Philanthropists of Fort Collins High School

Something Beautiful is Happening at Fort Collins High School!

We are raising money for a good cause, but even more important we want our voices to be heard. Please view and share the video that our class put together with the help of PSD tech. genius Michael Foster. You can donate, Feb. 2nd through Feb. 28th   at the following link:

The students of the Fort Collins High School Give Next Service Learning class are philanthropists.  We give of our time through service projects and volunteerism. We give of our talent through crafts that we make to give away and to sell to raise money to give away.  We give of our treasure through providing grant money to local non-profit organizations who inspire positive change.

Our mission is to make a difference in our community with assistance from the Give Next Program of United Way of Larimer County, financial support from Woodward Charitable Trust, OtterCares Foundation, Houska Automotive, and additional fundraising efforts. Together we will fund local nonprofit organizations that focus on suicide prevention and bringing hope to the hopeless.

Krista Churchill

FCHS Integrated Services Teacher

Poudre School District Integrated Services                                                                 Director: Sarah Belleau                                                                                                                     2407 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Unified Basketball Winter 2014/2015 Schedule

Unified Varsity Basketball- Winter 2014-2015 Schedule


Date Time Home/Host Opponent Location
01-28 6:00PM Fossil Ridge Silver Creek Fossil Ridge High School
01-28 6:30PM Poudre Rocky Mountain Poudre High School Main Gym – Gym – High School
01-28 6:30PM Poudre Rocky Mountain Poudre High School
01-30 6:00PM Brighton Fossil Ridge Brighton High School
02-04 6:00PM Fort Collins Rocky Mountain Fort Collins High School Main Gym
02-04 6:00PM Fort Collins Rocky Mountain Fort Collins High School
02-04 6:30PM Poudre Fossil Ridge Poudre High School Main Gym
02-04 6:30PM Poudre Fossil Ridge Poudre High School
02-11 5:00PM Greeley West Poudre Greeley West High School
02-12 6:00PM Rocky Mountain Fossil Ridge Rocky Mountain High School
02-18 5:30PM Rocky Mountain Silver Creek Rocky Mountain High School
02-18 6:30PM Poudre Fort Collins Poudre High School
02-18 6:30PM Poudre Fort Collins Poudre High School Main Gym – Gym – High School
02-25 6:00PM Silver Creek Poudre Silver Creek High School
02-25 6:00PM Rocky Mountain Brighton Rocky Mountain High School
02-25 6:30PM Fossil Ridge Fort Collins Fossil Ridge High School Main Gym
02-25 6:30PM Fossil Ridge Fort Collins Fossil Ridge High School
02-28 TBD TBA Rocky Mountain TBA
02-28 TBD TBA Fort Collins University of Northern Colorado – Greeley
02-28 TBD TBA TBA University of Northern Colorado
03-04 6:00PM Silver Creek Fort Collins Silver Creek High School
03-04 6:00PM Fossil Ridge Brighton Fossil Ridge High School
03-20 TBD TBA Fort Collins Gold Crown Fieldhouse – Denver
03-21 TBD TBA Rocky Mountain TBA
03-21 TBD TBA Fort Collins Gold Crown Fieldhouse – Denver
03-21 TBD TBA TBA Gold Crown Field House-Denver


Fort Collins High School:  Stacy Sidebottom, Kelly Kappel  & Troy Tollar

Fossil Ridge High School:  Kim Eberhart, Jamie Westyn, & Brittany Hutson

Rocky Mountain High School:  Amy McLean & Chris O’Grady

Poudre High School:  Wendi Miller & Lisa Owsley

Coffee Roasting– 2014 SPIE Grant

“The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.”                                                                                                        – Temple Grandin

ACE Supported Employment Program

The goal of any educational institution is to prepare students for post high school Michael Woodruffalso known as “the real world”.  Here is the thing, the real world looks different for different people. Sometimes it leads to continued education, sometimes vocational work, other times it can be entrepreneurial work. As educators it is our responsibility to help guide students to where they can be most successful.

Michael Woodruff, the coordinator for the Alternative Cooperative Education Supported Employment program for Integrated Services in Poudre School District, supports students in developing employment skills. The students he works with have a disability and are served through the Integrated Services program with a high level of special education supports. The wonderful part of this ACE Supported Employment program is that it provides students with opportunities to learn job skills while in school instead of waiting until they have finished! Together students and coordinators work to find the best fit by providing job trials in various places.

coffee bagThe ACE Supported Employment program has wonderful success stories of students finding, keeping and loving employment positions.  Often, these positions continue after the students formal education with Poudre School District has concluded. Even with great success stories, there was a piece of the puzzle missing. There needed to be a place for students who were not emotionally prepared for work in the community.  Sarah Belleau, Director of Integrated Services, challenged Mr. Woodruff and his team to create an environment within the safety of Poudre School District where students could explore what it is like to be self-employed, with a real monetary product. This environment would allow students with more significant needs to be in charge of all of the ins and outs of running a business including time and money management, ordering, roasting, grinding, bagging, labeling and distributing an end product – coffee!

