Education Briefs

Driver’s education class available

Four Corners Safety Association will offer the next 30-hour driver’s education class from Jan. 2 to 5.

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 registration, call Tim Cunningham at 375-1230.

Colorado Grand offers $5,000 scholarship

La Plata County high school seniors may apply for a $5,000 scholarship being funded by Colorado Grand Auto Tour as a thank you to The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 507 for hosting a tour luncheon on Sept. 13.

The scholarship will be awarded to one La Plata County senior attending a Colorado or Wyoming college as a freshman in 2013. Applications are available at all La Plata County high school offices and at the Durango Elks Lodge, 901 East Second Ave. Private and home-schooled students also may apply. A selection committee will review the applications.

All applications must be submitted to the Durango Elks Lodge by mail or in person by 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

St. Columba to host Lady of Guadalupe Mass

St. Columba School, 1801 East Third Ave., will host a Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at 8 a.m. Friday.

The event will feature songs and prayers in Spanish. The Christmas store will be open before and after school. Donations are welcome.

Special education committee to meet

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 at its meeting at 5:15 p.m. today at San Juan BOCES, on the third floor of the Durango School District 9-R Administration Building, 201 E. 12th St.

For more information, call 769-4797.

DHS orchestra students place at competition

These Durango High School orchestra students placed at the 2012-13 Four Corners Youth Symphony Concerto Competition: First place, Nolan Reed and second place, Mallory Shanks.

Reed will play a solo with the orchestra at next semester’s concert. Shanks will play with piano accompaniment at next semester’s concert.

JP Skeath was selected for the 2013 Western Slope Honor Jazz Band. He will perform with the best high school jazz musicians on the Western Slope in January in Grand Junction.

Durango High to offer vaccination clinic today

San Juan Basin Health Department, Durango School District 9-R and the Durango School Based Health Center will offer an on-site immunization clinic from 9 to 10 a.m. today in the School Based Health center at Durango High School.

These vaccinations will be offered to any student who needs to update or complete school vaccination requirements: Tdap, Meninngococcal, HPV for males and females, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio and flu. A requested donation for each vaccine is $14.70. No student will be turned away because of inability to pay. Vaccines are available at low to no cost through the federal Vaccines for Children program through age 18.

For more information, call Tambri Garcia at 259-1630, ext. 2107.

DHS schools announce holiday closure

Durango School District 9-R schools will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4 for the holiday break.

The district office also will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1.

Presentation on 9-R instruction to be held

Durango School District 9-R’s superintendent will present information about how instruction, assessment and expectations have changed to better address the needs of tomorrow’s graduates at 6 p.m. Monday at Park Elementary School.

DHS to host school calendar meeting

Durango School District 9-R is in the planning phase for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school calendars and will host a community input meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Needham Elementary School Community Room, 2425 West Third Ave.

The meeting will allow interested members to provide feedback on the direction of the calendar.

9-R to host gifted, talented parent night

Durango School District 9-R Superintendent Dan Snowberger and 9-R staff will host a Gifted and Talented Parent Night at 6 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at Needham Elementary School.

This parent night will provide an opportunity for parents of gifted and talented children to discuss and share input about programming and future direction in the district.

Gateway to College information sessions

Gateway to College is a partnership program between Durango School District 9-R and Southwest Colorado Community College for students who are 17 to 20 years old and at-risk of, or have dropped out of high school.

Barbara Cummins, teacher of the Gateway to College Program will conduct information sessions at 4 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Thursday in the conference room of the Durango High School counseling office for students, friends, families and other interested community members.

For more information, call Cummins at 564-6223 or 394-4611.

Herald Staff