News & Events


Prayer Request UPDATED: Daniel Giffin

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers for Daniel Giffin and his family! 
Here is a report from his mom, Torie:
  • We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support!
  • He is on treatment day 16 of 33 today.
  • He has cold right now.
  • Please pray for safe travel. 
  • His tumor bed has changed so he had a CAT scan this morning and we’re waiting on the results. (The tumor bed is the tissue that surrounds a tumor site, following the surgical removal of the tumor.)
  • We have Daniel’s Walk, Run & Roll coming up on March 30th and would really appreciate people signing up to participate or volunteer. Volunteers will get free Chick-fil-A breakfast and the cows will be there.

Here are some specific ways we can help:

  • Walk/Run/Roll – March 30: is a fundraising bike ride/walk/run for the whole family!  It will help defray some of the cost associated with Daniel’s treatment, recovery, and ongoing care.  Registration is open and can be accessed via the button below.
  • MEALSA big thank you to everyone bringing meals so far! There is still one day open on the schedule for March 25th.  They have been greatly appreciated and such a comfort during his treatment. You can view the information via the button below if you would like to sign up.
  • PRAYER – For on-going information use the Caring Bridge button.
  • GIFT CARDS – Especially for gas as they will be driving approx 120 miles each day for quite awhile.  As always grocery  and restaurant gift cards are helpful too.  These will continue to be collected for them at the front desk to help them while they are commuting to Denver for treatments.
  • GOFUNDME – To help them financially, use the GoFundMe button below.
Walk, Run, & Roll for DanielDaniel Giffin Caring BridgeMeals for Giffin FamilyDaniel Giffin Go Fund Me

Prayer Request UPDATED: Kristi Glaze

Kristi Glaze, our theater director and receptionist, is doing much better and has started the process of getting back into her usual routine.  Please continue to pray for her full and complete healing and for her and the theater students who will be going to New York City for a theater seminar over spring break.

She and her family are so grateful for the love, support and prayers everyone has given them during this time!

Prayer Request NEW: Hewitt Family Adoption

Ryan Hewitt, our principal, and his family are adopting another son from China!  Here are some specifics to pray for:
1. Ryan and his oldest son, Braddock, as they travel to China next week to get him.
2. Their new son as he experiences this HUGE change in his life and for the medical issues that need the Lord’s healing.
If you would like more detail regarding this, you can access their family’s blog about this process via the button below.
Hewitts On A Mission Blog

Prayer Request ONGOING: Caroline Reed

Caroline Reed’s parents are requesting prayer for healing in her heart and mind.

Prayer Request UPDATED: Schafer Reichart


We are VERY happy to report that Schafer was able to go home last Friday!  According to his Schafer Update Facebook page, he is doing well and the family is getting back to normal.  Here is Beth, his mom’s words from that day:

We are excited to get back as a family and spend some time together again at home.

Schafer is wiped out from surgery and in a good bit of pain probably for a few more days. He’s going to get stronger but will take some time. We start up with therapy and follow up appointments on Tuesday.

** If you would like to visit Schafer please let him rest at home for about a week. Text us or him at that time and we will love to see you at a time that works for Schafer.  Thank you for your support and sensitivity in this way.

We appreciate all the love and encouragement from our family and friends and community. You have helped Schaf be so strong.  We may not post daily from here on but will definitely track some highlights of his continued recovery!

Please continue to pray for him as it is still going to be a long road to full recovery.

Below is an interview with Schafer done by a Denver news station as he was preparing to leave the hospital.


Schafer Reichart Go Fund Me

Prayer Request NEW: Student/Staff Illness

Please pray for health for many of our staff and students (over 25% of the elementary students were out yesterday) who are quite sick with the flu and other illnesses.

Tuesday Morning Prayer Meeting - Every Tuesday

7:45 – 8:15 in the Chapel

“There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” …..—A. T. Pierson

Prayer is the most essential work of our ministry and fruitfulness to God. Come join us as we praise God for His excellence and ask for His mighty hand to lead this school and change hearts for all of eternity. Without prayer, our work is arrogant and will only bear bad fruit (John 15:5).  Let us humbly and diligently seek and come together in one accord and do the greatest thing we can do––pray.

High School Lunch Prayer Meeting - Every Wednesday

12:40-1:20 The Loft

All are welcome.

Come and seek Jesus with us!

Mom's Prayer Meeting - Mar 21



Next Meeting: Thursday, March 21 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

Meets 1st & 3rd weeks of each month.

At the Cooper’s House – 2704 W Cucharras, 80904 (across the street from elementary)

*Little ones are welcome and can play while we pray.

(Also, if anyone is available to watch our littles during this time, it would be greatly appreciated!)

