Weekly Superintendent Letter, Oct. 8

Weekly Superintendent Letter, Oct. 8
Posted on 10/08/2021
Diana Sirko

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful beginning to October! I got to enjoy mine by spending the first Saturday of the month watching and listening to our students during their outstanding presentations at the Colorado West Marching Band Festival. It is amazing to watch everyone on the field and behind the scenes and all the work that goes into putting together each performance. As many of you know, I watch a lot of school sports events and activities, and I want to send a big thank you to all of our Athletics and Activity Directors and Coaches, Music Directors, Drama Coaches, and Club Sponsors who work so hard to make these opportunities available to our students. We also thank our parents and families who do so much to support their students in these events. It is a pleasure to see so many of you come out to support your students for events each and every week.

A quick reminder that there is no school next Thursday or Friday, October 14 and 15, as teachers wrap up the first quarter with work days.

TikTok Challenges
Last month, I let you know about a destructive and criminal trend where students were challenged to break and steal things from school bathrooms in particular and film the act for Tik Tok. Now, a list is circulating online suggesting that there may be challenges every month this school year on TikTok. Each challenge could get a student in serious trouble - some with potentially life-changing legal consequences, not to mention consequences at school. 

A list of the challenges can be found here. October’s supposed challenge, “Smack a Staff Member,” suggests assaulting a school staff member. Just a reminder, any of those actions that are mentioned in their list would lead to serious discipline measures just as they do if a student is assaulting another student. While we cannot verify whether these new challenges are real, we felt it important to bring them to your attention just in case. Please talk with your children about the dangers of following social media trends without considering the ramifications that come with vandalism, assault and sexual harassment.

COVIDCheck Friday Closures
The local COVIDCheck Colorado testing sites will be taking some Fridays off in October to give staff a break. The closures are for one day only. The dates are as follows:

* Oct. 8 - COVIDCheck Colorado site at Colorado Mesa University closed
* Oct. 15 - COVIDCheck Colorado site in the Central High School parking lot closed
* Oct. 22 - COVIDCheck Colorado site in the Fruita 8/9 parking lot closed

Reminders About Upcoming Events

 A couple reminders about some upcoming events I’ve mentioned in past letters:

* The D51 Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 16, at R-5 High, 455 N. 22nd St. The fair is for both job-seekers and current employees looking for information about continuing education.
*The Board Coffee event will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, in Room 222 at the Colorado Mesa University Center. This is a great chance to meet D51 School Board members and talk about various topics of public education in Mesa County.  Hope you can join us for one of them!

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