Education Briefs

Preschool, kindergarten registration to be held

Durango School District 9-R schools will hold preschool and kindergarten spring registration for the 2012-2013 school year from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at local elementary schools.

Parents must provide their child’s immunization information, a birth certificate and a utility bill to show proof of residency.

Miller open house set for fifth-graders

Miller Middle School will hold an open house for parents, families and fifth-grade students who will enter sixth grade in fall from 6 to 7 p.m. April 26 at the school.

Durango district to hold summer academy

Durango School District 9-R announces that its 33rd Summer Academy is open for registration for any academically motivated students entering grades second to ninth.

Teacher recommendations are welcomed, but not required. The academy provides an educational enrichment experience at minimal cost. Instruction is delivered at a fast pace, and in great depth, to meet the diversified needs of these gifted and talented students. Unless stated differently in the class description, classes will have a minimum class size of six students and a maximum of 14.

Registration forms, catalogs and health forms can be found at Registration is available online and by hard-copy. Online registration is encouraged and can be accessed at; or complete the form and return it to Steve Powell at Durango High School.

For more information, call Powell at 259-1630, ext. 2252.

Durango school board to meet Monday

The Durango School District 9-R School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the board room of the administration building.

A copy of the proposed agenda can be found at by 5 p.m. Friday.

Durango juniors to take test Tuesday

All Durango High School juniors will take the COACT from 8:20 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Lunch will be served from noon to 12:50 p.m. This test is for juniors only, all other students will report to school at 12:50 p.m. There will be no change in the bus schedule for the day. If ninth-, 10th- and 12th-graders arrive on campus at their usual time, they can wait for school to start in a designated waiting area.

The afternoon class schedule will consist of all five classes, at 31 minutes each.

Ignacio School District to host dinner, carnival

The High Expectations Committee of the Igancio School District will host a free dinner for the community at 6 p.m. April 30 in the high school gym.

Participants must RSVP so enough food can be prepared. A carnival with children and adult games also will be held and will feature bingo, a fishing pond, Knowledge Bowl competition, cake walk, cotton candy, pie throw, ring toss and more.

Tickets will be available for 25 cents each or five for $1 with proceeds to benefit area families.

To RSVP, call Janet Reinhardt at 563-0500.

Childhood council to meet May 7

The Montelores Early Childhood Council will meet at 11:45 a.m. May 7 at the Church of Christ annex, located on the corner of Adams Street and Montezuma Avenue in Cortez.

Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, email Vangi McCoy at or call 749-7017.

Durango library to give books to 4-year-olds

The Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., is promoting early reading by providing a free new book to every 4-year-old in Durango as part of the statewide One Book 4 Colorado.

One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide initiative aiming to support family reading at home and instill a love of learning in Colorado youngsters.

Families of 4-year-olds can stop by the library any day starting today to pick up a copy of the book in either English or Spanish. Books will be available during regular library hours. Preschools and child care providers also are invited to participate; call the Youth Services Desk at 375-3380 for details.

For more information, visit

FLC to offer continuing education classes

The Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:

“French for Travelers” with Debi Marti will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Thursday to May 24. In this six-week class, students will learn vocabulary and pronunciation, and feel at ease ordering in restaurants, checking in at a hotel, asking directions and using public transport. The cost is $129.

“Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement (ATM®)” with Meredith Rose will be held Tuesday evenings from May 1 to 29. The method is a corrective therapy that redevelops the nervous system and allows the muscles to center bones, benefiting posture and ease of movement. All activity is done while lying on the floor, targeting key areas of lower back, shoulders, spine, neck, eyes, feet and jaw. The cost is $99 for five classes.

Fundraiser to benefit Mountain Middle School

Mountain Middle School, a nonprofit, free public charter school will host “Burgers and Books” from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wendy’s, 1840 Main Ave.

A portion of the restaurant sales will be donated to the school, and a book sale will be held inside the restaurant. Student musicians also will perform.

Coupons need to be presented when ordering food, and they can be found at

All proceeds will assist with building renovations, and will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous local donor.

Special education committee to meet

The Special Education Advisory Committee is seeking members who are interested in learning more about advocating for students with special needs in the school system.

The group will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at San Juan BOCES, located on the third floor of the Durango School District 9-R Administration Building.

DHS athletics, activities to hold ‘Rush Night’

The Durango High School Athletic/Activities Department will conduct a “Rush Night” for all students and parents for grades eighth to 11th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria.

This Rush Night will include athletics and band. Coaches and sponsors will be available for the parents and students to talk with in order to find out more information about their programs, summer camps, open gyms and more.

For more information, call 259-1630, ext. 2302.

Language acquistion will be focus of session

The Colorado Department of Education has developed a project that will result in indicators of effective English Language Acquisition Programs for English Language Learners.

Durango School District 9-R has been identified as a district that will serve as a partner in the development of quality indicators for ELA programs. Community members are invited to attend its focus session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at Needham Elementary School, 2425 West Third Ave., to provide comments. Dinner, child care and Spanish translation services will be provided.

To RSVP or to receive more information, call Christy Bloomquist at 247-5411, ext. 1420, or email

Speech, debate team to present Thursday

The Durango High School speech and debate team will host its Feature Act at 6 p.m. Thursday in the DHS theater.

Performances will include drama, humor and original speeches. The cost is $10, or $5 with a valid student ID. Participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate.

For more information, email Darlene Clayton at

FLC research symposium to be held

The Fort Lewis College 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 12:20 p.m. Thursday.

Students from the FLC School of Natural & Behavioral Sciences will present their research projects. The day will begin in the Student Union Vallecito Room with oral presentations running until 6:15 p.m. Overlapping will be poster presentations in the Student Union Ballroom beginning at 5:15 p.m.

The keynote address will be given by 2012 FLC Featured Scholar Gary Gianniny at 12:20 p.m. in the Student Union Vallecito Room.

For more information, visit and click on “Undergraduate Research Symposium.”

Art open house slated at community college

An art exhibit featuring the works of Southwest Colorado Community College – East Campus students from the spring semester “Water Color II” and “Drawing I” classes will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 27 in the Art Room of the GoZone and in the second floor hallway of the Commons Building, 701 Camino del Rio.

Select works from the students of Mary Frey and Doug Pfliger will be featured. Scholarships will be awarded.

For more information, call 247-2929.

Herald Staff