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Delta County school board members made a day of it in Cedaredge Nov. 16. In the morning, they wrapped up two days of board/principal "shareouts," and in the afternoon they toured Cedaredge elementary, middle and high schools.

That evening, board members convened their regular monthly meeting at Cedaredge High School. They again heard from Cedaredge administrators, who shared good news from their schools.

Sissily Brown, assistant principal at Cedaredge Elementary School, said Destination Imagination teams have been formed. Last year, CES had two teams; this year so many students expressed interest, tryouts were held.

Over 60 students are taking part in an after-school program that provides reading intervention and math support.

Brown also recognized bus garage manager Ron Myers, a "hidden gem" in the school district who excels at building relationships with students. This fall, Myers successfully figured out how to incorporate 100-plus new students into the bus schedule.

Principal Delaine Hudson said all the Cedaredge Middle School students make her proud, but she highlighted four. Tristine Keller and Olivia Hohenstein were featured in the "Academic Spotlight" sponsored by First Colorado National Bank. The eighth graders excel academically; both also marched with the high school band. Hunter Kissner is president of the National Junior Honor Society, which is fairly new to CMS and supports recycling, school pride and community service through a food drive. Last but not least, Megan Jenkins read her entry in the VFW Patriot Pen essay contest.

CHS administrators Randy Brown and Brandon Milholland recognized Kevin Dunbar, Ryan Hilbig, Richard Hypio and Anita Evans for organizing Outdoor Days at the school. Partnering organizations included the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Solar Energy International, Western Slope Conservation Center, Black Canyon Anglers, Delta County Search and Rescue and Cedaredge Middle School.

Also recognized at the meeting were the district maintenance staff members who work under John McHugh. Many are longtime employees of the school district, including Dan Cholas, a retired teacher who has been with the maintenance crew for 18 years. Cholas said he's been employed by the school district for 50-plus years.

Students and staff members each received a small gift and words of thanks from the school board members.

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