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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Zimmerman

Center of Focus

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 was the Master of Ceremonies and he did a fantastic job introducing the musicians and the performance numbers.

After the elementary students performed, the middle/high band continued with the holiday tunes. The bands sounded fantastic and the evening was enjoyed by all!

Mr. Noriega has been busy and has had a lot to celebrate. Not only did he conduct the Christmas concert, but he coached his 8th-grade basketball team to an undefeated season, ultimately winning the middle school championship game against Monte Vista. It was an incredible season for the boys and we are proud of their hard work, great sportsmanship, and championship performance! Way to go Vikings!

We started the week on a good note.. and ended on an equally impressive note! Haskin elementary students entertained families on Thursday night with their amazing Christmas concert. Mr. Swanson did an incredible job putting the performance together. The kids’ performances were high-energy, in-tune entertainment, for the whole family.

Students sang, played recorders, and even had choreographed moves with the songs they sang. The decorations gave the performance an extra special touch of class. Thanks to Teddy and Macrina Garcia for their hard work behind the scenes making the amazing decorations as the backdrop for the performances. The staff even got into the show with a fun rendition of the 12 days of Christmas by the Christmas Crooners! It was a great night enjoyed by all!

Viking athletes are crushing it! This weekend Center schools hosted the 2nd annual C-town Showdown and both the boys and girls played in the championship games. Our Lady Vikings came out on top! Center beat Calhan and Crowley County to win the tournament. Way to go ladies! Keep it up. The boys’ team played hard and took 2nd place in the tournament. Overall, the C-Town Showdown was a success for Center.

Our wrestlers had another successful weekend. The team traveled to Grand Junction for the Warrior Classic. Jordan Duran is having a great season and took 2nd place at the competition and beat 5 ranked wrestlers. Andree Meraz finished in 5th place. The Viking team has had a lot of success this year against some tough teams. In this tournament, we finished 18th out of 46 teams. Keep on fighting Vikings! You are all doing great!


The thing that is truly remarkable about our Center staff is the selfless attitude that prevails and the way that everyone goes above and beyond to help others. Every year Susan Banning coordinates the Sharing Christmas event which consists of getting a plethora of food and gift donations for local families, putting together boxes individualized for each family's need, working with local businesses to get supplies, and scheduling delivery of boxes to the families. This is a huge task in and of itself, and this year Susan was dealing with her own family challenges. She didn’t let this deter her and as always, Susan persevered to make sure everything came together during this season of giving, for our families. Thank you Susan for all you do for our Center community. We are truly blessed to have you as an integral part of our Center team. Thanks to everyone who supported these efforts and helped Susan make the Sharing Christmas a success. Thanks to Adele Alfson, Christy Mikeljack, Tony Garcia, Wyanetta Tipsword, 7th-grade students, and everyone who pitched in to wrap presents, pick up and deliver supplies, donate, and deliver. I know there were a lot of people behind the scenes that I don’t know about.. but I thank each of you for making this another successful year of Sharing Christmas. That’s really what it’s all about.

Fast Forward

It’s the last week of the calendar year, the end of the semester, and the first half of the school year. This week is finals week and it is important that students finish #VikingStrong! Even though there has been a lot going on, teachers have still focused on our core beliefs and on quality instruction in their classrooms. I've had the chance over the last few weeks to get into classrooms. Instruction is focused, engaging, and rigorous.

The Secret Santa gift exchange, put on by the Sunshine Committee, will continue through the week. It’s been fun to hear about all the surprises being shared amongst our staff. I can’t believe that Mr. Vigil has received a big-screen TV three years in a row! Incredible. Everyone is sooo generous.

Haskin Elementary is hosting Holiday Spirit Week with some fun dress-up days!

Upcoming dates to get on calendars

Monday, Dec. 19th- Red and Green or Favorite holiday Hat/Headband

Tuesday, Dec. 20th- Ugly Sweater Day

Wednesday, Dec. 21st- District Health Advisory Committee- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Weekly Superintendent PLC- 1:00 pm, District Leadership Team monthly meeting- 3:00- 5:00 pm, Pajama Day

Thursday, Dec. 22nd- Christmas Potluck Breakfast- 7:30- 9:00 am, Secret Santa Gift Exchange- 8:30 am, Special BOE Meeting- 9:00 am, Annual Christmas Party- 1:00 pm

Christmas Break- Friday, Dec. 23rd- Sunday, Jan. 8th

Monday, Jan. 9th- No Students- District Data Day

Tuesday, Jan. 10th- 1st day of second semester, 3rd quarter starts

Tuesday, Jan. 10th- 13th, 16th- ACCESS Testing All Week

Tuesday, Jan. 20th- Staff PD Day, All Staff Lunch Provided by ASU

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