October 20, 2020 Board Meeting

posted Oct 20, 2020, 3:53 PM by Radford Sprouse   [ updated Oct 20, 2020, 3:54 PM ]

Tonight at 6:00 p.m., the D60 Board of Education will hold a Board Meeting. Among the topics being discussed will be an update on the designs for our two new high schools. The Board will also hear an update on the Return to School Plan for our High School students.
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Football Schedule - Fall 2020

posted Sep 23, 2020, 1:54 PM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 1:59 PM ]

View/download the Fall 2020 football schedule.

D60 Athletics moves to safe, touchless, online ticketing for softball season

posted Aug 11, 2020, 3:05 PM by   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 12:26 PM ]

In an effort to observe social distancing and health safety, beginning this softball season, Pueblo School District 60 will use a fully touchless, online athletic ticketing system, beginning with softball games being held at the Runyon Sports Complex this fall.

Pueblo School District 60 has partnered with GoFan, the digital ticketing solution, for all District 60 athletic events. Advance tickets can be purchased on the GoFan app (available on the Apple App Store) or on the GoFan website. The GoFan system is the same system District 60 has used in the past for high-profile events, such as the Bell Game and the Cannon Game. 

As always, D60 will work to accommodate anyone wishing to attend. Cash ticket sales will be allowed at the gate, however, the sale of these tickets may be limited and exact change is appreciated. 

The move to online ticketing allows fans to easily pre-purchase tickets and speed the process of safely entering venues for athletic contests, while also limited contact between fans and ticket-takers.

Individuals that plan on attending athletic events are asked to visit the GoFan website or download the GoFan app to create an account and put a debit or credit card on file. Once registered, fans can find the game of their choice on the GoFan app or website and easily purchase tickets with the push of a button.

To purchase tickets, visit each school’s GoFan ticketing site:

Examples of ticket purchase options include:

  • Registering on the GoFan website and purchasing tickets in advance. You will then show your phone to ticketing staff for entry. Do not validate until you are in front of the ticketing staff.

  • Purchasing on-site with your credit or debit card. Ticketing staff will have an iPad on site to help make ticket purchase fast and easy. 

  • Scan a QR Code on-site, bringing you directly to the GoFan website, where you can purchase tickets using your smartphone. You will then show your phone to ticketing staff for entry.

  • Cash ticket sales are available in limited quantities, and exact change is appreciated.

  • Season passes are available, allowing you to present a pass at the gate for entry. Contact any high school’s activities office or the District 60 Athletics Office, 719-423-3522, to purchase a season pass.

For questions regarding tickets, contact D60 athletic secretary Dianne Carrillo at 719-423-3522.

D60 summer lunch program ends July 31

posted Jul 29, 2020, 9:35 AM by

Nutrition services will resume with the start of school on Aug. 31

The Pueblo School District 60 grab-and-go Summer Lunch Program will end on Friday, July 31. 

Nutrition services will resume with the start of school on Monday, Aug. 31, at every District 60 school. 

Additionally, upon the re-opening of school on Aug. 31, meal accommodations will be made for students who opt for distance learning this Fall.

When school resumes, nutrition services will continue at D60 schools, following appropriate health guidelines which are outlined in D60's Return to School Plan. Breakfast will continue to be served in classrooms each morning, and lunch meals include daily choice of hot entree, fruits, and vegetables which accommodate special diets and protect student civil rights. Nutrition service workers have participated in additional training on health monitoring, mask utilization, hand washing, kitchen sanitization, and food safety in preparation for the return of students.

Remembering former superintendent and D60 Education Foundation founder, Dr. M. Edmund Vallejo

posted Jul 9, 2020, 9:17 AM by

Current and former superintendents of Pueblo School District 60 (L-R): Dr. M. Edmund Vallejo, Charlotte Macaluso, and Dr. Henry Roman, in 2019. Vallejo passed away at the age of 90 on July 7, 2020. (District 60 Communications).

Former Pueblo School District 60 superintendent, Dr. M. Edmund Vallejo, passed away July 7, 2020 at the age of 90. Dr. Vallejo was D60 Superintendent from 1985-91, which closed out a 36-year career as an educator in Pueblo.

Current D60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso said: “As an education leader in our community, I am humbled to say that I stand on the shoulders of giants who have come before. One of those giants is Dr. Vallejo. Dr. Vallejo leaves a legacy with a very deep reach. It is a legacy of love and service to D60 and the Pueblo community. There is no greater reward, no greater legacy, than to positively change the trajectory of countless lives. Dr. Vallejo is the epitome of a life well lived….a life of purpose and impact.”

