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DCC Veteran's Day Video 2020

Discovery Canyon and Air Academy High Schools joined together in thanking our Veterans early Tuesday morning outside the North Gate of the Air Force Academy. Students, staff, and parents waved flags, held signs, and cheered as Academy staff arrived for work. 

Early Morning Tribute Video Link


Dr. Mark Wahlstrom
(719) 234-2810


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Discovery Canyon Campus


Discovery Canyon Campus High School

November 15, 2020

Greetings Thunder Community:

The district announced on Friday, November 13, 2020 in the late afternoon a pivot to eLearning for the remainder of the semester. As the number of cases continues to climb in El Paso County, the impact on our schools is unmistakable.  While our schools have not been a source of significant spread, students and staff have been impacted by multiple quarantines and isolations, which has had a direct impact on our ability to safely and effectively operate school.  Therefore, starting November 16, 2020, all middle schools and high schools will be transitioning to remote learning through the end of the first semester (12/18/2020).  While we all want to have our students in-person in our schools, at this time it is most prudent to continue providing high quality learning opportunities for all of our students, remotely.  Luckily, we have experience in providing high quality instruction remotely and already have great structures in place that will help us pivot successfully. Below are some answers to some FAQs regarding the remainder of the semester.

Remote learning:

  • Classes will still continue to be synchronous via MS Teams.  

  • The schedule will remain the same, including having two lunches M, T, Th, & F. The Wednesday schedule will continue to be the alternating purple/silver Wednesday schedule with a focus on intervention, catch-up, and extension. 

  • If your student needs to be absent from a synchronous class, please email to excuse the absence

I need a computer or supplies:

  • We will still continue our device distribution as planned.  More communication with your students grade level distribution time and day will be forthcoming.  If you have an urgent need for a computer, please email 

  • If you need to get supplies or personal belongings from the building, please reach out to David King, Assistant Principal, at for assistance.

Special Services:

Students who receive special services (SSN, Resource, 504) will be learning remotely for the week of November 16-November 20th.  We will update you by the end of the week with the plan for in-person or remote learning between Thanksgiving and winter break. 

Athletics and Activities:

  • There will be no in-person activities permitted at this time.  Activities and clubs should plan to meet virtually via MS Teams.

  • CHSAA and El Paso County health have approved Football to finish the season.

  • All other athletics (open gyms, strength and conditioning, etc) are on hold for now.

Free Meals:


Since we have transitioned to eLearning through December 18, 2020, I want to remind you that free meals are still available for your students.


Meals will be available at the bottom of the middle school kiss-n-go this coming week. After Thanksgiving Break, meals will be available in the back parking lot that can be accessed through Old North Gate Blvd. near the middle/elementary school cafeteria. These meals are available at 4:00 PM.


Please use the following link to see the full list of free meal service locations, days, and times: 

Please click here to see information released Friday from superintendent Mr. Tom Gregory.  

Again, thank you for your support, patience, grace, and flexibility as we prioritize public health and keep learning moving forward.  

Go Thunder!

Dr. Mark Wahlstrom 


Discovery Canyon Campus High School 

This weeks’ schedule will be as follows:

Events/Important Dates:



Sunday 11/15

Discount Deadline

Dear Class of 2020!

Hope you are all well.  It is time to order your graduation items!  Please take a minute to watch the attached video and take advantage of our DCC group discount pricing!  The deadline to place your order and receive your discount is November 15, 2020.  Graduation packets are available on a table in the HS front lobby.  If you are an “in-person” student please pick up a packet and take home to your parents.  If you are a “virtual” student, you may also pick up a packet or either group may go on to the Jostens website and place your order on-line.  You can call Mr. Joe Adducci at 719-633-8228 with any questions or let me know if I can help you.

Thank you for taking the time to order your items early and a discount on top of it sounds great too!  Mrs. Holsinger,

Please take a minute to watch the attached videos which help you place your Graduation Order.

Click here for video!

Tuesday 11/17

Parent Academy - Teens and Social Media / 6-7:30pm, hosted on Microsoft Teams Platform.  District will send information about participating as we approach the date of the event.

