School District 9-R invites you to budget meeting
Durango School District 9-R is seeking community comments about its 2016-17 budget.
A community budget session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Miller Middle School, 2608 Junction St.
Florida Mesa Elementary parents, teachers to meet
Florida Mesa Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the school.
District 9-R announces kindergarten enrollment
In April, Durango School District 9-R elementary schools will register preschool and kindergarten students for the 2016-17 school year.
At each school, registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dates are:
Riverview Elementary School: April 6.
Animas Valley Elementary School: April 7.
Sunnyside Elementary School: April 12.
Park Elementary School: April 14.
Needham Elementary School: April 18.
Florida Mesa Elementary School: April 20.
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School: April 21.
Parents/guardians must bring the child’s birth certificate and immunization information as well as a utility bill or other verification of home address. If parents/guardians cannot attend their school’s registration day, they should call the school or call 247-5411.
For more information, visit www.durangoschools.org.
Join diversity dialogue Saturday at rec center
The sixth annual Durango Diversity Dialogue will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Peaks Room at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.
This is an intergenerational opportunity recommended for ages 12 and older. The event will include a series of exercises and reflection time designed to raise awareness, understanding and promote intercultural growth in the community.
A light breakfast will be provided. Participants should bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the La Plata Family Center food pantry.
Organizations involved in creating this event are the city of Durango’s Community Relations Commission and the Embracing Diversity Initiative in partnership with the Prejudice Elimination Action Team at Durango High School, Fort Lewis College’s Common Ground and El Centro de Muchos Colores, and Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition.
To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 259-1247.
Animas High School announces events
Animas High School announces these events:
AHS school counselor Arava Geva will present a session for families about how to have supportive, honest and productive conversations about drug and alcohol use and abuse from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at AHS, 20091 U.S. Highway 160. All AHS families are welcome to attend.
All students and families interested in learning about AHS and potentially enrolling for the 2016-17 school year are strongly encouraged to attend an information session and to sign up for a shadow day. The next information session is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the school. Additional sessions are scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 14 and May 3 at AHS. Shadow days take place every Thursday through May 5. To sign up, call 247-2474 or email email@example.com.
Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is now open. All new families with students who will be entering ninth, 10th or 11th grade next fall are invited to complete an enrollment form online at http://animashighschool.com/online-intent-to-enroll-form. If there are more students who complete enrollment forms than available spots for a particular grade, AHS will hold its lottery March 18. For more information, visit http://animashighschool.com/admissions-information.
Mountain Middle School to present mock trial
Anna Layden’s eighth-grade humanities class will host its Mock Trial Exhibition from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the La Plata County Courthouse, 1060 East Second Ave.
Students will bring charges against Kit Carson for violation of constitutional amendments during the Navajo Long Walk in 1863. All students will have roles as either attorneys or key witnesses.
Students will be split into two groups and the two trials will take place simultaneously.
First ‘Mixed Thinks’ lecture to address red light district
The first lecture of Mixed Thinks, a new academic series offered by Fort Lewis College’s Office of Alumni Engagement, will be “Red Light, Green Light,” at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.
Professor emeritus of history Duane Smith and psychology professor Betty Dorr will discuss the history of the red light district in Durango and human sexuality in a modern context.
Tickets are $10 and include appetizers and cash bar.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.fortlewis.edu/alumni/NewsEvents/AlumniEvents.aspx.
Professor to give talks about ‘indigenous mind’
Michael Yellow Bird, professor of sociology and anthropology at North Dakota State University, will give a presentation called “Minding the Indigenous Mind: Stories of Liberation, Brain Waves, Mirror Neurons and Healing” at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum, Room 120, at Fort Lewis College.
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Also on Thursday, at 12:30 p.m., a luncheon and workshop called “Neurodecolonization: Using Mindfulness Research and Traditional Indigenous Ceremonies to Delete the Neural Networks of Colonialism” will be held in the Native American Center.
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FLC to receive control over property at the Old Fort
For the first time, Fort Lewis College is close to having full managerial control of the Old Fort Lewis property’s future.
The Colorado State Land Board unanimously approved a Beneficiary Use Agreement last week that would give FLC management oversight of the location in Hesperus.
The agreement will go to the college’s board of trustees for final approval. Approval of the agreement will give FLC the authority to manage activities taking place on the land and ensure they align with the college’s mission of education and service to the community.
Over the last few years, FLC’s presence at Old Fort Lewis has grown.
The land offers ecological and biological diversity and is being used as a laboratory by the science programs. The historic and cultural history of the site offers anthropology and archaeology students a unique opportunity to study the past. Sustainable agriculture has also expanded, with many enjoying the meat and produce available at the Old Fort Farm Stand.