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With this writing, so ends the first week of the new school year at the Guffey Community Charter School. It is also the end of the first week of teaching for Stacey Knutzen, the new K – 2 grades teacher at the school.

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With no one else besides the two incumbents running for the two open seats on the Guffey Community Charter School’s board of directors, Frank Ruvo and Laura Owens have been automatically re-elected with no need for an actual election.

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The donation of a metal detection device from High Country Realty businessman John Magoon of Florissant has given Lake George Charter School another tool at its disposal to maintain safety for attending students.

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I am very proud of the work happening in the Platte Canyon School District. Our students are achieving at a high rate, and students are growing. But we can still do better.

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With just a few days left to declare one’s intent to run for one of the two open positions on the Guffey Community Charter School’s board of directors, no one has come forward except the incumbents, said board President Frank Ruvo. If no one else comes forward, there will be no need for an e…

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The Conifer High School Peer Counseling Program put on their second annual “Diversity Day.” The day was a huge success, according to Heather Kassman of Peace Tree Counseling. “We had a bigger turnout and more speakers than last year,” Kassman said.

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In my last article, Enrollment in Platte Canyon School District, I presented several factors impacting the declining enrollment trends of our district. The previous article presented historical data to help inform your understanding of the complexity around enrollment. In this article, I wan…

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Once again, madness struck the Guffey community for the ninth annual Pie Palooza Feb. 8. This year, the award for Grand Champion Pie Maker went to Jenny Hartman’s K-2 class for their Triple Berry with a hint of dark chocolate pie.

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The first notice of the Guffey Community Charter School board of director’s elections in April has been posted, and there are two seats up for election, those of Frank Ruvo and Laura Owens, who have both declared their intent to re-run. The deadline for anyone else wishing to run for the boa…

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The February school board meeting began with a song from Deer Creek Elementary School students in honor of School Board Appreciation month. Following the song there were also presentation from Fitzsimmons Middle School and Platte Canyon High School.

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The Knights of Columbus at St. Mary of the Rockies Catholic church held two events. One was a breakfast and the other was a spaghetti dinner. These were in lieu of the Tootsie Roll drive they did in the past. All the proceeds were given equally to the three branches of Platte Canyon Schools …

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The University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisc. has announced that Kevin Youngling of Bailey has graduated in December 2017 with an M.S. Manufacturing Engineering degree.

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Over the past year, there has been a lot of conversation about enrollment in the district. There is no question that enrollment is a key and critical performance indicator to monitor. Allow me to share several pieces of information to help inform your thinking.

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National School Choice Week has been held every year since 2011 in late January to raise awareness of, and celebrate education, options for children. This year it is from Jan. 21 through Jan. 27.

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Platte Canyon High School speech team was in Fort Morgan Saturday, Jan. 20, in their last regular meet before state. The state meet will be held at Heritage High School Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27.

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Students today are expected to possess a myriad of competencies when they graduate.  In addition to content mastery, employers look for skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, global competence and self-direction.

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At the end of the regularly scheduled Platte Canyon School District RE-1 meeting, the board members discussed the possibility of holding an open forum for the community to attend. New board member Joe Burgett suggested the idea, and the other board members were interested in the idea.

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Platte Canyon High School speech team members Brenna Curry and Sarah Yates were the only two speech team members to compete at Limon.

There were ten teams at the meet. They were Alamosa, Centaurus, Dawson School, Genoa-Hugo, Faith Christian, Flagler, Fort Morgan, Limon, Platte Canyon and Rye.

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While every school needs to have an emergency safety plan, how much of the plan should be made public and what should remain confidential, especially in this day and age, was the question at the monthly Guffey Community Charter School’s board of directors meeting.

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Cassidy Brumaghin of Bailey achieved academic excellence and was named to the Adams State University Vice President Honor Roll for the fall and spring 2017 semesters by earning at least a 3.5 GPA, and carrying at least a 12 credit hour load.

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Lake George Charter School’s final days of 2017 concluded with numerous winter activities, including their annual Christmas program as performed by students from preschool through eight grade.

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Platte Canyon High School is pleased to announce that two members of this year’s senior class have been selected as semi-finalists for prestigious Boettcher Scholarships. PCHS students Andrew Puseman and Joshua Seidler III were notified last week of their semi-finalist status.

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From Nov. 30. to Dec. 3, the Platte Canyon School District RE-1 board of education members attended the 77th Annual Colorado Association of School Boards Convention.

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Judge Stephen A. Groome presided over the swearing in of South Park School District’s newly elected school board members, Gary Jungemeyer and Kim Bungaard. At the Nov. 16 meeting,. Bungaard was also voted in as vice president of the school board.

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Although there has been a school in Guffey for over one hundred twenty years, the school building, at its present site, will be celebrating one hundred years in 2018.

The school is planning some special events throughout the 2018 school year, according to Principal Martine Walker.

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The Park County Libraries offer a wonderful monthly program for kids called STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics).

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Dec. 10, 2015, then-President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law as Public Law Number 114-95. ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 “to ensure that every child achieves.”

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The total number of students on the Fitzsimmons Middle School Honor Roll for first quarter was 101 out of 219 pupils.

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There is no doubt that school safety is an important topic. We take the responsibility of keeping students, staff and visitors to our schools safe very seriously.

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The ballot for the 2017 Park County School District RE-1 School Board elections has been mailed. This election is a mail only-ballot. If you have not received your ballot, contact the Park County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 719-836-4223. The ballot must be received by the clerk’s office no later than Nov. 7, by 7 p.m. A postmark does not count.

There are also three drop off/drop box locations available throughout the county: in front of the county annex 501 Main Street, Fairplay; Bailey Motor Vehicle Office, 59865 U.S. Highway 285, Bailey, and Platte Canyon Fire Protection District, 153 Dellwood Drive, Bailey (at the top of Crow Hill.)

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The ballot for the 2017 Park County School District RE-1 School Board elections has been mailed. This election is a mail only-ballot. If you have not received your ballot, contact the Park County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 719-836-4223. The ballot must be received by the clerk’s office n…

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Platte Canyon High School speech held their home meet, Saturday, Oct. 14.

Twelve teams competed. They were Alamosa, Battle Mountain, Dawson School, Denver East, Eagle Valley, Faith Christian, Genoa-Hugo, Gunnison, Limon, Platte Canyon, Prospect Academy and Steamboat Springs.

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These are some of the words that members of the Rotary Club of Conifer, friends and families of the presenters heard from five enthusiastic students from Conifer High School and Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey.

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The 2017 Preliminary District and School Performance Frameworks were recently released by the Colorado Department of Education, detailing Park County School District RE-2’s growth and performance.

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Along with the return of former Platte Canyon High School teacher Kipp Otteson comes the return of live band performances in the school auditorium. The first performance, Sept. 29, will showcase the artists “Morning Bear” and “Anthony Rutpak and The Midnight Friends.”

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Last spring, during the budget planning process for Fiscal Year 2017-18, I began sharing information specific to the potential challenges our district will experience, if nothing changes within the state specific to school funding.

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