Blue Jay Express

January 6, 2022


Please remember that it is your responsibility to keep up on your grades and assignments. PowerSchool is a great tool for keeping track, however you still need to stay in constant communication with your teachers to make sure assignments were received. Eligibility is ran every Monday morning around 10:00 am. Please stay ahead of the game so that you can play in your sport each week.

Football Banquet

The football team banquet is Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM in the school cafeteria. Players and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mancos Games Now on NFHS Network

Bluejay fans can now watch Mancos Home Games on the NFHS Network!

NFHS Network is a subscription service and the leader in streaming “live and on demand” high school sports. The NFHS Network covers 27 different regular season and postseason sports, as well as other high school activities, celebrating the accomplishments of students-athletes, student broadcasters, and high schools across the country.

A subscription will allow full access to all NFHS content:

All of the Mancos live and on-demand sporting broadcasts from the High School Old Gym and the Track and Football Field

All other NFHS sporting events from around the nation

Plus: Friends and family members who can’t make the game will never miss a game!

Subscription options for Bluejay fans:

Annual Pass: $69.99

Monthly Pass: $10.99/month

To learn more and subscribe, visit NFHS Network. Search for Mancos and “Subscribe and Follow.”

A Welcome Introduction

Greetings Mancos Middle and High School parents,

This is Ed Whritner; some of you know me through my work at Mancos schools as the PBL Director over the last two and a half years, or perhaps through my time as a Mancos school board member. I am pleased to inform you that I will be stepping into an additional role in the secondary schools as the Assistant Principal for this Spring 2022 semester. This exciting addition to the secondary schools comes from our desire for continuous improvement for positive outcomes for students, teachers, and parents. I will have many responsibilities in this role, one of which will be supporting students with behavior matters through restorative practices.

With the growth in secondary student enrollment, I am looking forward to supporting Principal Marchino directly while maintaining my responsibilities as the Mancos School District PBL Director. My additional role as the Assistant Principal does not in any way indicate a devaluation of the importance of PBL for our district, as PBL is and continues to be the valued instructional strategy of our school district. Please feel free to contact me through the High School with any questions regarding this adjustment to administrative structure or other more general questions. I am here for increased support and communication.


Ed Whritner

New Theater Club!

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Yearbook Club / Photos Needed

The new yearbook club is seeking photos of any school related activities and happenings; for example sports, field trips, plays, projects, clubs, etc.

Also, seniors they will need a senior photo, your baby picture and your senior quote.

All photos MUST be submitted by March 15th to be able to meet the publishing deadline.

All photos can be submitted to

If you have any questions regarding your photos or you want to become part of the yearbook club please contact the yearbook club at the above email.

Meetings will start next week!!

Last Year's Yearbook Update

Last year's yearbook should be finalized this week and sent to the publisher for printing. We apologize for the inconvenience and delay.

From the Nurse

January 4, 2022

Dear Parents, Staff and Students,

Rebooted Over The Winter Break

I am hoping everyone made it a priority to rest the brain from the never-ending barrage of

information that is around us everyday. It was a much needed pause that I acknowledged daily.

Honestly, I did listen to the news but made it a point to stay away from the latest rules and

regulations regarding covid and our schools until the very last day of break.

As the calendar turned to 2022, no doubt we all reflected on what has happened and what is

coming. Our schools have been impacted by covid over 3 school years. Actually, I do not know

school nursing without covid.

I do want to reinforce the need for each of us to look at ourselves and ask, “What can I do

better to stay healthy?” We all know that we should eat healthy, exercise and get plenty of rest.

With the new omicron variant affecting children, we need to focus on their health now more

than ever before.

The Mancos School District continues to perform weekly serial covid testing for staff and

students. The school is giving out home test kits to use with an online app. We are excited to

once again be hosting a covid mobile vaccination clinic on Saturday, February 5th. This is

provided for all community members.

As many of you may know, Montezuma county has had an increase in covid cases, currently

with 251 documented cases. The Mancos School District currently has three confirmed covid

cases and six others with covid type symptoms or in family quarantine.

From the Counselor

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alanda Martin at or 970.533.7746 or cell phone at # is 970-394-5234 during school hours.

After Hours Help:

  • Local Axis Health System: Cortez 970.565.7946 or Durango 970.259.2162
  • Axis 24 Hour/7 Crisis Care line: 970.247.5245
  • Colorado Crisis Hotline: 844-493-8255
  • National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 (talk)
  • Emergency: 9-1-1

What can I do now to help:

L - Listen

E - Express your concern - genuinely

A - Ask Questions - 5 W's

S - Stay with individual

T - Tell a trusted adult or report to above numbers

Boosters/Spirit Gear

Follow the link below to order Spirit Gear online through the Mancos Boosters Spirit Sale Page.

Like Booster Club on Facebook at

Broadband Benefit

Affordable Connectivity Program/Broadband Discount Program

As of today (12/31/21), eligible households are encouraged to apply to receive up to $30 per month discount toward internet service and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

§ Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines;

§ Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;

§ Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;

§ Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year;

§ Received a Federal Pell Grant during the award year; or

§ Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income program.

Final program rules will be adopted by the Commission in January. For more information about the Affordable Connectivity Program, please visit:

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