Playground Partnership with Penrose and CCV

New Playground

New Playground

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is committed to improving the quality of life where people in our communities live, work and play. With that goal in mind, Penrose-St. Francis partnered with Cripple Creek-Victor School District (CCVSD) to create an outdoor playground at Cripple Creek-Victor Junior/Senior High School.

The project was made possible through a one-year grant from The Colorado Health Foundation of over $126,000. The playground is intended to actively engage students, teachers, parents and community members, who were all involved in the design and development of the playground from the project’s early stages. The school designated approximately 10,000 sq. ft. for the playground, which includes an obstacle and fitness course and a climbing structure.

By improving Cripple Creek’s outdoor play environment, Penrose-St. Francis hopes to make a meaningful impact in the community, which lacks outdoor play equipment for children. The new playground will be accessible to students and teachers during school hours and to community members during non-school hours. The playground was completed just in time for the start of the 2017-2018 school year and celebrated at an inauguration Aug. 14.

The project is perfectly aligned with Penrose-St. Francis’ goal of supporting wellness and improving health outcomes for all youth in the Cripple Creek community. In January 2016, Penrose-St. Francis and CCVSD signed a memorandum of understanding to operate CCVSD’s school-based health center. Students, teachers and the community can improve general wellness by increasing opportunities for active play and recreation.


(L-R) Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation President Josh Bailey, Grants Manager Hannah Watson, VP of Market Partnerships and Network Development Gail Decker, and Dr. Michael Nunley.

Submitted by: Penrose-St. Francis




A Doll And A Marine

Toys-for-Tots doll


Take part in a unique story this holiday season…

Few true stories begin with a Marine and toy doll. These two elements sit juxtaposed in the collective psyche—the symbolic innocence of a child’s toy and the hardened veneer of a soldier. But in 1947, the unlikely meeting of these forces catalyzed the launch of an organization committed to the joy of boys and girls around the country during the Christmas season.

It all happened a couple years after the end of WWII. At the time, a substantial portion of the nation’s children were fatherless victims of the recent war. And in Los Angeles, CA. a woman named Diane Hendricks hand-crafted a Raggedy Ann Doll that would help bring comfort to thousands of those struggling children, and millions more in the years to come. She passed the doll along to her husband—Major Bill Hendricks of the Marine Corps Reserves—and requested that he donate it to a charity for needy children for Christmas. But to the couple’s surprise, no such option existed, and so with rolled sleeves they created Toys for Tots to fill the need.

That first year, the couple collected 5,000 toys. The second year, the program was adopted by the Marine Corps, became nationwide and adopted the now-famous red Toys for Tots train logo drawn by Walt Disney. Bringing joy to children was in the blood of Major Hendricks, he was a film producer at Warner Brothers Studios and filled the last executive producer role of the Looney Tunes cartoons, guiding the antics of such infamous characters as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

Since its inception, Toys for Tots has enjoyed a surging popularity. Personalities like John Glenn, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Nancy Reagan (along with numerous others) have put their popular weight behind this cause. Last year, the organization raised $284 million in support of their mission.

You can take part in this successful holiday story. If you would like to donate a toy, bring your new unwrapped toy to Cripple Creek City Hall to help bolster the cause, or bring your kids along to see Santa, get a gift and say thanks to the United States Marine Corps all at the same time.

It all happens on Dec. 17 at the Cripple Creek-Victor High School Cafetorium from 5-8 pm.

Submitted by: Dan Smith of Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation

The Effects of Trauma, Addiction and Learning

The Effects of
Trauma, Addiction and Learning
FREE Presentation to the Community

The Cripple Creek-Victor School District would like to invite the community for training on March 13, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 pm at The Cripple Creek-Victor Junior/Senior High School in the cafeteria.

Guest speaker, Scheila Watson, MA, LPC, CACIII, EMDR and Kari Wilson MA, LPC, EMDR, Licensed School Counselor will present a training that will consist of educating teachers and our community concerning the effects of trauma on the brain, the effects of trauma and addiction, and how trauma impacts learning. The overall objective is to understand how our children are impacted by trauma and what we, as educators, administrators, and community leaders can do to reduce the impact of trauma on our children.

