November: Expressing our thanks

Photo Credit: Divine Windy Boy | SU Drum


November is the month we express our thanks for so many wonderful things in our lives. This November I reflect on much that we can be thankful for. Thankful for the Veterans young and old who took the oath to defend and fight for our country. We can continue to enjoy the freedoms and rights granted to us because of their sacrifices. Ignacio High School students had the exciting opportunity to sit and converse with two of our Southern Ute veterans, Ronnie Baker and Howard Richards Sr. The students commented that they really appreciated the visit because they were able to ask questions and get to know the veterans on such a personal level.

Thankful for the hard work of our student athletes, musicians, and scholars this fall. Our athletes on the volleyball court, cross country course, and on the football field had some tremendous wins and fought some hard battles. The students worked hard to improve their grades this fall and took advantage of our tutoring on activity Fridays. Our Knowledge Bowl team, under the guidance of a new coach, Mrs. Schulz, traveled to “in person” knowledge bowl meets and is learning more every single competition We are now moving into our winter sports. Boys and girls basketball and wrestling start practices this week and contests are just around the corner. Our student musicians, under the tutelage of Mr. Moraga, did an outstanding job with their fall concert. Our students may be small in numbers, but they are mighty.

Thankful for the hardworking teachers, support staff and so, so many others who make educating the young adults in our building possible. Our two science teachers, Mrs. Redman and Mrs. Larsen, took a group of about 100 students to Fort Lewis College so the students could see where various science pathways could lead them in future careers. Our amazing FFA advisor and Ag Teacher, Mariah Klingler, just got back from a trip to the FFA National Convention with a small group of students. They got to tour Churchill Downs, Indianapolis Speedway, and the Louisville Slugger Museum. The students learned a lot at the leadership conference and had a great time. Mrs. Gullion and her amazing Student Senate students organized and led an incredibly successful homecoming week full of activities, sports, and dances.

Thankful for the time and effort our community put into our Strategic Plan last school year; it has helped me focus on the needs of our students and school. One of the goals identified focused on increasing parent involvement in our school. The addition of a Tailgate Party to Homecoming this year was one effort. We learned a lot from that event and know how to make it bigger and better next year. 

Additionally, we are currently planning several activities that parents can be a part of to celebrate our amazing students. We always welcome parents and community members to be a part of our school and district. All buildings have Building Accountability Meetings, we have a District Health Team, and many other opportunities to be involved and to help your student’s school become even better. Please feel free to reach out to any building administrator for more information.

And finally, I am thankful for the amazing and supportive community that helps us guide and teach the young Bobcats who are our future.

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