Driver’s education classes scheduled for summerThe Four Corners Safety Association will offer 30-hour driver’s education classes during the summer. Class periods will be June 6-9, July 11-14 and Aug. 15-18.
The cost for the class plus the six hours of driving required by the state is $385.
For more information and registration, call Tim Cunningham at 375-1230 or visit www.4CSA.info. Classes are limited to 20 students.
Bayfield preschool to accept applicationsBayfield Early Education Programs will be taking applications for the 2016-17 preschool year Friday.
Children must be at least 3 years old and potty trained to attend. Families may choose full or half-day classroom attendance, an after-school program and a Friday enrichment class. The school is in session for nine months and follows the Bayfield School District calendar.
BEEP offers 20 Colorado Preschool Program slots for children who are educationally at risk. This program is available to qualifying 4-year-olds who are going on to kindergarten the next year.
Parents with moderate or low incomes may qualify for tuition assistance through a variety of programs.
For more information, call 884-7173. For an application, visit www.beeppreschool.org.
Columbine Christian is enrolling studentsColumbine Christian School, an elementary and middle school in Durango, is enrolling new students for the 2016-17 school year.
Discounted tuition rates and scholarships are available.
To tour the school or to have a child shadow for the day, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 259-1189.
The Liberty School to host film festivalThe Liberty School will host its annual film festival at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 332 E. 11th St.
The public is invited.
For more information, call 385-4834.
Lieutenant governor to speak at graduationColorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will give the commencement address at Fort Lewis College’s Spring Commencement.
To better accommodate the graduates, two commencement ceremonies will be held April 30, the first at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 11:30 a.m. The ceremonies will be in Whalen Gymnasium and will feature Garcia.
For more information, visit www.fortlewis.edu/graduation. The ceremonies will be live-streamed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/flcdurango.
Mountain Middle announces expansionMountain Middle School announces that the Charter School Institute approved its application for expansion to include grades four and five beginning with the 2017-18 academic year.
Earlier this year, the school reached an agreement with the city of Durango to expand its building on west 31st Street by about 5,000 square feet to provide additional classroom, administrative, project and exhibition space.
Mountain will open grades four and five in August 2017 with enrollment capped at 30 students per grade. At this time, the school is accepting enrollment forms.
For more information, visit www.mountainmiddleschool.org.
PEO announces scholarship recipientsPEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter IT recognizes Michelle Lewis, Christie Schler and Jamie Thomas, all of Durango, as recent recipients of the Program for Continuing Education grant.
The grant provides one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that improves their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families.
Durango’s four PEO chapters and the Women’s Resource Center will host a drop-in informational session to provide information about all available PEO scholarships, awards, grants and loans from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 3 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.
All women pursuing post-secondary education – from trade schools to college to graduate degrees – are encouraged to attend.
Animas High School announces programsAnimas High School will host these programs:
The School Excellence Committee will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at AHS. Juniors will present their individual LINK internship projects at exhibitions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 and April 28 at the Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive. The public is encouraged to attend. Students will present projects they designed and completed during their three-week, full-time professional internships in a variety of businesses and organizations. All current ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade students will receive the AHS 2016-17 course catalogue Tuesday during seventh period, when faculty will describe the classes they are offering as electives next year. Families will receive the course catalogue via email, and it will also be posted to the AHS website. Currently enrolled students will sign up for 2016-17 classes May 4.The final information session of the school year will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 3. All students and families interested in learning about the school and enrolling for the 2016-17 school year are encouraged to attend an information session and to sign up for a shadow day. Remaining shadow days will be held Thursday and May 5. To sign up, call 247-2474 or email email@example.com. Prospective students and families are encouraged to attend public exhibitions as these provide an opportunity to see examples of student work.AHS is a tuition-free public charter school. Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is open, and there are a limited number of seats available for incoming ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade students. To complete an enrollment form, visit http://animashighschool.com/online-intent-to-enroll-form. For more information, visit http://animashighschool.com/admissions-information.Mountain to offer program for home-schoolersMountain Middle School will offer an enrichment program for home-schooled students beginning with a pilot program for grades six to eight in August 2016.
