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2019-20 MCSD Annual Report

December 4, 2019

We are pleased to share our first annual report with our staff, parents, and community. The goal of these annual reports is to update our community on how the district is perfor...

Notice of Appointment to Board of Education District G   The Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 is accepting letters of interest to fill this position until Ja...

Click above to read the District TABOR notice for the upcoming mill levy override.

Learn more about our RE-1 Board Candidates who are up for election this November. Tammy Hooten - District E; Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk - District D; Lance McDaniel - District A; Sherri Wright - District C; No declared candidate - District G

This week, the Colorado Department of Education released preliminary accreditation ratings for schools across the state, and four Cortez campuses have achieved the highest accreditation rating plan. This is the highest number of district schools to attain the top rating. These schools include Battlerock Charter School, Lewis-Arriola, Manaugh, and Pleasant View. Mesa and MCMS both improved their ratings to Improvement, the second highest category.

Re-1 Test Scores Improve

August 20, 2019

Results for the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, administered in April, were released Thursday by the CDE. The tests, administered to grades three through eight, evaluate students’ proficiency in English and math. “State tests provide valuable information to our principals and teachers on where we can improve and how we can better support each student and class,” Lori Haukeness, superintendent of Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1, said in an email to The Journal. “We are excited to see the continued improvements in achievement in math and reading in our elementary and middle schools and improved levels of growth across our district, especially for our students who qualify for free and reduced lunch and our Native American students.” She also highlighted the district’s improved graduation rate, which has increased by more than 20% in the past six years, with over 86% of Re-1 students graduating in four years.

RE-1 upgrades security

August 9, 2019

RE-1 received a safety grant to allow the district to upgrade safety features at schools. One of the changes is the Raptor Visitor Management school security system that will be put in place at all campuses. Through the Raptor system, visitors will have to submit their driver’s license at the front desk, which will then perform a sort of background check, screening for sex offenders and notifying staff of child custody violations.

At this election, five directors will be elected representing District A, District D and District E for a term of office of two years and two directors will be elected representing District C and District G for a term of office of four years. To be qualified, a candidate must have been a registered elector of the school district for at least 12 consecutive months before the election and a resident of the director district which will be represented. A person is ineligible to run for school director if he or she has been convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child. A person who desires to be a candidate for school director shall file a written notice of intention to be a candidate and a nomination petition signed by at least 50 eligible electors who are registered to vote in the regular biennial school election. Nomination petitions may be obtained at Superintendent’s Office at the District Administration Building, 400 North Elm Street, Cortez, CO. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Completed petitions shall be submitted to Phyllis J. Lockhart, District Election Official, no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 2, 2019.

In a U.S. News & World Report ranking of Colorado’s best public high schools, Durango High School came in 66th and Bayfield High School was 79th, based on factors such as test scores and graduation rates. MCHS was listed in the state’s top 100 schools at No. 100. The report ranked 272 of the 513 public high schools in the state, using data from the 2017-18 school year.

MCHS Students Earn Scholarships

Gov. Jared Polis’ recently approved funding of full-day kindergarten has allowed the Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 to open two new preschool classrooms at the Beec...

I know that teachers matter. Teachers matter to our children and to our community. I believe that the single most important thing that we can do as a district and a community is...

This year, eight Kemper Elementary students won national awards for mathematical excellence through the Math Olympiad program. Twenty-two Kemper students participated, joining over 160,000 students around the world.

All District Band Night

April 30, 2019

All-District Band Night, 7 p.m., Montezuma-Cortez High School main gym, 418 S Sligo St. Details: www.cortezbands.com.

Pathways for Success

April 24, 2019

FEATURED SPOTLIGHT / PATHWAYS FOR SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS Congratulations to the spectacular Mandy McAfee! She was presented with the Distinguished Scholars Award from Colorado Mesa University.

Communication themes take center stage at Cortez Middle School, as theater students tackle the 1957 drama “The Miracle Worker.” The play tells the story of Helen ...

The federally funded free and reduced school lunch program is crucial for many children and families nationwide, including in Montezuma County. But on weekends, no school means ...

Workers of all sorts descended this week on Cortez Middle School for the school’s second career fair. The fair allowed students to meet people employed in a variety of ...

Montezuma-Cortez
School District Re-1

400 North Elm Street
PO Box R 
Cortez, CO 81321-0708
(970) 565-7522