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Applications available for D51 preschool
07/09/2019
Grand Junction, CO – District 51 preschool applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for eligible families. Applications can be picked up Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Hawthorne Building, 410 Hill Ave. Space is limited, so interested families should apply as soon as possible.
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"Stuff the Bus" with school supplies for kids in need
07/08/2019
Grand Junction, CO – The annual Stuff the Bus school supply donation drive begins today, Monday, July 8, 2019! Anyone with new school supplies to donate to local children can drop them off at the white activity bus parked in the middle of Mesa Mall before the drive ends on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. All donated supplies will be distributed to local schools that will get the supplies to the families who need them most.
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D51 School Board approves ballot measure
07/01/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Tonight, July 1, 2019, the District 51 School Board approved a resolution to place a question on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot asking voters to approve a $179.5 million bond measure. If passed, the bond measure would increase property taxes within District 51 boundaries by $6.67 per month for a $300,000 home.
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D51 Support Staff Job Fair to take place July 11
06/13/2019
Grand Junction, CO – In an effort to recruit paraprofessionals, food service workers, custodians, and substitutes, School District 51 will host its first-ever Support Staff Job Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019, in the Harry Butler Board Room at R-5 High School, 455 N. 22nd St.
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D51 welcomes third cohort of apprentices
06/12/2019
Grand Junction, CO - District 51 celebrated entering the upcoming third school year with the CareerWise Youth Apprenticeship Program with an Apprenticeship Luncheon on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Factory, 750 Main St.
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Board Policy IMC-R Update
06/05/2019
A revision to Policy IMC-R brings service animal requirements in compliance with new ADA legislation
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Board approves superintendent contract for Dr. Sirko
06/05/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Members of the District 51 School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday, June 4, 2019, to approve a superintendent’s contract for Dr. Diana Sirko.
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Summer Meals Kickoff this Friday!
06/04/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Come to Lincoln Park at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, for the Summer Meals Kickoff! This free event marks the official launch of summer meal services for all kids 18 and younger in Mesa County.
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D51 Public Opinion Survey results released
06/04/2019
Grand Junction, CO– Of the 5,202 people who took the District 51 Public Opinion Survey Between May 1 and May 17, 2019, 53% said they would likely or very likely support a bond measure to rebuild Grand Junction High School and provide renovations to make Central, Fruita Monument, and Palisade high schools safer for $4.83 in property tax per month for a $200,000 home. An additional 26.4% said they were unlikely or very unlikely to vote for such a measure, and 20.6% said they were not sure.
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D51 Foundation presents check for Summer Institute
05/31/2019
Grand Junction, CO – The D51 Foundation will present a check for $20,000 for professional learning for District 51 teachers at noon on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the annual Summer Institute at Grand Junction High School, 1400 N. Fifth St.
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Tope breaks ground on new playground
05/31/2019
Grand Junction, CO - On the last day of school, May 30, 2019, Tope Elementary School broke ground on a revamped playground that will be ready for the start of the 2019-20 school year!
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Pear Park celebrates Culture Day
05/17/2019
Grand Junction, CO - Pear Park Elementary School celebrates countries across the globe at Culture Day May 17.
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MGMS celebrates Ute Heritage Day
05/09/2019
Grand Junction, CO - Mt. Garfield Middle School students got to experience bear dancing, flint work, plant identification, and much more today, May 8, 2019, at Ute Heritage Day!
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District 51 School Board hires new assistant superintendent
05/08/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Mesa County Valley School District 51 is pleased to announce the School Board voted unanimously Tuesday, May 7, 2019, to hire Dr. Brian Hill to serve as assistant superintendent. Dr. Hill will join the district in July 2019.
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Mt. Garfield celebrates Ute Heritage Day
05/08/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Mt. Garfield Middle School hosts Ute Heritage Day from 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
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D51 launches public survey
05/01/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Mesa County Valley School District 51 is launching a public opinion survey today, May 1, 2019, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D51survey2019. A Spanish version of the survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D51survey2019ESP. Paper copies will be provided at schools for those without internet access.
