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Leadership 9-R Session Thursday, September 18, 2019

On Thursday, September 19, we start our series of sessions called Leadership 9-R. This is an opportunity to learn more about the overall operation of the district, what is the strategic plan, how do we spend resources in support of students, and how do the various departments operate in support of our students. More importantly, it is an opportunity to provide input and feedback to ensure we are the best that we can be. This first session is being offered twice.
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READ to Succeed

State Board Reprentative Joyce Rankin will be in Durango to explain the READ Act and how it can transform education for all k-3 students. She will be at Needham Elementary on September 18, 2019 from 5:30-6:30.
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Back to School BBQ September 16th 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Come celebrate the new school year with us!  Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served from 5:00 - 5:30 PM.  Next, parents and students will attend Convocation with Mr. Voss in the Gym and then join your student to run through a mock schedule of their day and meet their teachers and other amazing staff.  CAN YOU HELP WITH SETTING UP OR SERVING FOR THE BBQ?  PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP AND HELP.
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Travel to Japan in 2020 with us!

Mr. Hise and Mr. Schiavone are planning an educational trip to Japan in 2020 that is open to EMS students. Please join us for an informational meeting on September 17, at 5:30 PM in Mr. Hise's room (818). On the trip we will be visiting places such as Lake Ashi, Matsumoto Castle, Kinkakuji Temple among others. Please contact John Hise at jhise2@durangoschools.org or Dominic Schiavone at dschiavone@durangoschools.org for more information.
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Fall Picture Day Re-Takes October 24th

MJ Thomas will take student photos Thursday, October 24th at Escalante Middle School. ALL students will be photographed for ID and Yearbook purposes. Students can order packages of photos but are not required to do so. Information to purchase these photos to come....
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Students do not have school on Monday 9/09 be we DO have PRACTICE 3:30 - 5:45 pick-up.
Tuesday 9/10: 3:30 - 5:45 PM pick-up
Wednesday 9/11: 3:30 - 5:15 PM pick-up
Thursday 9/12 HOME Game -vs- Pagosa: B Team Game 3:30 PM and A Team Game Appx 5:30 PM
Friday 9/13 - No Practice

All students must complete and turn in the Athletic & Activity Form (see below), have a sports physical, and pay the $30 activity fee prior to participating in any sports or activity at Escalante Middle School. Parent permission is included in the form.

DHS will host a free Sports Physical Fair for all 9R students on Tuesday, August 6th from 1:30 - 5:30 PM

There will be a Free Volleyball Skills Camp at Escalante August 5, 6, and 7 from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Volleyball registration is August 13th at 3:30 PM with practice to follow until 5:30 PM and the 2019 season schedule will be handed out on that date. Team placements will take place after the first week of practice.

Update: Eagle Football Practice Schedule beginning August 20th
Mondays 2:30 - 5:00 PM (No practice Labor Day)
Tuesdays 3:45 - 5:45 PM
Wednesdays Pregame: 3:45 - 5:15 PM
Thursdays: Game Day
Friday: Currently, only October 4th for Playoffs
Contact Coach Bastin (dbastin@durangoschools.org) for more information.
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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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Budget Summary

The Fiscal Year 2019-20 Adopted budget was approved on June 17th, 2019. The board requires that the budget is balanced and that the district meets all policy guidelines. These include maintaining a 15% reserve of General Fund balance, unless otherwise directed by the board.
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Two School Board Seats Available

The County Clerk has been notified that Durango School District 9-R will be participating in the coordinated election in November.  The Board of Education will have two four-year seats up for election --- District B (currently filled by Stephanie Moran), and District D (currently filled by Marianna Valdez).
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