Dr. Vallejo was born in Kansas City, Mo. on Sept. 10, 1929, but lived his developing years at St. Joseph's Foundling Home and Mt. St. Vincent Home, a Catholic orphanage in Denver, until 1943. He graduated from St. Mary High School in Walsenburg in 1947 before working toward his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History/Political Science from Adams State College in 1955. He would attain his Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology and Guidance from the University of Northern Colorado in 1958, and his Ph.D. in education from Kansas State University in 1975. He also did postdoctoral work at Teachers’ College, Columbia University in New York City in 1982.

In addition to his education, Dr. Vallejo was also very proud of his service in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a photographer.  

Dr. Vallejo served his entire 36-year career in education in Pueblo School District 60. He was an English teacher, part-time school counselor, reading specialist, junior high and middle school principal, and associate superintendent for instructional services before being named superintendent of schools in 1985. 

After his retirement in 1991, Dr. Vallejo served as a volunteer mentor and tutor to at-risk children, most of them high school dropouts. Dr. Vallejo was so passionate about supporting students that he established the Pueblo School District 60 Education Foundation in 1990. Dr. Vallejo was the longest standing trustee of the board, having served each year since its inception. Under his leadership and guidance, the Foundation developed partnerships with major organizations that allowed D60 to resurface the track and field at Dutch Clark Stadium, award numerous college scholarships to deserving students, and grant thousands of dollars to D60 teachers on an annual basis to enrich and improve the overall quality of education in our school district. 

Macaluso said her career in education was informed by her interactions with Dr. Vallejo, and that he touched her life in immeasurable ways.

“My first introduction and encounter with Dr. Vallejo, was when I was a student at East High School and Dr. Vallejo was serving as D60 Superintendent,” Macaluso said. “As a young and impressionable student, Dr. Vallejo served as an important Latino role model and motivational figure for me, who stressed the importance of education. My last and most recent encounter with Dr. Vallejo was sitting next to him in a D60 Education Foundation board meeting. I remember distinctly, taking the time to be truly present in the moment and reflect upon my gratitude for his positive influence in my life and my career choice.”

Vallejo was the 11th individual, and the first Hispanic to serve as superintendent since D60 was consolidated from Districts 1 and 20 in 1946. Upon his retirement in 1991, he was the longest-serving superintendent D60 has had since consolidation.

“We will continue to honor his legacy, as it serves as a catalyst for action to continually work toward improving educational outcomes for all students and to advance the work of the D60 Education Foundation,” Macaluso said.

D60 enrolling for FREE Pre-K for qualified 3- and 4-year-olds this fall

posted Jul 8, 2020, 3:24 PM by   [ updated Jul 8, 2020, 3:26 PM ]

The Pueblo School District 60 FREE Preschool program plans to open in the Fall of 2020 with in-class instruction throughout our district schools. The goal of the D60 Pre-K program is to serve students ages 3-5 with the highest need that face educational challenges due to family, economic, or developmental concerns.

Enrollment in the Pre-K program is by application only.  Normally, the application is an interview process conducted one-on-one with a district preschool staff member, but for your safety and convenience, you can now apply online!

We will offer a hands-on, developmentally-appropriate learning environment that focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of our preschool students through small group interactions inside and outside the classroom.

As we open, we will follow guidance from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Public Health, Governor Jared Polis, the Office of Early Childhood Child Care licensing, and CDE guidelines for schools so that parents can rest assured that their students are in a safe environment. 

Some anticipated measures may include daily temperature checks for staff and students, reporting your child’s health during the past 12-24 hrs, staggered start times, movement in a cohort group, and mask-wearing.

Again, D60 is excited to welcome our newest learners to the classroom environment! If you have a student that may be interested in enrolling, or know someone who does, please encourage them to enroll online today!


D60 making preparations for upcoming school year

posted Jun 29, 2020, 12:04 PM by

PUEBLO, CO – By late July or early August, Pueblo School District 60 plans to release details 
regarding the instructional model that will be used for the 2020-21 school year.

District 60 leadership has been actively working with a 75 member Stakeholder Task Force to determine the instructional model for the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, a survey was distributed to the community, asking respondents to share their instructional preferences. Approximately 3,600 families responded to the survey, with 87% of households indicating a preference for in-person instruction or a hybrid of in-person instruction and distance learning.

“Though no final decisions have been made, our hope is to be able to provide in-person instruction in some form with appropriate health and safety precautions in place,” said Suzanne Morey, D60 Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “D60 will also accommodate those students who require 100% online instruction.”

Final decisions regarding health and safety measures will be informed by and remain responsive to guidance from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Governor Jared Polis’s recommendations, as well as the Colorado Department of Education’s COVID-19 guidelines for schools.

Anticipated health and safety measures may include:
  • daily temperature and wellness checks of both adults and students
  • frequent hand washing
  • social distancing when possible
  • specific cleaning and sanitation procedures
  • a culture of mask-wearing.
To ensure equity of access to instruction, D60 will distribute a technology device to each Kindergarten through 12th grade student for use both in the classroom and at home as needed.