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CMU, Thunder Mt. partner on hoop donation
04/15/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Colorado Mesa University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Taylor Wagner knew something was missing from the playground as he dropped his kids at school.
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Music Festival to take place April 24-27
04/15/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Mesa County School District 51 in cooperation with Colorado Mesa University will host the 94th annual Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival April 24-27, 2019. All events are free and open to the public.
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Have fun, raise awareness at first-ever Sources of Strength Stroll
04/03/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Learn your Sources of Strength and enjoy a morning of fun activities at the first-ever Sources of Strength Stroll from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Primary Care Partners, 3150 N. 12th St.
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Chipeta Elementary re-opens April 3
04/02/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Due to ongoing mercury testing, Chipeta Elementary School will remain closed Monday, April 1, 2019. Families will be notified as soon as possible if school can resume on Tuesday, or if more time is needed.
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Early Release moving from Wednesday to Friday
03/27/2019
Grand Junction, CO – District 51 School Board members voted unanimously at a board business meeting Tuesday, March 26, 2019, to move Early Release from Wednesdays to Fridays for District 51 elementary schools. The change from Early Release Wednesdays to Early Release Fridays will begin at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
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Safe2Tell reports up as system gains popularity
03/19/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Efforts to spread the word about Safe2Tell in District 51 and ensure students that it is a safe, effective way to share tips are paying off, as more people are using the free, confidential reporting tool and saving lives.
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Get P-TECH questions answered from the comfort of your home
03/07/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Students interested in applying for the new P-TECH program coming to Central High School this fall can learn more about the program and get their questions answered in real time via Facebook Live at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Viewers can type in questions and have them answered live by District 51 College and Career Readiness Director Cheri Taylor and Western Colorado Community College Acting Vice President of Community College Affairs Brigitte Sundermann. The Livestream will be broadcast through District 51’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/schooldistrict51.
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School District 51 Board of Education approves new start times
03/06/2019
Grand Junction, CO – The School District 51 Board of Education voted unanimously at their monthly work session Tuesday, March 5, 2019, to approve new start and end times for the school day.
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School District 51 debuts anti-bullying video
03/05/2019
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 would like to invite parents and guardians to watch a new D51 anti-bullying PSA with their children and discuss the themes of the video.
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Application process gives kids chance to attend school outside attendance boundaries
02/27/2019
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 families can submit School of Choice applications for the 2019-20 school year starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019, at d51schools.org/schoolofchoice. The application window will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019.
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Learn about preschool application process, eligibility
02/27/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Families of children who will be 3 or 4 years old on or before July 15, 2019, who are interested in public preschool are invited to attend an Early Childhood Preschool Open House between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at one of 25 local schools and facilities.
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Visit your child’s future school March 27 during Kindergarten Roundup
02/27/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Children who will be 5 years old on or before July 15, 2019, are invited to come to their child’s future school with their parents or guardians any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, during Kindergarten Roundup!
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State approves program for Central High students starting in 2019-20
02/26/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Starting this fall, Central High School will be one of just seven Colorado high schools participating in a state grant program that lets students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree from a participating community college at no charge to the student.
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Suggestions to D51 School Board reduce expenses by $705,736
02/26/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Following months of intensive research and analysis of the administrative and support staff reorganization that took effect July 1, 2018, School District 51 Superintendent Diana Sirko tonight presented D51 School Board members with a solution that would reduce the cost of the reorganization by $705,736.
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Auxiliary gym one of two gym projects in 2017 bond measure
02/26/2019
Palisade, CO – You are invited to attend a public open house and opening ceremony for the new auxiliary gym at Palisade High School on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Palisade High School, 3679 G Road in Palisade.
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Calendar decreases number of fragmented weeks from 17 to 7
02/07/2019
Grand Junction, CO – The School District 51 Board of Education adopted a 2019-20 school calendar on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, that will significantly chip away at the number of weeks that include fewer than five school days.
