Durango announces holiday schedule
All Durango School District 9-R schools will be closed for the holiday break from Dec. 19 to 30.
The administrative building will be open to the public Dec. 19, 20 and 21. These are employee work days. The building will be closed Dec. 22 and 23, which are district paid holidays.
The administration building will be closed to the public Dec. 26-30.
Durango school board to meet Tuesday
The Durango School District 9-R School Board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 9-R board room of the administration building.
All are welcome. A copy of the proposed agenda can be found at www.boarddocs.com/co/dsd/Board.nsf/Public by 5 p.m. Friday.
DHS volleyball selling cookie dough
Durango High School volleyball team has cookie dough for sale.
The flavors are chocolate-chip pecan, double chocolate, peanut butter and white chocolate macadamia nut. The cost is $10.50 per bucket.
For more information or to place an order, call 259-1630, ext. 3608.
DHS speech team needs judges
Durango High School Speech and Debate needs judges for its home tournament Saturday.
For more information, email Darlene Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner, auction to benefit local
Durango High School staff members and students will host Home for the Holidays, a dinner and silent auction sponsored by high schools FFA and Student Council to benefit Bruce Anderson, at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the DHS cafeteria.
Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., and the silent auction will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or from any FFA or student council member.
For more information, call KayDe Naylon at 259-1630, ext. 2125, or email email@example.com.
DHS to open welcome center
Durango High School announces the opening of its student-run Welcome Center, which provides resources and information to students, parents and community members.
The center is located in the DHS main office and is open during school hours, except for lunch time and Demon Time. Student ambassadors are available to answer phone calls or direct inquiries.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning communities information fair Jan. 9
The date for the Small Learning Communities Informational Fair has been rescheduled to 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Durango High School.
Parents of eighth- and ninth-graders should plan to attend and learn about the new communities and speak with staff members.
Ski areas benefit day to help education group
Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence and Bank of Colorado announce Durango Mountain Resorts Locals Benefit Day Ski for Education will be held Dec. 18.
All proceeds will benefit the foundation that serves the students and teachers of Durango School District 9-R by funding programs that fall outside the regular district budget.
Lift tickets will be $40 for adults; $32 for students/seniors, and $25 children and people older than 70.
A coupon is needed to receive the reduced fares and are available in the Durango Telegraph, 9-R schools, www.skipurg.com and www.dfee.net.
A drop box will be located in the plaza of DMR for donations of unused school supplies to help 9-R students.
DHS bands to hold winter concerts
The Durango High School Concert Band and Jazz Band Winter Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the DHS auditorium.
The DHS Choir and Orchestra Holiday Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15, also in the auditorium.
Miller to hold information session
Miller Middle School will host a Middle Years Program International Baccalaureate information session from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday and again Jan. 19 in the schools auditorium.
Miller staff members will introduce the program and take questions and comments from the audience.
Space Club to show rocket-building film
The Space Club at Miller Middle School will show a movie at its Thursday and Dec. 15 meetings from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 312.
The movie is about building rockets. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Needham collecting items for Christmas
Needham Elementary School is collecting canned food, nonperishable food, mittens, gloves and stocking caps for Project Merry Christmas through Dec. 14.
The community is invited to drop goods by the school.
Needham to host tamale night
Needham Elementary School will host the second annual Family Tamale Night at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be three sessions with a limit of 10 families per session. The cost is $12 per dozen. Needham families must sign up in the Needham office to reserve a spot.
Riverview choir, orchestra concert
Riverviews Concert Choir and String Orchestra will present their annual Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Riverview gymnasium.
Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
For more information, call Shannon Fontenot at 247-3862.
Animas High to host junior exhibition
Animas High School will host a junior exhibition for Jessica McCallums 11th-grade humanities classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.
Students will exhibit their narrative history projects. The students researched a specific moment, person or event from American history and re-created that history in a narrative form of their choosing.
For more information, call 247-2474.
Healthy School applications available
The 2011-12 Healthy School Champions Score Card application deadline is Jan. 10.
Last year, 15 Colorado schools received monetary awards, and additional schools received recognition through banners to identify their schools as Healthy School Champions.
