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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Zimmerman

Center of Focus

March 10, 2024

 Focus on the Fabulous

We had a great celebration for our District Ownership Plan rollout during our Parent Teacher Conferences.  Thanks to our District Ownership Team and everybody who pitched in to help share our district priorities and the Viking Graduate Profile.  We’ve done a lot of work to get this together and it’s exciting to be at this point.  Thanks to the families and community members who are jumping in to partner with the district and support all our work to ensure our students have the best educational experience possible.  We know the importance and value of our family and community partnerships and that these relationships are integral to student success. 


As part of our Ownership approach, we had several people step forward and contribute to the team to make everything come together for the Parent Teacher Conferences and the District Rollout.  Thanks to Maria Villagomez for coordinating the amazing staff dinner on Wednesday night and to everybody who pitched in to help her. The meal was an amazing treat for our teachers. 

It’s always impressive to see the outside organizations that are willing and eager to participate in our school events, from Open House to parent-teacher conferences, and our awards night.  That involvement can be attributed to Adele Alfson and the extra mile she goes to coordinate with the different organizations and the way she makes sure they are well taken care of.  Every year Adele prepares an amazing dinner for all of our visitors and treats them extra special so that they are happy to be a part of our annual events.  She goes above and beyond to support our Family Community Partnerships and we all benefit as a result.  Thank you, Adele!   

A couple of our own were shining brightly at the Capitol this past week. Our current elementary counselor, Jerica Gonzalez, was asked to share at the state level about her experiences at Adams State and about her career as a school counselor. Jerica was not the only Viking at the Capitol. Jacqueline Aguilar, a CHS graduate, was also asked by ASU to speak about her experiences.

The state is working on funding and allocations and ASU was doing their annual Capitol visit. Jerica and CHS alum, Jacque, were invited to speak on the impact of ASU, both personally and professionally. They had the chance to meet one of the House Reps who had also worked on funding for the School Counselor Corp Grant. Jerica was able to share her experiences from a small rural community that included the beginning of her career and her family. She also spoke with Senator Marchman who is continually looking at school funding, and she was able to share about her experience taking a paid internship while being enrolled in the Master's Program. We are truly fortunate to have her in our district, supporting our students and staff. Way to go Jerica! We are so proud that you are on our team and a Viking!




The Sunshine Committee organized the semi-annual door decorating competition that took place during PTC.  There were some pretty impressive doors and the added decorations make the halls look fabulous for conferences.  Thanks to everybody who participated!


We have a few exciting updates on projects that we are working on.  Our track and field project is well underway.  This past week I met with the construction managers as they did a walkthrough of the park.  They have conducted the surveying, soil sampling, and report.  We are looking at an April start for the groundbreaking of the project.  Thanks to the Board, the district is committed to the completion of a new track and field for the 2024-2025 school year.  Because of sound fiscal management over the last several years, the district has the means to move forward with a couple of capital improvement projects.  However, as part of our fiscal responsibility, we will continuously pursue additional funding options to support that work. We are working with the town in the pursuit of the GOCO grant.  The town submitted the GOCO grant this past week. Thanks to everybody who completed the survey to provide input on the park project.  We are thankful for the partnership with the town and the opportunity that we have to make some pretty impressive improvements to the park for our community, the school, and the students! 


The district is also moving forward with an onsite capital construction project.  This project includes the addition of four classrooms, a meeting space, a lobby, and an auxiliary gym.  Architects have been hired and the RFP went out this past week to secure a construction manager for the project. 


There are a lot of positive, exciting things happening in the district.  Let’s stay focused on the fabulous as we wind up our 3rd quarter and prepare for our state assessments.  Let’s make sure our kids are prepared to show what they know, thanks to all your hard work, dedication, and quality instruction throughout the year.  Go Vikings!!!


Fast Forward


Calendar Dates

Monday, March 11th- Climate Survey, Junior Capstone Gallery Walk, CLD A-Team Prep for CDE visit


Tuesday, March 12th- Superintendents’ Advisory Council, Device Inspections


Wednesday, March 13th- Center Language Partnership Visit- CDE, Spring SLV Career Fair, District Accountability Committee, CCSD BOE Work Session with Town, Cafecito con Matematicas- Haskin Elementary, BOE Meeting, CHS Baseball vs. Las Animas @ Runyon


Thursday, March 14th- R&R Meeting, End of 3rd Quarter


Friday, March 15th- Track and Field @ Bayfield


Monday, March 18th- Friday, March 22nd- Spring Break




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