Durango district is on spring break
Durango School District 9-R will hold spring break through Friday.
All school buildings will be closed during this time. The administration building will be open.
Preschool, kindergarten registration to be held
Preschool and kindergarten registration for the 2012-2013 school year will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19 at all elementary schools in the Durango School District.
Parents must provide their child’s immunization information, a birth certificate and a utility bill to show proof of residency.
Open houses available to fifth-grade students
Open houses for fifth-grade students entering sixth grade in the fall will be held at these times:
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Escalante Middle School.
6 to 7 p.m. April 26 at Miller Middle School.
Durango to host summer academy
Durango School District 9-R announces its 33rd Summer Academy is open for registration for any academically motivated students entering second to ninth grades who are interested in attending an enrichment summer school program.
Teacher recommendations are welcomed, but not required. Instruction will be delivered at a fast pace, and in great depth. Classes this year include “Fun with French,” “Aerospace Design” and more. Classes will have a minimum size of six students and a maximum of 14.
The registration form, catalog and 9-R health form can be found at durangoschools.org. Registration is available online and in hard-copy form.
Online registration is encouraged and can be accessed at summeracademy.durangoschools.org; or complete the registration form and return it to Steve Powell at Durango High School.
For more information, call Powell at 259-1630, ext. 2252.
Animas Valley to hold registration
Animas Valley Elementary School will hold kindergarten and preschool registration from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19.
Parents must provide their child’s immunization information, proof of residency and a birth certificate.
Incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend kindergarten classes from 10 to 11 a.m. or noon to 1 p.m. on registration day.
Parents are welcome to accompany their child as they spend about 15 minutes in each of the two kindergarten classes with current students.
Durango school board announces meetings
The Durango School District 9-R School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and April 23 in the boardroom 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. on the Friday before the board meeting.
DHS juniors to take college entrance exam
All juniors will take the Colorado ACT from 8:20 a.m. to noon April 24.
Lunch will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. This test is for juniors only. All other students will report to school at 12:50 p.m. There will be no change in the bus schedule for the day.
If ninth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders arrive on campus at their usual time, they can wait for school to start in a designated waiting area. The afternoon class schedule will consist of all five classes at 31 minutes each.
Dental program to visit Needham
Southwest Smile Makers Dental Program will offer dental services at Needham Elementary School on April 18 and 19.
All children are eligible to participate. If the child has Medicaid or CHP+, there is no cost. If the child does not have Medicaid or CHP+ and the child needs dental care, parents may contact the nurse for prices. All students must turn in a consent form by Tuesday.
For more information and forms, call Judy Williams at 247-4791.
Riverview parent organization to meet
The Riverview Elementary School Parent/Teacher Organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s conference room.
The election of next year’s officers is on the agenda.
For more information, call 247-3862.
Scholarship available to DHS student
The Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence will offer a Helen Smith Friendship Award of $300 to a Durango High School student who exemplifies the values of friendship.
Requirements include a typed letter of interest or essay, one reference letter, need for financial assistance and a transcript. Name, address, phone number and email should be included. The application is due no later than April 23 to DFEE, 201 E. 12th St.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 385-1491.
Deadline extended for worker recognition
The Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence has extended the Employee Recognition Nomination Deadline to Monday.
People are invited to nominate a teacher or staff member for recognition at the annual DFEE 9-R Employee Recognition Celebration.
A version of the nomination form is available at www.dfee.net. Nominators also can contact the DFEE office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 385-1491.
The employee recognition celebration will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 3 at the Morehart Murphy Regional Auto Center.
Free lunar workshop available to educators
The Durango Discovery Museum will host a free lunar workshop for educators from June 4 to 8.
The workshop will include free breakfast and lunch and pub science tickets. Sixth- to 12th-grade science teachers are invited to attend the free workshop focusing on lunar science, exploration and how the understanding of the moon is evolving with new data from current and recent lunar missions. The application deadline is Friday.
For more information and to register, visit lro.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/workshop2012durango.html.
Human chain to be formed on river trail
A seven-mile human chain to connect the community and celebrate the linking of the Animas River Trail from north to south will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 26.
A human chain will be formed along all seven miles of the Animas River Trail from the 32nd Street bridge in north Durango to Rivera Bridge near Home Depot on the south side.
For more information, visit www.durangoconnect.com or email email@example.com.
Young women invited to career day at college
Introducing young women to the many opportunities in non-traditional careers is the theme of a free one-day “Expanding Your Horizons” experience April 20 at the Southwest Colorado Community College West Campus.
Ninth- and 10th-grade female students from La Plata and Montezuma counties will be introduced to four different careers they might not have considered.
They can choose sessions about computers and information technology, law enforcement, auto mechanics, and metal fabrication.
In each session, they will participate in hands-on projects and also learn about the salaries and opportunities in that career.
A lunch will be provided, and keynote speakers will be Sgt. Rita Warfield of the Durango Police Department and Paula Mathias of Durango, a metal worker, welder and artist.
Young women interested in attending may contact their high school counselors or call Shanna Sasser at 247-2929 or 564-7223.
The event will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 1:30 p.m.
Sponsors sought for golf tournament
The Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence will host the 19th annual Tom Hartney Memorial Golf Tournament on May 18 at Dalton Ranch.
Registration is open now for hole sponsorships at $200 each. Proceeds will benefit DFEE efforts to support programs, materials and technology not covered by the Durango School District budget. Hole sponsor signs will be posted along the course. Additional sponsor acknowledgement will be posted on the DFEE website, carried in the DFEE newsletter and included in wrap-up media releases and ads.
To register for a sponsorship or for more information, call Maryel Emrich at 759-8170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DFEE extends scholarships deadline
Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence has extended the deadline to April 23 to apply for all scholarships to be offered through DFEE.
For more information, visit www.dfee.net or call 385-1491.
FLC offers continuing education classes
Fort Lewis College Continuing Education will offer these classes:
“Leading Nonprofits through Power and Influence” with Terry Bacon will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 18. Participants will discover which influence techniques are effective in different circumstances and what skills are needed to use those techniques well. The cost is $44.
“Grow Your Business: Introduction to Marketing Success Formula” with Louise Garnett will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26. This formula helps business owners increase marketing effectiveness while decreasing costs. The cost is $54.
Advance registration is required. Call 247-7385 or visit www.fortlewis.edu/ContinuingEd.