Grantee Corner  |  Pueblo City School District

A male student sits at a computer and points at the screen.
Roncalli STEM Academy student utilizes a physics computer program.

Three students look through homemade telescopes.
Central High School Renewable Energy Magnet School students create telescopes in science class.

Two students look through homemade telescopes.
Central High School Renewable Energy Magnet School students demonstrate telescopes they constructed.

Marcie Bartley, PCS Project Director
Marcie Bartley, PCS Project Director

Pueblo City School District (PCS), 90 miles south of Denver, Colorado, is a racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse community with approximately 18,000 students attending 32 schools. The four new magnet programs established under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant will enhance three established International Baccalaureate (IB) magnet schools by adding a variety of challenging opportunities for students and create one new magnet school.

The four MSAP-funded schools are Highland Park STEM Academy, Roncalli STEM Academy, Bessemer Academy Pre K-8 Renewable Energy Magnet School, and Central High School Renewable Energy Magnet School. Together, these schools provide a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continuum from prekindergarten through high school. All of the magnets will implement a wide range of STEM activities with a concentration on renewable energy.

The renewable energy magnet theme at Bessemer Academy and Central High focuses on renewable energy and job creation within the Pueblo community. Central High School most recently adopted Project Lead the Way, with courses taught by highly trained teachers in biomedical sciences and engineering. This learning environment will provide students with skills, knowledge, rigor, and a work ethic that are transferable to the real world and prepare students to be globally competitive in the 21st century.

Highland Park and Roncalli STEM Academy will implement STEM themes. Roncalli is organized into three pathways: environment, communication, and biomedical research. The focus on environment includes standards-based instruction grounded in renewable energy, space exploration, and innovative approaches to horticulture with an emphasis on self-continued environments. The communication pathway includes standards-based instruction grounded in broadcast journalism, creation of technologically-produced music, and information explored and disseminated via technology such as podcasting and distance collaboration. The biomedical studies pathway grounds standards-based instruction in biological and physiological research and applications.

Pueblo is leading southern Colorado in developing initiatives, training, and implementation in the areas of renewable energy and STEM. The MSAP project’s state and community partnerships are vital to successfully supplying the next generation of students with interest and expertise in these important fields.

Marcie Bartley is the MSAP Project Director for PCS. Ms. Bartley has experience as an MSAP Project Director for IB schools, an Executive Director of Quality/Leadership, and a building principal. She has presented at numerous national conferences on quality improvement and standards-based education. She is excited to take on this new opportunity to benefit and enhance the district’s capability to better serve its community.

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