Burro Blast

August 2022

Principal's Corner


I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. We are very excited about the upcoming year!

As you know the Burro Blast is sent out each month to help keep everyone up to date with MS and HS information. Please read carefully the posted items. If you have any questions concerning any of the information or if you have any technical issues, please let me know.

Important Links

2022-2023 Student Handbook:


Please take a minute to review the handbook with your student; specifically, Student Absences (page 8), Unacceptable Dress (page 12-13) and Student Use of Electronic Communication Devices (page 16).

  • Dress Code Note: This year, because of safety and security reasons, hats will not be allowed in the building during school hours.

School Supply Lists:

  • Middle School


  • High School:


Park County Re2 School District Calendar for 2022-2023, 2023-2024 and 2024-2025


South Park HS Volleyball Schedule


South Park HS Football Schedule


Introducing Our Staff

I would like to introduce everyone to our staff. We have a few new faces and programs for the 2022-2023 school year.

Kevin Sellers: Principal

Stephanie Hatch: MS/HS Counselor

Kyle Graff: Athletic Director

Laurence Burnett: HS/Athletic Receptionist

Ashley Nafus: MS/Counselor Receptionist

Erin Ventura: Career and Technology (CTE) Coordinator

South Park Middle School Staff:

Marcy Wilkins: 6th Grade Math/HS Spanish

Benita Bintz: 6th Grade ELA/Science/Intervention Instruction

Lori Slifka: 7th/8th Grade Science

Richard Boland: 7th/8th Grade Math

Corree Rivas: 7th/8th Grade Social Studies

Tara Noland: 7th/8th Grade ELA

Gary Goettelman: Computer Science

Jon Thompson: Band

Ali Springer: Art

Viviana Esparza: PE/Health

Andrea Bartles: MS Exceptional Learners

Jessica Paugh: SSN

Olivia Caperton: Paraprofessional

Francis Tonjes: Paraprofessional

South Park Highschool Staff:

Ryan Beauvais: ELA

Victoria Farestad: Science/CTE Biomedical Science

Erin Pellant: Math

Andrew Goss: Math

Elena Doyle: ELA

Curtis Long: Social Studies

Peter Lubin: Distance Learning

Viviana Esparza: PE/Health

Ron Reyes: HS Exceptional Learners

Jessica Paugh: SSN

Vanessa White: Paraprofessional - Braille Transcriber

Abner Gallegos: Paraprofessional

Trisha Haner: Paraprofessional

Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the 2022 - 2023 school year!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Stephanie Hatch and I will be the Middle School and High School Counselor this year. What I love most about the secondary level is student’s ability to learn more about themselves. This is a great time for students to discover their interests and plan for the future. I am excited to meet with students individually, in small groups, and in classrooms. As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. It is important to me that I work closely as a team with parents/guardians, teachers, administration, and staff to ensure your student is receiving all the support they need to guide them through these middle and high school years. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you all and getting to know your students throughout the school year! To kick off the year there are two main events coming up to ask questions and get clarification:

  • Freshman Orientation @ Back to School Night on August 11th from 4:30 - 5:00 in the HS Gym.

    • I have reviewed with students the expectations for High School, but a refresher never hurts. Please join us to learn about credits, class options and pathways, and ask any questions you may have. Join us to enter the raffle to choose your locker for the year!

  • Back to School Night on August 11th from 4:30 - 6:00

    • I will have a booth to answer any questions you may have from 5:00-6:00. Prior to back to school night you can check your schedules by following the steps below. (Appointments required for schedule changes.)

If you are a returning student, your schedule is accessible in your Alma account! Your schedule was created based on your requests at the end of last year and our best ability to place students in their desired placements.

Step 1: Log into your Alma account:

  • High school students use sphs.getalma.com

  • Middle school students use spms.getalma.com

    • Your username is firstname.lastname

    • If you forgot your password, simply click the “forgot password” button during sign in to reset it.

Step 2: View your schedule for the year by selecting Home> Classes> Grid View. This is the way you can see the entire year. (See "Class Schedule" photo example at end of letter.)

Step 3:

If you want to discuss your schedule or have questions please email Mrs.Hatch, set up an appointment with Mrs.Hatch by emailing a date and time that works best for you. Schedules were made based on requests and availability so schedule changes will be made only for compelling academic reasons: i.e. improper prerequisites, improper level placement, or failure of a course. The last day to make schedule changes will be August 18th!

