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Focus on the Fabulous

Congratulations to our CHS girls’ and boys’ basketball teams! Both teams placed third in the district playoffs and earned their respective spots in the regional competition. The games were full of excitement and both teams played hard until the end. The Lady Vikings defeated the Sargent Farmers in a battle that went down to the wire. The final score was 23- 22 with the Vikings finishing on top!

The boys’ game was just as exciting. They were facing the Del Norte Tigers for the third time this year. It’s not easy to beat the same team three times, but our boys did it. The team played well together and came up with a big win, defeating the Tigers 55 to 51!

Our girls will play in Friday night at 6:00 pm in Rye. The boys will travel to Ault, to play Holly, Friday night at 7:30 pm.

Focus on our Fabulous Staff

Our purpose is to increase academic achievement for ALL students. The way that we accomplish this is through quality planning, instruction and assessment. We see examples of that every day in our classrooms. Last week, one shining example, was at the middle school, in Miss Malouff’s classrooms. Students participated in a formal trial on the novel they had just finished, The Chronicles of Narnia. Some students played actual characters from the book, other students were lawyers for the defense of Aslan, and others acted for the prosecution of the White Witch.

The class had the chance to learn from an actual attorney, Chris Friessel, who came in and worked with the students in preparing their cases. Our own Mr. Martinez controlled the court room as the bailiff and Mr. Murillo presided over the hearings. This was a great real life learning experience for our students that integrated literacy, problem solving and team work!

Another shining example of our commitment to excellence was exhibited by Mrs. Agnes Salazar. On Monday she was pulling double duty, covering the front office while still providing small group reading instruction to her students. All the students were actively engaged, reading out loud, and getting the most out of her instruction. Thanks to Mrs. Salazar and everyone on our great team for the hard work they do for our kids every day!

Focus on the Facts

Wendy Murillo, our district nurse, is doing a great job keeping us informed and up to date on all the recent health care concerns. We are in constant contact with state authorities on what is going on in Colorado in regards to the Novel Coronavirus. Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of the Coronavirus into communities across the country. School districts play an important role in this by disseminating critical information about the disease and its potential transmission to students, families, staff and community.

What is the Coronovirus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the United States.

People who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure. Although this virus likely emerged from an animal source, it can also spread from person-to-person. Spread from one person to another is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Typically, as with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.

The latest national situation summary updates, including the number of cases identified in the United States, are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). State situation updates can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) website: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado.

What is the health risk from COVID-19 in Colorado?

Colorado has no cases and the risk of COVID-19 for Coloradans is low at this time. Individual risk is dependent on exposure. People who are at the greatest risk at this time are those who have had close contact with people who were diagnosed with COVID-19.

What are the latest public health measures?

The public health response is multi-layered, with the goal of detecting and minimizing introductions of this virus in the U.S. so as to reduce the spread and the impact of this virus.

The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus and the CDC has issued travel guidance related to COVID-19. The CDC is working closely with state health departments, including the CDPHE, and is issuing clinical guidance. The CDPHE is providing information about the outbreak and how to report suspect cases to local health departments and health care providers in Colorado and coordinating with local public health agencies to determine the need for monitoring, quarantine, or other restriction of movement and activities for travelers returning from China.

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