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Avoid germs, spread of illness with these tips
02/07/2019
Grand Junction, CO – February is prime flu season, and School District 51 and Mesa County Public Health would like to remind all kids and adults to take precautions to protect themselves from illness.
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GJHS students plan food giveaway
02/05/2019
Grand Junction, CO - The RISE program at Grand Junction High School is partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies to arrange a second food giveaway for families in need. There will be a variety of foods including produce, milk, and bread, and participants are encouraged to take as much as they need. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 12 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Grand Junction High School student parking lot. All in the community are welcome to attend, and there are no forms to fill out or RSVPs necessary.
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Board will adopt 2019-20 calendar by March
01/23/2019
Grand Junction, CO – The District 51 Calendar Committee capped five months of research; data collection; discussion; and gathering input from parents, staff, students, and community members by presenting carefully considered calendar recommendations to the D51 School Board on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.
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Fair offers chance for job-seekers to explore several positions
01/18/2019
Grand Junction, CO – In an effort to recruit paraprofessionals, food service workers, custodians, and substitutes, School District 51 will host its first-ever Support Staff Job Fair from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in the Harry Butler Board Room at R-5 High School, 455 N. 22nd St.
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Benefits open to those with income changes, temporary or not
01/16/2019
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 would like to remind families that they can apply for Free and Reduced Meal benefits at any time during the year if they experience a change in income or job status, whether temporary or permanent. This includes families financially impacted by the federal government shutdown.
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D51 tops state graduation rate for fourth straight year
01/16/2019
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 topped the state’s graduation rate for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, according to data released today by the Colorado Department of Education.
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D51 teacher honored as Outstanding String Teacher
01/14/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Congratulations to Central High School teacher Amber Campbell, winner of the Colorado American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Outstanding String Teacher Award!
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See Dual Immersion Academy's new gym Jan. 17
01/14/2019
Grand Junction, CO – Dual Immersion Academy will host a dedication and celebration for the school’s new gym, cafeteria, and music room addition at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at 552A W. Main St. The event is free and open to the public.
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D51, MCPH send mental health resources to families ahead of break
12/20/2018
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 and Mesa County Public Health would like to remind all parents, students, and staff of the mental health resources available in Mesa County, particularly when students are about to spend more than two weeks away from their usual support systems at school, including counselors.
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Survey questions center on board priorities, focus group findings
12/19/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Parents, students, staff, and community members are encouraged to take a survey regarding future District 51 calendars by visiting http://bit.ly/d51calendar. The survey is also available in Spanish at https://bit.ly/d51calendario, and paper copies may be requested at school offices for those without internet access.
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D51 schools earn state awards for test growth and performance
12/19/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Two District 51 schools are being honored for their exemplary performance and growth on 2018 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests.
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Rapid growth in Fruita population, school crowding prompt decision
12/11/2018
Fruita, CO – In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, the District 51 Board of Education directed D51 staff to find an architect and a general contractor to design and build a new elementary school for the Fruita area. The board also directed staff to select and recommend a location for the new school at a future board meeting.
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Moody’s awards top ratings to District 51
12/06/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Moody's Investors Service maintains a rating of Aa3 for Mesa County Valley School District 51’s general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) debt and has assigned an A1 rating for its certificates of participation (COPs).
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D51 students among millions participating worldwide
12/04/2018
Grand Junction, CO - Thirty-four District 51 schools are participating in Hour of Code events Dec. 4-7 during 2018 Computer Science Education Week!
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Eighth-graders debate species
11/29/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Each eighth-grade student at Grand Mesa Middle School is participating in the Great 8th Debate - Adaptation Madness starting this week.
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D51 selected As 2018 Green Scholarship Recipient
11/13/2018
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 has been chosen by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of only five districts nationally to receive a School District Scholarship for the coming year. Made possible in part by Chamberlain Architects and BigHorn Engineers from Grand Junction, District 51 will receive ongoing support from the Center over the course of the next year and will benefit from connections and resource sharing with a broad network of school sustainability leaders.
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First Anniversary Bond/Mill Update Nov. 7
11/02/2018
Grand Junction, CO - You are invited to a First Anniversary Bond/Mill Update at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at the Grand Junction High School Library.
