Digging Deep with Principal David

Sargent School District K-12 Principal (September 2023)

Big picture


Thank you to all community members, staff, students and athletes that came to help "beautify" our campus'. Together, we completed removing weeds, trimming and removal of trees, cleaned up parking lots, painted parking lot lines, and repaired fences.

Thank you to Matthew Smartt for organizing this event!

It is a GREAT DAY to be a FARMER!



Back to school BBQ at Fuzzy's. Dean of Students and HS Athletic Director, Fuzzy Holmes invited the Sargent staff to enjoy each other's company for our school kick-off BBQ to celebrate the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

Thank you Fuzzy and Traci for opening up your home!


Big picture
Sargent teachers and staff were hard at work during our professional development day on August 14, 2023. This time was well spent building our teacher's vision, mission and core values.

Sargent School District's vision: 100% of Sargent students will demonstrate one year's growth in English/Reading, Math, Science, and History.

Sargent School District's mission statements:

1. We exist to challenge all students and teachers to set goals and overcome obstacles to achieve growth.

2. We exist to build connections with students to encourage growth and to provide opportunities to excel in life.

3. We exist to provide consistent and rigorous practices to build relationships and advocacy skills throughout our community.

Sargent School District's core value statements:

1. Integrity - We choose to be the change we want to see.

2. Respect - We will respect all; no matter what!

3. Growth Mindset - We overcome failures knowing that growth and change is possible.

4. Accountability - We choose accountability by accepting responsibility for our successes and our shortcomings.


The elementary students were greeted by Farmer Joe on the first two days of school. He showed up in fashion giving fist bumps to all parents and students.

Thank you Farmer Joe!



Big picture
Sargent's "Outer Space" Homecoming will be held September 4-9, 2023 with many activities being planned.

Secondary Dress Up Days:

Tuesday - Dynamic Duos with Powder Puff Football at 7pm

Wednesday - Hawaiian Luau with Powder Puff Volleyball at 7pm

Thursday - Community Dinner, street dance and bonfire (see flyer above)

Friday - Class Color with HS Volleyball at 2pm and HS Football at 7pm

Saturday - Homecoming Dance (HS only) from 8-10pm

Elementary Dress Up Days:

Tuesday - Crazy Hat/Sock Day

Wednesday - Jersey Day

Thursday - USA/Camo Day

Friday - Black & Yellow Day

See Flyers above for more details.

Sargent Juniors Selling MUMs for MOMS

Big picture
It's TRADITION for the moms (or the ladies in your life) to wear them at the Homecoming football game.

Order yours today!


Make checks payable to Sargent Schools.

See order form above.

Big picture


On August 19, 2023, Sargent senior, Cayden Larimore took his first solo flight after taking aviation classes with aviation teacher, Mr. Jay Sarason.

Tradition holds that once a pilot does his/her solo flight, they are to cut off the back of the shirt they are wearing to write down the date of this special occasion.

Great job, Cayden! Sargent Aviation and School District are proud of you!!


Big picture
Congratulations to all our Sargent Students!

2023 Fair Results

Elijah B.

Introduction to Rocketry-Unit Champ/ State Fair Delegate

Model Rocketry- Division Grand Champion

Elaina C.

Grand Champion Market Hog

Grand Champion Intermediate Hog Showman

Mackenzie C.

Champion Hampshire Hog

Grand Champion Senior Hog Showman

Lyla G.

Grand Champion Intermediate Horse Showman

Grand Champion Intermediate English Horse

Callie G.

Cake Decorating Unit 3 - Unit Champion/State Fair Delegate

Junior Knitting - Unit Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Kyra G.

Food and Nutrition Division Grand Champion

Cooking - Party Planning Unit Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Liam G.

Cake Decorating - Themed Cookies - Unit Reserve Champion/State Fair Delegate

Kynzleigh H.

Grand Champion Junior Horse Showman

Braxdyn H.

Grand Champion Junior Hog Showman

Riley H.