In December of 2014, the Cripple Creek-Victor School District received a grant from The Colorado Department of Education that was in direct correlation to Amendment 64 that went into effect in January 2014 legalizing the use of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21 years, in the State of Colorado.  Since then, many communities and school districts struggle with an increase in substance abuse in our adolescent population causing community leaders, school administrators and school educators concern about the toll legalized marijuana has on our children.  The Colorado Department of Education funded The School Health Professionals Grant through legislative granting of tax revenues from retail marijuana sales directed towards hiring more school health professionals to bridge these gaps and overcome the barriers to access and reduce stigma as well. This grant was specifically created to provide school districts with funding needed to screen, educate, assess, identify, treat, and referral care coordination for secondary students who are struggling with substance abuse stressors and other behavioral health needs.

Please contact Laureen Murray, RN, BSN, Coordinator of the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center, Contract School Nurse and Behavioral Health Coordinator for further information at (719) 689-2661 or (719) 286-1100.

CCV mountain health center

CCV mountain health center

Special Board of Education Meeting – May 22nd

Cripple Creek-Victor Board of Education


May 22, 2014/5:30 p.m.

  1.  Call to Order 
  2.  Pledge of Allegiance 
  3.  Roll Call 
  4. Public Participation (three minutes maximum) 
  5. Executive Session: (Pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(f) … discussions regarding property interests…, the members of a body politic subject to this  Part 4, upon the announcement by the local public body to the public…may hold an executive session…)

                A.  Principal Search


Teacher of the Year – CC-V Junior/Senior High School

Scott Davies 

2014 Teacher of the Year!

CC-V teacher Scott Davies receives Teacher of the Year Award presented by Tim Braun, School Board President

CC-V teacher Scott Davies receives Teacher of the Year Award presented by Tim Braun, School Board President

The Board of Education would like to take this opportunity to commend you on your achievement as Teacher of the Year for the Cripple Creek-Victor School Junior-Senior High School.

All of the board members are aware of your dedication to our students and your desire to see each one of them succeed, and have witnessed this dedication continually over the past years.  Your teaching qualities and mentoring skills are beyond reproach as you artfully guide each child to achieve his or her own goal.  You are always trying new ideas and work hard to provide a curriculum that allows students the opportunity to try new challenges.  Your leadership and professionalism are exemplary, providing a positive role model for both staff and students. The work that you have done in delivering strong instruction while maintaining sound classroom management has made a significant difference for each and every one of your students. You further exemplify your dedication to this school through your sponsorship of the yearbook, Friends for Rachel Club, and the senior class; your mentorship of new staff; your leadership on the Learning Effectiveness Team “LET;” and finally your coaching as head baseball coach.

You have set the standard for excellence in teaching at the secondary school.  Please accept our sincere gratitude for all of your hard work and diligence.  We, the members of the Board of Education, staff, students and community are honored to have you as part of the Cripple Creek-Victor School community.

Thank you and congratulations!

Board of Education Work Session Notice

Board of Education Work Session Notice

Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1

410 North B Street

Cripple Creek, Colorado 80813

719-689-2685, extension 301


 Members from the Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 Board of Education will be attending one or more of the following work sessions: 

May 20, 2014-Principal Search-Interviews
Board Meeting Room/Secondary Building
9:00 am until completed

May 22, 2014 –Superintendent Search-Screening applications
 Selection of Semi-finalists
 Time to be announced 

May 29, 2014 –Superintendent Search – Selection of Finalists.
The agenda for the rescheduled Regular Meeting will be posted prior to May 29, 2014public notice 

June 12, 2014-Superintendent Search-Board Dinner with finalists at Bronco Billy’s (time to be determined)

June 13, 2014-Superintendent Search – Special Meeting for Selection of Superintendent
The agenda for a Special Meeting will be posted prior to July 13, 2014 (time to be announced)

These work sessions may be attended by more than 3 board members.  No formal actions will be taken and no decisions will be made concerning the district and/or district policies unless specifically set forth in the agendas for the Special Meetings.


Posted this 15th day of May, 2014

Jean E. Olmsted
Secretary to the Board of Education