Board of Education allows for members to attend remotely

posted Mar 23, 2020, 5:04 PM by Anthony Sandstrom

The Pueblo School District 60 Board of Education convened for a special meeting Monday, Mar. 23 to amend its policy to allow for electronic participation of board members in future Board meetings. The meeting was conducted in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidance, gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited. The Board practiced "social distancing" guidelines recommended by the CDC, CDPHE, and executive orders issued by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, sitting more than six feet away from one another. 

The policy amendment was approved unanimously at the 10-minute meeting, in which three board members were present (President Taylor Voss, Dennis Maes and Tommy Farrell). Barb Clementi and Vice President Dr. Margaret Wright attended the meeting remotely via webcam.

The move is in response to the current public health emergency in Colorado in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Monday, in-person attendance was limited to essential District personnel and Board members. It is also consistent with Colorado House Bill 20-1301, passed by the Colorado Legislature on March 14.

The law allows school district boards to adopt a policy that allows remote participation in meetings via electronic means, only if a quorum of members are physically present.

The next scheduled Board of Education meeting is a work session scheduled for Thursday, April 9. The next regular Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, April 28.

Addressing the matter of transparency, the public is invited to view these and any other future meetings via live video feed. Video feeds will be posted on District 60's Vimeo page (, which includes archived meetings, as well.

The public can also join future meetings by phone to access the audio feed by dialing ‪1 929-249-3773‬ and entering the pin: ‪861 691 630‬#.

Staff, students tour three Colorado schools, taking notes for Centennial, East builds

posted Mar 2, 2020, 3:52 PM by Anthony Sandstrom

Various stakeholders including community members, teachers, students and administrators from District 60, Centennial High School and East High School toured three Colorado schools Friday, taking notes on school features and amenities as the design stage for new Centennial and East high schools gets underway.

Jack Mousseau, a Principal Architect with MOA Architects, which along with HGF Architects are drawing up plans for the new high schools, arranged the tours to give the Pueblo contingent a chance to essentially “window shop” school features.

Tours took place at Vista Peak High School in Aurora, Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in Aurora, and Chinook Trail Middle School in Colorado Springs. Two of those schools, Vista Peak and Chinook Trail, were designed by MOA/HGF.

Vista Peak is a more traditional, comprehensive high school while the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus is a specialty campus for Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. Chinook Hills, while a middle school, was built for 1,000 students, which is the planned capacity for the East and Centennial high schools.

“We wanted to show off a variety of schools,” Mousseau said. “Each school has a different component, and it’s part of showing this group what education looks like today.”

Each building demonstrated current educational trends and approaches in action, and though the schools were nothing alike, they all had similar modern approaches to school security, energy efficiency, natural lighting and architectural style.

Centennial Principal David Craddock and East Principal Andy Clementi examined details of each school, taking notes along the way and thinking about the needs of their students.

“I’m looking at everything,” Clementi said, “looking at the flow of the building and the safety. Also, with us being a neighborhood school, it’s important for us to look at things like competitive gyms, auditoriums, places for our CTE programs. These are things that our community wants.”

Craddock said his biggest takeaway was the focus on shared learning spaces, an emerging trend in education. Larger cooperative classrooms and “pods” that encourage collaboration between classes and students were on display at all three schools.

“I liked the shareable space concept,” Craddock said. “Industries today have a lot of shareable, collaborative space, and to see that and how (the schools) use it in education was a nice thing that I was looking for.”

Centennial freshman Abbie Odell saw eye-to-eye with Craddock on the concept of larger learning spaces. 

“One of the biggest things for me was comfort,” Odell said, “and things that would provide a better learning environment. The bigger learning spaces, better chairs and desks is what’s important for me.”

Comfort and collaboration was also key on East freshman Kayla Valdez’s wishlist. She enjoyed the larger joined spaces at each school, both in and out of the classroom.

“I love the modern looks, the furniture, the higher ceilings and the larger learning spaces,” Valdez said. “A place that is more open and has social spaces for students, that makes me feel more comfortable.”

The features of the schools toured Friday will be one of many items being discussed on Thursday, March 5 at a Community Public Forum about the schools’ designs. The forum beings at 6 p.m. and takes place in the Ryals Room at the Rawlings Pueblo Library. 

