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Notes from Principal

Eric Sanchez

Principal’s message:


Welcome back Columbine students, families, and staff. I am excited to be the new principal at CMS and look forward to a successful and fun filled school year. My goal is that our school continues to be a leader in our community when educating middle school students and provide all who walk through our doors with opportunities to grow and learn. I very much look forward to our work together.


As a member of the Montrose County School District, our school is responsible for developing an Action Plan that aligns with the MCSD Strategic Plan. That Strategic Plan provides every school with a framework for the goals that, we as a community, have prioritized for our students and staff. The three main components of the Strategic Plan that directly affects student success are Instruction, Culture, and Systems. Data has been collected from a variety of stakeholders and has assisted in the guidance of the creation of our school’s Action Plan. Columbine’s Action Plan will focus on the following:



            Every staff member at Columbine will receive professional development that directly ties to ensuring we have a safe and collaborative learning environment for all individuals in the building. The knowledge and skills obtain by staff directly align with proving all students with engaging, relevant, and challenging instruction. Classroom structures will be in place to allow every student to learn to the best of their ability.



            BUILDING WIDE: Embedded in the professional development provided to staff is the understanding that our school will cultivate a positive, inclusive, collaborative culture where the well-being of all students, families, and staff are supported. This will be accomplished through purposeful planning and scheduling of events throughout the school year.

STUDENT CENTERED: WEB Leadership is returning to CMS! We are excited to bring back WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) to our building. Two staff members (Kelli Scheid – school counselor and Mara Gabriel – 7th grade reading/language arts teacher) have been trained and will be working with team of 38 students (32 - 8th grade, 6 - 7th grade) on the tenets of WEB Leadership and the positive academic and social/emotional impact it has on middle schoolers. WEB Leadership is designed to welcome all incoming 6thgraders and new students to the building and provide them with the academic and social resources they will need as they transition into Columbine Middle School.



Instructional Rounds: Columbine will continue to grow our staff’s instructional rounds capacity which allow teachers to build off each other’s successes in the classroom. Instructional rounds will allow for content and grade level teams to work collaboratively and make instructional decisions based on professional feedback and student data.

MTSS: Students who need extra support and purposeful academic or social interventions will benefit from the foundational work done by our MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Support) team. Decisions will be based on student data and communicated to all students and families involved.



Columbine Middle School is dedicated to the students and the families that we serve. Our Action Plan focuses on areas that directly align with the MCSD Strategic Plan and will provide our school with the tools, resources, and skills required to meet the needs of all students. Our staff of dedicated teaching professionals is excited for the upcoming school year and look forward to working alongside each one of you.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school at (970) 249-2581.



Mr. Eric Sanchez

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