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Home-school event set for Tuesday in Bayfield

The Pine River Library in Bayfield will offer a series of home-school events for local home-schooling families and students.

“Homegrown and Home-schooling” will feature a variety of activities for various ages. Each event allows for flexibility within already-established home-school curricula. Educator Natalie Howard is leading each event from now through August.

At each meeting, students will participate in theme-related activities, interact with other home-school students and participate in a variety of educational discussions.

The next event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Participants are asked to bring a lunch and 10 artifacts to present to the group (books, pictures, favorite stuffed animals, awards, etc.).

For more information, call Howard at 759-3415.

After Prom Association seeking volunteers for event

The Durango Community After Prom Association will hold an “After Prom” event from midnight April 20 to 4 a.m. April 21 at Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., and is seeking volunteers.

Help is needed for decorating, take down and running the casino.

For more information, email mom_devin@hotmail.com.

Piedra Learning Community to host fundraiser April 20

Piedra Learning Community will host a fundraiser April 20 at The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave.

A scavenger hunt will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Two silent auctions will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 11 p.m. Live music will begin at 9:30 a.m. The event also will include face painting.

Proceeds and a percentage of food sales will support specialized education at the school, which is open to students in kindergarten to third grade who need individualized strategies to succeed academically, socially and developmentally.

For more information, call 884-3259.

The Liberty School to host film festival April 18

The Liberty School’s Student Film Festival will be held at 6 p.m. April 18 at Grace Baptist Church, 1448 Florida Road.

Senior students in sixth- to eighth-grade will present six 15-minute movies they have written, filmed, edited and produced.

Movie titles are: “Terror in the Tundra,” “Late Afternoon and Early Evening,” “Ski Billies,” “The Awesome Odd Squad,” “Sues’ Odyssey” and “Nightmare in Space, Lego Style.” An awards ceremony will be held after the showings.

For more information, call 385-4834 or email thelibertyschool@live.com.

Southwest Colorado eSchool begins enrollment drive

The Southwest Colorado eSchool, serving the nine school districts of Southwest Colorado, will begin its spring enrollment drive in April with a series of live and virtual information sessions.

Participants will hear from staff members and students about the school community, learning tools and what it takes to be successful in this online program. A good portion of the sessions will be dedicated to question and answer.

Sessions will be held on these dates:

A virtual information session will be held at 6 p.m. April 17 and May 1 and 15.

6 p.m. April 24 at Pagosa Springs High School.

6 p.m. May 8 at Durango High School library.

To register for one of the virtual sessions, visit southwestcoloradoeschool.org. Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent and will include information about how to access the webinar.

For more information, call Lisa Barrett at 946-2070.

Bayfield preschool accepting applications

Bayfield Early Education Programs (BEEP) will enroll children for preschool programs for the 2013-14 school term beginning at 7 a.m. April 26.

Parents may pick up an application from the school, 645 Fox Farm Circle, or online at www.beeppreschool.org. Three- and 4-year-olds are eligible for preschool, but 4-year-olds are given first priority. All children must be potty trained to attend.

For children who have educational risk factors and will be attending kindergarten the next year, 20 Colorado Preschool Program slots are available. BEEP has a sliding scale for tuition, and scholarships and bartering also are available for qualifying families.

BEEP Summer Camp registrations also are being taken. The dates of the camp will be from June 3 to 27 and July 8 to Aug. 1. Each session will be four days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camps include outdoor time, crafts, field trips and other activities, which are led by staff members.

Scheduling is flexible. Children ages 3 to 7 are eligible to attend. Applications may be picked up at the preschool or online.

For more information, call 884-7137.

FLC commencement to be held April 27

Fort Lewis College’s Spring Commencement will be held April 27.

Two ceremonies are planned, the first at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 11:30 a.m. Graduates and families should visit www.fortlewis.edu/registrar and click “Commencement Information” to see which majors are graduating in each ceremony.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Ann Rhoades. Rhoades started People Ink., a firm that helps companies build employee cultures that attract quality people across a wide range of industries. She also co-founded CareLeaders LLC, a company that seeks to improve service to patients engaged with the health-care industry.

