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Education Briefs

Seventy-five $2,000 scholarships are available for Spanish-speaking, bicultural high-school students who want to pursue careers in the health care industry.

The scholarships, funded by the PacifiCare Foundation, are offered on behalf of the UnitedHealthcare Latino Health Scholars program, which helps encourage Hispanic and Latino students to pursue career opportunities in health care.

High-school seniors with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and who are fluent in Spanish and English are eligible. Applicants must show proof of acceptance into a university, community college or accredited technical college and must be enrolled in an approved health care program at the time they receive the scholarship. Applications are due May 29, and are available online at http://www.pacificarelatino. com.

The Rifle Thrift Shop, located on Fourth and East streets in Rifle, is once again offering three $1,000 scholarships to graduating Rifle High School seniors. The deadline for applying is April 15, and the application forms may be obtained at the councilor’s office in the high school. These funds are available for trade schools, and junior or four-year colleges, but the schools must be located in Colorado. For further information, contact Kathryn Snyder 625-0507.

Applications for the 2006 Steve Westhoff Scholarship, sponsored by Schmueser Gordon Meyer, are due by 4 p.m. Friday, April 7. Details and applications can be obtained by contacting your area high school, by calling SGM at 945-1004, or by downloading from the web at html.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to area high school and/or college students interested in pursuing civil engineering or surveying degrees.

March and April 2006 have been designated Blue Library Book Bag Months in the Roaring Fork Valley by the Raising A Reader program. Raising A Reader is a powerful early childhood preliteracy program that offers children from ages 0 to 5 years and their families an easy, fun, effective learning opportunity that develops the love of books, inspires pre-reading skills and lifelong success.

To help celebrate the wonders of our local libraries ” Pitkin County Library, Basalt Regional District Library and the six branch libraries of Garfield County Public Library System ” the Raising A Reader program is giving each child in the 28 Raising A Reader Programs a Blue Library Book Bag to keep as a gift.

The Blue Bag Library Days will be as follows:

New Castle Library: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 29

Glenwood Springs Library: 10 a.m. April 4 and April 11

Gordon Cooper Library, Carbondale: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 11

Silt Library: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 13

For more information, contact Jayne Poss at 925-6160,

After receiving input from parents and staff members on a districtwide survey both online and in hard copy, the Roaring Fork School District approved the school year calendar for 2006-07.

Classes for students in fall 2006 will start one week later than this school year, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 5, after the Labor Day holiday. Therefore, classes will end one week later than this school year, with the last day of school scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2007, with a noon release.

The calendar shift of one week is necessary to accommodate school construction projects this summer.

The Christmas break for students will run Dec. 21 through Jan. 3, 2007. Spring Break will remain at the popularly requested time of the last week in March for 2007. High school graduations will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2007, during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Staff in the district also chose to dedicate an extra day to student instruction time reducing staff instructional development time by one day.

The entire RFSD 2006-07 calendar will be available online at and will be sent home to district parents later this spring.

Autumn Mittleider, a freshman at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has made the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for the 2005 fall semester. Autumn is a 2005 graduate of Rifle High School. Her proud parents are Ron and Cindy Mittleider of Silt.

Cora Wettlin of Silt has been named to the Head of School’s list for George School.

Joshua Henry, son of Carol and Robert Henry of Glenwood Springs was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2005 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Abby Murray of Glenwood Springs is studying in Australia this semester as part of the study abroad program at Texas Lutheran University.

Kristina Braswell of New Castle has been selected for membership in The National Society of High School Scholars. Kristina is a Rifle High School student.

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