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The Shining Mountains Montessori School will begin accepting applications for enrollment Friday, Jan. 21. Located in the historic chapel at 343 U.S. 24 South, lead teacher and school director Lisa Lamb said the school should open to students in April or May.

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The Buena Vista school district’s board of education held its first work session and regular meeting of the year on Jan. 10 in a hybrid format.

The meeting room at 113 North Court St. was full to capacity and about a dozen attended via Zoom.

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The Buena Vista High School concert band’s spring break is going to be magical. Director Marti Bott and sponsors have arranged for the group to travel to California in March to perform at Disneyland.

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One of Buena Vista’s longest running food assistance programs is seeking additional volunteers and funding support. The Backpack food program serves between 60 and 75 youth every week and has been in operation for over a decade.

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The Colorado Bandmasters Association seeks to bring together the best jazz students from across the state for the Colorado All-State Jazz Band, including Buena Vista High School senior Malachi Little.

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The Buena Vista school district will add an electric school bus to its daily route schedule in 2022 at no cost to the school district.

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Buena Vista school district’s board of education gathered on Dec. 13 for its final meeting of the year.

Superintendent Lisa Yates also held her weekly Monday Minute Zoom meeting.

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The Buena Vista High School student council is ready to deliver gifts to about 115 children in the area for this year’s Toys for Tikes program.

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Superintendent Lisa Yates held a weekly Zoom meeting for parents on Dec. 6 to provide updates on the latest Buena Vista school district developments. Topics discussed included a COVID update and some clarifications on the district’s calendar survey.

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The resource advisory committee covering the Rocky Mountain region for the Secure Rural Schools program is being restructured. The Greater Rocky Mountain RAC in the Rocky Mountain Region will be created by consolidating the Saguache-Upper Rio Grande, Rocky Mountain and San Juan RACs.

Chaffee County received more than $250,000 from the program this year.

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A student from Chaffee County High School gave a presentation on his service learning project to open the Buena Vista school district board of education’s meeting on Nov. 8.

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The eighth annual film screening benefit event for Buena Vista’s adaptive skiers and snowboarders will take place Nov. 12 at Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the showing will start at 7 p.m.

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The Trident Theatre Company of Buena Vista High School brings stories to life on the stage not just with acting. More than a handful of students devote themselves to creating the right atmosphere and enhancing the experience, from makeup and costume to lighting and sound.

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Preliminary enrollment numbers for the 2021-2022 school year at Buena Vista schools have been released. Total enrollments are up from last year at all BV schools except Chaffee County High School. The total head count increased by 94 students from 2020-2021.

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Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates held a weekly Zoom meeting for families Nov. 1 to discuss COVID-19 in BV schools and the district’s social studies curriculum review.

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Preliminary enrollment numbers for the 2021-2022 school year at Buena Vista schools have been released. Total enrollments are up from last year at all BV schools except Chaffee County High School. The total head count increased by 94 students from 2020-2021.

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Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates held a weekly Zoom meeting for families Nov. 1 to discuss COVID-19 in BV schools and the district’s social studies curriculum review.

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The Chaffee County clerk’s office provided live election result updates on the night of Tuesday, Nov. 2. As of 10:30 p.m. on election night, per both the web site and unofficial results distributed by Chaffee County clerk Lori Mitchell, all three state ballot measures failed.

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Buena Vista schools superintendent Lisa Yates issued a notice on Oct. 28 that school will not be in session on Monday, Nov. 1. Extra-curricular activities remain scheduled and the Boys & Girls Club will be open both Monday and Friday all day, while classes are not in session.

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COVID outbreaks in Buena Vista schools were the number one topic of the Monday Minute bulletin and meeting for parents.

Superintendent Lisa Yates also made it her first point in addressing the school board at its meeting that evening.

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The Avery-Parsons Elementary School Halloween Parade is on for 2021.

It will take place Friday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. on East Main Street from the school to Railroad Avenue and back, according to a press release from the school.

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This week’s Buena Vista school district Monday Minute reported another COVID-free week at BVSD. Parents remained on mass hiatus from weekly Zoom meetings with Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates.

