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Glenwood Springs High School will have its parent-teacher conferences today, Oct. 28, and Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

If a parent is unable to attend one of the night conferences, contact individual teachers for a conference Thursday or Friday, between the hours of 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Student report cards will be available to pick up at the conferences.

Local sophomores took part in the Teen Health Fair on Monday in the Glenwood Springs High School gym.



The fair offered one-on-one counseling with local health care providers in four subject areas – fitness and nutrition, reproductive health, substance abuse and mental health. The day-long event was free and open to all 10th-graders enrolled in health class.

The fair is the brainchild of Chris Tonozzi, M.D., a family practice physician at Mountain Family Health. Tonozzi has volunteered for several years at the student-athletic physical event put on by Glenwood Medical Associates each May, which provides free physical exams for students wishing to participate in school sports.



Tonozzi felt that more tools could be offered to kids to equip them for other areas of their health care. Sponsors included Valley View Hospital, Mountain Family Health, Pediatric Partners, Glenwood Medical Associates, Planned Parenthood and Colorado West counseling.

“My goal is to give kids more resources to deal with the many issues they face as they become young adults,” Tonozzi said. “Good health is about so much more than blood pressure and flexibility, especially for teenagers.”

More than 40 professionals including doctors, nurse practitioners, trainers and counselors spent the day meeting with students one at a time in seven-minute consultations. Many students received coupons for free follow-up services donated by local providers.

Fair coordinator Nicole Dacuma hopes the students take away some useful advice.

“If we can help just one or two kids to make the right choice when faced with high-risk behaviors, then this will have been a success,” she said.

Re-1 school nurse Mary Jo Spain, R.N., was pleased to see the health care community reaching out to the school.

“Kids need to hear these positive messages from several sources and this really helps to reinforce what we teach in the classroom,” she said.

Students gain ‘Great Ideas’

Several area high school students attended the Aspen Institute High School Great Ideas Seminar last week.

The four-day seminar, held Oct. 18-21 on the grounds of the Aspen Institute, was dedicated to enhancing leadership, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

Moderated in traditional Aspen Institute Socratic style by expert moderator Lee Bycel, students read and analyzed selections by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Mary Midgley, Vaclav Havel, Virginia Woolf, Hobbes, William Faulkner, Martin Luther King Jr. and Thucydides.

Local students attending the seminar included, from Glenwood Springs High School: Anna Gauldin, Allison Brown, Alex Pototsky, Consuelo Gaytan and Christian Bergren-Aragon;

From Roaring Fork High School: Niki Burns, Sonia Cortez, Coral Froning and Terra Salamida;

From Colorado Rocky Mountain School: Kelsey Bohanon, Catherine Masters and Adolfo Verduzco;

From Basalt High School: Sean Chenowith, Carl Riggins and Scott Riggins;

And from Aspen High School: Rachael Bantis, Connor Gleason, Obadiah Jones, Laura Sudemeier and Tess Stevens.

Riverside Middle School will hold its 11th annual Harvest Daze celebration on Friday, Oct. 30.

If interested in participating, contact Cami Duty at 665-7823

During the festivities, students will enjoy arts and crafts, fun snacks, and a variety of community sponsored activities.


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