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AVE Winter Celebration

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AVE staff wearing flannel 

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Green Team Spring 2019

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5th Grade Student Congress
Animas Valley in the Fall.
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Principal's Message

Principals' Update 4-4-22

Dear Husky Families,

Our CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) state assessments start this week for 3rd grade and will continue for 4th and 5th grade next week. Information regarding state testing was sent home in Friday Folders and will be linked below by grade. Testing will occur for 3rd-5th graders and will run through the week of April 25th. It is important for your student to be at school on time during the testing window.

AVE Celebration of Learning will take place April 13th 4:30-5:30 PM. Students will visit classrooms with their families to reflect on and articulate what they have learned this year, how they learned, questions they answered, research they conducted, and areas of strength and struggles.
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Principal's Message

Principals Update 3-14-22

Dear Husky Families,
Please remember that Spring Break runs March 21-25th, and Monday, March 28th is a Teacher Work Day. Students will return to school Tuesday, March 29th.
Attendance Shoutout!
Our goal at AVE is every student every day. We know that every
day counts and impacts student success. We celebrated 44 students who had 0 tardies, 0
absences, and 0 early checkouts during the month of February! Two of those students celebrated perfect attendance for the entire year! Way to go, Huskies! Our CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) state assessments are approaching. More information regarding state testing will be sent home the week after Spring Break. Testing will occur for 3rd-5th graders starting the week of April 4th and will run through the week of April 25th. It is important for your student to be at school during the testing window.
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Principal's Message

Principals Update 3-7-22

Dear Husky Families,
Our CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) state assessments are approaching. More information regarding state testing will be sent home the week after Spring Break. Testing will occur for 3rd-5th graders starting the week of April 4th and will run through the week of April 25th. It is important for your student to be at school during the testing window.
The 9R Board of Education has updated its masking guidance. For more information, please review the changes made to Durango 9R mask policies.
Please continue to watch for symptoms such as runny nose, cough, fatigue, headache, nausea/vomiting, or loss of taste or smell. Keep your student home if they show any symptoms, and call the school with any questions.
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Principal's Message

Principal's Update 2-22-22

Dear Husky Families,
Students have had fun celebrating Tuesday 2/22/22 with tutus, ties, tennis shoes, and tube socks! Please remember to send warm winter clothes with your students so they can enjoy our snowy weather.

Please remember there will be no school this Monday, February 28 while teachers participate in professional development.
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News & Announcements

COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 continues to become a common part of our daily lives we would like to offer a few reminders that will allow our students and staff to remain healthy throughout the school year. Durango Schools follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s guidance for schools,

Prep for the year ahead with our Back-to-School FAQ

The start of the 2022-23 school year is right around the corner. For your family’s smooth transition, we’ve prepared a 2022-23 Back-to-School FAQ. It includes information on: Fall Check-In dates in August; elementary schools’ “Meet the Teacher” events; registration for after-school care (now called The Club); menus and payment for school meals; sport physicals for fall athletics; and vaccination requirements.

Check our Back-to-School Guide for Links to Supply Lists, Bell Schedules, and More

Families, we know back-to-school can be a hectic time. To help you, we gathered some important details into a one-page guide. It can be especially helpful for parents with children at different schools. The at-a-glance guide includes clickable links for specific schools' important details, including: Fall Check-In Dates, First Day of School, Bell Schedule, and the School Supply List.

Summer Bridge Program Encourages Summer Learning

School’s out, but Durango School District 9-R is encouraging students to work on learning through the summer – with fun events as a reward. The Summer Bridge program combines free activity books with checkpoints, events, and prizes to continue learning this summer and be ready for the next grade level.

Free Lunches for Children Available Through Summer Food Service Program

Durango School District 9-R Food and Nutrition Services will offer free sack lunches to children through the Summer Food Service Program. Lunches will be available at Santa Rita Park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 7 through July 29.

Schematic Design for IMPACT Career Center at DHS.

At the May 24 Durango School District 9-R Board of Education Regular Meeting, representatives from Anderson Mason Dale Architects-including DHS student intern Nick Huber, Jaynes Corporation, and Jacobs Bond Project Management presented the IMPACT Career Center Schematic Design community update.

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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 concepts because we are motivated to ask questions and discover solutions.

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