Education Briefs

Park Elementary to host Scholastic Book Fair

The annual Park Elementary School buy-one-get-one-free Scholastic Book Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25-28 and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 22 and 29.

The fair will include reference books, sports books, picture books, bilingual books, fiction and more.

For more information, call Lisa Leininger at 560-2421.

Scholarship available to graduating seniors

The Lawrence J. Shock Memorial Scholarship is available to all 2013 graduating seniors in La Plata and Archuleta counties.

Applications are due by April 15 and can be picked up at Ignacio, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs and Durango high schools.

For more information, call 883-2451.

Driver’s education class to be held

Four Corners Safety Association will offer the next 30-hour driver’s education class from April 8 to 11.

The cost for the class plus the six hours of driving required by the state is $385. Classes are limited to 25 students.

For more information and to register, call Tim Cunningham at 375-1230.

Learning center to offer Spanish classes

Pine River Community Learning Center, 535 Candelaria Drive in Ignacio, will offer these Spanish classes:

“Beginning Conversational Spanish” classes will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday from March 18 to April 22. The cost is $35.

“Intermediate Conversational Spanish” classes will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday from March 20 to April 24. The cost is $35.

The minimum number of students for each class is six and the maximum number is 15.

To register, call 563-0681.

Adult Education Center to offer Spanish classes

Durango Adult Education Center announces these new Spanish classes will begin Monday:

Classes featuring 11 levels and three conversational classes will be held for eight weeks from Monday to May 16. A placement test is required before enrolling.

“Travel Spanish” for people wanting to learn useful words and phrases for traveling will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from Monday to May 16.

Advance registration and prepayment are required for all classes. For more information, call 385-4354.

Current GED test set to expire at year’s end

Durango Adult Education Center announces that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of this year.

The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the 2014 GED test Jan. 2, 2014. People who have taken the 2002 Series GED test but have not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test to receive their high school credential.

For more information, visit or call 385-4354.

After-school program open to Ignacio youth

“Curiosity After School” is available to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in Ignacio.

Students will participate in poetry lessons, Horse Sense at the Sky Ute Downs, Ignacio Community Library programs, presentations by Los Piños Fire District, bowling, a Fort Lewis College video project, a book club and guitar lessons.

For more information, call Audra Snow at 903-7973 or visit

Katzin Music to offer instrument try-out day

Katzin Music’s Spring 2013 instrument try-out day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Katzin Music and Studios, 1316 Main Ave.

The free event will help students, parents and school music teachers in their recruitment programs and will allow interested adults to try instruments.

Professionals on band, orchestra, percussion, guitar, piano and voice disciplines will give each participant a mini lesson on each instrument so that students can decide which musical instrument they would like to play.

For more information, call 259-2211 or (800) 828-1017.

Liberty School to offer Visitors Day

The Liberty School will have a Visitors Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 on the second floor of the school, 215 E. 12th St.

The Liberty School is a small, private school that maximizes the potential of dyslexic, gifted and twice exceptional (gifted and dyslexic) children.

For more information, call Bill O’Flanagan at 385-4834 or email

Fort Lewis College offers continuing education

Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:

“French for Travelers,” taught by Debi Marti, will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from March 19 to April 4. Students will learn vocabulary and pronunciation along with language for situations such as ordering in restaurants, hotel-room needs, directions and using public transportation. The cost is $129 for six classes.

“Old World/New World Wines” will be taught today by Alan Cuenca. This class will cover the stylistic differences between Old and New World wines. Students will taste four varietals in both styles for a total of eight wines. The cost is $39.

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

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School will host these events:

Enrollment for the 2013-14 school year is open. Students interested in enrolling can find an intent-to-enroll form at

Student Shadow Experiences are available to interested students Fridays throughout the month. Shadow space is limited. To schedule an experience, call 247-2474 or email

Donations are being accepted for the third annual AHS Sports Sale, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County. Drop off any type of sports equipment at the school, 3206 Main Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sara Price’s ninth-grade humanities students will conduct a Model United Nations simulation from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Fort Lewis College, in Noble Hall Room 130. In this conference, students learn about and represent another country. They write and try to pass resolutions based on their country’s perspective, but they also try to achieve consensus within the conference. In this conference, students will debate what to do about the Palestinian refugee issue.

An internship project exhibition will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. March 22 at Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio. The public is invited.

Preschool, kindergarten registration set for 9-R

Registration for Durango School District 9-R 2013-14 preschool and kindergarten programs will be held at these schools from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

Needham Elementary School on March 22.

Sunnyside Elementary School on March 26.

Riverview Elementary School on March 27.

Park Elementary School on March 29.

Families do not need an appointment. Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization information and a utility bill that shows proof of residency. People who missed the date for their school may participate in registration for that school at any other school site on its registration date. Forms also are available online.

Sunnyside to host St. Patrick’s party

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Sunnyside Elementary School will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

This event is sponsored by the Sunnyside Independent Parent/Teacher Association. Money raised will help pay for computer-based literacy and math programs.

Tickets are on sale at the school. Dinner tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and younger. One $5 wristband gives kids a chance to play green games all evening.

For more information, call 259-5249 or Amber Belvin at 903-9222.

Scholarships available to six Durango seniors

Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence offers six scholarships to graduating seniors from Durango School District high schools.

The application deadline is April 1 at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit, email or call 385-1491. Packets also will be available through the school counseling offices.

Nominations sought for 9-R teachers, staff

Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence will honor one teacher from each level of Durango School District 9-R schools and three district staff members.

All nominees are recognized. The deadline for nominations is April 12.

For more information, visit, call 385-1491 or email

Discovery museum announces programs

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

Steampunk Stomp II Benefit will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $33.

Pub Science, for ages 21 and older, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Joe Fidel will present his research on Tamarisk. Tamarisk is an invasive plant from Eurasia that is doing damage in the Southwest.

Egg Candlin’ and Handlin’ will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.

Animas High School Expo will be held all day March 22. Scientists from the junior class of Animas High School will showcase their projects.

Free Community Cinema will screen “Wonder Women: The Untold Story Of American Superheroines” at 5:30 p.m. March 20.

Trivia Night will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 21.

For more information, visit or call 259-9234.

Herald Staff