DHS to hold meetings for parents, teahers
Durango High School parent/teacher conferences will take place Oct. 12 and 13. To set up a conference, parents must call 259-1630, ext. 2327, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10.
Volunteers are needed to help with the scheduling.
To volunteer, call 259-1630, ext. 2300, or email email@example.com.
Durango school board to hold work session
The Durango School District 9-R School Board will conduct a work session with community members at 5 p.m. today in the board room of the administration building, 201 E. 12th St.
The board will gather comments about the new superintendent search process. This meeting will be in lieu of the community coffee previously scheduled for this date.
DHS to host college fair today
The Colorado Council on High School/College Relations will sponsor a Regional College Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Durango High School.
The workshop Life After High School will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in the DHS library, where a panel of college representatives will conclude the presentation with time for questions and answers.
Escalante to host climber Saturday
Escalante Middle School will host climber Lynn Hill at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Hill is known for her free-climb ascent of the Nose Route on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. She is the author of Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World.
For more information, call Deb Nielsen at 247-9490.
Cowboy poets to visit Riverview Elementary
Riverview Elementary School will host cowboy poets and musicians during a student assembly from 12:25 to 1:20 p.m. Friday.
This event will be in conjunction with the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Riverview families and friends are welcome. Students are invited to dress up as cowboys and cowgirls.
For more information, call 247-3862.
Music in the Mountains accepting instruments
With the support of Vectra Bank, Music in the Mountains offers gently used instruments to children in a school band or orchestra program that otherwise could not afford to have their own.
People who have an instrument they would like to donate may do so at Vectra Bank, 1101 East Second Ave. A receipt with the estimated value of the instrument will be given.
For more information, call Angie Beach at 385-6820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
President to deliver back-to-school speech
President Obama will deliver his third annual Back to School Speech at 11:30 a.m. MDT today at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C.
The speech will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live so schools and classrooms can watch the speech.
For more information, visit www.whitehouse.gov/back-to-school. Schools and classrooms may also watch the speech live on MSNBC.
Nominations accepted for outstanding youth
Nominations for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are being accepted.
These awards honor community service by young people in grades five to 12 at the local, state and national level during the last year. To apply, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or www.principals.org/spirit. Applications must be completed by Nov. 1. A paper version of the application may be received by calling (877) 525-8491.
For more information, visit www.news.prudential.com.
Space Club to meet Thursdays
The Space Club will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in Room 312 of Miller Middle School.
Fundraising and scholarships will be discussed. Participants will attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., from June 10 to 15.
For more information, visit www.spacecamp.org or call Diana Wright at 247-1418, ext. 2534.
VFW announces scholarships
The VFW Auxiliary Post 4031 in Durango, 1550 Main Ave., announces these writing contest scholarships:
Patriot Pen is a competition that gives students in grades six to eight the opportunity to write essays expressing their views about democracy. Contestants must write a 300- to 500-word essay based on the theme Are You Proud of Your Country?
The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades nine to 12. Contestants must record a three- to five-minute essay on a CD on the theme Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military? Submission of the essay is required along with the recording.
The deadline entry date for both contests is Nov. 1, and essays are to be turned in to the VFW Auxiliary Post 4031, 1550 Main Ave.
For more information, visit www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.levelc&cid=1836.
Local group announces contests
The Daughters of the American Revolution Sarah Platt Decker Chapter announces these contests:
The American History Essay Contest is available to students in grades five to eight. The theme is Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812. Participants will pretend they were alive during the war and had a friend who became famous for standing up for America. One winner will be selected at each grade level.
The Junior American Citizens Contest is available to students in preschool to 12th grade. The theme is Enhancing the Present and has eight categories. Winners will be chosen in each contest category at each grade level.
For more information, call Lynn Constan at (970) 264-5451 or email email@example.com.
DCAT to move office into Animas High
Durango Community Access Television will partner with students at Animas High School by relocating its production and editing equipment to the school.
The combination of Animas Highs project-based learning curriculum, public exhibition program and the schools commitment to connect students to the larger community are a fit with DCATs mission. Students taking the video-arts class will learn how to produce, direct, and edit short films, documentaries, and public service announcements.
Continuing education classes offered at FLC
Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program is offering these classes:
Grant Writing Basics with Nicole Fabrey and Teresa Malone will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 3 to 12. This course will simplify the process and improve the success rate. The cost is $110 for four classes.
Introduction to Western Herbal Medicine with Anna-Marija Helt will be held Tuesdays from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8. Class will cover basic physiology, herbal actions, and energetics. The cost is $134 for six classes.
Advance registration is required. To register, call 247-7385 or visit www.fortlewis.edu/ContinuingEd.
Teacher academy accepting nominations
Golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, have teamed up with ExxonMobil to form the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a weeklong professional-development program focused on math and science education designed for third- to fifth-grade educators.
The deadline to nominate teachers is Oct. 31. If selected, the teacher will be a part of the 2011 academy.
To nominate a teacher, visit www.SendMyTeacher.com.
Animas High announces events
Animas High School will hold these events:
Tours are available of AHS. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 247-2474.
AHS ninth-grade students will present identity masks and essays exploring their social identities and contrasting their experiences with Durangoans living at the turn of the last century during the Freshman Exhibition from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave.
The Parent Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at AHS.
9-R students to walk to school
Durango School District 9-R schools will celebrate International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5.
Local students will walk or bicycle to school. Activities will be scheduled throughout the week, and parents are encouraged to check with their childrens school office for a list of events.
American essay contest available to students
High school students and teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institutes sixth annual Being an American Essay Contest.
The contest explores the founding principles outlined in the Constitution, and is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in the Washington, D.C. area. The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes. Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize.
For more information, visit www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Contest.