Know Your Dough teaches in two townsKnow Your Dough, a nonprofit that provides financial wellness programs for local youth and young adults, is hosting a program this week at Mancos High School for 11th-graders.
During the week of April 18, the nonprofit will teach 11th-graders at Bayfield High School.
The program is linked to the Colorado Academic Standards for personal finances, which is included in state-mandated assessments.
For more information, email Allison Andersen at email@example.com.
Ignacio Elementary to hold registrationIgnacio Elementary School announces registration for incoming kindergarten students for the 2016-17 school year.
The school will host a visit for Southern Ute Head Start preschool students at 10 a.m. April 20. All other kindergarten-age students and their parents are also welcome to attend at this time.
Placement testing will take place from 8 a.m. to noon May 23 and from noon to 4 p.m. May 24 at the school for students enrolling in kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.
The school will register kindergarten students during May. Registration packets are available for pickup. Parents and guardians must bring the child’s birth certificate and immunization information when they are enrolling their child.
For more information, call 563-0675.
St. Paul’s Preschool accepting enrollmentSt. Paul’s Preschool is accepting enrollment for fall preschool classes for children 2½ to 5 years and for its Summer Fun Program for children 2½ to 8 years.
Space is limited.
To register, call 247-1368.
Mountain Middle to host exhibitionTodd Macon’s sixth-grade humanities students will host “Rise and Demise: Pre-Columbian Civilizations,” an exhibition of learning at Mountain Middle School from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Students will present various projects that display defining characteristics of Pre-Columbian civilizations, specifically the Maya, Inca, Aztec and ancestral Puebloans.
The exhibition will feature 3-D printed replicas of famous archaeological sites, Google Earth virtual tours, student-produced documentaries and a kinetic “solar aligner” demonstrating Chacoan archaeoastronomy.
Through these projects, students have defined what factors lead to the rise and fall of civilizations and have asked if this civilization shares a similar fate.
Outstanding 9-R staff to be recognized The Durango Education Foundation invites everyone – community members, students, teachers, parents, administrators – to recognize outstanding teachers and staff members in Durango School District 9-R whose work has a positive impact on students.
All nominees receive recognition, and winners will receive prizes sponsored by DEF, The Jewelry Works, Maria’s Bookshop and others. The nomination forms must be into DEF by April 15, via postal mail or email.
Forms are available at any 9-R school, at www.DurangoEducationFoundation.org or by calling 385-1491 or emailing 9RFoundation@gmail.com.
Stillwater Music opens registrationRegistration for Stillwater Music’s 2016 summer music program is now open for kids and adults of all ages.
Classes will start June 6 and include a variety of one-week camps and ongoing classes for everyone regardless of their musical experience.
Camps for kids include introductory percussion, steel drum band, sound engineering, ukulele ensemble, theory and improvisation and blues camp with Kirk James. Weekly band classes for elementary, middle and high school kids will run throughout the summer.
Community classes for adults and youths 11 and older include community samba band, community percussion band, theory and improvisation workshop and songwriting with Robby Overfield.
Adult offerings include a dozen bands playing music in styles ranging from rock, pop, funk and jazz to Americana, blues and an a cappella vocal ensemble.
Stillwater Music’s unique, hands-on approach to teaching music gets students playing music together as a group immediately to get them engaged and having fun right out of the gate.
To register or for more information, visit www.stillwatermusic.org or call Steve Dejka at 769-0171.
Exchange program seeks host familiesWorld Heritage Student Exchange Programs is looking for American families to host high school students from Spain.
All of these students have received scholarships through a partnership with the Amancio Ortega Foundation in Spain. The foundation’s goal is to bring Spanish scholarship students to the U.S. The foundation screens and selects 100 students who have passed the academic qualifications and provides a full scholarship for them to study in the U.S. for one academic year.
To become a host family or for more information, call Courtney Wade at (720) 209-1145 or (866) 939-4111, email Courtney@World-Heritage.org or visit www.whhosts.com.
