Education Briefs: Registration due Sept. 1 for Making of America program
Learn about the “Making of America” while raising money to restore the Lay School. The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution invites the community to attend a special seminar with sessions on how the founding fathers developed America’s formula for success and the political and economic principles behind the United States Constitution. The seminar costs $25 per person with all proceeds going to support the restoration of the Lay School Interpretive Learning Center Project. Registration is due Sept. 1, the event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. For more information and to register call 970-620-6521, email email@example.com or send checks payable to Augusta Wallinhan Chapter, NSDAR at 601 Pershing St., Craig, CO 81625.
Moffat County schools closed Monday for Labor Day
Schools are closed on Monday in recognition of Labor Day. School resumes on Sept. 5 and is the first day of preschool for children receiving early education through the school district. The 2017-18 calendar is available at moffatsd.org.
Learn about water softeners and reverse osmosis at town hall event Wednesday
Masterworks Mechanical is offering a special program about water softeners and reverse osmosis systems. Factory representatives will be in the store to answer questions, provide information about the new products and test samples of water brought in during the event. Pulled pork sandwich and chips will be served for lunch. The event is free to attend.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6
Where: Masterworks Mechanical, 461 Yampa Ave.
What: Water testing, education, product information and lunch
Cost: Free to attend
For more information call Amy Updike at 970-824-4840
Celebrate National Library Card Month this September
Come into the library and discover all that your library card has to offer during National Library Card Month. Here are some of the program offered at the Moffat County Library in Craig.
• Moffat County Library Story Time
Story times at 10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings in the children’s room. Please come early as entering the children’s room late causes distraction. Themes for September are:
Sept. 7 — Grandparents Day
Sept. 14 — I Love the Library
Sept. 21 — Jump into Fall
Sept. 28 — Awesome Apples
• Ready-Set-Read reading challenge for children
Ready-Set-Read is a program for children ages birth to fifth grade and is offered twice a year. September through November and March to May. Reading logs will be sent home from school with students in September and again in February. Not in school yet? Or homeschooled? Pick up a log at the library. Complete your reading log by the end of the challenge period and bring it into the library to get a free book. Participation is free.
• Baby Book Bags
The Friends of the Library gives babies a head start in literacy.
If you’ve recently welcomed a new baby into your home, visit the library to pick up a free Baby Book Bag. Each bag contains a book and bookmark, as well as information such as tips on reading to babies, and what the library has to offer babies and parents. Baby Book Bags are provided courtesy of Friends of the Library, in conjunction with the Moffat County Libraries. One bag per baby.
For more information about any of these programs, call the library at 970-824-5116.
Statewide council addresses future of open educational resources in Colorado
To address the high cost of college textbooks, Senate Bill 17-258, Using Open Educational Resources (OER) In Higher Education, established the OER Council to evaluate the use of academic materials by Colorado’s public institutions of higher education. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) and signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May.
Open educational resources are educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. This means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and share them.
“These resources increase access and decrease costs for college students,” said Dr. Tanya Spilovoy, WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies director of open policy, a consultant to the OER Council. “It’s a potential game-changer for Colorado.”
Open educational resources are becoming popular on campuses across the country. Similar initiatives have gained momentum in California, New York, North Dakota, Oregon and other states.
“I have used free and open textbooks many times in math courses at Colorado State University-Pueblo and find them a great benefit to my students,” said Jonathan Poritz, a member of the statewide OER Council and associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at CSU-Pueblo.
The statewide council is comprised of 14 members— including faculty, librarians and administrators—and represents two-year and four-year institutions of higher education as well as the Colorado Departments of Education and Higher Education. Members of the OER Council were nominated by their respective campus leaders and provide expert insight and act as advocates for the future of these resources in Colorado. To learn more about the OER Council and view meeting information, visit http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Groups/OERCouncil/schedule.html.
The council must report its findings and recommended initiatives to the Joint Budget Committee and the education committees of the General Assembly by Nov. 20.
A public survey is available now through Sept. 8 to gather public input on and assess familiarity with OER. A separate survey will be distributed to Colorado public institution leadership to assess current OER initiatives on college campuses.
Learn more and take the survey here: surveymonkey.com/r/CDHE_OER_Survey
Free and Reduced Lunch applications now available at public schools
Applications for free and reduced price school meals, instructions and an informational letter to households are now available at all school locations. Only one application is required for all children in the household. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. The household may complete an application if any household member(s) have a decrease income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, become eligible for SNAP, TANF or FDPIR benefits or become categorically eligible. Households with children who are eligible under the Head Start, homeless, migrant, or runaway programs should contact Stephanie Davis or Renae Dove for assistance in receiving meal benefits. To complete an application, the household must mark the relevant box to indicate their appropriate eligibility and have it signed by an adult household member.
Moffat County School District will notify households of their children’s eligibility for free or reduced price school meals. The eligibility is valid for the current school year and a carryover period of up to 30 operating days into the next school year. When the carryover period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, Moffat County School District will not send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility and the children must pay full price for school meals. Households notified of their children’s eligibility for free or reduced price school meals must contact Roxanne Nelson if they choose to decline meal benefits.
An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions.
For more information pick up a packet at any school or call Roxanne Nelson 970-824-2160. To contact Stephanie Davis or Renae Dove call 970-824-3268 and follow the prompts.