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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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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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Sign Up Today For Your School’s Green Team

As a commitment to the district’s sustainability goals, we’re launching a new program to promote and implement the Durango School District’s sustainability plan. Staff and students are invited to join a Green Team in each school.
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LEGO League Robotics Teams Forming Now

Help your 1st through 8th grade child get excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), make new friends, and have a great time after school.  Our district FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams are forming now.
Jenny Imel

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.