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  • Carrie Zimmerman

Focus on the Fabulous

Center Vikings' football team had a big win on Friday night over the Olathe Pirates. It was an exciting game and the team performed well with a final score of 28-22. Way to go Vikings!

This Friday the boys are on the road again, traveling to Peyton. The next home game will be on Friday, the 17th. You might have noticed some changes at the football field. Mr. Jones and his crew have been working hard getting the new announcer’s booth finished. We are looking forward to our next home game under the lights in our new digs!

Our volleyball girls are off to a fantastic start with an overall record of 8-1. They currently have a 3 game winning streak. Their last game was against Crested Butte on Tuesday night. This was their first league match up and they won 3 games to 1. Come watch the lady Vikings play Thursday night at home against Creede.

Our cross country team will be running in the Joe Vigil Meet on the 11th.

Focus on the Facts

Center Schools continues to work in partnership with Saguache County Public Health in following the established guidelines for the state, county, and public school districts. Last week, we quarantined one third grade class and the freshmen class due to several positive cases in those groups. This was done as a precautionary measure to stop any spread within the district and at the direction of Public Health. The 9th grade students who have received their vaccines will be able to return to school on Tuesday, September 7th.

The three districts in Saguache County met with Saguache County Public Health in August and agreed together that all districts would strongly recommend, but not require, that students and staff wear masks within their buildings. This was the consensus of eleven of the districts across the Valley as well. This is in alignment with the mask guidance for school districts. There is no mask mandate for public schools at this time.

Below is the current Public Health Order:

  • Public Health Order 20-38 requires unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people in Colorado age 12 and older to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in the following settings:

    • Homeless shelters.

    • Prisons.

    • Jails.

    • Community corrections programs and facilities.

    • Emergency medical and other health care settings (including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, urgent care centers, long-term care facilities, clinics, doctors’ offices, and non-urgent care medical structures).

  • Children 11 years old and younger are not required by the order to wear masks because the evidence so far has shown that children in this age group are less likely to spread COVID-19 than older children and adults. However, families may take additional precautions and encourage children age 2 and older to wear masks indoors around other unvaccinated people.

As this pandemic is an ever-evolving situation, and the safety of our students and staff is our top priority, we will continuously assess the situation and respond to the medical guidance of experts.


Our administration team met to review the Educator Effectiveness process. We reviewed the timeline and went over the four teacher quality standards. The team took time to look at each of the descriptors under the standards and define what those would look like in Center at the different levels. Dr. Curtis Garcia joined the conversation and gave us some helpful insight as we continue to work together to ensure that we are providing our students with the best instruction possible and that we are supporting our instructional staff along the way. Every child deserves excellent classroom teachers and building leaders who are supported in their professional growth.

On Friday, August 27th, our staff continued that work. Teachers worked in grade levels or content areas to review and discuss the standards and what those elements might look like in their classrooms. We had some great conversations and positive feedback on the work that was done. As a district, we are committed to this work because we know that classroom teaching and school leadership are the strongest school-based factors impacting student achievement.

Fast Forward

This will be a short week for the students, with Monday off for Labor Day, and Friday off for students. Staff will attend a Professional Development day on Friday, focusing on our district initiatives. Wednesday, our District Leadership Team will meet to begin work on our Unified Improvement Plan and update our District Action Plan.

Have a great week Vikings!

#Stay the Course #Viking Strong

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