September 2020 Newsletter

District-Wide News

Whew!  It’s been an interesting month!  But I have to say, everyone – parents, students, teachers, staff  – have really embraced and adapted to our new “normal” with our COVID-19 precautions and processes.  Thank you to everyone for their patience, kindness, and adherence to the new processes. Things have been going smoothly and this has allowed us to be able to adapt quickly to any new challenges that have arisen. Mother Nature also threw in a couple of snow days. We appreciate and empathize with some of the added stress this may have caused our parents and caregivers, so a very heartfelt thank you to all of you.

Ways to receive information about school news

  1. School website –  We have a new website (thank you Mr. Munden!) which is not only more aesthetically pleasing, also allows questions to be asked, and suggestions for improvement.  There is also a way to automatically get notifications of new items posted to the website.  If you would like to set this up, here are the instructions:
    1. Visit “
    2. In the lower right-hand corner, there is a white tab that says “Follow”.
    3. When you click on it it will ask for an email address. Input your email address and press the blue “Sign me up” button.
  2. CC-V School District Facebook site:
  3. Monthly newsletters
  4. Mass emails and robocalls

Ways to receive information on school delays or closures

  1. Numbers 1,2, and 4 above
  2. Sign up for Flash Alerts using their app or website:
  3. Sign up for alerts through Infinite Campus; see directions below.

Parent/Caregiver Information on Students, Updating Contact Information, and Receive Alerts

We are excited to announce our change to a new student information platform, Infinite Campus.  With Infinite Campus, we have centralized our school reporting, communicating, grading, and attendance taking.

What we need from you is to sign up and let us know how you would like to receive messages, as this program will also replace the current system we have in place for mass emails/robocalls. Please click the link below to download the PDF with directions to sign up for Infinite Campus Messaging!

To sign up, click on this link:

If you are having any issues, please email

School Board Meeting

The next School Board Meeting is scheduled for September 28th at 6:00 PM.  This will be a Zoom meeting, and public participation is welcome.  The Board welcomes your questions, comments, and concerns, and the Board Meeting is a good forum to voice those as there may be others with the same questions.  Please see the following links for general information, agendas, and minutes:

General Information:



Meet our New Administrators

We have a total change in our Administrators this year.  We have new, returning, and existing staff in the new position.

Superintendent – Miriam Mondragon

As the new superintendent of Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1, Miriam Mondragon makes a return to a community she loves.

Former principal for seven years at CC-V’s Cresson Elementary School, Mondragon recalls that initial feeling. “I immediately fell in love with Cripple Creek,” she said. “I had never met a bunch of kids who were so kind and sweet who wanted and needed love. They immediately stole my heart.”

Since earning her undergraduate and two master’s degrees in art/ education and administration, Mondragon had her eyes on someday being at the top. “In Cripple Creek, I felt like there was a feeling of ‘we’re all in this together,’’’ she said. “I thought ‘This is where I want to be superintendent one day.’”

From her career start as a third-grade teacher at Ben Franklin Elementary School, followed by Student Success Advocate, Cresson principal and now CC-V superintendent, Mondragon has put a lot of check marks on her goal sheet.

Source material – Pikes Peak Courier, 7/15/2020

Principal – Jr/Sr High – Dan Cummings

“I am excited to be joining the Cripple Creek – Victor community, and returning to Colorado at the same time. I grew up here, split between Colorado Springs and the Florissant area, where I still have family.

More than twenty years ago, encouraged by an inspirational college professor, I started into the field of education immediately after graduating from Colorado State University (’98). With a BA in English, I began my teaching career in an experiential, alternative school setting outside of Aurora. Since then, I have taught in parochial, public, international, and independent schools.

Along the way I picked up an MA in English Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College (’06) and, at different points in my career, I served as Department Chair, Dean of Academics, and Dean of School. For the last six years, I have served as a Director of Upper School (the independent school version of a Principal). I have always maintained a teaching load in combination with my administrative positions as I believe that the true pulse of a school exists in the classroom. I look forward to collaborating with families and community members in order to support students, and I look forward to working with students to assist them in reaching their goals.”

Principal – Cresson Elementary – Tonya Copley

“My name is Tonya Copley, and I’m very excited to take on the position of principal at Cresson Elementary. I’ve known this is the place for me since I first started volunteering here in 1998.

Since I began working for the CC-V School District, I’ve taught one year in 3rd-grade literacy, twelve years in 5th grade, seven years in 6th grade, elementary Summer and Friday Learning Clinics, middle school Summer Learning Clinics, and even one year of K-6 Music. For the last two years, I’ve been the K-5 Reading Specialist.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading from Purdue University. I  received my Master of Science in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University.

My focus areas for the 2020-21 school year are Social-Emotional Health & Well-Being; Family, School & Community Partnerships, and Student Achievement. 

Even though many things will be different this year, one thing that will never change is my commitment to the students of our school. Their health, safety, and education will always be my top priorities.”

Looking for Involvement in School District Committees?

