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Academic Calendar Survey

As you know, our district continues to remain focused on improving student outcomes and providing our amazing educators time to plan for high quality instructional programs. Through extensive conversations around building a 2021-22 academic calendar, some feedback has led our board and me to discuss possible changes to the 2020-21 calendar.
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Message from Superintendent Dan Snowberger

As you know, all of our community agencies are closely monitoring the situation involving the Coronavirus. Our school district continues to work with San Juan Basin Public Health and other local authorities to monitor the situation and have a preparedness plan to support our students and our families in the event that a local case is detected.
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Coronavirus Update

With heightened concerns around communities preparing for and preventing the spread of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, there have been several considerations regarding school trips, spring break travel, and travel in general. Currently, there are not any travel restrictions within the U.S. For the latest information on CDC travel recommendations and restrictions see: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

While there are several trips for both students and staff for competitions, trainings, and trips, the district will continue to follow local and state recommendations for travel restrictions, quarantines, or otherwise. We are closely monitoring the situation within our community and our schools with our local health authority.
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Understanding the Truth About School Lunch Regulations

Over the past few weeks, misinformation has been circulated regarding our school lunch policy and our community deserves the facts. Firstly, no student has received a partial lunch during the 2019-20 school year. No member of the 9-R team has employed shaming tactics toward students. And, the District maintains compliance with National School Lunch and National School Breakfast program federal guidelines.
In 2015, the district faced a critical issue as it ended the school year with over $18,000 in meal charge debt. Because school district Food & Nutrition Services departments are an independent enterprise, they are intended to be self-supporting. When a deficit occurs, the District needs to use general funds to offset losses, funds that should be designated for classrooms. It has been 9-R’s focus to minimize impacts on educational funding to maximize programs and educational resources for our students.
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After-School Activities Cancelled 3/12 and 3/13/2020

The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all parents and staff. 

Following the direction of the Colorado High School Activities Association, the district is cancelling all after-school activities today, March 12, 2020, and tomorrow, March 13, 2020.  This does not include Kids' Camp however; that will run as normal.

Additionally, today's walk from DHS to Buckley Park, planned by our local DEA and DESPA associations to show community support to fund public education, has been postponed. A new date will be announced once set. 

If you have any questions or concerns about these cancellations, please contact your school office.  Thank you.
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Eagle Track 2020 Season

Escalante Middle School is excited for the 2020 Track and Field Season to begin! The first practice is on March 9th. Eagle Track is open to all 7th and 8th-grade athletes currently enrolled at EMS. All students must complete and turn in the Athletic & Activity Form (see below), have a sports physical, and pay the $30 (or $25 if this is the athlete's second sport) activity fee prior to participating in any sports or activity at Escalante Middle School. Parent permission is included in the form.

For more information contact Athletic Director Eva Duce at 247-94910 Ext 2822
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EMS Drama Presents: A Family Reunion to Die For

It's time for the Knotting Family Reunion and newlywed Christine Franklin is eager to show off her husband Freddie to the family she hasn’t seen in years. The joyful reunion quickly turns sour though when Aunt Gretchen, Cousin Rachel, and Cousin Stefan are all murdered.

The members of the Knotting Family are dropping like flies, and Christine seems to be next in line to become a victim! To make matters worse, a terrible storm has trapped all of the guests inside. It’s up to Freddie to catch the murderer and save his blushing bride. After all, he is a detective — well, a mall security guard turned wannabe detective, anyway. Who is trying to wipe out the Knotting family?

Our production is student lead! Teacher Mike Jordan and Technical Director Ms. Sam make a great team. Mr. Jordan is the Acting Director and teaches the kids stage presence, blocking, projecting, light effects, soundboard, and a wide range of other skills. There are 28 actors in this years play. Ms. Sam is in charge of Tech teaching the students, set design, building, painting, props management, costume design, stage makeup, and set changes. There are 15 students in the Tech Club. The Escalante Middle School students are taught how to be self-driven and function as a team. There are 15 students working on Tech which leads to more than 40 kids working on the production of this year's play. Drama Club students will perform 6 shows in 3 days at the beginning of March. Three shows will be presented to each grade level during the school day and then the play will be presented at three evening productions for friends and family. Students will be running the entire production from soundboard to stage managers. It is a true testament to the students' and teachers' perseverance to offer a production of this caliber. Please join us on March 10th,11th, or 12th in the Escalante Cafetorium. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Can’t wait to see you there!
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Eagle Wrestling 2020

Eagle Wrestling co-hosting Durango Wrestling Invite on Saturday, Feb. 8th at MMS. Can you help? SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON THE INVITE LABELED COPY OF HOSPITALITY LETTER

Eagle Wrestling is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students currently enrolled at Escalante Middle School. Practice begins Tuesday, January 21 after school 3:30 - 5:30 PM for the first two weeks, then will be communicated to athletes after that. Introductory, intermediate, and advanced skills welcome! Bring practice clothes and wrestling shoes. Wrestlers practice and compete at similar weight and we strive to build better athletes and character. If you are interested at any level, we want you to be a part of this team! Text Coach Lopez at 970-946-3362 for information.

All athletes must complete and submit a sports packet, including a sports physical, prior to competing. See the packet below.
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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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