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Grand Valley Marching Band Extravaganza Sept. 13
09/01/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The four marching bands of District 51 cordially invite the public to attend the 26th annual Grand Valley Marching Band Extravaganza Sept. 13 at Stocker Stadium. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free.
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D51 announces 206 AP Scholars
08/31/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Mesa County Valley School District 51 (D51) proudly recognizes the achievements of 206 students who earned AP Scholar Awards during the 2021-2022 school year. Every fall, the AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on multiple AP Exams.
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Join GJHS Workforce Development Day
08/30/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Grand Junction High School will host a Workforce Development Day on Sept. 20th for all of its students. It will be a full day of Career Exploration with a focus on employability skills, career planning, and academy alignment.
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Superintendent to host listening tour
08/24/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Engaging stakeholders is a key part of Superintendent Brian Hill’s 100 Day Plan. In September, Dr. Hill will be hosting a Listening Tour with stops around the district to hear comments and answer questions from residents of D51. The sessions will take place at a variety of times, days of the week, and locations to reach as many people as possible.
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Apply now for the Leadership D51 program
08/23/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Interested in learning more about District 51? Apply today for the 2022-23 Leadership D51 program. The application is available at d51schools.org.
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Panorama wellness surveys start Aug. 22
08/18/2022
Starting Aug. 22nd, schools will administer a brief Panorama survey to all students in grades 3-12. Questions are focused on students’ sense of wellbeing. We care very much about our young people and want to ensure they all feel safe and supported. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes and is a fast and efficient way to ensure we can hear the voices of all students in each school.
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D51 Career Fair Aug. 6
08/05/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Want to work for School District 51? Come to the Career Fair between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Aug. 6, at R-5 High School, 455 N. 22nd St.
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Rocky Mt. Elementary School ready to get school started!
08/04/2022
Clifton, CO - Students will be welcomed back to school in style this year at Rocky Mt. Elementary School, 3260 D ½ Road.
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Free breakfast for all at five schools
08/04/2022
Grand Junction, CO - While free, pandemic-era school breakfast and lunch programming for all has come to an end this year in most schools, Chipeta, Clifton, Dos Rios, Nisley and Rocky Mountain Elementary Schools will participate in a Universal Breakfast Program for the 2022-23 school year. That means all students at those five schools can eat breakfast at school free of charge.
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Curriculum Open Houses set for Aug. 12, 15, 19
08/01/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Parents, teachers, students, and community members are invited to look at potential D51 curriculum at open houses Aug. 12, 15, and 19. Attendees will have the opportunity to review two sets of curriculum materials under consideration to replace D51’s current elementary school literacy materials.
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Rotarians to donate school supplies to D51 classrooms
08/01/2022
Grand Junction, CO – Members of the media are invited to join District 51 staff and local Rotary Club members at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, for the annual Rotary Club School Supply Donation pickup event. Supplies will be loaded into cars outside of the Garden Center on the east end of the Wal-Mart at 2881 North Ave and delivered to schools across the Grand Valley.
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School Hours for 2022-23
07/29/2022
Hours of operations for D51 schools.
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Back to School Nights 2022
07/29/2022
Back to School Nights for the 2022-23 school year
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Back to School Bus Tour Aug. 15-16
07/22/2022
Members of the media are invited to join D51 Superintendent Dr. Brian Hill and other D51 leaders while visiting D51 schools on the first Monday and Tuesday of the 2022-23 school year!
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School meals applications for 2022-23
06/29/2022
Grand Junction, CO - With the USDA ending free school meals for any student regardless of household income, it’s more important than ever that families apply for free or reduced-price school meals if they meet income eligibility requirements to ensure that no child goes hungry.
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Stuff the Bus starting July 6!
06/29/2022
Grand Junction, CO – The annual Stuff the Bus school supply donation drive sponsored by Townsquare Media begins Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Mesa Mall!
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All D51 buildings closed July 1-4
06/22/2022
Grand Junction, CO - In honor of the Independence Day holiday, all D51 offices will be closed Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4.
