Back to school for D-11 Westside students

       Most Westside students will start back to school Monday, Aug. 20.
       The exception is the Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning, which opened for classes Aug. 13 (see story in Aug. 9 Westside Pioneer).
       Below are brief capsules on each school (principal's name in parentheses). With students still being registered, starting enrollment numbers are approximate.
       ELEMENTARIES
       Bristol, 890 N. Walnut St. (Manuel Ramsey), 328-4000. Events: Ice cream social Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Starting enrollment: 230. Notes: Michael Hanson, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic concertmaster, returns to Bristol this year as Suzuki violin teacher. He had previously taught Suzuki at Bristol for four years, leaving after the 2009-2010 school year to be part of the Philharmonic's director search. He replaces Zsuzsanna Przyzycki, who was also in the Philhar-monic. According to Principal Manuel Ramsey, she left because her husband was transferred to Germany.
       Buena Vista, 924 W. Pikes Peak Ave. (David Brilliant), 328-4100. Events: meet and greet Friday, Aug. 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Starting enrollment: 250 (including 50 preschoolers, who are part of the age 3-6 Primary class). Notes: The school has its first BV Montessori sixth grade this year (see story, Page 6). Also, increasing enrollment has led to the addition of a fourth lower elementary class.
       Howbert, 1023 N. 31st St. (Deb Hawes), 328-4200. Events: open house and ice cream social Thursday, Aug 16, 5 p.m. Starting enrollment: 280. <BR>       Jackson, 4340 Edwin-stowe Ave. (Sara Miller), 328-5800. Events: meet the teacher, Friday, Aug. 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. Starting enrollment: 280. Notes: Solar panels, intended to lower school utility bills, were installed during the summer.
       Midland, 2110 W. Broadway St. (Jeremy Cramer), 328-4500. Events: ice cream social and meet the teachers, Friday, Aug. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Starting enrollment: 160. Notes: The school's parking lot and drive-through were repaved over the summer.
       West, 25 N. 20th St. (Terry Martinez), 328-4900. Events: meet and greet the teachers and drop supplies off, Friday, Aug. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Starting enrollment: 335.
      
       MIDDLE SCHOOLS
       Holmes, 2455 Mesa Rd. (Rob Utter), 328-3800. Events: open house Sept. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Starting enrollment: 700.
       West, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave. (Clay Gomez), 328-3900. Events: SAIL program ice cream social Thursday, Aug. 16 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sixth-grade orientation Friday, Aug. 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. All-school open house Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m Starting enrollment: 270.
      
       HIGH SCHOOLS
       Coronado, 1590 W. Fillmore St. (David Engstrom), 328-3600. Events: Rally on football field, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m.; open house Aug. 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Starting enrollment: 1,350. Notes: The first day, Aug. 20, will be for freshmen only, with 60 juniors and seniors answering questions and showing the new students around. According to Principal David Engstrom, the Aug. 21 rally will be to symbolically “take back” the football field, which was used by the media for press conferences during the Waldo Canyon Fire
       Bijou (alternative), 2904 W. Kiowa St. (Kathryn Presnal), 328-7900. Events: open house Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Starting enrollment: 130.

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