Intermediate 3rd Place Hog Showman

Jaycee F.

Overall High Point Junior Horse Rider

English Junior Grand Champion

Working Ranch Junior Grand Champion

Gymkhana Junior Grand Champion

Lane M.

3rd Place Intermediate Lamb Showmanship

Wyatt M.

Introduction to Rocketry - Unit Reserve Champion

Robotic and Engineering - Division Grand Champion/Unit Champion/State Fair Delegate

Kenley M.

Vet Science -All Systems Go - Unit Champion/State Fair Delegate

Artistic Clothing - Division Reserve Champion

Parker M.

Metal Working - Division Grand Champion

Metal Fabrication Unit 2 - Unit Reserve Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Sportfishing - Division Reserve Champion

Reel in the Fun - Unit Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Self Determined - Division Reserve Champion/ Intermediate Reserve Champion

Sophia M.

Artistic Clothing - Division Grand Champion

Fashion Revue- Grand Champion

Aubrey N.

Reserve Champion Market Hog

Durae N.

Reserve Champion Senior Hog Showman

Kandace P.

Fashion Revue Reserve Champion

5th Place Intermediate Beef Showman

Ashley E.

5th Place Junior Lamb Showman

Kimberly P.

Long Arm Quilting- Unit Champ/ State Fair Delegate

Broly P.

Jr. Rifle- Unit Champ

Kinsley P.

Cake Decorating - Division Reserve Champion

Ellaree R.

Other Pure Breeds Class Champion

3rd Place Senior Hog Showman

Swine Herdsman

Animal Production- Unit Champion

Alyssa V.

3rd Place Junior Novice Dog Showman

Kaylee V.

Reserve Intermediate Rabbit Showman

Cake Decorating Unit 1 - Unit Reserve Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Paisley V.

Leathercraft - Division Reserve Champion

Beginning Leather Carving - Unit Reserve Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Alyson W.

Vet Science 101 - Unit Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Cake Decorating Unit 1- Unit Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Rylan W.

Horseless Horse- Division Grand Champion/ Unit Champion/ State Fair Delegate

KayleeAnn M.

Reserve Champion Senior Rabbit Showman

Rabbit Herdsman Award

Khaleesi R.

Reserve Champion Junior Goat Showman

Adison G.

Veterinary Science - Unit 1 - Unit Champion/ State Fair Delegate

Kade T.

3rd Senior Beef Showmanship

Big picture

Please Like and Follow Sargent Facebook - Link Below or Search Sargent School District on Instagram

Big picture



Our fall sports are off and running. We have several new coaches this year. Jon Medina will be leading our high school football program this year. The numbers are down but we are looking forward to a good season. We are looking for a high school assistant coach. If you or anyone you know would be interested please contact Fuzzy Holmes jholmes@sargent.k12.co.us .

Sami Cotten is our head volleyball coach and Shelley David is her assistant. This is a young team but looks to be very competitive.

We also hired Peter De La Cerda as our high school and junior high cross country coach. He is bringing several years of experience with him along with tons of success in coaching his runners. Haley Summers, our new high school English teacher, will be assisting him.

There is enthusiasm growing around all of our sports programs. We have recently hired Mike Behil to be our new junior high head coach and he is looking forward to a strong season. He has previous coaching experience with Sargent PeeWee Football and is a former player for the Farmers back in the day. The number of players is on the upswing in junior high.

Kacie Cobb is back once again coaching the junior high Volleyball and will be working with Melanie Squires as her assistant. Melanie has had previous experience with junior high volleyball here at Sargent and we are happy to have her back!

We are excited for a new year and new possibilities. If you or someone you know is interested in coaching boys junior high basketball, please have them contact Connor Flynn, the junior high athletic director. That email is cflynn@sargent.k12.co.us .

Please contact us with any questions!