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Evening Conversation with the Board June 23
06/15/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Members of the D51 community are invited to join D51 School Board members for an Evening Conversation with the Board at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in the Harry Butler Board Room, 455 N. 22nd St.
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D51 students earn 8,000 college credits
06/06/2022
Grand Junction, CO - District 51 students earned more than 8,000 college credits from Colorado Mesa University or Western Colorado Community College in 2021-22, according to final data for the past school year.
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Hawthorne moves, tiles need new home
06/03/2022
Grand Junction, CO - D51 staff have all moved out of the Hawthorne Building at 410 Hill Ave., but some very special artwork hanging on the walls at Hawthorne is still looking for a new home.
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Annual D51 Book Giveaway June 17-18
06/02/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The annual D51 Book Giveaway is back, and this time there’s a weekend option to accommodate more patrons.
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Lunch Lizard begins 8th season June 6
05/31/2022
Grand Junction, CO - School District 51’s mobile summer food program, the Lunch Lizard, returns for its eighth summer of service on June 6. The program will run Monday through Thursday each week through July 28, with the exception of a break the week of July 4-7.
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Groundbreaking for new Grand Junction High
05/23/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Community members, students, families, educators, and members of the media are invited to join Mesa County Valley School District 51 leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the official start of construction on the new Grand Junction High School. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, near the current GJHS baseball field.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, May 13
05/13/2022
Graduations, Lunch Lizard, State of our Schools, and employee celebrations.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, May 6
05/06/2022
Teacher Appreciation Week, Panorama survey, plant sales, graduations, and student celebrations.
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PHS releases second school of fish
05/05/2022
Palisade, CO - Palisade High School students released a school of 250 fish they've been raising all school year in their fish hatchery the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4, at the Riverbend Park boat launch in Palisade.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, April 29
04/29/2022
Superintendent Scholars, Salute to Staff, Seal of Biliteracy, Senior Walks, Teacher Appreciation Week, Orbeez and Airsoft guns, EduClimber update, D51 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet, Panorama survey, and graduation ceremonies.
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Senior Walks 2022
04/27/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Several District 51 elementary schools are joining in the tradition of Senior Walks this year! See the list below to find your Senior Walk.
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Salute to Staff celebrates retirees, years-of-service milestones
04/26/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Mesa County Valley School District 51 celebrated its employees at the first Salute to Staff event since 2019 on Monday, April 25, 2022, at the Grand Junction Convention Center.
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High school flower sales
04/26/2022
​Grand Junction, CO - Two District 51 high schools will be hosting plant sales on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
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Seal of Biliteracy ceremonies
04/26/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Two ceremonies for our District 51 Seal of Biliteracy-earners are coming up April 28 and May 5!
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D51 honors record number of Superintendent's Scholars
04/25/2022
Grand Junction, CO – Mesa County Valley School District 51 was proud to honor a record number of Superintendent Scholars today Monday, April 25, 2022! This year, we celebrated 184 students who have earned the title of Superintendent Scholar by obtaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.0 throughout high school.
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FBLA students win big at state conference
04/22/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Several Future Business Leaders of America students from across District 51 qualified for the National FBLA Conference at the 2022 FBLA State Leadership Conference April 18-20 in Aurora. The national conference will take place June 29-July 2 in Chicago.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, April 22
04/22/2022
High school start date, Board Coffee, data issue, and celebrations!
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Board Coffee scheduled for April 30
04/18/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The next Board Coffee will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, in the cafeteria at East Middle School, 830 Gunnison Ave.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, April 15
04/15/2022
Middle School Career Fair, White Iced, Music Performance Festival, D51 Special Olympics Track Meet, and more!
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Special Olympics, D51, to host track meet May 3
04/13/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The annual track and field meet hosted by Special Olympics Colorado and Mesa County Valley School District 51 will take place Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Stocker Stadium.
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East students see their idea come fruition
04/12/2022
Grand Junction, CO - When seventh-graders Beckett Carlton and Alec Pierce participated in the D51 Design Challenge at the end of March, they had no idea that the idea they presented - installing water bottle filling stations at their school - would come to fruition so quickly.
