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Throughout the coming weeks, Durango School District 9-R will have additional counselors and supports available at various schools to help staff, students and families as we all work to support each other as we mourn the loss of Dr. Chad Novak.

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Dear Escalante Families,                                                                                            

It is with great sadness that I inform you that, Dr. Chad Novak, our school counselor passed away on Tuesday.  Dr. Novak served as the counselor at Escalante Middle School for the past seven years.  His family is still part of the 9-R community as Dr. Novak has two children who attend school in the district.  This tragic loss has affected us all deeply and we know you will join us in our concern and extend your sympathy to his family. 

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I am saddened to notify our community that Dr. Chad Novak, counselor at Escalante Middle School, passed away yesterday.   Chad has been with the district since 1999 and served in a variety of capacities at both Miller Middle School and Escalante Middle School.  He made a huge impact on so many students and families across the district and we regret to share news of his loss.  He is survived by his wife and two children.

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The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all students of Escalante Middle School.  Due to a staff crisis situation, school will be canceled tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Escalante Middle School only.  This also includes after-school activities and the open house.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.  Please watch for more information through our emergency notification system about this closure.  Thank you. 

The Southwest Native American Education Alliance (SWNAEA) are a proactive, and dedicated group of educators, administrators, and policy makers, who have taken on the responsibility to expand the horizons of all our students. The Essential Element Family Engagement Conference is such an opportunity for us to do that for Colorado’s American Indian children.

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  • Students: 510
  • Teachers: 36
  • Support Staff: 13

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 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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