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DHS Awards $33,000 to Students who Passed AP Exams

Durango High School students lined up this week to receive checks for passing their Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Through a Legacy Grant from the Colorado Education Initiative students received between $100 (passing 1 exam) up to $500 (passing 5 exams). In total the school distributed $33,000 in checks to students.
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Update for Kids' Camp Families

The following in a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all families in Kids’ Camp at Needham, Riverview and Park Elementary schools. These after-school programs were re-located to other sites in the community due to Police direction after an unidentified threat came in. All children are safe and we ask that families pick up their students from Kids’ Camp at their normal pick-up times at the following alternative locations:

Park Kids’ Camp - Sacred Heart Church at 254 East 5th Avenue
Riverview Kids’ Camp - River Church at 860 Plymouth Drive
Needham Kis’ Camp - Miller Middle School at 2608 Junction Street

Police are still investigating the situation, but all schools have been cleared of any threats. Please check our website at durangoschools.org or call our information line at 970-375-3811 for updates.
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EMS Greenhouse Class Grows Food for School Cafeteria

At Escalante Middle School, students aren’t just learning how to grow, preserve, and prepare their own food, they’re getting a taste of a very important sector of the Colorado economy. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, our state agriculture industry generates a whopping $40 billion in economic activity each year. It also provides more than 170,000 jobs in the state, enough to employ the entire population of Fort Collins.

In Lu Boren’s Greenhouse class students are actually growing lettuce right in the classroom. Using a hydroponic system, students are able grow luscious heads of lettuce from tiny seedlings throughout the school year. The lettuce is then harvested and served up in the salad bar of the school cafeteria. The lettuce sales to the cafeteria then help fund the greenhouse program.
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Schools Open, Drive with Caution

The following is a non-emergency message to all parents, staff, and students in Durango School District 9-R. Due to the unforeseen weather conditions in our area, we want to caution parents regarding travel this morning. While our schools will be open today, Monday, November 12, 2018 we encourage parents to make appropriate decisions regarding their students and attendance today. Staff are encouraged to be cautious on their travels in, state and local plows are sparse at this time, and a number of roads appear to be closed. We apologize for the short notice, this weather system caught many by surprise. More updates will be provided if conditions change. For more information on bus routes please contact transportation at (970) 247-5335. Thank you.
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DHS Students Get the Artist Experience

In one of the most idyllic settings in Southwest Colorado, students from Durango High School were able to get a true artist experience during their artist in residency just outside of Mancos. The Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center provided students access to create in a real studio and experience a day in the life of an artist.
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Reminder - Student IDs

Dear 9-R Families,

Initial student photos have been completed at all schools, allowing schools to fully implement the use of student IDs for other purposes such as:

School Bus Transportation Services
School Library Use
City Transit Use
Safety and Security
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