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9-R Releases Academic Calendars

Durango School District 9-R has adopted academic calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. Click "read more" to see the full calendars.

Kids' Camp Students Explore the Water Cycle

Through a partnership with The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado many of our Kids' Camp students were able to enrich their understanding of science standards through fun hands-on activities. They've been exploring the water cycle, gaining understanding of soil and soil conservation, and learning about local vs. global food systems.

Results from the Parent Homework Survey

Riverview Elementary has stopped giving students homework and is asking parents and/or guardians to engage their children in 20-30 minutes a night of reading to support student's academic development. We are referring to this as Home Learning. Earlier this Fall, parents were provided with a link to take a survey about our homework policy. The following document shows the results from the Fall 2016 Riverview Homework Survey. If you are a Riverview Elementary parent, and you have more questions about this subject, please contact the school at 247-3862.

The 4th Annual Durango Education Fair

The 4th Annual Durango Education Fair will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 5-7pm at Fort Lewis College. This informational fair celebrates the wonderful and unique educational choices and opportunities available in our small town. From innovative public schools, to a variety of private and parochial schools, to rigorous charter schools and many higher education opportunities, Durango-area schools offer choices, diverse curriculum and opportunities for every family from preschool through higher education.

Welcome Back!

We hope everyone enjoyed a fun and safe holiday break!  We look forward to welcoming you all back to school tomorrow, Monday, January 2, 2017.

Cell Phones for Soldiers!

• In honor of Veteran’s Day, Riverview Elementary and Miller Middle School will be collecting used cell phones. The collection period is for the month of November. When you donate to the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program, you will provide troops with free calling cards to stay connected with their loved ones. Please help our troops to call home by donating used cellular phones. Phones can be dropped off at either school.

State Assessments

When looking at the performance of Riverview students against standards (did a student demonstrate academic skill that meets state standards) there are a number of areas to celebrate. Overall, we saw an increase in the number of students who are meeting or exceeding standards from 2014-15 to 2015-16. Riverview continues to perform above both state and local averages. For example, in math, our 3rd grade scores rose from 45% to 46% (holding steady); however, in that 46%, we saw our ‘Exceeds’ percentage rise from 5% to 11%, indicating effectiveness in supporting our advanced math learners. Our ‘Did Not Meet’ scores (lowest category) decrease from 20% to only 9%. This indicates improve effectiveness in supporting struggling math students. At grade 4, the meet/exceed percentages rose from 26% to 34%; 5th grade saw math meets/exceeds percentage rise from 36% to 54%. Keep in mind these are grade level comparisons, so not the same students. When we look at the same group of students from year to year, we see, for example, that last year’s 5th graders scored, in math, 26% meets/exceeds in 4th grade and 54% meets and exceeds in 5th. That is phenomenal improvement, more than doubling the number of students who meet the high standards. Riverview shows a similar trend in English Language Arts. In Science our 5th grade meets/ exceeds scores improved from 36% in 13-14, to 56% in 14-15, to 75% in 15-16. That is incredible improvement.

State Releases PARCC Results – Understanding the Scores

Today, the Colorado Department of Education released the state’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. This marks the second year that the PARCC assessment has been administered in the Durango 9-R school system and parents will soon receive score reports that detail how students performed on last spring’s assessments in English language arts, math and science.

An update from your Fun Run team:

Fun Run fundraising is looking GOOD! We've nearly met last year's amount in corporate sponsorships and directory advertisers - and we've still got two weeks to go! This will surely be our best year yet and our team is so very excited and GRATEFUL! We are thrilled to have so many familiar businesses on board and are loving the new faces in the crowd, too. Here's a list of who's committed so far. Be sure we show our gratitude to these generous companies by using them when needs arise - show your love to those who've shown love to our awesome kids with their kind donations.
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