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This is a reminder that there is no parking in the parent drop off loop. The lanes need to be open at all times for the convenience of all. If you do need to park, please use a designated parking spot. For their safety, students are not allowed to cross the parent loop to enter cars. Also, please remember that the entrance to the parent loop is off Montezuma; the bus entrance is at 20th Street. Student drop off or pick up is not allowed in the bus loop for safety reasons. Please do not drive past the cones on 20th Street.
New Security Procedures for entering the school
In an effort to keep our students and staff safe and the focus on learning and achievement, Heroes K-8 Academy has a new procedure for entering the school building. After a visitor is buzzed in the front doors, he/she will need to stop at the Reception Desk. If a student is tardy to school, the tardy slip will be given at the Reception Desk. If a parent/guardian needs to have their child dismissed early, they will need to tell the receptionist, who will call for them. Visitors who need to go into the school or the main office will need to sign in and obtain a Visitor’s Pass.
We are excited about the new Reception Area, which offers comfortable seating, a monitor that will allow you to view announcements from the school, and ongoing student work. Please welcome our new Receptionists, Mrs. Roland (mornings) and Mrs. Mahinske (afternoons)!
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Parents please NO parking in the parent loop. We must keep a steady flow of traffic. If you need to park there is parking on both sides of the parent loop. Please watch for NO Parking areas in the loop in case of an emergency. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Innovative program stresses fitness, discipline, scholarship
BY JON POMPIA
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
Students at Heroes K-8 Academy got an up-close, if not sometimes winded, look at the discipline and commitmentneeded to be a Pueblofirefighter.
Tim Trujillo, firefighter and fitness coordinator for the department, brought to the school the innovative Fire Fit Kids program, which stresses the importance of physical fitness and wellness, as well as education, in first responder careers.
“We’re going to talk about health and wellness,” Trujillo told the second of the day’s nine student groups. “But also the importance of mindfulnessand how important it isto pay attention in class.
“Math and science and geometry — all those things come into play in the fire department. Yes, fitness is important, but so is being mindful and thoughtful of other people.”
While a series of warmup exercises — bear crawl, monster walk, etc. — kicked off the sessions, for most, the highlight was an excursion through a firefighting-themed obstacle course. This trek required participants to pull in and then run with a lengthy firehose, bear crawl around pylons, roll a tire, crawl through tarps and carry a couple sandbags . . . with some pushups thrown in for good measure.
As quickly as possible.
“Touch the ground! Touch the ground! At least get low,” Trujillo barked at a student who slacked his way around the pylons. “You’re my athlete, so let’s do this.”
And to another: “Hey, roll the tire, don’t bounce it around! Are you a volleyball player? Come on.”
After each of the students completed the course — some more out of breath than others — Trujillo upped
Watch the video
Heroes K-8 Academy eighth-grader Nick Cortez, 14, runs with a fire hose during an obstacle course designed to expose students to a firefighters workout on Tuesday.
CHIEFTAIN PHOTOS/CHRIS MCLEAN
Heroes seventhgraders Bianka Lilly, 14 (right), and Rayelynn Landry, 14, watch instructions on how to do push-ups in a program designed to give them an idea of Pueblo firefighting duties.
the endurance ante by creating a boys and girls team, challenging members to hold pushup and squat positions while a designated leader made his or her way through the course.
“Oh man,” moaned one boy as he struggled to hold up his body. “This is much tougher than the obstacle course.”
“Come on. Don’t break down on me,” encouraged Trujillo. “You’re worth points to me.”
For all the fun and frolicking, the Fire Fit Kids program conveyed the message Trujillo designed it to.
“I like the program,” said Hizza Yslas, 13, aseventh-grader. “It’s tough to be a fireman but I think I can handle it.
“But I did learn that to be a good fireman, the first thing we need to do is stay in school. And be in good shape and want to help people.”
“I love the smiles on their faces,” Trujillo said as the group departed and another arrived. “Athleticism and coordination is one thing but they’re super, super involved — listening to what we’re saying and not giving any back talk.
“To me, what they’re doing today is more excitingthan if they won astate championship.”