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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

Principal Update 9-4-20

Hello Animas Valley Families, We hope your students and your family have had a wonderful first week of school. We are thrilled to have the students back in the school building and enjoy hearing their voices fill each classroom as they build their classroom community and explore learning.
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Update from Mrs. Brammer 8-28-20

Hello Animas Valley Families, Welcome to the 2020 -2021 school year! For those of you who are new to our school, we want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely amazing school family community. Our teachers and staff are passionate, hardworking, nurturing, and have a growth mindset. We are a collaborative and driven community of people who guide learners as we develop the tools and mindsets to continually seek and understand the world and ourselves.  Animas Valley Elementary is thrilled to begin another great year, and our team is excited to see each of our students and families next week.
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Update from Mrs. Brammer 8-25-20

Greetings Huskies! Things are moving and shaking here at Animas Valley and we are looking forward to seeing everyone.  On Wednesday, August 26th from 9:00-10:00 AVE will host a socially distanced Meet the Teacher.  Teachers will be positioned around the building outside, in the same location that your student will go for morning arrival/drop off at 7:30 am daily.  Please remember to wear your masks, including any child(ren) in Kindergarten and above.  Teachers will have boxes to collect student supplies if you want to drop them off ahead of time.  Chromebook check out will also be available at this event for students that have requested technology support for the blended or remote models.
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Meet Your Teacher! August 26th

On Wednesday, August 26th, we will be hosting a socially distanced Meet your Teacher event outside from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Please remember to wear your mask and stay 6 feet apart from those not in your family. ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo Huskies! El miércoles 26 de agosto organizaremos un evento Meet your Teacher, socialmente distanciado, al aire libre de 9:00 a 10:00 am. Recuerde usar su máscara y mantenerse a 6 pies de distancia de los que no son de su familia. Las asignaciones de cohorte / maestro se enviarán más adelante esta semana.
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News & Announcements

9-R 2020/21 Capital Budget Guide

Included in this article is a comprehensive, easy to read PDF that breaks down the details of how schools and the district are funded, how the money is allocated to schools, and impacts of legislation and mandates. This year's guide has a focus on capital needs to try to bring to light the deficit due to the negative factor and the current needs across the district.

Itslearning Parent Logins

Dear families, Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we’ve migrated to the world of online learning. Today you should receive an email from itslearning that will contain your username and password.

9-R Update for the Community - 10.20.20

Dear 9-R Community, We have officially made it through the first quarter of the school year, and have thankfully had minimal COVID-19 impacts on students and staff. We thank all the staff, students and parents who have made this possible through their diligence and support of the issued guidelines. The cohort model is allowing continuation of school when a small population is impacted. And also we are appreciative that we have only had one positive case in the district, which was at the very beginning of the school year.

Schools Closed/Student Enrichment Days

The district has identified an additional two days where schools will be closed to allow teacher's additional work days to continue to plan and adjust to instruction under the guidelines of COVID-19. The two days are October 30 and November 2; these are in addition to the already identified teacher work day/school closure of November 30. Enrichment opportunities will be available to families of students in grades k-6 at no cost to the families allowing them to be supervised during regular school hours. Children with significant needs will also have an opportunity to be served at the middle and high school grades. Parents of such students will be contacted in the coming week.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 12, 2020, is recognized by many as Indigenous Peoples' Day. This recognition signifies honor and respect for the Indigenous Peoples of this land we call the United States of America. As we honor the Native American students and families that are part of our Durango 9-R community, we wanted to share with you the words of Michael Watchman, Chairman of the district's Native American Parental Advisory Committee (NAPAC):

School Bond Initiative 4A

On August 25, 2020, the Durango Board of Education passed a vote to move forward with the bond campaign, which has the potential to bring in over $90M, with no tax increase, for capital projects to the school district. Monies from a bond must be used for capital projects, which may include deferred maintenance, new HVAC systems, upgraded technology and safety measures etc

AVE Cohort Returns to School

On Wednesday we informed our school community that there was a possible case of COVID-19 at Animas Valley Elementary. As a precautionary measure, a cohort went into quarantine while final determinations were made around this case. We are pleased to report that the individual with symptoms received a negative COVID-19 test result and the quarantined cohort will be able to return to in-person learning on Monday.

COVID-19 Tests with Cedar Diagnostics

Durango Schools has a partnership agreement with Cedar Diagnostics for students and staff to receive expedited COVID testing. Cedar Diagnostics has updated their scheduling system specifically to support Durango School District 9-R.

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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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