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Today's Bravo! Award goes to Scott Emrich! Scott was nominated for his contributions to technology education at Park Elementary. He dreamed up the Park Technology Club and worked with Kathleen Lau to make it a reality. Scott incorporated coding lessons from Western Design Center’s Dave Cramer, and has kept 50 kids fascinated and having fun with their new adventures in technology. Scott does all of this after school, four days per week. 

Kudos to Scott for his creativity, dedication, interest and energy! 

(Photo courtesy of the Durango Herald.)

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Today's Bravo! Award goes to Nisia Lawler! This year, Nisia accepted a new role as Needham Elementary's GT and Technology teacher. She has been successful in this new role, where she has been able to showcase her passion for student learning. NIsia has helped students gain technology skills that go beyond her classroom and the school, her students are sharing what they learn and know with our community. Students are grateful for Ms.

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Today's Bravo! Award goes to the fantastic team at Needham's Kids' Camp- Maury Hackett, Chayse Romero, and Lisa Williams! They all go above and beyond to communicate with parents and staff and make Kids’ Camp an enriching and fun experience! While most of us think of the school day as ending at 3:00, our dedicated and caring Kids’ Camp staff know that this is just not the case—they extend the learning and fun for students well into the evening!

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The Miller Parent Action Committee (MPAC) will host a garden day celebration including a ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremony led by Student Council to showcase the school’s newest teaching tool.  The events will take place at Miller Middle School (2608 Junction Street) on Friday, May 8th at 3:45 p.m. in the veggie garden located on the north side of the sports court.

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Today's Bravo! Award goes to resource teacher Jill Darland. Jill goes above and beyond to ensure her students success. She gives time for tutoring and has volunteered for Girls on the Run at Fort Lewis Mesa. She even traveled to Telluride to help some students cross the finish line for the big 5k!

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,500
  • 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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