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Holiday Message

Dear Students and Parents: I am excited for all of our students to finish the fall term. We have a few days left, and I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to come together to finish those last few assignments, to put in that last bit of extra effort, and to know that a wonderful reward of some time off more »

ESchool Students organize Project Merry Christmas participation

I enjoyed attending Project Merry Christmas put on by the Wells Group and organized by our student council. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our fundraiser. A SJBOCES offices across the region contributed. We saw Rise of the Guardians, and it was a terrific production.

We Learn from Our Struggles

I recently heard a great article on NPR about how eastern and western cultures differ on how students are taught to approach and deal with struggle. By struggle, I refer to the mental challenges we face when a task or problem does not come naturally. I encourage everyone to listen to the article linked below, because it is so relevant to current more »

Momentum into Thanksgiving

As we pass election day and head towards the holidays, school and life start to get very busy. The students and staff at the Southwest Colorado eSchool are no exception. We all look forward to breaks, but I’d like to take a few moments to discourage slacking and encourage involvement and engagement. Please consider the following suggestions and activities as we enter more »

iNACOL Virtual School Symposium

I am attending a conference in New Orleans to network and learn from other professionals in online learning across the country. It is sponsored by the International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL). I am hoping to learn about the following. Attrition in online programs and strategies for mitigating Blended learning strategies and approaches Orientation programs and success stories State and national more »

School Websites… a collaborative effort

School website discussion board

I’ve been designing school websites as well websites for non-profits and small commercial entities for quite some time now. I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn independently and apply a little bit of the computer science coursework that I took in my own schooling. The work has also allowed me to contribute a unique skill to productive groups of educators. The Southwest more »

Partnerships are Key

The Southwest Colorado eSchool (SWCeS) started as an idea to bring high quality online content to the southwest corner of the state, but the school has evolved towards a partnership program with all of its nine district members – Archuleta, Ignacio, Bayfield, Durango, Silverton, Mancos, Cortez, Dolores, and Dove Creek. The SWCeS shares an interest with these districts that all students need more »