Education Briefs


Education Briefs

Durango administration sets summer hours

Beginning June 4, the Durango School District 9-R Administration Building will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and will be closed Fridays.

Normal business hours will resume July 30.

Summer academy accepting registrations

Durango School District 9-R Summer Academy registration will close Monday.

All classes are open for enrollment and a few classes need one or more students in order to remain open. To find out which classes need more students, email Steve Powell at or call 259-1630, ext. 2252.

To register, visit or use the registration form included in the catalog and return to Powell at Durango High School. The registration form, catalog and health form are at

Title VII advisory committee to meet

The Title VII Parent Advisory Committee will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 23 in the conference room of the 9-R Administration Building.

The meeting is open to public.

DHS talent show to be held Thursday

A performance of the Durango High School Talent Show will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Main Gym at DHS.

Parents, students, staff members and community members are welcome.

Celebration for retiring principal to be held

After 23 years as principal at Needham Elementary School, Pete Harter will leave his post at the end of this school year.

A celebration for him will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 23. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

Harter will return to Needham in the fall as a job-shared fourth-grade teacher.

Community college seeks public comment

Pueblo Community College will present a draft of its proposed 2012-15 Strategic Plan and seek comments during a community session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Community members can access the event at the Southwest Colorado Community College campuses in Durango in Room 219 of The Commons Building at 701 South Camino del Rio, and the Mancos/Cortez West Campus Learning Center in Room 109, 33057 U.S. Highway 160.

All interested community members are encouraged to attend.

Park school to hold end-of-year celebration

Park Elementary School’s end-of-year celebration “Jump Into Summer Reading” picnic will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Fanto Park.

There will be hot dogs, chips, watermelon and drinks. Participants should bring their own blanket.

Animas High announces events

Animas High School will host these events:

Students and staff members will hold an exhibition event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. These projects will be shown at the exhibition:

Chemistry students will display their scientific posters, which summarize the research they conducted while investigating how biochar might be used as a soil amendment to improve soil quality and promote plant growth in mine-impacted soils.

Physics students studied the physics of sound and waves and crafted instruments, devices and posters that illustrate their understanding of these concepts.

Geometry students will display artistic products of their creative design including kaleidoscopes, origami, slice forms, tessellations, circle designs and more.

Algebra I classes will educate the public about a variety of personal finance topics.

Algebra 2 students studied sequences and series and will display these concepts through 3-dimensional objects called fractal cuts.

Math analysis students will display their knowledge of a mathematical concept through written lyrics and recorded songs

The pre-calculus class will exhibit roller coasters constructed from popsicle sticks by applying their knowledge about continuous and differential functions and relationships between derivatives and slopes.

The biology class finished its antiangiogenic cookbook which is available at A Bite to Fight features antiangiogenic recipes, informational pages, personal connections and artwork all created by the AHS Class of 2014. All proceeds will go to the Denver Children’s Hospital. Samples of some of the recipes will be available at the exhibition Thursday.

The Parent Advisory Committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the school.

Childhood council to meet in Cortez

The Montelores Early Childhood Council will meet at 11:45 a.m. June 4 in the community room of the First National Bank of Cortez, located in the Cortez Plaza.

Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, email Vangi McCoy at or call 749-7017.

Bayfield preschool accepting enrollment

Enrollment for fall preschool slots at Bayfield Early Education Programs is continuing.

Children of families that fit into the state guidelines for moderate to low income are needed. BEEP has a sliding scale for people who qualify and offers bartering and scholarships. Colorado Preschool Programs slots are available for children who have educational risk factors. BEEP accepts children ages 3 to 5.

For more information, call 884-7137 or visit

Native Roots to donate to Mountain Middle

Native Roots Garden Center in Durango will donate a portion of all retail sales Saturday to Mountain Middle School.

Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Native Roots is south of Durango, between Walmart and Home Depot on the frontage road. Money raised will be matched by a local donor.

For more information, call 259-5111.

Mountain Middle to host golf scramble

The first Mountain Middle School Golf Scramble and Mexican Dinner will be held June 1 at Dalton Ranch Golf Club north of Durango.

Player entry fees are $125 each or $500 per team, and include greens fee, golf cart, practice balls, prizes and lunch. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The Mexican dinner buffet and silent auction is open to all guests and will be at the pavilion at Dalton Ranch at 6 p.m. Adults are $25, and kids are $12.50.

To enter the tournament or RSVP for the dinner, call Michelle James at 769-0404 or email

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