The “Mountain Options” program will be designed to support parents who choose to educate their children at home while having access to the school’s enrichment opportunities.
Enrollment in Mountain Options will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2. Enrollment will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment will be offered online.
Interested families without access to the Internet may enroll on computers that will be provided at the front desk of Mountain Middle School on May 2.
For more information, call 828-5600 or visit www.mountainmiddleschool.org.
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. Wednesday. 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.
For more information, call 563-0675.
Fort Lewis College invites you to research symposiumThe 2016 Fort Lewis College Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place Thursday.
Oral presentations from students will begin at 8 a.m. in the Student Union Vallecito Room and go until 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., the oral presentations will continue in Roshong Recital Hall in Jones Hall, concluding at 6 p.m. The evening will end with poster displays of all the projects in the Student Union Ballroom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome at anytime.
For more information, visit www.fortlewis.edu/undergraduate-research.
LPEA selects students for leadership campLocal high school juniors Jenna Engelken, Delaney Kuhns and Miranda Talbot have been selected by La Plata Electric Association to participate in the Colorado Electric Education Institute Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, an all-expense paid educational/leadership camp set for July 17-22 at Glen Eden Resort outside of Steamboat Springs.
Engelken is a junior at Durango High School and a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, varsity tennis team, the DHS band, DECA and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission, among other activities. She intends to study chemistry.
A junior at Pagosa Springs High School, Kuhns is involved with the Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council as well as the jazz/concert band and cross country and track teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to focus on the sciences in her college career.
Talbot is a junior at Bayfield High School. A member of the National Honor Society, she is active in a variety of athletics, including varsity volleyball where she is team captain. She has also led a number of school committees, including prom organization. Her subject of choice is math.
For more information, email Jeannie Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 382-3505 or visit www.lpea.coop.
9-R hosts kindergarten, preschool registrations Durango School District 9-R will host these preschool and kindergarten registrations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Wednesday at Florida Mesa Elementary School.Thursday at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School.People unable to attend on 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 some other verification of home address.
For more information, visit www.durangoschools.org. Click on “Academics” and choose “Early Childhood Education.”
Florida Mesa elementary parents, teachers to meetThe Florida Mesa Elementary School Parent/Teacher Organization will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday in the school’s lobby.
Native American program to host potluck April 28The Native American Education Programs will host its year-end potluck from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Hall, 2500 Main Ave.
A Title VII public hearing will the held during this time.
Teacher education program to hold exhibition at FLCThe spring 2016 graduating students in Fort Lewis College’s Teacher Education Department will host their professional exhibition April 28 in the Student Union Ballroom.
Students will share artifacts, written reflections and discuss their growth as professionals.
A reception will begin at 5 p.m. with refreshments and a live performance from the local band Elder Grown.
Afterward, there will be two sessions of individual presentations by this spring’s student teachers.
These presentations will address one or both of these questions: “What is my work?” and “Who am I as a teacher?”
Stillwater Music band accepting applicationsThe Stillwater Music Summer All Stars band is accepting applications for the 2016 summer tour.
The band is a select group of students who play alongside faculty members. This group performs during the summer months in the Four Corners.
The group will begin rehearsing June 7 to prepare a one-hour set of jazz, funk and Latin tunes.
Performances will include Bill Teetzel’s art studio in Dolores, two dates at James Ranch, the La Plata County Fair and two dates at the Telluride Jazz Festival, including a return performance on the main stage.
To apply or for more information, visit www.stillwatermusic.org or call Steve Dejka at 769-0171.
DHS thespians earning money for competitionDurango High School Troupe 1096 is raising money for the International Thespian Competition this summer.
Troupe members are leading workshops at DHS for students in fifth to eighth grade. Workshops include acting, musical theater, improv and technical theater.
Workshops will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 23 and April 30. The cost for the workshop is $25 and includes a pizza lunch.
For more information, call Ben Mattson at (505) 360-4888, email email@example.com or arrive Saturday morning at the high school with payment. Checks are preferred and can be made out to DHS Thespians.