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Mesa D51 students beat state average in ACT exam
10/17/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Students from Mesa County Valley School District 51’s Class of 2018 who took the ACT exam in high school outperformed the state average in reading, science, and overall ACT scores, according to a new report released today by ACT.
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Marching Band State Qualifier Thursday at Stocker Stadium
10/17/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The Colorado Bandmasters State Qualifying Marching Band Festival will take place Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Stocker Stadium. The field shows will begin at 10 a.m. The event will conclude with a guest performance from the CMU Marching Stampede and the presentation of awards at 3:45p.m.
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Diana Sirko hired as interim superintendent
10/11/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Today, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education members selected Dr. Diana Sirko to serve as the district’s interim superintendent.
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Career Center students win big at state
10/01/2018
Grand Junction, CO – SkillsUSA medal winners from the Career Center celebrated their wins at the state-level SkillsUSA competition and the school's Penny War win among Colorado schools with SkillsUSA programs today, Oct. 1, 2018, by throwing pies at Principal Cam Wyatt and teacher Carol Cooper at the Career Center at 2935 North Ave.
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West students learn about aviation careers
09/28/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Reporters are invited to check out West Middle School’s fieldtrip for MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) students this Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.
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Appleton Elementary School debuts Spanish program
09/27/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Appleton Elementary School has a new way to continue student learning after early release each Wednesday. This month, the school became the second building in District 51 to offer BeLingual Kids – a bilingual learning program that helps students learn Spanish early in life.
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D51 School Board to select interim superintendent no later than Oct. 2
09/27/2018
Grand Junction, CO– After interviewing three finalists for the position today, Sept. 27, 2018, Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education members decided to pick an interim superintendent no later than a previously scheduled Board Work Session and Business Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in the Harry Butler Board Room.
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Loma Elementary begins all-day kindergarten
09/24/2018
Loma, CO - Today, Sept. 24, 2018, was the first day of All-Day Kindergarten for all kindergarten students at Loma Elementary School!
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Coyote Cafe reopens as Fresh Side Cafe
09/21/2018
Grand Junction, CO - The Career Center's Coyote Cafe is now the Fresh Side Cafe, serving fresh soups, sandwiches, salads, and other lunch items and offering a grab-and-go counter for customers.
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Central earns U.S. Green Ribbon
09/21/2018
Grand Junction, CO - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Director Louisa Koch, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council Anisa Heming joined Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan today to congratulate Central High School on their achievements at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
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Dual Immersion to dedicate mural
09/21/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Dual Immersion Academy invites you to a mural dedication celebration and story-telling event from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in the cafeteria at Riverside Educational Center, 552 W. Main St.
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Have coffee with the board Sept. 22
09/21/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The community is invited to Coffee with the Board this Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Group discussion will begin at 9 a.m. at Factory, 750 Main St.
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From the newsletter: What's next for D51 leadership
09/21/2018
The district’s relationship with Dr. Haptonstall has come to an end, but the mission to engage, equip, and empower all students through the D51 Learning Model will live on. Learn more below.
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Palisade High works to open new fish hatchery
09/12/2018
Palisade, CO – Palisade High School hopes to turn a storage building at the school into a fish hatchery with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which will provide food, aquatic supplies, and fish for the hatchery.
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School Board selects three finalists for interim superintendent
09/07/2018
On Thursday, September 6, members of the District 51 School Board selected three finalists that they plan to interview for the post of interim superintendent.
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Huge Annual Marching Band Festival Sept. 29
09/06/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The 41st Annual Colorado West Marching Band Festival will begin with field shows at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Stocker Stadium and end with an awards presentation at 2:30 p.m.
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Board of Education approves separation agreement with Superintendent Haptonstall
08/31/2018
Grand Junction, CO – On Friday, August 31, 2018, the Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education voted 5-0 to accept and adopt a separation agreement with Superintendent Ken Haptonstall, effective immediately.
