2018 Succeeds Prize

Carbondale Middle School was announced as Colorado’s winner for the Middle School Transformational Impact award.  The Succeeds Prize recognizes and honors transformational public schools and educators.  Carbondale Middle is one of approximately 500 middle schools in the state. Last spring, the school was named one of only three middle school finalists in Colorado for this prestigious award. Last night, the school was selected as the state’s winner.

“The Carbondale middle school family works hard to ensure that our goal of ‘every student, every day' is a reality,” said Carbondale Middle School Principal Jennifer Lamont. “This award is recognition for the collective efforts of all the CMS staff.” Winners’ innovative practices will be shared state-wide. Scott Laband, Colorado Succeeds President, said, “The Succeeds Prize ... shares these effective and scalable practices so educators statewide can benefit.”

“The Carbondale Middle school staff continue to demonstrate their ability to innovate and continuously improve. We are both proud and inspired by their pursuit of success for all students,” said Rick Holt, the district’s Chief Academic Officer.


2016 District Honor Jazz Band

Five CMS students were chosen for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass District 8 Honor Band, including 2 first place finishes and two second place finishes. Students auditioned against musicians from over 15 schools across northwest Colorado and nabbed 5 of 18 spots in this honor band.

Seventh Grader wins CABE (Colorado Association of Bilingual Education) Student Spotlight Award


2016 1st Place in Youth Entity's Eighth Grade FInancial Awareness Competition 

YouthEntity is pleased to award Carbondale Middle School eighth grade an award for being the highest scoring eighth grade in the school district during last year's I Am Financial Knowledge program.


2017 Colorado State Competition Project Citizen

Our 8th Grade Issues Club won the middle school category beating out schools from Denver, Aurora, Northglenn, KIPP, DSST, Carver, Castle view, Kunsmiller and other charter schools. Click Here for the Sopris Sun's Article.


2017 1st Place in Winterskol's Kidsculpt

CMS Art students competing in Aspen's Kidsculpt competition won "Most Artistic" for their snow sculpture with the theme "Our Cup Runneth Over."


2017 RFTA  won 1st Place for the Adwheel Awards Competition for the Carbondale Circulator art/education project!

Carbondale Middle School art students (130 artists, 5th-8th/ages 10-14) participated in an art project creating humanized PET PORTRAITS WITH PERSONALITY.  Each of the young artists based their initial sketch on a realistic animal. Each artist was to have a connection with their chosen animal, e.g., an animal the artist might like to be, an animal that represented their personality, or maybe an animal the artist just wished they had as a pet. Artists selected animals from fox to sheep, turtles to chameleons, birds to donkeys, and just about every creature in between. This mixed-media project gave each artist opportunity to experiment with pencil, liquid watercolors, watercolor pencils, permanent marker, waterproof black ink and even a few paper collage elements. The elements that truly create the unity for this overall project are the collaboration, community, and creativity through the children that all came together.  Out of the 130 pet portraits, 20 were selected and incorporated into the wrap design for the new Carbondale Circulator. 

CMS/ RFTA  Art  Bus Circulator


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