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As the conversation around assessments continues to heat up in the country and in our community, Durango School District 9-R is releasing a series of videos to talk more about state assessments, teacher assessments, unfunded federal mandates/bills, and tools in development to support staff and students. Watch our first video available here to learn more from Superintendent Dan Snowberger about standardized state/national tests and the impact on our school district.

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Ms. Black reports that her talented musicians played for the crowds last Saturday, December 13th at the Durango Farmer's Market.  Below are some photos of these entertaining artists.

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On Friday, December 12th our generous and talented Escalante Parent Organization provided the entire staff a festive holiday luncheon.   There were a variety of healthy salads, eggs, green bean casserole, ham (that Ms. Wood raised herself),  rolls, and a sweet assortment of delicious desserts.  Thanks very much to all who helped prepare this Christmas meal and to the faithful hostess servers/decorators Ms.

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Mr. Skinner Reports that in his Project Future Class, they have been learning about projectile motion. Building on concepts such as Newton's Laws, types of levers, friction, and balanced vs unbalanced forces. Students were given the opportunity to test five catapult designs against a variety of projectiles that varied in size, shape, mass, and aerodynamic profile. After testing the characteristics of the standard catapults, each student chose one projectile.

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On Wednesday, December 10th, our always entertaining and engaging 8th grade teacher, Mr. Skinner, was honored with the Golden Keyboard for professionally and persistently being a vital part of the Escalante Middle School and/or Durango 9R technology.

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At a Glance

  • School Mascot: Eagles
  • Students: 510
  • Teachers: 36
  • Support Staff: 13

Our Mission

 The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

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