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  • Carrie Zimmerman

Center of Focus

Focus on the Fabulous

Everyone involved in education knows that we are often called upon to fulfill a variety of roles. Teachers, nurses, custodians, paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, the tech team, food services, and administrators all go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we meet the needs of all kids, regardless of the circumstances. I have reported out a number of times this year already on the extra mile that staff has gone to keep our kids safe, healthy, and educated. Once again, our staff has risen to the occasion, was on their toes, and responded to a challenging circumstance to make sure our students were taken care of and safe. Thank you all for everything you do for our district. There are many things that happen behind the scenes that people do not get acknowledged for, but those actions are impactful and are making a difference.


Our high school students got to celebrate A Year to Remember this Saturday evening at their high school prom! It took a lot of planning and preparation to pull this off, but the night was a success. The Grand March was live-streamed so that everyone could see how amazing our students looked in their formal attire and we could all share in the celebration. Thanks to Mr. Steward for coordinating that! Mr. Noriega, as always, did a fantastic job announcing the Grand March. A HUGE thank you to Ms. Banning who worked tirelessly with the students, administration, and class sponsors to make everything come together. Thanks go to Joe Martinez and Anna Bishop for all their hard work as class sponsors pulling everything together for a memorable night for our students! Wendy Murillo also contributed to the festivities and made special masks for the students... and of course, our resident professional photographer took amazing pictures! Thanks Schoen!! Steve Martinez, Officer Lopez, and Mr. Jones all helped with supervision and keeping our kids safe during this special night.


Despite the challenges that the last year has presented, the Colorado Department of Education made the decision to require state assessments to fulfill federal requirements. Fortunately, our Director of Instruction, Dr. Stephanie Hensley, was on the ball and got everything coordinated and scheduled ahead of time so that we were ready to roll. State testing took place last week and went very smoothly considering all of the challenges.

High School counselor, Adele Alfson, also did a great job scheduling the PSAT and SAT exams that were required for our sophomores and juniors. Staff all pitched in to help proctor and we got the testing done in one week! Great work everybody!

Last Tuesday evening, we had our regular Board meeting. Hanna Hays was officially recognized as our Center Teacher of the Year. She was presented with a plaque and acknowledged for the strong relationships she establishes with her students. She will be recognizing our district at the All Valley Teacher of the Year banquet that will be held this Wednesday evening at Mountain Valley School District.

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