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SUN photos/Chris Mannara

Marking the 19th year for the event, Pagosa Springs Middle School eighth-graders hosted the annual Veterans Day breakfast for our local heroes Monday. The event was a time for the youth of the community to talk with veterans and hear stories of their experiences.

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Charter school removes member from board, discusses board recruitment http://www.pagosasun.com/charter-school-removes-member-from-board-discusses-board-recruitment/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191222 The Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) Board of Directors voted to terminate the board membership of John Daffron at a regular meeting on Nov. 12.

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School district to research grant options for HVAC upgrades http://www.pagosasun.com/school-district-to-research-grant-options-for-hvac-upgrades/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191234 Looking to improve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment at two of its local schools, the Archuleta School District (ASD) Board of Education (BOE) has elected to gather more information about possibly going for one or two grants to cover a portion of the potential costs.

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Box Tops contest http://www.pagosasun.com/box-tops-contest/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191225

Photo courtesy Aubrie Limebrook

Kelly Prudhomme’s fourth-grade class won Pagosa Springs Elementary School’s (PSES) first quarter Box Tops contest. They turned in over 400 box tops and earned a brownie sundae party. Pictured are Aven Stueven, Carrington Smith, Kasen Limebrook and Hannah Stretton.
Every Box Top turned in earns PSES 10 cents. You can help earn more money for the school by looking for Box Tops that you may have in your home. Box Tops can be found on many household products. Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip and send them to school.
Eventually, the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new box top label. If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school’s earnings online.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-197/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191172 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 5 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center Great Room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board work session. 9 a.m., Pagosa Baking Company, 238 Pagosa St.
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Dec. 4-8
Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Education notice of gathering. The board will be traveling to Colorado Springs to attend the annual Colorado Association of School Boards conference.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Dec. 9
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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District discusses MLO funds for full-day kindergarten http://www.pagosasun.com/district-discusses-mlo-funds-for-full-day-kindergarten/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:56:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191147 With the passing of a bill to fund full-day kindergarten by Gov. Jared Polis, Archuleta School District (ASD) now faces a decision on what to do with funds it is receiving for full-day kindergarten from a mill levy override (MLO) passed in November of 2018.

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Safe2Tell releases annual report: Record-breaking number of tips in 2018-2019 school year http://www.pagosasun.com/safe2tell-releases-annual-report-record-breaking-number-of-tips-in-2018-2019-school-year/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190648 By Lawrence Pacheco
Special to The SUN
Safe2Tell has released its annual report for the 2018-2019 school year. The report provides an overview and analysis of tip data submitted to Safe2Tell during the previous school year and includes recommendations on how to improve the program.
From Aug. 1, 2018, through July 31, 2019, Safe2Tell received a total of 22,332 tips. The total number of actionable tips received — excluding test tips, duplicate reports, pranks and hang-ups — was 19,861. This is a 28 percent increase in the number of tips received compared to the 2017-2018 school year.
Tips regarding suicide (3,668), drugs (2,164) and bullying (1,871) continue to be the top threats reported to Safe2Tell. The highest volume of reports were submitted via mobile app (31 percent), followed by mobile browser (25 percent), phone (23 percent) and Web browser (21 percent).
“Safe2Tell is in its 15th year and the record-breaking number of tips in the last school year demonstrates how the program continues to be a valuable resource for school safety throughout Colorado,” said Safe2Tell Program Director Essi Ellis. “We are grateful for the many partners we have in this important work and we’ll continue to collaborate with them to implement improvements to the program to keep schools safe.”
“The Safe2Tell annual report has important data that we will use as we refine our strategies to enhance school climate and safety. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to school safety. Over the last year, Safe2Tell has had an enduring impact in keeping our students safe. The increase in tips shows that students are taking responsibility for the safety of their schools and their friends,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser.
Of the total number of tips the program received during the 2018-2019 school year, school and/or local law enforcement partners determined 541 tips were false (2.4 percent). False tips contain untrue information that are submitted to the program with the malicious intent to harm, injure or bully another person.
Some recommendations in the report to improve the Safe2Tell program based on available data include:
• Provide greater support and training to schools and community partners to prevent instances in which a tipster uses Safe2Tell to bully, harass or injure another student.
• Recommend each school district and Board of Cooperation Educational Services provides Safe2Tell with designated school contact(s) to oversee quality control of tip inquiries; assist in coordinating trainings; and serve as a liaison between Safe2Tell, the local school district and law enforcement.
• Work with and educate law enforcement about the program and encourage more agencies to opt into the Safe2Tell digital platform. Many law enforcement agencies have chosen not to enroll in Safe2Tell’s digital platform and still receive tips by fax.
In accordance with C.R.S. § 24-31-611, the Safe2Tell Annual Report is submitted to the Education and Judiciary Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Colorado General Assembly.
Safe2Tell is a successful violence intervention and prevention program for students to anonymously report threats to their own, and others’, safety. Safe2Tell is not an emergency response unit; it is a conduit of information for distributing anonymous tips to local law enforcement, school officials and other appropriate responding parties according to state law.
To make a report, individuals can call (877) 542-7233 from anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports also can be made at Safe2Tell.org or through the Safe2Tell mobile app, which is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Pagosa Valor Academy http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-valor-academy-2/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190661

Photos courtesy Lynell Wiggers

Pagosa Valor Academy students visit the historic Debs School located in the Upper Piedra recently. The tour and great stories about the one-room schoolhouse was given by former Debs student John Taylor and wife Jean Taylor. Ray Ball also hosted the class.
Valor students and their families listened intently as John Taylor reminisced about his days as a student when his mom was his teacher. When asked what was his favorite memory of his time at Debs School, he replied, “When I got to ride to school on my horse.” When asked what his least favorite memory of his school days was, he answered, “We had to go to school April through October, because we couldn’t get to school from our home due to too much snow — you know all the fun in Pagosa happens in the summer.”

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Arctic Adventure Fall Family Night http://www.pagosasun.com/arctic-adventure-fall-family-night/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190650

SUN photos/Terri House

Halloween-clad students of all ages enjoy time spent with family and friends at Pagosa Springs Elementary School during Arctic Adventure Fall Family Night put together by the Partners In Education Committee on Oct. 24. Students and parents alike were treated to a homemade meal along with an arctic/frozen performance, story time, various games and crafts, and the book fair.

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Americana Project class announces upcoming concerts http://www.pagosasun.com/americana-project-class-announces-upcoming-concerts/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190703

Photo courtesy Bob Hemenger

By Bob Hemenger
Special to The PREVIEW
The 2019/2020 Americana Project class will be playing an informal concert at The Springs Resort Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The free concert will be in the atrium of the Luxury Lodge. Students will be performing a mix of cover and original music.
This year’s class has 30 amazing musicians who are eager to share their music with you.
The class will also have a formal concert Dec. 12 in the auditorium of Pagosa Springs High School.
The Americana Project class is an elective offering at Pagosa Springs High School. This is the 11th year and the primary focus of the class is on performance and songwriting.
Students gain self-confidence, self-expression and the ability to stand and deliver a song. These skills transfer over to everyday life and they also create a lifelong love and appreciation for a good song.

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