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5/19/2014 4:53 PM
Mesa Cty Workforce Ctr "YES" program

​The Mesa County Workforce Center and community partners are featuring the Youth Employment Success (YES) Program.  It was designed to promote employment opportunities for youth.  The Workforce Center works with any and all youth 14 to 21 years old.    Students can register online at or visit the office in person at 512 29 1/2 Road. Job search, resume and interview preparation are some of the services available.  Please contact the Summer Job Hunt Employment Specialist, Tim Brown at 970-256-2465 for more information.

5/19/2014 11:19 AM
Math and Science Center Needs volunteers

Good afternoon Members & Friends!


At the Math & Science Center, we are gearing up for our busiest summer ever!  We're very excited about all of the summer day camps and outreach activities that we have scheduled for this summer, and of course, we always have lots of hands-on exhibits for our local and out-of-town visitors to enjoy.  And we don't want to forget the monthly Family Science Nights coming up in June, July and August.


HOWEVER, to make this summer season a success, we are desperately in need of volunteers to help us make these experiences enjoyable for our guests.  If you know of high school-age students who need volunteer service hours or adults who would like to do something different for a few hours a week this summer – please contact Bambi Harmon at 254-1626 or to learn more about our summer volunteer opportunities.  These include:

  • Volunteer "greeters" to answer phones, greet guests, and do minor upkeep for our exhibit area
  • Exhibit docents to help guests get the most out of our hands-on exhibits (you don't need to be a scientist – we'll train you on the exhibits!)
  • Individuals with construction skills to help build and maintain exhibits.


We're waiting for your call!  Thank you for your support!


6/9/2014 7:16 AM
Board Highlights - May 20

Negotiated Agreement

  • The Board of Education approved the negotiated agreement with MVEA that covers employees for 2014-2015 and lays the ground work for other employee groups as well as future compensation change. More information about that was sent in a separate email to staff Tuesday night, May 20.


  • The Board recognized Karla Durmas, teacher at GRVA, for being awarded the Online and Blended Teacher award from CDE.
  • The PHS Knowledge Bowl team was recognized for being state champions in the 4A level.
  • The GJHS Knowledge Bowl team was recognized for being state champions in the 5A level and for earning the Governor's Cup award by getting the most points of any team in the state competition.
  • The D51 budget team was recognized for earning the Association of School Business Officials International Meritorious Budget Award. This award recognizes the way budgets are presented.
  • The GJHS student newspaper The Orange & Black was recognized for the recent state and national awards that this publication has earned.

Superintendent's Report 

  • The District Accountability Committee report was delayed to be scheduled for another meeting. 
  • The Director of Fiscal Services and Chief Operations Officer presented a proposed budget to the Board of Education. This presentation included updated information for anticipated 2014-2015 revenue and expenditures. Overall, District 51 expects to have about $7M more for the general fund for 2014-2015 school year. The budget is proposed using an enrollment number that is up about 50 students over what is currently enrolled in District 51. Their presentation is attached. The Board will conduct two public hearings before adopting the budget officially later in June.
  • Monthly Business/Investment report
  • Monthly Expulsion report
  • Quarterly Clinic report - Risk Manager Sheila Naski updated the Board on costs associated with the clinic. Overall, the clinic continues to save the district money in health costs while providing a useful resource to employees.

Consent Agenda

  • All personnel action items, gifts and grants were approved by the Board.
  • One of the new administrative appointments approved tonight was Sharon Kallus, who will be the new Rim Rock Elementary principal beginning this fall. 

Business Items

  • The Board approved the alternative calendars for The Opportunity Center and R-5 for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • The Board approved a resolution for partial kitchen remodel at Nisley Elementary and Fruitvale Elementary.
  • The Board approved the resolution with the 2014-2015 school fees. Staff can view those fees at For the most part, fees have remained relatively flat. 

