9-R offers survey for superintendent input
The Durango School District 9-R School Board has created an online survey for comments about its superintendent search at www.surveymonkey.com/s/VZF376T.
The survey consists of five questions and will be available through Nov. 1.
Learning communities meetings to be held
Informational meetings concerning Small Learning Communities at Durango High School will be held at these locations:
A parent informational meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Nov. 1 at Escalante Middle School and from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at DHS.
Eighth-grade student presentations will take place from 3 to 3:30 p.m. today and Thursday at Miller Middle School and from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and Oct. 26 and 27 at Escalante Middle School.
Ninth-grade student presentations will take place from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 1, 2 and 3.
All eighth- and ninth-grade parents are invited to all the meetings.
DHS speech, debate team seeks judges
The Durango High School Speech and Debate team will host its home tournament Dec. 9 and 10 and the CHSAA State qualifying tournament Feb. 24 and 25.
People who are interested in judging should email Darlene Clayton at email@example.com.
Escalante to hold assembly Tuesday
Escalante Middle School will hold a special school assembly in honor of Red Ribbon Week from 8:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the school.
Space Club to meet Thursdays
The Space Club will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at Miller Middle School in Room 312.
The club will build, launch and compete with air rockets. Students who cant attend the meetings but are interested in the club and camp should email Diana Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHS speech, debate team to host meeting
The Durango High School Speech and Debate team will host a parents meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Room 2084 of DHS.
For more information, email Darlene Clayton at email@example.com.
Needham to take school pictures Oct. 26
Yanowich Photography will visit Needham Elementary School from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at the school to take student pictures.
For more information or a photo envelope, call 247-4791.
Park Elementary announces events
Park Elementary School will hold these events:
Students will collect pink Yoplait lids to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization through Dec. 16. Clean lids may be delivered to the schools front office.
For more information, call Suzanne Garcia at 247-3718.
A blood drive will take place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium. To sign up, call Pam Mackley at 247-3718, ext. 3503.
The Parent Teacher Organization will host the annual Park Pumpkin Patch Family Event on Saturday. There will be games, haunted classrooms and an opportunity to select pumpkins from local growers. All proceeds will benefit PTO sponsored projects.
For more information, call Heidi Martinez at 247-3718.
Gifted students meeting to be held
The Southwest Region Gifted Education Grant will host a parent information event called Beyond Academics for parents of gifted students from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the 9-R board room at the administration building, 201 E. 12th St.
The meetings presenter, Terry Bradley, will discuss the social and emotional needs of the gifted person.
For more information, email Betsey Krill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forum to be held for 9-R candidates
The League of Women Voters of La Plata County will hold a candidate forum for the Durango School District 9-R School Board from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at Durango City Hall, 949 East Second Ave.
For more information, visit www.lwvlaplata.org.
Entries sought for art, writing awards
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is calling for entries for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Teens in grades seventh to 12th are invited to submit work in 28 categories of art and writing.
Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs. To be eligible, students must be in a public, private, parochial, home-school or out of school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.
Deadlines for submitting work range from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15.
For more information, visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/node/496.
Kids and the Arts offers scholarships
The Kids and the Arts Studio Program, located in the Smiley Building, an arts-enrichment, school-year program for children age 3 to 5, announces that it has a scholarship program.
The scholarships are given depending on financial need and interest in the arts. The certified program boasts a 4-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, and all teachers are CPR certified. A summer program for children 3 to 6 also is available.
For more information, visit www.mommyandmedanceofdurango.com.
Polices, procedures meeting to be held
The Ignacio School District Indian Policies and Procedures meeting will be held Oct. 27 in the Ignacio High School cafeteria.
A meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. All parents and guardians of Native American children in the Ignacio School District are invited.
Escalante to hold event for soup kitchen
Escalante Middle School will hold a fundraiser for the Empty Bowls project from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the school.
This is a student community service activity involving local artists and students that will benefit the Manna Soup Kitchen.
Students sought for Washington tour
La Plata Electric Association and The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association are seeking high school juniors to be part of the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., from June 14 to 21.
The application deadline is Dec. 16. LPEA staff will host an optional reception for interested students and their parents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the cooperatives Durango headquarters, 45 Stewart St. in Bodo Industrial Park.
High school juniors whose households receive electricity from LPEA are eligible.
The tour will feature a look at the federal government and the nations Capitol, including museum and monument tours, as well as interaction with Colorados elected representatives.
LPEA seeks to sponsor one student from each municipality within its service territory. Home-school students also are eligible.
Applications will be available at the reception, as well as at www.lpea.coop, from high school counselors and at the LPEA offices in Durango and Pagosa Springs.
For more information, call Jeannie Bennett at 382-3505 or email email@example.com.
Continuing education offered at Fort Lewis
The Continuing Education Program at Fort Lewis College will hold these classes:
Basic Digital Photography with Paul Boyer will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 29. The cost is $49 for one class.
Beginning Italian with Paul Boyer will take place Monday and Wednesday evenings from Monday to Dec. 7. The cost is $204 for 12 classes.
Advance registration is required. For more information, call 247-7385 or visit www.fortlewis.edu/ContinuingEd.
Social work, psychology class available at FLC
Fort Lewis College will offer a course called Introduction to Clinical Theories during the winter 2012 semester.
The three-credit course will cover topics such as theories in social work and clinical psychology, values and ethics in practice, and career opportunities. The course is available to community members who apply as a nondegree-seeking student. Previous completion of an introductory psychology course and at least one semester of college-level writing are required. The class will meet from 4 to 5:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 10.
For more information, call Lori Benefiel at 385-5570. To apply for admission, call (877) FLC-COLO or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is Jan. 6.
J.C. Penney holding fundraiser for programs
Shoppers at J.C. Penney in the Durango Mall are invited to participate in Pennies from Heaven by rounding up their purchases and donating the difference to after-school programs through Tuesday.
The Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County is one of the after-school organizations that will benefit from the money raised during the campaign.
For more information, visit www.jcpenneyafterschool.org.
Adult education center to hold Spanish classes
The Durango Adult Education Center, 701 Camino del Rio, Suite 301, announces these classes:
Spanish, six levels and three conversational classes, will run eight weeks from Oct. 24 to Dec. 15. A placement test is required before enrolling.
Travel Spanish for people who want to learn useful words and phrases will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 26 to Dec. 14.
Medical Spanish I for health-care providers who want to learn medical vocabulary and phrases will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 24 to Dec. 12.
Medical Spanish II for health-care providers who want to learn advanced medical vocabulary and phrases will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 27 to Dec. 15.
Construction Spanish for workers, contractors, foremen and anybody who works with Spanish-speaking employees and coworkers from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 27 to Dec. 15.
Preregistration and prepayment is required for all classes.
For more information, call 385-4354.
Liberty School to hold academic testing
The Liberty School will host academic and gifted testing on Friday and Saturday.
Joyce Bilgrave will perform academic testing yielding grade levels in math and reading. Bob Seney will use the COGAT, DICAT or the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test Two to quantify indicators of giftedness.
The fee will be $50.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 385-4834.