Education Briefs

Durango to offer literacy training today

Durango School District will offer a literacy training for community volunteers from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today in the central office board room, 201 E. 12th St.

This training will provide the necessary skills to help conference and support students’ writing progress.

Bear Smart Kid offers class presentations

Bear Smart Durango will offer free 50-minute classroom presentations for elementary schools about bear ecology and how to prevent human-bear conflict.

“I’m a Bear Smart Kid!” classes will be offered until Dec. 21 for grades kindergarten to fifth. This educational program was made possible with $2,000 from La Plata Electric Association’s Round-Up Foundation.

For more information, or to schedule a presentation, email Cindy Lawrence at

Durango school board to meet Tuesday

The Durango School District School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the central office board room, 201 E. 12th St.

In addition to the regular meeting, the board will recognize Florida Mesa Elementary School’s efforts this year through a presentation by the principal.

Riverview to present holiday program Dec. 12

Riverview Elementary School will present its annual Holiday Choir and Orchestra Program at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the gymnasium.

Riverview family and friends are invited to attend.

For more information, call Shannon Fontenot at 247-3862, ext. 3266.

Durango High School to offer music shows

The Durango High School Instrumental Music Department offers these holiday performances:

7 p.m. Thursday, Individual Instrumental Recital in the DHS auditorium. The recital is free.

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Best Brass of Christmas – Side by Side Concert with the DHS Brass Quintet, First Baptist Church. Tickets are $25. This event is sponsored by Music in the Mountains.

7 p.m. Dec. 13, DHS Instrumental Music Holiday Concert in the DHS auditorium. The free concert features the DHS Concert Band, Brass Quintet, Jazz Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Strings and Orchestra.

Dec. 14: Holiday Music Assembly during periods 1 and 2.

7 p.m. Dec. 18: Class Piano Recital in the DHS Band Room.

Durango superintendent to discuss learning

Durango School District Superintendent Dan Snowberger will talk about how instruction, assessment and expectations have changed to better address the needs of tomorrow’s graduates.

The community is invited to participate in the discussion at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Park Elementary School.

Durango calendar meeting will be Dec. 18

Durango School District is in the planning phase for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school calendars.

As the first step in this process, the district will host a community meeting to allow people to provide feedback about the calendar.

The calendar meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Needham Elementary Community Room, 2425 West Third Ave.

Students to launch handmade balloons

Miller Middle School sixth-graders will celebrate the beginning of winter break and the end of their Human Ingenuity Internationale Baccalaureate unit by launching handmade balloons.

Students have been exploring the influence new ideas have had on society and cultures in the context of flight, discovery and invention.

The balloons will be launched at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 21. All sixth-graders designed and built balloons while studying the concept of density.

For more information, contact

Park Elementary to offer Parent Night

Park Elementary School’s December Parent Night will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Afterward, there will be bingo and prizes from 6 to 7 p.m.

Durangoan publishes undergraduate research

Daniel Johnston of Durango published undergraduate research in the Council of Public Liberal Arts College’s research journal, Metamorphosis.

Johnston’s publication, Ahab and Abraham; Whales and Sons, was completed with the help of his Fort Lewis College faculty mentor, Larry Hartsfield. Johnston is an English major.

Metamorphosis is part of the council’s effort to highlight some of the best recent work in undergraduate research. Each semester, faculty committees at member campuses select two outstanding projects for inclusion in Metamorphosis.

To learn more, visit

St. Columba announces two school events

Thursday will be St. Nicholas Day at St. Columba School, 1801 East Third Ave.

The children’s Christmas program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

For more information, call the school at 247-5527.

Child care classes set for caregivers

The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County, in collaboration with the Southwest Office of Child Care Resource & Referral, will be offering all the required classes for people interested in becoming licensed, home child care providers in Colorado.

First aid/CPR will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12, cost is $65.

Medication administration will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26, cost is $40.

Universal Precautions will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26, cost is $15.

Pre-licensing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9, cost is $50.

For more information, call Shannon Bassett at 247-5960, ext. 25, or email

To register online, visit

Local students exhibiting works at FLC

Rebecca Young of Durango and Jamie Bridges of Bayfield are displaying works of art at “Balancing the Continuum,” Fort Lewis College’s Graduating Seniors Art Majors Exhibition.

Young’s works in the show are: “Lamp” – linen fabric, clay resist, indigo dye, indigo pigment, acrylic paint; “Chair” – cotton fabric, indigo natural dye; and “End Table” – wood, indigo pigment, acrylic paint. Young’s major is humanities.

Bridges’ works in the show are: “Festival of San Fermin Logo and Ad Design” – digital media; “Swiss International Airline Ad Campaign” – digital media; and “Rayban Aviators Packaging Design” – digital media. Bridges’ is an art major, with a graphic design option.

The exhibit is on display through Dec. 8 in the main gallery of the FLC art building.

Liberty School seeks reading volunteers

The Liberty School’s specialized curriculum gives one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring where the most help is needed, while guiding young intellects to soar in areas where students excel.

An important part of school’s curriculum is oral reading. Just 20 minutes of reading aloud each day to another person greatly improves a dyslexic child’s reading fluency. Community members are needed from 12:30 to 12:50 p.m. to listen to a Liberty School student read aloud.

Call The Liberty School, 215 E. 12th St., with any questions or to volunteer at 385-4834 or email

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School will host these events:

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

“Corridos: Historia por Música” will be held from 6:30 to 8 Monday at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. Junior Spanish students will read their original corridos in Spanish and display their research on an important event/person in Mexican-American relations.

A mock trial based on Supreme Court Case Korematsu v. U.S. (1944) will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Dec. 13 at the La Plata CountyCourthouse, 1060 East Second Ave. Students will assume the roles of judges, lawyers and witnesses as they seek to determine whether or not Fred Korematsu is guilty of violating the Civilian Exclusion Order, which removed 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast and into internment camps. Student judges will decide whether or not Executive Order 9066 was constitutional.

A staff member and teacher appreciation luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at the school. Volunteers who are interested in bringing food or helping with the event should email

Herald staff

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