The Bobcat Bulletin: Looking forward to spring

Ignacio History Day winners: (bottom row) Jade Howell, Selia Montoya, Narissa Williams, (middle row) Raiya Welker, Matrimo Jones, Kenya Abaroa, (top row) Gregory Walker, Maddison Egger and Sonny Flores.
Photo Credit: courtesy Ignacio Middle School

As we are approaching the first day of spring, middle school is wrapping up winter sports.  Our girls basketball A team, coached by Maria Rivera, took the league championship in February.  Our wrestling team will have their final league tournament Saturday, March 12 in Durango.  We have three girls who compete on the team along with nine male athletes.  IMS hosted the first tournament of the season and had 12 teams compete.  What a great experience for our athletes.  We are seeing low numbers for athletics this year and understand that many parents have concerns about their students’ health and wellbeing.  We have worked really hard to follow all guidelines to keep our kids safe and look forward to renewed interest in athletics.   

There are two more opportunities for students to compete this year in track and soccer.  We will officially begin track practice on Monday, March 14.  Practices will be Monday through Thursday, unless there is a Saturday meet, then practice will be on Friday as well.  The first meet will be Saturday, April 9.  Track is open to all students in grades 6-8 and includes running and throwing events.  Soccer will begin March 14 as well.  This will be a co-ed team and all students in 6-8 grade are welcome to join.  Currently the proposed schedule is for Tuesday games.   

Being a part of an athletic team helps build confidence, keeps students accountable with their grades, and allows them to be a part of a team.  As a middle school student, the more you try something new, the more you figure out what you like or don’t.  It is about trying new things and gaining experience.   

We are beginning to open activities back up to our middle school families and community.  We hosted an honor roll breakfast and were able to invite parents/guardians to join us in celebrating our students and their success.  It was so great to have this event back.  Another activity that we were able to invite parents in to observe was our school History Day competition.  Mr. Cone and Mr. Caviness worked together to guide students on their projects, then organized judges to interview students and set up a great history day competition.  We would like to recognize our students who placed in our school competition: 6th grade in 1st place- Jade Howell, 2nd place- Selia Montoya, 3rd place- Narissa Williams; 7th grade 1st place- Kenya Abaroa, 2nd place- Reiya Welker, 3rd place- Matrim Jones; 8th grade 1st place- Sonny Flores, 2nd place- Gregory Walker, 3rd place- Madison Egger.  Great job students.  Mr. Cone will be taking students who qualified, and have the interest, to regionals on Mar 18, 2022.   

We also had regional science fair last month.  We had all five of our students that competed in top three places, shout out to Joelliana Rohde, Autumn Schulz, Samantha Riddell, Aspen Vocke and Selia Montoya.  We will be sending two students to state, Joelliana Rohde and Autumn Schulz will be heading to Denver to compete at the state level in April.  We are so very proud of our students and their hard work. 

Students and staff have been working so hard to recover some of the learning loss we experienced during the pandemic.  We will continue to offer after school tutoring on Tuesday and Thursdays as our quarter ends on the 29th of March.   

We will be offering students as part of Character Counts, our lock in reward.  We haven’t had a lock in since 2019.  Students will have to follow a behavior rubric that includes, no write ups, 5 tardies or less, 90% attendance rate and 1 OR visit or less.  The lock in will be overnight in the school system.  Students will be identified and parent notification will be sent.   

We are eager to start inviting parents and guest speakers into our building to help provide insight and experience to our students.  Please reach out if you have interest in supporting this cause.  Please continue to access the webpage or our middle school facebook page for more information or updates, 970-563-0600  

Upcoming Events 

  • March 12: League Wrestling at DHS 
  • March 18: Regional History Day 
  • March 29: 3rd quarter end 
  • March 21-March 25: Spring Break
  • March 28: Strategic Plan Meeting, IHS Auditorium 
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