District 60 working closely with state and local health organizations on coronavirus response measures

posted Mar 2, 2020, 9:07 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 2:14 PM ]

Pueblo School District 60 (D60) has been working closely with our local and State public health agencies as we monitor the global outbreak of
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

It is important to know that during an outbreak, we would follow the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed. D60 has a Management of Communicable Disease plan in place to handle any infectious disease-related outbreak. In addition, the District works closely with the health department when outbreaks arise. D60 has a robust crisis management plan and team that would be activated in case of any emergency situation.

What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu.

What can I do to stay healthy?
Again, the risk to the general public in the U.S. from this virus is considered low, but just as is recommended for other respiratory viruses, people can protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
    • Wash your hands frequently - remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing
    • Wash with soap and water, or
    • If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands
    • Avoid direct hand contact to the eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Practice respiratory etiquette.
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.
Additionally, we have cleaning practices in place to help avoid disease transmission.

Feeling Sick? Stay Home!
As always, we encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home, especially if they are experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms. 

Added instructional time in 2019-20

posted Feb 17, 2020, 6:47 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Feb 18, 2020, 2:47 PM ]

Because of time missed due to recent weather delays and closures, District 60 will be adding a few minutes to the beginning and end of the school day, starting on Monday, Feb. 24. The reason for this addition is to allow District 60 to meet State of Colorado requirements for instructional time
  • All elementary schools will add two minutes to the start time and two minutes to the end time of each day.
  • All middle and high schools will add three minutes to the start time and three minutes to the end time of each day.

In the event there is a need to call any additional delays or snow days, the instructional calendar will need to be extended to include June 8th and June 9th as possible make-up days.

Our updated bell schedules for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year are as follows:

Elementary: 7:43 a.m. - 3:07 p.m.
Baca • Belmont • Bessemer Academy • Beulah Heights • Bradford • Carlile •Columbian • Fountain International Magnet School • Franklin School of Innovation • Haaff • Heritage • Highland Park • Irving • Minnequa • Morton 
• Park View • South Park • Sunset Park

K-8: 7:42 a.m - 3:38 p.m.
Goodnight School

Middle Schools: 8:27 a.m - 4:23 p.m.
Heaton Middle School • Pueblo Academy of Arts  Risley International Academy of Innovation  Roncalli STEM Academy 

Middle School: 8:02 a.m. - 3:58 p.m.
Corwin International Magnet School 

High School: 7:27 a.m. - 3:23 p.m.
Centennial • Central • East • South

High School: 7:43 a.m. - 3:43 p.m.

District 60's 2019 graduation, dropout rates better than state average

posted Jan 16, 2020, 4:13 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Jan 20, 2020, 7:07 AM ]

Pueblo School District 60's latest four-year on-time graduation rate, as well as its high school dropout rates, scored better than the state average, according to statistics released by the Colorado Department of Education this week.

District 60's Class of 2019 touted an on-time graduation rate of 81.8%, 0.7 percentage points higher than the State of Colorado's 81.1 percent rate. It marked the third straight year in which District 60's graduation rate out-performed the state average.

Perhaps more impressive, though, was the considerable decrease in District 60's high school dropout rate.
District 60's dropout rate fell from 2.5% in 2018 to 1.6% in 2019. The figure was well below the state dropout rate of 2.0%. 

"It's an affirmation that we are engaging in the right work and are providing various supports that students need," District 60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso said. "All achievements and successes can be attributed to the outstanding efforts and hard work of our teachers and staff. Our counselors, student engagement managers and support staff work tirelessly to ensure that kids are successful."

Centennial High School reported the greatest increase in graduation rates, improving by nearly 6% from 81.3% in 2018 to 87.2% in 2019.

"We are thrilled with the decrease in our dropout rate and increase in 4-year graduation rates," Centennial High School Principal David Craddock said, "and are continuing to work to keep all students engaged through graduation.  It is a tribute to the hard work of our students, staff and community and new goals are already in place to continue our accomplishments."

Of Pueblo's four largest high schools, Central High School boasted the best improvement in dropout rate, a 1.5% decrease from 2018 to 2019 (4.2% to 2.7%).

"I was more than pleased with the decrease in the dropout out rate, not only for Central High School, but for the entire district," Central High School Principal Destin Mehess said. "At Central, it is our mission to provide support for our students and make sure that those supports allow options for students who might need something a little less traditional, so that he or she is able to graduate and not drop out. It's so important to really know who your students are, their situations, and make sure they know they are important and that they matter."

