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Three 9-R Schools Recognized by the Colorado Department of Education

Animas Valley Elementary, Riverview Elementary, and Sunnyside Elementary are all recognized by the Colorado Department of Education for various academic achievements with students. On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at their annual awards ceremony in Denver, the schools will receive their official awards. This is the first year that more than one school from Durango School District 9-R will be recognized for their students’ academic growth and achievement, but is a continuation of a historical streak of similar accolades annually.
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Sunnyside Zipline Dedicated to Jeff Kuss

On Thursday, February 9th Sunnyside Elementary welcomed the family of the late Jeff Kuss, a Blue Angels pilot, to the dedication of the school's zipline and buddy bench. These new playground features have been dedicated to the memory of Jeff Kuss, who attended Sunnyside Elementary. Principal Patrick Hyatt encouraged students to chase their dreams as Jeff did, saying of the zipline, "Jeff flew, now you students can also fly." Principal Hyatt also presented Jeff' parent's Michael and Janet, and brother Eric with a Bulldog Proud award in recognition Jeff's life and achievements.
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Hour of Code: A Global Movement Comes to 9-R

The vision for Hour of Code is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.
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