June 2012

Telluride is enjoying beautiful summer weather and with Bluegrass just around the corner (June 21-24), we‚re seeing more people in town and more and more real estate activity as well.

In fact, our office currently has four properties under contract and all week there has been lots of activity in the MLS with new properties coming on the market and others going under contract. The activity appears to be across the board with everything from small condos to high-end homes and ranches in play so if you‚ve had your eye on something now might be the time to give us a call.

In other community news, Telluride High School was recently ranked number 10 in Colorado in the latest US News and World Report Best High Schools Ranking. This ranking was accompanied by a Gold Medal distinction based on college readiness and this link takes you to the full report.

As always, please feel free to stop by the office or contact us online or at 970-728-0213. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Telluride Middle School Receives Academic Recognition

On February 7, Steve Smith, Principal of the Telluride Intermediate/Middle School announced that Telluride Middle School has been recognized for academic excellence by the Governor’s office.

“Once again, the Governor’s office has recognized TMS’ continual trajectory of student achievement and growth. While this award cites the Telluride Middle School, it really is a result of K-8 teachers’ caring, instruction, program development, support mechanisms like IMAP, and the parental and community connections we have in place. This team approach helps us all keep our collective  “eye on the prize” and keeps our kids achieving at high levels.”

Congratulations to all!

Gov. Bill Ritter is Keynote Speaker for Largest-Ever Graduating Class

Governor Bill Ritter will be the keynote speaker at Telluride High School graduation on Friday, May 30.

“This governor is so pro-education,” says Superintendent Mary Rubadeau, “and he’s so pro-environment.

“He’s a visionary, and he is taking action on everything he put on his Colorado Promise,” the comprehensive 52-page policy agenda blueprint for establishing Colorado as a national leader in education, health care, jobs renewable energy and more.

“I just really appreciate that.”

The high school graduation committee “came up with a short list” of speakers they’d like to invite to commencement, Rubadeau says, and Ritter’s name was at the top.

“I’ll handle that,” she told the committee, and was directed by Ritter’s staff to his website.
“I mentioned that this is a class of real high-achieving kids,” Rubadeau remembers, “and with 67 kids it’s our largest graduating class ever.”

She also mentioned that “Telluride has had exceptional academic achievement, especially over the four years that these kids have been in high school.”

In a follow-up note, she mentioned that “we also have the Colorado Teacher of the Year,” Advanced Placement-Calculus Curriculum Director Seth Berg.

Ritter’s staff told Rubadeau to “stay tuned,” as the governor’s schedule is decided upon a month in advance – and then contacted her just prior to school break to say he was coming.

“It’s such an honor for the class of 2008,” says Rubadeau, who is arranging for a simulcast of the four-hour ceremony to be viewed in the high school gym to take care of overflow crowds.

Telluride High School graduation ceremonies begin Friday, May 30, at 1 p.m., “and it should be over by 5 p.m.,” Rubadeau says. “We moved it up” from the usual start-time of 5:30 p.m., which will, she says, “work out a lot better for such a large class.”

That morning, “we’ll let all the kids out of school and clear the parking lot and get everybody back in by 1 p.m.” As for Ritter: “He’ll speak very early in the program,” she promises.

“It is such an honor,” she adds, “to have a man whom I consider the Education Governor” speak at this year’s THS graduation.

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