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  • Carrie Zimmerman

Center of Focus

October 2020


This is the last week of the first quarter and our ninth week of instruction. Every year, we look forward to meeting our families and community members during our Open House. This year we had to structure things a little differently because of our social distancing protocols. This year we set up a virtual Open House that was held on Tuesday, October 6th. Our teachers did a great job reaching out to families with letters, sharing a little about themselves. Even though we didn’t meet face to face, we had the opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better. We had a great response from our families and received over 200 postcards back from family members. All of the postcards that were returned were entered into the drawing. We held the drawing in the community room and building principals drew names and assigned prizes to the lucky winners. We had over100 prizes to give away, thanks to Brisa Macias, Dalia Molina, Itzel Duran, Marisol Baca, Ofelia Gonzalez, Rachael Barraza and Tiffany Maldonado. These ladies did an amazing job of drumming up community support for our district. Way to go!!!

The grand prizes were a family pass to Hooper Swimming pool, a $50 gift certificate to Jones Oil, and two iPads from our Center Tech Team. Thanks to all of our generous community sponsors! This was a great way for us to connect with our families so that solid partnerships are established for the school year. Thank you to all the families that participated and everyone who pitched in to make the event a success!

We had our first high school football competition this Friday against Peyton and even though it didn’t go the way we wanted it to, we were happy to have the boys on the field competing. Our first home game will be this Thursday evening, Oct. 15th @ 6:00 pm. We will be playing Ignacio. We are continuing to honor social distancing guidelines and have a limited number of fans, however, the game will be live streamed.

Our cross country team competed at the regional meet in Rocky Ford on Friday, October 9th. Stephanie Molinar Almedia represented our district at the regional competition and set a new personal record for herself!

Our staff enjoyed a little R & R on Friday, October 9th. The first part of the day staff participated in Listening Circles and professional development focused on Phenomenal Teaching and Project Based Learning. The second half of the day, staff had the opportunity to relax and unwind a little bit in celebration of a successful first quarter of the school year.

The R & R team put together some fun activities and staff had the option to play nine holes @ Cattails or soak in the hot tubs @ Hooper Pool. It was a great way to end the week and a much needed break.

Focus on the Fabulous

Center administrators are doing some great things. Skoglund Middle School Principal, Luis Murillo, received a $10,000 scholarship from the Curriculum Association and ALAS. This scholarship will support Luis in his doctoral work and his quest to fight for equity and access for ALL kids. Luis was also nominated for the Annual ALAS Latinx Administrator of the Year award. Center High School Principal, Kevin Jones, has been selected by CDE as a principal mentor and is taking part in the Principal Leadership Institute. In this program principal participants work with mentor principals using a coaching framework. The idea behind this is to provide high levels of support for leaders and build systems that create a sense of collective efficacy and an empowering climate.

Teacher Effectiveness

By the end of the month, staff will have completed their annual self-assessments and set their yearly goals. There will be a few minor changes to the evaluation system this year. The main change is that we will not be using MSLs this year. The evaluation will be based 100% on the Teacher Quality standards. The intent of our annual evaluation process is to support all staff in continued improvement. Every child deserves an excellent teacher in the classroom. As a district, teachers and leaders are committed to professional growth.

Forward Focus

We are looking forward to our Board Meet and Greet on Tuesday night. The event will start @ 5:30 pm. Elementary staff are welcome to join us from 5:30- 5:50 pm in the library. Secondary staff are welcome from 5:50- 6:10 pm. The BOE meeting will start at 6:15 pm. This is a time to get to know our Board members and have some tasty appetizers prepared by Lu Ortega. This event is being hosted by the R & R committee. We will introduce our new teachers to the BOE at the beginning of the meeting and recognize Kim Gonzales, our Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020. We never had a chance to recognize her at a BOE meeting because of the school closures, so we will be doing that at the Tuesday night meeting.

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