INCOMING SUPERINTENDENT MIKE GASS
SOLICITS PARENT / STAFF INPUT
ON HIRING OF NEW MHS PRINCIPAL
May 27, 2015
Dear Telluride Middle/High School Staff and Parents,
Please know I am excited to be headed to Telluride in less than a month! Every day is a day closer to realizing the professional goal of leading a world-class organization such as the Telluride School District. While I hoped to sneak into town with a moving truck between festivals, it would seem we have some very important work to get done before we take some time off with principal Conran’s pending departure. Mike has done honorable work for the students, staff, and community. You all should be proud of that effort. I wish nothing but the best for Mike in his departure, and I am confident we will continue the positive work of the school.
I also know how unsettling this change can be for a staff and a community. Please know I believe Telluride is a special place and needs a dynamic leader to coach and support you with the goals we will be striving to attain in the 2015-2016 school year. I am working with the TSD Board to organize my schedule to be available for the process and to be actively involved in that process as much as possible.
I have prepared a timeline and a process that involves stakeholders, that ultimately allows us to find a fit for our team. While I was in town a week ago, I had a chance to meet with most of the district leaders and enjoyed my conversations with every one of them. I am confident they will help guide the process in my (remote) absence, and I am committed to traveling to Telluride to make sure we get this right. I know the end of the year is a challenging time to fit a process into the already busy schedule, and know I respect the choices you need to make around including yourself in this work. Please know you can still have input into the process with the Forward Focus Protocol, and we will compile all the input and share it out to all MS/HS staff in themes. I will be in town June 4th for a M/H School staff meeting after the staff luncheon (1:45ish) in the library to first meet you all and then explain the process for the task at hand.
I am also willing to meet with any middle and high school parents at 3:30 on June 4th in the cafeteria for the same activity. Applications to be part of the interview committee are available for parents and for staff.
Again, this is an exciting opportunity for the Telluride MS/HS staff to reboot for the 2015-2016 school year. Please know I will continue to work hard to find someone who will showcase the values and excellence our students deserve.
Incoming Superintendent TSD
Nicole FInger Donates Painting to Telluride School District
Award winning local artist Nicole Finger donated this beautiful painting that she did from a photo by local photographer Melissa Plantz. Telluride School District is honored to have been the recipient of this painting. The painting is currently hanging in the administrative office until it finds its permanent home in the new MS/HS addition.
Telluride High School Chosen as One of
US News and World Reports Best High Schools
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NEW TSD SUPERINTENDENT CHOSEN!
On Tuesday, March 31st,
your Board of Education voted unanimously to select Mr. Michael Gass to
be the new Superintendent of Schools for the District. Mike, one of 29
applicants for the position and one of our 4 semi-finalists, was chosen
after extensive interviews with the Board and committees comprised of
parents, community members, and staff.
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its commitment to environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility, the
Telluride School District (TSD) is harnessing the power of the sun with locally
made renewable energy. The TSD Board of Education approved the purchase of a
substantial capacity of solar energy in the San
Miguel Community Solar Array, a community-shared solar facility located
about 50 miles west in sunny Naturita, Colorado. According to Board President Paul Reich, “The District is excited that 100% of the electrical demands of the new
addition, and a substantial portion of the demands in our existing facilities,
will be met through renewable energy. This is a real step forward to
realizing our desire, as a District, to be forward thinking, and a responsible
steward of the environment.”
system was deemed impractical given the district’s limited roof space and the
restricted sun exposure of Telluride’s mountainous terrain. The community solar
purchase, however, circumvented these barriers and met TSD’s strict budgetary
requirements. According to Board Member Melissa Plantz, “The District’s use of
solar power provides teachers at each school with a unique opportunity to teach
concepts in science and technology and pique student interest in these
“All of our
efforts, including this one, are focused on helping safeguard a clean,
prosperous future for Telluride families,” said Cheryl Miller, Vice President
of the Telluride School District. “By using locally-made clean energy, the
District can serve as a model of good stewardship to our students and perhaps
other districts.” The district has been
working with SMPA and the Clean Energy Collective to make this project a
reality for the Telluride School District.
2015-16 Calendar approved
Click here or on the link below to view the Calendar for the 2015-16 school year. Students will return to school on August 31, 2015.
Congratulations to our Telluride High School Knowledge Bowl team for competing in state and doing very well. Elliot, Dalton, Hayden, Zach and Tomas (pictured above with coach Ramona Gaylord) won the Regional event for our 2A division. Telluride is now qualified to attend the Colorado Knowledge Bowl State Championship Meet. This event is held on Thursday, April 16th at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Thanks to our coaches and all the work that they have done to help our team be the best they can be!
TELLURIDE AIDS BENEFIT STUDENT FASHION SHOW
How can I learn if school is closed or about other regional emergencies when I can't check the internet?
