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Conversation continued late into the night at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Buena Vista school board over Career and Technical Education and whether Buena Vista High School’s lack of an extensive program of CTE classes meant the district was doing a disservice to students who were opting out of pursuing a 4-year college degree after high school.

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Every semester Buena Vista High School recognizes our outstanding students earning a grade point average of 3.8 or greater.

All schools and classes within the Buena Vista School District system are in-person, said district superintendent Lisa Yates in her weekly update to district families on Nov. 2.

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Buena Vista High School Principal Jon Ail announced Thursday morning that Homecoming events scheduled to take place this weekend would be rescheduled to mid-November in light of a number of students being quarantined due to potential contact with a presumed positive COVID-19 case.

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A group of roughly 25 students at Buena Vista High School will move to remote learning for at least a week to quarantine due to possible contact with COVID-19, district superintendent Lisa Yates said Monday.

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Fifteen people spoke in the public comment period of Monday’s meeting of the Buena Vista school board on the subject of adding Career Technical Education courses to the curriculum at BV schools.

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Colorado Mountain College has been awarded a $2.125 million, 5-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s highly competitive Strengthening Institutions Program, according to a press release issued Monday.

SIP is intended to expand colleges’ capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

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Avery-Parsons Elementary School’s annual Halloween parade is happening in 2020, beginning at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, as is a homecoming parade the following day.

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On Monday, Buena Vista school district board members discussed a project proposal put forward at its previous meeting that would build a new district facility to house a kindergarten and preschool space as well as affordable housing for district employees.

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The Buena Vista school district is working with the town on plans for the annual Halloween Parade down East Main Street later this month.

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Students at Darren Patterson Christian Academy in Buena Vista began a year-long academic focus on trash late last month with a trip to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

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The Buena Vista school district board of directors heard an update from Joseph Teipel, the executive director of the Chaffee County Community Foundation, on a partnership concept he introduced at the beginning of the year that would fund a multi-use development for the district.

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Students at Buena Vista Middle School returned to in-person learning Wednesday following a 2-week quarantine due to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at Buena Vista Middle and High School.

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Three weeks into the fall semester at the Buena Vista school district, Avery-Parsons Elementary School put the district’s COVID-19 protocols into action following the confirmation of a positive case of the illness at the elementary school Monday.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Southern Utah is pleased to announce the acceptance of student doctor Keenan Barr of Buena Vista.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County has continued to provide service to families in the county throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, even as social distancing measures forced the traditionally face-to-face organization to adapt, said executive director Brian Beaulieu.

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Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Southern Utah is pleased to announce the acceptance of student doctor Keenan Barr of Buena Vista.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County has continued to provide service to families in the county throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, even as social distancing measures forced the traditionally face-to-face organization to adapt, said executive director Brian Beaulieu.

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The plans and protocols that staff at the Buena Vista school district, as well as partners in the local medical field working to make the return to in-person learning as safe as possible, left the realm of theory and entered the world of practical application when the fall school semester commenced Thursday, Aug. 27.

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With schools starting back for the fall semester this week, the Buena Vista school board received an update from local healthcare providers about the protocols the medical community would be observing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Liz Barnaby, the new director of the Grove, Avery-Parsons Elementary’s preschool, brings with her a lifelong love of working with children and a desire to build a staff family at the school.

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The Buena Vista school district will begin the fall semester next Thursday, Aug. 27.

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Buena Vista High School’s new principal, Jon Ail, brings 20 years of education experience to his role as head of the school in BV, where he says he hopes to stay for the rest of of his career.

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A sure sign that summer is coming to an end and the new school year is fast approaching: The Buena Vista School District board’s Aug. 10 meeting saw the introduction of new teachers and the return of reports from school administrators, who shared their outlooks about returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Buena Vista school district will host a Jump Start to Kindergarten program to help incoming students at The Grove early school who were unable to have orientation due to COVID-19, district superintendent Lisa Yates said in a weekly email to families Monday.

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Phase B of the building project at Buena Vista Middle and High School – including art classrooms, a new gym, food service room, athletic commons, kitchen servery and the flex commons – will be complete by October, said Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates.

The physical education complex will be ready for students when they return to school at the end of August, Yates said in her weekly letter to district families.

WINFIELD, Kan. – Southwestern College announced Heather Harnish of Buena Vista was named the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall 2019 semester. Full-time students who earned grade point averages of at least 3.70 (4.0 equals an A) were eligible for the honor.

