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




District Accountability Committee Summary

Cripple Creek/Victor School District RE-1
District Accountability Committee
2014-2015 School Year Summary

October 2, 2015

To Our Stakeholders:

The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is comprised of parents, teachers, students, school administrators, and community members of the Cripple Creek/Victor (CCV) School District RE-1. The committee is mandated by the Colorado Department of Education and provides recommendations to the school board on multiple important issues including school spending, school performance, and areas of concern which arise throughout the school year.

The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the CCV High School Boardroom from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. throughout the school year. We strive to be productive and positive, and this committee is a great way to get involved in our children’s future.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the DAC worked on multiple topics and made several recommendations to the school board. Most notably, we discussed:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Program)
  • Advanced Placement class offerings in English, Math, Science, and History
  • Changes in graduation requirements
  • IT usage agreement changes and input
  • Teacher salary schedule
  • School year calendar recommendations

I sincerely hope to see anyone with interest in our community’s schools at our meetings. You always are welcome.



Tim Krantz
2014/15 DAC Chairman




Surprise CC-V Drug Search Finds…

Cripple Creek – Victor High School
Is Drug Free!

Drug Search Team

(L-R) Chief Mike Rulo, CCV Superintendent Les Lindauer, Terry Brown, Colorado DOC IG’s Office, John Lutenberg, Fremont County SO and Wes Gulliford, CDOC IGO. The dogs from Left to right are: Hans (Dutch Shepherd,) Sadie (Belgium Malinois) and Buck (German Shepard.)

On Thursday, February 12th, the Cripple Creek Police Department, along with District Administration conducted a locker and backpack search in the High School facilities using the noses of “Buck,” “Sadie,” and “Hans.”  The canine trio failed to detect any sign of illegal drugs in lockers or in student’s possession. With an increase in substance abuse use,  (mostly marijuana), schools across the state have turned to this method to deter the use and possession of drugs on school grounds. The goal of an operation like this is not catch someone, but to prevent students from having it.  Hopefully, students will think twice before they bring anything on school grounds that they shouldn’t.

Cripple Creek/Victor Superintendent Lindauer

Child Care Partnership Grant Awarded

New HHS Grants increase, improve learning opportunities for young children

Pre-schoolers singing

Pre-schoolers singing

December 10, 2014

Preliminary Winners Announced

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) today announced preliminary winners for its Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships grants to improve the quality of existing child care programs and expand access to high-quality care for infants and toddlers.

Thus far, 234 preliminarily selected grant applicants in 49 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands will receive over $435 million in funding to help offer care and services to ensure that infants and toddlers have access to Early Head Start services in their communities.

Cripple Creek-Victor School District 1 of 4 Grant Recipients in Colorado

The Cripple Creek-Victor RE-1 School District Early Head Start program is one of 4 applicants in the State of Colorado to be awarded a Child Care Partnership grant. The other recipients are Early Childhood programs in Denver, Greeley and Englewood.

Encouraging Collaboration with Early Head Start and Child Care Providers

ACF developed the grants to encourage collaboration between new or existing Early Head Start grantees and child care providers. They will serve children and families in a variety of settings, including family child care homes, child care centers and traditional Early Head Start centers in both rural and metropolitan areas across the country.

“We are pleased to partner with communities from all over the country to expand high quality early learning opportunities for children who need it most.  By providing the fundamental services young children need, we will improve their chances to reach their full potential,” said ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development Linda Smith.



Editor’s Note: When asked for additional information about the impact of this grant for our community,
Krys Arrick, Program Manager of CC-V Early Head Start/Head Start stated:

“The main purpose of this grant is to partner with private child care providers and to stimulate the child care industry in the community by providing financial support, resources, training, and materials/supplies to our partnering providers. In return, the partners will meet the standards for infant/toddler care as required by the Office of Head Start. We anticipate that this grant will create opportunities for individuals who are interested in providing infant toddler care, either through family child care homes, or center based services. This grant will assist working families with young children to access affordable, reliable, and quality care for infants and toddlers in the community.”


Homecoming Week Events!

This is Homecoming Week for the Cripple Creek-Victor Pioneers

Pioneer Pride

Pioneer Pride

Guest Author: Tana Rice

October 6th kicks off Homecoming Week for the Cripple Creek-Victor Pioneers.  If you look around, you will see a new sense of pride emerging.   On Friday afternoon, a group

of students and staff did their share of spreading enthusiasm for the upcoming week and the CCV Cheerleaders spent a few hours Sunday evening showing their pride by painting up Pioneer Spiritthe town.  It is so exciting to see people stepping up to show their support for the hometown football and volleyball teams.

There are events happening every day this week.

  • Monday October 6th, the Freshman class will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner as a fundraiser for their class.  Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 7:30 and donations will be accepted.
  • Tuesday October 7th, the Cripple Creek Police Department will be facing the students in a game of volleyball from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
  • There will be a powder puff game on Wednesday October 8th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm and
  • Thursday will be the bonfire from 8:00 – 10:00 pm.
Go Pioneers!

Go Pioneers!

The Volleyball and Football Homecoming games are Saturday October 11th.  The Lady Pioneers will be playing the Sanford Indians at 11:00 and the Football game starts at 1:00 against the Swink Lions.

The athletes have been working very hard and although they have struggled this year, their heart and dedication are unmatched.  They can really use the support of the community to cheer them on.  Please come root for your hometown teams and show them just how proud we are of them!  GO PIONEERS!

Pioneer Thursdays

Support Our Schools









Go Pioneers!

 The CC-V Pioneers Got Game!


Author: Tana Rice, Booster Member

The Cripple Creek Victor Football & Volleyball Seasons are in their second week of practice.  The first High School Football game is Saturday August 23rd against the Sierra Grande Panthers at 1:00pm. Football Head Coach Jim Bertrand is joined by a new Assistant Coach Mike Eivins.

The Lady Pioneers start their season with a tournament at home on Saturday August 30th starting at 8:00am.  Volleyball is being led by new coach Vicki Cusimano.

There are also new Cheerleading coaches Hillary Roundy and Katelynn Brown.


There’s lots of new energy surrounding the athletics department, so we’re hoping for an awesome year of sports for the Cripple Creek Victor High School.

The Booster Club has been busy gearing up to get the community, staff & students involved in showing support for the local athletes.  The community is really stepping up with several casinos already pledging sponsorships.  Thank you to Bronco Billy’s and The Century Casino for their commitment, as well as to The Double Eagle and the Wildwood for agreeing to display their support on their electronic signs coming into town.  The Booster Club is still selling ads on the athletic programs.  This is a great opportunity for local businesses to advertise, while supporting athletics.  The money raised from these sponsorships will be used to purchase banners, ribbons, flags and much more supportive gear to bring the hometown pride back to our community.  Any remaining funds are used at the end of the year to award scholarships to deserving seniors.

Be sure to watch downtown Cripple Creek.  The new pep club, led by Beth Seilonen, will be putting up balloons on game days as yet another way to show support.  Make sure to grab your friends and family and come enjoy a hometown football or volleyball game, while letting the players know that we are excited to be a part of the Cripple Creek- Victor Pioneer Community!

If you have questions or would like to sponsor an ad in the programs, please call Tana Rice at 719-492-6684 or e-mail  GO PIONEERS!