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Rangely A-Caroling at the TANK
Rangely School District RE-4 is pleased to offer the 'Rangely A-Caroling at the TANK' Christmas CD for sale via PayPal.  The proceeds from sales will benefit the District, Colorado Northwestern Community College, and The TANK Center for Sonic Arts.  A CD costs $10.00 and we add $2.00 per CD for shipping and handling.  You may increase the number you order once in PayPal.  You can also swing by one of the schools and save on the shipping and handling.
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A Night At Hogwart's
Our fourth annual  “A Night At Hogwart’s” was held at Parkview Elementary on October 21, 2016.  The tradition lives on with the boy who didn’t die!  Although, the entire activity centers around the popular Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling it is a fun evening even if you have not read the books or seen the movies.  We try to create activities that emphasize the magical world of Harry Potter, and also teach science concepts and encourage literacy.  We love having the Public Library represent our literacy corner and the 4H extension office staff did one of their STEM activities. 
The Parkview staff, and a few community members are what make the evening possible.  We like to say the kids leave school Thursday afternoon and it is just Parkview.  They come back Friday night and the entire school has been transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Once again Monday morning it is all back to being Parkview Elementary.  That’s what makes it so magical.  However, that comes with a cost, many hours are spent by the staff to make the transformation from Parkview to Hogwarts. 
Although, we kept our popular activities such as the sorting hat, Honeydukes Candy Shop and the Butterbeer, this year we added a few new shops and items in Diagon Alley.  Our Quiddich game was expanded and we offered new classes.  One of the highlights was the 140lb python that was featured in the Forbidden Forest!   
We hope we can continue to offer this fun filled evening that focuses on literacy and science.  We feel like it is a great connection between school and our community. 
Junior/Senior High School Students Demonstrate Musical Talents
Tuesday night the High School Choir, 6th Grade Band, and the 7th-12th Grade Band came together to entertain parents and community members alike for their Fall Concert.
The 6th Grade Band, which is made up of 25 students, featured a wide variety of instruments including flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, french horns, trombones, baritones and percussion.  They played a wide-range of music including Go for Excellence, Go Big Green, and the Dragon Dance.
The High School Band, which is made up of 12 students played Winchester Chronicles before joining the 7th and 8th grade band students as the combined group of 24 students played selections including John Williams:  Move Adventures, Old Time Rock & Roll, and Fanfare and Jubilee.    
The Choir consisted of 6 students from the high school. They also provided a wide variety of music including Circle of Life, With One Look, Autumn, and hits from the Beatles.
The Band and Choir Concert was presented by Rangely Junior/Senior High School music instructor Carol Morton and was deemed a wonderful experience by all in attendance.
RJSHS Hosts Back to School Night
Rangely students and parents had a great time preparing for the start of a new school year at the Rangely Junior/Senior High School “Back to School Night” on August 11th. The evening started with distributing student’s schedules and lockers, allowing students time to practice those locker combinations before the first day. Families also had the opportunity to check out the Athelitcs and Activities Fair where they were able to learn about the many extra-cirricular options available as well as visit with coaches and sponsors.  The excitement was followed by a brief welcome in the auditorium where RJSHS Principal Dr. Bryant introduced new staff members and Vice-Principal Mr. Mergelman spoke again about activities and athletics.  School Secretary Mrs. Green gave a brief presentation on how to use PowerSchool, which allows parents access to their student’s grades and attendance records. Following the assembly parents and students were able to visit classrooms and get to know the teachers. As always, parents are a huge part of the RJSHS learning community, and they, along with staff, are anticipating a great 2016-2017 school year.

New Staff
Front Row:  Julie Green (Kindergarten), Sal Higgins (Jr/Sr Art), Caitlin Leslie (Parkview Music), Amanda Sheridan (Jr/Sr Resource)
Back Row:  Carol Morton (Jr/Sr Music), Katie Toyne (Jr/Sr Science), William Zenner (4th Grade), Danielle Sloan (3rd Grade)
Back-to-School Popsicle Party
On Tuesday evening, August 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m., our Preschool through 5th Grade faculty and staff hosted our first annual Back-to-School Popsicle Party out front of Parkview Elementary School for parents and children to meet their teachers for the upcoming school year.  Our school district transportation department was also on hand to confirm the bus schedules for students who ride buses to and from Parkview and the EEC.  Parents of incoming kindergarten children received our Full-Day Kindergarten Information pack.  Parents and students also found out the date and time of their child’s benchmark DIBELS testing scheduled for Monday-Tuesday, August 15-16.  Parents and students will be able to see their classroom at that time and bring their school supplies as well.  The first full day of school is on Wednesday, August 17th.
Preschool Registration
Register your Preschooler!  Students must be 4 years of age before August 15, 2016.  We also offer attendance for tuition paying 3 year olds if space is available.  For more information please call 970-675-2064.
Eighth Graders Attend Conference to Prepare for High School
Early in May students from the eighth grade class had the opportunity to travel to Steamboat Springs for a conference, where along with other eighth graders from Routt County, they heard from a variety of speakers and began the preparation for moving on to high school next fall. 

The girls attended the Girls to Women Conference where they heard from a motivational speaker about how to build self-confidence and be a leader among peers.  They then had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions ranging from future career options, budget management, girl’s self-defense, and building leadership skills. 

The boys attended a separate conference called Journey Ahead.  Similar to the girls, they learned from a motivational speaker about building confidence within themselves as they face new challenges in their high school years.  As part of the discussion they were able to explore and express who they really are by creating their own logo.  Later, they practiced leadership skills through various activities such as building a tower. 

