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Craig Sports Briefs for May 2, 2016: Moffat County swimmer Jesse Kurz hits state time

During the Griffin Invitational hosted by the D51 boys team Saturday in Grand Junction, Moffat County High School’s Jesse Kurz qualified for the state championships in the 100-yard freestyle event, placing second at 53.03 seconds. Kurz also won the 50 free race, only a fraction of a second from qualifying in that event as well at 24.05.

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Moffat County students mark Day Without Hate

Posters, signs and commitment to go beyond one day characterize student efforts

“We asked (the students) to draw or write about what kindness means to them,” Diane Cookston said.

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Education Briefs: Bike to School Day scheduled for next week

Nearly one hundred schools across the state and more than 1,800 schools around the country will be participating, according to a written statement from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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CNCC names 4 semi-finalists for president

New president in slated to begin work after Russell George retires from post on June 30

The four semi-finalists are Ronald A. Granger, Ivan Gorne, Debra Teachman and Lisa Stitch.

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Poetry takes Craig Middle School students into wild imaginative territory

Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest lets students explore beyond classroom corridors

“I’ve had to use hope a lot in my life,” said Eliana Mack, an eighth-grader, “and I feel like it’s in the most unknown places, in the place where you don’t think you’ll ever find it.”

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Gateway Center takes CNCC students to tutoring — and beyond

Center offers students tutoring and a place to ponder the larger questions

“The adult learner here has a plethora of things has a plethora of things that have happened to them — and places they have been — so when you ask them a question, it needs to be relatable to them,” said Denise Perdue, director of developmental education for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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At East Elementary School, students urged to take music deep into adult life

Teacher Tanya Young taps technology, theory and love of music in her interaction with students

“If they’ve been sung to as toddlers and young children, they’ll have a lot more experience with it,” Music Teacher Tanya Young said.

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Moffat County community members bring Friendship Benches to elementary schools

Chris Miller, of Miller Family Appliance, set the local Friendship Bench project in motion

“She was being bullied, and she turned it into something positive,” Chris Miller said. “She’s grown that into something that’s helping a lot of people.”

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Moffat County Alternative School gives students opportunity for success

For some of Moffat County’s students, a traditional high school curriculum is not the preferred path to a diploma.

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Moffat County band program more than just music

Bolton: Music unifies, enhances ways of thinking for students

The members of the Moffat County High School band program have a love for music, but there are limitless possibilities involved in learning to master a masterpiece and it requires a large gathering of people to work in harmony.

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Craig students expand minds with after-school Spanish program

Knez: Elementary-level learning increases later mastery of language

Learning another language can open up the world to a student, and the sooner the groundwork is laid the better.

James Neton: Working to inspire students

Young adults are at the peak of their youthful idealism. They want to believe in their future and aspire to greatness. We motivate and inspire when we connect to this glorious youthful passion and encourage them to rise above the bitter cynicism biting at our collective heels. Now, more than ever, we need them to maintain hope during this time of pessimism and relativism.

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Instructional coaches keep curriculum standards in line at Moffat County School District

The work that Moffat County’s six instructional coaches do on a daily basis can be equated to this: Coaching teachers equals better learning for students.

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Shared School program flourishes in first year

Moffat County School District program gives home-schooling families one day of classroom experience

Rachel is one of 33 students in the Shared School program. It’s a program that the Moffat County School District began in August, and it allows the district to enroll, as part-time students, students whose families have opted for homeschool.

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Craig Concert Association concludes Friday with trumpet act

The Craig Concert Association will host its grand finale at 7 p.m. Friday with Brassfire featuring Jens Lindemann in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.