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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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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)!
Patriots’ Day ceremony
Patriots’ Day ceremony at Heroes Academy introduces junior JROTC cadets
CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/JON POMPIA Saluting the half-mast flag outside Heroes K-8 Academy are (left to right) Dusty Weigel, a J Squared cadet; Centennial JROTC cadet Emily Bolstad; J Squared cadet Caeli Montgomery; and Centennial cadet Jessica Bosley.
BY JON POMPIA THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
Published: September 10, 2016; Last modified: September 10, 2016 10:52PM
The heroes at Heroes honored more heroes.
Led by cadets from Centennial High School’s Junior ROTC program, a brief but poignant Patriots’ Day ceremony at Heroes K-8 Academy saw the lowering of the flag to half staff, a reminder of the tragic loss and heroic sacrifice that marked Sept. 11, 2001.
“Fifteen years ago on Sept. 11, the largest terrorist attack against the USA took place. It was a day of fear and destruction,” said a solemn voice over the school loudspeaker. “It was also a day of heroes. It didn’t matter your race, religion, orientation or creed. Fear turned to bravery and action.
“Men and women, who just a few minutes before were strangers, raced toward danger together as brothers and sisters to stop the evil. It was a day where the entire world stood up strong against terrorism.”
Standing in formation in the shadow of the flagpole were members of the new Heroes JROTC program, or J Squared.
An innovative collaboration with the Centennial JROTC program, J Squared was founded by school counselors Hope Reilly and Rodney Pacheco as a way to instill leadership qualities in students. There are 27 seventh- and eighth-grade cadets, each of whom is required to maintain a 3.0 grade-point average to participate.
“Rodney and I have been looking for good programs to bring into the school to help our students with leadership skills,” Reilly said. “So we approached Maj. John Freeburg, the JROTC instructor at Centennial, about the possibility of bringing in a junior ROTC program here.”
After 20 years in the Air Force, Pacheco is well aware of the fruits of discipline, leadership and patriotism.
“Our school is called Heroes Academy,” he said. “We’re the city of heroes so we need to emphasize ‘heroes’ here.
“And we’re not just emphasizing the military. We’re going to emphasize police, fire, any profession that people consider heroic.”
The J Squared endeavor affords cadets opportunities for physical education, JROTC-related interaction with Freeburg and Centennial cadets, guest speakers and tutoring, and participation in the Boy Scouts of America’s venturing program.
The pilot program is the first in a Pueblo City Schools (D60) middle school, according to Dalton Sprouse, communications director for the district.
And while still in its infancy, J Squared is already making an impact.
“I appreciate the program and its discipline,” said Dusty Weigel. “It will help me become a leader.”
Nathan Bobian said he became a cadet in honor of his uncle, who served in the Marines.
“I want to be a leader and follow in my uncle’s footsteps,” said Bobian. “I plan to work my way up to JROTC and then the Marines.”
To give the program a bit more stature, Reilly said Freeburg is working to get the Heroes cadets T-shirts and uniform pants.
“Hopefully our school will be successful with it and other schools will follow,” Reilly added. email@example.com