Education briefs for March 1, 2014: Moffat County School District to host parent meeting March 3

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Moffat County School District will host a meeting for parents from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the district administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to address concerns with Common Core Standards and other parts of the educational system.

For more information, call Zack Allen at 970-826-6343

Tickets on sale for Moffat County High School production of ‘The Cat in the Hat’

The Moffat County High School drama program will offer its final performances of “The Cat in the Hat,” based on the children’s book by Dr. Seuss, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the MCHS auditorium.

The show is about 45 minutes long and is recommended for kids ages 2 to 12 who have a great sense of humor.

Director Christina Wilcox described the play as “great for all families, children of all ages, and it will allow one to finish supper, see the show and be home in time for an early bedtime.”

Tickets to the event are $5 per person or $10 for VIP seating in the center section and can be purchased in advance with reserved seats at moffattickets.org or at the door with cash or a credit or check card.

Show merchandise including hats and t-shirts may also be purchased through the online outlet. The hats will also come in handy during Read Across America Day, which takes place nationwide March 3.

Organizers also will offer special items available for bid during a silent auction throughout the production.

Craig elementary schools to offer literacy events

There will be numerous literacy-themed events offered at each of the local elementary schools next week.

East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset Elementary Schools will be featuring programs March 3 to celebrate the birthday of children’s book pioneer Dr. Seuss as part of Read Across America Day.

Ridgeview and Sandrock will have special days during the week when parents and guardians can come in before school for breakfast and reading time, while East will host its family literacy night March 3 starting at 5:15 p.m.

Ridgeview’s book exchange will be at lunchtime March 7, letting students have the chance to trade in up to three books in good condition.

For a full list of events at your child’s school, call East at 970-824-6042, Ridgeview at 970-824-7018, Sandrock at 970-824-3287 or Sunset at 970-824-5762.

Bill expands community college offerings statewide

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation Thursday authorizing community colleges to offer four-year degrees in career and technical fields.

The legislation, Senate Bill 14-004, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Todd and Reps. Jim Wilson and Jenise May, authorizes community colleges to offer four-year bachelor of applied science degrees. This type of degree covers a wide array of fields, including dental hygiene, culinary arts and water quality management.

This legislation was initiated by the Colorado Community College System to address the gap in Colorado higher education whereby students who want to pursue career and technical studies do not have access to a four-year degree in their field. According to a press release from CCCS, many specialized technical jobs increasingly require bachelor degrees for career advancement and most career and technical courses are not offered at or do not transfer to four-year institutions. This creates situations where students need to take six years of higher education to earn a bachelors degree.

By allowing community colleges to offer BAS degrees, the cost and time of achieving a four-year degree is significantly lowered. Further, many students cannot leave their communities because of family and job commitments.

This legislation also offers affordable access to a four-year degree. Community colleges intentionally keep their tuition low so that their students have access to a higher education opportunity without incurring large amounts of debt.

Also, the business community benefits from this legislation. This legislation gives them the ability to find and hire well-qualified employees, which allows them to grow their businesses. If a community has a need for specialized trained worker such as agriculture, degrees can be developed that are tailored to meet that need.

“This is an important piece of legislation for students and our state,” said Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System. “We are filling a gap in Colorado higher education system. These degrees will allow students more opportunities when they graduate to go into the workforce and earn a higher standard of living. We are seeing more and more industries require some form of further education in a specialized technical field.”

McCallin also said keeping education within communities is an added benefit.

“This ability is especially critical in the rural communities where it is next to impossible for students to leave to pursue an education and where there are not any four-year degree granting institutions,” she said. “This legislation will help resolve the significant gap in higher education attainment between the rural and urban areas in Colorado, which is one of the highest in the nation.”

Nursing scholarship available through hospital organization

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating or graduated high school senior wishing to further his or her education by attending the Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing program.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a Moffat County resident and either be a graduating senior or a graduate with plans to become a nurse. Applicants must have fulfilled or begun to fulfill the requirements to enter the nursing program at CNCC.

Applications must be submitted no later than March 31 to Paula Duzik at Moffat County High School. Applications and more information about the scholarship may be obtained from Mrs. Duzik or from the TMH Gift Shop.

The idea to offer a scholarship came from Auxiliary members Martha Martinez and Lois Stoffle.

The TMH Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1956. Today, the Hospital Auxiliary has over 20 members who donate thousands of hours each year. They are instrumental in day-to-day operations of the hospital as well as in providing items essential to the hospital patients’ comfort and safety.

For more information, call Stoffle at 970-272-3238 or Martinez at 970-824-9533.

Legislators seeking interns

United States Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are each seeking interns for their Washington, D.C. and Colorado offices for this summer. The positions are open to undergraduate students or recent graduates.

Interns working in the Colorado offices will assist staff as they help constituents resolve issues with federal agencies. State interns also meet with local partners and help to represent the senator at community outreach events.

Interns in the Washington office will attend committee hearings and briefings, compose memos for legislative staff, answer phones, research legislative issues, help with press outreach, lead Capitol tours and participate in congressional events.

Internships are unpaid, although college credit may be available. Today is the deadline to apply for a position with Udall’s Washington office, and April 15 is the last day to apply to work for him within the state.

For more information on session dates and eligibility, visit markudall.senate.gov/students.

March 15 is the deadline for Bennet’s Washington office. Colorado-based internships are open year-round for Bennet.

For more information, visit bennet.senate.gov/services/internships.

Poet laureate to work with Craig students

Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason will be in Craig March 14 and 15. As an advocate for all forms of literacy at venues across the state, Mason will be providing workshops for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School students, as well as a presentation at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

This is the first time Mason, a published writer and a professor of English and creative writing at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, has visited Moffat County while in his position.

For more information, call MCHS at 970-824-7036, CMS at 970-824-3289 or CNCC at 970-824-1101.

Driver Education courses available

Moffat County High School will soon offer a new run of Driver Education courses.

Students should be six months from their 15th birthday or older when they begin the classes, which are offered in 10 days of three-hour sessions from 3:45 to 6:45 p.m. March 17 to 28.

A one-week summer session with six-hour days is also available from June 2 to 6. Students must get their learner’s permit within six months of completion, or the class will not be recognized by Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles.

Registration is $250, payable only by check or money order, and forms are available at MCHS. Enrollment is first come, first serve, and there will be no refunds once classes begin.

For more information about registering, call 970-824-7036.

ACT, SAT exams offered for Craig students in coming months

Students needing to take the ACT and SAT exams can register online at actstudent.org for the ACT and collegeboard.org for the SAT. Both sites also provide information for those taking the tests, including necessary supplies, documentation and other details.

The designated testing center for Craig is Moffat County High School, but students should consult the sites to determine which testing centers will be available on certain dates.

Both tests are offered multiple times throughout the school and have both regular deadlines and late deadlines, the latter of which involves a fee.

ACT

Test Date — Registration Deadline/Late Registration

April 12 — March 7/March 21

June 14 — May 9/May 23

SAT

Test Date — Registration Deadline/Late Registration by Mail/Late Registration Online

May 3 — April 4/April 18/April 21

June 7 — May 9/May 23/May 28

Tutoring available to high school students

Moffat County High School students in need of a little extra help in the subjects of English, math and science are eligible to receive free tutoring at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Sessions take place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays for math and science and at the same time Tuesdays for English in CNCC’s Room 120.

Students must bring all the necessary assignments and materials.

For more information, call 970-824-1128 or contact Sheila Harper at sheila.harper@cncc.edu.

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