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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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Applications now being accepted for 2017-18 free or reduced-price meals
07/10/2017
Announcing the policy for determining the eligibility of children who may receive reduced price meals
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