CMAS 2018 Information

Policy IKA-E parent request for exemption from State Assessments Form – Click Here for the form.  Completed forms should be returned to the principal’s office or district office.

CMAS parent letter 2017-2018

Dear parents,

It is hard to believe that the 2017-18 school year is more than half over and we are now preparing for the annual statewide assessments to begin.

Our 3rd through 8th graders soon will begin taking the statewide assessments that are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards and measure real world skills like problem-solving, communicating and thinking critically skills essential for success in college and careers. These assessments, called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests, examine students’ knowledge in English language arts, math, science and social studies and will be given over a three-week window between April 9 and April 27.

This spring, Colorado ninth-graders will take the PSAT as the statewide assessment in English language arts and math. The PSAT replaces the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in English language arts and math for students in the ninth grade. Colorado’s 10th-grade students will continue to take the PSAT, and 11th-grade students will take the SAT.

The overall goal is to ensure all students are prepared for college or careers when they leave high school. These tests provide a snapshot of how our students are progressing toward that goal and how our teachers can better help them achieve it. It is also important to remember these tests are just one measure of a student’s progress, but they are the only common measurement that helps parents understand how their children are doing compared with their peers around the state, how the school is performing and how the district is doing overall. Data from the tests also helps policymakers identify what schools or districts need more help and which ones should be celebrated for their successes.

But the information is only good if students take the assessments. In recent years, the state has worked to reduce the number and length of tests for our students in an effort to answer the call from parents who were unhappy about the overload. State law requires local school boards to develop a policy allowing parents to excuse their students from participating in 1 or more state assessments. Thus, districts cannot impose negative consequences on students or parents if a parent excuses their student from an assessment. Likewise, districts cannot impose burdens on students to discourage them from participating in an assessment. However, Huerfano RE-1 encourages parents to have all children take the assessments. We need to meet the 95% threshold of students testing in order to avoid any decline in our schools or district accreditation ratings.

We strongly encourage all students to take all tests so that we may have an accurate, positive outcome for all. Opt-out forms are available at all schools via the school secretary/Principal. Prior to completing an opt-out form it is necessary to consult with the school Principal.

Subject/Assessment Name Grade Levels Administration Date
English Language Arts/Literacy Grades 3-8 April 9-27
Math Grades 3-8 April 9-27
Science Grades 5, 8 and 11 April 9-27
Social Studies

* Sampling approximately 1/3 of schools participating

Grades 4 and 7 April 9-27
PSAT Grades 9 and 10 April 10, 11, 12
SAT Grade 11 April 10

*Each school will have a more specific test calendar indicating what subject areas are given on what days.

I thank you for considering that all children take all assessments and that all children attempt to do their very best.


Michael J Moore
Superintendent Huerfano RE-1 School District

February 22, 2018 Bedbugs letter from Health Department

Here is the letter sent to us by the LAS ANIMAS-HUERFANO COUNTIES DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT regarding bedbugs.

February 22, 2018

Rhonda Hribar
201 5th Street
Walsenburg, CO 81089

Dear Ms. Hribar

I received notification from you regarding a bed bug issue that was noted at Peakview School on February 20, 2018. It is my understanding that the school nurse verified that one bed bug was found on a student at the end of the day. A letter was sent out to the parents of all students advising them of the situation and also some guidance on bed bugs.

In response to your notification, I conducted an inspection at Peakview School on February 22, 2018 to verify whether there was any evidence of bed bugs. After examining the classrooms and library, no bed bugs or signs of infestation were noted. I advised the staff to disinfect the seating and table areas of these rooms and keep them vacated until Monday February 26, 2018.

Thank you for contacting me regarding this situation, please contact me if you have questions.


Robin Heupel, REHS
Environmental Health Specialist III

Autism Seminar/Training

Huerfano RE-1 cordially invites parents and community members to attend an Autism Seminar/Training

Huerfano RE-1 teachers and staff will have a training on various topics about Autism on Friday, March 2nd at the District Office auditorium beginning at 9:00am. Parents of students and interested community members are invited to attend.
The 3 topics addressed by presenter Dr. Karen W Colvin M.S., M.D,  Executive Director /Lead

Therapist of Soaring Eagles Center for Autism in Pueblo are as follows:

  1. Autism-Understanding the Diagnosis
  2. Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism
  3. Sensory Processing Disorder & Autism

Seats to the front of the auditorium will be reserved for employees of Huerfano RE-1.
There is no cost to the public to attend.

Thanksgiving Break – Week of 11/17/17 – 11/26/17

Happy Thanksgiving - from

Huerfano Re-1 is on Thanksgiving Break for the entire week of Thanksgiving (Monday November 20th through Thursday November 23th.)

Classes will be back in session on Monday, November 27th.

A note from Superintendent Moore:  I would like to wish all employees, students, families and community members a happy, safe Thanksgiving complete with pleasant interactions with family and friends.

School board meeting rescheduled

Election of Board Member news thus resulting in a change of next board meeting date.  Due to the election not being officially finalized until November 15th the School Board Meeting has been changed to November 27.
The special School Board meeting (swearing in of officers) will begin at 5:30 followed by the regular School Board meeting at 5:45.
Thank you,
Superintendent Moore

Parent Teacher Conferences

Student release time for Thursday, Oct. 19th is at 2:00 pm. Parent Teacher conferences may start shortly after all students have been released. There will be no Success Academy or Clubs on this day. Parents, please make every effort to attend.
Thank you.
Superintendent Moore