Education Briefs

Totem pole dedication to be held at FLC

To recognize the Alaska Native students who have earned and will earn Fort Lewis College degrees, the FLC Native American Center will host a Totem Pole Raising Ceremony at noon Jan. 16 at the Native American Center inside the Student Union.

A feast will follow the ceremony. David Boxley of the Tsimshian people carved the totem pole.

Boxley and the dance group Git Hoan will perform traditional songs and dances. The totem pole will be displayed inside the Native American Center.

For more information, call 247-7222.

Continuing education available at FLC

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

“Being Urban: The Urban Chicken Revival” will be offered by Jennifer Stark on Tuesday evenings from Jan. 22 to Feb. 26. This class will provide tips and tricks for becoming an accomplished urban chicken owner. The cost is $169 for six classes.

“Introduction to Social Media” taught by Lindsay Nyquist will be held evenings Jan. 29 and Feb. 5. This beginners’ level, lecture-style course will cover several social platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Linked In, You Tube, Instagram, and more. Participants will learn how these platforms work and what they can help accomplish. The cost is $79 for two classes.

Advance registration is required. Sign up seven days before class and save $5. For more information, visit or call 247-7385.

Farm to School meeting scheduled for Friday

Farmers interested in participating in the 2013-14 Southwest Farm to School Bid for fresh fruits and vegetables are invited to attend a prebid conference from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Big Picture High School Cafeteria, 215 E. 12th St.

The conference will answer questions about the bid process. The participating schools are Durango, Ignacio, Bayfield, Mancos and Cortez.

Durango schools announce closures

All schools within the Durango School District will be closed Monday and Jan. 21 for teacher and staff member professional development trainings.

Parents may check with their school for more information, including activities for students on these days.

Durango school board to meet Tuesday

The Durango School District School Board will meet for a work session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the administration building, 201 E. 12th St.

Durango to host writing training for volunteers

Durango School District will offer writing training from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 to people interested in volunteering at district schools and assisting with student writing conferences. The training will be held in the board room of the administration building, 201 E. 12th St.

Durango to release calendar proposals

Durango School District will send two proposals for upcoming school calendars for the community to vote on.

For information about how to vote, visit

DHS students attend Thespian Conference

Durango High School students attended a Thespian Conference, which is an opportunity for high school theater companies in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico to come together.

Students compete in individual events, attend workshops taught by directors and performers, and they watch shows put on by high school students.

These students competed:

Duo scenes: Joey Panelli and Parker Buccowich received a superior rating; Rosie Schultz and Sarah Barney received an excellent rating.

Solo performance: Hattie Dahlberg, Emma Costello and Brenna Christensen received excellent ratings.

Monologue performance: Abigail Jackson received an excellent rating.

Costume design: Rachel Rodri received an excellent rating.

A team of six students competed in the Tech Olympics and received fourth place out of 35 teams.

The conference also allows students to audition for colleges. Schools from around the nation attend, including New York School of the Arts, Hollywood Film Academy, Pepperdine University and more.

Out of 30 schools, Joey Panelli was accepted to 23, Rosie Schultz was accepted into 18 and Hattie Dahlberg was accepted into 11.

GED winter graduation ceremony to be held

The Durango Adult Education Center announces that the GED winter graduation ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in program rooms 1 and 2 of the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

The commencement speaker will be Durango Adult Education Center’s Executive Director Paulette A. Church. Graduates, family, friends and the public are invited.

For more information, call 385-4354.

Discovery Museum announces programs

The Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio, will host these programs:

Toddler Time will be held at 9 a.m. Thursdays in the Powerhouse. The program is open to children ages 0 to 4 and parents.

Snowflake Science will be held at 11 a.m. Saturdays through January in the Powerhouse. Participants will learn the three things needed to make snow, and they will observe real ice crystals growing.

Free Trivia Night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Boiler Room.

For more information, visit or call 259-9234.

Herald Staff