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From the desk of Dr. Aten


Dear Patrons of Bayfield School District,


Welcome to 2019-2020!

We are pleased you have chosen to be a part of the Bayfield School District family. We are confident you will find the Bayfield community and our schools a rewarding place to live, to work, and to thrive.

The Bayfield School District is a caring and compassionate education system with a long history of high expectations for all children as each day we collaborate on personalized learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all our students and our families.

 From the beginning of the redevelopment of the strategic plan, to forging new partnerships, to implementing new curricular resources in our classrooms, we are future-focused and innovating across the district.  I am thankful our staff is embracing our immersion in learning and teaching, and we are beginning the conversations about continuous improvement to align our systems, celebrating our progress, and keeping Bayfield Schools a future-focused district of attraction.


Thew Pine River Valley and the Bayfield School District are growing and partnering in new ways to keep our valley the most vibrant community in La Plata County.


Higher Education Partnership with Pueblo Community College

Logo PCC

Opening in August, we are excited to realize a dream to make Bayfield a college town. I am thankful for the hard work of our district staff to make this collaboration possible.  Below are links to news articles about the partnership.  Look for a community grand opening and ribbon cutting in September.


PCC Partnership, from Pueblo Community College


PCC and Bayfield Schools Partnership, from Pine River Times


Offering College Classes in Bayfield, from 360Durango


If you are looking to further your education with Pueblo Community College, please  click here  to begin your life-long learning journey with PCC, right here in Bayfield.


Strategic Planning Gains Momentum

On behalf of our all-volunteer and hard-working Board of Education, thanks to everyone who completed our initial strategic planning survey and who attended an in-person feedback meeting.  Please know this feedback has been the cornerstone to inform our strategic planning update, and more importantly, inform and continue the excellence in Bayfield School District. 


Our staff and Board of Education has narrowed the plan to four key areas for developing the plan.


The four areas include: 

  • Our Students:  Academic Achievement , Personalized Learning
  • Our Community:  Family, and Community Relationships 
  • Our People:  Workplace Environment
  • Our Well-Being:  Social-Emotional Support
In addition to the four areas, we are also excited to build-out K-12 graduate outcomes for all students in Bayfield Schools.  We refer to these outcomes as our "Wolverine Way."  The next stage of the Wolverine Way, during the 2019-2020 school year, is defining the graduation outcomes, as we will work with teachers across the district, to describe our practices and related teachings that support these outcomes.  We will also use data gained from the community survey and community feedback session to ensure we are including the bold ideas and the strongly-held priorities from our community stakeholders.
Wolverine Way

With sincere appreciation,





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