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Dragon Updates - 12/9/18
Congratulations to the High School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams for having a great first week against Ridgway and then Creede. If you haven't yet made it to a game to watch these athletes play, then I would encourage you to do so. It is great to see the talent our students bring to the court!

On a related note, our athletes have to be academically eligible to play every week, not only because we expect excellence from our students, but also because CHSAA expects it as well. The Athletics Department runs Progress Reports every Monday so coaches, parents, and teachers can work together to hold students who want to play accountable. On Wednesday at 4pm, final Eligibility Reports are run, and are in effect through 4pm the next Wednesday. If you have any questions about this process, please contact either me or the Athletics Department.

I would also like to remind everyone who attends an event at the school, whether it be athletics, a performance, or anything between, that appropriate conduct is appreciated and expected. Adults are responsible for modeling civil behavior, even when situations don't seem fair or when things don't go our way.

In these next two weeks leading up to Christmas Break, we have two equally important items to consider. First, our middle of the year testing is underway. All of us have worked hard to earn the Accreditation DeBeque Schools currently enjoys, and we want to keep on track. Please talk to your kids about the importance of being prepared and doing their best on these tests. The second consideration is school parties and holiday events. Please be sure to check the school calendar on the front page of our website and to check in with your child(ren)'s teacher(s) to see if there are any classroom specific holidays occurring.

Thank you!
Dragon Updates - 12/2/18
Hello DeBeque!

I wanted to take a few minutes and get some updates out to you from the last couple of weeks and as we move forward toward break.

Congratulations to Mrs. Volk and Mrs. Shibata for the musical performances and art walks last week. I heard, and saw, nothing but great things! The kids performed beautifully, they showed their art with enthusiasm, and the parents and community members in attendance seemed to enjoy every minute! The secondary performance and art walk is this Wednesday. We hope to see you there!

As the weather is getting colder, I am getting questions from some community members about what our policy is regarding kids being kept inside. I had a phone conversation with a parent last night, and we came to the agreement that if it is 20 degrees or below, if it is windy, or if it is uncomfortably wet, we will keep students inside. Kids are allowed to be in the front entry until 7:30 a.m., which is when the doors unlock. On mornings that kids are allowed inside, they will all be supervised in the cafeteria until the first bell rings at 7:40 a.m. If it is too cold, windy, or wet at recess, the appropriate teaching team will coordinate an alternate activity.

Thanks to the efforts of faculty and staff, we are fiscally healthier now than we were at this time last year, by about 10%. The BOE and Administration will be doing budget work in January so we will have more definitive numbers at that point. We are all continuing to be mindful about funding programs and initiatives that support the District's mission, vision, values, and goals, and that reflect the accountability we know we have to use taxpayer dollars in a financially responsible way.

The BOE would like to extend their most sincere appreciation to the Handbook Committee. Mrs. Largent, Mr. Purlee, and Mrs. Winegard have done an incredibly impressive job of merging the Colorado Revised Statutes, the Colorado Department of Education guidelines, the District's CASB Board Policies, and our current handbooks into the beginning of a document that is receiving nothing but praise. Members of the team presented at October's BOE meeting and at DAC last Wednesday night and will be presenting a draft document for review later this year.

The DeBeque School is in the process of searching for a candidate who is interested in the Title I position for the 2019/2020 Academic Year. All of the information is posted on the website, under "Departments" and then "Human Resources." If you or anyone you know wants to be considered, please submit all of the documentation as soon as possible. The position will open until filled.

Middle of the year Diagnostic testing starts this month and extends through January, so please do your best to make sure your kids are well-rested, well-fed, and prepared. Although formal testing is probably not on anyone's list of favorite things to do, it is the only measure by which the state determines our accreditation status. We have an educated, experienced, and dedicated faculty and staff who are invested in student success, but they cannot control whether a student has had enough to eat, or enough sleep, or a number of other factors that influence, both positively and negatively, student success. This is why we rely so much on you, as the expert on your child, to help us bring out the best in our shared students :)

This update is more of a request than anything else. It is impossible, even in bigger cities and districts, to avoid dual relationships and conflicts of interest, and the challenge is even more significant in small towns. We are accountable to manage those issues responsibly, ethically, and maturely. As such, if you hear anything school related that is causing you concern or on which you need clarification, please contact me. I firmly believe that issues are best managed between the people closest to those issues, so even though I may not be the best person, or may not be the best person yet, to help meet your needs, I am happy to help with problem-solving and conflict resolution so a plan to successfully move forward can be made. In the absence of accountability, incorrect information, half-truths, or outright untruths are spread around. Confusion, assumptions, and a lack of confidence in our school ensues. And, in some cases, people's jobs become jeopardize and their integrity is questioned. As a result, we sometimes start to view people as commodities to be replaced instead of assets to be developed. So, again, I would ask that if anything comes up that we need to discuss, please contact me.

Finally, our volleyball and cross-country season had a successful ending and our basketball season is off to a great start. Melissa Rigsby live-streams the away games, as long as the venue has sufficient internet to do so. If you can, please try to come to a few of the home games. The support means so much to our athletes and our coaches and to the connectedness of our school.

As always, thank you for everything you do!