"Screenagers" Screening at Palmer Ridge High School
Please join us for a special screening of "Screenagers," an award-winning film that provides insight into how screen time impacts children's' development and offers solutions on how to find a balance in this digital world. A student panel will also be at the event.
For more information, click here.
Community Tours of Lewis-Palmer Middle School
The community is invited to participate in tours of Lewis-Palmer Middle School. Please join the Board of Education in touring our middle school. Tours will be held on Thursdays. Participation is limited to the first 10 registrations. One tour per person, please. To reserve your spot, please contact Kathy Nameika at Knameika@lewispalmer.org. Hope to see you there.
LPSD receives Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Lewis-Palmer School District 38. LPSD was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) ending on June 30, 2018.
Monument Hill Road Construction UpdateEl Paso County has provided an update regarding the Monument Hill Road construction project including a map of the affected areas. The update says, "Monument Hill Road from the south entrance of Palmer Ridge High School to and including the Deer Creek intersection will be open to traffic August 18th."
For the map and more information, click here.
Dr. Somers' July Listening and Learning Tour Follow-up
Did you miss an opportunity to participate in the Listening and Learning Tour hosted by our Superintendent, Dr. Somers, in July?
He will host additional opportunities in the upcoming weeks.
You may learn more about what he learned here.
Bus rider applications required for 2019-2020 school year
All students planning to ride a bus during the 2019-2020 school year must submit a new ZPass Application for Transportation Bus Service. This includes students who have an existing ZPass. The ZPass application and information about the program can be found on the Transportation Page on the D38 website.
Payments for the upcoming school year can be made via Infinite Campus after July 1.
2019 Hall of Fame inductees
The Lewis-Palmer School District Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the following people have been selected to be inducted into the 2019 Hall of Fame.Emma DeKler – Former Elementary English Learner (EL) and Special Education Teacher
Mark Ewig – Former High School Teacher
Don Lash – Former High School Teacher and Coach
Ron Phillips – Former High School Teacher and Coach
Gordon Rudel, Legacy Award – Former District Financial Officer and Interim Superintendent
Max Williams – Community Volunteer/Advisor to Serteen Program and Key Club
These people were selected from a sizable number of nominees who made substantial and lasting contributions to District 38. Please look for detailed information about these inductees in the local media during the next few months. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony and reception on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 2:00 pm, at Lewis-Palmer High School.
Tri-Lakes Women's Club awards grants to LPSD
The Tri-Lakes Women's Club awarded nearly $25,000 in grants to schools and programs throughout LPSD. The award recipients are Kilmer Innovation Team, Art Ceramics Program, Peer Tutoring Center, BCES Preschool Toys, PLES GT Garden, LPHS Band Chairs, and the Adapted Swim Program.
Thank you, Tri-Lakes Women's Club, for making a difference in our schools and the community.
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.
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
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.