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Schools Canceled Due to Severe Weather

The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R to all parents, students, and staff in the district. Due to severe weather conditions and based on recommendations from County Emergency Management personnel, all schools are canceled today, Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
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Happy Snowy Monday Families!

While there are no school delays or cancellations due to snow, we do know that the Durango area is a geographically diverse area and some roads may be more impacted than others. Please allow extra time for travel today and if you decide to delay or keep your students home, please contact your school directly to excuse your child.
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EMS Greenhouse Class Grows Food for School Cafeteria

At Escalante Middle School, students aren’t just learning how to grow, preserve, and prepare their own food, they’re getting a taste of a very important sector of the Colorado economy. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, our state agriculture industry generates a whopping $40 billion in economic activity each year. It also provides more than 170,000 jobs in the state, enough to employ the entire population of Fort Collins.

In Lu Boren’s Greenhouse class students are actually growing lettuce right in the classroom. Using a hydroponic system, students are able grow luscious heads of lettuce from tiny seedlings throughout the school year. The lettuce is then harvested and served up in the salad bar of the school cafeteria. The lettuce sales to the cafeteria then help fund the greenhouse program.
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Escalante Forestry and Fire Ecology Study

This year, Escalante’s GT Coordinator and Ag teacher, Lu Boren, combined 7th and 8th exploratory classes to tackle some close-to-home real issues that the community of Durango struggled with this summer and in summer’s past - forest ecology and the effects of fire suppression on current forest health.
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Help Us Plan for the Future by Answering Our Survey!

Durango School District 9-R is examining its current and future budgets for facilities upgrades, projects and maintenance; safety and security measures; and new facilities. Please take 10 minutes to complete the following survey on the district's long-range facility plans. Your feedback will help inform district staff, the district's Long Range Planning Committee, and the 9-R Board of Education on this topic. All responses are anonymous.
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Welcome Back to School

​Happy New Year 9-R Families,
With the presence of a snow storm today, I wanted to remind you of our procedures for analyzing conditions and making decisions regarding school delay or closure.  We live in a pretty diverse area and communities experience a variety of conditions.
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Specialty Gourmet Beef Boxes from Durango 9-R

Ever wondered how different school lunches are today? Here in Durango 9-R, our schools pride themselves on serving up the freshest, locally sourced, most nutritious options for students.

Specialty Gourmet Beef Boxes
Families can now also participate in the farm-to-school program and support the ongoing efforts of the school district to maintain this program in its schools. Special and just in time for the holidays, the district is offering Specialty Gourmet Beef Boxes. These are the fine cuts of our own, locally sourced beef, including favorites like NY Steak and Ribeye. Check out the many gift box options, and spoil yourself and your loved ones with some fine meats for upcoming holiday meals and celebrations. There are options for any budget, starting at $50! But quantities are limited so be sure to order yours today before they all sell out! Available while limited supplies last, just in time for the perfect holiday meal or gift.
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Escalante Band Students March in Veteran's Day Parade

7th and 8th Grade Band Members, under the direction of Mrs. Black, were honored to participate in the City of Durango's Veteran's Day Parade Sunday, November 11. The students marched and played several patriotic songs as well as the Star Wars Theme Song. The band did a great job. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity Mrs. Black!
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Japan 2020!

Hope to see you at the Nov. 13th information meeting! Join an Escalante Trip to Japan during the summer of 2020! Enjoy rich cultural experiences, educational opportunities and pure fun! Informational Meeting Nov. 13th at 5:30 in Mr. Hise's Room 818. Check out this Powerpoint presentation or Contact Mr. Schiavone or Mr. Hise if you want more information.
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Thanksgiving Lunch at Escalante Middle School Nov. 15th - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Escalante is happy to invite all families to come and eat with their EMS Student on Thursday, Nov. 15. Adults are $5.00, children (3 yrs. and up) including students cost $3.00. (Cash and checks only please). We will serve Thanksgiving Lunch at the following times:
6th Grade 11:20 - 11:50 AM
7th Grade 11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
8th Grade 12:20 - 12:50 PM
*7th & 8th grade may run a little behind schedule depending on crowd sizes. Please check in at the office and obtain a visitor pass before heading to the cafeteria for lunch.
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