Tom Caughlan, LCSW, from Children’s Hospital Colorado, will discuss the impacts social media has on teenager’s behaviors, mental health and their neurological systems.  He will also share strategies for creating healthy social media models and boundaries.

One-to-One Technology Distribution

We’re grateful to have been provided 900+ new Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1 devices by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).  These machines will allow us to begin transitioning from a BYOD (bring your own device) school to becoming a 1:1 school, which means the school checks out and supports a laptop for each student.  Some of the benefits of 1:1 are:

  • Free device for your student!

  • Staff knows exactly what the device will run

  • Pre-loaded with the programs students use the most

  • DCC can push out updates and new software programs easily to students

  • DCC IT can provide the best possible support to at home learners

  • Provide consistency and training for students and staff on a single platform

  • Ensure that lessons and materials used are accessible on your student’s device (we have learned iPads and ChromeBooks are not always compatible with classroom materials)

We’ve already begun distributing the machines to students who we knew were in need of an upgraded machine based on previous survey results.  We distributed 9th graders last week, 10th graders will be distributed this week, 11/16, 11th graders on the week of 11/30, and Seniors on the week of 12/7.  Students must be present in order to log onto the machine for the first time while on the school network… And, we must have a parent/guardian signature on the last page of this form.  These machines are free to your student, but your signature on the form does acknowledge that you’ll be financially responsible for the laptop should it become damaged or lost while checked out to your student.  Note: if your student’s schedule requires them to have the Inventor or Adobe programs, we will have specific machines loaded for your student!  Please stay tuned for updated plans for device distribution.  If you have an urgent need for a device, please email 

We do realize that many families have equipped their students with very nice computers for this school year and may not see the need to check out this device.  As a school, we will be heading in the direction of a one-to-one technology model for ALL students.  If your family would like to decline a school device, please know we will have one available for your student if your situation changes.  If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Principal David King at   Thanks for your help as we try to get these resources out to our students!

Athletics and Activities


If you have any questions, please email our Jostens representative at   Letter jacket fitting will be rescheduled for AFTER Thanksgiving break.  Check out our new website Discovery Canyon High School Athletics.  We will have up to date information on sports, live schedules, information on registration and tons of help sheets. 


Thank you to all who supported the first ever Online Boots & Bling Auction. DCC's Athletic Community appreciates your support!  We do have a few remaining gift cards that were not purchased and are available for sale.  Items are available on a first come first served basis - please contact Ron Sukle if you would like to purchase one.


Building Three Coffee gift card

Mission Coffee gift card

amc Theatres - 4 tickets

Northgate Car Wash gift card 

Gift card combo pack: Red Robin and Dairy Queen

Gift card combo pack: Dominos and Cheesecake Factory

Happy Eats gift card (good at Jamba Juice, Panera, Cold Stone, Dave & Busters or Burger King)


Denver Museum of  Nature & Science:  4 Admission tickets

Tilted Kilt gift card (4 available)

Thor Store Gift Card

100% Chiropractic:  1 hour massage (4 available)

Rhinegeist SWAG Bag (L/S T-shirt, 2 pint glasses, winter hat, coffee mug, insulated water bottle, tote bag

Aspen Auto Clinic gift cards

Christian Brothers Oil Change (4 available)


Connected Health:  One 60 min massage with up to two upgraded services (expires 2/2020

Dillard's gift card (2 available)

Colorado CryoSpa: 1 month unlimited

CycleBar: Free Private Ride for 45

College and Career

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General Announcements/Information

Senior Service Project

The Senior Class has taken on the challenge of a food drive for families at Pioneer Elementary and are in need of the DCC community’s help with this project.  Each class is being asked to bring different food items in order to build food baskets for these families in need.  The distribution is as follows:

  • Seniors - Monetary donations and King Soopers gift cards

  • Juniors - Instant potatoes and gravy

  • Sophomores - Canned vegetables and canned cranberry sauce

  • Freshmen - Stuffing and money for turkeys

Donations can be dropped off at the high school attendance office during normal school business hours.  Students/ parents should come only in their family group, must wear masks, and can drop items off into the donation boxes in the main lobby.  The Class of 2021 appreciates your help!  All donations due by November 18th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Smelker at 

The Ripple Effect Project

The Ripple Effect Project is a project to help/donate items to The Springs Rescue Mission.  This project is being run by Hailey Neener, Ellie Linnenburger, and Paris Young; all seniors at Discovery Canyon Campus High School.  We are accepting donations for The Springs Rescue Mission, which is a tax-deductible, homeless shelter in Colorado Springs.  The reason for this project is because we are passionate about helping the homeless community.  With COVID-19 affecting our communities, we want to give as much love as possible to the people that are less fortunate, while also donating items to keep the community safe. 

