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Pack, Lane happy to give a little back to YouthZone

Kay Vasilakis

Superintendent Dr. Gary Pack and Assistant Superintendent Ava Lanes teamed up for the Kiss N Squeal fundraising event for YouthZone. Although not coming up on top and getting the opportunity to kiss the pig, the Re-2 team was glad to contribute to the effort.Said Lanes, “It always feels good to give back to the community, because they give so much to us. Specifically, YouthZone supports a multitude of programs and services for youth (examples: crime prevention, restitution, mediation, juvenile accountability, youth outreach, counseling, drug and alcohol assistance, life skills, etc.) and so it was easy to say “yes”. Gary and I are proud of the fact that we could be a part of this fundraising endeavor. Our hats off to YouthZone! And thanks to all of the YouthZone employees for all the things they do for our kids and our families.” The first day of school for all Re-2 students will be Tuesday, Aug. 20. Please call your specific school main office, or visit the school office, for your school supply lists. School offices will be open today, Aug. 6. Parents wishing to register new students must bring the child’s birth certificate, social security number and immunization record with them to register between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the school they will be attending.-Garfield Re-2 is excited about two new principals and one new assistant principal, and the 38 new staff members who are joining the district and helping with the district’s top priority of student achievement. Parents, get to know these new administrators and staff members.The new Rifle High School principal, David Smucker, comes to the district from Highlands Ranch High School, where he was the assistant principal since 1998. He received his master of education with emphasis on school administration in 1993 from the University of Northern Colorado with an endorsement of elementary, secondary school principal.Danny Gentry will be an assistant principal at Rifle High School. He was the principal of the preK-12 Spade School in Spade, Texas. He received his master of science/education administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and was a Hale Scholar of Education Administration, and guest lecturer for Baylor School of Education at Xian Teacher’s College in Xian, China.Kimberly Heutzenroeder will be the new principal of Rifle Middle School. She was the District Lead Math Coach since 1999 in the Spring Branch School District in Houston, Texas. She received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with K-12 grade administrator certification in June from Stephen F. Austin State University, and holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado.The CSAP scores are in for all districts in the state. Assistant Superintendent Ava Lanes commented about Re-2 scores, “We are proud of the steady student achievement progress we continue to make as a district. For the first time, we even have district proficiency levels at specific grade levels that are above the state averages! This progress is the result of focus, the adoption of research-based programs, continued staff training and most of all … a result of staff members who are committed to the growth of students! We are moving in the right direction toward the goal of having the highest-achieving students, but we have much yet to accomplish.”Kay Vasilakis is public information director for the Re-2 School District.


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