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Summer Advantage and Summer Middle School begins today

The Roaring Fork School District will see a record 950 students starting summer school today. For a second year, Summit 54 is bringing the Summer Advantage program to the valley in partnership with the Re-1 school district. Summit 54 has obtained additional funding to almost double this summer’s Summer Advantage program to 770 children in grades K-3 in Basalt and Carbondale and K-4 in Glenwood Springs. Additionally, RFSD is offering Summer Middle School, which also begins Monday and has 200 students enrolled.

Summer Advantage, the five-week summer program, has a proven track record in helping scholars achieve a 3.7 months gain in reading and 1.7 months gain in math. “Our scholars are growing, learning and having fun all at the same time. Many of our scholars last year say they wish the regular school year was this much fun,” Marisol Henriquez, Basalt’s program manager for Summer Advantage. “When they get off the bus, they run into the school with big smiles on their faces!”



Also in its second year, the Summer Middle School program is being offered by RFSD at Carbondale Middle School, and serves all three middle schools in the district. The RFSD high schools are offering summer school programs on a schedule determined by each building. “We are just thrilled that we have so many of our students participating in this year’s summer learning opportunities,” said RFSD Superintendent Diana Sirko. “Learning does not stop in the summer and we want to take of advantage of every chance we can get to advance our students’ skill levels and confidence in their own vision of themselves as learners.”

Rachel Maison accepted into National Society of Collegiate Scholars



Congratulations to Rachel Maison, a 2012 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School for completing her freshman year at CSU in Fort Collins and for being accepted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing. NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel and service projects both on campus and in the community. Very proud parents are Mark and Suzy Maison, of Glenwood Springs.

Wayne Starr Makes dean’s list at RIT

Wayne Starr of Rifle, a third-year student in the software engineering program in Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean’s list for the Spring 2013 quarter.

Mariah Patterson graduates from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Mariah Patterson of Carbondale, graduated from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the UCCS College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences.

Zachary H. Lueders graduates summa cum laude from University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute

On Monday, May 13, 2013, Zachary H. Lueders, son of Charlotte and Charles of Glenwood Springs, was graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bridgeport (CT) Physician Assistant Institute with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Zach, a 2006 graduate of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale and a 2010 graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology, has also been awarded a year-long Emergency Medicine Residency at the John H. Stroger/Cook County Hospital in Chicago, which he begins in July. After finishing his residency, Zach plans to return to the mountains of Colorado and his friends and family to practice and live the good life.

Mikaela Liotta achieves honors at Kent School

Mikaela Liotta, of Carbondale, a student in the fourth form (10th grade) at Kent School in Kent, Conn., was named to the honor roll for the spring term of 2012-2013.

Child Find for Garfield School District Re-2

Attention New Castle, Silt and Rifle parents. Do you have a child between the ages of birth to 5? Do you have questions about their development or their developmental milestones? If you do call Deb Ghan, Child Find coordinator, at 970-319-7644 or 970-665-6802.


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