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March 2017

To Our Longhorn Family,

March is National Women’s History Month. I have very strong emotions about women’s role and status. I was raised by a single mother 50 years ago, along with my mother’s mother. My life was comfortable enough, although my youth was far from happy. Women, not men, provided for me and kept me safe. It is time to lift up all women and give thanks, for it has been women in my life and doubtless women in others’ lives, who bring purpose and meaning to the lives of children, men, and other women.

I lift up women, during National Women’s History Month, by giving voice to several of our nation’s strongest women or sentiments surrounding women. Help me celebrate the lives of our mothers and grandmothers, wives and daughters, and their struggles and their triumphs.

I’ll open with a Native American prayer:  

·    Native American Prayer: “The Elders say the Native American women will lead the healing among tribes. We need to specially pray for our women, and ask the Creator to bless them and give them strength. Inside them are the powers of love and strength given by the Moon and the Earth. When everyone else gives up, it is the women who sing the songs of strength. She is the backbone of the people. So, to our women we say, sing your songs of strength; pray for your special powers; keep our people strong; be respectful, gentle, and modest. Oh, Great One, bless our women. Make them strong today.”

·     Michelle Obama: “As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up of justice for all.”

·      Eleanor Roosevelt: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face . . . . Do the thing you cannot do.”

·  Maya Angelou: “I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by doing.”

·      Tina Fey: “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”

·       Gloria Estefan: “My mom was a source of strength. She showed me by example, that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all.”

·   Susan B. Anthony: “I declare to you that women must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”

I close with my favorite quote of all-time. The quote is from one of the most remarkable people who ever lived. It comes from an American woman who lived 100 years ago, Eleanor Roosevelt. She said that “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”


Dr. Kirk Salmela, Principal



Our school’s Jump Rope for Heart event is right around the corner! There’s still plenty of time to participate! Here are TWO things you and your student can do to make a difference.

1.       Ask your student about their heart-healthy challenge and help them tell 10!

2.       Help your student make a difference by raising donations – even $10 will help a lot!


To do these things, please register for our school team at . Once registered, you can make a personal donation and take the Zoo Crew E-Card Challenge! It’s super easy, just follow the prompts!

Students earn TWO Zoo Crew Friends with their first online donation of $10 or more.

Students earn Rory’s Zoo Crew Badge just for taking the Zoo Crew E-Card Challenge. By taking the Zoo Crew E-Card Challenge, students will choose one of three heart healthy challenges to put what they’ve learned into ACTION and design an e-card to share that challenge with 10 friends and family.

We are so proud of our students for taking the challenge and helping others by raising money for the American Heart Association. Thank you for your support!

Any student who raises at least $50 will also earn a discounted or free ticket to a Denver Nuggets game with a special, VIP/on-court experience!


Thank you parents and students for helping our school save lives.

Reminder 2: Jump Rope For Heart is almost over! Envelopes are due soon.   Visit to join our school team and help us reach our goal! We will be celebrating all our students hard work soon!

Baca County High School Summit
Rachels Challenge
Springfield students attending the summit from L to R: Haley Lukie, Megan Shiplett, Mitchell Clare, Jillian Butler, Marion Hebberd, and Kiah Callahan.

Baca Country High School Summit Meeting February 2017

A Baca County high school summit was made possible by the generosity of the Peoples Credit Union, Springfield, Colorado. The Peoples Credit Union sponsored “Rachel’s Challenge” during the spring of 2016. 

Springfield High School was the site of a Baca County high school summit on February 1, 2017. The summit pertained to promoting positive school and campus culture, building quality and lasting interpersonal relationships, as well as cultivating leadership qualities and modeling the conduct we expect from others. Attending the summit were students from Campo and Pritchett, Springfield and Vilas.

Students and sponsors from these schools shared their ideas and practices on February 1st. Each of these schools has a Friends of Rachel (FOR) club. FOR clubs act on ways to look for the best in others, treat others according to the Golden Rule, choose positive influences and confront negative influences, speak words of kindness, and being forgiving of self and others.

Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of negativity with acts of respect and kindness. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people, especially youth, every year.

Over two million students have attended presentations about Rachel’s vision, including those at this summit.

Rachel’s Challenge may be likened to a tool box. Students and school staff need tools to reverse negative trends, like student isolation and hurtful choices, bullying and discrimination, violence and anti-social conduct. Rachel’s Challenge provides schools with a sustainable solution.

Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance can motivate us to consider the quality of our interpersonal relationships. Rachel’s Challenge renews our hope that our lives have purpose and meaning. Rachel’s life story gives us permission to dream big and start our own chain reaction of decency and compassion, which positively affects the climate in our schools and communities.

Once again, Rachel’s Challenge was brought to Springfield and Baca County schools in 2016 by the generosity of the Peoples Credit Union. Deann Billings and Monty Barham from the credit union were instrumental in providing school officials the necessary funding to bring Rachel’s Challenge to these communities. Paige Ratliff from the credit union attended the February 1st meeting. Paige is the marketing coordinator at Peoples Credit Union and is a 2010 graduate of Springfield High School.

A significant outcome of the meeting on February 1st was a commitment to have representatives from area FOR clubs meet on quarterly bases. The next quarterly meeting will be hosted by Campo schools. Vilas will host first quarter meetings, Pritchett will host second quarter meetings, Springfield will host third quarter meetings, and Campo will host fourth quarter meetings. 

SHS Attends District FCCLA
Pictured from Left to Right:  Alexis Crane, Brenna Shettron, Justin Krueger, Acadia Smith, Zoe Alberti, Tatelyn Lasley, Desiree Rose, Stormi Quick, Jayci Westphal, Ali Parks, and Kathy Self.

Paul Angelico, CHSAA Commissioner
Letter to Parents

Stressed for the test, anxious about the big game or just not feeling yourself . . . .


                                                National Suicide Prevention Lifeline                                Colorado Crisis Services

                                                Phone:  1-800-273-TALK                                                    Phone: 1-844-493-TALK

                                                Text:  741-741                                                                      Text: 38255


If you or someone you know is experiencing abnormal stress or anxiety there is help available.


Tuesday, March 21st

                HS FOR Club Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22nd

                JH FOR Club Meeting, 8:30 a.m.

                Spring Sports Photos

                Organization Photos

                Individual Portraits

Friday, March 24th

                JH KB at Vilas, 9:00 a.m.

Springfield High School 2016-17 Yearbook

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Important Dates for Your Calendar

Rick Hartley at Aaron Hale Field
New Scoreboard completed at Springfield High School

Springfield School District RE-4