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Education Briefs

The Grand Valley High School Key Club and FCCLA will be hosting a community carnival from 6-9 p.m. March 16 at Grand Valley High School in Parachute and will include carnival booths, food booths, dunk tank, bump-n-jumps, kiss-a-pig, as well as various other booths and activities for all ages. All proceeds from the carnival will benefit the District 16 “Wish” fund, a fund designed to support needy students and families from the Parachute and Battlement Mesa Areas. For more information contact Grand Valley High School, Alison Teter, at 285-5705.

More than 30 social studies teachers from communities throughout the Three Rivers region, including Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Eagle, Glenwood Springs and Rifle, among others, will take part in a professional development program to focus on strategies for strengthening civic education March 1-3 at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. Members of the press are welcome to attend.

A round table of policymakers will highlight local issues that deserve attention in and beyond the classroom from 5:15-5:45 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Participating in the round table will be Alice Laird, Carbondale trustee; Sara Fisher, Eagle County commissioner; Keith Lambert, mayor of Rifle; Patti Clapper, Pitkin County commissioner; and Jonathan Rice, Rifle City Council.

Following the round table, table talks will link teachers with local nonprofits and civic education organizations to discuss options for enhancing classroom learning and supporting student involvement in the community.

Strategies and resources for engaging students in a range of policy and constitutional issues will be presented in concurrent sessions. Former legislator Greg Rippy will give the luncheon keynote, “Dangers of an Uneducated Citizenry” on March 2.

Colorado Lawyers Committee will present a mock trial about Colorado’s hate crimes statute at 9 a.m. March 3.

Calling all teachers looking for an exciting way to meet accreditation requirements in science. Solar Energy International offers a two-credit course for teachers on the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus in Carbondale. Learn how to make solar ovens and bake chocolate chip cookies with sun power, hook up a photovoltaic panel to power a water pump for a school outdoor fountain and myriad other hands-on science activities to introduce your students to the fun of harvesting clean, renewable energy.

By bringing renewable energy to your students now, you will give them hope and the skills they need to begin to be the future problem solvers.

Call SEI at 963-8855 to sign up or view the Web site at

Collegebound students can register by March 9 for the next national ACT test date. The test will be administered nationwide on Saturday, April 14. Students who miss the March 9 deadline can file a late registration for an additional fee. The late registration deadline is March 23. Students can register online at, or they can get registration materials from high school counselors.

In an effort to help prepare high school students for the world of work, Roaring Fork High School (RFHS), Colorado Mountain College (CMC), and the Carbondale Chamber are entering into a partnership to create a business/internship program for high school juniors and seniors. The students will receive dual credit from RFHS and CMC for their academic courses and credit from RFHS for their internships with local employers.

The Bottom Line: School-to-Career helps employers improve the quality of the workforce by offering students an opportunity to learn in school and on the job. Participating businesses provide students an understanding of the skills required for success in today’s workplace. By making school more relevant and exciting, we hope this initiative will help motivate young people to stay in school and do better, which often leads to rewarding employment and future learning opportunities.

An Introduction to Business course will be offered in the Fall 2007 term, and a Small Business Management course will be offered in Spring 2008. The students will go to class for two hours Tuesdays and Thursdays and go to work in meaningful internships Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Scholarships will be available.

If you are interested in providing an internship and mentoring experience for a high school student, please contact Randi Lowenthal at or call 963-1890.

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