Connor Flynn- Junior High Athletic Director

Fuzzy Holmes- High School Athletic Director

2023-2024 Junior High and High School Sports Schedules


August 25 - in Penrose -1:15pm start time

August 26 - in Pueblo - 9am start time

September 1 - in Rocky Ford - 9am start time

September 9 - in Alamosa - 9am start time

September 16 - in Gunnison - 9am start time

September 23 - BYE

September 28 - in Canon City - 3pm start time

October 7 - in Alamosa - TBD

October 13 - in Monte Vista - 9am

October 20 - Regionals in Buena Vista - TBD

October 28 - State (HS ONLY) in Colorado Springs - TBD

(*Subject to change without notice)


August 26 - in S. Park at 1pm

September 1 - at home with Springfield at 4pm

September 8 - at home with Hoehne at 7pm - HOMECOMING

September 15 - in Custer County at 7pm

September 22 - BYE

September 29 - at home with Mancos at 6pm

October 6 - in Dolores at 6pm

October 13 - at home with Sanford at 7pm

October 21 - in Hayden at 1pm

October 27 - in Dove Creek at 7pm

(*Subject to change without notice)


September 7 - at home with Sanford at TBD

September 16 - in Platte Canyon at TBD

September 19 - in Sanford at TBD

September 21 - in Custer County at TBD

October 6 - at home with Cotopaxi at TBD

October 12 - at home with Custer County at TBD

(*Subject to change without notice)


August 22 - in Crested Butte at 4:30pm - JV/V

August 26 - in Del Norte (TRI) at 9am - Varsity only

September 2 - in Gunnison (Tourney) at 9am - Varsity only

September 8 - at home with Center at 2pm - JV/V

September 14 - in Custer County at 5pm - JV/V

September 21 - at home with Sangre de Cristo at 5pm - JV/V

September 23 - at home - Sargent Tri at 9am - JV/V

September 26 - in Del Norte at 5pm - JV/V

September 28 - in South Park at 5pm - JV/V

September 30 - in Springs (ECA Tri) at 9am - Varsity only

October 7 - at home with Cotopaxi at 1pm - JV/V

October 10 - in Buena Vista at 5pm - JV/V

October 14 - at home with Sanford at 4pm - JV/V

October 19 - in Monte Vista at 5pm - JV/V

October 21 - at home with Trinidad at 1pm - JV/V

October 24 - at home with Hoehne at 4:30pm - JV/V

October 26 - at home with Ignacio at 5pm - JV/V

(*Subject to change without notice)


September 7 - at home with Mountain Valley at 4:30pm

September 8 - in Centauri at 4:30pm

September 12 - at home with Monte Vista at 4:30pm

September 14 - at home with OMS at 4:30pm

September 19 - at home with Centauri at 4:30pm

September 21 - in Center at 4:30pm

September 26 - in Center at 4:30pm

September 28 - in Sierra Grande at 4:30pm

October 3 - at home with Centauri at 4:30pm

October 5-7 - End of Season Tournament in Antonito TBD

(*Subject to change without notice)

Big picture


Big picture

According to the National Institute of Health, "A new survey found an alarming rise in the number of American teens who tried vaping last year. The study suggests that vaping may be driving an increase in nicotine use for teens.

In vaping, a battery powered device called an e-cigarette heats a liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The vapor may contain nicotine (the addictive drug in tobacco), flavoring, and other chemicals. E-cigarettes can also be used with marijuana, hash oil, or other substances.

Vaping may pose serious and avoidable health risks. Exposure to nicotine during youth can lead to addiction and cause long-term harm to brain development. The vapor can also contain toxins (including ones that cause cancer) and tiny particles that are harmful when breathed in.

More than 44,000 students took part in the 2018 annual survey of drug, alcohol, and cigarette use in 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. About 37% of 12th graders reported vaping in 2018, compared with 28% in 2017. Vaping of each substance that was asked about increased. This includes nicotine, flavored liquids, marijuana, and hash oil."

Great resource:


Bright Light Vape Pens Look-a-Likes

Big picture
Be aware of these vape pens that resemble highlighters.
Big picture


Parents and Guardians,

As a parent myself, I have been concerned with the content that our students are being exposed to within the social media and Tik Tok world.

