School district has reasons to be proud


The Moffat County School District focuses on achievements of area schools each month.

The following is a sample of the district's compilation of February's "Reasons Why We Are Proud" list:

Early Childhood Center

  • Three paraprofessionals have completed associate degrees, which makes a total of 75 percent of the preschool teachers holding a minimum of an associate's degree.
  • Preschool teachers are visiting preschoolers in their homes during the next two months. Teachers will share the importance of kindergarten readiness.
  • For the first time the school will be using the Early Childhood Rating Scale to evaluate the effectiveness of all Colorado Preschool program sites.

Ridgeview Elementary School

  • For the first time in years, immunizations are current for all students.
  • Margie Mortensen received the CCIRA Scholarship for continuing education.
  • Maybell School had a unique outdoor experience in Steamboat Springs. They had a very informative and educational tour on the ski slopes. Students learned about the importance of exercise and lifelong fitness, weather, forecasting and winter survival techniques.

East Elementary School

  • Eleven children are receiving literacy instruction via the Wilson Language Program. Each and every one of them is improving in the decoding and spelling skills.
  • Our Newspapers in Education (NIE) students are prepared and are genuinely interested in the writing process.
  • There is a collaborative effort between the physical education and music departments especially on Fridays when those two teachers work together.

Sunset Elementary School

  • There are 233 students enrolled in 16 different afterschool activities.
  • Staff is pleased with the Wellness Committee that is back this year.
  • Fourth-grade choir "Sunrise Singers" is off and singing. They will be performing in March.

Craig Intermediate School

  • Thanks to Mr. Smith, Mrs. Nagoda and Mrs. Firestone for sharing their musical gifts.
  • Thanks to Mrs. Robinson for work with English Language Learners students.
  • Thanks to Ms. Gede for creatively supporting our SPED students to make sure they all learn.

Craig Middle School

  • Has raised student accountability reports by emphasizing monthly School Pride celebrations.
  • The science department has recommended 72 students from the eighth grade class to take a test to bypass an Integrated Science class offered in high school. The effort is designed to better prepare students for high school science and providing access to higher levels of science classes in high school.

Moffat County High School

  • Key Club members gave to the KRAI Christmas Food Drive, helped with the Ridgeview Christmas Party and helped some needy folks over the holidays.
  • Woodshop elves were featured on Channel 9 and Channel 7 News. The piece was also forwarded to NBC news affiliates across 14 different states.
  • Twenty-five students in the fall elective literature class read and reported on a total of 49,780 pages of biography, fiction and non-fiction.
  • Students Vanessa Gillette, Amanda Cramer, Ryan Gainor and Ashley Shevling qualified for the state DECA competition

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