Education Briefs

Durango to offer Summer Academy

Durango School District 9-R’s 33rd Summer Academy is open for registration for academically motivated students entering grades second to ninth.

Registration is available to any student who is academically motivated and interested in attending an enrichment summer school program. Teacher recommendations are welcome, but not required.

The academy provides a quality educational enrichment experience at minimal cost. Instruction is delivered at a fast pace and in depth. Classes will have a minimum size of six students and a maximum of 14.

To register, visit summeracademy.durangoschools.org or use the registration form included in the catalog and return to Steve Powell at Durango High School.

For the academy registration form, catalog and health form, visit durangoschools.org.

Workshop to address healthy lifestyle

Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle will host a parent connection workshop at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the library at Florida Mesa Elementary School.

Participants will learn how to implement healthy eating and active living to establish a lifetime of wellness.

Speakers will include Jenny Pritchard, registered dietician and 9-R health educator; Stacy Reuille-Dupont, behavioral health provider and certified personal trainer; and Kristen Roessler, pediatrician.

For more information, call 385-1168.

Big Picture to hold immunization clinic

San Juan Basin Health Department and Durango School District 9-R will offer an on-site immunization clinic at Big Picture High School from 9 to 10 a.m. May 9 on the school’s campus.

These vaccinations will be offered to any student who needs to update or complete school vaccination requirements: Tdap, meninngococcal, HPV for both males and females, varicella, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and polio. There is a requested donation of $14.70 for each vaccine. No student will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

Vaccines are available at low to no cost through the federal Vaccines for Children program through age 18 only.

For more information, call Sarah Sumner at 759-5190.

For more information about the health department, call Diane Montoya-Scott at 335-2003.

DHS volleyball to host camps

The Durango High School Volleyball program will host the 33rd annual volleyball camp at DHS.

The middle school camp for incoming students in grades sixth through eighth will be held all day June 5 and 6.

The high school camp for incoming grades ninth to 12th will be held evenings June 5 and 6 and all day June 7.

For more information, call 247-4791, ext. 3608.

Durango High to offer immunization clinic

San Juan Basin Health Department, Durango School District 9-R and the Durango School Based Health Center will offer the last on-site immunization clinic from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the Durango High School Based Health Center.

These vaccinations will be offered to any student who needs to update or complete school vaccination requirements: Tdap, meninngococcal, HPV for both males and females, varicella, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and polio.

There is a requested donation of $14.70 for each vaccine. No student will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

Vaccines are available at low to no cost through the federal Vaccines for Children program through age 18 only.

For more information, call Elena Lozano at 259-1630, ext. 2107. For more information about the health department, call Diane Montoya-Scott at 335-2003.

Durango Arts Center offers textile exhibit

The Durango Arts Center welcomes students and teachers of all levels to visit the “Textile Exhibit” running through June 2.

Docents will design tours to align curriculum with the topic of textiles.

For more information or to schedule a field trip, email docents@durangoarts.org or call 259-2606.

Scholarships available for ag conference

Scholarships are available for Colorado educators to cover the registration cost for the 2012 National Ag in the Classroom Conference from June 20 to 22 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.

Credits for the conference are available from Colorado State University Continuing Education. The cost for the two credits is $140.

To apply for a scholarship, visit www.growingyourfuture.com/civi/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=25 or www.growingyourfuture.com and click on the link to the “2012 NAITC Conference.”

For more information, call Bette Blinde at (970) 881-2902 or email bblinde@growingyourfuture.com.

Teacher, principal nominations sought

The Colorado Department of Education needs help in identifying emerging classroom leaders who are considered distinguished teachers and principals.

Recommendations will identify educators who are of value to the community and state. A minimum of five years in education is a must.

Candidates are building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers, as opposed to specialists, and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth.

Occasionally, a principal or specialist is considered. Completed recommendations must be submitted by May 10.

For more information or to access the recommendation form, email Lynn Bamberry at CompetitiveGrants@cde.state.co.us.

Spanish immersion camps to be held

The Durango Global Language Academy will offer three Spanish immersion camps this summer, taught by Durango School District 9-R certified Spanish instructors.

