Each month, department heads submit reasons they are proud to the Moffat County High School Board of Education, which recognizes staff and students for their accomplishments. Some of those reasons for the month of April were:
A letter written by bus driver Penny Southwick.
"The Moffat County School Bus Drivers have kept busy this winter in more ways than just getting students to school safely. To relieve the stress of icy roads and noisy students, they have taken up crocheting. They have put together 17 friendship afghans and are assembling more for Toys for Tots.
"The united effort has been a positive influence to everyone involved. This group of drivers has assembled boxes for the needy during Thanksgiving and Christmas and is striving to be aware of how positive efforts can help each other and the community.
For the last few weeks Moffat County School Mechanic Pat Duzik has stayed after work on Fridays to help students in 4-H work on their fair project of small engines. He has lawn mowers, motorcycles and three wheelers just to mention a few. During this time most of the students get the small engine to run. This may consist of a complete overhaul to just tune up.
Craig Middle School
Rebecca Baker won first place in the adult category of the public library's 55-word short story contest. Tyler Pike, an eighth-grader, won in his age group and Sari Maneotis received an honorable mention.
The eighth-grade teaching team of Morris, Reynolds, and Yoast has begun an integrated unit exposing their students to our CX Bridges software, which was obtained through last year's School-to-Career Partnership. The software enables students to explore various career paths.
David Morris spent three days in Denver on a state committee working to select test items for future reading and writing CSAP assessments.
In this age of high-tech educational devices, Sam Johnson is teaching with rocks. His Ecology/Anthropology class completed a unit on flintknapping. Nancy Muldoon contributed to the unit by collecting some good 'knapping' rocks in Texas while she was there for spring break.
For the third quarter, 37 CMS students received straight A's.
Several of the art teachers in our district have volunteered their expertise in assisting Mrs. Lassota's Project Citizen students with their display panels.
The CMS wrestling team earned its 13th consecutive District Championship. This was the school's 16th championship in 21 years. Our wrestling team is coached by Don Guffy and Burkie Wynkoop.
Craig Intermediate School
The fifth-grade Knowledge Bowl team, comprised of 22 CIS students, earned second place in the state of Colorado. They had as many correct answers as the first place team, but did not get as many bonus points for speed.
Craig Intermediate School staff made a generous donation to the Memorial Fund for Cheri Clinton. Cheri was the mother of sixth grade student Tommie Coleman.
CIS counselor, Tom Nagoda, and psychologist, Linda Nolte, have been working with CIS students on a Tease Proof program.
70 percent of Ridgeview elementary Elementary School students exhibited exemplary citizenship and behaviors at Ridgeview elementary and have earned their Ridgeview elementary STAR status.
Dylan Schopper, MCHS high school student, who has been conducting a variety of structured playground activities during recess, hosts an after school program and serves as a role model for elementary school youth.
80 percent of the school's staff will have completed training in the four components of our Reading intervention program by the end of the summer.
Sunset Elementary School
In late March, Sunset's fourth graders gave an outstanding physical education program choreographed by Susan Nicholson.
Goldie Arroyo is doing an outstanding job organizing the Vision Therapy program. The training of staff and managing student and staff schedules, for the therapy, is under her control.
First grade students presented a first-rate musical under the direction of Denise Whitney
East Elementary School
Schools officials are proud of their third grade switch program that allows students to experience having a different teacher for one class period a day to get ready for next year at the CIS building.
The school collected enough Pepsi notes to get four keyboards with earphones and AC adaptors. These have an approximate value of $200 each.
The school's after-school programs continue to be successful.
One of the school's severely handicapped first graders has started to write independently in class.
East Elementary School students collected 3,300 box tops this year and will receive a check for $330.