Education Briefs

Durango to offer 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 who are interested in attending an enrichment summer school program.

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.

Unless stated differently in the class description, classes will have a minimum class of six students and a maximum of 14.

Registration forms, catalog and a 9-R health form can be found at Registration is available online and by hard copy. Online registration is encouraged and can be accessed at; or the registration form can be completed and given to Steve Powell at Durango High School.

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

Miller announces upcoming events

Miller Middle School, 2608 Junction St., will host these events:

An open house for parents, families and fifth-grade students will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The open house is for fifth-grade students who will enter sixth-grade in the fall.

The school’s annual Poetry Slam will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today in the cafeteria. The theme is “Be the Change.”

For more information, call 247-1418.

Park Elementary to hold Cinco de Mayo carnival

Park Elementary School will hold a Cinco de Mayo Carnival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the school.

There will be a silent auction, salsa making, rock climbing, a bouncy house, Zumba, cotton candy, face painting and more. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information or to enter the salsa contest, call 247-3718.

Riverview Elementary announces events

Riverview Elementary School will hold these events:

A music performance by the third-grade students will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the school’s gymnasium. The students will perform a set of American folk songs and dances. For more information, call Shannon Fontenot at 247-3862.

The kindergarten classes at Riverview have joined the Lorax Project to celebrate Earth Day. The project was started in 2008 on Earth Day by the Conservation International, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House. Its purpose is intended to heighten awareness of environmental issues and encourage people to take part in preserving places and species. Teachers and students signed a pledge to pick up trash in the playground and surrounding area for the rest of the school year. Students and teachers also will plant a tree in honor of the Lorax.

Changes to be made to GED testing

The Colorado Department of Education and the American Council on Education are partnering with Pearson Vue, a leader in education and testing, to launch the new GED 21st Century Initiative in 2014.

Changes to the GED will include: A more rigorous computer-based test aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards; the test will be designed to ensure and measure career and college readiness; and it will provide a transition to career and post-secondary educational opportunities.

The transition to the new test will begin this year and will involve introducing the computer-based test format, offering computer-based testing at Pearson Vue test centers and providing test centers with information about how to become Pearson Vue sites.

For more information, call Chalmer Naugle at (303) 866-6859.

Mentoring program to host free demonstration

Light Way Mentoring Program will hold a free demonstration of its spring/summer arts-based mentoring program for children 7 and older from 11:11 a.m. to 1:11 p.m. Saturday at Iris Park, located by the Animas River behind Vitamin Cottage.

Zahra Lighway and Jyoti Conradi will help build self-esteem and create a space where a child can grow and share with a trusted adult mentor while engaging in art, dance, yoga, movement and nature.

For more information, call 749-7365 or visit

Presenters, volunteers needed for conference

Presenters, vendors, sponsors and volunteers are needed for the third Children of the New Earth Conference to be held from Sept. 1 to 3 in Durango.

Through workshops and keynote speakers, participants will explore ways to work with and support young people and families in La Plata County.

There will be activities for children including a Sensory Integration Room and an art room, as well as a youth performance and a youth panel.

For more information and to apply, visit or call 749-7365.

Animas Museum offers field trips for students

La Plata County teachers are invited to bring their classes to the Animas Museum, 3056 West Second Ave., for field trips.

Classes may self-explore the museum with worksheets developed for each gallery space. Students also will participate in a brief presentation about a typical school day at the Animas City School in the early 1900s.

The program “Life in a Log Cabin” with hands-on activities also may be included.

Group visits may be scheduled by calling 259-2402.

Stillwater bands to present concert

Stillwater Foundation bands in collaboration with the Chinle Arizona High School band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College.

For more information, email Anne Beach at or call 247-5095.

FLC offers continuing education classes

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

“ePublishing Nonfiction for Maximum Profit” with Doc Roberts will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 4. Roberts will guide people through the process of creating and selling a nonfiction ebook online. The cost is $74.

“Get Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Voice Acting” with Voice Coaches Creative Voice Development Group will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 3. The cost is $59.

Advance registration is required. For more information, call 247-7385 or visit

Sen. Udall to speak at FLC commencement

United States Sen. Mark Udall will offer the commencement address at the Fort Lewis College’s Spring Commencement on Saturday in Whalen Gym.

To accommodate the large number of graduates and their families and friends, there will be two commencement ceremonies, one at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 11:30 a.m. Sen. Udall will speak at both ceremonies.

Sen. Udall has represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Ignacio after-prom event seeks sponsors

SUCAP will host a Candyland After Prom for Ignacio prom participants from 11 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio.

Complimentary transportation will be provided to the after-prom party from the Ignacio High School prom to be held at the SunUte Community Center.

The party will include games, Durango Joe’s beverages, a live DJ, entertainment, cash prizes, movies, breakfast and desserts.

The party welcomes all IHS students who attend prom or not.

IHS freshmen and sophomores and prom guests from other schools must have a completed SUCAP after-prom waiver to enter. Waivers may be obtained at SunUte or the IHS front office. Waivers must be signed by parents.

Transportation home will be provided to any student living within 10 miles of SunUte, from 1:30 to 4 a.m.

Adult volunteers from the community and donations are needed.

For more information or to donate, call Jenn Bartlett at 317-0918 or email

Childhood council to host training seminar

The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County will host “Touchpoints Individual Level Training,” a three-day seminar to be held May 24, 25 and 31.

This is a seminar for professionals who work with young children and families. Touchpoints is a practical approach for enhancing the competence of parents and building strong family-child relationships from before birth through the earliest years, laying the foundation for children’s healthy development.

The cost is $40, and attendance at each session is mandatory for a 16-hour training completion certificate. The registration deadline is May 1.

To register, email Lindsay Sherman at, call 247-5960, ext. 20, or visit

Animas High School to hold cleaning day

Animas High School will hold these events:

An all-school cleaning day will take place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday. Volunteers are welcome. To RSVP, email

An all-school exhibition will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 3. The 10th-grade humanities class will perform poems about peace, violence or power in a variety of different formats at the second annual Poetry Cafe. Refreshments will be available.

Herald Staff