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Hayden School District puts mill levy on ballot

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.

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Moffat County student scores lag in math and English

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.

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Constitution Week starts Saturday

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.

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Concerns of inadequate sex education in schools prompts local providers to offer new classes

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: The king and queen of the sky

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.”

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1st and 2nd grade classes combined at 2 elementary schools

New multi-grade level classes are off to a good start at two Moffat County Elementary schools. “It’s going great,” said multi-level teacher Alisha Brown, who teaches one of the three combined first and second grade classes at East Elementary. “The kids are really open to it. We’ve focused on community building. It’s not about grade level.”

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Sunset Elementary students use iPads to create YouTube videos on school rules

Fourth grade students in Wendy Seely’s class are at Sunset Elementary School using technology to help new students understand how to observe P.A.W.S. at school. P.A.W.S. is an acronym used to help students to remember the four key expected behaviors — practice respect, act with kindness, work together, and stay safe. “The kids are expected to follow P.A.W.S. behavior. This is different depending on where the students are at and what is acceptable in that spot,” Seely said. “We are using the iPads to create videos showing behavior in the outdoor playground areas.”

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Craig’s CNCC soccer teams start season this weekend

Spartans to kick off new athletic program against Salt Lake Community College

The beginning of college-level sports in Craig commences this weekend. The Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams seasons begin this weekend as the Spartans host Salt Lake Community College Friday and Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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First day of preschool and early childhood programs start in Moffat County

Children and parents a mix of emotions at the start of early childhood program

Excitement, nervousness and tears were evident on the face of parents this morning as they dropped children off for the first day of preschool. “I’m not sure who is more nervous the parents or the kids,” said Jill Hafey, principal at Sunset Elementary School. “It’s an exciting day, it’s the start of their journey.” Preschool students at Sunset started the day as nervous as their parents, but by the end of class they were excited to have made new friends, learned things and enjoyed time outdoors.

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Moffat County High School students get a jump on college with concurrent enrollment

Concurrent enrollment is up across the Colorado Community College System

When a Moffat County Bulldog and a Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartan combine the result is a chimera — a hyrbid student with accelerated learning who may graduate with both a high school diploma and a college associates degree. “Concurrent enrollment is designed to have all the rigors and opportunities of college, with all the support of high school,” said Julie Hoff, concurrent enrollment coordinator for CNCC. Increasingly, high school students are adding duel enrollment to other programs, such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses, that help them to get a jumpstart on college without having to pay costly college tuition and fees.

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Second year of Shared School in Moffat County

Shared school supplements programs for homeschooled students

Homeschooled students and parents are once again benefiting from the shared school program started by Moffat County School District last year with more students enrolled this second year of operation than last year. Attending her first day back, Arianna Anderson, a fifth-grade middle class student, said her class was “good. Our music teacher told us that our voice is an instrument and I agree.” Anderson was joined for her first day by 46 other shared school students and that is up 13 from last year’s number of 33 enrolled students.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 7, 2016: Booster Club hosting meeting Wednesday

Moffat County Booster Club will host an organizational information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The meeting is open to all interested in joining the community group, which supports sports and other activities at MCHS, Craig Middle School and other area schools.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Sept. 5, 2016

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Sugar is believed to cause problems with learning and mental health

Children eat 115 percent of recommended daily value at school and MCSD Food Services looks for solutions

Damage to teeth and waistlines from eating too much sugar are well known and now a growing body of science suggests that too much sugar is also bad for mental health and learning. The large amount of sugar in school food has Moffat County School District Food Services concerned. Scientists have linked eating sugar to anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, memory loss and learning difficulties.

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Fire in Dinosaur National Monument contained

The 184-acre Green Fire started south west of the Green River Campground around 4:30 p.m. and the cause is still under investigation, according to a news release from the monument.