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English language learner students excel in English language proficiency growth assessments

Durango School District’s English language learner (ELL) high school students scored high on the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency assessment. The results from last school year’s testing, released this fall, show that Durango School District elementary and high school students did well in their language acquisition growth compared to ELL students across the state.

DHS Concert and Jazz Bands Holiday Concert - Friday, December 9

Kick off your holiday season in style with an evening of music and fun. The DHS Concert and Jazz Bands will perform their holiday concert on Friday, December 9 at 6:30pm in the DHS auditorium, featuring both traditional and contemporary holiday music.

Save the date: Youth Mental Health Night is Dec. 5

The holidays are right around the corner. While this can be a joyful time for many people, it can also trigger feelings of depression and anxiety in our youth. Durango School District 9-R is here to support students and their families.

Mobile Earth and Space Observatory (MESO) Visit Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Mobile Earth and Space Observatory (MESO) team has had to cancel their visit to Durango planned for this week and next. The event will be rescheduled sometime in January. Stay tuned for those dates.

Durango High School’s Green Team plans Zero Waste Week

Durango High School students want to talk trash; but instead of negative insults, they’re working to create positive change.

The week after the district’s Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, the DHS Green Team will be leading a week of action focusing on waste management in the school and community.


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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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