Teens may be less informed now than in earlier decades
Sex education within the Moffat County schools may not comply with a 2013 Colorado State law. “The last time the school board discussed this policy — IHAM, family life/sex education — was in April 25, 2013,” said Charity Neal, school board secretary, member of the policy review committee and Director of Public Health for Northwest Colorado Health. That same year Colorado state legislators passed House Bill 1081-13. It was signed into law on May 28 and mandates that, when taught, information about human sexuality must be comprehensive and factual.
The 2016-17 Craig Concert Association kicks off with a real hootenanny. Country act Wylie and the Wild West takes the stage in Craig at 7 p.m. this Sunday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.
Face paint not allowed at CMS, but two students believed enough in their cause to break rules
Sporting purple instead of Bulldog blue and white, a number of students across Moffat County School District on Friday chose to show support and raise awareness of Arnold Chiari Malformation, structural defects in the cerebellum, during Chiari Awareness Month to honor the Klein family, who have three children struggling with the disorder. Sisters and Craig Middle School students SaraJo Smith and Carmelita Bays wore purple and also used eyeliner to write #Chairi, #Avee and team Avee on their cheeks to honor their friend Aveahna Klein who has the disease.
Several students from Moffat County High School are signed up and ready to participate in the “If You Really Knew Me” experience at the Boys and Girls Club, which is set to take place on Oct. 3, 4 and 10.
Educational opportunities in the region.
The first conceptual drawings for campus student housing, have been reviewed by the Colorado Northwestern Community College housing committee, a group composed of faculty, staff, board and community members that was started about three years ago. Design West Architects were retained for $9,200.00, at the August Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board meeting, to develop a set of conceptual drawings for academic housing that would accommodate about 100 beds, the break even point for food services, and a multi-use dining hall, according to Lois Wymore, board treasurer and chair of the housing committee.
Spartan players fall to Badgers, continue to gain experience
The weekend warriors of Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer had another trying set of home games, though things continue to be looking up for the program overall. Men’s and women’s soccer fell to the Badgers of Snow College in two games apiece Friday and Saturday.
Education news briefs.
The official start of the school year for students enrolled in the Guided Online Academic Learning Academy or G.O.A.L. Academy is Monday. Enrollment opened on Aug. 15 so that means that some students have already begun their classes. “It’s going really well. We have this rolling start and kids start once they enroll,” said Aryn Henneke, principal for the northern region.
Health news for miners, new USDA program for addiction recovery and teen reproductive health classes.
The Hayden School District is in a financial bind and will be asking voters to pay additional taxes so the district can buy new buses.
Students make improvements, but overall grades three through nine are behind state averages
Moffat County students are trailing behind both the state average and students in Routt County in Math and English language arts, according to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, 2015 test scores for primary school students grades three to nine released earlier this month.
Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate American document
Bells will ring for 15 minutes beginning at noon on Saturday, marking the start of Constitution Week that runs until Sept. 23 and is an annual commemoration of the signing of the document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to the American way of life. The U.S. Constitution turns 229 years old on Saturday. The local Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution members will celebrate by standing at the intersection of Victory Way and Yampa Avenue, ringing bells. Area church bells will also sound as a way to remember the sacrifices made for our freedoms.
Abstinence is the only form of birth control taught in Moffat County Schools, high birth rates by teens causes area providers to offer new reproductive health classes
Students attending Moffat County schools are not being taught sex education and many believe this accounts for the high rate of teen pregnancies experienced in the area. A new series of classes called “Building a Healthy You” has been designed to help parents and teens become better informed about reproductive health.
When I was a knee-high astronomer, one of our favorite constellations was a distinctive pattern of five bright stars that we called “The W.”