Scholarship available for Native AmericansThe John and Sophie Ottens Foundation recently provided a commitment for an additional $400,000 in scholarship support for Native American students at the University of Denver’s Four Corners Master of Social Work Program, based in Durango.
The foundation established the scholarship fund in 2012, and the additional gift will be used to support recruitment and retention of Native students.
The Four Corners MSW program enables Four Corners residents to earn a master’s degree in or near their home communities. Because about 25 percent of Four Corners students come from the area’s many Native tribes, the curriculum includes two specialized courses on Native social work, both taught by Native faculty.
A Native advisory council is among the community partners providing guidance to the program.
For more information, visit www.du.edu/socialwork and click on “Academic Programs,” call Wanda Ellingson at 247-9773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed for 9-R conferenceDurango School District 9-R needs 30 to 40 volunteers for its third annual Keys to High School Success … and Beyond! conference for eighth-grade students who are about to transition to high school.
The students will explore topics around healthy relationships, positive self-image and advocacy. Through interactive workshops, the students will gain skills, which are delivered in an academic setting and align with state health standards.
Volunteers are needed to help with the conference, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 5.
To volunteer, email email@example.com.
Time to register for kindergarten at 9-RDurango School District 9-R will host these preschool and kindergarten registrations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Wednesday at Riverview Elementary School.Thursday at Animas Valley Elementary School.Tuesday at Sunnyside Elementary School.April 14 at Park Elementary School.April 18 at Needham Elementary School.April 20 at Florida Mesa Elementary School.April 21 at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School.People who are unable to attend their school’s registration day should call the school directly or Libby Culver at 247-5411.
Participants should bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization information as well as a utility bill or other verification of home address.
For more information, visit www.durangoschools.org. Click on “Academics” and choose “Early Childhood Education.”
9-R to recruit teachers at fair SaturdayDurango School District 9-R will host a teacher recruitment fair Saturday at Durango High School.
To be considered for an interview at the recruitment fair, applicants must be fully credentialed and highly qualified by August.
For more information and to submit an application, visit the job openings link at www.durangoschools.org under the “Spring 2016 Teacher Recruitment Fair” link.
Film to benefit cross country teamThe Durango High School cross country team will be the recipient of proceeds from the showing of “Kissing the Rock,” the story of the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run, at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Henry Strater Theater, 699 Main Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 before April 13 and $8 at the door. To purchase tickets, call 764-4366.
Students to compete in poetry slam April 13As part of Creativity Festivity Durango High School students will compete in a poetry slam at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.
Animas High School announces programsAnimas High School will host these programs:
Seniors will present their TED Talks from Wednesday through April 12. Students will present senior project research and defend their theses. The public is welcome. To view a schedule, visit http://tinyurl.com/h3sosqf. The Parent Advisory Committee will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave. All are welcome.The AHS Environmental Documentary Film Festival will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive. The festival will showcase short films AHS ninth-graders have made as part of an interdisciplinary science/digital arts project exploring a variety of environmental issues, including food production, energy, development and more.The Board of Directors will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 13 at AHS. This meeting is open to the public.All students and families who are interested in learning about AHS and potentially enrolling for the 2016-17 school year are encouraged to attend an information session and to sign up for a shadow day. Information sessions will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 14 and May 3 at AHS. Shadow days will take place Friday, April 14, April 21 and May 5; To sign up, call 247-2474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective students and families are also encouraged to attend public exhibitions.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 at http://animashighschool.com/online-intent-to-enroll-form. Creativity Festivity reception is ThursdayThe opening reception for the Creativity Festivity will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Barbara Conrad Gallery at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.
Featured artwork was created by local kindergarten to 12th-grade students and was selected by local art teachers.
This year’s Creativity Festivity theme is “Designing the Future” and celebrates children’s work in art, theater, poetry and music. The two-week celebration runs through April 16.
For a schedule, visit www.Durangoarts.org.
‘Schoolhouse Rock’ to take the stage“Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the stage at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.
After-school Creativity Festivity performances will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday with tickets available at a discounted cost.
To purchase tickets, visit www.Durangoarts.org or call 259-6571.