Step 4: For High School - To view your current graduation tracking including your credits acquired and GPA select Home>Graduation>Graduation Tracking. This is where you can view how many credits you have earned and other completion requirements. This helps you understand which classes you are working toward completing and which classes you have earned credits for. (See "Graduation" photo example at end of letter.)

** For High School - There is an opportunity to do a zero hour Weightlifting class before school from 7:00 - 7:45. It will count as the same credit as if it was during the school day. Please let me know if you are interested and if you would like to be signed up.

**For High School and Middle School - Intro to Agriculture sections will be added based on interest. Please let me know if you are not signed up, but are interested in the program.

Stephanie Hatch



Back To School Night

Freshman Orientation will be the first 30 minutes of Back To School Night, from 4:30-5:00. We will meet in the HS Main Gymnasium.
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2022-2023 Assessments

Wednesday, August 31: ASVAB Testing (Grade 10).

September 12-15: MAPS Testing (Grades 6-11)

More Assessment Information:

  • Parents and Students: view the attached Assessment Calendar for upcoming events.
  • Students who completed CMAS testing Spring 2022 will be coming home with their Individual Student Score Reports for ELA and Math on August 18.
  • Science and CoAlt reports are scheduled to be released at a future date and information will be shared at that time.
  • For PSAT 9, PSAT 10, or SAT scores, please have your child log into College Board. Students will be logging into their accounts the first week of school.
  • Attached are assessment flyers to aid in understanding the Score Reports, as well as Fact sheets explaining more about Colorado testing.

Please contact Susan Haley, Student Services Coordinator at susan.haley@parkcountyre2.org with any questions or assistance interpreting your child's reports.

McKinney Vento Information

McKinney Vento parent posters in English and Spanish.

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Career and Technology Education (CTE)

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Coaches Corner

HS Football and Volleyball:

  • Monday, August 8: First Day of Fall Practice.
  • Sports packets, including physicals are needed for participation. Packets are available in HS/MS office.
  • Fees are due before the seasons first game. Call the HS office for fee prices.
  • For questions on HS Football, contact Coach Rivas @ corree.rivas@parkcountyre2.org
  • For questions on HS Volleyball, contact Coach McGraw @ bam1450@gmail.com


September 6-9 has been scheduled for our Homecoming week. We are excited to announce that we have scheduled Homecoming games with Custer County for HS Football, HS Volleyball and MS Football. Games will be played on Friday, September 9.

HS Volleyball: Friday, September 9 @10:00am

HS Football: Friday, September 9 @ 1:00pm

MS Football: Friday, September 9 @ TBD

Details coming soon about all the Homecoming events.

Upcoming Curricular Calendar Events

Thursday, August 11: Freshman Orientation: 4:30 – 5:00pm

Thursday, August 11: Back To School Night; 4:30 – 6:00pm

Wednesday, August 17: First Day of Classes

Wednesday, August 31: MS/HS Orientation Night

  • Orientation Night will be an opportunity to come with your student, walk through his/her schedule and meet all the teachers. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday-Friday, September 6-9: Homecoming Week

Wednesday, September 21: Early Release/Collaboration Day

Upcoming Extra-Curricular Calendar Events

HS Volleyball

Wednesday, August 24: @Buena Vista – 4:30pm

Saturday, August 27: Home vs Mountain Valley – 11:00am

Wednesday, August 31: @Platte Canyon – 5:00pm

Friday-Saturday, September 2-3: West Grand Tournament

Friday, September 9: Homecoming vs Custer – 10:00am

Saturday, September 10: @Sanford – 3:00pm

Thursday, September 15: @Del Norte – 4:30pm

Friday, September 16: @Windsor – 4:00pm

Saturday, September 24: @Cotopaxi – 1:00pm

Friday, September 30: @Sargent – 5:00pm

HS Football

Friday, August 26: @Sargent – 7:00pm

Friday, September 2: @Belleview Christian School – 4:00

Friday, September 9: Homecoming vs Custer – 1:00pm

Friday, September 23: @Gilpin – 7:00pm


Thursday, September 1: Band Potluck - 4:30pm

Tuesday, October 4: Band Board Meeting - 5:00pm