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Education Briefs

Sopris Elementary Kindergarten Registration Day

Kindergarten Registration Day at Sopris Elementary School takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 11. The following are required for registration: child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations and proof of address. Children must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2014. Parents will need to indicate if they wish to enroll their child in full-time kindergarten or part-time kindergarten. There is a tuition payment of $343 required for full-time kindergarten at the time of registration, of which $100 is nonrefundable. There is no tuition required for part-time kindergarten.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, there will be an informational meeting for parents in the Sopris Elementary cafeteria. For more information, call SES at 384-5400.

Grand Valley Educational Foundation scholarships

The following scholarships are available to Grand Valley High School seniors who will be attending college or vocational school in the fall. Contact Brenda Walck, at the Grand Valley High School Counseling Office, 285-5705, ext. 4106, for applications.

American Legion Ward Underwood Post #114 Academic Scholarship $1,000

American Legion Ward Underwood Post #114 Vocational Scholarship $1,000

Pam Brock Teacher Scholarship (two-year scholarship) $1,000 each year

Carl H. Bernklau Scholarship $2,500

Completed applications must be turned in to the Grand Valley High School Counseling Office by 3 p.m. April 17.

County Sheriffs Of Colorado Scholarship Program

County Sheriffs of Colorado Inc. (CSOC) will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Garfield County student this spring. CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. CSOC considers this an investment in the future and believes that its membership is helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.

Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties and to all Colorado higher education institutions. Applications are available online at, or at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office in Glenwood and at the Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle.

This is the 35th year that County Sheriffs of Colorado has made such scholarships available. A scholarship will be awarded in more than 30 Colorado counties this year. Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens committee appointed by Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by CSOC. This criterion includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.

Any legal permanent resident of Garfield County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the State of Colorado as a full- or part-time student is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued, and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

For more information, contact your local high school, college, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office or County Sheriffs of Colorado.

CRHS Destination Imagination fundraiser

Coal Ridge High School Destination Imagination teams are holding a fundraiser to pay for travel to the state tournament. Elk Creek Mining Company on Main Street in New Castle will donate a portion of sales this Tuesday, April 8. Contact Karren Valenteen with any questions, 970-274-8121 or

Child Find for Garfield School District Re-2

Attention New Castle, Silt and Rifle parents. Do you have a child up to 5 years old? 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.

Child Find for Roaring Fork School District

Attention Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs parents. Do you have a child up to 5 years old? Do you have questions about their development or their developmental milestones? If you do, contact Denise Pawlowski, Child Find coordinator at 970-384-6006 or

Battle of the Walls winners

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and the Glenwood Springs Art Guild have announced the winners of the Inaugural Battle of the Walls High School Art Competition and Exhibition.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts would like to thank Terry Muldoon, the coordinator for Battle of the Walls, for her great ideas that involve the arts community. 

“Muldoon is such an asset to our art team, she has now come up with two extremely popular art exhibits, the 6×6 Community Art Show and now the Inaugural Battle of the Walls,” said Christina Brusig, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts assistant director. 

Additionally, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts would like to thank the new scholarship coordinator from the Glenwood Springs Art Guild, Janet Rivera for her expertise and collaborative efforts. It was a beautiful relationship to continue and the perfect venue to do so! Thanks so much, Janet! 

Five schools participated in the Battle of the Walls Competition and Exhibition. 

Schools and individual artists were judged on the areas of Originality, Composition and Presentation spanning over 12 pieces of artwork submitted per school. 

Judges voted for the top schools and individual artists. Roaring Fork High School placed first among the schools, Coal Ridge was second, and Glenwood Springs was third.

Special judge’s choice awards went to Rifle High School for “Most Technically Skilled Art Students” and Yampah Mountain High School for “Best Collaborative Art Piece”.

Top individual artists were Megan Lai (Glenwood Springs High School) for Outstanding Sculpture; Gerry Hernandez (Rifle High School) for Outstanding Fine Art; Alyza Ceballos (Roaring Fork High School)for Outstanding Creative Work; and Riley Marshall (Roaring Fork High School) for Outstanding Mixed Media Art.

Judges choice awards also went to Fatima Villa Morales (Yampah Mountain High School); Alexis Montoya (Glenwood Springs High School); Isabel Mata (Roaring Fork High School); Jorge Vasquez (Coal Ridge High School); and Juan Carlos Gutierrez (Rifle High School).

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