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School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | February 2017
D51 teacher wins prestigious educator award, $25K prize
Congratulations to Rim Rock teacher and Milken Educator Award winner Felicia Casto! Milken winners are picked based on their talents, dedication, and results in the classroom. Read more here.
It's a F.A.C.T. - Curriculum
Curriculum is more than just textbooks these days. Learn more about how curriculum is evolving and how students are using a variety of tools to learn here.
D51 high school students spread kindness, stomp stigma
Students from across District 51's five high schools have organized numerous Kindness Is Contagious Week events for Feb. 13-20. Learn more about their efforts and how you can participate here.
Superintendent Survey results
The Superintendent Search Survey will help the District 51 School Board hire the next superintendent this spring. Check out the results here, or see them broken out by respondent group in these charts.
D51 gets national attention
Performance Based Learning in District 51 has garnered national attention with the release of a series of articles on the national website The 5th article, about implemen-tation, just came out yesterday. Start from the beginning here.
School of Choice application window opening soon
First-come, first-served slots in schools outside your neighborhood attendance boundaries will be offered during a short upcoming window. Check out boundary maps by clicking on the image above and learn more about applying here.
Kindergarten Roundup time!
Kindergarten Roundup events will take place on or near Friday, March 10, 2017, at many of our elementary schools. Please check with your child's future school for specific event information.
Officer discusses responsible phone, internet use
School Resource Officer Mark Johnson spoke to Redlands Middle School eighth-graders last week about internet safety, cyber bullying, and proper texting behavior. Check out a piece of his presentation in the video above.
What is the D51 Foundation?
See if you can spot any of your favorite kids and teachers in this video about the D51 Foundation's efforts to benefit our schools.
Fun for the whole family!
Feb. 18 - Lions Club Carnival and Parade. Parade downtown at 1 p.m., Carnival at 5 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center. Free.
Feb. 23-24 - Mesa County Safety Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mesa Mall. Free admission.
Feb. 28 - Dinner and a Movie: Moana. 7:30 p.m., Avalon Theatre.
Let us know...
...what you think of the school district's vision in the survey below.
Vision Survey
Schools make the grade
Every Colorado school must write a performance plan to continue its good work, an improvement plan to get closer to success, or a priority improvement or turnaround plan to spur real change. Here are the recently released plans for D51.
Two schools earn CDE awards
Congratulations to Broadway Elementary for winning the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award and congrats to New Emerson School for winning the John Irwin Award! CDE will honor both schools March 1.
District 51 Foundation honors outstanding educators, growth schools at White Iced Celebration
The D51 Foundation's annual White Iced Celebration on Feb. 4 honored a select group of Outstanding Educators. The 2017 Outstanding Educators are: 
  • Carol Cowgill, Orchard Avenue Elementary
  • Scott Davis, Mt. Garfield Middle School
  • Kim Flynn, Central High School
  • Sarah Jensen, Rim Rock Elementary
  • Heidi Ragsdale, West Middle School 
  • Ray Rutkowski, Fruita Monument High School
  • Abbey Schmalz, Fruita Middle School
  • Stephanie Smith, Rocky Mountain Elementary
  • Brittney White, Nisley Elementary
  • Carmel Wilson, Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary
White Iced also celebrated the 2017 Outstanding Growth Schools. Students at these schools experienced the greatest year-over-year improvement in CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) test scores within District 51. The principals of these schools are: Appleton Elementary's Corey Hafey, Broadway Elementary's Scot Bingham, Dual Immersion Academy's Monica Heptner, Fruita Middle School's Brig Leane, and Palisade High School's Dan Bollinger.
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