Schools in the Surface Creek Valley have all begun the 2016-17 school year on a high note with motivated staffs and energetic students looking forward to a year of learning and achievement.
Cedaredge High School principal Randy Brown said, "We are off to a great start." Brown added that enrollment has increased about 10 students.
His school staff and students are very glad to have a full-time counselor this year. Colleen Dougherty, an experienced educator, will work with students at all grade levels. The school has been without a full-time counselor for two years, he said.
Two other new staff faces in the building are Craig Cerise who has taught at Delta and Hotchkiss, and Terry Montoya, an art teacher who will also coach baseball.
"We have a full calendar, a full slate of activities. We have band going and five sports," Brown said. He invites parents to visit the school's website. Keep an eye on the school calendar for upcoming parent/teacher conferences. Homecoming week activities are set for Sept. 19-24.
Delaine Hudson, Cedaredge Middle School principal, said her school staff and students "are looking forward to another great year."
New staff members are Kari Thomas and Kent Griswold, special education teachers. Mike Long has returned from teaching assignments elsewhere in the district and will teach social studies.
Math teacher Anthony Lambrakos is another new face in the building this year.
A new academic program at CMS is called "CREW." The project brings together small mixed groups of sixth, seventh and eighth graders for positive culture building activities including team building, mentoring, academics and leadership focus. The small groups will present at assemblies, Hudson said.
Parent teacher conferences are coming up Sept. 28, Hudson reminded parents.
At Cedaredge Elementary School, second year principal Daniel Renfrow, a Delta County native and graduate of Delta High School, said the first two weeks of classes this year "have been a fun and busy first two weeks."
Administrative assistant Janie Henderson adds that the Aug. 25 back-to-school night was a big success. "There was a big turnout with interested parents and excited students," Henderson said.
Renfrow said new staff in the building are special education teacher Amanda Morrow, Tricia Shriver, first grade, Johnna Montoya, second grade, Amber Price, third grade, Beth Edwards, fifth grade language arts teacher, and Sara Sharer a full-time interventionist working with reading curriculum.
Sept. 8 will be picture day. The Parent Den will hold a potluck meeting on Sept. 12. Sept. 26 will be a work day for the staff with no school classes. Parent teacher conferences will be held Sept. 27 and 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.