Huerfano School District Re-1

State-Wide CMAS Testing to begin April 8th, 2024

Posted: Apr 3, 2024

Dear Parents and Guardians,

That time of year is here again to begin preparing for the annual statewide assessments.  

Our 3rd through 12th  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, all essential for success in college and careers. These assessments, examine students’ knowledge in English language arts, math, science and social studies and will be given over a three-week window between April 8 and April 26.

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Colorado ninth-graders will take the PSAT 10 as the statewide assessment in English Language Arts and Math. Colorado’s 10th-grade students will continue to take the PSAT 10, and 11th-grade students will take the SAT and Science CMAS.

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.

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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.**

***Opt-Out Form can be found here: ***


Parents, please consider that your child/children:

  • Are well rested by getting enough sleep so as to be alert and at their physical/mental best to test
  • Are nutritionally sound by eating a proper breakfast and lunch at school or at home
  • Are motivated to make every effort to do their very best

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

***Opt-Out Form can be found here: ***

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Michael J Moore

Superintendent Huerfano RE-1 School District

Please contact Mrs. Heidi Dasko for grades 7th-11th


719-738-1610, ext. 4002

Please contact Ms. Lacey Byron for grades 3rd-6th


719-738-2190, ext. 5002

Ribbon Cutting Flyer for WJSHS
Huerfano School District Re-1

Join us for our Walsenburg Jr. Sr. High School Ribbon Cutting Event!

Posted: Jan 4, 2024

Come Celebrate with us, our Official ribbon cutting ceremony for the NEW Walsenburg Junior Senior High School on Monday, January 15th, 2024 at 10:00AM, located at 355 West Pine Street, Walsenburg Colorado.

Join us as we come together as a community to cut the ribbon, followed by an opportunity to tour our new school.

Thank you to our Partners: ArtaicGroup, Wold Architects and Engineers, Nunn Construction, Colorado Department of Education, B.E.S.T. Grant team and countless others!

Teacher standing in classroom
Huerfano School District Re-1

Current open positions - Join Our Team!

Posted: Nov 8, 2023

Current vacancies or immediate openings

1 MS Science teacher - Salary Range $33,000 - $71,400, Depending on Education and Experience

1 HS Science teacher- Salary Range $33,000 - $71,400, Depending on Education and Experience

1 Elementary Special Education teacher- Salary Range $33,000 - $71,400, Depending on Education and Experience

1 MS/HS music/band teacher- Salary Range $33,000 - $71,400, D.O.E.

1 HS custodian - Salary Range $27,437 - $40,646, Depending on Education and Experience

Interested applicants for teacher positions must apply for desired positions through the following website:

All other interested applicants must apply for desired positions by sending application, resume, letters of reference, transcripts, licenses, and any other certifications relevant to the position to Lorna Eddleman by email: or mail them to 201 East Fifth Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089. Feel free to call with any questions or concerns: (719) 738-1520.

2023-2024 Salary Schedule

Back to School Supplies Flier
Huerfano School District Re-1

HULA to give School Supplies on Friday August 18th

Posted: Aug 12, 2023

Huerfano and Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council will be offering a Back to School Supply Giveaway, which will include a FREE Backpack full of school supplies. This will include notebooks, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, folders, and more!

Friday August 18, 2023 from 2-5pm at the Huerfano County Health Department, located at 119 East 5th Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089

Call the Huerfano and Las Animas Counties Health Department at 719-845-0463 for more information.

Huerfano School District Re-1

August 14, 2023 Regular School Board Meeting Agenda

Posted: Aug 11, 2023

Here is the August 14, 2023 Regular School Board Meeting Agenda:

Huerfano School District Re-1

Call for candidates for School Board

Posted: Aug 8, 2023

Tomorrow, August 9, 2023 is the first official day to announce a call for candidates for School Board Directors for the November 7, 2023 elections.

To be a candidate you must be a registered voter for our district for 12 consecutive months and never been convicted of an offense against a child.

If you are interested in serving our students and community by being on the school board, you can start obtaining petitions tomorrow Wednesday August 9th at 201 E 5th Street. Please call tomake an appointment 719-738-1520 x 2000 or 719-695-0091. You will need to bring your photo ID to verify voter registration.

If you would like more information on school board duties, election information or to make an appointment please contact Tara Burke, designated election official, at the numbers above.


June 2024

School Calendar

2023-2024 Calendar - Approved May 8 2023 (Updated 7-25-23).pdf

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