Good things are happening in all our schools! See these highlights and more on the Manitou Springs School District 14 Facebook and Instagram feeds.

Manitou Springs Elementary School

MSES Light and Sound

Third-grade students in Mrs. Elms’ class are using prisms and magnifying glasses to see the spectrum of colors. This comes from the CKLA Light and Sound unit.

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Ute Pass

Elementary School

UPES Spanish Colors

Señor Batson taught the kindergartners the colors in Spanish!

See this week's UPES newsletter.

Manitou Springs

Middle School

MSMS Perfect Attendance

Dozens of students received Attendance Awards for having perfect attendance during the second quarter. Congratulations!

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Manitou Springs

High School

SheTech Conference

MSHS students practiced their STEM skills at SheTech, where they learned from female leaders in technology, cyber security, network engineering, project management and more.

See this week's MSHS newsletter.

Mr. McMartin’s Message:

Until the board of education selects the district’s next superintendent, Assistant Superintendent Eric McMartin will serve as interim superintendent. Mr. McMartin provides important updates for Manitou stakeholders in this video message.

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March 1: Late start Wednesday

March 2: Board of Education work session (5:30 p.m.)

March 8: Late start Wednesday

March 15: Late start Wednesday

March 20: Board of Education regular meeting (5:30 p.m.)

March 22: Late start Wednesday

March 23: Manni Awards (5 p.m.)

March 27-31: Spring break

Superintendent Transition

The MSSD14 board of education hired a firm to conduct a nationwide search for the district’s next superintendent, with a goal of having the new leader start on July 1. As called for in policy, the board named Assistant Superintendent Eric McMartin as the interim superintendent in the meantime. See the Superintendent Transition page on the website for more details.


Our classrooms are filling up, so enroll now for the 2023-2024 school year! Enrollment is open now for both residents and choice students from surrounding communities.


Young children can learn important early skills through a play-based curriculum in the preschool programs at Manitou Springs and Ute Pass elementary schools. The programs serve children from age three to five, and thanks to Colorado’s universal preschool program, part-time preschool is covered for qualifying children. See the preschool page on the website for more about our programs, including virtual video tours, and how to access universal preschool.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is celebrated across the nation in February. In Manitou, we are committed to help students to be career and college ready after graduating. We believe that all students deserve multiple opportunities to explore their career interests to find courses and careers that align to their goals.

We have three pathways at MSMS that align to pathways at the high school: computer science, construction, and ACE. MSHS also offers a Health Science and Commercial Arts program. We are grateful for our amazing teachers and community partners for supporting our students. Please reach out if you would like to support our  pathways as a guest speaker, job shadow or internship provider.

Middle School Activity Field

A planning team of middle-school students, staff, families and community members has been meeting to develop ideas for how to improve the Manitou Springs Middle School upper activity field. The team sat down with RTA Architects and GH Phipps Construction to identify needs and wants for the space and to break the possible projects down into phases, since funding is limited.

Human Resources

At the Jan. 23 board meeting, the Human Resources department shared an update that recognized four employees with the new Mustang Spotlight Award. Alisha Strupp, Mia Harriman, Sunday McKnight and Elizabeth Duthoy earned the award for demonstrating MSSD14’s core values: relationships, deep learning and opportunity. Human Resources worked with supervisors across the district to get nominations for this award.

In addition to discussing the superintendent transition at several special meetings, the board of education held regularly scheduled meetings, where members heard updates on things like the district budget, the human resources department, the middle school and a proposal for the 2023-2024 school-year calendar. They reviewed programs like universal preschool and Ute Pass BOCES, and they worked with experts from the Colorado Education Initiative to set governance and superintendent expectations.

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