Re-2 shows off musical talent; wants feedback on calendar options |

Re-2 shows off musical talent; wants feedback on calendar options

Rifle High School Principal Todd Ellis receives a signing Valentine from the RHS choir at last week's All-Rifle concert. The All-Rifle concert showcases the musical talent from all Rifle schools including Wamsley
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Last week, nearly 200 Garfield Re-2 students from Wamsley, Highland and Graham Mesa elementary schools, Rifle Middle School and Rifle High School took to the stage for the Annual All-Rifle concert. This concert shows not only the great work of our musical instructors, but also the progression of music education through the district. Garfield Re-2 is proud to have music education as part of our curriculum and boasts some of the most creative, dedicated and talented music educators around. If you get a chance, listen in to any of the Garfield Re-2 music programs — you wont be disappointed.


Every two-to-three years, when Garfield Re-2 adopts our calendar, we provide draft calendars our staff and community to provide feedback on. We continue to seek feedback on the calendar options made public last week. Nearly 400 staff, parents and general community members have weighed in their thoughts on the draft calendar proposals put forward by the Garfield Re-2 Collaborative Solutions committee.

Four calendars are available for review at — two years of each draft. All calendars reflect the four-day school week that was put into place as a budget cutting measure three-years ago.

One option, labeled as the “Hybrid calendar,” is very much like historical calendars beginning slightly earlier and ending school prior to Memorial Day. Drafts have been developed for both the 2015-16 school year and the 2016-17 school year.

A second option, labeled as the “Balanced calendar,” provides the same amount of time off for students, but distributes it differently by beginning school earlier in August and providing breaks throughout the school year.

There is a brief video posted on the website that explains the options and the process by which the options were created and a brief survey asking people to weigh in on the calendar that they like, and items they would like to see included, and reasons they like or do not like the options presented.

Collaborative Solutions is the negotiating arm of the Garfield School District Re-2 and is composed of administrators, teachers and classified staff including secretaries, custodians, nutrition services workers and bus drivers. Collaborative Solutions looks at all interests involved in developing a calendar with an emphasis on supporting student achievement.

These calendars are draft only and there will be an opportunity to modify them once feedback has been collected. The survey will be live from through Feb.19. It is hoped that the school board will make an adoption at the March 17 school board meeting.


Congratulations to the winners of Riverside Middle School’s Spelling and Geography bees. The winners of the fifth- and sixth-grade spelling bee were Eric Watkins (first), Shayne Sandblom (second) and Xolvinelly Munoz (third). Dr. Susan Birdsey was the announcer.

The seventh- and eight-grade bee winners were Anthony Stephens (first), Dalton Sargent (second) and Bailey Howard (third). Anthony will represent Riverside in the state spelling bee in March in Denver. Mr. Larry Brady was the announcer.

The Geography bee winners were Trent Shaffer (first), Max Rensberry (second) and Stephen Jones (third). Trent will take a qualifying test to see if he will be traveling to Denver to compete in the state competition. Mr. Dave Lindenburg was the announcer.

Congratulations to Zoe McCann-Klausz, a fourth-grader at GME, who placed second in the CCIRA Young Writers’ Competition.

The next regular school board meeting for Garfield Re-2 will be Feb. 24 at Rifle High School beginning at 5 p.m.

Theresa Hamilton is the director of districtwide services for the Garfield School District Re-2, serving Rifle, Silt and New Castle. Contact her at 665-7621.

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