Craig education briefs for March 14, 2015: Band selected to go to state |

Craig education briefs for March 14, 2015: Band selected to go to state

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Moffat County High School band was recently selected to attend the state competition in Fort Collins, where it will perform at 1:45 p.m. April 13.

The 63-student band was one of 25 bands selected from across the state based on their performance at a regional qualifier held in Palisade on March 2.

This is the first time in recent history that the band has received the honors, band director John Bolton said.

“This will give us the opportunity to compete at the state level, which is fantastic,” Bolton said. “Our objective in this is to achieve the superior or excellent rating. It will set a high precedent for future Moffat County band students.”

Speech and debate students qualify for state

Several Moffat County High School students qualified for the state speech and debate competition at the recent regional competition in Palisade.

Wes Atkin qualified in the humor category, Jake Stewart in the national extemporaneous speaking event, and McKenzie Aguire and Jessica Johnson qualified in the duo category.

Atkin and Stewart will travel to Douglas County High School in Castle Rock for the state competition March 20 and 21. Johnson and Aguire won’t be able to attend.

PARCC testing under way

Moffat County students grades third through eighth, as well as high school students, completed their first week of statewide testing this week.

The PARCC test is part of the Colorado Academic Measures of Success, or CMAS, statewide assessment. Students will be tested this month on English and language arts as well as mathematics.

The testing window runs from Monday through March 27. Testing will continue in April for grades four, five, seven and eight in science and social studies.

Moffat County High School seeks receipts for fundraiser

Local residents can help with the issue of school funding as Moffat County High School raises money in the weeks to come.

MCHS is participating in the AmeriGas School Days Program, and people can bring in their receipts from propane to join in the effort. For every gallon of gas accounted for, the company will donate two cents to the school in question.

The tally adds up fast, and last May, AmeriGas awarded nearly $2,000 to MCHS.

Receipts can be turned in at the school to Stephanie Ahlstrom, athletics secretary.

For more information, call 970-824-7036 or 970-824-4221.

CNCC offers paleontology field works courses

The following is excerpted from a news release from CNCC:

CNCC will be offering paleontology field experiences beginning in the summer of 2015. Each field experience session will be two weeks long and can be taken for college credit. During this time, students will be staying on the CNCC Rangely campus and traveling daily to the dig site where they will work alongside professional paleontologists from around the country to excavate dinosaur remains.

“We are right in the middle of Dinosaur Country, and it’s mostly unexplored in our area,” said Molecular Paleontologist and CNCC science instructor, Liz Johnson. “We want to offer that exploration and discovery opportunity to our students and our local community members in an educational setting.”

The two fieldwork sessions are scheduled from June 8 – June 19 and June 22 – July 3. Students will work excavating a dinosaur found by CNCC faculty Ellis Thompson-Ellis and her husband Josh Ellis.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for our students and our communities to experience and learn about the richness of our local lands,” Thompson-Ellis said. “It’s also an opportunity to be a part of a unique scientific expedition — no experience necessary!”

At the conclusion of the field experience, the fossils will be transported to the new federal fossil repository at the CNCC Craig Campus. There, they will be curated and prepared in the 2015-2016 academic year by students enrolled in the paleontology lab techniques course as the second piece of CNCC’s unique paleontology experience.

Homework help available through Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado offers homework help from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday at the Craig Club. The club serves youth ages 6 to 14 with after-school programming throughout the school year as well as during the summer. Program Director Kari Neuman and Junior Staff Derek Sussemeier provide tutoring in all subject areas, and Neuman works with Moffat County School District to cater specifically to the curriculum being taught. The club also offers educational games to supplement regular schoolwork and can provide additional materials to students challenged in certain subjects.

For questions or more information, contact Kari Neuman at 970-826-0411.

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