Raptor News

Learning to RISE...the Stuart way!

Message from Principal Velez

As challenging as the previous year was, there was a lot we all learn about each other and ourselves. I continue to be amazed at the resilience of our Raptors. Nobody will ever be able to say that this generation is not strong, resilient, passionate and creative. They are a unique breed. When faced with impossible challenges, the showed RISE and conquered their fears to continue to learn and grow. Our Raptors had every reason not to succeed. There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding their future. The fear of the unknown was debilitating at times. And yet, they figured out ways to stay strong, fight and continue to learn. I am proud to serve such an amazing group of youth. Our students inspire me every day to be a better leader, a better human. They have shown me what resilience looks like. They showed me what passion and love for learning looks like. I am truly honored to be able to lead them. I know our future is a bright one because they are getting ready to lead it.

I'm looking forward to a 2021 full of positive experiences and challenges. We learned so much last year that I know we are ready to take on whatever comes next. I am proud of the work our teachers have done day in and day out to support our Raptors. They also are a very special group of educators. Together, I know we will continue to RISE.

Thank you Stuart community!

Principal Velez

Important To-Know and To-Do Information

Based on the feedback received from our FIT Team and our survey, we are adding this section to the Raptor News so you are better informed. Please make sure you read this section as it contains important information about Stuart.

To Know:

  • We return to our hybrid (in-person) model on Tuesday, January 12th.
  • If your child will be returning in-person, you MUST fill out THIS form.

To Do:

  • If your child will be returning IN-PERSON, please fill out THIS form.*
  • Please donate to the Helping Health Drive organized by NJHS.*

*Additional information below.


Update #1

If your student is returning to IN-PERSON learning next week please support us by completing this form by January 12th, 2021. Completion of this form is a requirement for students to engage in in-person learning. If you have more than one student at Stuart Middle School, you only need to fill out the form once. Please just make sure to include all of their names and click on all of their advisory teachers.

Click HERE to complete the required form.

Update #2

Starting next Tuesday, the district will be sending out a health screener to every family every morning. You will ONLY fill out the form if your Raptor is sick or is not attending school due to exposure. If your Raptor is healthy it will not need to be filled out.

NJHS Helping Health Drive

Stuart NJHS will be hosting a Helping Health Drive to support the Henderson Community Church and Food Bank. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and PPE items starting on January 14th. The Helping Health Drive will run from January 14th to January 29th. Students are asked to bring items to their Connect21 teacher for collection. The top 3 classes who collect the most items will be rewarded with prizes.

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FREE Workshops Offered by Children's Hospital

As students head back to school in January, Partners for Children’s Mental Health (led by Children’s Hospital Colorado) will be offering free workshops to help Colorado schools better meet the needs of students at risk of suicide:


  1. January 22, 2021 9- 10:30am (MST) and January 29, 2021 9-10:30am (MST): Developing School Protocols: Intervening with Students at Risk for Suicide
  2. February 5, 2021 9- 10:30am (MST) and February 12, 2021 9-10:30am (MST): Developing School Protocols: Support After a Suicide Loss

Each workshop is a two-part series that will review best practice guidelines and offer recommendations. These workshops will be held over Zoom and capped at 30 participants, so sign up today to reserve your spot!

Please reach out to info@pcmh.org with any questions.

3rd Quarter Virtual Clubs

Welcome back! We hope you had an amazing break!

Just a friendly reminder that we have virtual extracurricular activity opportunities for all Stuart Middle School students from 4:00 - 4:32 PM on your asynchronous learning days. We are proud to offer many different choices, incorporating a variety of interests.

3rd quarter clubs begin the week of January 5. There have been some new additions for quarter 3, so be sure to check out the extracurricular activity descriptions and slideshow presentations. After reviewing the activity descriptions, please contact the activity sponsor with questions and/or sign up HERE.

Click HERE for the slideshow presentation.

Click HERE for extracurricular activity descriptions. This information is also on the Stuart Middle School website under extracurricular activities (clubs).

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Continue to Report COVID Positive Cases

As we continue with our COVID-19 mitigation efforts and preparation for our return to in-person learning on January 12, 2021, we are formally requesting that you continue to notify your school or department should you test positive for COVID-19 during remote learning and over Winter Break. This practice ensures that when we return, schools/departments are aware of any potential cohort safety concerns and allows in-person learning to continue without interruption. This can also prevent concerns if you develop any symptoms within 90 days of testing positive and avoid unnecessary time out of work quarantining. Please contact your site coordinator if you test positive or if you have been exposed to someone who has recently tested positive within 14 days of your return to work.

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