Our children's integrity, accountability, and responsibility are being replaced with promiscuity, acts of destruction to school property, and acts of harm to animals and humans as being the "cool" things to do. Now, these are just to name a few that Tik Tok is influencing our youth with.

However, my expectation for all our staff here at Sargent, is for us to be role models that exhibit and expect character traits that will combat the values that Tik Tok stands for.

I encourage you to do your own research on the dangers that Tik Tok has on your student.

Big picture



We encourage you to continue to check your student(s) portal for grades to make sure your student is eligible to compete and participate in extra-curricular activities.

If a student has two D's or one F, they are NOT eligible.

School Policy:


A student’s ability to participate in any district‐sponsored extracurricular activity is a privilege, not a right. Those district students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as role models to other students.

Eligibility lists will be given to teachers and coaches by Noon on Tuesday. A student who has 1 F or 2 D’s will be considered ineligible. All student work is due to teacher by noon on Monday in order to be included in the eligibility period. The eligibility period runs from Wednesday through Tuesday night for the designated week or period, oneweek or longer. Students who are ineligible cannot participate in an event until they are reassessed for the next eligibility period which begins on the following Wednesday. Students receiving “Incomplete” are eligible to compete when the “I” is converted to a passing grade prior to the competition (and is passing 3.5 Carnegie units). Period exceptions: At the end of the nine weeks the eligibility period is 2 weeks, and Thanksgiving week stays the same as the previous week. At the beginning of each nine weeks the eligibility period is 2 weeks based on the final grades for the previous nine weeks (Policy JJJ).

Students who are not eligible cannot participate in an event until grades are reassessed for the new period, which begins the following Wednesday after new eligibility is determined.

Ineligible students will not be allowed to miss class for any extra-curricular activity held during the school day. (This does not include curricular activities). Ineligible students will be allowed to practice with the team but will not be allowed to travel with the team or sit on the team bench. Ineligible students will not participate in any other school functions such as Knowledge Bowl, Spelling Bee, or other competitions or school sponsored activities.

If a student misses school the day of an extracurricular activity, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the activity. Exceptions will only be allowed through parental contact and prior approval from the principal. A student must attend at least three (3) class periods on the day of the competition in order to compete (Policy JJJ).

Big picture
Big picture



Students who attend school regularly derive the maximum benefit from the instructional program. The primary responsibility for attendance falls on the individual student and their parent(s). The Colorado School Attendance Act 22‐33‐104 (5)(a), C.R.S. states, “The general assembly hereby declares that two of the most important factors in ensuring a child’s educational development are parental involvement and parental responsibility. The general assembly further declares that it is the obligation of every parent to ensure that every child under such parent’s care and supervision receives adequate education and training. Therefore, every parent of a child who has attained the age of six years and is under the age of seventeen years shall ensure that such child attends the public school in which such child is enrolled in compliance with this section.”

In the interest of the Sargent School District maintaining accurate records regarding attendance of a school as mandated by the Colorado Compulsory School Attendance Act, (C.R.S. 22‐33‐107), parents are required to excuse the absence of their child from class, either orally or in writing, within 48 hours of the class(es) missed. This includes students who are 18 years of age. Failure to do so will result in the absence permanently being classified as unexcused.


One criteria of a student’s success in school is regular and punctual attendance. Student absences interfere with the learning process. As per attendance policy JH, the maximum number of unexcused absences a student may occur before judicial proceedings (habitually truant status) are initiated to enforce compulsory attendance is ten (10) during any school year. In addition, the school administrator may deny grade promotion if the student has accumulated ten (10) or more absences for the school year.

At 7:55 am, all outside doors will be locked down with the exception of the front entrance. After 7:55am, please enter through the main office doors. Please contact the office by 8:30am (by email or phone) to report your child’s absence.

