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MIller Middle School groundbreaking

Groundbreaking of 
new Miller Middle School

bilingual book club

Park Elementary School's
bilingual book club

Riverview Fun Run

Student Fun Run
at Riverview 

student harvesting indoor lettuce

Students grow hydroponic lettuce

for school cafeterias

math class at Escalante Middle School

Vertical math class
at Escalante Middle School

IMAPCT Center construction

construction at DHS

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New Leadership Teams at Miller & Escalante Middle Schools

Middle school students and families at two schools will have enthusiastic new leadership in the coming 2023/24 school year. Miller Middle School and Escalante Middle School will both have new principals and assistant principals. The public, media, and school families are invited to Ice Cream Socials & Meet the Team events in July.
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Summer Bridge Prize Winners

This year, 203 students turned in completed Summer Bridge books, including all of the district’s seven elementary schools and two middle schools. The Summer Bridge program combines free activity books with checkpoints, events, and prizes to continue learning over the summer and be ready for the next grade level. The program is made possible by "Bridge the Gap" funding from Durango Education Foundation.

It’s Time to Celebrate One Year of SOIL!

September 30th marks the 1 year anniversary of the groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab.  A lot can change in a year!
Where a vacant lot sat 12 months ago, there are now 90 garden beds and a welcoming gathering space that is already providing community engagement, educational and economic opportunity, multigenerational collaboration, cultural and ecological stewardship, and healthy living practices for our community.

Career Speaker Series is Launched to Inspire Students

On Sept. 20, students at Durango High School got a glimpse into the real world of work in a new Career Speaker Series. Student organizers plan to host a speaker at DHS on the third Wednesday of the month throughout the school year.
To kick off the series, nationally known speaker Daniel Seddiqui spoke to about 60 DHS students in the auditorium. His talk was on “50 Jobs in 50 States” – an expedition he created through struggles to land a job after college.

SOIL Community Garden Grand Opening Party, Sept. 30

After more than a year of construction, planting, and patience, the Community Gardens at the SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab are lush and thriving. The corn is taller than a person, and pumpkins are the size of bicycle wheels. It’s time to throw open the gate for a public garden party.
On Saturday, Sept. 30, the public is invited to celebrate at a Community Grand Opening Party from 4 to 6 p.m.

2nd Annual SOIL Art Contest is Underway

Durango School District's SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab is hosting the 2nd Annual Art Contest. This year's theme is "How can a garden change the world?" Submission deadline for artwork is Sept. 29, 2023.

Board of Education Election Cancelled Due to Lack of Candidates

Due to low candidate turnout, the Durango School District 9-R Board of Education has cancelled an election for two board seats, scheduled for November 7, 2023. There are two director offices that were to be voted upon this fall: one in District B and the other in District D. Both seats are four-year terms.

Inclusive Excellence Guiding Coalition Update

During the 2021-22 school year, Durango School District formed the Inclusive Excellence Guiding Coalition. The coalition exists to inform, lead, and champion the diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) strategic plan in which all students own their learning, act on their learning, impact their community, and live out their Ikigai.

Durango Schools Shine on State and National Testing

The 2023 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) results were just released, along with PSAT and SAT scores from Spring 2023 testing. Durango School District students fared well compared to state and national results.


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The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

9-R Board of Education Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that Durango School District 9-R is located on lands and territories taken from the Núuchiu (Ute) people. This land is also the ancestral home of or served as a site of trade, gathering, or healing for Apache, Pueblo, Diné, and other nations. We recognize and honor these peoples and nations as traditional stewards of this land and water and respect their enduring relationship with it.

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