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D51 gets some new faces in reorganization
08/29/2018
Grand Junction, CO - School District 51 administrative and support staff underwent a major change this year. Learn more in this article from the August 2018 newsletter.
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Preliminary school ratings released
08/27/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Preliminary Performance Frameworks results released today by the Colorado Department of Education show improvements for several District 51 schools, while also emphasizing the need for student participation in statewide tests.
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Safety Video makes public debut Aug. 27
08/20/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The community is invited to the Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, premiere of a school safety video created by and starring School District 51, Grand Junction Fire Department and Grand Junction Police Department representatives. The event, which will include both a screening of the video and a discussion of school safety measures, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Harry Butler Board Room at R-5 High School, 455 N. 22nd St.
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D51 Board of Education hires third-party investigator
08/08/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The Board of Education for Mesa County Valley School District 51 unanimously voted Tuesday to begin a third-party investigation of the re-organization that occurred in District 51 administrative and support staff this spring. The investigation will focus on the nature and cause of the reported discrepancy between the actual cost of the re-organization and the cost previously reported to the board.
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D51 breaking ground on new OMMS Aug. 17
08/06/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Orchard Mesa Middle School will host a ground-breaking ceremony for its new building at the start of the school day on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in the field east of the front circle drive at OMMS. The entire student population of more than 500 students will attend the 7:30 a.m. groundbreaking, and the public is invited to attend.
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Online registration new this year
08/03/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Online registration is now available for parents of K-12 District 51 students. Benefits of online registration include the ability to complete forms and update information anywhere, any time; saving paper; and extending the timeframe for registration beyond the dates and times schools offer for in-person registration.
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2018-19 Free/Reduced Meals Application Guidelines
07/30/2018
Grand Junction, CO - Mesa County Valley School District 51 announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP). District 51’s Free & Reduced Program Specialist will use the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility.
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Stuff the Bus before Aug. 6
07/26/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The clock is winding down on the annual Stuff the Bus school supply donation drive! Anyone with new school supplies to donate to local children can drop them off at the white activity bus parked in the middle of Mesa Mall before the drive ends on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. All donated supplies will be distributed to local schools that will get the supplies to the families who need them most.
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Track how bond, mill dollars are spent
06/06/2018
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 launched a bond and mill levy override information and timeline page at d51schools.org/resources/bond_and_mill shortly after voters approved 2017 ballot measures 3A and 3B. Now that bond and override dollars are being spent, the District 51 Finance Department has launched a new element to the site that can be used to track quarterly spending as it happens.
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Bond dollars used to purchase Chromebooks
06/05/2018
Grand Junction, CO - The new Chromebooks are here! Thank you, Mesa County voters, for approving the 2017 Bond Measure that was used to purchase these 9,068 Chromebooks and 241 charging carts, which will be delivered to schools over the next two weeks.
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Summer learning for teachers May 29-June 1
05/25/2018
Grand Junction, CO – More than 500 teachers are bucking the common misconception that they get all summer off and taking one (or more) of the 52 great professional development classes being offered during Summer Institute 2018!
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School Board ratifies teacher agreement
05/24/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the District 51 Board of Education ratified a 2018-19 contract between the Mesa Valley Education Association and School District 51 that increases teacher salaries and contract days. MVEA members ratified the contract on May 21, 2018.
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Groundbreakings May 24, 25 for bond projects
05/17/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The public is invited to two upcoming groundbreaking ceremonies for school gym construction projects funded by a Bond Measure approved by Mesa County voters in 2017.
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Central High named U.S. Green Ribbon School
05/17/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The U.S. Department of Education announced today, May 17, 2018, that Central High School in Grand Junction, Colorado is among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.
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Central earns national STEM certification
05/17/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Central High School is officially the first high school in Colorado to be designated a Nationally Certified STEM Campus by the National Institute for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education. Students and staff celebrated this accomplishment today, May 17, 2018, by hanging a banner outside the school.
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Wingate Elementary wins SHAPE Colorado contest!
05/16/2018
Grand Junction, CO – With more than 10,000 votes putting them over the top, Wingate Elementary School is the winner of the 2018 SHAPE Colorado Strong School Video Challenge!
