Education Briefs

Durango school board to meet June 5

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

A copy of the proposed agenda can be found at by 5 p.m. June 1.

9-R health department to offer physicals

The Durango School District 9-R Health Department will offer sports physicals at these locations:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14 at Florida Mesa Elementary School.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12, 19 and 26, and Aug. 1, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Durango High School.

To schedule an appointment, call 259-1630, ext. 8, or ext. 2107. For more information, call Sherrod Beall at 247-5411, ext. 1417.

Elementary registration schedule announced

With the exception of Riverview Elementary School, elementary school registration will be held at each elementary school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6.

Riverview’s registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8. Registration during August is only for students who did not register in the spring. A form for returning students was sent home in the spring and will act as registration. Students who registered in the spring at the school or in the summer at the administration building do not have to re-register in the fall.

Potluck to honor Native Americans

The Durango High School Native American Club and the Title VII Program will host a potluck in honor of Native American graduates and students who will move to middle and high school from 4 to 6 p.m. June 1 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building, 2500 Main Ave.

All Title VII students and families are invited. Chicken, hot dogs and drinks will be provided. High school participants are asked to bring a main dish; middle school students a desert, fry bread or tortillas; elementary school students a side dish, fry bread or tortillas.

For more information, call Bruce LeClaire at 247-5411, ext. 1107, or email

Needham Elementary to hold book fair

Needham Elementary School Library’s end-of-the-year “Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday.

Community members are invited to visit the library to view the books.

Riverview to hold field day Thursday

Riverview Elementary will hold its “Wacky Olympics Field Day” on Thursday.

The opening ceremony in the gym will be held at 8:10 a.m., which will include a parade of flags. The field day activities for second to fourth grades will be held from 9 to 11:20 a.m. on the soccer field. Kindergarten and first-grade students will participate in the games from 12:30 to 2:40 p.m.

For more information, call 247-3862.

Library to host summer reading

The Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., announces that its 2012 summer reading programs for all ages will run from June 2 to July 28.

Kids and teens who read during the summer will earn free books and chances to win a $50 gift card from Maria’s Bookshop.

For more information and to register, visit

Big Picture to hold commencement

Durango Big Picture High School’s first graduation commencement will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 31 in Rotary Park.

For more information, call Jenny Roper at 259-0203, ext. 2702.

Continuing education available to teachers

Adams State College Extended Studies has partnered with Virtual Education Software Inc. to provide continuing education for teachers.

These courses provide instruction about strategies for teaching students with special behavioral and learning needs and are easy to use online or via CD. Courses are offered for graduate credit. It is recommended that teachers check with the school district and state licensing agency to verify that these course offerings will meet the district and state requirements for salary advancement or state certificate re-licensure.

For course descriptions and to view a course syllabus, visit

VFW is offering two scholarships

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 4031 in Durango, 1550 Main Ave., has one writing contest scholarship available to middle school students and one scholarship for high school students.

“Patriot Pen” is a nationwide competition that gives students in grades sixth, seventh and eighth the opportunity to write essays expressing their views about democracy. Contestants will write a 300-400 word essay based on the theme “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.”

The first-place winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The “Voice of Democracy” scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades ninth to 12th. Contestants will record their original three- to five-minute essay (in their own voice) on a CD on the theme “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?”

Submission of the essay is required along with the recording. The first-place winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 2-6.

Other national scholarships range from $1,000 to $16,000. The deadline entry date for both contests is Nov. 1 and essays are to be turned in to the VFW Auxiliary Post 4031, 1550 Main Ave.

For more information and submission forms, visit

Durango library plans Literary Festival

Durango Public Library’s annual Literary Festival will be held in September and will feature author Ellen Hopkins.

The festival will open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Hopkins will give a presentation and a booksigning.

A family event will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 29. There will be a local authors fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a censorship panel from 2 to 4 p.m.

College to offer manicurist certificate

The Southwest Colorado Community College West Campus is offering a manicurist certificate program this summer.

The classes provide training in manicuring, pedicure, nail design extensions and nail artistry. Students will enroll in 20 credits. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday and ending July 31. They will be able to take the state board exam for their license once they complete all 20 credits.

For more information, call 564-6200.

Website to provide information on colleges

A new website will allow southern Colorado students to learn about programs at 10 two- and four-year colleges.

The site,, is intended to show low- and moderate-income students that they can be the first in their families to pursue education after high school.

The site was produced by the Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium, a collaboration of 10 public colleges and universities in southern Colorado.

The website will help families in southern Colorado connect with local colleges and understand requirements to enroll in postsecondary education.

By fall, the group hopes to offer 10 new college-level courses to students who are enrolled in high school. Each campus also will offer a summer campus-based program that aims to introduce students to college expectations, campus life and academic preparation techniques.

The colleges represented in the project include Adams State University, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Fort Lewis College, Lamar Community College, Otero Junior College, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and Western State Colorado University.

For more information, call 247-7314.

Conservation Corps available to students

The Southwest Conservation Corps Four Corners site, based in Durango, is gearing up for its Summer 2012 Youth Programs, which will introduce young people, ages 12 to 18, to the conservation and enjoyment of public and community outdoor spaces.

The programs will combine experiential education, recreation and service projects to engage youth in their environment and community.

This year crews of 16 to 18 will embark on four-weeklong service programs during the months of June and July. The groups for ages 12 to 15 will take part in a week of local, day programs.

High school camping crews also receive a $580 award upon completion of their program. Registration is on first-come, first-serve basis by session. High school crews are selected through an application and interview process.

For more information or to apply, visit

Herald Staff