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Principal's Message

Needham News Oct. 23rd, 2020

Good Afternoon Needham Wildcat Families! Today marks the last day of the 1st Quarter and we appreciate your support to keep 100% of our cohorts open the past 9 weeks. While the policies for symptomatic students to return may at times appear cumbersome, it is essential we remain diligent as we enter the heart of the traditional cold and flu season. Please make sure to keep students home when they’re exhibiting any symptoms, and communicate this information to Needham Office at 970-247-4791. If we continue to work together as a community, I am confident in our ability to continue blended and in-person learning throughout the months ahead.
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Principal's Message

Needham Wildcat Family Message Oct. 8th, 2020

Dear Needham Wildcat Families, We are reaching out in order to share information, so that we are able to make decisions that are well informed, and in alignment with the values of our community.  When the school year began, you all selected a model of learning from the different options the district made available. With the various requests that were made, we were able to staff all three models at all grade levels. During the first quarter of school, various families have opted to come back in-person for multiple reasons.
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Principal's Message

Needham News Monday Sept 21st

Good Morning Needham Wildcat Families! It’s the start of Week 4 together! The leaves are changing and we are all adjusting to new routines and ways of doing things. I wanted to say “thank you” and share a few quick reminders that will help us continue to serve our students!
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News & Announcements

Needham News Oct. 23rd, 2020

Good Afternoon Needham Wildcat Families! Today marks the last day of the 1st Quarter and we appreciate your support to keep 100% of our cohorts open the past 9 weeks. While the policies for symptomatic students to return may at times appear cumbersome, it is essential we remain diligent as we enter the heart of the traditional cold and flu season. Please make sure to keep students home when they’re exhibiting any symptoms, and communicate this information to Needham Office at 970-247-4791. If we continue to work together as a community, I am confident in our ability to continue blended and in-person learning throughout the months ahead.

Virtual Coffee Chat with the 9-R Board of Education

Greetings 9-R Families, this is Andrea Parmenter and Kristin Smith from your 9-R Board of Education. We would like to invite you to meet us and to discuss everything about education. This is the first of our planned monthly coffee chats between board members and the community.

9-R 2020/21 Capital Budget Guide

Included in this article is a comprehensive, easy to read PDF that breaks down the details of how schools and the district are funded, how the money is allocated to schools, and impacts of legislation and mandates. This year's guide has a focus on capital needs to try to bring to light the deficit due to the negative factor and the current needs across the district.

Itslearning Parent Logins

Dear families, Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we’ve migrated to the world of online learning. Today you should receive an email from itslearning that will contain your username and password.

9-R Update for the Community - 10.20.20

Dear 9-R Community, We have officially made it through the first quarter of the school year, and have thankfully had minimal COVID-19 impacts on students and staff. We thank all the staff, students and parents who have made this possible through their diligence and support of the issued guidelines. The cohort model is allowing continuation of school when a small population is impacted. And also we are appreciative that we have only had one positive case in the district, which was at the very beginning of the school year.

Schools Closed/Student Enrichment Days

The district has identified an additional two days where schools will be closed to allow teacher's additional work days to continue to plan and adjust to instruction under the guidelines of COVID-19. The two days are October 30 and November 2; these are in addition to the already identified teacher work day/school closure of November 30. Enrichment opportunities will be available to families of students in grades k-6 at no cost to the families allowing them to be supervised during regular school hours. Children with significant needs will also have an opportunity to be served at the middle and high school grades. Parents of such students will be contacted in the coming week.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 12, 2020, is recognized by many as Indigenous Peoples' Day. This recognition signifies honor and respect for the Indigenous Peoples of this land we call the United States of America. As we honor the Native American students and families that are part of our Durango 9-R community, we wanted to share with you the words of Michael Watchman, Chairman of the district's Native American Parental Advisory Committee (NAPAC):

School Bond Initiative 4A

On August 25, 2020, the Durango Board of Education passed a vote to move forward with the bond campaign, which has the potential to bring in over $90M, with no tax increase, for capital projects to the school district. Monies from a bond must be used for capital projects, which may include deferred maintenance, new HVAC systems, upgraded technology and safety measures etc

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Mission

Needham Elementary School is a community committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that fosters mutual respect and academic excellence. We challenge students to make creative, meaningful, and reflective contributions, and to succeed with integrity. Our students are inspired to be life-long learners and to become at home in the world. 

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