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Middle School Career Fair April 18
04/12/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The Middle School Career Fair is back and happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 18, at Colorado Mesa University!
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Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival April 21-23
04/12/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Mesa County Valley School District 51, in cooperation with Colorado Mesa University, will host its 97th annual Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival April 21-23, 2022.
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Boettcher Scholar named at PHS
04/05/2022
Palisade, CO - Palisade High School senior Sophia Feghali is one of just 50 students in the state of Colorado to be named a 2022 Boettcher Scholarship recipient!
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D51 hires new Chief Academic Officer
04/05/2022
Grand Junction, CO - We are pleased to announce Mrs. Jennifer Marsh as the next Chief Academic Officer for School District 51, beginning July 1, 2022.
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PHS' Dickenson named Daniels Scholar
04/04/2022
Palisade, CO - Palisade High School's Abigail Dickenson has been named a 2022 Daniels Fund Scholarship recipient!
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Hi Fives Robotics Team wins regional tournament!
03/30/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The Hi Fives Robotics Team #4944 is headed to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship April 20-23 in Houston!
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Rim Rock unveils mural
03/29/2022
Fruita, CO - Rim Rock Elementary School unveiled its new mural on Monday, March 28!
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Weekly Superintendent Update, March 18
03/18/2022
Recognitions, Kindergarten information, Panorama survey, and more!
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Inaugural Rube Goldberg contest winners
03/18/2022
Grand Junction, CO - A dozen D51 students submitted entries for our inaugural Rube Goldberg competition! A Rube Goldberg machine is a feat of engineering and an entertaining visual delight that relies on a chain reaction to complete a final task. The winners of this year's contest - along with links to videos of their contraptions - are listed below.
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Broadway raises $1745 for Roice-Hurst
03/18/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Broadway Elementary School students and staff raised $1,745 for a donation to Roice-Hurst Humane Society in honor of a service dog who used to visit the school. To celebrate exceeding their fundraising goal of $1300, students got to "pie" their teachers and Principal Westbrook during a school assembly Friday, March 18!
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Pomona celebrates 2,000+ hours of reading
03/16/2022
Grand Junction, CO - As a reward for meeting their Read-a-Thon goals, Pomona Elementary School students got to watch teachers participate in an ice cream-eating contest and see Principal Bil Pfaffendorf get turned into a human ice cream sundae at an assembly on March 16!
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Book vending machine debuts at Taylor Elementary School
03/15/2022
Palisade, CO - Students at Taylor Elementary School has a brand new way to dispense excitement about reading! The school hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 15, for their book vending machine, made possible by Palisade Rotary and Altrusa.
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Tigers come out on top at State Knowledge Bowl tournament
03/15/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The Grand Junction High School Academic Team just added another trophy to their collection, placing first in Class 4A at the State Knowledge Bowl Championship!
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D51 hires new Chief Operations Officer
03/15/2022
Grand Junction, CO - We are pleased to announce Mr. Clint Garcia as the next Chief Operations Officer for School District 51 beginning July 1, 2022.
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Kindergarten Registration Begins July 20
03/14/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Mesa County Valley School District 51 is excited to welcome the Class of 2035 this fall! Kindergarten students will start school on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, while all other grades will start the 2022-23 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.
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Board Coffee set for April 2
03/12/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The next Board Coffee will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Grand Mesa Middle School, 585 31 1/2 Road.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, March 4
03/04/2022
Student celebrations, Warrior Wellness Center, SWAP Youth Job Fair, and upcoming no-school days.
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SWAP Youth Job Fair
03/01/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The School to Work Alliance Program, or SWAP, will present a Youth Job Fair & Community Resources Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the Career Center, 2935 North Ave.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Feb. 25
02/25/2022
Weather delays, playoffs, superintendent contract, and more.
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DIA to revamp playground this summer
02/22/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, Dual Immersion Academy will be improving its outdoor spaces and play areas this summer to benefit students and the local community!
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Feb. 18
02/18/2022
The loss of a colleague, KIC Week, State of our Schools, clubs, and sports playoffs.
