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I am saddened to notify our community that Dr. Chad Novak, counselor at Escalante Middle School, passed away yesterday.   Chad has been with the district since 1999 and served in a variety of capacities at both Miller Middle School and Escalante Middle School.  He made a huge impact on so many students and families across the district and we regret to share news of his loss.  He is survived by his wife and two children.

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The Southwest Native American Education Alliance (SWNAEA) are a proactive, and dedicated group of educators, administrators, and policy makers, who have taken on the responsibility to expand the horizons of all our students. The Essential Element Family Engagement Conference is such an opportunity for us to do that for Colorado’s American Indian children.

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With increased cases of enterovirus in our state, we wanted to remind students and families about important steps you can take to minimize the spread of enterovirus and other cold and flu viruses:
  • Stay Home if You're Sick- Getting plenty of rest is important to help your body recover from a virus. Staying home to recover will also prevent the spread of germs.
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As a previous user of our old school lunch/breakfast payment vendor, MyLunchMoney, you may have inadvertently received some emails from the vendor, similar to the image here.  Please note that Durango School District 9-R is in the process of switching to a new system and is no longer using MyLunchMoney, as of July 1, 2014.  We apologize for any confusion this may have created.

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We will be hosting school registration for Big Picture High School students on Thursday, August 14th, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday, August 15th, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Some of you have already turned the packet that Diane Campbell sent home last spring and may not need to come in. Diane left us at the end of the school year but we have been lucky to hire Trudy Colford to replace her.

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At a Glance

  • School Mascot: Badger
  • Colors: Green & Black
  • Students: 82

Our Mission

The mission of Durango Big Picture High School is to empower students to use their interests and passions to drive their learning through real world application and experiences in order to reach their personal, social and academic goals.

Contact Information

  • Principal: Alain Henry
  • School Phone: (970) 259-0203
  • School Fax: (970) 382-0588
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