Education Briefs

District 9-R break will begin Monday

Durango School District 9-R’s spring break is scheduled from Monday to April 12. Schools will be closed during that time.

For information about services available to students and families during the break, visit the district’s website,

Mountain Middle to present projects

The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students of Mountain Middle School, Durango’s free, public, state-chartered middle school, will host an exhibition of learning from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Exhibition Room at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The students will present projects about a wide range of topics, including ancient Mayan civilizations, 3-D biodomes, life-science-based artwork, American history and roller coasters that demonstrate the laws of physics.

Families with children who are interested in attending Mountain Middle School and any members of the public who would like to learn more about the school and support its students are welcome.

For more information, visit, call 828-5600 or email

Children’s museum offers science camp

Spring Beakers Science Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through April 12 at Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.

During this day camp for kid scientists, ages 7-12, campers will conduct a wide variety of experiments, including mixing chemicals, creating extreme reactions, looking at cells under powerful microscopes, experimenting with liquid nitrogen and dry ice, and playing with fire (literally).

Register online at or call 259-9234.

Special-education group plans to meet today

The Special Education Advisory Committee invites parents, educators, and community members to learn more about advocating for students with special needs in the school system.

The meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. today at the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services on the third floor of the Durango School District 9-R administration building.

For more information, call Traci at 769-4797.

Grace Preparatory to host discussion

Grace Preparatory Academy of Durango will host a “Question and Answer Night” for members of the community to learn more about the seventh- through 12th-grade, private, university-model school from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Durango Public Library. Refreshments will be provided.

Escalante to hold open house April 24

Escalante Middle School’s fifth-grade open house will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. April 24.

The open house will provide the opportunity for incoming sixth-grade students and families to learn about Escalante – Durango’s Expeditionary Learning Middle School, meet principals, counselors and teachers, and learn about the characteristics that make Escalante a unique school.

Miller open house to be held April 25

Miller Middle School will hold its Introduction Night from 6 to 7 p.m. April 25 for incoming sixth-grade students and their parents. The meeting will take place in the school’s auditorium.

Foundation to honor teachers, employees

For the 16th year, Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence will honor one teacher from each level of school, plus three district staff members.

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

Information is available at, including nomination forms.

For more information, call the foundation at 385-1491 or email

Continuing education is available at FLC

Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:

“Zen and the Magic of Photography” will be taught by Robert Bridges on Saturday mornings, April 13-May 18. This class will explore ways of using a camera as a practical tool for enhancing awareness, exploring our curiosity and discovering new ways of self-expression. Participants will use the lenses of Zen Buddhism and Christianity coupled with a camera they own or wish to use. Cost $169 for six classes.

“Nonprofit Management: Culturally Competent Collaboration and Services” will be offered by Phyllis Dodson from 6 to 8 p.m. April 15, 17 and 19. This course will focus on the benefits of diversity and cultural competency in human service organizations. Class includes practice activities and a focus on methods to measure your organization’s cultural competency. Cost $74 for three classes.

Advance registration is required. Call 247-7385 or visit

herald staff