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John Pandolfo

November 13, 2022

Dear TSD Families,

I hope you are all well and excited for the upcoming vacation week, as well as for ski season.  Seeing snow on the peaks makes me feel lucky to be living in such a beautiful place.

Fall has gone by fast, and we are now one-third of the way through the school year.  I have been able to experience some great teaching and learning over these past several weeks, particularly in math classes since I am evaluating many of our math teachers this year.  I want to remind you of the goal areas we have identified this year through our Ends policies:

  • Quality Academics
    • Vertical and horizontal alignment of curriculum
    • HR practices that result in retaining and recruiting excellent staff
  • Addressing Individual Needs
    • A Multi-Tiered System of Supports
    • A robust Dual Immersion program
  • Safe and Healthy Community
    • Consistent student and staff culture across buildings which supports achieving ends
    • Fair and equitable behavioral expectations and responses

Our last week before vacation will be very busy, and I will highlight a few events from the upcoming week:

More details on these events can be found at https://www.tellurideschool.org/

We are continuing with our rollout of Panelope (a community engagement tool) although we have had to slow down a little before pushing any poll questions out.  We have 22 members who have joined the Telluride R-1 School District Community in Panelope.  A few dozen others have joined Panelope but have not yet joined our district community.  If you are one of those people please log into Panelope, go to Communities, scroll down to find us, and join our community.  For those of you who have not yet joined, please see my October 24 message for information on how to join Panelope.

While this fall has been so great in that it feels we are largely back to “normal” and minimally impacted by Covid, we have seen trends in student behaviors at all grade levels that are cause for serious concern.  Among other things, we are seeing indicators of substance abuse, student safety and self-harm, racism and hate speech, and sexual behaviors that while not unique to Telluride are extremely distressing.  Monday’s presentation and panel discussion on the HKCS results is one response to this, and I encourage everyone to attend this event.  While the survey is only given to students in grades 6 through 12, the discussions will extend beyond that.  It is important that we are all aware, vigilant, and willing to talk to each our and our children.  We have seen an increase in Safe2Tell reports which helps bring issues to our attention and puts us in a better place to do something about them.  While we cannot wave a magic wand and make these problems go away, I truly believe that working together as a community we can most effectively address them.

It is our job to do everything we can to support our students and provide the best possible learning environment for them in spite of the challenges we face.  I can assure you that our staff do that each and every day, and I am grateful to them for that and proud of the work that they do. 


John Pandolfo
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