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Eight D51 graduations to take place May 14-18
05/07/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Eight District 51 schools and programs will host high school commencement ceremonies starting Monday, May 14, 2018.
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Art Coordinator retiring, art program to continue
05/02/2018
Grand Junction, CO – After 20 years of service in School District 51, Connie Robbins-Brady is retiring as coordinator of elementary art and the Art Heritage Program. The school district will affirm its commitment to art education by actively seeking a new coordinator for the Art Heritage and elementary art programs.
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D51 students race solar cars May 5
04/30/2018
Grand Junction, CO - Join Western Colorado Community Foundation, D51 Foundation and MESA Club students for the first annual 3-D Solar Car Races during the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in front of the Avalon Theatre! MESA Club students will showcase and race their newest 3-D designs - solar powered cars!
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D51 partners with ALICE Training Institute to offer training for trainers
04/24/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Mesa County Valley School District 51 and the ALICE Training Institute have teamed up to bring ALICE Training Instructor Certification to Grand Junction, CO, July 24-25, 2018, at the Basil T. Knight Center, 596 N. Westgate Dr.
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D51 Calendar Survey out now
04/20/2018
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 has three questions for parents, staff, students, and community members: what do you like about the school calendar, what don’t you like about the school calendar, and what changes, if any, would you make to the school calendar?
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Have coffee with the board April 21
04/16/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The District 51 Board of Education will host a Coffee with the Board event at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, in the Harry Butler Board Room at 455 N. 22nd St. The event is free and open to the public. Bring any questions you have about D51!
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GJHS Community Bowl April 14
04/12/2018
Grand Junction, CO - Members of the public are invited to participate in the annual Community Bowl fundraiser this Saturday, April 14, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Grand Junction High School cafeteria.
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Students showcase solutions in first-ever Design Challenge
04/12/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The inaugural D51 Service Learning Design Challenge asked teams of 5-10 students from nine District 51 schools to identify a challenge in their community and propose a solution to tackle that challenge. After nearly six months of work, students will present their prototypes to a panel of judges at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in the Harry Butler Board Room at 455 N. 22nd St.
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D51 ELL Coordinator wins statewide award
04/05/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Irene Almond, coordinator of District 51 programming for English Language Learners, is the 2018 Distinguished Administrator in Support of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners!
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School to Work Alliance Program Youth Job Fair May 3
04/04/2018
Grand Junction, CO – More than 40 employers from a variety of industries will be present at the Youth Job Fair hosted by District 51’s School to Work Alliance Program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road.
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Nutrition workshop for parents April 14
04/03/2018
Grand Junction, CO - Action for Health Kids, School District 51, and Colorado PTA will host a free nutrition workshop Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Bookcliff Middle School, 540 29 1/4 Road.
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Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival to take place April 18-21
03/30/2018
Grand Junction, CO – More than 200 music ensembles will perform at the 92nd annual Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival April 18-21, 2018, in Grand Junction. All performances are free and open to the public.
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School District 51 Certified as Healthy Business Leader
03/30/2018
Mesa County, CO – Mesa County Valley School District 51 has been recognized as a Health Links Certified Healthy Business Partner due to their holistic approach to creating a culture of health and safety in the workplace.
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Educator Coder Camp March 31 at West
03/29/2018
Grand Junction, CO – There are still spots open for teachers interested in registering for an Educator Code Camp this Saturday, March 31, 2018. University of Colorado-Boulder Science Discovery instructors will lead the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Middle School Library MakerSpace.
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West Middle School to host Western Colorado Girls in STEM Conference
03/29/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The first-ever Expanding Your Horizons! Western Colorado Girls in STEM Conference for third- through eighth-grade girls will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at West Middle School, 123 W. Orchard Ave.
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Public invited to see design for new Orchard Mesa Middle School April 4
03/29/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The public is invited to view schematic design plans for the new Orchard Mesa Middle School at an Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in the Orchard Mesa Middle School Cafeteria.