Board Open Discussion

  • The Board had questions about the future of Reading Recovery. The district is looking into the possibility to contract with a person to fill the role of a coordinator for this program. 
  • The Board had questions about discipline and reporting discipline and the consistencies of that per the article in the Sunday Denver Post. This is one of the areas the Board-sanctioned Discipline Committee is looking into in District 51.
5/20/2014 7:24 PM
Board Agenda - June 3

Visit this page to access the most recent agenda, posted for the June 3 Work Session and Budget Hearing.​

6/3/2014 7:49 PM
Board Highlights - June 3

​Budget Hearing

  • The Board of Education held their first of two community comment sessions on the 2014-2015 budget. No comments were brought forward tonight.

Business Meeting

  • The Board approved licensed personnel action items. These included new Chief Academic Officer Tony Giurado, new Executive Director of High Schools Matt Diers, new Executive Director of Elementary Schools Cheri Taylor, new GMMS Principal Terrie ReQua, new Bookcliff Middle School Principal Jim Butterfield, and new PHS Principal Dan Bollinger.

Work Session

  • The Board heard from representatives in the Planning Department from the City of Grand Junction on the Matchett Park property and plans for that area. Their presentation is attached. They walked the Board through the community input process in developing a potential plan. They also talked to the Board about the phases of developing the property. The master plan is really the first step in obtaining some outside funding and grant funds in order to move forward. They expect that most of the site could be developed within the next five years, outside of the school property and the potential recreation center. They discussed the moving of Independence Academy as they have purchased property to the Northeast of the Matchett Park property and no longer need any of the district's allocation of 14 acres.
  • The SEAC committee presented an update. SEAC stands for School Equity Advisory Committee but the group would like to change their name to Climate, Advocacy, Resources, Equity and Safety (CARES). They have learned that they can't just isolate their work around bullying but that there are many factors that play a role. Each of these pieces is important and interrelated to the work the committee is doing to address bullying and social issues in the schools. Membership is also being recommended for a change to include not just community members but also school psychs and counselors. The group wants to engage more with 211 and increasing knowledge and use of that resource. Another step moving forward for the group is to review and evaluate re-entry processes for students. The committee believes in implementing PBIS with fidelity.  They would also like to offer educational and support opportunities for staff and parents.
  • The D51 Foundation presented information on their work to the Board. The Foundation Board spoke about the Spring Break camp that they supported at the middle school level for the first time this past Spring. They raised $30,000 for this project this year, which . This was one of the ways they supported the Board's efforts to build in more extended learning time for students. The Foundation Board has agreed to continue their support for the district's efforts in extended learning. They also told the Board about the Ambassador Program - parents who are key leaders and well-known at each school. Ambassadors in the program attend 2 meetings per year and are requested to present information back to their schools about the Foundation at some point during each school year (Back to School nights). The next one will be July 17 at Two Rivers Winery at 6:30 p.m. They spoke about the Explore D51 class, which is a community class offered in partnership with the Foundation and the District. Foundation Board member, Yanus Nelson attended the class this past year and told the D51 Board about what he learned and why the class is important in educating the community on education issues and build awareness.
6/3/2014 7:46 PM
Board Agenda - June 17

Visit this page to access the most recent agenda, posted for the June 17 Budget Hearing and Business Meeting.​

6/17/20146/18/2014 9:55 AM
Board Highlights - June 17

Budget Hearing

  • The Board of Education held their second of two community comment sessions on the 2014-2015 budget. No comments were brought forward.

