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Wamsley Elementary School

 The Garfield Re-2 School District is pleased to announce that it received a Building Exceptional Schools Today (BEST) grant in the amount of $583,086. The grant will be used to support a $1.8 million dollar infrastructure improvement project at Wamsley that includes a new roof, two new boilers, new windows and several new exterior doors. 

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Garfield Re-2 Meal Monkey rolls out free meals to children 18-and-under

Garfield Re-2 School District is offering free meals to children 18-years and younger Monday - Thursday, June 3 through July 26, 202. This is a program through the USDA Summer Nutrition Program. In addition to lunch, students are able to receive a bagged cold breakfast for the following morning. Federal rules require children to eat lunch on site and children can participate in a variety of activities on most days at the meal locations. Meals can be picked up at the locations and times below Monday through Thursday. All sites will be closed on July 4.

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Group photo of the Garfield Re-2 School Board standing in front of a sign that reads: Believe

At the May 22, 2024 school board meeting, the Board unanimously voted to approve an overall six-percent raise for teachers and staff amounting to a $2.573 million investment in Garfield Re-2 employees for the 2024-25 school year. The pay raise includes a four-percent increase to the base rate of all teaching and classified positions as well as provide a two-percent step increase, bringing the total increase to six percent overall. Administrators will not see an increase to their base rate of pay, and will receive the two-percent increase in salary for the next school year.

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From the Board: May 10, 2024

Dear Garfield Re-2 Teachers,

On behalf of the Garfield Re-2 School Board, I am writing to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude for your exceptional dedication and commitment to the students, families, and community of Garfield Re-2.
The Re-2 school board's vision is conveyed through the Re-2 Strategic Plan which gives you a pathway to deliver that young productive adult into our community. As members of the school board, we recognize the invaluable team effort role that teachers play in shaping the lives of our students and fostering a positive learning environment. Your unwavering passion for education and your tireless efforts to support student growth and achievement have not gone unnoticed.

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From the Board, April 24 2024

Thank you to everyone who attended our board meeting on April 25 at the District Office/Learning Opportunities Center. Our “Shine the Light” this week was with our Nutrition Services Department. I cannot say enough good things about this department. The total food volume is hard to comprehend and appreciate until you see the numbers. Since the beginning of school, our team has served almost 400,000 meals to students and staff. The one person who is designated to the warehouse has single-handedly moved over 600,000 pounds of food. We are always looking to utilize local sources of food wherever we can and continue to look for even more sources. I would like to thank everyone in the nutrition services department for all their hard work in making sure every student who wants fed gets fed.

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Picture of man leaning against a tree

Pending approval at the April 24, Garfield Re-2 School Board meeting, Stephen Johnston will be the new Principal at Rifle High School beginning July 1, 2024.

Mr. Johnston has 20 years of experience in public education, all in Texas, with the last five years spent in an administrative role. He brings leadership experience at a variety of levels, starting as Assistant Principal at Stewart Creek Elementary and then moving to Assistant Principal at Montgomery High School, both in Montgomery ISD. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Administration and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, has coached football, cross country, tennis, and golf and has experience teaching special education.

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Photo of student with financial literacy workbook

Riverside Middle School eighth graders began their journey to become money management magicians through a program that introduces financial literacy to elementary and middle school students across the Garfield Re-2 School District. From decoding the mysteries of taxes to unlocking the secrets of paying for college and even mastering the art of reading a pay stub, this program is like a treasure map for young learners. The Carbondale-based non-profit Youthentity partners with Garfield Re-2 to equip future leaders with the financial smarts they need in the future.

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sixth graders cooking

The sizzle in the pan was electrifying.

Brendan Larsen drizzled a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and sriracha over a concoction of rice and fresh heating on a single electric burner. The wafting aromas immediately transformed the RMS Family and Consumer Science classroom into your favorite Chinese take-out restaurant.

“I love to cook,” explained the Rifle Middle School eighth-grader as his spoon expertly darts through the rice to keep it from burning and mixing all of the elements into the fried rice it will soon become. I help my dad every day with cooking. We like to cook many different things, like spaghetti and any type of meat, and I love making fried rice.”

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Garfield Re-2 school calendar

The Garfield Re-2 Board of Education approved the academic calendar for the 2024-25 school year during its March 13, 2024 meeting. The two-year adoption is similar to the current calendar.

School will begin for students in Garfield Re-2 schools—serving Rifle, Silt, and New Castle—on August 12. All staff will return on August 5, and new staff will report on July 29. Winter break will begin on December 23 and last until January 6, 2025. 

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RHS Student Launches Diaper Drive

Having a baby is expensive. Beyond the cost of the hospital and caregivers, the day-to-day expenses of diapers and formula can be taxing for growing families.

Simone Maness is hoping to provide some relief.

“I wanted to do a service project that I thought would help the community,” said the Rifle High School freshman. After connecting with the Garfield Re-2 Family Resource Center, One Door,  the idea of a baby supply drive was born.

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Photo of school board president

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who attended our school board meeting last week, either in person or via Zoom. Your presence and engagement truly make a difference. 

If you have not been to a board meeting, especially one at a Garfield Re-2 School, I would highly encourage you to join us. When we have meetings at a school, the building leaders have the opportunity to “Shine the Light” on the really great things happening.  We start around 4:45 and have an opportunity to meet staff and learn how the school is moving forward with the strategic plan.  I encourage all community and staff to come to a “Shine the Light” and see for yourself.  It is part of our culture.   

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Garfield School District

At the December 13, 2023 School Board Meeting, the Garfield Re-2 Board of Directors certified the mills for the 2024 school year. This is an action that is required by the State of Colorado at the end of each year - typically prior to December 15 -  before property taxes are assessed in the following year. 

