News & Events



Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers for Daniel Giffin and his family!  His treatments are continuing and going well as far as has been communicated to us.  Here are some specific ways we can help:
  • Walk/Run/Roll – March 30: is a fundraising campaign to help defray some of the cost associated with Daniels treatment, recovery, and ongoing care. This fun, local family event will Daniel and his family. Registration is open and can be accessed via the button below.
  • MEALSA big thank you to everyone bringing meals so far! They have been greatly appreciated and such a comfort during Daniel’s 2nd surgery and the start of radiation treatments. Some additional meal dates have been added for March, as well as some changes in food preferences. You can view the information via the button below if you would like to sign up to bring a meal.
  • 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 Caring Bridge


Please continue to pray for Kristi Glaze, our theater director, for a full recovery.  She is doing well and has begun to get out of the house a little bit in the last week. However due to the continued need for her to rest, the doctor has not cleared her to resume her full schedule until at least the end of March.

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


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


Thank you for your continued prayers for Schafer! While it is a long road there are so many miracles in his story! Here is a summary of some things that have been posted the “Schafer Updates” Facebook page (which anyone can access):
  • Aiming to be able to go home on or close to Friday, March 8!!
  • He has gained 5 pounds in the last couple of weeks!
  • Good progress in rehab as he is walking, jumping, etc. more and more.  Even recently left the hospital to go get frozen yogurt for one session!
  • Another miracle is that even though people who have been on ECMO often end up losing extremities, and he has fingers that have turned black, they are doing well and it looks like he is not going to lose anything!
  • Please pray for him especially tomorrow as he has a couple of surgical procedures done.  Here is what his mom posted on his Facebook “Schafer Updates” page:

Procedures coming up… please pray !
Schafer is scheduled for surgery this Thursday at 9 am. 2 different things are happening while he is under anesthesia.

1- GJ feeding tube will be placed in his belly and the nose tube will be removed! The feeding tube through the nose has been uncomfortable this whole time and generally not fun at all. I’m taking a class here at the hospital to learn all the “ins and outs” of how to administer the feeds for Schaf at home.

2- Botox injection via a probe down the throat will be done to puff up the right vocal cord giving the nerve time to heal. This was damaged from the ventilator. His voice should be back after this is done! May need another injection in 6-12 months. We just have to wait and see how everything goes.

Other ways to assist Schafer and his family can be accessed via the buttons below.
Reichart Meal TrainSchafer Reichart Go Fund Me

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 TOMORROW - Mar 7



Next Meeting: Thursday, March 7 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


IMPORTANT INFO: Re-accreditation Site Visit At USCO - THIS WEEK

We would like to make parents and students aware that this week the USCO administration will be hosting a 5-year re-accreditation site visit team. This team will include eleven educators from other locations, including three from Australia.

They will be on campus all week to observe our school, interview parents, teachers, and students, and review all of the various aspects of USCO’s programming, structure, and documentation with the goal of USCO obtaining both CSI and AdvancEd accreditation for another five years.

We appreciate your graciousness to them and patience with the administration as we host this team throughout the week!

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
    • Elementary
      • 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
    • Elementary
      • 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

REMINDER: Bottle Cap Collection For 5th Grade

Please bring in your bottle caps!

The fifth grade will be constructing a legacy art yard piece similar to the pictures above.   You are invited to contribute your recycled  bottle caps of any size or color in their collection bins at the elementary playground entrance or at the front desk in Butler.

Thank you in advance from the 5th grade class!!



Unified Madbro Night CHANGE OF PLANS - JH-Mar 7

USCO Families,
As communicated last week, this Thursday we will have a Unified MadBro Worship night with just junior high this Thursday, March 7. Here are the details:
March 7th, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will all gather.
  • Time: 4:30-7:00
  • Cost: Food will be charged to FACTS
PRAYER: We’d love your prayers as we continue to teach God’s word and seek Him being glorified in the hearts of students.
For The Lamb’s Reward!
Jonathan Puckett

REJOICING: High School Spring Retreat - March 15-17 (LAST DAY TO REGISTER-Mar 7)

2019 HIGH SCHOOL SPRING RETREAT 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.

RETREAT COST $145 if signed up by Friday, March 1 $155 March 2 – March 7

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

Please understand that your signup is not complete until credit card payment is made after submitting the form.

Sorry, but we are unable to accept signups after March 7th.

REGISTRATION/DONATION If you would like to register or donate toward the Retreat Scholarship Fund, please click the buttons below.

HS Spring Retreat RegistrationRetreat 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

Jaleesa Himka American Ninja Warrior Viewing Party - March 9


Dear USCO Family,  Jaleesa Himka, 6th grade USCO Student, had the honor of being chosen as one of 200 athletes out of over 10,000 applicants to compete on Season 1 of American Ninja Warrior Junior. Her episode airs officially on March 2nd. We are going to have a party at Mrs. Dixon’s house on March 9th to watch a recorded version! We would love anyone from USCO and their families to come and enjoy the show together!

Date: March 9, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm (We will start the TV show at 2:00 pm) Stay as long as you like What: Watch Jaleesa Himka Compete on American Ninja Warrior Junior TV Show (This will be a recorded version, her actual show is on March 2nd at 5 pm on Universal Kids) Location:   Mrs. Denette Dixon house – 5280 Mountain Peak Point, Colorado Springs, CO  80917 Who: Anyone from USCO! Especially all 6th graders and their families! It is highly encouraged to CARPOOL! Parking is a bit limited on street. Please RSVP via the button below so we know how much food to bring. Any questions: Suzanne Himka 719-232-2049

Ninja Viewing Party RSVP

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

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

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.


Coming Soon!

The vision for this area is to communicate the needs our USCO community might have such as:

Moving Help

Someone needing meals

Work projects

Etc., Etc!

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

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

Daniel Giffin & Schafer Reichart Meet!

Even though they are both students here at The University School, Daniel and Schafer had never met because of their age difference. But on March 4th according to the Facebook page “Schafer Updates,” they enjoyed getting to meet each other at Children’s Hospital in Denver where they are both being treated.  We definitely agree with Connie Russo’s (mother of senior, Sierra Chapman) comment on the post, ” Love that these 2 finally got to meet. They’re both a huge inspiration to all of our kids at The University School”!

5th Grade Ski Trip Fun!

Our 5th grade class went skiing last week!! They had a great time learning to ski, and skiing with their friends!! There were had 11 families who joined in the great time for everyone!  Thank you to Mrs. Swanson for organizing this fun event for her class!


Creative Ways To Support

There are many ways to partner with USCO