Graduation Live Streaming
Both the Lewis-Palmer High School and Palmer Ridge High School graduation ceremonies will be viewable LIVE on Friday, May 24, at https://www.lewispalmer.org/Page/10366.
View the Lewis-Palmer High School graduation at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 24.
View the Palmer Ridge High School graduation at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 24.
Infinite Campus new look
Infinite Campus will have a new look this summer. Once you are logged in to your portal, click on the green box in the upper right-hand corner to access the new IC.
You may get a preview prior to it going live.
High School Summer School Information
Summer School registration is now available.
Information regarding the session your student will be attending will be determined by Friday, May 31, 2019. Summer school will begin on Monday, June 3, 2019. There will be two sessions: one beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the next session beginning at 10:30 a.m. Since registration forms are being processed, there is a slight delay on getting information and session times to parents and students. Information on session times will go out to parents and students by May 31.
Once the session is determined, information regarding report times along with general guidelines will be sent out. ALL students who registered are required to attend summer school, regardless if they are in a teacher instructed course or online course.
If you have any questions, contact Robin Mantaro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-867-8016.
LPSD welcomes new high school principal
LPSD is pleased to introduce our newest principal
The new principal of Lewis-Palmer High School is Bridget O’Connor. She has served as assistant principal at LPHS since 2015. Prior to that, some of the roles Bridget filled over the course of her 25 years in education include academic interventionist, Sources of Strength trainer, gifted and talented coordinator, teacher, and coach.
Bridget believes that “the most rewarding, enjoyable, and crucial component of education rests in the relationships that are cultivated through the learning process and environment.”
Please join us in welcoming Bridget to this new role within D38.
LPSD welcomes new Chief Financial Officer
Lewis-Palmer School District 38 has a new Chief Financial Officer: David Crews.
David Crews has served as the superintendent of schools for the Norwood School District in Norwood, Colorado for the past 12 years. As Norwood is a bit smaller than D38, his role required that he also oversee finance, federal programs (including Title grants), audit, budget, human resources, and operations. Additionally, David serves on the Board of the Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool. In David’s 26 years in education, he has also served as a teacher, building administrator, and assistant superintendent.
David brings an in-depth knowledge of Colorado school finance with proven skills at effectively overseeing school district budgets. David looks forward to helping D38 “on a continued path of improvement of student learning through sound fiscal practices which support positive teacher and student relations and create a positive school system that provides the best opportunities for students to learn.”
We are excited to welcome David to the D38 team.
Full-Day Kindergarten for 2019-2020
Governor Jared Polis is expected to sign House Bill 19-1262, which will provide state funding for full-day kindergarten. This change will be effective with the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. There will be no tuition required to have your child attend full-day kindergarten in Lewis-Palmer School District. For more information see the FAQs.
D38 School Board Selects New SuperintendentThe Lewis-Palmer School District Board of Education selected Dr. Kenneth Christopher (K.C.) Somers as D38’s new superintendent at their April 8 board meeting. Current superintendent Karen Brofft announced her retirement in December.
Dr. Somers joins D38 with over 19 years of experience in education. Currently, he serves as P-20 Learning Community Director (area superintendent) in Aurora Public Schools serving 8000 students in 12 schools. Somers has also served as a high school principal, elementary school principal, high school assistant principal, family advocate, youth counselor, and coach.
Board president Matt Clawson stated that Dr. Somers brings significant educational experience to the superintendent position. According to Somers, he will “consistently work to invite, include, and inspire our community to work together in support of our purpose, shared vision, and core values.” Somers refers to himself as a public school advocate whose “primary platform is to ensure the future success of every student.”
LPSD receives a 2019 Best Communities for Music Education award
Lewis-Palmer School District 38 has received a 2019 Best Communities for Music Education award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
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.
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.
LPSD Ranked Third Best School 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.
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.
LPSD Receives CDE's Highest RankingLewis-Palmer School District once again received Accredited with Distinction and all LPSD schools received Performance ratings b
y 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.
LPSD Employment Opportunities
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.
Food Service Workers,
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.