Education Briefs

STEM evening open to elementary girls

A free evening for elementary school-aged girls to learn from professional women about career opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.

The evening will include hands-on science activities with museum staff members.

For more information, email

Grace Preparatory to host information night

Grace Preparatory Academy of Durango will host a question-and-answer night for members of the community to learn more about the seventh- to 12th-grade, private, university model school from 7 to 8 p.m. April 3 at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

Refreshments will be provided.

Poetry submissions sought for contest

Telluride Arts is seeking submissions for its 15th annual Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. The deadline is April 5.

The prize is named in the memory of Telluride poet, lawyer, skier and raconteur Mark Fischer.

The prize will be awarded to the entry that best exhibits the qualities of originality, novelty, complex meaning, linguistic skill and wit. All styles and content matter are acceptable.

The winner will be asked to read at the poetry awards ceremony in Telluride.

Submissions must include a cover letter containing name, contact information, a short bio and the title of each work. They can be emailed to with “Poetry Contest” in the subject line.

Each poem should be submitted on letter-sized paper in 12-point font. A $5 entry fee is needed per poem.

Checks should be made payable to Telluride Arts or call Telluride Arts at (970) 728-3930 to make a credit-card payment. Submissions may be mailed to Telluride Arts, P.O. Box 152, Telluride CO 81435.

Scholarship available through foundation

Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence announces that the Helen Smith Friendship Award has become available for application.

The award is $850, and will go to the student in need of financial assistance who best exemplifies high standards of friendship. A short essay and one letter of recommendation are required. The deadline is April 1.

For more information, visit

Continuing education available at FLC

Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:

“Discover Your Internet Niche and Create Your Own Automatic Cash Machine” will be taught by Doc Roberts on Tuesday evenings from April 9 to 23. This class is an introduction to making money through the Internet. The class will be in question-and-answer format driven by students’ personal applications and questions. The cost is $149 for three classes and includes a workbook and handouts.

“Nonprofit Management: Move from Passion to Impact with Measurable Outcomes” will be taught by Carol Rhan from 6 to 8 p.m. April 8 and 10. This course will focus on the growing requirements from funders, donors, volunteers and the community for nonprofits to spell out the effect their missions have on the community. The cost is $54 for two classes.

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

School to host open house for kindergarten

Battle Rock Charter School will host its Kindergarten Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 and May 9.

Battle Rock is a place-based, public school alternative and invites families of children entering kindergarten next year to visit, plant early seeds in the garden and join in games. Lunch will be provided. Early registration is encouraged.

To RSVP, call 759-1816.

Driver’s education to be offered in April

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.

Partnership program to be discussed April 3

Durango School District schools, charter schools, Montessori schools, the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Durango City Council, Fort Lewis College, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children, Youth and Family Master Plan, Mercy Regional Medical Center and others will discuss the Durango Education Partnership Initiative from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 3 at the Durango School District administration building.

The new program will be discussed as well as ways to help.

Park Elementary School to host registration

Durango School District preschool and kindergarten registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Park Elementary School.

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.

If parents missed the date for their school, they may participate in registration for that school at Park.

Forms also are available at

Durango school board to meet April 2

Durango School District 9-R Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Administration Building.

The public is welcome.

Durango spring break to be held April 8-12

Durango School District’s spring break will be held from April 8 to 12.

Schools will be closed at this time.

For more information and services available to students and families during this time, visit

Accountability group to conduct survey

The District Accountability and Advisory Council Committee is gathering information from Durango School District parents to help identify the strengths and areas of improvement through a survey located at or through their school’s website.

During parent/teacher conferences in March and April, the computer labs will be available to parents to complete the survey.

The survey will be open from Thursday to April 26. Schools will analyze and review their data and share the results with their school accountability committee. The survey results also will be posted on the website.

9-R health centers offer Brick Campaign

The School-Based Health Centers, run by Axis Health System, will implement a new billing model.

Under the new model, the centers will require co-pays and bill insurance companies for the rest. A sliding-fee scale will be available.

Durango School District 9-R is asking the community to support operations through a new Brick Campaign. The campaign will allow community members to purchase one of two bricks, priced at $50 and $100. All profits will cover operation costs, such as salaries for health-care providers and supplies. The campaign will run through May 31.

All bricks will be engraved with a message of the patron’s choice and be permanently displayed in the front entry of the center at Durango High School.

For more information, visit

Scholarships available to 9-R students

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

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

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

Nominations sought for 9-R teachers, staff

Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence is seeking nominations of Durango School District teachers and staff members.

The group will honor one teacher from each grade level and three district staff members. All nominees will be recognized. The deadline for nominations is April 12.

For more information and nomination forms, visit, call 385-1491 or email

Herald Staff