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Miner's Minutes May 2024

Posted Date: 5/15/24 (5:50 PM)



May 2024

Presidential Minute

We are approaching the end of the school year and as I reflect on the past months it has been a different mix of ups and downs though mostly good news. Each month we have heard from one of our schools about achievements by our teachers and students. Recently we heard from Kindergarten Teacher team highlighting a new writing curriculum and the exciting growth made by our students in English and Spanish. We were all moved by Kindergarten students reading from their own work and smiled with everyone with pride at their accomplishments.

While reading grant applications submitted by our seniors, I am awed at the perseverance and hard work our seniors have shown in their school career here.

I also saw the results of setting high standards and goals at the ribbon cutting on Earth Day for our newly activated Solar Micro Grid. It was 10 years ago that the Board set the goals of being as green as possible, reflecting the values of our region. To also be fiscally responsible to our tax payers we set some guidelines which have continued to today. The investment of bond money had to create long term savings that would pay the investment back within 20 years. The technology, big or small, had to have a track record and have a proven return, not experimental. Last but certainly not least, it had to benefit students. Ten years ago, solar panels on our campus were not viable for a whole host of reasons. But our staff took advantage of our need for a new roof to work with the state and San Miguel Power, seek grants and work through all the hurdles to bring our electrical usage to 100% green energy by installing state of the art solar panels on every possible roof location for a total of 776 panels, large back up batteries to allow for even usage and also power the town grid when needed to help the community as a whole as well as 4 EV stations. Yet another area to be proud of.

On the down side of this year the state is updating the School Finance Formula, which is badly needed but in the process, has created winners and losers. In order to fund districts which have been historically underfunded they have cut a hand full of districts to reduce the increases to the state. We are one of the handful of districts that will actually be cut as if any district in the State of Colorado has too much funding. There will be a 6 year hold harmless but it will not afford funding above, when adjusted for inflation, 1987 levels and will create a cliff at the end of the 6 years. The worst part is there will be no way to replace that funding as some legislators believe. We will keep advocating for our students but it is an uphill battle.

I look forward to celebrating our incredible students and staff for al their achievements this year at the end of the day.

Cheryl Carstens Miller

Board President

Upcoming Dates

May 17-18: 5th grade lock-in TIS gym

May 20: 5th grade market day

May 20BOE Work Session 3:30 pm Bridal Veil Conference Room/Zoom

May 21BOE Monthly Meeting 5:15 pm Bridal Veil Conference Room/Zoom

May 21: HS Class Awards 1:30 pm

May 21: TMHS Band, guitar and digital & TIS band Concert 5:45 pm, Palm

May 21: Senior Scholarship Night on KOTO 6 pm

May 21: 6th grade band concert, Palm at 5:45

May 21-22: THS Mentorship Expo

May 22: 5th grade field trip

May 22: Senior Walk through of schools starting at TES at 1:15

May 22: 7th Grade Model UN

May 22: 2nd grade parents visit TIS 5 pm

May 23: Gondola opens up

May 24: TIS Field Day

May 24: 8th grade end of year celebration

May 27: Memorial Day, No School

May 28: TES Field Day, Senior Lunch

May 29: Senior parade down Main street at 3:30

May 29: 2nd grade field trip to Rigdway Reservoir

May 29: Spring Sports Awards Banquet, Palm at 5 pm

May 30: Pre-K Graduation at 9 am

May 31: Last day of school, 1/2 day of school

May 31: Kindergarten Celebration at 10:45 am

May 31: High School Graduation , Palm 2 pm

June 13BOE Work Session 9 am Bridal Veil Conference Room/Zoom

June 13BOE Monthly Meeting 11 am Bridal Veil Conference Room/Zoom

2024/2025 - First day of School for Students is August 20th.

Nominate a Colorado Teacher of the Year

Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 classroom teacher? Nominate them to be the next Colorado Teacher of the Year! Link below.

TIMHS is 100% renewable energy

TSD is the first school district in Colorado to meet 100% of its electricity needs through solar power. Check out the news story on KOTO here.

Teaching & Learning Conditions Colorado

Cross Walk Volunteers

Please call Chris Chaput if you'd like to volunteer for 20 minute shifts in the afternoons Tuesday - Thursday. 970-729-1614

A simple background check and a quick orientation with Officer Jimmy is all that is needed. Crossing Guard orientation is on Tuesdays. Thank you in advance!