The 2014 SPIE Grant Mr. Woodruff received granted $3,755 toward a Coffee Roaster, Baratza Encore Coffee Mill, Jenning CJ-4000 Scale, 1 lb. Kraft Tin-Tie bags, 20 + pounds of coffee beans, and a switch Relay Device to operate the roaster and grinder.

The coffee roasting entrepreneurial option creates an environment for students who may have job placement difficulty otherwise. In addition it creates a partnership between a few student run enterprises in Poudre School District including Poudre High School’s Poudre ACE Sign Shop.  The Poudre ACE Sign Shop creates the labels for the coffee packaging.

Mr. Woodruff is in the process of setting up production materials and soon the roasting will begin. Keep an eye out for more information on our Facebook page and Twitter. It may be your new, favorite place to buy coffee.raw coffee beans

Poudre School District Integrated Services                                                                 Director: Sarah Belleau                                                                                                                     2407 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Smart Board SPIE Grant 2013

“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         – Thomas Jefferson

Jennifer, Jessica, LisaO’Dea Core Knowledge, like most schools, is a school full of smart boards. However there were a few classrooms who were hanging out in the dark ages of 1990 with chalkboard, whiteboards and books.
When Jennifer Rosen and Jessica Smeins decided they wanted a part of 2015, they enlisted the help of Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Autism Coach, Speech and Language Pathologist and friend Lisa Hernandez. These motivated ladies applied for a Supporting Partnerships in Innovative Education or SPIE Grants. SPIE grants allow teachers the opportunity to apply for innovative teaching materials for creative and inventive learning. Jennifer Rosen, Jessica Smeins and Lisa Hernandez won a 2013 SPIE Grant for their smart boards. Lisa credits Grants Coordinator, Stacy Poncelow with being invaluable to their grant writing and said she made the process so easy and wonderful.

Jennifer and Jessica are teachers within the center based program for students with autism at O’Dea Core Knowledge, here in Fort Collins, CO. Their students spend time in their classrooms as well as general education classrooms. While in their general education rooms, the students had access to smart boards, but not in Jennifer and Jessica’s classrooms. Now that the two rooms are equipped with the latest smart boards, their students have more access to them. It has been highly motivating for them. In particular, students are learning valuable soft skills such as waiting and taking turns as well as writing and working collaboratively in a community. As teachers, they are enjoying the ability to share multiple visuals without relying on passing books and printed material around. It has allowed for better visual comprehension of the topics they are working on.

Once Jennifer and Jessica learned they had received the grant, they immediately signed up for the informational class on how to operate their smart boards. Unsure of how long it would take until they were delivered and installed, Jennifer and Jessica were pleasantly surprised when they arrived back from winter break to find them up and ready.

The team was awarded a 2013 SPIE Grant for $5,000 to include 2 Smart Boards jenniferEpson- M600, 2 projection units and installation. The interactive whiteboards are light sensory vs touch sensory which allows for accessibility for those with decreased fine motor skill strength. It is a multi-touch unit which can accommodate two users simultaneously.

Jennifer and Jessica are excited to explore and experiment with their new technology.

Poudre School District Integrated Services                                                                 Director: Sarah Belleau                                                                                                                     2407 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Welcome to Integrated Services, come on in.

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.”      -Magic Johnson

Welcome to the brand new, Integrated Services blog for Poudre School District. Our goal is to share all the wonderful and exciting things going on in Integrated Services.

First of all, what is Integrated Services? Integrated Services is a program in the Poudre School District that provides special education and related services to students, birth through 21, who qualify as having an educational disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   In Poudre School District, all schools provide services including our charter schools.

Integrated Services also evaluates students in private schools and provides services through a Services Plan if a private school student qualifies.  If a student is home schooled, parents can call to request an evaluation if they have a concern about their child.   Poudre School District offers special education services to preschool age children through the Early Childhood Special Education program and conducts evaluations for students birth to three referred through the Part C/IDEA program.

Integrated Services serves over 3000 students through evaluation and intervention throughout a school year.  Our state required count day is December 1st of each year.  On this day, we have on average between 2300 and 2400 students.

In a nut shell, Integrated Services is a team of dedicated people, working as a team to make great things happen for students.

If you would like more information on how to have your child evaluated please contact Heidi Graber @

Poudre School District Integrated Services                                                                 Director: Sarah Belleau                                                                                                       2407 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521