Author: Alison Beach

Remote Learning Until April 17, 2020 On March 18, Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order that suspends in-person instruction at all public and private schools from March 23 to April 17. The executive order directs Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute to make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time while taking into account […]
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Golden Age of Hollywood Gala and Fundraiser Due to rescheduling conflicts from the movement of other events in reaction to COVID-19, Pagosa Peak Open School is postponing our Golden Age of Hollywood Gala and Fundraiser from May 2 to a TBD date in fall of 2020. All sponsorships will be honored towards this event, and we still anticipate an amazing evening […]
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Project Based Learning took flight last Wednesday evening at Pagosa Peak Open School. Kelle Bruno’s 1st and 2nd grade class has been studying different parts of bird bodies and their functions to answer the question, “What makes a bird a bird?” Students began their inquiry in December and wrapped up their study with a celebration of learning that took place […]
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On Saturday, January 25th the Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) Food Security Task Force (FSTF) left Archuleta county to explore how people in SW Colorado are tackling the huge problem of food security. The task force is comprised of nine 4th-6th graders who are trying to create change in Archuleta County starting within PPOS. The first stop on the trip […]
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Open Enrollment for the 2020-20201 School Year Open Enrollment runs from February 1st – 29th, 2020 for the 2020-2021 School Year. We have Open Houses and Shadow Days this month for prospective students and families. 2020-2021 Open Enrollment-Lottery PPOS: Please click here to use this form during our open enrollment period in February to show your interest in enrolling your students for […]
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February 6th @ 6:00pm-8:00pm We will be hosting our third “Coffeehouse Night” at the school on February 6th starting at 6pm. The event will include music and poetry by a collection of performers, including Shane Lane, Debbee Tucker, June Marquez, Laurie Brinkmann, Keith Bruno & Chris Couch, Ursala Hudson and Leah Ballard. The performance will take place in the school […]
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January 9th @ 6:00pm-8:00pm We will be hosting our second “Coffeehouse Night” at the school this coming Thursday, January 9 starting at 6pm. The event will include music and poetry by a collection of performers, including Native American flute player Charles Martinez and singer-songwriters Alison Beach, Chris Haas, and Laurie Brinkmann. Also appearing will be Dave Pettus, Rain March, Jen […]
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I’ve performed for a lot of different audiences over the years, but this crowd had me nervous. From Carnegie Hall to stand-up poetry slams, I thought I could handle any group of onlookers, but I had a feeling this audience would give me some real, raw feedback, for better or worse. On November 12, 2019, I went before 26 students […]
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This week, the Wellness club watched our indoor garden grow and learned what helps and hurts a plant. We were excited to thin our radish plants out, especially because we got to eat the extra peppery sprouts. We also focused on food groups and what makes a good lunch. Students had a chance to create a healthier Lunchable which included […]
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The Wellness Club has been busy learning about compost and planting our indoor garden! So far, our radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, and basil are sprouting with plenty of varieties on the way. We focused on the Red Wiggler Worm and learning their role in our food system which included feeding our worm farm with food scraps after snack. This week, we […]
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On November 4th we launched our new After-School Wellness Club. It is an exciting start to health and wellness at our school! This program is supported by two grants, one from Americorps Colorado and another from the Colorado Health Foundation. Lexi is our Americorps Member, helping to serve this club. Alexis (Lexi) Bernstein graduated with a B.A. from College of […]
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On Wednesday, October 23rd, 13 6th graders from Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS), set out on a 1-mile uphill climb through early winter snow along the Continental Divide Trail with their teacher, Kelsey Wright, and Rockies’ Community Naturalist, Keith Bruno, to initiate a long-term monitoring plot for the American Pika (Ochotona princeps). A little-known creature of the Rocky Mountain high […]
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Pagosa Peak Open School is proud to announce that our very own Amelie Heinicke’s play “The Adventure of Samantha” has been selected for the 2019 Youth Playwrights Festival! Amelie is a 2nd Grade student of Ms. Robyn’s 2nd/3rd grade class at PPOS, and her play will be workshopped by a professional team at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. […]
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Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) is pleased to announce that the school has been awarded a 2 year grant from the Colorado Health Foundation in the amount of $59,000. The funds from this grant will be used towards the purchase of the proven SPARK PE curriculum specifically designed for children ages 5-14, SPARK PE training for staff, as well as […]
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