Escalante Middle School to host open house April 24

Escalante Middle School will host an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. April 24.

The open house will provide an opportunity for incoming sixth-grade students and families to learn about Escalante (Durango’s Expeditionary Learning Middle School), meet principals, counselors and teachers.

Miller Middle School to host introduction night April 25

Miller Middle School will host its Introduction Night from 6 to 7 p.m. April 25 to receive the class of 2020.

The event is open to rising fifth-grade students and parents. Information will be presented at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.

Sunnyside Elementary School to host award ceremony

The Sunnyside Elementary School chili cook-off, award ceremony and community forum will be held from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. April 25.

This will be a celebration of Sunnyside’s John Irwin Award. This award is given to schools that exceed expectations on the three-year school performance framework’s indicator related to academic achievement and that meet or exceed expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.

The superintendent and members of the school board will attend to present the award.

After the ceremony, the chili cook-off will be held. People who plan to bring chili should notify the school. The final day to enter is April 23. Prizes will be given to the top chili in each category. Chili must be fully prepared and brought to the school’s gym by 4:45 p.m.

After the chili cook-off, participants will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion with the superintendent about 21st Century Learning.

For more information, visit www.durangoschools.org.

Durango School District seeks feedback on survey

Durango School District 9-R District Accountability and Advisory Committee, which consists of parents, teachers and administrators representing every school in the district as well as members of the public, is seeking feedback from parents to help identify the district’s strengths and weaknesses.

The survey is available at www.durangoschools.org or visit the school’s website.

During parent/teacher conferences in March and April, the computer labs will be available to complete the survey. The survey will be open through April 26. Schools will analyze and review the data and share results with their School Accountability Council. The survey results also will be posted on the website.

Poetry Slam scheduled for April 24 at arts center

The Annual Poetry Slam will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Students are encouraged to share their spoken words with the community. Prizes will be awarded to the top three performers, as judged by a panel of community members.

The event is open to the public, but only current high school students may enter the competition.

Student poets will need to sign in between 5:30 and 6 p.m. to participate in the slam.

District 9-R school board to meet April 30

Durango School District 9-R School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 30 in the board room at the central office, 201 E. 12th St.

Riverview Elementary School will be highlighted at the meeting.

District 9-R health centers launch ‘Brick Campaign’

Durango School District 9-R’s School-Based Health Centers has launched a “Brick Campaign.”

The campaign allows community members to purchase one of two bricks, priced at $50 and $100. All profits from the campaign will go to cover operational costs, such as salaries for health-care providers and supplies. The campaign will run through May 31. The health center aims to raise $5,000.

All bricks purchased will be engraved with whatever message the patron chooses and will be displayed at the new front entry of the health center at Durango High School.

For more information, visit www.durangoschools.org.

DFEE seeks nominations of teachers, staff members

Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence is seeking nominations to honor one teacher from each school level and three district staff members.

All nominees will be recognized. The deadline for nominations is Friday.

For more information, visit www.dfee.net, call 385-1491 or email info@dfee.net.

Crow Canyon has scholarships for archaeological camps

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez will offer a chance for teens to become involved in real archaeology research during the center’s Middle School Archaeology Camp, High School Archaeology Camp and High School Field School.

Participants will excavate, analyze artifacts, visit archaeological sites and more. Several scholarships are available, including one for Native American students. Scholarship application deadlines are approaching.

For more information, visit www.crowcanyon.org/summercamps, call 564-4346 or email bstrickland@crowcanyon.org.

FLC Leadership Center to unveil new program

The Leadership Center will unveil the new Leadership Programming model that will be implemented next fall at 4 p.m. April 17 in Room 130 of Nobel Hall at Fort Lewis College.

This cross-campus collaborative initiative will allow students to personalize their leadership development through a workshop series, community service, peer-support and application of skills.

herald staff

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