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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Zimmerman

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February 19, 2024

Focus on the Fabulous


Happy Presidents Day!  There is a lot to celebrate this week!  Our Viking wrestlers had a fantastic season and nine wrestlers qualified for state.  Tuesday afternoon we wished them well as they headed out to the state competition. 

The boys wrestled valiantly, individually and as a team!  Aaron Valadez made it to the championship round and performed extremely well.  He ended up with a second-place finish, however, we have received several positive comments about the way he handled himself throughout the tournament. 

He wrestled hard and showed great character in his wins and losses.  These are the things that make us proud to be Vikings.  Way to go Aaron! 

Jordan Duran also showed a lot of skill, toughness, and class.  He wrestled hard and took an impressive third-place finish!  All nine of our boys, and Giselle Meraz, performed fabulously at the top level and represented our district well. The team finished in 6th place overall!  Aaron Valadez- 2nd place, Jordan Duran- 3rd place, Andre Meraz, Jesus Valadez, and Giselle Meraz- 4th place, Martin Palma- 6th place.  We are proud of our coaches and each of our wrestlers for working so hard to accomplish these impressive goals.  Last year, we sent seven wrestlers to state and came away with four awards and a 15th-place finish.  We’ve shown growth in skill, confidence, attitude, and determination.  Way to go Vikings!  You demonstrated what it means to be a Viking- you worked hard, contributed to the team by how you performed both on and off the mat, and each of you was an empowered individual! 


Haskin students made literature a real-life event! You’ve all heard or read Thomas Rockwell’s book, How to Eat Fried Worms.  It’s about a group of young boys who make a bet.  Billy is a normal kid with no money and he wants a new motorbike.  To get that bike, he bets his buddies that he can eat 15 worms in 15 days.  Well… our 3rd graders put that bet to the test and fried up some worms of their own with Mrs. Hintz as the head chef!  It sounds like the kids and even Principal Bouet took the bet and dined on worms… I heard that some of the boys even had seconds!  What a fun activity that our kids will never forget.  I did not ask for the recipe!


I’m excited to report that we are almost ready to open our infant childcare room!  Several people have been working hard to get things in place, Lucia Miranda, Janet Sanchez, Chris Segura, and his team to name a few.  We’ve been a little slower than we had anticipated because of supply chain challenges and getting things installed.  However, thanks to persistence and hard work, we are almost there.  Lucia worked last week to get the room set up and it looks fantastic.  Janet and Lucia interviewed candidates so that we will have competent staff in place.  We are hoping to have the final approvals this week from the health inspector and the state.  This is just another one of our recruitment efforts, putting additional support in place for our families so that we can provide quality child care on-site!  Hip hip hooray!


We are also piloting some new FloWater hydration stations.  You will see four blue water stations around campus.  The water is filtered and ice-cold.  Bring your refillable containers so that you can stay hydrated with the refreshing water!  We’ll be getting feedback in the future to see if this is something that the staff and students would like to have permanently in our district! 



At the Wednesday night Board meeting, the senior class presented on their end-of-year trip to California. The CASB Crew also presented and shared their experience at the CASB convention and about the work they have been doing since they returned, which includes the Merit competition and changes to the cell phone policy. 

It wasn’t just the wrestlers that competed over the weekend.  Our basketball teams have continued to show improvement.  The Lady Vikings had a three-game winning streak going.  They played tough against Sanford but fell short, and lost a heartbreaker to Cotopaxi on Saturday night.  Come out and cheer them on tomorrow night for their away game against Sargent.  The boys played hard but lost both of their games this weekend.  They will be taking on Monte Vista tomorrow night in Monte @ 6:30 pm. Let’s cheer the teams on to VICTORY!!


Fast Forward

We are excited to have our annual staff appreciation week starting on Tuesday.  It’s our annual Mardi Gras celebration- even though we are a week off!  Recruitment and Retention is a big part of our District Ownership Plan.  The district puts in a lot of effort to ensure that we have the best staff around.  This week we recognize all staff and their contribution and dedication to our students! 


Upcoming dates to get on calendars

Monday, Feb. 19th- Presidents Day!  Kiwanis’ Pancake Dinner

Tuesday, Feb. 20th- Pick up your Mardi Gras Swag in the library- Coffee by Fueled by Blessed- Facials with Bri, Mid-term Progress Grades, Town Meeting, Safety Policy Meeting, CHS B-ball vs. Sargent and Monte

Wednesday, Feb.  21st- Wear Gold and your Mardi Gras Swag!  Fried Pies in building offices, Haircuts by Juliann, Rural Alliance Advocacy, Superintendent PLC, DOT Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 22nd- Wear Green and your Mardi Gras Swag!  Ice cream and Popsicle treats delivered at the end of the day, Haircuts by Juliann, Massages by Anna Hill, CHS Knowledge Bowl,  Adventure Vision delivering glasses

Friday, Feb. 23rd- Staff PD- No Students- Wear Purple and your Mardi Gras Swag!  Staff pampering all day!  Escape Truck, Pickleball, Sip and Paint, Taco Truck


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