Craig education briefs for Sept. 19, 2015: Sagebrush Sea film screening highlights sage grouse | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig education briefs for Sept. 19, 2015: Sagebrush Sea film screening highlights sage grouse

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Audubon Rockies, Conservation Colorado and Friends of Northwest Colorado are hosting a screening of the recently premiered film, The Sagebrush Sea, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.

The film originally aired on PBS Nature, highlighting the plight of the greater sage grouse and the importance of Colorado's often overlooked sagebrush steppe. A team of biologists and filmmakers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology spent three years filming the documentary.

Afterwards, take part in a conversation about the iconic Western landscape and hear from people on the forefront of what The New York Times is calling, "One of the great conservation efforts of this century."

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

School board meeting to be held Thursday

The Moffat County School District Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane.

The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 4 p.m., also in the library.

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Elementary schools host back-to-school nights

East Elementary School invites parents from 5:45 to 7:10 p.m. Tuesday to meet their child's classroom teacher and learn about rituals, routines, expectations and standards of learning. Light child care and light refreshments will be served.

Ridgeview Elementary School will host its first annual chili cook-off, game night and back-to-school night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Anyone can bring a pot of chili to enter into the contests, and prizes will be awarded for both the teachers' favorite chili and students' favorite chili. RSVP at ridgeview.moffatsd.org.

Learning Chronicles offers tips, news in higher education

A new section launched by Colorado Northwestern Community College and the Craig Daily Press highlights news in the higher education world, including helpful tips, college news, college loans, CNCC programs and more.

Dubbed The Learning Chronicles, the section appears in the Daily Press the first Saturday of each month. Do you have higher education news you'd like to see published in the newspaper? Send all submissions to Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at nriley@craigdailypress.com or call her at 970-875-1790.

Free or reduced price meal applications due Sept. 29

Families that may qualify for free and reduced meals must submit an application form to Moffat County School District food services for the 2015-16 school year.

Some households will receive a letter in the mail notifying them that they qualify for free and reduced price meals based on receipt of SNAP benefits. These households are not required to submit an application.

Households that do not receive an automatic letter must fill out an application for the current year, available in school registration packets, on the food services website or from the front desk of each school. Only one application is required per household. A letter in the mail will notify applicants whether they do or do not qualify. If a letter does not arrive, call the food service office at 970-824-2160 to confirm the application was received.

Families that qualified for free and reduced meals last year will be considered eligible for the first month of school, but must submit a new application to continue in the program. Families must pay meal charges if an approved, current application is not on file.

Households that qualify for free or reduced meals may also qualify for free or reduced book fees, class fees, sport and athletic fees and drivers education fees. Qualification for free or reduced sports and athletic fees must be identified before participation in any sport, and fees will not be waived after the sport or athletic program has begun. Applications must be on file prior to Sept. 29.

Households whose circumstances change during the school year may apply at any time, however fees for programs will not be waived prior to the date of approval on the application form.

Contact Karma Willbanks in the Food Service Department at 970-824-2160 for questions or more information.

Study shows that driver education reduces risk to young drivers

Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that teens that don't participate in a driver education program are involved in more crashes and receive more traffic convictions compared to their peers that participated in driver education, according to a press release from AAA Colorado.

AAA Colorado and the AAA Foundation have developed comprehensive resources to help teens stay safe on the road including TeenDriving.AAA.com, a state-specific website to help parents navigate the learning-to-drive process.

For questions or to enroll, see Zack Allen or Heather Higgins at the MCSD administration building at 775 Yampa Ave, or reach Allen at 970-826-6343 or email at zack.allen@moffatsd.org.

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