“Access to technology will allow for a seamless transition in the event we need to transition from in-person instruction to at home learning as needs occur,” Morey said.

Dalton Sprouse
Director of Communications
Pueblo School District 60

Three District 60 employees recognized as 2020 Classified Staff of the Year

posted Jun 23, 2020, 5:28 PM by

Three outstanding Pueblo School District 60 classified employees - Heritage Elementary Nutrition Services Leader Shay Robinson, D60 Teaching and Learning Administrative Assistant Kathy Vail, and Centennial High School Principal's Secretary Pam Hough - were named the recipients of the Pueblo School District 60 Classified Staff of the Year Awards, announced Tuesday at the D60 Board of Education meeting.

Thirteen classified staff employees were nominated by D60 staff members, parents and/or administrators for going "above and beyond" in their service to D60 and their schools. In addition to Robinson, Vail and Hough, the nominees included Dianne Carrillo (D60 Athletics), Valerie Gallegos (PAA), Cleone Harder (Corwin), Heather Huffman (Central), Scott Marshall (D60 Custodial), Rochelle Medina (Corwin), Lydia Portillos (Franklin), Chris Romero (D60 Maintenance), Tony Saiz (Carlile), and Amanda Vigil (PAA).

The District 60 Classified Employee of the Year Awards is currently in its second year. The Classified Employee Award recipients will be recognized alongside the three previously-selected Pueblo County Chapter Colorado Teacher Award recipients at a ceremony to be announced at a later date. 

Shay Robinson, Nutrition Services Leader, Heritage Elementary
Nominated by Krista Lauricella and Catherine Sajbel

From her nomination letter:
"Shay goes above and beyond for our students.  She ensures that every day that meals are prepared and served to our students.  She knows our students by name and all of their needs.  When we have special events, she is always there to participate."

"She runs a tight ship. Her kitchen is immaculate. She greets everyone in the morning with a smile. She genuinely cares. When we need help, Shay is always there to lend a hand."

"She knows which students have food allergies, and reminds them what they can have. She demands respect, and in turn, gives each student respect as well. The students use their manners, saying "please and thank you". She demonstrates integrity every day. She inspires me to be a better person."

Kathy Vail, Administrative Assistant, D60 Administration/Teaching & Learning
Nominated by Morganlee Kempf and Jacque Phillips

From her nomination letter:
"The first thing you notice about Kathy is her calm and pleasant demeanor. She is a dynamic individual ready to tackle new challenges. She carries it out to the highest degree and without doubt no matter what is asked of her. Her energy in attacking a task is almost unparalleled. Kathy is meticulous in her work and handles all responsibilities with efficiency and professionalism. Her attention to detail is evident in the work she does. If you need help, Kathy is there to help without a doubt!"

"Kathy's commitment to the district is unwavering and her work shows her inspiration for the students. Kathy assisted with the organization and planning of several district celebrations, such as the District Spelling Bee and the District STEM Science Fair, that serves students, parents and community members. Because of her support with planning, preparation, and fine detail, these events were a huge success!"

"The secretary is the face of every building or organization; a face that can make a relationship or break it. Kathy is a person who will certainly make that first impression fun and long lasting."

Pam Hough, Principal's Secretary, Centennial High School
Nominated by Dave Craddock and Nic Roberts

From her nomination letter:
"If you asked any employee here, they would say that Pam is the epicenter of our school."

"Pam is a champion for students. She works tirelessly on her own time to create and promote achievements by our students. She assumes the responsibility for running our website because it is one of many vehicles to promote students. On her own time, she bridges that gap between a foundation board that operates mainly on nightly meetings, to ensure that information regarding students and staff are immediately promoted the next day at school. She continues to use her personal time to digitally design and produce products that advertise our students, staff and initiatives, which saves the school thousands in design costs. Pam makes everyone at Centennial and our community feel special and appreciated."

"She understands that at the high school level, important activities extend beyond the time clock and she truly models how to be a volunteer for the good of our school and kids."

D60 Summer Meal program begins June 9

posted Jun 2, 2020, 4:11 PM by   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 4:20 PM ]

Beginning June 9 and continuing through July 31, D60 will transition to its Summer Drive-Thru Meal program.

The Summer Drive-Thru Meal Program will operate similar to the current "grab-and-go" meal distribution format District 60 has conducted for the past two months.

D60 will provide meal kits to children age 18 and under on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., adhering to proper social distancing standards during distribution. Three days' worth of meal kits, which includes breakfast and lunch, will be distributed.