Monetary items can be donated to the Gofundme:

Yearbook Ordering and Senior Ads

Order a 2020-2021 yearbook here

Parents/Guardians, if you would like to purchase ad space for your senior to leave a lasting note to highlight their accomplishments throughout grade school in the 2020-2021 yearbook, please visit the following link: The deadline for all yearbook ads is November 30thClick here for more information!

Students, the yearbook staff needs your help! This year YOU can personally submit photos to be used in the yearbook. So grab your phones (or real cameras) and get snapping! Acceptable photos include: team photos, photos from meets/practices/rehearsals, photos from clubs/activities, even photos of you at home during eLearning! We’d love to see them all. (School appropriate photos only.) Please submit photos to and you might see YOUR photo in this year’s yearbook!!

DCC Boosters

Twitter - @DCCBoosters

Facebook - DCC Boosters Program

Website -

Contact us at 

Stay Up to Date

Want to stay up to date on all information related to the DCC Athletic Boosters?  Click here to visit the Boosters website and then bookmark it for future reference.  Here you will find dates for upcoming meetings, meeting minutes, sponsorships information, and more.  Is there something you cannot find or want to know more about getting involved, email, would love to hear from you.

Open Boosters Positions

We are still in need of the following:

  1. An additional VP of Fundraising to join our current VP

  2. Concessions Lead

  3. Gala Chair

Please reach out if you would like to help us fill these needs at 

Upcoming Meeting

December - TBD

PTO News

DCC PTO Thunderiffic Teachers and Staff Members

DCC PTO is proud to announce our Thunderiffic Teachers and staff members of the week!

DCCES would like to recognize the outstanding job the administration and staff has been doing this year and give a shout out to Principal Steve Scott, Assistant Principal Reagan Ward and Art Teacher Amanda Wood.  Thank you for your tireless efforts for staff, students and families this year.  We appreciate you!  You make a difference!

DCCMS would like to thank our music teachers - Charles Matthews and Anna Saks.  Thank you for brightening our days with music and song!

DCCHS would like to recognize our Art and Performing Arts teachers - Justin Carpenter, Becca Craver, Chas Douthit, Amy Keating, Jamie Lynn, and Alyssa Miller.  Thank you for adding some color and theatrics to our student’s lives.

Old (but still important!) Information

Health and Safety at DCCHS

Please click here for health and safety information that was included in previous 20Alerts. 

  1. Doors will open at 7:30am.  Students should not arrive prior to 7:30 am.  Once in the building, students would report immediately to their class.  Students can enter through the main entrance and the bus doors.  When school concludes, students will need to leave the building immediately unless they are participating in a school supervised activity or have a pre arranged appointment with a staff member. The school will close for cleaning at 3:00pm. All students must leave at 3:00pm unless they are participating in afterschool athletics, activities or have an appointment to see a teacher.

  2. Please ONLY come to school on your assigned group days.

  3. Masks are REQUIRED to be worn at all times in the building by students, staff, and visitors.  The only exception is while eating lunch when students are socially distanced by a minimum of 6 ft. 

  4. Lunch time has been our biggest challenge to keep students socially distant.  Please help us by stressing the importance of being socially distant at lunch time. “Social distancing” means staying at least 6 feet away from other people whenever possible. Think of six feet as the distance of a jump rope laid on the ground, two shopping carts placed end to end, or a door laying down between you and your friend. Here’s an easy way to remember: Keep “airplane arms” - your arms spread like airplane wings - between you and your friends. 

  5. Please bring your ID and wear it daily.  On the first day back, each student will be provided with a lanyard to wear their IDs.  This is an important component to our school safety plan as we will all be wearing masks and we must be able to identify students and adults. 

Thank you for your help on this important matter!  We appreciate your support!

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