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The Avery-Parsons Elementary School Halloween Parade is on for 2021. It will take place Friday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. on East Main Street from the school to Railroad Avenue and back.

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The Buena Vista school board met on the evening of Oct. 11 to decide whether to add an electric school bus to the district’s fleet, hear monthly reports from principals, and seek consensus on policy positions recommended the Colorado Association of School Boards.

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The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County held a Buena Vista school board candidate forum over Zoom on Monday, Sept. 27.

Roughly 15 community members attended the hour-long event, where the five candidates for the upcoming school board election on Nov. 2 were presented a wide variety of topics on which to speak by moderator Scott Hartman.

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Questions from parents in the Monday Minute meeting centered primarily around appropriateness and potential harm of some questions from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

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A BVPD patrol car and the high school band escort the football team downtown during Friday’s Buena Vista High School homecoming parade.

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BVHS homecoming king Calvin Taterschall escorts 2021 queen Molly McMurry at Saturday’s football game

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The Buena Vista school board met Sept. 13 to hear faculty training results and big picture school-year plans from principals and continue discussions about concurrent enrollment problems, surplus property uses and the superintendent’s latest reopening update.

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School is back on this week after the Labor Day holiday and Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates said all is well.

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The Buena Vista school board held a meeting at Buena Vista High School on Aug. 30 to gather community input on how to leverage school properties in order to pursue a set of goals.

The District Accountability Committee, a subcommittee of the board of education, is a group of parents, community members and BV school district staff that studies different school-related issues.

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School openings in Buena Vista are still proceeding according to plan. Students’ first day of school is set for Thursday, Aug. 26.

Students are expected to bring masks, which are required on buses and will be implemented in school when risk of transmission is high, based on staff discretion.

As school began Monday for Salida School District R-32-J students, Superintendent David Blackburn said the district will continue the flexible strategy used last year for dealing with COVID-19.

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BV Peaks had its second biannual meeting for 2021 with the Buena Vista school board Aug. 9. The District Accountability Committee was also represented.

The board engaged with the owner/stakeholder groups on some of the district’s most pressing issues: Potential liquidation of school properties, use of federal stimulus funds, and, of course, reopening classrooms this month.

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The Central Colorado Unmanned Aircraft Systems Club invited Chaffee County SWAT and Buena Vista school district representatives to their drone park Tuesday for a flight demonstration and presentation.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation recently announced it is offering two scholarships of $2,500 each for current college students planning to pursue a career in healthcare.

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Red and white caps flew into the air over the Buena Vista High School football field as the stands erupted with jubilant applause, shouts and whistles.

The new graduates celebrated many years of hard work with confetti, streamers, colored smoke and even bubbles as they marched away together, clutching their diplomas. Phones and cameras came out for congratulatory photos and choir and band students danced the Macarena.

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In a brief meeting Monday evening, the Buena Vista school district board of directors revisited the topic of allowing non-CHSAA sports to receive varsity letters.

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The Central Colorado Humanists awarded $1,000 scholarship to six 2021 high school seniors.

“All are high-achieving students with grade point averages exceeding 3.9,” CCH said in a press release. “They exemplify the values of the Central Colorado Humanists: Informed by science; guided by reason; inspired by art and nature; motivated by compassion. “All of them wrote compelling essays about the integrity of science. Not all have confirmed the college of their choice – they had multiple acceptances.”

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After the COVID-19 pandemic interruption in 2020, Buena Vista High School was relieved to be able to hold its traditional Creative Arts Fair this year. At last, students were able to present their hard work from the school year, and the public was able to come and admire their talent.

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This fall, a new program not only will teach students how to “fly,” it also will help them realize opportunities in the emerging and expanding field of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), commonly called drones.

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There were three new cases of the COVID-19 virus related to Buena Vista schools – one each in the middle and high schools and Chaffee County High School – according to district superintendent Lisa Yates.

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The Buena Vista school district reported one case of COVID-19 impacting the district and resulting in a limited quarantine after over 2 months with no cases.