It is a rare event when Telluride School District closes down for snow or any emergency. While we do everything possible to immediately update the website, and we send out emails and post to Telluride Sweet Deals, there are people who may not have email or cell phone access to check the internet during power outages, etc. We encourage our parents and students to sign up for San Miguel County Notification System-Code Red. This system can send text alerts, emails, and voice call any numbers or emails you put in the system. Not only will it alert you to school closings, but also road closures, weather related events, etc. We STRONGLY encourage everyone to sign up for this notification system at http://www.sanmiguelcounty.org/. Click on the link marked Code Red and follow the instructions. It is fast, easy and will keep you informed with multiple communication methods in a variety of circumstances. Sign up and stay informed.
TELLURIDE R-1 SCHOOL DISTRICT KOTO ACCESS
February 11, 2015 KOTO Access-Paul Reich and Kyle Schumacher are joined by DJ Geoff Hanson to discuss Buildings, Bonds and Cow Moose?! Click here to listen to the KOTO Access Episode from 2/11/15
artwork by CelestineA©2015
Thank you Just for Kids....
For sponsoring Bilingual Immigration Lawyer Sarah Logan to speak to our students and our community.
Ms. Logan met with our Spanish speaking seniors to talk about college opportunities and scholarship under their immigration status. In addition, two parent sessions were sponsored; one was held at the THS cafeteria and an additional session was held in the community room at the Wilkinson Public Library. Thanks to Ursula Cristol and Jenna Hagen for making this wonderful opportunity happen! If you have some questions and are unable to attend the presentations, please send Ursula Cristol an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Superintendent Schumacher stepping down,
Board working with CASB to begin search
(artwork by MelodyL©2015)
On December 19, Dr. Schumacher announced that he would be resigning from his position as Superintendent of Telluride School District. At that time he said, "With the increased demands that my father’s ailing health is putting on my family, it was a difficult decision to even consider leaving Telluride and the Telluride School District. It is with bittersweet feelings that I submit my letter of resignation from Telluride R-1 School District effective June 30, 2015. I am filled with both exhilaration and melancholy as I anticipate the end of my four-year formal relationship with Telluride School District and embark upon a new journey in La Grange, IL."
On January 20, 2015, the board formally accepted his resignation. The board will be working with CASB (Colorado Association of School Board) Assistant Director Mark DeVoti to run the search process. "We want the search to be national in scope and encourage the community to forward names of people that they feel may be an excellent candidate for the Superintendent of Telluride School. We want to actively recruit the best.", Banks Brown, TSD board member stated.
Please stay tuned for more information on opportunities for the community to provide input into the characteristics the board will be looking for in the new superintendent.
artwork by EricaL©2014
Congratulations to Jennifer Taylor-TES First Grade Teacher
Newest National Board Certified Teacher in Telluride!
Telluride School District is pleased to congratulate Jennifer Taylor on receiving her Early Childhood Generalist Certification through the NBCT Certification Program. This National Certification is earned after presenting a portfolio, self-evaluations, video examples, and passing a national assessment. This certificate is recognized nationwide by most states as one of the highest recognitions of a master teacher. Please help us congratulate Mrs. Taylor on her accomplishment. For more information on the National Board for Certified Teachers, please click here.
HAIRSPRAY PRODUCTION SPOTLIGHTS
TELLURIDE'S TALENTED KIDS!
1st place at the Dolores Knowledge Bowl Meet. Jackie Allen, Wynton Brown, Jaden Evans, Will Jansen, Spencer Keating
Cross Country Team ROCKS it at State
•The girls team finished second in state – 1st time ever for the program! Soleil finished 7th, Anna was 10th, Larkin was 12th, Esme was 29th, Natalia was 45th and Alyssa was 61st.
•The girls race was incredibly exciting. Final scores were Lyons 20, Telluride 24, and Heritage Christian 24. The tie for 2nd/3rd was broken by our 4th runners. Esme beat the Heritage Christian 4th runner by 2 places to take the trophy.
•The boys team finished 5th place. An awesome finish for this team!.
•Jack Plantz finished 3rd in a photo finish with the runner from Custer County. Great run by him.
Way to Go X-Country Miners!
Thank you to our great coaches Keith, Alicia, and Tom!
Board Meeting Videos
Click here to see the latest TSD Board meeting videos. Thank you to Telluride TV for filming our monthly board meetings.
MS Band Info-Concert
Mrs. Muckerman and students in the MS band performed a mini info-concert for parents in the band room. GREAT JOB, BAND!
Drama Students Produce a Play in 48 Hours
Students perform play by local playwright Jeff Hansen!
THS Designated GOLD 2014
Best High Schools in the US
THS Selected for
4th Annual AP Honor Roll
The College Board is announcing the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll — a list of 477 districts across the U.S. and Canada being honored for increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.
Read more about the AP Honor Roll by clicking the icon.