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   Mar 04 2016
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  February 2016  
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TSD Calendar 15-16

Congratulations to our January Students of the Month!
Middle School:  Nicole Esquivel
High School: Emma Spaulding


These awards are based on Attendance, Behavior, and
personal success in school.

They were nominated and voted on by the TMHS staff.
Please congratulate them when you see them.


KOTO Access - 10/29/15

Click here to listen to KOTO Access 10/29/15

Any day snow/ice conditions exist on roadways, students should be at the bus stop 10 MINUTES PRIOR to departure.  Thank you.


 October 19th

The Telluride Education Association, Palm Theater and Telluride TV are co-hosting a debate for the School Board Candidates Monday, October 19th from 6:00-8:00pm in the Palm Theater.  The debate will be moderated by Dirk dePagter and Rosie Cusack.  The debate will also be live streamed at https://livestream.com/t-ridetv/Trideschooldebate.  There will be a public Q&A at the event and on the live broadcast chat.

Madie Alexander with Senator Dodd at the
Rodham Institute Summit in DC

Alexander & Dodd

Senior Madie Alexander recently attended the Rodham Institute Summit in Washington, DC. Madie served as an intern this summer for the Institute as part of her Pinhead Institute experience.

The Rodham Institute was founded by Dorothy Rodham (Hilary Clinton’s mother), and has the goal of improving health care equity in the Washington area. The accompanying picture is of Madie and former senator and presidential candidate Christopher Dodd. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton was also in attendance.

Being invited and attending the Summit will surely serve to supercharge Madie’s ambitions to become a medical doctor. Congratulations Madie!





Student Volunteer Honored

Telluride High School was excited to learn that Isabell Richard was recently recognized for her volunteer work in the community.  Ms. Richard and many of our students spend time volunteering and making our community a better place! 

Congratulations Isabell for your community efforts!


KOTO Access - 9/24/15 (Interview with Reich/Gass/Kimble)

Click here to listen to KOTO Access 9/24/15

Cafeteria Sneak Preview

Click here to view the 2016 cafeteria!

Colorado Association of School Boards Recognizes Local Board Member

CASB AwardThe Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), Ken Delay, awarded the CASB McGuffey Award to Telluride School Board member Cheryl Miller at the organization’s regional meeting in Montrose Wednesday night.

The CASB McGuffey Award honors unique board members who bring committed and passionate service to their board work.  First published in 1836, the McGuffey Readers were a series of seven books with stories and poems that taught kids reading and grammar, and helped them develop good qualities. It was one of the most widely used and influential textbooks of its time in transferring knowledge and the virtues required to fulfill the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.  The CASB McGuffey award honors the past and recognizes the contributions of excellent and effective school board members.

Ms. Miller, the Vice President of the Telluride R-1 School District Board of Education, is completing her 6th year on the Board.  In recognizing Ms. Miller, Mr. Delay stated, “Cheryl Miller has been an energetic and important member of the Telluride School Board.  She is a tireless advocate for students.”

Paul Reich, President of the Telluride Board, said, “Cheryl is very active on our board, is President of the Uncompaghre Board of Cooperative Services (the regional provider of special services for student in the Telluride, Norwood, West End, Ouray and Ridgway schools), and is a Director on the Board of the Colorado Association of School Boards.  Her influence in education is felt locally, regionally, and at a state level.  It is an honor to serve alongside her.”

New Telluride Middle/High School Principal Announced

Sara Kimble announced as new TMHS Principal.

After a thoughtful and intense round of interviews on June 11 and 12, Sara Kimble, current TMHS School Counselor, was chosen from a slate of five candidates to serve as the Telluride Middle/High School Principal for the upcoming year.  Incoming Superintendent Mike Gass stated in his letter to staff and parents, "After much thought, conversation, and reference checks it became obvious to me that Sara Kimble was our best choice to lead our efforts for the 2015-2016 school year.  Ms. Kimble is vested in the culture of TSD and not only won the day on her own merit over the course of the three part interview, but showed great spirit and pride in the closing weeks of school for our students.  Compassion, drive, and a humble approach to continually improving the greater system are core values we can utilize as we make Telluride R-1 one of the best school systems in the nation."

Congratulations to Mrs. Kimble and thank you to the parents, teachers, administrators and board members who were involved in the interview process.

Nicole Finger Donates Painting to Telluride School District

Nicole Finger

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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On Tuesday, March 31st, your Board of Education voted unanimously to select Mr. Michael Gass tobe the new Superintendent of Schools for the District.  Mike, one of 29applicants for the position and one of our 4 semi-finalists, was chosenafter extensive interviews with the Board and committees comprised ofparents, community members, and staff.

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Demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility, theTelluride School District (TSD) is harnessing the power of the sun with locallymade renewable energy. The TSD Board of Education approved the purchase of asubstantial capacity of solar energy in the SanMiguel Community Solar Array, a community-shared solar facility locatedabout 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 newaddition, and a substantial portion of the demands in our existing facilities,will be met through renewable energy.  This is a real step forward torealizing our desire, as a District, to be forward thinking, and a responsiblesteward of the environment.”

An on-sitesystem was deemed impractical given the district’s limited roof space and therestricted sun exposure of Telluride’s mountainous terrain. The community solarpurchase, however, circumvented these barriers and met TSD’s strict budgetaryrequirements. According to Board Member Melissa Plantz, “The District’s use ofsolar power provides teachers at each school with a unique opportunity to teachconcepts in science and technology and pique student interest in theseimportant subjects."

“All of ourefforts, including this one, are focused on helping safeguard a clean,prosperous future for Telluride families,” said Cheryl Miller, Vice Presidentof the Telluride School District. “By using locally-made clean energy, theDistrict can serve as a model of good stewardship to our students and perhapsother districts.”  The district has beenworking with SMPA and the Clean Energy Collective to make this project areality for the Telluride School District.

Carson BHow 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


August 24, 2015 KOTO Access-Paul Reich and Mike Gass are interviewed on KOTO. Click here to listen to the KOTO Access Episode from 8/24/15

artwork by CelestineA©2015

Thank you Just for Kids....

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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

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. 

Board Meeting Videos
Click here to see the latest TSD Board meeting videos.  Thank you to Telluride TV for filming our monthly board meetings.

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.

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