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Baxter Moore, a 5th grade student at Park Elementary, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 15, 2014.  The school-level Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee.  Baxter Moore took a written test after the school-level competition; up to 100 of the top scores on this written test in Colorado will be eligible to compete in the state Bee on April 4, 2014.

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Escalante Middle School is proud to announce the students who have made their first semester honor roll by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Congratulations to all of the following students!

6th Grade Semester 1 Honor Roll

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Since 2012 Colorado has been experiencing unusually high rates of pertussis.

Several school aged children in La Plata County have recently been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is a contagious illness that is spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs and another individual breathes in the bacteria. Symptoms of pertussis usually develop 7 to 10 days after exposure but may occur at any time between 4 days following exposure, up to 21 days after exposure.

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We would like to congratulate Nolan Reed, a junior at Durango High School, on being selected as a member of the 2014 Honor Orchestra of America. To be considered, Nolan had to submit recording of his violin playing,and participate in the competitive audition process for this elite ensemble. He was chosen by members of the applied music faculty from some of the country's leading universities who evaluated the recordings. 

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Students at Durango High School will be hosting Wish Week from January 13th through January 17th. They will be raising funds to support a young boy, Brady, who has leukemia. His dream is to go to Disney World. Students will be collecting funds to Pie a Teacher all week. The largest donations for Pie a Teacher will be able to throw the pies at volunteer teachers during their assembly. Here is another look at how they will be raising funds:

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,227
  • Teachers: 294
    • 12 Years Avg Experience
    • 61% with Master's Degree
  • Support Staff: 193
  • Schools:
    • 7 Elementary Schools
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 2 High Schools
    • Area Served: 1,039 sq miles

Our Mission

The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

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