If you are interested in participating in the CC-V School District, consider joining one of the following committees:

District Accountability Committee:  This committee looks at student achievement performance data, curriculum planning, Unified Improvement Plan, and budget planning (meets the 3rd Monday of each month; 4:15 pm)

Safety & Security:  Reviews security and safety plans, including fire & evacuation drills, building improvements, emergency response plans (meets the 3rd Monday of each month; 4:15 pm)

Family, School, and Community Partnerships:  Parent Engagement & Events, Title I planning, budgeting/improvement planning (meets the 1st Thursday/month @ 4:15 pm, beginning 10/01/20)

Please contact Miriam Mondragon at 719-306-4489 if you have any questions or want to sign up! 

Lunch Menu – September

District Calendar

You can always check our online calendar on our website for events going on in the district.

Cresson Elementary News

School Picture Day

Picture Day was scheduled for September 8th, but due to inclement weather, we had a snow day.  It has been rescheduled for Monday, September 21st, starting at 8:00 am.

Cresson Activity Calendars

Scroll down to Cresson and select September:

Jr/Sr High News

Camp Elim

Dear Parents and Guardians of Junior High Students, 

We are excited to be going to Camp Elim on September 22nd for Cohort A and September 24th for Cohort B.  We will be leaving around 8 am and returning to school by 3 pm each of those days. If your student is online this day, they are not required to log in. Fully online students will not be attending. Please ask your student for a packet of forms for Elim that they will be getting at school this week or next. There are three forms to be filled out. One is a tracking of your students’ health for 14 days prior to attending camp. Please make sure you are monitoring and keeping track of this and returning all three forms to school so your student may attend camp. If you have any questions or concerns or need a packet, please contact Grace Hokama. 

Thank you, 

Grace Hokama

A Note from Athletic Director, Rick Bowman

There have been articles and rumors about CHSAA moving toward a “normal” fall sports schedule. Unfortunately, that has not been approved. Here is the statement from CHSAA that was just sent out: 

“At a meeting on Tuesday night [September 8], the Board of Directors of the Colorado High School Activities Association addressed a potential change to the 2020-21 sports and activities calendar. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges. Specific to CHSAA activities, this has included trying to resume a traditional fall season for moderate- to high-risk contact sports. It has forced inequities when making statewide decisions for the 180,000 student-participants, 363 voluntary members schools, and 178 school districts across the state.

In a resolution Tuesday, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to not reconsider any adjustment to the 2020-21 sports calendar, which was approved on Aug. 4.

“We understand that our school communities would like to return to all levels of normalcy,” said Troy Baker, the President of CHINA’s Board of Directors, and who is the athletic director at Buena Vista High School. “We listened to all parties and the voices of our membership resonated strongly to support the plan as approved in August. The plan aligns with the CHSAA mission. All students have an opportunity to play a season during the 2020-21 school year.”

Said Richard Hargrove, the superintendent of Springfield Schools, and a member of the Board of Directors: “We are focused on getting school started and running smoothly, as well as handling all the issues of running a school district and trying to have that be as normal as possible. We do not want to travel. The biggest thing for me, in the end, is that we have continued to move the goalposts, and every time we turned around, we had something else we had to adjust to.

“The discussion last night amplified that there was another potential goalpost movement,” Hargrove continued. “We have already developed a calendar that addresses the concerns of health officials, and gives all students a season and a chance to participate. We need to move forward with that plan.”

During the discussion, the Board as a whole noted that:

The safety, physical, and emotional well-being of Colorado student’s participants must be at the forefront of every decision.

Diverse educational return-to-learn models exist throughout the state, and they must not be undermined.

Students have already integrated into non-traditional participation opportunities in the rural and metro areas.

There are Title IX and gender representation issues around any reconsideration of the approved calendar.

“Our state has seen new golf, tennis, softball, and cross country teams formed statewide,” said Terita Walker, an assistant principal at Denver East High School, and a member of the Board of Directors. “Once this plan was rolled out, school administrators and families began to reshape their lives around the calendar. We are moving forward knowing all of our students will have the chance to participate in 2021.”

The Board remains committed to being responsive to our community members and appreciate their feedback, outreach, and input throughout this process. CHSAA will continue to meet regularly with the Governor’s staff, COVID-19 Response Team, and educational and health officials to implement the 2020-21 Activities Calendar.”

Cross Country Season has begun!

This year marks the first year that CC-V has a high school AND a junior high Cross Country (XC) team. Below you will find our Cross Country Schedule as well as information for the first annual CC-V Inaugural Cross Country Invitational! We would love to see the community support at these meets, so come out and cheer on our Pioneer Harriers (Cross Country Runners). 

This year’s Cripple Creek-Victor cross-country teams. Back row from left: Chase Coiner, Jesse Paradise, Jayden Woods, and Tristen Dunkhurst. Sitting from left: Sarah Wuellner, Ki McDowell, Jacie Johnson and Damaris Moreno. Not pictured is Stetson Dunkhurst.

CC-V Cross Country Meet Schedule

CC-V Inaugural Cross Country Invitational: Cripple Creek: Friday, September 11- MS

MS Girls: 4:30 pm

MS Boys: 5:00 pm

I’d like to thank everyone who came out to support the middle school cross country meet today. The kids had a great time and it was awesome to see everyone cheering all the athletes on. Special thanks to Coach Woods, Coach Bass, and the city of Cripple Creek for supporting this event. We’ll be back at it in a couple of weeks!! Come on out!