WATERVILLE, Maine – Whitney B. White of Buena Vista was recently named to the highly selective Dean’s List at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Charles Chupp of Buena Vista earned a place on Furman University’s Dean’s List for the 2019 fall semester. Furman’s list is composed of full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher on a four-point system.

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As the first day of school in August grows near, the Buena Vista school district’s plan to bring students back to school as normally as possible grows more concrete in its details.

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The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees approved a lease of the college’s campus building in Buena Vista to Mountain BOCES, a partnership of four Central Colorado school districts, for administrative purposes.

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Each year Chaffee County Republican Women award a scholarship to a senior graduate who has been selected from a group of Republican women applicants. It was a particularly difficult decision to choose the winners this year because the six applicants showed themselves to be kind and caring wo…

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Buena Vista school district officials heard “promising data supporting a return to school in the fall,” said superintendent Lisa Yates in her weekly update about the effort to ensure the district will return to classes in-person next semester.

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Two students in the Buena Vista School District, a fifth grader and an 8th grader, have died, district superintendent Lisa Yates said Thursday.

The fifth grade student, Michael Werner, died in a house fire overnight on Thursday. Yates said that the family of Rosalyne Cope, who finished 8th grade this year, told her Wednesday that Cope had died.

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Even before the closure dictated by the COVID pandemic, two Avery-Parsons students broke the old school record for Accelerated Reader this year. Joseph Drexler and Aberlyn Leon both surpassed the long-standing record of 779 points set in 2015 by Maya Magee. Joseph went on to score an incredi…

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is proud to announce Sage McGinnis of Buena Vista as the recipient of the 2020 Brett Beasley Memorial Scholarship, GARNA announced in a press release.

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The short blast of a police siren signaled the start of the Buena Vista High School seniors parading from East Main Street in front of Avery-Parsons Elementary School, all the way to historic Comanche Drive-In Theater west of town for a BV-unique graduation ceremony.

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Faythe Baxter graduated from Buena Vista High School as co-salutatorian, joining her peers, valedictorian Halley DeWalt and co-salutatorian Isabel Dylan.

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Coloradoans across the state are being encouraged to participate in CSU Extension’s new gardening initiative Grow & Give, a modern Victory Garden project designed for citizens to grow vegetable gardens and plant extra to share with local food banks and community members in need.

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Limits on the size of public gatherings means that the graduating class of 2020 won’t get the same ceremony that past classes have, but Chaffee County is making sure that seniors feel recognized through their own available means. Or bale-able means, in this case. Ken, Taf, Scout and Megan Mc…

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We honor our students who have worked so diligently during their high school careers as well as the community members who continue to astound us in their collective generosity.

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Because of their hard work and efforts throughout high school, most of our local scholarship winners are also receiving merit scholarships from the colleges and universities they will be attending.

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The Buena Vista High School Senior Awards Ceremony may not have been held due to the COVID-19 quarantine, but that doesn’t mean the awards, honors, scholarships and achievements spread over 41 seniors will go unnoticed this year.

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The move to allow hotels and motels to open their rooms to guests began gradually on Monday and will continue through the beginning of June so long as the county’s COVID-19 situation remains stable, Chaffee County Public Health announced.

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Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could slow down the Buena Vista High School seniors on their march to graduation, especially valedictorian Halley DeWalt and salutatorian Isabel Dylan.

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School principals walked through the process their schools would be going through to bring the thoroughly eventful 2019-2020 school year to an end, giving closure to students after the last two months of the school year abruptly moved out of the classroom and into the home at Monday’s meeting of the Buena Vista school board.

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In a letter to Buena Vista High School families, principal Kevin Denton announced that graduation would be held next Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the drive-in theater on CR 306. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held on the following Saturday, May 30.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation is offering up to two annual scholarships of $2,500 each for college students planning to pursue a career in health care.

Prior to this semester, I had always thought about trying online school for various classes. This would allow me to learn at my own pace and to not spend 8 hours of my day in a school building.

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Buena Vista schools superintendent Lisa Yates said Monday that the district “will do everything we can to have graduation at the football stadium on May 23.”

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Buena Vista School District’s two new administrators were announced Tuesday in a letter from district superintendent Lisa Yates after their contracts were approved by the district board of directors at their meeting April 6.

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While Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday that Colorado’s stay-at-home order would expire on Sunday, schools will continue to be closed to in-person instruction through the next phase of COVID-19 precautions: “Safer at Home.”