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Free Breakfast and Lunch for 21-22 School Year

This year, Durango School District 9-R will provide breakfast and lunch to all students free of charge, regardless of the child’s free or reduced-price meal benefit status.

9-R Board of Education Coffee Chat - June 16, 2021

Join 9-R Board of Education members Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 12-1pm, to have an informal conversation about how everything is going for you and your student. The meeting will be on Zoom, and a live interpreter will be available.

Welcome Back for the 2021/22 School Year!

Families with a student enrolled at Escalante Middle School will be invited to an orientation night in August. The dates are organized by grade level and team. EMS families will receive an email in early August with their student’s team assignment and orientation date/time. If you don’t receive an email, please call the office in August at 970-247-9490.

August 17 - 6th Grade: Falcons 4:30 - 5:30 PM and Ocelots 5:30 - 6:30 PM
August 18 - 7th Grade: White Tigers 4:30 - 5:30 PM and Timberwolves 5:30 - 6:30 PM
August 19 - 8th Grade: Taz Team 4:30 - 5:30 PM and Panthers 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Athletic News:
A pre-season Volleyball Skills Camp will be offered at EMS on August 10, 11, & 12 from 8:00 - 11:00 AM. Regular season practice begins Wednesday, August 16th, 3:30-5:30 PM, Monday thru Friday until school begins. Team placements will take place after the first week of practice.

A pre-season Football Skills Camp will be offered at EMS on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28 from 3:30 - 4:45 PM. Regular season practice begins August 9 from 7:00 - 9:30 AM where your student-athlete will receive the entire EMS practice schedule.

See Athletic News on the EMS Website at escalante.durangoschools.org for athletic eligibility guidelines, updates, and more information.

Return of Chromebooks, Musical Instruments, and Library Books

Please return the Chromebook and charger that was issued to your child this year, along with any musical instruments your student rented, and any library books they may have checked out. Our IT department will be cutting off access to school Chromebooks over the summer. Students will not have home access to Chromebooks for the last week of school. Fines and fees will be assessed on devices and materials not returned. If you have any questions please call the office at 970-247-9490.

9-R End of Year Assessment Data and Reflection

We are committed to sharing our student achievement data with transparency. We recognize the incredible effort put forth by our staff this year and are grateful for their perseverance and flexibility. Yet, our end-of-year assessment data tells us that our students need intentional and unified support to ensure that the impacts of the pandemic are not long-lasting and far-reaching in our students' literacy and math skills. We are working with great urgency to turn around our historical trend of under-serving portions of our community and to minimize the impact of disrupted learning COVID-19 has had on all of our learners.

Manna Backpack Food Program Starts June 10

Manna bags with nonperishable foods will be available outside of Needham Elementary, Animas Valley Elementary, Florida Mesa Elementary and at the front doors of the Administration building starting 6/10 and 6/11. Bags will be available Thursday and Friday of each week.

COVID End of Year Summary - 6.3.21

Congratulations 9-R families, students and staff… we made it! This was a year for the books and certainly created many new memories. While it wasn’t a typical school year for any of us, learning to live with masks, quarantines, and ever-changing school schedules it was still an amazing school year and we have so much to celebrate and be grateful for.
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