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A Store Ties Philanthropy to Academics

It started and ended with money. What is it, how do we use it, why do we have it, and how can we get it? The second and third-graders in Ms. Robyn’s class began setting up shop – literally. Desks were pushed into corners and signs announced merchandise and pricing. Pencils, erasers, school newsletters and paper airplanes for sale littered […]

Simmons Family Charitable Foundation Generously Donates to PPOS

Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) is happy to announce that the school has received a generous and unrestricted donation from the Simmons Family Charitable Foundation. The funds from this grant will be used towards the principal of the school’s capital campaign to purchase the building at 7 Parelli Way. The Simmons Family Charitable Foundation was created in 1985 and was led for […]

Pagosa Peak Open School Receives Grant from CUMC

Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) is pleased to announce that the school has received $500 from the Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) Russ Hill Bazaar Grant. The funds from this grant will be used to purchase much needed art, math and science supplies for our 2nd and 3rd grade class. The classroom supplies purchased using the Russ Hill Bazaar Grant […]

Food Matters

Spring at PPOS is an exciting time. Snowy banks melt into muddy puddles, indoor planting turns to plans for outdoor planting, and memories of ski days become anticipation for farm days. Last Monday Mrs. Bruno’s first and second-graders headed to the downtown grow dome – as they have every week – with a specific intent on planning for the season. […]

PPOS Announces New School Director

Pagosa Peak Open School is proud to announce that Angela Reali Crossland has been offered and accepted our new School Director Position. Angela comes to PPOS from Durango, and education reform and charter schools of choice have been at the heart of her educational career.  She has an MA, Teaching Secondary Science from the University of Phoenix; a BS, Natural Resource […]

Julie Simmons Joins PPOS Board of Directors

On April 1st business owner and local activist Julie Simmons joined the ranks of Pagosa Peak Open School’s Board of Directors. Julie has an extensive background in private business, government and nonprofit and an array of skills that will greatly benefit our board. She and her husband, Tony, own the very popular and successful Pagosa Brewing Company. At Pagosa Brewing […]

Pagosa Peak Open School Announces Finalists for School Director Position

Pagosa Peak Open School, the community’s only district-authorized charter school, has announced three finalists for its School Director position. The finalists are Angela Reali Crossland, Emily Murphy and Sarah Luna. The candidates are anticipated to be attending the PPOS’s next regular board meeting, on Monday, April 1 at 5:00pm. All regular PPOS board meetings are open to the public, and […]

Snow Science: Connecting Students to Their Environment and Community

At the beginning of February, Pagosa Peak Open School ventured to Sonlight Camp for an educational exploration of snow science hosted by Audubon Rockies to learn how snow affects our mountain community. In addition to snowshoeing and animal tracking, our students used scientific tools such as magnifying glasses and thermometers to compare temperatures, crystal shapes and layers of snow. After […]

A Home and School Connection

Our food theme continues at PPOS, as students in the second/third-grade class bring this theme beyond their classroom walls and into their homes. Reviews of recipes, extensive draft writing of such recipes, collaborative cooking projects, and food documentaries have influenced student meal making at night. Students experimented with pasta making and sushi rice during the school day in groups, sharing […]


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