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DIA students celebrate kindness
02/18/2022
Grand Junction, CO - On Feb. 16, the entire student body at Dual Immersion Academy came together to pose for a photo proudly wearing their new school shirts to celebrate Kindness Day. Emblazoned on the brightly colored T-shirts were a heart, a bobcat (the school mascot), and the words Viva DIA, Be Kind, Se Amable!
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Board Coffee scheduled for March 12
02/16/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The next Board Coffee will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, at Monument Ridge Elementary School at 1501 K 4/10 Road in Fruita.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Feb. 11
02/11/2022
Chromebooks grant, spelling bee, preschool enrollment, and more!
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Preschool Enrollment for 2022-23
02/09/2022
Grand Junction, CO - School District 51 is now accepting preschool applications for the 2022-23 school year! Applications and ASQ developmental screening paperwork can be picked up and dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Hawthorne Building, 410 Hill Ave. A birth certificate and immunization records are required as well.
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National School Counseling Week
02/07/2022
Grand Junction, CO - National School Counseling Week is this week, Feb. 7-11, 2022!
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Jan. 28
01/28/2022
COVID update, bond executive committee members, and more.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Jan. 21
01/21/2022
School of Choice, legal counsel, subs, student fee waivers, White Iced, and lot of celebrations!
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Board Coffee Feb. 12
01/20/2022
Grand Junction, CO - The next Board Coffee will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, in the commons area at Orchard Mesa Middle School, 2736 C Road.
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D51 Football Stars meet again at the Texas Bowl
01/14/2022
It’s not every day that you get to watch your son’s University football team play in a bowl game, but that happened this year for two of District 51’s employees. Director of Curriculum & Learning Design, Jen Marsh, and Director of Career & College Readiness, Cheri Taylor both had sons in a bowl game this year. And it just so happened to be the same bowl game! Max Marsh (Kansas State) and Kole Taylor (LSU) both played in the Texas Bowl this year. But the connection runs even deeper than their mom’s working for D51.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Jan. 14
01/14/2022
COVID update, graduation rate, bond executive committee, MLK Day, and more!
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New Emerson wins Colorado Health Foundation Grant
01/12/2022
Grand Junction, CO — New Emerson STEAM School is set to break ground on a new, STEAM-themed community playground in May thanks to a $190,495 from the Colorado Health Foundation!
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D51 Graduation Rate continues to climb
01/11/2022
Grand Junction, CO - School District 51’s four-year graduation rate continued to climb year-over-year for the second consecutive year in 2021, according to data released today, Jan. 11, by the Colorado Department of Education.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Jan. 7
01/07/2022
COVID-19 protocols, School of Choice, Board Coffees, curriculum adoption open houses, CHS logo change, and more
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Central High School unveils new logo
01/05/2022
Grand Junction, CO - Central High School students and staff got their first glimpse of the school's new logo at a special assembly in the school gym on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.
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School of Choice process moved to January start
01/03/2022
Grand Junction, CO - D51 parents and guardians interested in School of Choice for the 2022-23 school year can submit applications between 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24 and 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. The School of Choice process usually takes place in March, but is being moved up this year to give schools more time to prepare for projected enrollment and staff buildings adequately before the start of the next school year.
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Social Studies curriculum open houses
12/14/2021
Grand Junction, CO - School District 51 is adopting a new resource for middle school social studies classes, and members of the community are invited to review proposed resources at two open houses in January 2022.
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Board Coffee this Saturday
12/13/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Join the District 51 Board of Education for a Board Coffee event at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Room 222 at the Colorado Mesa University Center!
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Dec. 10
12/10/2021
Hour of Code, Lego League Challenge, School Board meeting location change, DIA/New Emerson lotteries, and more!
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DIA, New Emerson lotteries in January
12/07/2021
Dual Immersion Academy, New Emerson to start lotteries earlier this year
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Dec. 3
12/03/2021
New board, Board coffee, and Strategic Plan update.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Nov. 19
11/18/2021
COVID testing, Career Center students volunteer in lunchrooms, cheering on Lego League and football players, and more.