Thank you to all of the families and businesses who brought food, thanked a teacher, donated to TEF for purchase of gift cards, and have always supported our staff.

TEF for sponsoring graduation activities, graduation edition of the newspaper and providing TSD staff Clark's gift cards.

Thanks to the Gated Shifter for hosting Prom at such an spectacular venue and all the parents who volunteered to make the evening so special.

Student & Staff Spotlights

Emma Dominguez de la Torre Martinez (8th grade) placed 2nd in the Colorado Spanish Spelling Bee.

Stefany Hernandez Orraca (4th grade) tied for 7th place competing against 3rd-8th grade students from around the state.

As part of the 8th grade US History curriculum students wrote essays for the Elks Lodge Americanism Essay Contest on the question “What the Bill of Rights Means to Me?” Three essays were selected to move on from the local level of the Elk’s Lodge competition to the district level including Vivian Julia, Lola Randall and Finn Smith with Lola Randall's essay winning the state title. Congratulations!

The TSD Art Show is open! Please come by the Palm Lobby to check out the amazing work our young artists produce. Thank you to Klara Lapp, Matt Kroll, and Jen Morgan for inspiring our students.

Congratulations goes out to our two Battle of the Books teams and their coaches! The 6th grade Battle of the Books team got 1st place competing against other school districts in our BOCES with Ms. Rutledge's support! The 3rd - 5th grade Battle of the Books team got 2nd place competing against other school districts in our BOCES with Ms. Lily and Ms. Annie's support! Not only does this show exemplary reading and comprehending, but it's a wonderful example of sticking with a goal all year!

Congratulations to all of our STEAM Fair participants! In the art category, Leslie Jorge Ramos' L.L. Nunn illustration won her 2nd place out of all the elementary submissions! In the science category for the STEM projects Itzel Hernandez won 1st place and Theo Brooks won 3rd place in the intermediate category! And finally, in the engineering category for the STEM projects, Forest Olson won 1st place! Thank you Courtney for making this happen.

Lorrie Gardner Scholarship


With great honor, Telluride School District announces the 2024 Lorrie Gardner Memorial Scholarship. As most of you know, Lorrie Gardner was a first-grade teacher at Telluride Elementary School for nearly two decades. Her devotion to teaching young children culminated in the fundamentals of reading and writing but truly began with honoring each individual. Her deep passion for teaching was to empower each young soul, to embody the importance of service to others, to instill in each student a love of learning, and to foster a community of kindness, empathy, and compassion. The scholarship in her memory will be awarded to a graduating senior who, in their own unique way, embodies these values and demonstrates a commitment to pursue their dreams in order to bring light to the world.

Rex Lybrand worked with Lexie and Jordan to initiate this process and create the below essay prompts inspiring generations to come.

  • What is your favorite children's book, and why?
  • What inspires you to learn?
  • What is one lesson the world could learn from a six-year-old?
  • Describe a passion of yours and how you will cultivate it or offer it to others.

We miss Lorrie dearly, and hope we can start this scholarship off with strong support in her honor!

Checks should be payable to “Telluride School District – Scholarships” and in the “for” line please write “Lorrie Gardner Memorial”.

Checks can be mailed to:

Telluride School District

Attn: Rex Lybrand

725 W. Colorado Avenue

Telluride, CO 81435

Or drop a check at the front desk of TES, TIS or TMHS . Your contributions, no matter the size, are deeply appreciated and will make a significant difference.

All donations are tax-deductible; an invoice/receipt will be provided upon request.


Telluride Education Foundation

We are a non-profit organization that raises money for the Telluride School District. We fund programs that fall outside their regular operating budget.

Telluride Education Foundation is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that raises money to invest in the enrichment of K-12 education in the Telluride School District. Specifically, we raise funds for:

Students - experiential learning initiatives in and out of the classroom

Teachers, ParaEducators & Staff - cost-of-living support and appreciation that encourage retention

Community - social-emotional education (films & speakers)

Our organization meets once a month and all are welcome to join.

Contact us to learn how you can get involved.

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School Board Meetings

May 20: BOE Work Session at 3:30, Bridal Veil/Zoom

May 21: BOE Monthly Meeting at 5:15 pm, Bridal Veil/Zoom

June 13th: BOE Work Session at 9 am followed by Monthly Meeting, Bridal Veil/Zoom

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