Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District

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Southwest Open School in Cortez, or SWOS, started its school year at the beginning of August. SWOS is an alternative charter high school that serves 90 percent at-risk students. Its new director Charlotte Wolf is in the process of learning what they call SWOSology—a character education course required for everyone on the school campus. KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with Charlotte Wolf to talk more about her background and experience before she came to SWOS, and what perspectives her new job has brought her so far.


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Schools in the Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 district started on Wednesday, and the school district administration has quite a few things on its plate as the school year starts.


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Voters in the Cortez Re-1 School District will likely be asked in November for permission to use all the funds set aside for a new athletic stadium to tear down the old Montezuma-Cortez High School at Seventh and South Chestnut streets.


Cortez Graduates Finish With High Spirits

May 27, 2016
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The Panther Stadium bleachers overflowed with spectators as graduates from the Montezuma Cortez High School Class of 2016 filed into the stadium to the drumbeats of the the Red Sky Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Drummers.


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  • Montezuma-Cortez School Board agreed to put $22,000 for the Montezuma School to Farm Project into next year’s proposed budget.

  • The Montezuma-Cortez School District has a new superintendent, but she isn't really new.
  • Montezuma County Commissioners are upset that an eagle's nest is complicating a proposed trail expansion at Phil's World.


Teen Perspectives on Standardized Testing

Apr 21, 2016
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The Fish Bowl is KSJD's monthly conversation that features the voices, thoughts, and opinions of youth in our communities on topics that matter to them. In this episode, KSJD's Tom Yoder sat down with Faith Asnicar, a junior at Mancos High School, and Sam Bagge, a junior at Montezuma-Cortez High School, about how the number of standardized tests they are required to take has increased throughout their time as students, and the impact these tests have had on their education.

  • Task force on fate of the former Montezuma-Cortez High School building says to "tear it down".
  • Coalition of environmental groups file suit over the 2015 renewal of a permit for the Navajo Mine in New Mexico.


  • Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School Board meeting on Tuesday night included dissent over the normally routine matter of the consent calendar, appointment of Brian Balfour as representative for District A, and discussion of retaining good teachers in the face of a looming shortage.


M-CHS Drama Department Presents "Big Fish"

Mar 7, 2016
Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Department

The Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Department will be present the musical "Big Fish" starting Friday, March 11th. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Director Nicholaus Sandner and Shaylin Smith, Cassidy Livengood, Liv Story, David Gonzalez-Overton, Ryan Jackson, students involved in the production, about the roles they will be playing, and what they have learned as they have prepared for the play.

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