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Durango School District 9-R announced today that Miller Middle School Principal Tam Smith is stepping down from his current position due to health concerns.

During his time at Miller Middle School, Tam has overseen incredible growth at the school, implemented new assessment, curriculum and instructional pedagogies, and has navigated the school through authorization as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.

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This year the students and staff at Fort Lewis Mesa held a Read-A-Thon celebration called Reading through the Solar System.  The school's goal was to read Pluto in reading minutes. As a school, they read over 156,000 minutes in two weeks.

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Durango Education Foundation is raising funds for Durango School District 9-R through their Community Action for Education (C.A.F.É) campaign. DEF is encouraging community members to help raise money and take action through a variety of ways:

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Each year, the 4th and 5th grades at Riverview Elementary celebrate Vocabulary Day as a fun and engaging way to learn new words, increase their written and spoken vocabulary, and to share their new knowledge with other students.The students choose an adjective or a describing noun and create a costume that showcases the word. On Vocabulary Day they come to school dressed as their word. All the words that they choose must be two syllables or more.

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Title VII Native American Education will be hosting a 5k and 1 mile fun run/walk on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Rank Park on the Animas River Trail behind DHS. All proceeds will go to benefit the Title VII Cultural Literacy Enrichment Program. 

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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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