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Re-2 schools start off school year with recognition

Re-2 News
Theresa Hamilton
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Theresa Hamilton

The opening of school is always an exciting occasion, and this year is full of wonderful firsts across the district.

Today, Garfield Re-2 welcomed nearly 4,500 students back to school. The first day of class in the brand new Graham Mesa Elementary school in Rifle saw approximately 320 kindergarten through fourth-grade students attend class in the new 60,000-square-foot school. More than 600 students attended Rifle High School in the newly renovated building. Those two projects concluded three years of construction from the 2006 bond program. The students and the staff of Garfield Re-2 are thankful to the voters who passed the 2006 bond, and allowed us to construct safe, well-built facilities for our students to learn in.

At the district’s opening of school ceremonies for staff on Friday, Aug. 14, Garfield Re-2 welcomed three new principals – Shawnda Zahara-Harris at Graham Mesa Elementary, Carrie Hassle at Elk Creek Elementary and Lacey Moser at Riverside Middle School. Each brings high energy and a wealth of knowledge to Garfield Re-2. 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 because honorees are nominated by their peers. Community Newspapers of Colorado generously funds this award, and each winning teacher receives $750 dollars for use in their classroom or for professional development. Winners of Teacher of the Year are: Elk Creek Elementary, Trisha Clow-Rensberry; Highland Elementary, Adam Thompson; Wamsley Elementary, Diane Cotner; Cactus Valley Elementary, Lisa Pierce; Kathryn Senor Elementary, Amy Barker; Rifle Middle School, Kyle Mickelson; Riverside Middle School, Kelly Detlefsen; Rifle High School, Dave Ziegler; and Coal Ridge High School, Brian Blair. 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 Jennifer Dorr from Highland Elementary, Terry Wittwer at Wamsley Elementary, Cordie Herrera at Cactus Valley Elementary, Esther Garcia at Kathryn Senor Elementary, Mary Ann Hughes at Elk Creek Elementary, Jannie Leigh at Rifle Middle School, Julie Chavez at Riverside Middle School, Cheryl Hauquitz at Rifle High School, Tracey Stecklein at Coal Ridge High School, Danny Garcia at Support Services, Rick Thomsen at Transportation and Cathy Partain at the district office. Graham Mesa Elementary will participate in both awards next year.

Garfield Re-2 also honored teachers and staff who have served the district for more than 20 years. This year’s honorees included Todd Ellis, David Kosht, Cindy Skinner and Helen Hagerty from Rifle High School, Kelly Bina and Shirley Cooley from Highland Elementary, Vanessa Ivy from Rifle Middle School, Pam Woolsey and Linda Hendrickson from Kathryn Senor Elementary. Pauline Haas from Cactus Valley Elementary has been with Garfield Re-2 for 25 years, and Roberta Garcia from Rifle Middle School has been with the district for 35 years.

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 2000-2010 school year.

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