These conferences were all about empowering our young adults to believe in themselves, make positive decisions, and become leaders, all of which will be vital in their high school journey ahead.
Parkview Hosts Family Math Night
On Monday, May 16th, a Family Math Night was held at Parkview Elementary.  It was a fun night for everyone who attended.  Over 200 were in attendance with 98 of them being students in Preschool to 5th grade.  A graph was made to record the attendance of the students from each class.  At the Parkview, Miss Simpson’s first grade class won donuts for having the most students and the afternoon Preschool and Kindergarten won for the ECC. 

Each family received a packet of games they can play with their children during the summer to practice their math skills.  The families traveled around learning how to play many of the games and Mr. Trusa even had a scooter relay to practice their math facts.  The PTO joined in by hosting a sundae bar.  Families were given play money with which they could decide which items they wanted to purchase to make their sundae.  It was a fun and delicious activity.

There were two Estimation Jars.  The students estimating closest to the exact number were awarded the contents.  Danielle Urbanik in first grade won the pattern block jar by estimating the exact number.  We had three students estimate the exact number of linking cubes!  They were kindergartener, Breyan Barger, and second graders Jared Peacock and Matthew Morgan.

Upon leaving, the students were given homework vouchers that they could turn in to their teachers in place of homework.   Also, each family was given a deck of playing cards and dice to be used at home. 
Chevron Supports STEM
RE’4’s board members Kurt Douglas, Leslie Nielsen, Joyce Key, Annette Webber, and Sam Tolley are joined by students Lindzey Thacker, Katelyn Brown, and Sarah Conner in saying thank you to Chevron for their continued support of Rangely School District RE-4.
FFA Raises Money to Fund Future Projects at Annual Banquet
Last weekend members of the Rangely FFA, parents and community supporters gathered for the FFA’s 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction at Rangely High School.

The fundraiser meal, which was a huge hit amongst diners, was generously prepared by Crandal Mergelman, Silvia Dembowski, Tami Dorris, and FFA members. The meal was followed by the auctioning off of projects created by FFA members. The auction was handled by Auctioneer Mason Duncan, who flew in from Houston, Texas, and did a great job raising funds for the students and the FFA program.  

This year, in addition to student crafted projects, several items were donated to sell by local businesses, including Rangely True Value, Rangely Trash Service, Sweetbriar, Giovanni’s Italian Grill, Andrea Campbell, Too Old Antiques, Diane Sizemore of Rangely and MGM of Meeker. Included in the auction were several wall hangings and other projects made in the classroom by FFA members. A cabin constructed in the shop was the highly anticipated featured item of the evening. The cabin, which measured 10 feet by 16 feet, was fully insulated, wired, and included many unique features designed and built by students, was truly a sight to behold. Portions of the cabin and its materials were graciously donated by Ducey Electric, The Coombs Family and Tim Webber of Rangely and the Watt family of Meeker. These donations helped to make this project a successful and profitable learning and experience for the FFA program.

In all, around $12,000 was raised during the event, which will be used to help develop and grow the Rangely FFA program by supporting future student projects and funding a trip to the National FFA Convention.
Board Votes for Full Day Kindergarten
The Board of Education voted to change our Half Day Kindergarten program to a Full Day Kindergarten program to start the 2016-2017 school year.  We are excited about the learning and social-emotional enhancements the Full Day Kindergarten experience will provide for our students.  We will provide more information as we work out the specifics of this transition.  Please call the district office 970-675-2207 with any questions or email mkruger@rangelyk12.org
BOCES Hosts 2016 Children’s Health Fair
Earlier this month the Rio Blanco BOCES hosted their annual Children’s Health Fair in both Rangely and Meeker. The fair, which has been run by the BOCES for many years, provides a wide array of services to young children.
At the fair children ranging in ages of birth to preschool can receive developmental screenings for hearing, vision, academics, motor, and speech abilities.  Families also have access to a dental check and local medical teams who are available to advise parents on various health issues. To make it engaging and fun for the young kids the fair was themed as a circus and kids were given a chance to play games, earn prizes and get faces painted while parents receive developmental information. Those who are ready for to begin preschool in the fall are able to register for school at that time as well.
PVE Students Impress with Musical Talents
Tuesday night the Parkview Choir and 5th Grade Band came together to entertain parents and community members alike for their annual Spring Concert.
The band, which is made up of 43 students, features a wide variety of instruments including flutes, clarinets, oboes, french horns, baritones, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and one student on percussion.
In addition to several solos, duets and small group performances the band thrilled the audience with an amazing array of songs including Theme from Symphony No. 1, Bingo and Power Rock, a mash up of We Will Rock You and Another One Bites the Dust.
The Choir consisted of 14 students from the 4th and 5th grades. They also provided a wide variety of music including The Star Spangled Banner, Yakety Yak and The Bare Necessities.
The Parkview Band and Choir Concert was presented by PVE music instructor Sarah Campbell and was deemed a wonderful experience by all in attendance.
RHS Band and Choir Do Well in Festival
Last week Band and Choir students from the High School had the opportunity to perform at a CHSAA Large Group Festival where both groups did exceptionally well.
The band received its highest score in several years earning a rating of Good and were only one point shy of hitting the Excellent mark. Instructor Christian Saunders was pleased to note that the students received comments from other students, directors, and even judges about how impressive their sound was for such a small group. “We were by far the smallest band in the festival, but we outscored some of the other larger bands,” said Saunders.
The Choir also received a score of Good. According to Saunders this was the first time in three years the choir was able to make it all the way through the sight singing portion of the festival to be scored. “Sight singing is a very challenging skill to learn and they have made enormous progress in that area this year,” he said.
New Dance Dress Code
The Board of Education has provided clarification on what is appropriate attire for dances.  This relaxes portions of the school dress code policy for dances and provides guidance for students.  As always, the Principal has the final say at the dance.

RHS Dance Dress Code Examples
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