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Education Briefs

Special to the Post Independent/Theresa Hamilton

Students in Charlie Yates’ pre-calculus classes participated in a national effort to measure the circumference of the world from the Coal Ridge High School parking lot. The experiment replicated the efforts of Eratosthenes, a Greek living in Egypt under the Ptolemy Pharoahs in about 200 BC.

Eratosthenes measured the angle of a shadow of a stake in a dry well in Alexandria, Egypt, on the same day that a similar stake in Syene, Egypt, about 500 miles to the south showed no shadow. From this very rudimentary experiment, he calculated the circumference of the world within 15 percent ” quite a feat for the day.

The students did a modern-day version. The experiment was supposed to take place on the autumnal equinox; however, the students were not in school that day. On Monday, Sept. 25, they performed the experiment.

Because of their knowledge of latitude, they needed only one stake.

The Coal Ridge High School choirs are putting on a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the high school. Tickets include an awesome show and delicious all-you-can-eat desserts with coffee.

Music will be from Rent and Les Miserables, as well as swing pieces, popular styles, Korean and African folk songs and more. Please call CRHS choir director Jodi Jones at 625-6700 for tickets.

The 2006 Western Slope College Fair ” to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Aspen High School, Maroon Creek Road in Aspen ” will be Western Colorado’s largest ever.

Representatives from more than 160 colleges and universities ” from top national universities such as Harvard and Stanford to 16 different in-state colleges ” will attend the fair. Workshops will be presented on the admissions process, financing of college and finding the right college. It is by far the best annual opportunity for Western Colorado students to learn about life after high school.

The event is hosted by Aspen High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS). The cost is free. Call 963-2562 for more information.

The 2005-06 school year provided the first opportunity for private schools in Colorado to participate in CSAP testing. Alpine Christian Academy achieved scores on par with Aspen schools, and higher than other schools in the Roaring Fork Valley.

ACA serves the educational needs of children from preschool through high school. Enrollment this fall jumped from 107 to 130, due to increased academic offerings, restructuring of the preschool, and participation with home-schooled students.

For more information about Alpine Christian Academy, contact Headmaster Mick Bennett at (970) 927-9106.

There’s still time for runners and walkers to sign up for the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

A half marathon (13.1-mile) run and relay race and 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run/walk will take place on the bike path in scenic Glenwood Canyon east of Glenwood Springs. The race is the final event in the Property Shop Glenwood Charity Race Series.

Buses will take participants from the finish line at the No Name exit of Glenwood Canyon to the race starting points. Relay teams of up to five people are welcome to participate in the half marathon. Team sponsorships by companies and service clubs are encouraged.

Race day volunteers are still needed; contact Literacy Outreach to sign up at 945-5282.

The Roaring Fork School District offers opportunities for students wishing to continue their postsecondary education and is now accepting student referrals for this academic year. The precollegiate program is an academic enrichment and support program designed to guide educationally and/or economically disadvantaged middle and high school students and their parents. For more information, contact director Adriana Ayala at 384-5967 or by e-mail at

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