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Post-Thanksgiving Masking Protocols
11/16/2021
Grand Junction, CO - With Thanksgiving Break approaching, we wanted to give an update on COVID-19 universal masking protocols post-Thanksgiving so that everyone has a clear understanding of what to expect when we return.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Nov. 12
11/12/2021
Binax testing, Board Coffee, COVIDCheck move, Nutrition Services help needed, and more.
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Board Coffee scheduled for Nov. 13
11/09/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Join the District 51 Board of Education for a Board Coffee event at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Room 222 at the Colorado Mesa University Center!
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Nov. 5
11/05/2021
I Matter, election results, Central survey, COVID protocol update, American Indian Heritage Month, and month.
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Voters approve bond measure for new GJHS
11/02/2021
Grand Junction, CO - School District 51 and the D51 Board of Education would like to thank the community for investing in a new Grand Junction High School! An investment in a new building is an investment in the future of Grand Junction High School students for generations to come. We are honored and delighted to have a community that supports our Tigers.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Oct. 29
10/29/2021
Student calendar survey, upcoming events, State of our Schools and more.
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Student-driven idea comes to fruition through FHW-D51 partnership
10/25/2021
Fruita, CO - As a senior at Fruita Monument High School, Adele Foley wanted to make a lasting impact on her school before graduating. Ever since giving a report on the Pink Tax (a reference to menstrual product pricing) as a sophomore, she has taken an interest in helping everyone have access to menstrual products.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Oct. 22, 2021
10/22/2021
Healthy Kids Colorado survey, new board member, voting, and more.
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D51 wins finance award for 23rd consecutive year
10/19/2021
Grand Junction, CO - For the 23rd consecutive year, District 51 has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association!
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Get Hired! D51 Career Fair Oct. 16
10/14/2021
Grand Junction, CO - School District 51 is hiring! Learn more about how you can join the largest employer in Mesa County by attending the D51 Career Fair, hosted by the D51 Human Resources Department from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at R-5 High School, 455 N. 22nd St.
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Board Coffee scheduled for Oct. 23
10/13/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Join the District 51 Board of Education for a Board Coffee event at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Room 222 at the Colorado Mesa University Center!
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Weekly Superintendent Letter, Oct. 8
10/08/2021
Tik Tok, Board Coffee, COVIDCheck one-day closures, and D51 Career Fair.
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Marching Band competition Oct. 21
10/05/2021
Grand Junction, CO - The Colorado Bandmasters State Qualifying Marching Band Festival will take place Thursday, October 21, 2021. The field shows will begin at noon at Stocker Stadium and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with the awards presentation.
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CMAS growth in D51 outpaces state
10/04/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Students in Mesa County Valley School District 51 surpassed the state average in growth on Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) testing in both math and English Language Arts this spring. Growth data compares student performance on 2021 CMAS tests to scores achieved by the same students when they were two years younger in 2019. There was no CMAS testing in 2020.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Oct. 1
10/01/2021
National Custodian Appreciation Day, CMAS growth, COVID-19 testing, weekend activities, and more.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Sept. 24
09/24/2021
Job Fair, COVID testing update, Board Coffees, Panorama reminder, bond information, board vacancy, final listening session, and more!
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GJHS tours Oct. 2, Oct. 16
09/24/2021
Grand Junction, CO – Grand Junction High School will host Open Houses for the public at noon on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at the school at 1400 N. Fifth St.
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Bookcliff 6th-grader D51's first Gifted Dancer
09/24/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Bookcliff Middle School sixth-grader Kaitlynn Olds is the first student in the history of School District 51 to be formally identified as a "Gifted Student in the Area of Dance."
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Sept. 17
09/17/2021
COVID rapid tests, TikTok trend, Data Dashboard, bus rider behavior, School Board vacancy, and more.
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Colorado West Marching Band Festival Oct. 2
09/16/2021
Grand Junction, CO - After a year off due to COVID-19, Western Colorado’s premiere marching band event is back! The 44th Colorado West Marching Band Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 2, at Stocker Stadium. Field shows will start at 11:15 a.m. The festival will conclude at 3:30 p.m. with an awards presentation.
