Education Briefs

Durango schools to host community forums

The Durango School District will present community forums to discuss 21st Century Learning.

Participants will discuss today’s classroom, what 21st Century Learning is and how the district plans to transform to better prepare kids for the world they will live in. These forums will take place:

6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Needham Elementary School.

6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Escalante Middle School.

6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary.

6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Miller Middle School.

6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Park Elementary School.

Space Camp to host rocket launch Sunday

4 Corners Space Camp will host a rocket launch from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Ignacio Junior High School parking lot, 315 Ignacio St.

Space Camp Hall of Famer Danny Jaques will discuss Space Camp/Aviation Challenge opportunities for people ages 9 to adult. Materials will be available to build water or air rockets, or participants can bring their own kit. Popsicles will be provided.

Potential campers are reminded to bring their savings to start their Space Camp accounts. Cases and boxes of Rocky Mountain Chocolate may be purchased to start fundraising, and checks should be made payable to Space Camp. The group is planning to attend Space Camp/Aviation Challenge from June 8-14, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala.

For more information, visit or, or call Jaques at 749-9387 or Diana Wright at 799-4917.

Workshop will address how to avoid the flu

St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool will host a workshop about how to avoid the flu from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool, 2611 Junction St., located across from Miller Middle School.

The presenter will be registered nurse Barb Colbert.

To reserve a space, call 247-1368.

Fermentation class to be offered Saturday

Rachel Turiel will offer “The Art of Fermentation” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Participants will learn the art and history of fermentation, get recipes for fermented beverages, fruits/vegetables and dairy, sample fermented goods, and make kimchi and ginger ale in class.

Participants will come home with a pint of kimchi and a starter for a gallon of fermented ginger ale. Participants should bring two glass pint jars. The cost is $30, and all other supplies will be provided.

To register, call 903-0672.

Child health, education to be discussed Oct. 1

Community leaders will examine health and education issues facing local children during a community discussion from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Peaks Room of the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.

Colorado’s leading voice for kids will present statewide and county-specific data about child well-being from its 2012 Kids Count in Colorado! report.

The annual report provides state- and county-level data about a variety of child well-being indicators. Child advocates also will discuss local and statewide issues about kids that may be addressed in the 2013 legislative session. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, email Tara Manthey at To RSVP, visit and click on the “Make Your Voice Heard” banner.

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School announces these events:

Enrollment for the 2012-13 school year continues. Students and families looking to enroll should visit and complete an online intent-to-enroll form. Enrollment will remain open until Oct. 1. The school is accepting enrollments for a limited number of openings in 10th- and 11th-grade classes. For more information, call 247-2474 or email

There will be no school Friday. It is a professional development day.

The Parent Advisory Committee will meet at noon Oct. 8 at Durango Doughworks, 2653 Main Ave.

The ninth- and 10th-grade College Night will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the school.

Parent, teacher meetings scheduled in Ignacio

Ignacio Junior High and High School will hold Parent Teacher Conferences from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

For more information, visit

Continuing-education classes set at FLC

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

“Multi-Generational Leadership for Business and Nonprofits” will be taught by Rebecca Larson of the OMNI Institute Thursday evenings from Sept. 27 to Oct. 11. Participants will learn the similarities and differences of the four generations interacting in the workplace and develop an action plan to maximize the strengths of multigenerational leadership in an organization. The class is open to all adults, and hours are applicable to the Professional Nonprofit Management Certificate Program. The cost is $69 for three classes.

“eBay Selling Basics” will be taught by Olen Batchelor on evenings Oct. 2 and 3. Participants will learn to make a supplemental or full-time income from an eBay-trained certified education specialist. The cost is $99 for two classes.

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

Fly-fishing clinic to be offered today

Pine River Community Learning Center will offer a “Fly Fishing Clinic” from 5 to 7 p.m. today at a place to be determined.

The cost will be $20.

To register, call 563-0681.

Liberty School students to attend field trips

The Liberty School students will take a filed trip to Durango Nature Studies on Friday.

Students also will participate in Durango Connect on Thursday to help create a seven-mile human chain. The school is a small, private school that maximizes the potential of dyslexic, gifted and twice exceptional (both gifted and dyslexic) children. Its specialized curriculum gives one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring where the most help is needed.

For more information, call Bill O’Flanagan at 385-4834 or email The school is located on the second floor at 215 E. 12th St.

Herald Staff