Re-2 school district is back to work
The opening of school is always an exciting occasion, and this year is full of wonderful firsts across the district.Last week, Garfield Re-2 welcomed nearly 4,400 students back to school. The first day of class in the brand new Riverside Middle School in New Castle saw approximately 675 fifth- through eighth-grade students for the first day of class in the new 77,600-square-foot facility. On Monday, Aug. 25, the approximately 275 Eagles of Elk Creek Elementary took flight in their newly renovated school, marking the fifth elementary school to become part of the Garfield Re-2 family, with a new elementary school in Rifle scheduled to open for the 2009-10 school year. Garfield Re-2 is thankful the voters supported the district and passed a bond in 2006 to build these fantastic facilities.David Smucker provided an inspirational and moving address for the staff Aug. 15 at the opening of school celebration at Coal Ridge High School – the first of many such speeches he will be giving as the new superintendent of the Garfield School District Re-2. Dave has been with the Re-2 since 2002. He has served as the principal of Rifle High School and was named assistant superintendent in 2006. Susan Birdsey is the new assistant superintendent. Susan has been with Garfield Re-2 since 2005 as the principal of Rifle Middle School.Through all of this transition, Garfield Re-2 has a total of four new principals, including Holly Miller at Riverside Middle School, Lacey Moser at Elk Creek Elementary, Alan Dillon at Highland Elementary, and Shane Bostic at Rifle Middle School. Each brings high energy and a wealth of knowledge to Garfield Re-2, and they are ready to lead an exciting school year.Every year at the opening of school ceremony, Community Newspapers of Colorado honors one teacher from each building as Teacher of the Year. This award is such an honor, as it is voted on by their peers at the end of the school year. Community Newspapers of Colorado generously funds this award, and each winning teacher receives $750 for use in their classroom or for professional development. Winners of Teacher of the Year are: Barb Ackerman of Highland Elementary; Diane Cotner of Wamsley Elementary; Justin Bankey of Cactus Valley Elementary; Dianna Fox of Kathryn Senor Elementary; Christi Patterson of Rifle Middle School; Joe LaGrange of Riverside Middle School; Keri Wagstrom of Rifle High School; and Carrie Wieder of Coal Ridge High School. Garfield Re-2 thanks Community Newspapers of Colorado for their continued commitment to education and the students of the district.
Additionally, Garfield Re-2 also honors an outstanding classified employee at each building who goes above and beyond. This year’s winners of the Classified Staff of the Year include Shannon McKee of Highland Elementary, Missy Sandquist of Wamsley Elementary, Kristi Gross of Cactus Valley Elementary, Evelina Scott of Kathryn Senor Elementary, Karen Klink of Rifle Middle School, Glenda Wesley of Riverside Middle School, Jeannie Cox of Rifle High School, Becca Shideler of Coal Ridge High School, Steve Raffensperger of Support Services, Janet Webster of Transportation and Sharon Donohoue of the District Office. Elk Creek Elementary will participate in both awards next year.
Finally, Garfield Re-2 honored Gail Coombs for her 30 years of service to the students of the district. Gail is a lifelong Rifle resident, and has dedicated her life to education.Garfield Re-2 is fortunate to have such wonderful staff members who help each student become a better reader, writer and mathematician each and every day. From the nutrition services department to transportation, from our principals to our classroom teachers, from the custodians to the librarians, they all impact student achievement and are excited to begin the 2008-09 school year.Theresa Hamilton is director of districtwide services for the Garfield School District Re-2.
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