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Ten D51 students place in finals at State Speech & Debate Tournament
03/29/2018
Mesa County, CO - Congratulations to our 10 state finalists in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) State Speech & Debate Tournament, held March 16-17 in Ft. Collins.
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More than 400 Safe2Tell reports in last year
03/29/2018
Mesa County, CO – District 51 received 406 tips through Safe2Tell in the first year since the relaunch of a more user-friendly Safe2Tell reporting system.
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GJHS wins 20th State Knowledge Bowl Championship
03/14/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Grand Junction High School won its 19th Governor's Cup for highest overall score and got their 20th Class 5A win in a stunning tie-breaker at the State Knowledge Bowl Tournament March 12-13, 2018, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
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D51 School Board Readopts 2018-19 Calendar
03/07/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The District 51 Board of Education adopted a new calendar for the 2018-19 school year tonight, March 6, 2018, during a board meeting in the Harry Butler Board Room. The First Day of School for students will be Aug. 15, 2018, and the Last Day of School for students will be May 30, 2019.
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Two dozen D51 schools to show off preschool offerings March 6
03/02/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Each year, School District 51 offers tuition-free preschool to 850 children between the ages of three and five. Parents are welcome to come check out preschool classrooms and speak with teachers between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018. See the list below for locations.
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School of Choice application window opens March 5
02/23/2018
Grand Junction, CO – The School of Choice program allows District 51 parents to apply for the opportunity to enroll their children in a school that is outside their neighborhood attendance boundaries. School District 51 will begin taking applications for School of Choice for the 2018-19 school year at 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2018. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018.
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FMHS/GJHS Basketball Game Postponed
02/16/2018
Fruita, CO - Out of an over-abundance of caution, tonight’s basketball game between Grand Junction High School and Fruita Monument High School has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Junior Varsity games will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Girls Varsity will start at 12:30 p.m., and Boys Varsity will start at 2 p.m. at Fruita Monument High School.
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D51 Kindergarten Roundup events start March 9
02/12/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Kindergarten Roundup events will begin Friday, March 9, 2018, at District 51 elementary schools. Kindergarten registration activities vary by building, so parents should call their neighborhood school for specific dates and times of events.
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D51 High School students kick off Kindness is Contagious Week Feb. 12
02/07/2018
Grand Junction, CO – District 51 high school students will celebrate Kindness Is Contagious Week next week by hosting events around the community and in schools.
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Pre-registration for New Emerson enrollment lottery Feb. 5-9
02/02/2018
Grand Junction, CO – New Emerson School, a District 51 elementary school with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) focus, will begin pre-registration for all grade levels K-5 on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
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Kindergarten pre-registration Feb. 5-8 at Dual Immersion Academy
02/01/2018
Grand Junction, CO – Dual Immersion Academy, Grand Junction’s only fully bilingual school with education in both English and Spanish, will begin registration for the Kindergarten Lottery on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
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D51 tops state again with graduation rate near 80 percent
01/19/2018
Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 topped the state’s graduation rate for the third consecutive year in 2017, according to data released today, Jan. 18, 2018, by the Colorado Department of Education.
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D51 superintendent announces leadership structure changes
01/10/2018
A more streamlined chain of command is coming to School District 51 in 2018.
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Technology projects coming in 2018 thanks to bond measure
12/21/2017
Grand Junction, CO - The recently passed District 51 bond measure will generate $11 million specifically for technology purchases. These purchases will place the learning possibilities that come with devices into more students’ hands and help teachers make the most of modern classroom technology.
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Frequently Asked Questions about weather delays and closures
12/21/2017
Grand Junction, CO - When temperatures drop, snowflakes fall, and ice is in the forecast, it does not take long for the questions to start flooding in – can we have a Snow Day tomorrow? If we have a delay, should I go to my first period class or a later class? What about after school programs? Here are some answers to common questions about delays, early dismissals, and cancelations.
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Pertussis/Whooping Cough Alert
12/21/2017
Due to a recent uptick in confirmed cases of Pertussis (also known as Whooping Cough) in school-age children and adults in Mesa County, School District 51 and Mesa County Public Health would like to provide the following information about the symptoms of Pertussis and how to prevent infection.
