenge centers around a disturbing character that encourages children to perform dangerous tasks, including hurting themselves. According to sources, most children are learning about the Momo Challenge on YouTube. The challenge has been surfacing on YouTube, Facebook, and Whatsapp, which can be accessed on a phone or tablet in addition to the computer.


    In an effort to keep children safe, parents are encouraged to talk to students about these types of challenges and safe internet practices. LPSD will continue to use security measures to keep students safe while using school technology.


    For more information and online safety tips, click here.

    For questions or concerns, please email 


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  • LPSD Ranked Third Best School District in Colorado 

     LPSD ranked third best district in Colorado

    Among the Best School Districts in Colorado of 2019, Lewis-Palmer School District 38 was ranked third in a list of 25 districts, as reported by the Denver Business Journal. The Denver Business Journal reported this information based on comprehensive research done by Niche


    Some of the factors and methodology used in compiling this list included academics, teachers, culture and diversity, parent/student surveys, health and safety, sports, and more. 


    The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with college data, test scores, and ratings from Niche users.



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  • LPSD Tied for Region's Highest Graduation Rate

    Lewis-Palmer School District 38 is one of two districts with the highest graduation rate in the region, according to the Colorado Department of Education. This year's percentage increased to 95.5, a jump from last year's 95.4 percent.


    Lewis-Palmer and Palmer Ridge high schools were also in the top three schools with the highest graduation rates in the Pikes Peak Region, as reported by the Gazette. Graduation rates have increased to 80.7 percent statewide, according to the CDE. 


    Lewis-Palmer District 38 tied with Calhan RJ-1 for highest graduation rate in the region. 


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  • LPSD Receives CDE's Highest Ranking
    Lewis-Palmer School District once again received Accredited with Distinction and all LPSD schools received Performance ratings by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). These are the highest ratings available from the state.
    The District and School Performance Frameworks (DPF and SPFs) from the CDE are now finalized and the LPSD and D38 school frameworks can be accessed on LPSD's Assessment and Accountability page.
    Additionally, two LPSD schools are John Irwin award recipients:           
    • Prairie Winds Elementary                     
    • Lewis-Palmer Elementary School 

    This John Irwin award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. More information is available in Schoolview. More information regarding LPSD and other Colorado districts' data is available through the CDE's online resource District Dashboard. The District Dashboard provides district and school level trend data in a variety of visual formats (graphs and charts) so that users can more easily see patterns. 

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  • Preschool D38 Deliberates Summary

    Thank you, to all of the parents and staff members who participated in the D38 Deliberates event on December 5, 2018 

    Summary of December 5 D38 Deliberates 


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  • LPSD continues to be rated as Accredited with Distinction by the state of Colorado
    The CDE released PRELIMINARY DRAFTS of District and School Performance Frameworks (DPF and SPF). This information may be accessed under the Assessment and Accountability Department page.


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  • Free Math Tutoring at the Monument Library

    Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting September 10, 2018. See the After Math flyer for details.


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  • LPSD Employment Opportunities

    LPSD Job Openings Annoucement


    Lewis-Palmer School District 38 is looking for quality individuals to support immediate job openings for the following positions. More flexible, substitute positions are also available.


    Bus Drivers,


    Food Service Workers,






    Substitute Teachers.


    Join a great team and support students. Work schedules align with your children's school calendar and open positions offer competitive wages and benefits. More information is available on LPSD's Personnel Services page. To apply for a specific position, visit LPSD's Job Listings.


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  • LPSD Receives Financial Recognition 

    Early in May 2018, Lewis-Palmer School District received notification that the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International awarded the district with ASBO’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ended 2017.  According to ASBO, "This award represents a significant achievement and reflects your commitment to transparency and high-quality financial reporting."


    ASBO Certificate of Excellence

    ASBO Announcement


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  • LPSD Finance Audit Results 
    Lewis-Palmer School District’s credit rating is again Aa2 which is above the nationwide school district median. Moody’s Investors Service, an independent credit rating agency, judged LPSD’s  financial position as very strong exhibiting sound financial management. More information is available in Moody's Report.


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PWES Announcements

  • Band

    Is your current 5th grade student interested in taking band next year in 6th Grade?


    Many factors go into choosing the correct musical instrument for an individual.  Due to physical characteristics, one instrument may be more suitable than another.  To aid you and your child in the selection of a band instrument, we will have instrument fitting nights for future 6th grade students on:


    • Monday, March 11, 5:00-7:00PM, at Lewis-Palmer High School, in the Band Room
    • Thursday, March 14, 5:00-7:00PM, at Lewis-Palmer High School, in the Band Room
    • Thursday, March 21, 5:00 - 7:00PM, at Lewis-Palmer High School, in the Band Room


    Please follow this link to signup genius to secure your personalized time:


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  • Kindergarten Story Hour Story Hour for Incoming Fall 2019 Kindergartners

    (for children who will be five on or before Oct. 1, 2019)

    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019,  4:30-5:30PM

    Please join us, with your fall kindergartner, for our Kindergarten Story Hour.  We will have a "get acquainted" time, and a mini lesson for the incoming kindergartners, while Ms. Finnegan meets with parents and answers questions about Kindergarten at our school.



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  • Homework Help

    Parents, do you need a great resource for some literacy based homework help? Learn more about each literacy area and access activities to use at home:






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  • Toiletries

    Do you travel often?  Donate your hotel toiletries

    We are collecting shampoos, lotions, soaps, razors, etc., ALL YEAR, and the items will be delivered to Tri-Lakes Cares by our K-Kids Director.   If you travel often, please consider donating your extra hotel toiletries!  We have a collection basket in the front office.  

    Thank you from the Prairie Winds K-Kids!




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  •  school supplies School Supplies for 2018-2019


    Kindergarten School Supply List

    1st Grade Supply List

    2nd Grade Supply List

    3rd Grade Supply List

    4th Grade Supply List

    5th Grade Supply List

    6th Grade Supply List





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  • facebook

     Find our Prairie Winds Facebook page!

     Click on the logo and begin "following" us for another way to stay connected to everything happening at school. 




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  • Lending Library

    Bring a book, take a book at the Little Lending Library in the Commons area.

     A great way to pass along all those books you have outgrown to a new reader!





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Home of the Hawks

  • John Irwin School of Excellence Ribbon

    Prairie Winds Elementary School

    "You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."
    - Clay P. Bedford

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School Hours

  • Main Office: 8:00 to 4:15
    Class Time: 8:50 to 3:45
    Kindergarten (1/2 Day): 8:50 to 12:00

    Unless otherwise stated, all hours are Monday through Friday.

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