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Director’s Welcome Message

I would like to welcome both new and returning students to the spring 2014 academic term. Most students are fully in their courses and we are off on a great learning adventure. Please watch my welcome message and attend our community forum event on Tuesday, January 14 for students and staff.

Google Introduces Upgrade to Sheets

The features and tools in Google Docs have improved greatly over the past few years, but several features and frustrations with Google Sheets have left users still clinging to their Microsoft Office. The end of 2013, however, brought a big upgrade for Google Sheets that include faster performance, unlimited cells, and function hints. TRY THE NEW GOOGLE SHEETS by going to http://g.co/newsheets more »

Intervention Week – Supporting All Students

The last week of each term is a unique time for students in the Southwest Colorado eSchool. The last official due dates for assignments occur the week prior to this week, and students have the opportunity to connect with each teacher and focus on how they finish each course. This opportunity is not just for struggling students; all students have the opportunity more »

SWCeS Begins Performance Communication

This week, the Southwest Colorado eSchool will begin its weekly communication of student performance to promote and support student sucess. The purpose of our weekly electronic communications is to inform both student and parents/guardians if there is an academic issue. In addition to grade alerts, we will also invite students into our intervention program if they are failing one or more classes. more »

Open House

The Southwest Colorado eSchool staff would like to invite parents, family, and students to open house events in our learning centers in Dolores and Durango. This will us time to talk about online learning, eSchool learning tools, and the goals for the academic year. Please feel free to drop in at any time between 5:30 and 7:00 pm and stay as long more »

SWCeS Launches Learning Networks

The Southwest Colorado eSchool explored using controlled social networking tools last school year in order to create active Educational Learning Networks for students in the school. This fall, we are launching both formal and informal networks for students to expand how they talk about their studies and interests. While the school is an online learning program, it does not have to be more »

A Perspective on Bullying and Being Optimistic

I posted this video for students in my Introduction to Online Learning course, because bullying and general displeasure with drama and social scenes was a pretty strong theme among new enrolling students with the Southwest Colorado eSchool for this school year. I thought I’d share it out so that other students and schools could join in the optimistic side of being a more »

First Day Message & Orientation

Welcome students to the start of another great school year. The Southwest Colorado eSchool is growing, and we’re glad that everyone is a part of it. Orientation will set the stage for all students in how we will improve our learning community for the 2013-14 school year. Orientation will take place in Dolores on 8/20, Pagosa Springs on 8/21, and Durango on more »

“From One Second to the Next”, a Documentary

Werner Herzog was commissioned by AT&T and other cell carriers to make a 30 second video to promote the dangers of texting and driving. What he produced instead is a 30 minute video for schools and all drivers about it dangers….from the perspective of those who caused the accidents and the scares left on their lives.

Establishing a Reputation of Excellence

As we approach the 2013-14 school year, I am struck by the flood of great inquiries and applicants to the Southwest Colorado eSchool. We worked hard as a staff and as a school last year to establish a new learning culture, and the work is really starting to pay dividends.