May 14 Superintendent Update

Weekly Superintendent Update, May 14
Posted on 05/14/2021

Dear District 51 Families,


We’re in the homestretch of the school year, with only one week to go! Please keep using the Symptom Tracker each morning here and, visit our D51 Data Dashboard for the latest information about COVID-19 numbers in District 51. Cases continue to arise in our community - current numbers can be found here. Please continue to wear your mask and stay home if you’re sick, so we can keep our schools a healthy place to learn and work. 


Adaptive P.E. information

Many have you have read or heard about our plans to improve our Adaptive Physical Education program for our students who qualify for those services. We are concerned that some of our special needs students only have 20 minutes a month of Physical Education required in their Individualized Education Program. In order to determine how District 51 can best address the needs of students currently receiving Adapted Physical Education (APE) services, we will take the 2021-2022 school year to assess, determine needs, and write goals to support the individual needs of each student. Our process will consist of consulting with Dr. Garth Tymeson PhD., Professor Emeritus, Adaptive Physical Education Programs, conversing with parents, coordinators, teachers and others from the motor department to evaluate program needs. As always, we want to do all we can to improve our services and programs for our students. We believe studying the issue further, without any changes for next year, is our best course of action at this time. We want to make sure that we enlist the help and support of experts to make any adjustments and have an opportunity to communicate with our parents along the way.


School Nurse Appreciation

On Wednesday, we celebrated National School Nurse Day! D51 Registered Nurses and health assistants have always played an integral role in our school communities. This year especially, we celebrate the incredible work they have done to support students and help keep schools open this year. We want to thank them for all they do for our students and community. They spent many of their evenings and weekends helping us do symptom tracking to be able to identify all those who could have been impacted by a colleague or fellow student who tested positive for COVID-19. Their efforts are greatly appreciated and we couldn’t have made it through this year without them.


COVID Vaccination Clinic

The Warrior Wellness Clinic at Central High School, 550 Warrior Way, will host a free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic from 2 to 6 p.m. next Tuesday, May 18. Appointments are available to the public - you do not have to be associated with Central or any other D51 school to register. Appointments are required and can be booked here. The Pfizer vaccine is available for anyone 12 or older, but parental permission is required for anyone younger than 18 to receive the vaccine. Just a reminder that anyone who has had both of their shots as part of the vaccination process will most likely not have to quarantine, in the event that someone on their team, bus, or classroom tests positive.



Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Commencement ceremonies will take place May 17-21:

  • Monday - Palisade High at 6 p.m. at Stocker Stadium

  • Tuesday - R-5 High at 8 a.m. and FMHS at 6 p.m., both at Stocker Stadium

  • Wednesday - GJHS at 6 p.m. at Stocker Stadium

  • Thursday - Grand River at 10 a.m. at the Las Colonias Amphitheater, Central High at 6 p.m. at Stocker Stadium

  • Friday - Mesa Valley Community School at 11 a.m. at the Avalon Theatre 

Ceremonies that take place at Stocker can be streamed live on the KKCO and KJCT Facebook pages,, or The ceremonies were originally scheduled to air live on the CW Network but instead will air live on Me TV.


Curriculum Update

We continue to get questions about the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory. District 51 curriculum does not include the 1619 Project, which is not part of the approved Colorado state standards, or Critical Race Theory, which is a college-level academic examination of social, legal, and cultural issues. We do promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff and seeing all sides of an issue, but we do not use these two concepts specifically.


All District 51 curriculum follows Colorado Academic Standards and all curriculum materials are recommended by a committee of teachers and approved by the School Board before use. Grade-by-grade Colorado Academic Standards for social studies can be found here. The standards include teaching the U.S. constitution in 8th-grade at minimum, and D51 requires all high school students to take one year of U.S. History and a half-year of American Government in order to graduate.



Warm regards,




Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193

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