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Meet and Learn About the School Board

The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education is hosting a couple of meet and greet opportunities at the end of the month. Please join us and meet some of our current board members, who will be sharing information about the work they do to support the school district and our community of learners. Also, additional details will be shared about the two upcoming vacancies on the Board of Education for the November 5, 2019 election. Click Read More for additional details, and mark your calendars for July 27th and July 30th!
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2019/20 Sponsorship Opportunities

School districts produce several required and beneficial communications documents
throughout the year, some mandated by law and some to stay connected with
families and the community. In order to help streamline these costs in the budget,
which in turn funnels money back to the classrooms, we are reaching out to
community partners to support our work through sponsorships!
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2019/20 Check-In Nights

Drop by the Escalante Middle School Cafeteria between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 PM to get all your questions answered regarding the new school year!
6th Grade Check-In:  August 13th 4:00 - 6:00 PM
7/8th Grade Check-In:  August 15th 4:00 - 6:00 PM
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Order 2019/20 School Supplies

Get Your 2019/20 School Supplies at a huge discount!  Order Securely Online
Starting Now thru June 23rd! Late orders will open June 26th-July 7th
(Sales tax will be added at checkout). Supply packs will be delivered to your student on the first day of school.

1. Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks
2. Enter the school ID, ESC019 (3 letters/3 numbers)
3. Follow the directions to complete your order.
4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt. 

If you want to shop on your own, click the attachment below to access the 2019/20 Supply List.
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2018/19 Celebration of Learning

The capstone event of the year, our Celebration of Learning, takes place from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on May 30th. This year will be even bigger than last year. We will have a tent out front with information on resources in the community, a $5.00 Spaghetti Dinner will be offered, and every student is expected to participate by highlighting some high quality work that they produced over the year.
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District Accountability Advisory Committee Parent Survey

This annual parent survey is prepared by the District Accountability Advisory Committee (DAAC). The committee is composed of of parents, teachers, and administrators from every school as well as community members and representatives from 9-R administration, the Board of Education and the Financial Advisory Committee. Each year the results of the survey are used to inform schools and the administration of areas for improvement and areas of strength.
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Pediatric Partners of the Southwest To Provide Medical Oversight of DHS School-Based Health Clinic

Pediatric Partners of the Southwest will assume operations as the medical provider for the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at Durango High School effective July 1, 2019.

The School-Based Health Centers have been a partnership between Durango School District 9-R and Axis Health System (AHS) for the last 12 years. AHS and 9-R worked closely over the years to develop the SBHC model of supports and services for students and youth in the area, providing high-quality and accessible healthcare to La Plata County. Pediatric Partners of the Southwest (PPSW) is well positioned to assume the medical sponsorship and direct health care services at the Durango High School SBHC.
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EMS Eagle 2018-19 Yearbook

The chance to pre-order the 2018/19 student-designed yearbooks is over and the already purchased books will be delivered to students May 31. We will have a few books to sell May 31 for $25.00. These books will be available in the office and on a first come first sold basis.
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Parent Drop Off - VS - Bus Lane at EMS

Parents/guardians who drop students off or pick them up at Escalante Middle School are asked to NOT use the driveway to the parking lot, but instead, enter the PURPLE CURB PARENT CIRCLE. In an effort to keep children safe at all times, please do not use the parking lot or bus lanes for pick-up or drop-off purposes. We have seen many near misses when our bus drivers are attempting to navigate around additional vehicles obstructing the bus lanes as they continue through and exit our parking lot. It is extremely dangerous for students to cross the parking lot. More so, other cars dropping students off along the curb in the parking lot are obstructing bus lanes. For the safety of all and efficient transportation protocols, please use the purple parent circle to drop students off or pick them up at Escalante. Thank you for your help in this matter.
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Preseason Football Training Camp

ATTENTION: All 6th and 7th Graders interested in participating in next year's Eagle Football Season.

We are currently offering preseason activities including: agilities, skills, conditioning, and 7 on 7 game time. Camps are optional and not required to play for next season. All activities are NON-CONTACT. Our hope is to increase strength and endurance, improve football skills, and have some fun playing. We only ask for a signature (see the attached form) from a parent or guardian, in order to participate.

Dates and Times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:45 PM.

Week 1: April 30th and May 1st
Week 2: May 7th and 8th
Week 3: May 14th and 15th
Week 4: May 21st and 22nd

See the attached document for more information and Permission Slip.

Coach Bastin Coach Lopez
Coach Hoffman Coach Rodriquez
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