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The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all parents, students and staff at Animas Valley Elementary.

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The following is a non-emergency message for all parents, staff and students of Animas Valley Elementary. Phone service to the school is currently experiencing intermittent issues. The provider has been contacted and is working to resolve the problem. Because we do not know when service will be restored, we are asking that all families who need to contact the school urgently to please call Central Office at (970) 247-5411 for assistance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will notify you again through the alert system once the phone service is restored. Thank you.

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The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all parents and students on bus route AV3. The bus will be delayed in dropping off  students this afternoon, Friday, April 17th, due to an activity delay at Fort Lewis College. Please expect a 25-30 minute delay.

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Tomorrow Animas Valley kicks-off this month's scheduled preschool and kindergarten registration dates for all Elementary Schools.  Mark your calendar, fill out the forms and gather required materials before your school's registration date.  Dates are as follows:

Animas Valley: Tuesday, April 7

Riverview: Wednesday, April 8

Sunnyside: Friday, April 10

Fort Lewis Mesa: Tuesday, April 14

Park: Thursday, April 16

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We are seeking feedback from the community about how well the district is doing. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey, which will help us as we tackle budget decisions, look for supports for students, and improve our communications around our work with you.  For more information,  please email:
 Please click HERE to take the survey.

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At a Glance

  • School Mascot: Husky
  • Colors: Teal, Black, and Silver
  • Students: 293
  • Teachers: 24
  • Support Staff: 12

Our Mission

Our vision is to guide learners as we develop the tools and mindsets to continually seek and understand the world and ourselves. Learners will demonstrate confidence,compassion and value diversity. Everyone will leave our school with the ability to apply, transfer and reflect on concept because we are motivated to ask questions and discover solutions.

  • Confidence is about trusting in yourself and your abilities with freedom from doubt.
  • Compassion is the awareness of someone’s suffering or discomfort and taking an action to make the situation better.
  • Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect but moves beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the complexity of each individual.
  • Concepts refer to knowledge and ideas.

Contact Information

  • Principal: Lisa Schuba
  • School Phone: (970) 247-0124
  • School Fax: (970) 385-1183