Reasons that will be “excused” include:

  1. Temporary illness

  2. Injury

  3. Funeral/Death of a family member

  4. Medical/Dental appointment with note

  5. Out of school suspension

  6. Work study program approved by the district

  7. Observing a religious holiday/celebration/event

*Note: School‐sponsored activity(ies) of an educational nature are NOT counted as absences.

As applicable, the district may require suitable proof regarding the above exceptions, including written statements from medical sources (Policy JH/JH-R).


An unexcused absence is defined as an absence that is not covered by one of the foregoing exceptions. Each unexcused absence shall be entered on the student’s attendance record. Parents/Guardians of students will find a record of their student’s excused/unexcused absences online on the “Parent Portal.” The Sargent School District encourages parents, guardians, and students to check attendance weekly.

In accordance with law, the district may impose appropriate penalties that relate directly to classes missed while unexcused. Penalties may include a warning, school detention, school-community service, in-school suspension at the discretion of the building principal.
Reasons that will be considered unexcused include:

  1. Vacationing/trips out of town

  2. Caring for younger sibling or relative

  3. Transportation difficulties

  4. No communication regarding absence with school within 48 hours

  5. Reasons other than those mentioned under excused absences (Policy JH/JH-R)


2nd Unexcused Absence: Warning and a letter will be sent to parent/guardian.
3rd Unexcused Absence: Parent/School/Student meeting to discuss a solution. Students will serve one hour of detention or community service.
4th Unexcused Absence: 2nd Parent/School/Student meeting to create an attendance contract. Student will serve two hours of detention or community service.

5th Unexcused Absence: After a cumulative of five (5) unexcused absences, the student will be considered habitually truant and the administration may pursue judicial proceedings to enforce Colorado’s Compulsory Attendance Laws. Excessive unexcused absences could also result in academic probation and/or disenrollment.

As a reminder, students may not accumulate more than five (5) absences in any one semester or more than ten (10) in an entire school year, per Colorado Compulsory Attendance Law.

NOTE: Sargent Schools are NOT an online schooling/distance learning platform. In-person schooling is the platform we are qualified to teach.


If a student is unable to attend school, a parent or guardian must call the school at

(719) 852-4025 and/or send a written note or e-mail to the school secretary to notify us of the absence. Any doctor’s excuse or other documentation must be submitted to the office within two (2) school days after the return of the student to school.
NOTE: A call or parent note does not automatically give the student an excused absence.
Big picture



ATHLETICS: Football, Volleyball, Cross country, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Baseball

ACADEMICS: JH Knowledge Bowl, JH National Honor Society, Science Fair, History Fair, Spelling Bee, Art Club, Student Council, Leadership Team

SOCIAL: Dances, Lock-ins, Caroling, Ski Days, Field Trips, Game Nights


ATHLETICS: Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Baseball, Swimming, Cheer/Dance Team

ACADEMICS: Student Council, FBLA, FFA, Spanish Club, Aviation Club, Art Club, Science Fair, History Fair, Drum line (Mrs. Hefner) and Guitar lessons (Mr. Paulson), community service projects

SOCIAL: Dances: Prom/Homecoming/Sadie Hawkins, Field Trips, Rowdy Crowd - Fan section at sporting events

Big picture


DAC - District Accountability Committee:

Come one, come all! The District Accountability Committee of the Sargent School District meets throughout the school year to complete wide range of school board directives. Reports are provided by the superintendent and both principals from the elementary and the secondary to keep parents and community members up-to-date concerning the school district.

Meetings are currently held every other month in a restaurant setting and generally last less than an hour and a half. Opportunities abound to share and receive input on items that matter most to you.

For more information contact Michelle Burkhart at 1-719-588-1594.

Booster Club:

We are an organization that supports all the athletes and sports at Sargent High School.

We meet when needed. If you would like to join please contact:

Michelle Burkhart at 719.588.1594 or mburkhart@sargent.k12.co.us

Nicole Rockey at 719.588.4732 or nrockey@sargent.k12.co.us

ABC - Academic Booster Club:

The Sargent Academic Booster Club is an organization that works to encourage, support and recognize the academic achievements, successes, and competitions of the Sargent secondary students as well as providing recognition and support of their amazing teachers.

