Craig education briefs for Sept. 5, 2015: Shared School garners interest, will launch next month

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Moffat County School District Shared School is now accepting registration from homeschool students and parents interested in participating.

The program is set to launch Sept. 15, and will offer a full day of classes on Tuesdays each week at the district administration building, with additional dates for field trips.

Classes will be grouped into primary (kindergarten through second grades), upper elementary (third through sixth grades) and secondary (seventh through 12th grades) age groups to accommodate the full kindergarten through 12th-grade range.

Class subject areas will include science, math and writing, as well as elective subjects such as Spanish, computer programming, art, music and physical education.

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

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, a state-specific website to help parents navigate the learning-to-drive process.

Moffat County High School offers SAT and ACT test dates

SAT and ACT test dates are available at least every other month starting September and October for juniors and seniors. The tests are given at Moffat County High School once in the fall, once in the spring and once in June.

The registration deadline for the ACT to be given Oct. 24 at MCHS is Sept. 18. The fee for the ACT without writing is $39.50, or for the ACT plus writing is $56.50.

The state ACT test will be offered to all juniors in April.

Practice books are available in the guidance office. For a complete list of 2015-16 testing dates or for more information, contact MCHS Counselor Paula Duzik at 970-826-6610 or by email at

Free or reduced price meal applications due

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.

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