This year, the number of schools receiving both recognition and monetary awards of $500 to $5,000 at the annual Healthy Schools Summit on April 4 in Denver will be increased. The summit is open to all schools and will offer a day of educational sessions and networking opportunities.
For more information, visit www.healthyschoolchampions.org.
State announces Green Ribbon program
The Colorado Department of Education announces the new Green Ribbon Schools program and invites public and private schools to apply for this recognition.
The program was launched by the U. S. Department of Education to recognize schools that save energy and reduce operating costs, create environmentally friendly learning spaces, promote student health and provide environmental education to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.
To be eligible for this award, schools will have achieved or made considerable progress toward: energy efficient buildings, healthy students, a healthy school environment and the environmental literacy of all students.
Public and private schools in Colorado can submit nomination applications.
For more information, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbonschools.
Brain injury support group to meet
San Juan Basin Health announces a new support group for parents/guardians of young people with traumatic brain injury.
The group will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at Durango Joes, 732 E. College Drive.
For more information, call 749-9607.
LPEA to offer meeting about scholarships
To assist high school seniors and their parents with the application process for college scholarships available through La Plata Electric Association, the cooperative will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at 45 Stewart St.
LPEA staff members will answer questions. Copies of all applications will be available.
All high school seniors in La Plata and Archuleta counties, including home-schooled students, who receive their electricity from LPEA are eligible to apply for the variety of funding opportunities. The deadline for an application is March 1.
For more information and to download applications, visit www.lpea.coop or call Jeannie Bennett at 382-3505 or email email@example.com.
FLC to hold information sessions for adults
Fort Lewis College will offer free informational sessions for adult learners from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday in Program Room 3 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.
Sessions will cover opportunities for adult learners at FLC and explain how to enroll and apply for financial aid. Sessions are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 247-7670.
LPEA seeking juniors to participate in camp
La Plata Electric Association is seeking high school juniors to participate in the Colorado Electric Education Institute Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, an all-expense paid educational/leadership camp to be held July 10-15 at Glen Eden Resort outside Steamboat Springs.
The deadline for application is Jan. 6. The camp brings together about 100 high school students to build leadership skills and learn about the organization and operation of a cooperative.
LPEA will sponsor as many as four high school juniors, one from each school district within its service territory.
To be considered, students are asked to complete the application and submit it to LPEA, along with a 500-word essay reflecting the students personal perspective about leadership.
Applications are available at www.lpea.coop, from high school counselors or at the LPEA Durango and Pagosa Springs offices.
For more information, email Jeannie Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 382-3505.
Vectra Bank to display contest entries
Vectra Bank, 1101 East Second Ave., will display student entries in the 2011 Project Merry Christmas poster contest through the holiday season.
This years poster winner is Natalie Serwe, a student at Escalante Middle School.
The public is invited to visit the bank and view the work of area students. Entries for the 2012 contest may be dropped off at the Project Merry Christmas office, 1315 Main Ave., by May 1.
Poetry, video show to be held at FLC
Big Picture High School and Fort Lewis College will hold a Poetry and Video Exhibition from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Vallecito Room at Fort Lewis College.
For more information, call Will Camp at 247-7281.
Stillwater Foundation to perform Sunday
The Stillwater Foundation music program will present Winter Wonder Bands at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
The tickets $5. Area young people and adults will play a variety of musical styles.
For more information and tickets, visit www.stillwaterfoundation.org.
Ignacio schools announce events
The Ignacio School District will hold these events:
The Ignacio Junior High and High School music departments will host a Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Theater Room of the high school. The bands, choirs and combo group will perform.
The elementary school will host a Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school gym. Grades one to three will perform. There also will be a Building Accountability Committee silent auction fundraiser featuring gift baskets, student art, welding projects and desserts.
The Ignacio School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 14.
The kindergarten Winter Concert will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 in the elementary school gym.
Drivers education class to be held
Four Corners Safety Association will offer the next 30-hour drivers education class from Dec. 27 to 30.
The cost for the class plus the six hours of driving required by the state is $350. Classes are limited to 30 students.
For more information and registration, call Tim Cunningham at 375-1230 or visit www.4csa.info.