Education Briefs: Summer meals program begins at new site this week |

Education Briefs: Summer meals program begins at new site this week

The USDA-funded Summer Food Service Program is beginning at Sandrock Elementary School on Monday, where meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.

The meals program is also running locally from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, with a snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

The program runs from Monday through Friday at both sites in the summer.

Children may eat for free, and there’s a small fee for adults. That applies to families who live in the area as well as those who are passing through.

Moffat County Libraries meeting scheduled

Moffat County Libraries regular monthly board meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Craig Branch located at 570 Green St. For more information, call 970-824-5116.

Remediation rates up slightly for 2014-15 academic year

DENVER — The number of Colorado high school graduates needing remediation when entering college increased slightly in 2014-2015 over the previous year, from 34.2 percent to 35.4 percent, according to this year’s remediation report. That amounts to 7,472 students needing remediation.

Remedial courses are basic skills courses designed for students who lack the academic competencies necessary to succeed in a college-level curriculum. Remedial education, remediation, not college ready and developmental education are used interchangeably throughout the report.

Historically, the state has seen a downward trend in the number of students needing remediation. Despite a small increase in the percent of students requiring remediation in 2014-15, there have been pockets of positive and incremental movement in the right direction towards all college students being ready and successful, with the ultimate hope of earning a credential.

“The goal here is to increase the number of residents in Colorado with a high-quality, postsecondary credential,” said Chief Student Success & Academic Affairs Officer at the Colorado Department of Higher Education Timothy Flanagan, in a written statement. “The good news is that of the students needing remediation, more than 62 percent complete their remedial course.”

Report shows continued growth in Colorado’s dual enrollment programs

DENVER – Nearly 30 percent of Colorado’s 11th-graders and 12th-graders participated in some type of dual enrollment program during the 2014-15 school year — an increase of 15 percent over the previous year — according to the 2014-15 concurrent enrollment report released today by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and Colorado Department of Education.

The terms “dual” and “concurrent” enrollment are used interchangeably and refers to college courses students take while in high school. In 2009, Colorado passed concurrent enrollment legislation that provided a framework for school districts to enter into agreements with Colorado institutions of higher education. These concurrent enrollment agreements enable students to enroll in college courses tuition free.

Moffat County Libraries continue summer story themes

Story Time at The Moffat County Libraries continues throughout the summer. The summertime schedule includes a gathering, in the Craig branch, at 10 a.m. each Thursday through Aug. 18. Attendees are asked to come 10 minutes early and remain with their children during this time. Below are the remaining themes.

July 14- Play Ball

July 21- Ninja

July 28- Sportsmanship

August 4- Games

August 11- Dance

August 18- Gymnastics

August 25- Back to School

The Moffat County Libraries have also begun a youth club for ages 8 and up that meets from 3 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday in the Craig branch. Participants are invited to do arts and crafts, and some topics will include table football, paper planes, “getting to know you,” eating healthy and DIY Rollercoasters.

The Summer Reading Program is also underway for children and adults, and people are welcome to come to the library to sign up.

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