​Superintendent's Report

  • District Accountability Committee Report - DAC committee member Jess Mulvey and staff coordinator Lesley Rose presented updates and suggestions from DAC. The three main areas of DAC's focus are to review all 44 UIPs, listen and learn about district departments, and make recommendations to the Board based on what they have learned through the year. DAC found the following trends in the UIP reviews: instruction of writing, resources aligned with CAS, lack of parental involvement, more professional development for teachers, more progress monitoring tools specifically in math and writing, and post-secondary workforce readiness.
  • Discipline Committee Report - Committee representatives Cathy Haller and Jason Eidinger updated the Board on the work of the committee and its recommendations. The group discussed PBIS - with the primary recommendation from the committee being that the district system needs more consistency in reporting. The committee categorized disruptions/supports in three tiers, similar to PBIS, and discussed behavioral support for students at Tier II and Tier III. Moving forward toward equity and continuous improvement in the district - the group recommended more professional development for staff, review and revision of policies and practices (required by law), quarterly review of building and district-level data, continuous feedback loop for administrators, and differentiated, data-based support for schools. More of what the committee discussed is on the presentation attached to this post.
  • Discussion on Title 1 Incentives Report - Lesley Rose presented information that a team found while researching this issue. The team conducted literature review, researched implentation of new pay structures in other school districts and did an informal survey of Title 1 teachers on what their preferences for incentives. The Board agreed that work in this area should be tied to strategic compensation. Board Member Tisue rewrote a previous resolution with no timeframe and no monetary commitment, but that shows general support for the idea and raises attention to the need but doesn't address actual implementation. They worked on language for editing the resolution to align with their thoughts.
  • Discussion on Meal Price Increase - Dan Sharp and Phil Onofrio talked to the Board about the positive changes the D51 food service program has made in order to move away from processed foods to more healthy, scratch meals for our students. Learn more about these changes in a mailer that the department sent out last summer. They also addressed potential future changes to the meal charges beginning in the 14-15 school year. Under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, District 51 is required to ensure that there is a balance in the amount we are reimbursed and the amount that full-price meals are charged. The recommendation is to increase the full-price meal charge by $0.25 in order to achieve this balance.
  • 2014-2015 Budget - More discussion was held with regards to next year's budget. The Board's legal obligation is to adopt the budget for the coming year by June 30 and then they have the option to re-adopt based on enrollment or other considerations at a later time.
  • Monthly Business/Investment Reports
  • Monthly Expulsion Report

Consent Agenda

  • All personnel action items, gifts and grants were accepted by the Board.
    • Personnel action items included Hal Templeton, new principal at MGMS; Steve States, new director of academic achievement and growth for elementary schools; Leia Ellis, new principal at Lincoln Orchard Mesa; Amie Landman, new principal at Scenic; Scot Bingham, new principal at Broadway and GRVA; Deb Lamb, new principal at Shelledy; and Lanc Sellden, new principal at CHS.

Business Items

  • The Board approved an increase to the cost of meals for the 2014-2015 school year to
  • The Board approved the Mesa Valley Community School contract and the MVCS calendar for 2014-2015.
  • The Board approved the name change of the SEAC committee as well as its new charter.
  • The Board approved the 2014-2015 budget.
  • The Board approved the resolution for interest free loan.
  • The Board approved the construction contractor agreement for boiler replacement at PHS.
  • The Board approved the Title 1 Incentives resolution as amended earlier in the meeting.

Board Open Discussion

  • Superintendent Steve Schultz talked to the Board about implementing a kindergarten readiness assessment for the students who fall in the two month window impacted by the cutoff date change made by the Board earlier this Spring. Fifteen students in that window have already demonstrated some level of giftedness and will be attending a D51 elementary school in the fall. This test is an option for the rest of the students in this window and more information about it will be forthcoming.

Materials about the above can be found: 

6/17/20146/17/2014 8:27 PM
D51 Board Highlights

​Business Meeting

  • The Board approved personnel action items. This is a final action item that approves the placement of a few principals hired after the Board’s last meeting in June.

Work Session

  • Amy Attwood - Amy is a lobbyist retained by the Board to act on their behalf and she represents the district's interests at the state capital in relation to legislation. Amy gave an overview of legislative activity from the previous capital season. This year was successful on two fronts:
    • A bill was passed authorizing us to continue to provide SPED services the way that we do, without being forced to form a BOCES (which would have created more red tape). CDE supported the bill, along with CASB, CEA, CASE and the BOCES association. This bill raised the district's profile and put us on the map with all legislators.
    • Amy was involved in the work around the Student Success Act, which dealt with school financing. Most money in this bill was earmarked but through Amy's work, the district was part of the charge to instead move that money to buy down the negative factor.

At the end of the session, there were no new unfunded mandates. Amy also updated the Board on the assessment task force, charged at the state level to review testing in the state. This task force will make legislative recommendations for change. Recommendations are due by Jan. 31, 2015. The Board discussed with Amy about what to expect from the coming session and what the political landscape looks like with regards to education.