The Colorado Department of Education annually releases graduation and dropout rates for every school and district in the State of Colorado. CDE statewide graduation statistics can be found at, and statewide dropout rates are available at

District 60 Education Foundation kicks off 'Vision 2020'

posted Dec 10, 2019, 12:58 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Dec 11, 2019, 7:56 AM by Radford Sprouse ]

The "Vision 2020" college and career readiness program was unveiled Tuesday, Dec. 10, thanks to a $25,000 grant from AT&T to the District 60 Education Foundation. 

The program, spearheaded by the District 60 Education Foundation along with the Garcia Foundation, aims to provide underserved high school students with opportunities to visit and tour college campuses and industrial parks.

"Our mission is to provide a high-quality education that assures each student the knowledge, skills and dispositions to lead a life of purpose and impact," District 60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso said. "With the support of this grant, (AT&T) is helping us meet our mission, as well as provide our students even more opportunities to be successful."

Vision 2020 will provide high school students with support services includes assisting students with resumes, financial aid, and career exploration opportunities.

"Exposing these students to career and workforce readiness opportunities will provide a foundation for (students') decision on how to best train for their choice of career," former District 60 Superintendent and District 60 Education Foundation Chair, Dr. Henry Roman, said. 

A unique feature of these opportunities is that students will be able to have a family member join then to strengthen their support system as they receive this background information. Forty first-generation students will be identified to participate, as well as 40 students school personnel believe need more experiences in developing their vision for life after high school.

Vision 2020 will work in concert with District 60's new graduation guidelines, which provides three pathways to graduation that are consistent with Colorado's new requirements for high school graduation. The "Career Plus" avenue helps students plan to obtain a four-year advanced degree, the "Career Options" avenue offers courses to help students plan for a two- or four-year degree or professional certification, and the "Career Now" avenue helps students who plan to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.

District 60 partners with U.S. Census Bureau

posted Nov 18, 2019, 9:57 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 10:19 AM ]

Pueblo County is better when everybody counts, and Pueblo School District 60 has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census count in Pueblo County.

As a partner, we will be working to ensure that Pueblo County is accurately counted and represented, with a goal of reaching residents with important and helpful information about the Census. We will reach out to our families, including our students from mixed or transient families. 

If Pueblo County does not get an accurate count of its citizens, our county can lose out on many vital services.

What does an accurate Census count mean for Pueblo County?
  • It affects our representation in state government and the U.S. Congress. It ensures that Pueblo County has a voice at the table
  • The Census affects Pueblo's allocation of federal and state resources for vital public and educational programs, such as:
    • Medicaid and Medicare
    • Pueblo's share of highway planning and construction funds
    • Housing vouchers
    • Colorado Children’s Health Insurance programs
    • Head Start and Early Head Start programs
    • Special education grants (IDEA)
    • Title 1 Grants
    • School lunch programs
    • Housing assistance payments
    • Health center programs
    • Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women
    • Infants and Children (WIC)
    • Foster care
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LEAP)
    • Child Care and Development Fund Entitlement.
How can you help?
  • Respond to the Census request for information: Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online. Do your part by taking part in the count. It's your duty as a U.S. Citizen.
  • Tell your friends and family to take partExplain how being counted or the Census affects the funding received in Pueblo County. Participating in the Census is a simple and easy way for people to positively affect Pueblo County.
  • Work for the 2020 Census as Census takerTo assure that Pueblo County receives an accurate count, you can apply for jobs as a Census-taker. Positions pay an average of $16/hour. For more information, visit

2019-20 Athletic Booster Passes

posted Aug 11, 2016, 6:46 AM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 10:58 AM ]

D60 2019-20 athletic booster passes are available for purchase at the athletic office in the Administrative Services Center (315 W. 11th Street) and at the high schools.

Passes include the Bell and Cannon games and are accepted at all D60 high school and middle school games.


SEASON PASSES – Per Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
Adults: $45
Students: $25
Seniors: $35

ANNUAL PASSES – Good From August - June (post season not included) 
Adults: $85
Students: $65
Seniors: $75

NOTES: cash or check accepted.  Athletic Office hours may vary; closed from 11:30 – 12:00.

Join Our Team

posted Oct 12, 2015, 6:30 AM by Renee Hahn   [ updated Oct 31, 2019, 12:52 PM ]

Join our food service team and work in a growth industry. Every day our district serves thousands of school lunches and school breakfasts. Great hours, school holidays, opportunity for advancement.

Join Our Team Today!

Call 595-4280
for more information

or apply on-line

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