Rick Bowman 

Athletic Director

Saturday, September 12- HS

HS Girls: 8:30 am

HS Boys: 9:30 am

Unfortunately, due to a lack of participation from other schools, this event was canceled.

Mountaineer Meet: Gunnison: Friday, September 18- MS/HS

MS Girls: 4:00 pm

MS Boys: 4:30 pm

HS Girls: 5:30 pm

HS Boys: 6:00 pm

Pioneers Cross Country Invitational: Cripple Creek: Friday, September 25: MS

MS Girls: 4:30 pm

MS Boys: 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 26: HS

HS Girls: 8:30 am

HS Boys: 9:30 am

Southern Peaks League Meet: Custer County

Friday, October 2 – MS- Time TBD

Saturday, October 3 – HS- Time TBD

Jr/Sr High Sports and Activities Schedule

Here you can find the Jr/Sr high sports and activities schedule

Health Information from Laureen Murray

Editor’s Note

I just want to say Laureen has been extremely helpful and valuable getting us through this first month of school.  From providing staff with PPE and having student masks available for those that forgot or didn’t have one, to compiling State, County, and District mandates and procedures and training our staff on them.  Being on hand if we have any issues (like thermometers that don’t like the cold weather) or helping us if we have questions we may have while screening our kiddos, the list goes on and on – and all while doing her normal duties – she has really been an invaluable resource.  We appreciate her dedication, patience, and energy as we’ve adjusted to our new normal.  Thank you so much, Laureen!  We couldn’t do this without you!     

Thank you to the Cripple Creek Elks!

“Hello Everyone,

The Cripple Creek Elks Lodge #316 presented a check to the Cripple Creek-Victor School District for $2,000 for student health needs on August 25, 2020. A lot of this funding is utilized in the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center, the School-Based Health Center, that is sponsored by Penrose St.-Francis Primary Care Cripple Creek.

This funding has been used for physical health needs, dental health needs, medication needs, and many important life necessities for all students. Students have been able to receive needed and deserved health care due to the ongoing funding. The Elks have purchased fresh fruits and vegetables and have gone into classrooms to educate our students about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables of all colors, as well as how everything they eat and drink matters with the My Plate recommendations through the United States Department of Agriculture. The Elks have been supporting our school district for almost a decade and they have been amazing! Please “THANK AN ELK” if you see someone in our community that has helped our students. 

Thank you to Rhonda Duncan, Lindsey Chapman, Karen Zoellner, and all the others who make this happen for our students. 

To make an appointment for both school children and adults, please call Penrose St. Francis Primary Care Cripple Creek located at the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center at (719) 776-4310. For all students, parents must be present for the first appointment of the school year, and then students may be seen without their parents. Please schedule the back to school/well-child check today. There are also behavioral health visits being provided by both AspenPointe Behavioral Health with Tisha Montesano and Willow Bends with Christina Palmer.”

In good health. 

Laureen L. Murray, RN, BSN

Teller County Community COVID Statistics

Information is as of September 10, 2020

Cripple Creek and Victor numbers have not changed since August 4, 2020.  This is definitely a testament to the community, our local businesses, and schools, being responsible, following State and County mandates and protocols, and looking out for one another.   

Community News

What is P-EBT?

P-EBT provides families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals with funds to help buy food since schools were closed this Spring due to the pandemic. You can receive up to $279 per eligible child to stretch your food budget.

Apply for the Colorado Pandemic EBT Benefit

Here’s how it works:

Share some basic information.

You will be required to provide the students’ names, birthdays, the name of the head of the household, a phone number, and a mailing address. If we can not verify that the student was receiving free and reduced-price meals, we will also ask about your income for the months of March, April, and May.

We will make sure you’re eligible.

We’ll check to make sure your family can get P-EBT. Immigration status is not considered in your eligibility for P-EBT. P-EBT is not part of the public charge.

Get a P-EBT card in the mail or use the EBT card you already have.

If approved, you will get a P-EBT card with money on it for groceries. The card will come with instructions on how to use it.

For those who have had an EBT card in the past for any Colorado program such as Food Assistance (SNAP), Colorado Works, or Old Age Pension, your money will be loaded to that card! If you need a replacement card, you will need to fill out this form requesting a replacement. Make sure you complete this form after applying for the benefit.

This information and more can be found at

Hunger Free Colorado – Food Resource Hotline

Food assistance navigators ask callers high-level screening questions, so their recommendations can be tailored to each caller’s unique situation in English and Spanish. They provide callers with detailed information about eligibility requirements and help prepare clients to apply for and access the federal nutrition assistance programs, like SNAP/food stamps.

For more information about the Food Resource Hotline, please email Machayla Fortin ( or call her at 303-228-7958.

Information can also be found on the website:

JDRF Fundraiser

Parks and Recreation

Not sure if practice started due to the inclement weather last week, but please contact Todd if you are still interested.  Scholarships/financial aid is available.