Bluejay Express

May 19, 2022

Wrap Up

As we wrap up the last two weeks of school, we have some important announcements that we would like to share with you. May is chock full of school events, field trips, athletic events, and end of the year logistics that require an all-hands-on-deck approach to make it work smoothly. In the interest of a smooth close to the school year, here are some announcements to keep you up to speed, and to be informed about how you can help.

Last Day of School

Our last day of classes is on May 26th, and this day will be an early release day, with students finishing up their day at 1:30pm. We ask that you plan on having your student(s) attend for the entire time, as there are several things to wrap up before summer break, as well as activities planned (i.e. BBQ, Middle School Awards, etc.). If there is a legitimate reason that you need to check out your student earlier than the 1:30pm early release, we ask that you do so in advance, as it will influence the number of lunches the school plans to provide.


During the last week of school, we will be doing an inventory of the district’s chromebooks. It is important that you check in with your student to make sure that they have their chromebook, the charger, and the chromebook case all together. The cost for damages to a chromebook vary, depending on the nature of the damage, and the costs for the three main components are listed below.

Chromebook - tbd if missing (up to $400)

Chromebook charger - 25.00 if missing

Chromebook case - 15.00 if missing

Summer School

If your student requires summer school to recover unearned credit or coursework, and you have not yet been notified, you will be contacted this coming week. If you do not receive notification, that means that there is no need for your student to attend summer school. The summer school session for secondary school students will run from Tuesday, May 31st, through Friday, July 1st, and will take place Monday - Friday from 8am to 12 noon. Keep in mind that the online program, which will be administered by two of our secondary teachers, allows for students to work ahead. Therefore, the possibility of finishing before the July 1st date is possible, depending on how much a student can accomplish and/or successfully test on the required coursework.


Hello Mancos Families,

I hope you all are getting excited about summer break and having your kids home for a few months to unwind and enjoy watching them grow.

We will be having our annual end of year Fun in the Sun activities followed with the traditional BBQ on the front lawn on Wednesday, May 25th. Families are welcome to come join in on the fun, we will begin serving lunch at 11:15am or directly after the fun in the sun activities end.

High School students will be served approximately during their normal lunch time.

On The Menu: Hamburger or Hot Dog

Pasta Salad

Potato Chips


Fruit Slushie.


With the close of the 2021-22 school year I want to remind everyone that when we return in August meals for students will no longer be free. We continue to work with stakeholders and legislators to come up with a permanent solution for this, however at this time we are moving forward with returning to paid meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Why are meals no longer free?

Over the past two years, the federal government allowed all students to eat free regardless of learning environment or economic status to help families who where financially burdened during the pandemic. School districts across the nation were operating on waivers that allowed us to continue to feed your students without the financial burden. These waivers are set to expire on May 26th 2022 with no plan for extending them into the 2022-23 school year.

What can you do??

  • PLEASE fill out the free and reduced meal application at after July 1st.

  • Paper application will be available at the front desks of each building and can also be filled out at registration.

  • It is very important that families understand that filling out this form is confidential and is needed even if your student chooses not to eat in the cafeteria. The income data collected from this application helps our school qualify for grants and other programs based on our free and reduced lunch overall percentage. Because meals were free over the last 2 years, many families did not think the application needed to be filled out. As a result of this our percentage has dropped and we no longer qualify for some of the programs we have had in previous years.

  • Positive balances have remained in place during these last 2 years. Please check your students balance before the first day of school to determine if your student will need money deposited into their account.

  • If your household does not qualify for Free or Reduced meals the district uses for online payments to your students account. If you do not already have an account set up please create an account before the first day of school and make sure your student has sufficient funds in their account to cover lunches.

Thank you for a great year and we hope you have an amazing summer!

Janet Fogel

Food Services Director

Nurse/Health/Sports Physicals

Hi Parents and Guardians,

As the year is coming to an end and planning for the new year is already underway, a couple of health-related plans are underway. The local Mancos Health Clinic will be doing sports physicals on August 3rd. This day will be a walk-in, no appointment necessary. If a parent cannot go to the appointment with the student, that is okay as long as the physical form is completed and taken with the student. The charge is $25. Medicaid is accepted. Below is the consent form for parents to sign download and sign ahead of time. See flyer for additional area clinics as well.

This fall Montezuma County SmileMakers will be coming to our school on October 19th and 20th, to provide numerous dental tasks including oral hygiene instructions, cleaning, fluoride, sealants, and more. They will return on April 19th and 20th of 2023. More information and consent forms will go out to parents in the fall. Also, I will continue to work with parents in regards to vaccination records and exemption forms being filed with the school and health care plans for all those students who take any type of medications on school grounds such as inhalers, insulin and oral medications in order to be in compliance with state laws.

Addressing mental health needs in school is critically important because 1 in 5 children and youth have a diagnosable emotional, behavioral or mental health disorder and 1 in 10 young people have a mental health challenge that is severe enough to impair how they function at home, school or in the community.( Please, if you or your children need any help, our school and our community have many free resources available.

Summer Art Camp

Below are the links to sign up for a week of fun and exciting projects in summer art camp.

Sign up for Week 1 June 6-9

Sign up for Week 2 June 13-16

Sign up for Week 3 June 20-23

Staff Update

We have shared some biographical information for the new middle and high school staff that we have hired to this point in previous newsletters, and we are currently conducting several interviews for exciting new and open positions in our secondary schools. In addition to this work, we would also like to share some exciting news about the restructuring of a current staff member’s position. Mr. Gardner, our beloved football coach and PE/Health teacher, will be stepping into the additional role as half-time Dean of Students. This role is in response to needed support and attention for behavioral procedures in our schools, and Mr. Gardner is an ideal fit for this work. He will be working closely with administrative staff, teachers, and other support staff to help us build stronger systems and procedures to ensure that our Blue Jay climate and culture are the best they can be. Mr. Gardener will still teach Health and PE classes, and we are fortunate to have new staff that can also teach PE classes so these opportunities for students will not be affected by Mr. Gardner’s adjusted schedule.

In addition to Mr. Gardner’s new role, we are excited to announce that the amazing Mrs. Farrar, currently our high school ELA teacher, will be stepping into a full-time role as the district K-12 PBL Instructional Coach. Mrs. Farrar is an ideal candidate for this position, due to her extensive training and practice with PBL, her years of success as a highly effective teacher, and the trust and confidence that she has built over several years with our teaching staff across the district.

District Positions

The Mancos School District has several exciting opportunities for employment. There are full time and part time positions available. For more information on each position visit our district website.

Bus Drivers



Secondary Language Arts Teacher

Secondary ESS Para Professional

Middle School ESS Teacher

First Day Back to School

The first day for students back to school will be Monday, August 15th.

You will be receiving a district email soon regarding registration information!

Summer Help Wanted

Are you interested in logging and/or forestry. Contact Steve Underwood with Underwood Forestry and Tree Service, they are looking for summer help. Good starting wages with room to grow. 970-570-9800