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Colorado Springs/Pueblo News Releases for Mon. May. 27 - 11:57 am
Thu. 05/23/24
YMCA opening outdoor pools May 25th: Monument Valley and Wilson Ranch Pools will be open to the public
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region - 05/23/24 8:38 AM

Colorado Springs, CO—The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is excited to announce that the Monument Valley and Wilson Ranch outdoor pools will open on Saturday, May 25th, for the 2024 summer season! 

Thanks to a partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is in its twelfth year of operating these two city-owned outdoor aquatic centers. The partnership continues to provide the community with a place for families to have fun together and empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind, and body. 

YMCA Members and nonmembers can purchase passes to gain entry to the outdoor pools. Hours of operation for Wilson Ranch are Monday through Sunday, 10:00am - 6:00pm, and Monument Valley are Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm. 

Each pool will have one lap lane and 2.5 hour block scheduling will again be put in place should a pool reach capacity. Similar to last season, a fast pass line will be offered at Wilson Ranch Pool for anyone that has purchased a pool pass.

Seasonal, monthly, and day passes for the pools are all available, and early bird pricing is in effect until May 24th. All pricing, and Frequently Asked Questions information is available on the YMCA website at https://ppymca.org/membership/pool-pass.


Wed. 05/22/24
Thunderbirds arrive May 28
Peterson Space Force Base - 05/22/24 3:30 AM

Media are invited to Peterson Space Force Base for the arrival of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at 1:15 p.m. May 28. The Thunderbirds will perform May 30 as part of the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation.

Media will have the opportunity to view the arrival and interview a pilot about the team’s precision-flying mission and the capabilities of the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. 

Media should RSVP by 9 a.m. May 28 at d1.pa@spaceforce.mil">sbd1.pa@spaceforce.mil

For more information about the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, go to https://www.airforce.com/thunderbirds/overview.

Tue. 05/21/24
THE Colorado Springs School District 11 Introduces the D11 Teacher Impact Award, Thanks to a Generous Donation from The Dakota Foundation (Photo)
Colorado Springs SD 11 - 05/21/24 9:27 AM
Laura Bomersbach Steele Elementary School
Laura Bomersbach Steele Elementary School

The Colorado Springs School District 11 is thrilled to announce the introduction of the new Teacher Impact Award, made possible by a generous donation from The Dakota Foundation. This prestigious award honors and celebrates our educators' exceptional dedication and achievements.

Yesterday, administrators from D11 proudly recognized and rewarded four of our most outstanding teachers with an incredible gift of $11,000 each. The Teacher Impact Award is given to educators whose students have demonstrated significant growth and achievement, as evidenced by data indicating more than one year’s growth within a single school year. Winners were selected based on this data and recommendations from principals, colleagues, and students.

These exemplary teachers embody the D11 standard of excellence, and we are immensely grateful for their unwavering commitment to the students and families of our district. Please join us in congratulating our 2024 Teacher Impact Award recipients:

Kyle Yeh, Coronado High School

Julie Lounello, Sabin Middle School

Sandra Briggs, Mitchell High School

Laura Bomersbach, Steele Elementary School

D11 Superintendent Michael Gaal expressed his gratitude, stating, "The #1 way to student achievement is access to high-quality instruction. In THE Colorado Springs School District 11, we are humbled to have support from the Dakota Foundation and the Board of Education to celebrate our most excellent teachers with $11K cash rewards for demonstrating that over this last academic year!"

The Dakota Foundation is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives and recognizing the profound impact of exceptional educators. Through their generous contributions, they aim to foster a culture of excellence and growth within school communities. The non-profit was founded in 1997 by A. Bart Holaday to focus his philanthropic efforts toward social entrepreneurship and enhance self-sufficiency. The Dakota Foundation, in partnership with Pikes Peak State College, has also been instrumental in the development of The Mitchell Promise and subsequently, The D11 Promise, which provides a path to free college for qualifying students across D11. 

Congratulations to the Teacher Impact Award recipients of The Colorado Springs School District 11! Your dedication and impact are making a lasting difference in the lives of your students.

Attached Media Files: Laura Bomersbach Steele Elementary School , Sandra Briggs, Mitchell High School , Julie Lounello Sabin Middle School , Kyle Yeh Coronado High School