Meals will be distributed at the locations listed below:
  • Bessemer Academy 1125 E. Routt Ave.
  • East High School 9 MacNeil Rd.
  • Heritage Elementary 625 Brown Ave.
  • Irving Elementary 1629 W. 21st St.
  • Pueblo Academy of Arts 29 Lehigh Ave.
  • Risley Middle School 625 Monument Ave.
  • South Park Elementary 3100 Hollywood Blvd.
Summer meals will also be offered to students attending the Pueblo Boys and Girls Club at the SRDA and Sprague club houses, the El Pueblo History Museum's summer program for children, and the YMCA's summer program for children.

Please note that meal service will be discontinued at Heaton Middle School beginning on June 8, and meals for senior citizens (60+) will end at all locations on June 30.

In partnership with Care and Share of Pueblo, pantries have been established at South Park and Irving elementary schools. Families in need can visit these pantries at the following dates between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:
  • South Park Elementary June 15, June 29, and July 13
  • Irving Elementary June 22, July 6, and July 20

Three D60 teachers receive Colorado Teacher Awards for Pueblo County chapter

posted May 7, 2020, 2:21 PM by

Three outstanding Pueblo School District 60 teachers - Haaff Elementary School Kindergarten teacher Marcia Griglak, Goodnight School Kindergarten teacher Courtney Lockett, and Irving Elementary School physical education teacher Chris Markert - were named the recipients of Colorado Teacher Awards for the Pueblo County Chapter Thursday.

Annually, the Colorado Teacher Awards recognizes the teaching profession by honoring the distinguished teachers in a school system that has a Colorado Teacher Awards chapter.

In the Pueblo County Chapter, which is in its 36th year, nine outstanding teachers were nominated. Griglak, Lockett and Markert were selected by a 12-member committee, co-chaired by Pueblo attorney David Lytle and Leslie Shepard of SunWest Credit Union.

The Colorado Teachers Awards, founded by Charles W. Lerch in 1956, recognizes excellence in teaching as a tribute to all teachers and provides a means by which the business community and general public can honor outstanding teachers. 

Marcia Griglak, Kindergarten teacher, Haaff Elementary
Nominated by Sandra Montoya and Kathleen Lewis, 
Principal Betsy DeCesaro

Marcia Griglak has taught at Haaff Elementary since 2001, teaching 3rd grade, 4th grade and Kindergarten. She is also Haaff's math coach, its No Bully implementation coach, Peace Summit coordinator, PBIS chairperson, school beautification coordinator, social committee chairperson and a certified trainer for "7 Habits of Highly Effective Families."

From her nominators: "Mrs. Griglak does not view teaching as her 'job' but as her responsibility to enrich the lives of children. She sets a standard of high expectations for herself and those around her which has proven to be contagious among our staff. Other teachers strive to reach the standard set by Mrs. Griglak."

Courtney Lockett, Kindergarten teacher, Goodnight School
Nominated by Alison Selle and Heather Atencio, 
Principal Andrea Glaeser

Courtney Lockett has taught Kindergarten at Goodnight since 2010. In addition to establishing a standard for excellence in her Kindergarten classrooms, she has been active in multiple Goodnight organizations, including the Building Leadership Team, P.B.I.S., P.T.O., and school accountability, social and carnival committees. She has also been an assistant girls soccer coach at South High School during her time at Goodnight. 

From her nominators: "From the day her students enter her classroom, they are met with some of Courtney's mantras, such as 'there is no 'can't' in our room at all' and 'you don't have to be perfect as long as you try' ... Her philosophy is that this sense of independence establishes the confidence they need to think critically and work on their own later on."

Chris Markert, physical education teacher, Irving Elementary School
Nominated by Miranda Genova and Assistant Principal Christina Benavidez

Chris Markert has been a teacher since 2001, teaching the 5th grade from 2001-16 at Somerlid Elementary, Heroes Academy, and Irving Elementary. Since 2016, Chris has taught P.E. at Irving, where in addition to his role as an educator, he has also become a mentor for other teachers at the school.

From his nominators: ""Mr. Markert encourages our students. He always encourages open communication and free thinking with students to make them feel important. Mr. Markert is enthusiastic, praises students often and recognizes them for their contributions... Not only is Mr. Markert our Physical Education teacher at Irving, he is also a well-respected mentor ... Mr. Markert demonstrates for each teacher the expectation and then allows the teacher to practice, providing them in-the-moment feedback."

Among the nominees for a 2020 Colorado Teacher Award from the Pueblo County chapter were: Verla Hutchins (Corwin), Kim O'Connor (Bessemer), Janet Rivera (Franklin), Kerrie Studen (Beulah Heights), Kimberly VanHee (Central), and Kelsi Vigil (Highland Park).

The recognitions from the Pueblo Chapter of the Colorado Teacher of the Year Awards would not be possible without the contributions of sponsors: Legacy Bank, SunWest Credit Union, Colorado Bank and Trust, Black Hills Energy, Xcel Energy, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center, Parkview Medical Center, Little Caesar's Pizza, PS I Love You Flowers, and the Pueblo Chieftain.

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