There are many exciting things happening at schools in the Roaring Fork Schools. These awards illustrate a culture of excellence in our district.

September 2018: Carbondale Middle School was announced as Colorado’s winner for the Middle School Transformational Impact award

Carbondale Middle is one of approximately 500 middle schools in the state and was selected as the state’s winner of the Middle School Transformational Impact award. The Succeeds Prize recognizes and honors transformational public schools and educators.

March 2018: Basalt Middle School recognized for a third consecutive time as a Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch.

Only one other middle school in the state achieved a third designation this year. Basalt Middle School also received this award in 2012 and 2015. Selection as a Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch is based on a written application and site visits.


March 2018: Carbondale Middle School is one of only three middle schools in Colorado to be named a finalist for the 2018 Colorado Succeeds’ Transformational School.

The Succeeds Prize is the state’s most prestigious award and is designed to recognize and honor transformational public schools and educators. Finalists for the Succeeds Prize are chosen by a selection committee through a data-driven process that utilizes publicly available performance data. 


Aug 2017: Carbondale Middle School Teacher Selected for CABE’s English as a Second Language Teacher of the Year Award

Carbondale Middle School’s Mary Hernandez was awarded English as a Second Language Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education (CABE). This award recognizes leaders, outstanding teachers, and advocates for bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy who play active and useful roles in their communities, as well as in their schools, and have a proven ability to inspire Emerging Bilingual students of various backgrounds to excel. 


July 2017: Basalt and Roaring Fork High Schools two of eight schools selected for Colorado Legacy Schools Program

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) announced that Basalt (BHS) and Roaring Fork High Schools (RFHS) have been selected for the sixth cohort of schools to implement the Colorado Legacy Schools Program with funding from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). This program supports students in both geographically and demographically diverse schools to increase accessibility and success in rigorous math, science, and English Advanced Placement (AP) courses.


May 2017: Local School Wellness Program Success Garners State Recognition

The Roaring Forks Schools is excited to announce that Carrie Godes, parent and Public Health Specialist with Garfield County Public Health, has been recognized as an honorable mention for the Colorado Action for Healthy Kids’ “Parents Are the Power 2017 Healthy School Hero Award.” Parents are nominated for their demonstrated exceptional dedication and service towards the vision, mission, and goals of Action for Healthy Kids through volunteer work at their school.


Oct 2016: Basalt Band Director Advances to Semifinals for National GRAMMY in the Schools Music Educator Award

Basalt Middle and High School Band Director Nick Lenio is one step closer to receiving a GRAMMY Award. Lenio was notified that he has advanced to the semifinal round for a Music Educator Award presented by The GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy. Only 25 music educators nationwide made the cut from 290 in the quarterfinal round. He is the only music educator in the state of Colorado still in the running.


Oct 2015: BHS teacher Leticia Ingram named 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Leticia Guzman Ingram, an English language development coordinator, history and math teacher at Basalt High School was named the 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Ingram was selected for the honor based on her experience, passion, and expertise with English learners and their families. 


Apr 2014: GSHS one of 11 Colorado High Schools Selected to Benefit from Advanced Placement Program

Glenwood Springs High School is one of 11 schools statewide named by The Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF) to participate in the Colorado Legacy Schools initiative with funding from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). 


Dec 2013: Basalt Middle School Receives the Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for the 4th Year in a Row

Basalt Middle School received the Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for the 4th year in a row, putting the school in rarefied company statewide with only four other middle schools making the cut for four years in a row. The Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awards go to schools that demonstrate excellent academic student growth. In 2013, 130 schools statewide earned this award.

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