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School Board vacancy declared
09/15/2021
Grand Junction, CO - After nearly six years as a valued member of the District 51 Board of Education, Board Vice President Paul Pitton is resigning from his post, effective immediately. His fellow board members accepted his letter of resignation at a School Board Work Session on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and declared a vacancy on the board in the district he represented, Director District B.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Sept. 3
09/03/2021
Protocol updates, Strategic Plan Listening Sessions, COVID testing, School Board meetings, and more.
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Appleton students send love to Louisiana
09/02/2021
Grand Junction, CO - It was supposed to be a gesture to bring cheer to their fourth-grade teacher’s friends and family in Louisiana. But it turned into so much more.
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Standardized test results released
08/31/2021
Grand Junction, CO - State and district results of 2021 Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, testing are now available on the Colorado Department of Education website. These are the first CMAS results in two years; CMAS testing was paused in spring 2020 as many students statewide were in remote learning when testing was scheduled to take place.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Aug. 27
08/27/2021
Data dashboards, COVID cases, masks on buses, fall sports, and the Strategic Planning process.
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D51 accepting preschool applications for 2021-22
08/25/2021
Grand Junction, CO - There are still openings available in several District 51 preschool programs for the 2021-22 school year! Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the Hawthorne Building at 410 Hill Ave. Applications are accepted year round; acceptance is based on availability and eligibility.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Aug. 20
08/20/2021
COVID protocols, Data Dashboard, Strategic Plan, GVT passes, Nutrition Services jobs, Stuff the Bus, and team colors.
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D51 seeking strategic plan input
08/18/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Mesa County Valley School District 51 is building a Strategic Plan this fall and is seeking a representative group of individuals from the community to steer the process.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Aug. 13
08/13/2021
Protocols when someone tests positive for COVID, the 2021 bond measure, available jobs, and more.
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Basketball stars visiting Appleton this Friday
08/12/2021
Grand Junction, CO – Appleton Elementary School students are tipping off the school year with a visit from some local star athletes.
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D51 to offer free school meals again in 2021-22
08/11/2021
Grand Junction, CO - All students in Mesa County Valley School District 51 are eligible for free school breakfast and lunch again this year!
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Weekly Superintendent Update, Aug. 6
08/06/2021
2021-22 protocols, online options, COVIDCheck Colorado, and more.
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Orchard Ave. students blooming with Garden Club
08/05/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Digging in dirt. Plucking fresh veggies from the vine. Learning how to make things grow. What's not to love about being part of the Orchard Avenue Elementary School Garden Club?
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Weekly Superintendent Update, July 30
07/30/2021
School registration, free school meals, and the hiring of a Director of Equity and Inclusion.
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D51 to bring national training to middle schools
07/20/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Staff at eight D51 middle schools and the D51 Summit School Program will participate in a nationally-renowned training Aug. 9-10 to help improve school culture, student-staff relationships and the mental well-being of children.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, July 16
07/16/2021
Keeping Schools Open Plan, middle school start date, school supplies, COVIDCheck sites moving.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, July 1
07/01/2021
2021-22 planning, COVIDCheck sites, Stuff the Bus, and sports physicals
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Online options for 2021-2022
05/26/2021
Two options will be available for families who want to continue with online learning for the 2021-2022 school year.
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D51 Book Fair taking place June 15-16
05/25/2021
Grand Junction, CO - The always highly anticipated D51 Book Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 15 and 16 in the gym at Grand Mesa Middle School, 585 31 ½ Road.
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Lunch Lizard rides again June 1
05/25/2021
Grand Junction, CO - School District 51’s mobile summer food program, the Lunch Lizard, returns for its seventh summer of service on June 1. The program will run Monday through Thursday each week through July 30, with the exception of a break from June 30-July 5.
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D51, partners, unveil solar charging station
05/18/2021
Grand Junction, CO - Members of the media are invited to see the brand new solar-powered charging station at West Middle School, 123 W. Orchard Ave., at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2021! The station is outdoors in the commons area between West Middle School’s two buildings.
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Weekly Superintendent Update, May 14
05/14/2021
Curriculum updates, Graduation, Adaptive P.E., Nurse Appreciation
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