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Upper School Division Director

Dr. Tila Hidalgo

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May 27, 2022

Congrats to the CSS community on successfully completing the 2021-2022 school year. I am so grateful to the parents and faculty who have warmly welcomed me to CSS and partnered with me to make it a successful year. I hope that your summer months are filled with rest and fun for all! As we wrap up not only another school year but also a week filled with numerous celebrations recognizing our graduating seniors, I'd like to dedicate the remainder of this letter to the Class of 2022. 

This is a class that has had to embody the idea of resilience for almost their entire Upper School careers. Of course, the pandemic had a significant impact on this treasured experience. Yet even smaller things, including a May snowstorm on the day of their planned senior prank, required them to be innovative and resilient. One thing is for sure, they have learned how to react positively and productively to the dynamic world in which we live.

They arrived in El Pomar in 2018 and had the gift of one pre-pandemic year before their high school experience got turned completely upside down. Having this one “normal” year, thankfully, gave them the opportunity to fully witness and engage in the culture of the Upper School at CSS – in all of its intended glory. This year, they became my instructors in the traditions that make The Colorado Springs School so special.

I will be forever grateful for all that they've shared with me, and for the vision they have for the potential of our wonderful community. And, I will carry that with me into the next school year, as we strategically plan to promote future meaningful community connections among students, faculty, and families. 

Michelle Obama once said, “grief and resilience live together.” 

No doubt – a significant portion of this class’s Upper School journey was disrupted – a true loss and something worthy of grieving. I wish things had been different for them, however, I will not dwell on that wish; I know they do not. They acknowledge it, but also tap into their resilience, make new plans, and make the best of everything. And, this life experience will serve them well in the future. 

As they embark on a new journey beyond the walls of CSS, I have hope for what lies ahead for them, mainly because of what I see in this graduating class. My hope for them is that they will continue to gain the skills and experiences they need to meet the challenges of our world. I am confident that they will. And, we need them to!

Given the challenges they've faced, I'd like to leave the Class of 2022 with this quote from Maya Angelou: “I can be changed by what happens to me. But, I refuse to be reduced by it.” 

Without a doubt, these 18 graduating seniors will not be reduced by any circumstances they encounter. They will rise to every challenge and innovate the solutions they need to meet obstacles. I think I speak for all CSS faculty when I say we will be here to celebrate every victory you have, and we hope you will continue to share your achievements with us so that we can! 

Congratulations, again, on your graduation!

Dr. Hidalgo

Upper School Happenings

2022-2023 Textbook & Supply List

The underclassmen have been given their draft schedules for next year as well as access to the schedule change form if any changes are needed. Here is the textbook supply list for the 2022-2023 school year, including summer reading. Due to COVID-related challenges in May, we were unable to organize a book swap but are hoping to have an opportunity to do that at Student Orientation on August 22. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me.

Upper School Spotlight

Class of 2022

College Profile

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Though a small class of just 18 students, our seniors have had some pretty remarkable feats. This fall, they’ll head off to colleges across the nation – from Colorado, California and Washington State to Louisiana, Florida, Chicago and more. The sheer number of scholarships they received is a true testament to the academic rigor and impressiveness of this small yet mighty bunch. A class of 11 National Honor Society members, five College Board AP Scholars, one AP Scholar with Distinction, and one AP Scholar with Honor, the Class of 2022 earned a total of $5.3M in merit scholarship offerings for college. (That’s nearly $300,000 per student!) For more information on this amazing class, please visit bit.ly/css22-college-profile.

Mr. Erik Playe

College Counselor

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Mr. Playe is an expert in his field and is passionate about serving students in every way he can.

The attention he gives each student to ensure that they have all the opportunities possible is world-class. He is always seeking to learn more, make more connections, and understand each student's needs better. His hard work pays off when it is matched with the commitment and dedication of our graduates to find their next steps. The evidence of this is in the college acceptances and scholarship money that the Class of 2022 earned.

You can learn more about CSS's College Counseling program by visiting the following webpage.

The Colorado Springs School

21 Broadmoor Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Work: (719) 434-3570

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