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Four D51 schools earn state awards for test growth and performance
12/18/2017
Four District 51 schools are being honored for their exemplary performance and growth on 2017 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests. The schools are: Dual Immersion Academy, Taylor Elementary School – Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award; New Emerson School – John Irwin Award; and Mesa Valley Community School – High Growth Award.
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D51 Foundation donates Chromebook devices to West, Central students
11/15/2017
This generous donation of 64 Chromebooks was made in honor of retiring Superintendent Steve Schultz’s 35 years of service to School District 51.
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Getting more for less with bond premium
11/15/2017
District 51 is earning more from the 2017 bonds than anticipated, while still costing taxpayers less than anticipated.
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Central High teacher named CTA Educator of the Year
11/13/2017
Central High School teacher and STEM program coordinator Phil Johnston is the Colorado Technology Association’s 2017 Educator of the Year!
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Fruita 8/9 students collect 6,000 socks for those in need
11/13/2017
The Service Learning class at Fruita 8/9 School set out this fall to collect some socks for people in need.
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D51 marching bands compete at state championship
11/01/2017
Congratulations to all of your District 51 high school marching bands for making it to the State Championships this year!
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Student-led conferences spark conversations about learning
10/27/2017
Student-led conferences help turn what can sometimes be an uncomfortable meeting between adults into a conversation about a child’s learning.
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From the October Newsletter: Safe2Tell making a difference
10/20/2017
From helping law enforcement intervene when a threat is made against a school to finding students the help they need when they are depressed or feeling suicidal, Safe2Tell reports are saving lives in Mesa County.
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From the October Newsletter: Teaching through trauma
10/20/2017
Research estimates anywhere between 25 and 40 percent of students in any given school in the U.S. have experienced something traumatic enough to rewire their brain.
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Bank of Colorado Calendar Contest
10/17/2017
Help select the 13 winners of the 2018 Bank of Colorado Calendar Contest this week by voting for your favorite contest entries
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D51 honored as Environmental Leader
10/03/2017
District 51 recognized by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a Gold Leader in the state’s Environmental Leadership Program.
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Orchard Ave. playground taking shape thanks to GOCO grant
09/21/2017
Orchard Avenue Elementary School received a Great Outdoors Colorado grant earlier this year to improve their playground and add new features.
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Full STEAM ahead at Tope
09/21/2017
STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math, helps students grow modern skills that will be valuable for the rest of their lives.
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D51 a model of energy efficiency
09/21/2017
Thanks to numerous recycling and energy efficiency moves, the district is benefiting the planet while also saving money.
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Eight District 51 schools offering free breakfast to all this year
09/19/2017
This year, eight District 51 schools are offering free breakfast to all students in hopes of giving them a better start to the school day.
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Two September marching band showcases coming up at Stocker Stadium
09/18/2017
Check out the talent of District 51’s four high school marching bands twice in two weeks at these fun events coming up at Stocker Stadium.
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D51 students harvest fruits of their labor
09/13/2017
Pomona fourth-graders who planted those seeds as third-graders will see the fruits of their labor as they harvest tomatoes for Pomona’s cafeteria and Food Bank of the Rockies.
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2017 District 51 School Board candidates certified
09/06/2017
Mesa County has verified the following people (listed in alphabetical order by director district) as candidates in the Nov. 7, 2017, Coordinated Election for the District 51 School Board:
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District 51 gets financial transparency award for 19th consecutive year
08/22/2017
For the 19th consecutive year, District 51’s Finance Department is being honored for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.
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District 51 School Board candidates can pick up petitions now through Sept. 1
08/10/2017
Candidate petitions are available starting Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, for anyone who wants to run for a seat on the District 51 School Board this November.
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District 51 website gets new, more user-friendly look
08/02/2017
The new home page features an easy-to-read calendar of events, quick links to frequently used parts of the site, a list of recent news, and a slideshow of colorful photos.
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