Garfield Re-2 News You Can Use

September 2, 2019

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Garfield Re-2 making steady progress and great growth in CMAS

Results from the 2019 statewide assessments recently released by the Colorado Department of Education show the hard work of Garfield Re-2 teachers, staff and students and are the point of many celebrations.

Overall, in math and English Language Arts, the number of Garfield Re-2 students who met or exceeded expectations was higher than last year. Combined, Garfield Re-2 students improved by six (6) percentage points in English Language Arts from 30% to 36%. In math, overall, Garfield Re-2 students improved slightly from 21% to 22%. State averages were 46% and 35% respectively.

The focus of the Garfield Re-2 School District, however, is the state growth data. This data compares assessment data for students that had data for both 2018 and 2019. For the 2018-19 school year, four (4) out of five (5) grade levels in math showed growth above the state median and in some cases were close to the high growth range. Growth in English Language Arts over the last three years has increased an average of 11 points per grade level with fifth grade seeing a 30 point increase in student growth this year.


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Pre-School Fun!

Monday was the first day of preschool across the district. It marked the start of a new and wonderful journey of learning and growing for many children and their families! We are thrilled to welcome the youngest members of our Garfield Re-2 family.

Emily Kielmyer is the District's Early Childhood coach. The position is paid for through grant funds. She would love to answer any questions you may have in Garfield Re-2.

What is that new box at the front door of my school?

Earlier this year, Garfield Re-2 finished the first phase of the district’s facility master planning process. One of the areas of concentration was safe and secure schools. The master plan will help us prioritize a variety of projects that have been identified.

One step that we will be making in the coming weeks to all of our schools and the district office is the addition of Airphones at all main entrances. An Airphone has a video camera, a speaker and a door release system. The main entrances for all schools will be locked, and the front office staff will be able to welcome our guests and partners and take steps to protect our schools from unwanted visitors.

Right now, nothing has changed.

We will continue to encourage our families and community partners to be in our schools, and support our students. There will be, however, some changes in the coming weeks to how our community members are able to enter our schools. We know you will have a lot of questions and more details will be coming soon. We just wanted you to be aware of the new additions to the front doors, and that we will be providing additional information on the new processes.

The purchase and installation of the Airphones was made possible through a Colorado Department of Homeland Security grant.

BENEFITS HIGHLIGHT - What is Surgery Plus?

SurgeryPlus is a comprehensive benefit that unlocks access to a premier network of high-performing surgeons for each individualized need.

SurgeryPlus has identified the nation’s highest quality surgeons based on:

Board Certification, Specialty Training Requirements, Procedure Volume Requirements, State Sanctions Check, Medical Malpractice Claims Review, Criminal Background Checks, CMS Quality Requirements (Hospital Only), Monthly Network Monitoring

***You Can Save Money!***

When you use SurgeryPlus, CEBT will potentially waive your Out-of-Pocket costs (i.e. coinsurance and/or deductible on the PPO 6 plan). Rest easy knowing you can afford the surgery you need.

If enrolled in the HD 3500 you will be required to meet the deductible first

Learn more at or call 855-200-6675

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Highland 5th graders enjoy water fun!

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Welcome to the Year of Stress Management

This year, CEBT is offering a new benefit.

Each week CEBT will be sending us information about reducing stress and building resilience, plus a stress tip or relaxation technique for you to try. Your participation in this program is entirely up to you.

The Year of Stress Reduction and Resilience includes unlimited access to the online resource,

MyStressTools where a lot of your learning about stress will take place. At the web portal,

you’ll be able to log into your own PRIVATE home page and take a stress test, keep a journal, listen to relaxation audios, download podcasts, listen to webinars and even practice yoga while sitting in your chair!

All of the resources are posted in the Benefits Library, and we will be posting information in the bi-weekly newsletters.

To get started using the MyStressTools, your online resource for managing stress.

Go to the Registration Page.

Fill in your information to register for MyStressTools - you will be automatically logged in. To login next time, go to to and click on the Login link.

Once you’ve logged in, you will be at the homepage. You can change your password at any time by clicking on your name in the top right corner and choosing Change Password.

The first two weeks are below.

You can find them all here:

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Effective Budgeting webinar offered by Triad

Examine your obstacles to reaching your financial goals, learn how to manage your debt, and develop a personal debt reduction plan. Budgeting is an important life skill, whether you need to pay down debt, save for a future purchase, or put money into investments.

Watch the webinar at:

Username: garfielde2

password gfsd1195

Learn more in the flyer below.

Bears volleyball dropped their home opener to the GV cardinals.

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Sunlight Mountain and Resort

Once again, Garfield School District Re-2 is excited to offer the Sunlight Mountain Resort Passes with payroll deduction. Payroll deductions are available over a three month period! (September through November)

All Sunlight Mountain Payroll deductions need to be requested by Tuesday, September 3, 2019 THROUGH THE TALENTED SYSTEM.

Sunlight requires a physical Season Order Form for each employee requesting this pass. You will first need to print or electronically complete the form entirely. Ski pass rates are included in the packet found in a PDF below, or through the attached ski pass deduction flyer.

Instructions on how to login to TalentEdand request a Sunlight Mountain Resort ski pass via payroll deduction click here or download the attached PDF.

Aspen Snowmass Ski pass

Once again, Garfield School District Re-2 is excited to offer the Aspen Snowmass mountain ski pass with payroll deduction.

Payroll deductions are available over a three month period! (September through November)

All Aspen Snowmass ski pass Payroll deductions need to be requested by Tuesday, September 3, 2019 THROUGH THE TalentED SYSTEM.

Click the link for ski pass costs and instructions on how to login to TalentEd and request an Aspen Snowmass ski pass via payroll deduction or download the PDF below.

Glenwood Hot Springs annual pass through payroll deduct

Garfield Re-2 is pleased to announce that Glenwood Hot Springs annual passes can now be acquired through payroll deduct.

Payroll deductions will occur over a six month period! (September through February)

All Glenwood Hot Springs annual pass Payroll deductions need to be requested by Tuesday, September 3, 2019 THROUGH THE TalentED SYSTEM.

The Glenwood Hot Springs requires a physical Annual Pass Order Form for each employee requesting this pass. You will first need to print or electronically complete the form entirely. It is attached below.

Once the form is completed, click this link and follow the instructions to upload it to the TalentEd system and request your hot springs annual pass or download the instructions below.

Advancement docs are due by October 1

Below is some information to assist certified staff in submitting for salary advancement.

Please ensure to follow the preapproval process if you would like coursework that you might be interested in taking, to be considered for salary advancement credit.

You may submit coursework through the preapproval process at anytime throughout the year. Now is the time to submit your preapproved coursework that you have completed any graduate level coursework with your official transcript, that you would like to be considered for salary advancement this year. The deadline for submittal is October 1.

Any coursework or graduate level credit submitted after October 1 will not be applicable until the following academic year. Any coursework that has not followed the preapproval process will not be applicable for salary advancement credit.

If you are eligible to move to the next salary level, and after we have reviewed and confirmed your information in October, you will receive an amended contract by the last week of October, effective for the November paycheck. This will include retroactive pay back to the beginning of your contract year.

Please contact Elizabeth Rinaldi at directly with questions regarding this process or credits.

More information on salary advancement guidelines can be found here.