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Do you have a son who is currently in 8th grade?  Have you signed him up for the great conference planned for May 8, 2014 at DHS?  See the attached flyer for more information and don't forget to turn your form back into your school ASAP!  Schools will accept late forms on Monday.

As part of the School Music Extravaganza that will feature many of our student musicians, Music in the Mountains has teamed with Alpine Bank to offer a video contest.  Local schools were asked to create a video to showcase their music programs, and what they would do with a $500 award from Alpine Bank. Two of our schools stepped up to the challenge. Escalante Middle School and Durango High School are both in the running to win the award.

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Educational choice is a wonderful and unique aspect to our small town. From innovative public schools, to a variety of private and parochial schools, to rigorous charter schools and many higher education oppor-tunities, Durango-area schools offer choices, diverse curriculum and opportunities for every family from preschool through higher education.

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Thanks to a generous grant from Durango Friends of the Arts and The Community Foundation, 9-R elementary students have been able to dance, wiggle and giggle in "Zumba Kids." Sara Illsley and Karla Sluis offered the after school program for free to our K-5 students at Animas Valley, Fort Lewis Mesa and Florida Mesa elementary schools.

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This spring 9-R elementary students participated in the annual 5210 Health Challenge. Students are challenged to record and strive toward eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 servings of sweetened beverages. The Wellness Teams at each elementary school organize and promote this annual challenge as a way to reinforce and practice the health standards related to nutrition and fitness. This year the schools were asked to conduct simple pre/post assessments which showed that this simple challenge is getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, decrease their screen time and drink more healthy beverages.

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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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