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We are: Responsible,
Kind, Safe.
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About Us

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary is a close knit school community that values respect, responsibility, and safety. The staff and teachers promote a strong instructional focus on Writing through Reading, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. As a result of these strategies Fort Lewis Mesa continues to receive High Growth and High Achievement ratings from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). 
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Where we’re located
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Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary is a community of learners including students, staff, parents, and community members committed to working together collaboratively for the success of all.

School & District News

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DHS Women in STEM club host design sprint event

Durango High School (DHS) Women in STEM club is hosting a design sprint on Sunday, April 21 for grades 4-8 to build interest in STEM fields and to encourage incoming middle and high schoolers to begin or continue to follow a STEM pathway.
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DHS Green Team coloring contest

The Durango High School (DHS) Green Team is sponsoring an elementary school art contest! The process is simple: choose one of 2 coloring pages to complete with your original design and submit your work for the opportunity to receive a Cream Bean Berry gift card. Submissions are due April 15th.
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February 2024 Newsletter

Fort Lewis Mesa Families-
I hope this message finds you all in good spirits as we navigate through the second month of the year…February! Please remember this month can be tricky as it is sandwiched between returning from the holidays and spring break. Hang in there! As we continue this year’s journey together, I am excited to share some updates and upcoming events from our awesome school community.
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Early Access Applications Available February 1

Durango School District 9-R has the opportunity to accelerate highly advanced gifted children under age 5 for kindergarten and/or under age 6 for first grade. This Early Access is for those eligible students if their birthdays fall after October 1. It is intended to support students who are evaluated to be exceptional in aptitude/cognitive reasoning, academics, school readiness, and motivation.

Free STEM Fair For All Kids, ages 5-14, Sunday, Dec. 3

The Durango High School's Women in STEM Club is hosting a free STEM Fair at Escalante Middle School on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. for all kids, ages 5-14. There will be fun engineering challenges, science experiments, technological investigations, and snacks.
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Mobile Vaccine Van Offers Required School Vaccines

We are excited to announce that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be bringing a mobile vaccine van to two Durango 9-R school locations to help families catch up on the required school vaccines.
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Principal's Message

Thank you all for being such a kind, supportive community! I feel blessed to be a part of this school and I wish you all a safe, prosperous school year!
                                                      Jenny Imel, 
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Quality of Life

Durango is a beautiful place to live and work. It is located at 6,512 feet elevation in Southwest Colorado near the Four Corners region. Families who live here enjoy a historic steam train, ski resort, rivers, vibrant downtown, bike trails, sky-high “fourteener” mountains, and four distinct seasons with an average of 266 sunny days per year. We welcome new families and new staff members, and we offer excellent benefits and competitive salaries.