The weeklong half-day camps will be held at Needham Elementary School and will serve grades first to fifth. The weekly fee is $55.

For more information, call Dory Daniels at 903-2056.

‘Safe 2 Tell’ workshop to be held Monday

A “Safe 2 Tell” training workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at San Juan BOCES, 201 E. 12th St.

Susan Payne, director of Safe 2 Tell, will teach participants how to become certified to train staff members and lead school-based Safe 2 Tell presentations.

Discussions will cover school violence prevention, school climate, data management, team demonstrations and more.

To RSVP, email kmorris@sjboces.org.

Ignacio FFA to host oyster fry and dance

The Ignacio FFA chapter will hold its Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and Dance from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 in the cafeteria of Ignacio High School.

The cost for dinner will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. A chicken-strip meal also will be available.

The dance will feature music by The High Rollers and will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The cost for the dance will be $10 per person, and children 6 and younger will be free.

Ignacio to hold kindergarten screening

Ignacio Elementary School will screen incoming kindergarten students who did not attend Head Start and those who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 23 at the school.

To schedule an appointment, call 563-0675.

Grants available for health professionals

The Southwestern and Central Colorado Area Health Education Centers announce a $1,751,168 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to support a scholarship program for health professionals.

The grant covers a 48-month period and is aimed at helping to meet a shortage of health professionals across Colorado and particularly in rural and under-served areas.

Forty-five graduate-level health-profession students will be selected. Scholarship recipients will receive as much as $30,000 during a two-year period.

The students’ commitment will include service-learning activities and community-oriented projects.

Recipients will agree to practice in a rural and/or under-served urban community in Colorado for at least two years upon completion of their training.

To apply, visit www.centralcohec.org.

For more information, call Jordan Ingram at (303) 724-3262 or email Jordan@centralcoahec.org.

Continuing education offered at Fort Lewis

Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:

“Landscape Geology of the Greater Durango Area” with Jeff Brame will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from May 7 to 16, plus a daylong field trip May 19. This course will provide a basic knowledge of the geology behind the scenery. The cost is $199.

“Wildly Abundant Gardening – Natural Disease and Pest Control” with Frank LeBeau will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn how to grow strong healthy plants that can resist disease and insect attacks. They also will learn how to identify pests and treat them with safe, natural pesticides. The cost is $79.

Advance registration is required. To register, call 247-7385 or visit www.fortlewis.edu/ContinuingEd.

Meditation lecture to be held Thursday

An informational lecture about Transcendental Mediation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Twilight Room of the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.

For more information, call 382-2712.

Animas High to hold end-of-year exhibition

Animas High School humanities, Spanish and digital-arts students in all grades will host the End of the Year Exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, 3206 Main Ave.

The ninth-grade class read the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and created projects demonstrating an idea in the book.

The 10th-grade humanities class will host the second annual Poetry Cafe. Poems will be about peace, violence or power in a variety of different formats. Refreshments will be available.

The sophomore Spanish students’ Cafe del Mundo Latino will be on-site to share treats from the Spanish-speaking world, details about the country from where their dish came, and read their odes to food inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Simple Things.

A second exhibition will be held May 17 and will feature work from the junior class in multiple subject areas.

Mountain Middle to hold talent show

Mountain Middle School will hold a talent/variety show fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. May 10 at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Tickets may be purchased from the school for $10 or the night of the event for $12.

For more information, call 828-5600.

Stillwater to offer music, sports programs

Stillwater Foundation will offer summer music and sports programs beginning June 11.

Summer music programs will include beginning percussion for ages 6 and older; vocal performance camps for ages 11 to 15; intermediate band camp for ages 10 to 14; and an advanced band camp for ages 12 to 18 with instructor permission required.

Sports camps will include half-day summer camps for ages 8 to 12; coed Tee Ball and kids’ soccer for ages 5 to 7; dodge ball for ages 8 to 10; baseball/soccer training camps for ages 6 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 to 14; and flag football for ages 8 to 12.

Individual, team and family gym memberships also are available.

For more information, visit www.stillwaterfoundation.org or email info@stillwaterfoundation.org.

Herald staff