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As we continue to celebrate Safe Schools Month, let's learn more about the standard response protocol, used by school districts, fire departments and police departments throughout the country, to help reinforce a safe school environment for staff and students. It's important to know the protocols used, and to stay home, stay informed and be ready!

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I am saddened to notify our community that Dr. Chad Novak, counselor at Escalante Middle School, passed away yesterday.   Chad has been with the district since 1999 and served in a variety of capacities at both Miller Middle School and Escalante Middle School.  He made a huge impact on so many students and families across the district and we regret to share news of his loss.  He is survived by his wife and two children.

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The Southwest Native American Education Alliance (SWNAEA) are a proactive, and dedicated group of educators, administrators, and policy makers, who have taken on the responsibility to expand the horizons of all our students. The Essential Element Family Engagement Conference is such an opportunity for us to do that for Colorado’s American Indian children.

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With increased cases of enterovirus in our state, we wanted to remind students and families about important steps you can take to minimize the spread of enterovirus and other cold and flu viruses:
  • Stay Home if You're Sick- Getting plenty of rest is important to help your body recover from a virus. Staying home to recover will also prevent the spread of germs.
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As a previous user of our old school lunch/breakfast payment vendor, MyLunchMoney, you may have inadvertently received some emails from the vendor, similar to the image here.  Please note that Durango School District 9-R is in the process of switching to a new system and is no longer using MyLunchMoney, as of July 1, 2014.  We apologize for any confusion this may have created.

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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
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