Board Vacancy

September 30, 2017

Parents of James Irwin Charter Schools,

As I was retiring from the U.S. Army in 2014, I wondered how I would fill my time. One of the choices I decided to make was to become involved in my children’s education. As a parent of two middle schoolers at the time, I thought that I might be able to contribute to the mission of James Irwin Charter Schools.

I was absolutely correct.

Serving on the Board of Directors for the past four years has been one of the most personally rewarding and fulfilling activities in which I’ve been involved. The dynamic nature of the work and the passion that our parents and staff have exhibited continuously encourage me. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to invite you to engage in the same opportunity.

The Board of Directors of the James Irwin Charter Schools currently has an open seat. We are a seven-member board of the 501(c)3 nonprofit James Irwin Charter Schools and have the responsibility for the fiscal oversight and adherence to the mission and vision of the schools. In addition to the current open seat, there are opportunities to serve in an advisory capacity at the school level so that you may have a voice in your children’s education.

Those who feel that they can contribute to the James Irwin mission of excellence should send a letter of intent addressed to the President of the Board through the Executive Administrative Assistant either in person or via email at:

The deadline for submitting your letter of intent to be considered to serve on the Board is Friday, October 20, 2017, by 4:00 P.M.  It is highly recommended that all interested candidates attend the October 24th Board meeting, held at 6:00 P.M. at the Business Office.  There will be a candidate briefing and Q&A on October 31st at 4:00 P.M. with interviews to be conducted between October 31st and November 9th. The new Board member will be seated on November 28th, 2017, during the regularly scheduled JICS Board meeting.


Duane K. L. France, President
Board of Directors
James Irwin Charter Schools

New Date for JICHS NHS Induction Ceremony

Due to a scheduling conflict, the spring NHS Induction Ceremony has been moved to Tuesday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the JICHS gym. All students are required to be in NHS Dress Code when they arrive on campus.  See page 31 of the Student Handbook for full details of NHS Dress Code.  To show proper respect for the occasion, students out of NHS dress on Tuesday, April 18, will not be allowed to attend classes. All parents, guardians and family members are invited to attend the NHS induction ceremony.   

January Update For New Student Applicants

With the lottery fast approaching, we want you to be aware of some important information. Please note that all invitations will be sent via your SchoolMint account.

LOTTERY (all lotteries will be held at the respective campuses, attendance is voluntary)
*Astrozon Campus (JICES, JICMS, JICHS) – an invitation will be sent the fourth week of January to attend the lottery on February 7, 2017.
*Howard Campus (JICA) – an invitation will be sent the first week of February to attend the lottery on   February 15, 2017.
*PTEC – if a lottery is necessary, an invitation will be sent the second week of February to attend the lottery on February 21, 2017.

*Testing for all campuses will begin in February.
*Testing for all schools will be held at the high school on the Astrozon Campus.
*Your student will be invited to testing once the enrollment packet and all required documents have been received and verified by the Admissions Office.
*Due to limited space, invitations will be sent beginning in February and going through June.
*To be admitted to testing, you must have RSVP’d to the testing invitation and your student must be on the testing roster. Any student not on the testing roster, including siblings, will not be admitted to testing.

If you have not already done so, please complete and turn in the Admissions Packet along with the required documents to the Admissions Office using one of the following methods:
  • Email to
  • Fax to (719) 576-8071
  • Mail to 5525 Astrozon Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916 Attention – Admissions Dept.
  • In person – The Admissions Office is located on the south side of the Astrozon campus in the high school building.
 This packet is due no later than February 28, 2017. The packet is available on our website at

*Attending a parent meeting is mandatory for enrollment at all campuses.
*If you have multiple students and are applying to multiple schools, you will need to attend the parent meeting for each school to which you are applying.
*Invitations will be sent the first week of February and will include the available dates.
*You will need to RSVP to the meeting you plan to attend.

*Kindergarten families
*While you are welcome to attend any elementary parent meeting, each elementary campus has a specific meeting designed for kindergarten students.
JICES – February 9, 2017
JICA – February 28, 2017

Please refer to your SchoolMint account frequently for additional information and communication from us. Thank you!

James Irwin Charter Schools
Admissions Department

PTEC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Power Technical Early College held a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 19 for its first building, located on Constitution Boulevard east of Peterson Rd. in Colorado Springs.

“The genesis of PTEC was a decade ago,” said Jonathan Berg, James Irwin Charter Schools chief executive officer. “A conversation with students, capable kids who wanted to do things with their hands got us to where we are today.”

The James Irwin charter school in District 49 is one of only two schools like it in the state, and the only one in southern Colorado. PTEC is an innovative public school for grades 6-14. The high school component includes six-years so students can earn a free associates’ degree in applied science while simultaneously earning a high school diploma.

“Today, we need innovators more than ever,” said Dave Jeffery, owner of JPM Prototype and Manufacturing, Inc., during remarks at the event. “We’ve lost more than 52,000 manufacturing jobs in Colorado since 2001. El Paso County has led the charge, we’re the tip of the spear of the new renaissance for manufacturing in Colorado.”

Jeffery, a member of Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance South, a manufacturing alliance driving innovation and collaboration to strengthen Colorado’s manufacturing ecosystem, worked to bring PTEC to reality.

“It’s just a really efficient school,” said sixth-grader Andres Valencia, who recently moved to Colorado from New Mexico. “ It pays for two years of college and we’re really interested in that ‘cause we can grow up and learn about mechanics and constructive stuff.”

PTEC students focus on career and technical education, aimed at earning industry certifications and credentials in addition to an associates’ degree.

“We need people who deliver what we need, when we need it, with integrity and character,” said Peter Hilts, District 49 chief education officer, while sharing a personal story about a recent trip to Arizona that included a truck breakdown on Interstate 25 in northern New Mexico in the middle of the night.

Hilts explained how skilled 911 operators, sheriff deputies, tow truck operators and mechanics helped to get him back on the road. He related his experience to the education students get at PTEC.

We need skilled workers with the character and leadership qualities taught here,” said Hilts.

“I learn how to build things and make stuff with my hands,” said ninth-grader Abigail Hathaway, when asked why she chose the new school. “I’m going to learn how to eventually build a house someday and that’s what I want to do when I grow up, I want to be an architect. And hopefully I’ll have my own business of selling houses or something like that.”

Rob Daugherty, PTEC principal, concluded the ceremony by thanking erveryone who made the school a reality. He also shared his personal journey from a math instructor to principal of the school unique to the Pikes Peak Region.“As a math teacher, kids would ask, ‘When am I going to use this?’” said Daugherty, “At PTEC, our experiences will make those instant connections for our students.”

“You came here when we had no building, no teachers,” said Daugherty to the 160 students and their families that are opening the school. “We’ll look back and say, ‘Wow! We were the first ones, we were there at the beginning.’”