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2019 Fall Sports Information

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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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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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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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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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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WELCOME BACK! Important Dates to Start the 2019/20 School Year

Final Report Cards for the 2018/19 school year were mailed out June 6, 2019.

Don't forget to register online for the 2019-20 school year for ALL returning students. Instructions can be found on the District Website. See below for link.

Escalante Middle School Office will be closed June 8 - August 1, 2019

Escalante 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
7th/8th Grade Check-In: August 15th: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

First day of School: August 20, 2019

Athletic News:
7th/8th Grade Volleyball
Free Volleyball Skills Camp for all incoming 7th and 8th-grade athletes will be held 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 season schedule will be handed out on that date. Team placements will take place after the first week of practice.

7th/8th Grade Football
The football pre-season weight and agility program is held every Tuesday and Wednesday: 4:00 - 5:15 PM throughout the summer beginning June 11 and ending July 31. We will not meet the weeks of June 4 & 5 and July 2 & 3. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for student-athletes to train and develop skills prior to our First Day of Practice on August 7 for the 2019 Football Season.
Prior to 1st day of school practice schedule:
Aug. 5 & 6 (7:00 – 9:00 AM) Aug. 13 - 15 (3:30 - 5:45 PM)
Aug. 7 - 9 (7:00 – 11:30 AM) Aug. 16 (3:30 - 5:00 PM)
Aug. 12 (7:00 - 9:15 AM) Aug. 19 (3:30 - 5:45 PM)

*Required paperwork for participation in 2019 season: current physical, parent/guardian signature/permission, and current Insurance coverage.
*Mercy Sports Medicine and Pediatric Partners of the Southwest are pleased to offer a sports pre-participation health fair on August 6th from 1:30 - 5:30 PM at DHS. Please contact their offices for more information.
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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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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
dbastin@durangoschools.org
phoffman@durangoschools.org
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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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