  • Discipline Committee Action Plan - A few representatives from this group presented the action plan that describes how the committee, and district, will move forward and what steps they will take to provide support to teachers. The committee feels that the PBIS model is still best for kids, implemented deeply and with consistency. This program will be the basis for response in schools. The other area of focus will be on improved data collection.  District data has shown that PBIS can reduce the amount of suspensions and expulsions in the district.  The committee is requesting a PBIS Coach to direct this effort and says that most of the implementation relies on the hiring of this position.  Another action plan revolves around having a building-level PBIS team. The Special Education department is working to develop ways to support severe needs students, as well. SPED teachers will move to a level-based behavior intervention this year.
8/5/20148/5/2014 7:36 PM
Emergency Text Alerts


District 51 has invested in a district-wide communication system (called SchoolConnects) that will allow all schools and the district to contact you regarding important news, events, and emergency or safety-related situations.

Schools and the district can only send texts to phones who have subscribed to receive the messages. If you want to receive SMS text messages from the school or district, you must first do the following:

  1. Ensure that your child's school has your cell phone listed in the student database under "Mobile".
  2. From the SMS-capable telephone where you want to receive the text messages, text the word Join to the number 56360. If our messaging system finds a match for your phone number in its database, you receive a confirmation message thanking you for joining school alerts. If our messaging system does not find a match for your phone number in its database, you will receive a message that the number could not be found, and then you should contact the school to add the number to the school's Student Management System. After your number has been added, wait at least 24 hours, and then text Join again. At any time, you can unsubscribe by texting Stop (in Canada, you can also text Arret) to 56360.
  3. Create a contact on your phone with the name of your school or school district, or another meaningful name, and the phone number 56360. Then, when you receive a text from this number, you know who is sending it.

At this point in time, the District will only contact parents in the case of an emergency or safety-related situations. The District will reach out to parents using phone, text and email or a combination. Parents and the community can also check the district website ( or social media accounts ( and for emergency alerts and updates as well as general news.

In order to receive the quickest and most accurate information in an emergency situation, parents need to be sure that all home phone, cell phone and email addresses are up-to-date in the student information system, Synergy. Contact the school office if you have any questions. The texts, calls and emails will only go to those families who have those fields filled in in the database.

Should you have any questions about this new service or other emergency communications, don't hesitate to call the Communications department or Tim Leon in Safety at 254-5100.

8/13/2014 12:46 PM
Family Science Night - Thursday, November 6th

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11/6/201410/31/2014 2:47 PM
Child Care Provider Resource Fair

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2/25/20152/13/2015 7:59 AM
Career Center Floral has Plants!



2/26/2015 3:15 PM
Addi's Cupcake Trot3/12/2015 11:22 AM
What your gifted child needs you to know

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6/1/20155/21/2015 9:00 AM
2015 Summer Youth Camps6/29/20157/6/2015 9:51 AM
Be a Girl Scout

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7/29/2015 4:02 PM
Bus Routes

A change has been made to bus routes from what has been previously posted and published. 

All routes have been reset to match last year’s routes. If you haven’t moved, you will use the same stop and time as last year. If you don’t remember the location and time for your address, visit
Currently, only the addresses of bus-eligible families from last year are in the online directory. If you are new to the district or cannot find your address, please call our bus transportation provider, Student Transportation of America for route information. Their number is 970 697-1050. Please leave a voicemail and they will return your call promptly. You can also call your school for assistance.
STA is working diligently to add all addresses into the directory. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we transition from our previous service provider to STA.
7/31/2015 5:06 PM
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Academic Talent Search

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9/25/20159/15/2015 10:03 AM
M.E.S.A Competition Schedule


10/29/20159/24/2015 12:25 PM
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training11/9/2015 1:20 PM
CHS Choir Concert

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12/15/201512/1/2015 11:32 AM
Metal Recycling Event

West Star Aviation and Western Metals Recycling have joined with District 51 to hold a metal recycling event on Saturday April 8th, 2017 from 9am-4pm. You can drop off your metal recyclables at either school on the day of the event.


If you have metal items that you wish to donate that are not on the list, please call Western Metals Recycling @ 970-242-9500 for information. Additionally, if you have a car or something that can only be off loaded with machinery, please contact Western Metals to arrange. There will not be machinery at the schools to unload overweight items.

Each school will receive a check for the value of metal that is donated.

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