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Focus on the Fabulous

March 7, 2022

We had a great week celebrating our fantastic staff for Mardi Gras Staff Appreciation. Each day staff received a treat as a thank you for all they do every day throughout the year. The week ended with some great professional development, book studies, a comedian, fun music, pampering, and delicious food. Thanks to our Recruitment and Retention team and Katrina Ruggles for working hard to put the week together. A special thanks to Lupita for once again doing an amazing job with decorations. A huge thank you to Stephanie Hensley and Maria Villagomez for their hard work throughout the week and, after a long day on Friday, they both stayed late to get everything cleaned up. I couldn’t have done it without the two of you. Thank you!

Focus on our Fabulous Students

The regular high school wrestling season is over, but that doesn’t mean our boys aren’t continuing to work hard and have success. Omar Hernandez has been invited to participate in the 2022 CHSCA All-State Games for wrestling. He will represent Center High School one last time in June. Way to go Omar!

We had three boys earn state titles this past weekend at the Freshman-Sophomore State Championship Classic - Jordan Duran, Jesus Valadez, and Martin Palma.

Center had the most selections with eight of our athletes being recognized for all-state honors. Six of our boys are on the first team including sophomores Jordan Duran and Lorenzo Trujillo, freshmen Aaron Valadez, Andre Meraz, and Martin Palma, and senior Omar Hernandez. Sophomore Francisco Villa and Jesus Valadez were honorable mention selections.

Our very own Rodney Mondragon was named Coach of the Year. These are pretty impressive recognitions. Congratulations to our Vikings for representing our district in such a positive light. Well done.

Our Lady Vikings made it to the first round of the playoffs and took on DCA on Friday night. They played a tough game, but unfortunately, our girls lost 38-31. The hard work will continue for all our teams as they continue to strive to accomplish their goals.

Ms. Archuleta coordinated the district science fair for our students. Fifth-grade students Landry Neufeld and Alyssa Ortega presented their projects professionally as part of the competition. The science fair was held in the library and students were able to compete virtually with other students across the valley. We are looking forward to hearing the results of our students' hard work.


Even though we had a lot of fun activities going on throughout the week, the staff continued working hard showing our commitment to excellence in all we do every day. The calendar committee met on Tuesday and worked collaboratively to design a calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. Staff and parents had the opportunity to offer feedback through a survey and over 70 people responded. The calendar will be presented to staff this coming week and to the school board at our Tuesday night meeting.

Tuesday evening the administration team met with the teachers who have been participating in the cognitive coaching class with Adams State. We had some great conversations as we consider the next steps for implementing this process as part of our district work.

The MTSS Leadership Team met on Wednesday. It’s impressive to hear about how this team works together to provide a layered continuum of support for our students. This team exemplifies Core Belief #2- With our support, ALL students can achieve at high levels and be successful in life.

Forward Focus

Monday I will be meeting with American Portable Buildings to do a final walk-through of our new modular buildings. I will be meeting later in the week to get furniture ordered for the classrooms and offices. These two buildings will give the district four additional classrooms and four more offices.

Monday, I will be meeting with the Colorado Education Initiative to discuss plans for the EASI grant we received that will support district efforts to develop a graduate profile, improve climate and culture, and further strengthen family/community partnerships.

Tuesday will be the annual Superintendent Advisory Committee meeting at BOCES. Two different health insurance companies will be presenting final proposals at that time. I will be meeting independently with the companies to consider the options presented for our district. Decisions on health insurance will be shared with staff this month and final decisions will be made by the end of the month.

The Accountability Committee will meet on Tuesday afternoon and our regular Board meeting will be Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm in the community room.

Student device inspections will be done on Wednesday during Advisory.

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