Mission and Vision Statements
We envision a district respected by students, families, and community for its high performance and innovation. We envision schools where every student values education and acquires the knowledge, skills, self- confidence, and adaptability to be a capable and successful learner, ready for further education and/or work, and prepared for life’s challenges.
Through commitment, collaboration, and creativity, we will:
- Create a safe and effective learning environment;
- Foster respectful relationships and open communication with students, families, and community;
- Deliver a guaranteed and viable curriculum;
- Implement research-based teaching and learning practices;
- Share leadership; and
- Monitor professional practices and student learning to ensure accountability.
Kindergarten Roundup 2014
Date: Monday, May 5th, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place: Columbian School Gym
8th & Grace Avenue
La Junta, Colorado
Kindergarten bound children will be tested at roundup and must turn five on or before July 1, 2014. Please bring your child's birth certificate and immunization record.
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Current Administrative Openings
Jr/Sr High School Principal
Applicants must hold or be eligible for a valid Colorado Principal License. Five years of teaching experience required. Secondary Administrative experience preferred. Application deadline is April 25, 2014.
Years At A Glance
Student Dress Code - Spring 2012
A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to a quality education. These guidelines for student attire are intended to help students concentrate on schoolwork, reduce discipline problems, and improve school order and safety. Students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the learning environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school.
- You must wear shoes and undergarments.
- Both boys and girls must wear a sleeved shirt. This is a BIG CHANGE for the girls! Girls, you may layer your shirts, but there must be a sleeve involved and you must be covered.
- Jeans, pants, shorts & skirts must be worn at the waist. If we are suspicious, we will have you prove that they are at the waist.
- Your underwear can not be showing. This includes bra straps and boxers. Keep them covered.
- Caps, hats, bandannas, gloves, and hoods are not to be worn in the building. On Fridays, only LJHS/Tiger orange and black headgear may be worn.
- You can not wear clothing with logos or words which promote the use of drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes, are sexually suggestive, gang related, have profanity or obscene gestures, or are otherwise offensive.
- No pajama pants, tops, or bedroom slippers.
- Shorts/skirts must be finger-tip length.
- Jeans with rips/holes/tears in them must also have those exposing features below the fingertip line (just like the rule for shorts) or have solid leggings worn beneath them.
- Sunglasses, hanging belts, and chains are prohibited.
- Any other attire or any hairstyle considered by administration to be inappropriate or a distraction will be prohibited.
Please do not push the limits when dealing with dress code! If you forget to take off your hat or something simple like that, we will remind you. If you “forget” it multiple times, we will not remind you anymore and you will receive the consequences of the policy. If you come to school dressed inappropriately that is not an issue of forgetting, that is a conscious choice.
1st offense – student will be asked to correct the problem. Parents will be contacted. The student will go on a list of first offenders.
2nd offense – the student will be suspended for a minimum of 1 day.
Gang related dress code issues
According to policy JICF-R, the type of dress, apparel, and activities displayed by students must not cause school officials to reasonably believe that they are gang related and would disrupt or interfere with the school environment. The administrators are empowered to make this decision, and it is typically done on a case-by-case basis. Currently the biggest problem is with red and blue colors. Other than a backpack, a student should not wear more than one piece of clothing that is red or blue. This includes shoelaces, necklaces, pants, shorts, shirts, hoodies, etc. If a student is asked by administration to correct this issue, they will only be asked once. The second time it occurs, the student will be formally written up on the district gang policy with parents being notified. After that, an immediate 5 day suspe