For questions, please email Dawn Fletcher at


CSI Re-Accreditation News

We are pleased to announce that at the close of the CSI re-accreditation site team visit last week, the school administration team was told that USCO has once again been fully accredited for another five years.

Thank you to each of you who helped in some way with the re-accreditation process!  We are very grateful to you and for the Lord’s blessing on USCO!

Iowa Testing Info - Mar 20-21


Dates:  Wednesday, March 20th & Thursday, March 21st

Times: Grade Specific as follows:

Who: All grades will test (Except Seniors, who do not need to attend on these days.)

Wednesday, March 20th


8:30 am – Orientation

8:40 am – Testing Begins

12:00 noon – Testing Ends

6th-8th GRADE

8:30 am – Orientation

8:40 am – Testing Begins

11:25 am – Testing Ends

9th-11th GRADE

8:30 am – Orientation

8:40 am – Testing Begins

11:10 am – Testing Ends

Thursday, March 21st


8:30 am – Orientation

8:40 am – Testing Begins

11:30 – Testing Ends

6th-8th GRADE

8:30 am – Orientation

8:40 am – Testing Begins

11:05 am – Testing Ends

9th-11th GRADE

8:30 am – Orientation

8:40 am – Testing Begins

11:00 am – Testing Ends


Other specific instructions for the various grade levels should be reviewed via the information buttons below.

Secondary students will check in at the chapel on Wednesday to receive their specific classroom location for testing.

Officially, secondary testing will conclude at 11:30 on both Wednesday and Thursday.  However, some grades will end testing earlier and students may leave when their testing is complete.

Elementary Iowa InfoSecondary Iowa Info

Walk, Run, Roll Family Event in Support of Daniel Giffin - March 30

This local family event is in support of one of our own students, Daniel Giffin.  It will be a super fun event for the WHOLE FAMILY!! Come join the community in support of Daniel and his family!

Features of the Day

15k Bike Ride or 5k Walk/Run For ALL ages

Pancakes and hot cocoa for everyone

T-shirt with the cool logo as seen above


Live music along the courses

Course description:  The 15k Bike Ride departs America The Beautiful Park at 9:30 am and travels the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail north to Goose Gossage Park where we will head to Tap Trader Brewery for Pancakes and Hot Chocolate before returning to America The Beautiful Park for the post-ride festivities.

The 5k Walk/Run starts promptly at 10:00 am using the Greenway Trail north along Fountain Creek. This course is stroller friendly and suited for kids of All ages. Both courses will be flagged by local musicians from Colorado Springs Conservatory for your entertainment.

Volunteers are still needed and will receive a free Chick-Fil-A breakfast served with the company of the cows!

Sign up TODAY to either volunteer or participate via the buttons below!!

Registration & Info - Walk, Run, RollVolunteer - Walk, Run, Roll

High School Sports - Game Schedules for 2019 Spring Season

Games for our ultimate frisbee and volleyball teams are getting started!

Come and support our teams and school!

Here are the games scheduled prior to Spring Break:

  • Friday, March 15 @ 6:00 p.m – Volleyball – Co-ed
  • Saturday, March 16 @ 10:00 a.m. & Noon – Ultimate Frisbee – Boys
  • Tuesday, March 19 – Ultimate Frisbee – Girls
  • Friday, March 22 @ 6:00 p.m – Volleyball – Co-ed
  • Saturday, March 23 @ 10:00 a.m. & Noon – Ultimate Frisbee – Boys

For further info, please use the buttons below or email the coaches at:

Ultimate Frisbee BOYS Game ScheduleUltimate Frisbee BOYS Season CalendarUltimate Frisbee GIRLS Game ScheduleVolleyball Co-Ed Game Schedule

REJOICING: High School Spring Retreat - March 15-17


March 15 – 17 @ Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Larkspur

  • Arrive Friday at 5:30pm
  • Depart Sunday at 12:00pm

FOCUS Our year theme of ‘Only We Can:____’ places our focus on all that is opened up in the love of Jesus. Jesus did not come to save us with a new law but to save us by His sacrifice. We are saved to know, worship, and enjoy God–more than we can even imagine (1 Cor 2:9). Our focus for this retreat is ‘REJOICING’ in relation to worship, suffering and all of our Christian life. Joy is an amazing gift that we can possess in Christ in times of peace and in trials–may we not neglect this essential and amazing gift from Jesus.

PRAYER AND FASTING RETREAT @ Ponderosa Arrive Thursday at 8:00pm Remain at Ponderosa until main retreat begins Friday at 5:30pm

Registration is now closed for this retreat.

Retreat Scholarship Donation

2019 Venture Off JH & HS Trips - June

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Venture Off Trips!