The total mill levy for the Garfield Re-2 School District for 2024 is 20.856 - a reduction of 4.460 mills from 2023. This is possible because of the significant increase in assessed valuation in the District explained Garfield Re-2 Chief Financial Consultant Jeff Blanford.

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Techno Titans team controlling a robot

After a four-year hiatus, Coal Ridge High School's Titan Technos made a comeback at this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech competition.

The Titan Technos took to the competition field at Coal Ridge High School last weekend proudly showcasing their sleek robot, equipped with four wide-tires and Titan Blue wheel trim. The mechanical arms were poised for action, the controllers in hand, and the Titans were eager to make their triumphant return to the world of robotics.

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Three students holding microphones while singing

Last weekend, Alexis Bahena performed as part of the prestigious All State Jazz Choir. All State performing groups are made up of students from the entire state of Colorado. To be a member in one of the All State Jazz Choirs, students must place in the top 48 scores overall, and those 48 students will then be divided into 3 different jazz choirs with 16 members each.

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Teacher and student speaking at an assembly

In the face of adversity, the human spirit has an uncanny ability to shine its brightest. Kathryn Senor Elementary student Asher Bourquin is a remarkable young man who, at just one-year-old, embarked on a journey that would test his resilience. Six years later, he finds himself in the position to give back, with a little help from his Garfield Re-2 family.

The Bourquin family's world was turned upside down a week after Asher's first birthday when he was diagnosed with an exceptionally rare and cancerous brain tumor known as Atypical Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT). The road ahead was filled with medical procedures. In that challenging year, Asher underwent three brain surgeries and faced the relentless battle of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, each step requiring courage from this young warrior. His journey was not one traveled alone; it was a collective effort by his family, friends, and an entire medical team. 

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Photo of School Board members as of November 2023

Garfield Re-2 School District student enrollment continues to increase, despite the State seeing the lowest overall PK-12 enrollment levels since 2013.

The District added 124 students or 2.66% over last year, continuing a steady increase in students following the 2020-21 low of 4,526 as the nation emerged from COVID restrictions and online learning. According to the Colorado Department of Education, Garfield Re-2 is one of 65 Districts reporting flat or increased student enrollment.

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Re-2 students raise almost $10,000  for Make-A-Wish Colorado

Students around the Garfield Re-2 School District participated in a student-led Wish

Week to fundraise for Make-A-Wish Colorado, featuring Asher, a 7- year-old wish kid

from New Castle who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Asher is in second grade at

Kathryn Senor Elementary School, a feeder school for Coal Ridge High School. Asher’s

wish to go to Walt Disney World Resorts was granted in 2022. Asher, his family, and his

entire second-grade class participated in an all-school assembly Coal Ridge High

School on Thursday.

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Rifle HIgh School Choir

The students of the Rifle High School Choir Program have been putting in incredible efforts throughout this school year, and their hard work has paid off with an invitation to perform January 25, 2024, at the State Music Convention. This is an extraordinary honor not only for Rifle HIgh School but also for the entire community of Rifle. It's a testament to the exceptional talent and hard work of our RHS choir students.

The State Music Convention is a highly prestigious event where choirs from all over the state audition for a limited number of performance slots. In a typical year, only 16-17 choirs are selected to participate. Our Varsity choir, categorized as SATB (High School Mixed Choir), will deliver a captivating 25-minute concert at The Broadmoor. The Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) music council, responsible for evaluating anonymous electronic submissions, chose our Varsity choir to represent the High School Mixed category.

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Coal Ridge High School Student Council

Coal Ridge High School, like most schools, has a tradition of fostering excellence and community leadership among its students and staff. Coal Ridge has State championships, Boettcher Scholars, and the staff nurtures the next generation of community leaders. Beyond these accolades, the school's commitment to well-rounded education shines through during the holiday season.

The heart of this exceptional holiday spirit is the Titan "Needs Tree," a heartwarming initiative that began approximately six years ago, inspired by the vision of the Athletic Director's Captain's Council. Recognizing that high school students can be hesitant to ask for help, the school decided to create a needs-based program, rather than a traditional gift-giving activity.

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Swashbuckling fencers descend upon Rifle High School

The art of fencing has often served as a dance of steel and strategy, captivating audiences on the silver screen for generations. From the swashbuckling duels of Errol Flynn in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" to the high-stakes clashes of Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts in "The Princess Bride,"  audiences have been thrilled with powerful moments of swordplay that have left us longing for adventure. Beyond the dazzling choreography and dramatic flair seen on television and in the movies, fencing is a sport steeped in tradition, technique, and a rich history that extends far beyond the realm of make-believe. 

Rifle High School may seem a pedestrian venue for such climatic efforts, but last weekend, fencers from around the state and region clashed their foils and épées as RHS hosted a small, regional fencing tournament. 

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Highland elementary student council students November 2023 serving at the extended table.

Spaghetti holds a special place in the heart of Colton Niederwerder, a fifth-grader at Highland Elementary - it’s one of his favorite meals. His excitement to share his love of spaghetti with those less fortunate than himself is palpable.

Colton is a member of the Highland Elementary Student Council, a group of third, fourth and fifth graders who make a difference in their community. About once a month, the Highland student council members come together to prepare a meal at Lift-UP's Extended Table, hosted at the United Methodist Presbyterian Church.

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Photo of School Board members as of November 2023

RIFLE, CO – On November 29, 2023, the Garfield Re-2 School Board met for a special session to reorganize after the November 7, 2023 election.
Board members Cassie Haskell, Chance W. Jenkins and Fathom Jensen were sworn into their positions. All three are new to the board. Haskell defeated Kaylin Harju in a contested race in Director District B (east Rifle to Silt). She takes the seat of Jason Shoup, who leaves the board after over nearly four-years of service.

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