We recognize students who achieve the Honor Roll each semester, we sponsor the Student of the Month program, organize send-offs for students who earn their way to state competitions in Science Fair, History Day, FBLA, FFA and Knowledge Bowl. We also host the Teacher Appreciation Lunch in May, provide meals for the teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences throughout the year, and give teachers and staff appreciation gifts at various times throughout the year. We also will support funding any academic items, if requested and funds are available.

As you can tell, we do our best to give our hard-working students and staff the recognition and support they deserve. However, this isn’t done with the wave of a magic wand or the saying of some magical phrase. It’s accomplished with monetary support, dedication, organization, and help from parents and staff.

The Academic Booster Club meets quarterly or more often, if needed. We generally keep our meetings to an hour or less. We need parents who are willing to serve on the committee to assist in making decisions, planning, helping out when needed and/or monetary support. We would like as many parents, teachers, and staff to participate to hopefully have 7th-12th grades represented. Please consider becoming an active part of the Academic Booster Club (ABC). You can help make a positive impact on Sargent JH/HS and our students and staff!

If you have any questions, please contact Shon Davis at 719-580-5229 or Tonya Wenta at 850-1960. Thank you for your continued support!

Sargent Cafeteria News and Menu

Big picture

If you have any questions on lunches/rates contact Val Bonsall at veichner@sargent.k12.co.us or at 852-8863, Monday - Thursday from 6am - 2pm.

Thank you!

Big picture

Driver's Education Classes

Dear Parent,

Is your student ready to take the first step toward a Colorado permit? Students 14 ½ and older can start taking classes for a Colorado permit. When you choose the online program hosted through our school you can help your student become a safe driver for life and support our school at the same time… all while balancing your family’s busy schedule!

Why take driver’s education through Sargent High School?

  • Our online program increases the confidence and knowledge of your student in a variety of driving situations.
  • The program is designed to be equivalent to an in-person classroom experience. Your student will learn all the content of the classroom from the convenience of your own home.
  • The curriculum is based on knowledge, not fear! We focus on defensive and safe driving habits to help your student become a safe driver for life.
  • Interactive games and videos make the learning experience fun and engaging.
  • Your student can access the online program anytime, anywhere! It works on all devices. All you need is a working Internet connection.
  • Everything is self-paced. When life gets busy, your student can pick up the course at any time.
  • After you enroll in our online program, we receive a donation to help fund school programs.
  • Enroll today to support our school! https://sargenths.bedrivingus.com/enroll
Big picture

Sunflower Bank ABC Program

A: We pay for A’s.

All students are encouraged to enter their most current report card into the “Pay for A’s” contest at their local Sunflower Bank. On a date to be determined, each local Sunflower Bank will randomly draw five winners, and winning students earn $10 for each “A”. Additionally, Sunflower Bank matches these totals with a corresponding donation to the student’s school.

B: Bucks for our schools.

Customers that use their debit card can designate a participating school to receive a five cent donation each time that they swipe and sign for a transaction! Custom debit cards with your school name are also available.

C: Cash for your school.

Don’t have a Sunflower Bank debit card yet? Well, this is the perfect time to get one! New customers to Sunflower Bank can earn up to $100 when opening a new account, with a matching payment made to your school.

Big picture

2023-2024 Sargent Elementary Student Handbook

2023-2024 Sargent Secondary Student Handbook

2023-2024 Sargent School Policy Handbook


Standard Response Protocols for Safety - Information for Parents/Guardians

Big picture

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is a uniform, planned, and practiced response to any incident. This is the foundation of a safe school, business and community. The SRP is action-based, flexible and easy to learn. It rationally organizes tactics for response to weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to personal safety. Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter.

Sargent School District implements the the “I Love U Guys” Foundation’s Standard Response Protocol (SRP). Students and staff will be training, practicing, and drilling these protocols.

Download the parent handout (above) for more information.