Venture Off DetailsVenture Off Registration

Secondary Class Advising - (Juniors Now - Mar 19)

For re-enrolled secondary students, advising and class selection will occur throughout the Spring semester. The initial draft of the 2019-2020 schedule is available via the button below. High school students will be contacted by one of  our advisors during your grade level’s advising window for class selection.
Please note: Some advisors may have changed as we aim to streamline the process for families with multiple children, and students may not select classes until they have completed the re-enrollment process:
High School Advising Windows (advising team will contact families):
  • Seniors: Ended February 21st
  • Juniors: February 25th – Mar. 19th
  • Sophomores: April 1st – 18th
  • Freshmen: April 16th – May 3rd

Junior High Advising Windows (schedules will be requested online and confirmed via email):

  • 8th grade: February 4th-21st
  • 7th grade: February 25th – Mar. 19th
  • 6th grade: April 1st – 18th
2019-20 Secondary Class Schedule

John Brown University Info Dinner - March 14 (RSVP's Needed!)

A representative from John Brown University (not to be confused with Bob Jones) will be in town and providing dinner (probably Rudy’s BBQ) at the Tenpas’ house (812 Crystal Park Road, Manitou Springs, CO  80829).
If you or someone you know interested in hearing more about their majors, activities, sports,clubs, scholarships, and commitment to put Christ above all.  Please note the date and plan to join them for perhaps 90 minutes that evening.  According to Dean Tenpas, at the very least, you get a free meal, and get to spend time with Hunter, Kenzie and his lovely wife!
Parents are definitely welcome and encouraged to come as well.  If you know area teachers or school admin staff that are interested, let them know as well.
Please RSVP to Dean Tenpas at so they can have a head count and can plan accordingly.
Below is a flyer for this event.  All are welcome. If you think of anyone who may be interested, please forward this so they can explore if John Brown may be a fit for them.  Several students from University school now attend or are planning to attend John Brown.
Majors from engineering to nursing to education to outdoor leadership ministries to business to construction management to Bible and ministry
and much more are available:
Clubs: (including men’s and women’s ultimate teams)

ACT/SAT Prep Class Information - Starting Soon!

New ACT/SAT Prep Classes begin soon!

Click on the button below to find which class works best for your child.

Prep Class Info

Letter from Julie Drago

Elementary Families,

As you are aware, we have had a significant amount of students who have been absent due to various illnesses. As the number of ill students increased, we felt it was in the best interests of all the students to have everyone at home for the remainder of this week. The school staff sanitized their rooms after school yesterday as well as wiped down all common areas with a disinfectant cleaning solution. While these measures are proactive, the best prevention is to partner with you to keep your child home if they are symptomatic.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with us as we partner together.

Julie Drago

Box Tops Fundraiser

Please keep sending in any box tops you have.  Each elementary classroom and the front desk in Butler has a collection box to place box tops in. Thank you so much!


Business Directory

This section contains businesses that are closely associated with the families who attend and work at our school.  Anyone involved with USCO may submit a business to this directory.

NOTE: USCO administration has final discretion regarding what is included in this listing.


Coming Soon!

This will be a resource to let others at USCO know about events that you are planning or know about which are coming up in the near future.

The tool to submit your events will be available very soon.  Thank you for your patience!

NOTE:  USCO administration reserves the right to determine which events are posted in this listing.

Jeff's Market (Buy/Sell Items)

This is a resource for USCO families to either buy or sell personal items.  (Think Craig’s List)

The tool to submit your items will be available very soon but until then, please send an email to  Thank you for your patience!

NOTE:  USCO administration reserves the right to determine which items are posted in this listing.

For Sale: White Metal Bed Frame


Gently used double bed frame in excellent condition. Mattresses NOT included. Contact Gemie Roeda at for more information.

For Sale: IKEA Dressing Table/Desk with Mirror & Stool


Gently used white wood dressing table/desk with mirror in excellent condition. Includes stool. Bought new 5 years ago from IKEA for $249. Contact Gemie Roeda at


This is a resource to let others in the USCO community know about available job opportunities or a job you are seeking.

The tool to submit to this listing will be available very soon but until then send your submissions to  Thank you for your patience!

NOTE:  USCO administration reserves the right to determine which job listings are posted.


To add items under this listing, please contact

NOTE:  USCO administration reserves the right to determine which listings are posted.

HOME (Rental Or House-Sitting Opportunity)


The Jonathan Beard Family, new to USCO and recently returned from the mission field, is looking for a rental home or house sitting situation beginning May 2019. Please contact Jonathan at or (719) 663-1186 if you know of any possibilities. Thank you.


Creative Ways To Support

There are many ways to partner with USCO