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Education Briefs

Submitted PhotoBrain Bowl Champions, from left, front row: Kelsey Bohanon, Kenzie Kuhn and Amy Currier; top row: Isabel Carlson, Clara Thorsen, Anna Gauldin, Allison Brown and Olivia Kenney.

Glenwood Springs Middle School eighth-graders took first place in the annual Brain Bowl Competition, which took place at the CMC Lappala Center on Feb. 28. Eight other teams competed.

District selection committees have chosen the L.S. Wood Teachers of the Year for Roaring Fork Re-1 and Garfield Re-2 school districts.

According to an RFSD news release, the award provides a $4,000 grant to a teacher from each of the two districts’ regular public schools.

The RFSD winner is Michael Wilde from Glenwood Springs High School. Wilde has taught 25 years at GSHS and 30 years in Colorado. His teaching assignments have included biology and 16 years as a Riverwatch teacher. He will retire at the end of the 2006-07 school year.

The Re-2 winner is Rifle High School’s Troy Phillips, a former BYU baseball player with a master’s from UNC who has taught freshman English and coached baseball at Rifle High School for 12 years. Department chairman since 2000, he is the creator of his classes’ “vocabulary championships” program, and he has also been named Western Slope League Coach of the Year four times.

This year’s award is designated for high school teachers. Nominees and recipients from both neighboring school districts will be honored at a presentation banquet slated for Sunday, April 22, in the Colorado Room at the Hotel Colorado.

Trustees for L.S. Wood Charitable Trust grant $4,000 per school district. The instructor receives $2,000, and another $2,000 goes to that teacher’s department, team or grade level for purchases designated by the teacher. The gifts reflect the trustees’ desire to promote love of learning in schools and communities.

Since 1966, L.S. Wood Charitable Trust has donated more than $11 million for undergraduate education, the RFSD said. The trust originated following the death of Leighton S. Wood in 1965. Two of the five current trustees, Diane Delaney and John Reeves Sr., live in the area.

All fourth- and fifth-grade students and their parents from the greater midvalley area are invited to attend a Wolverine Welcome Program from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Crystal River Elementary School, 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. The program will include information about the new fifth/sixth-grade academy at Carbondale Middle School starting this fall. The event will outline CMS academic programs and extensive offerings in the arts, options for advanced and accelerated learning, and plans for the school’s new larger home this fall. Students and teachers will be available to answer questions.

For information, contact Principal Cliff Colia at 384-5701 or counselor Sue Turner at 384-5731.

The Computers for Kids Foundation will hold its annual Technology in Education Seminar, Making Learning Irresistible, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

The seminar is for parents, educators, technologists and concerned citizens.

The real revolution in education is not about technology, it’s about access to information and communications. It’s not about the wires, it’s about what flows over them. The seminar will feature Alan November, an internationally recognized leader in education technology.

Call 920-2009 to make your reservation, visit the Web site at, or contact Kirsten McDaniel, executive director, Computers for Kids Foundation at 963-7259.

– Teeny Jeung Memorial Health Sciences Scholarship

Valley View Hospital Auxiliary offers four $3,000 scholarships in memory of Teeny Jeung, a longtime nurse at Valley View Hospital. Any local high school student who has been accepted into a health sciences program at a college or university is eligible to apply for these scholarships. These scholarships are for graduating high school seniors only. All completed applications are due Friday, April 20, and will be reviewed by the VVHA Scholarships committee. For further information and applications, please call volunteer coordinator Becca Schickling at 384-6656.

– The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary Health Sciences Scholarship

VVHA has established a Health Sciences Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 for persons entering or continuing with studies in the medical field. Two scholarships will be awarded to students planning to pursue a career in the health sciences. Any person wishing to study or to continue studies in the medical field is eligible for this scholarship.

All completed applications are due Friday, April 20, and will be reviewed by the VVHA Scholarships Committee. For further information and applications, please call Schickling at the number above.

– Valley View Nursing CMC Scholarship

Four $3,000 scholarships are awarded in the fall of each year through Colorado Mountain College. CMC administers the qualifications and awards the scholarships to persons continuing their education in the nursing field. Only students accepted into the CMC Nursing Program are eligible for these scholarships. For information regarding these scholarships, including applications and deadlines, please call the CMC Foundation at 945-8355.

The Ross Montessori School is currently enrolling for the 2007-2008 school year.

Ross Montessori School is a free K-8 public school, dedicated to academic excellence through authentic Montessori methods. Pick up enrollment forms at 407 Merrill Ave. Carbondale, call us at 963-7199 or visit us on the Web at

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