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Superintendent's Corner:
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Carrie Zimmerman, Superintendent of Schools

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Center of Focus

January 9, 2023 Focus on the Fabulous It’s a New Year! Happy 2023! We are getting ready to start the second half of the school year #VikingStrong! As we kick off a New Year, I would like to revisit our Core Beliefs and Vision for the district. We established our Core Beliefs over a decade ago before our new building was built. I remember working in the old library with other staff members and then in Mr. Welsh’s office, to hash out the different values that were held by

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19 de diciembre de 2022 Enfoque en lo Fabuloso Los escuelas del Centro celebraron las vacaciones de Navidad con dos actuaciones presenciales la semana pasada. Fueron las primeras actuaciones en directo que hemos podido tener en la escuela en tres años, con padres y comunidad entre el público, y no nos decepcionaron. El lunes por la noche nos deleitaron con un fantástico concierto de banda, dirigido por el Sr. Noriega. El concierto comenzó con nuestros alumnos de 5º grado toc

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December 19, 2022 Focus on the Fabulous Center schools celebrated the Christmas holiday with two in-person performances last week. These were the first live performances we’ve been able to have at the school in three years, with parents and community in the audience, and we were not disappointed. Monday night we were treated to a fantastic band concert, conducted by Mr. Noriega. The concert started with our 5th-grade students playing three festive tunes. Javier Ramos-Baca wa

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25 de enero de 2022 Enfoque en lo Fabuloso ¡Nuestros atletas de Center Viking tuvieron una semana estelar la semana pasada! Ambos equipos de baloncesto de hombres y mujeres obtuvieron emocionantes victorias sobre Monte Vista. ¡Las chicas jugaron duro durante todo el partido y salieron con la W y un resultado final de 36-33! Alexis Varela y Alicia Ríos fueron las máximas anotadoras con 16 y 10 puntos respectivamente. ¡Los chicos jugaron un partido igual de emocionante y gan

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January 25, 2022 Focus on the Fabulous Our Center Viking athletes had a stellar week last week! Both the boys' and girls' basketball teams earned exciting victories over Monte Vista. The girls played hard throughout the match and came up with the W and a final score of 36-33! Alexis Varela and Alicia Rios were the top scorers with 16 and 10 points respectively. The boys played an equally exciting game and beat the Pirates 44-43! The boys showed their determination and gri

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Focus on the Fabulous - January 7, 2022 2021 is in the rearview mirror and I know some people are happy to see it behind us. Even though the year presented a number of challenges, there were some bright spots along the way. It’s important to take the time to look for the good and not get caught up in all the negativity that seems to surround us. So… what are the bright spots? Let’s take a look: 1. We have the best group of students around! 2. We have an amazing te

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November 8, 2021 Focus on our Fabulous Students Our Very Own Spud Bowl Queen- Priscilla Zapata The Spud Bowl tradition began in 1946 when the potato farmers in the Valley were asked to contribute sacks of spuds to Adams State University, which, in turn, were converted into cash to supplement the athletic program. The tradition and spirit have continued, and Spud Bowl remains a highlight of each football season. Each year, San Luis Valley high schools are asked to nominate a s

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Focus on the Fabulous Things Going On It’s hard to keep up with so many things going on in our district. Friday, September 10th, was our third Professional Development day for the year. Dr. Hensley put together an engaging day of learning that was aligned to our District Action Plan and that was responsive to feedback staff had provided in regards to PD areas of interest and need. The morning began with Kevin Hagan leading a Thinking Strategies and Workshop Model session f

Center of Focus August 15, 2021 Focus on the Fabulous

We are so excited to have our students back tomorrow, August 16th, for our first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year! We are looking forward to a great year with our students as we seek to develop independent, self-directed, self-motivated, and adventurous, risk-taking, experiential learners armed with the skills and knowledge they need to go out and be successful in today’s society! We’ve already had a great start to the school year with a number of impressive events

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We are heading into our last two weeks of school and what a year it has been. Looking back, I feel that we have accomplished quite a bit, despite all of the challenges that have come our way. We have been able to attend school, for the majority of the year, onsite. When we were not able to be here, we were able to continue to provide quality instruction for our students virtually, thanks to everybody’s efforts. These last couple of weeks will be busy, but I feel confident tha

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Focus on our Fabulous Staff This past week the Colorado Education Initiative announced their first cohort of the Rural Superintendent Academy (RSA) which includes superintendents and principals from an array of outlying school districts in Colorado. Luis Murillo, our middle school principal, was selected to take part in this initiative. Luis was selected to represent our district as he has served for seven years as a Colorado rural school leader. Luis is a perfect fit for thi

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We are happy to announce our Teachers of the Year for Center Consolidated School District. Alex Magness was nominated for Haskin Elementary. Alex has worked hard in the district and has always been willing to be flexible and take on different assignments to meet the needs of the students. Thanks to her expertise, our kids have benefitted from her teaching 2nd grade, kindergarten and this year she is in 5th grade. She is very easy to get along with and does what is needed to h

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Focus on the Fabulous Despite everything going on, our staff was able to pull off some fun Halloween activities for our elementary students last week. In this time of uncertainty, thank you all for being a constant in our kids’ lives and for giving them some sense of normalcy. Students had the opportunity to have some fun wearing costumes, parading down the halls, and playing some games with all of you! Halloween at Haskin Elementary was a great success! Wendy Murillo, our di

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#VikingStrong We are starting up our 4th week of face-to-face instruction for the 20-21 schoolyear. The first three weeks have gone well and we have had great teamwork throughout. Way to pull together Vikings! Focus on the Fabulous It was great to have the recognition of the Governor visiting our district. Governor Polis wore his VikingStrong mask at his press conference the following day. Center Consolidated School District is leading the charge to have face-to-face instruct

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#VikingStrong We’re off to a great start! Our first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year was on August 17th. Our Viking team has done a great job of getting everything together so that we can hit the ground running. Currently, we have approximately 65% of our students attending face-to-face and 35% of our students attending on-line. Our staff has done an amazing job getting things in place so that we can move forward with quality instruction in a safe and Students w

Focus on 2020 Vision

The end of the 2019-2020 school year is coming to a close and although it isn’t what any of us anticipated, there are a number of fabulous things to celebrate. First and foremost, our determined Class of 2020. They had some unique challenges with their final quarter of school, but they handled it well, and accomplished their goals! Well done seniors! The town celebrated our original graduation date, Saturday, May 16th, with a parade for our seniors. Thanks to everybody who pa

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Focus on the Fabulous Last week we recognized our amazing teaching staff with Teacher Appreciation Week. This week we are honoring our nursing heroes for National Nurses Week, May 6th-12th. On the front lines of a national health crisis, nursing professionals need our support now more than ever. Center Schools is lucky to have Wendy Murillo and Randi Asbell serving as our health professionals, and working hard to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. They each have go

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Focus on the Fabulous Our first week of remote learning was a success! Our teachers worked hard to provide students with authentic learning experiences that were engaging and relevant to all that is going on in the world today. Students were able to use their personal devices and watch direct instruction in all content areas. Joe Martinez and Tim Sanchez did a great job providing guided instruction on daily workouts for our students. Kids were able to follow along and comp

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Focus on our Students This week in Center, we are beginning our new adventure in learning. Teachers and staff have spent the last week preparing for this new alternative approach to instruction and we are ready to hit the ground running. Students will be able to connect with teachers on a weekly, if not daily basis. Staff have already reached out to students this past week, to check in on their kids, see how they were doing, and also find out what resources or supports studen

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