Education Briefs |

Education Briefs

Sopris Elementary School had a very successful Box Tops Contest in February. More than 8,000 box tops were collected by the students, which translates to more than $800 for the school.

Jennifer Vennon’s kindergarten class came in first place with more than 1,300 box tops. Second place went to Jim Hardcastle’s third-grade class with more than 1,100 box tops.

Both classes were presented an iPad for educational use. SES will be running another contest next fall, so keep collecting those box tops. If you don’t have a student but would like to help one of our local schools, you can do so by doing your online shopping thru A percentage of your purchase will go to the school you designate. It’s just two extra clicks that in turn helps our valley.

The St. Stephen’s School Destination Imagination teams have done it again. All three of the teams that competed in the Western Slope Regional Tournament qualified for the state competition to be held in Denver on April 14.

Destination Imagination is a worldwide problem solving competition where teams choose one of six types of problems to solve and then demonstrate their solutions at tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise out-of-the-box solutions.

St. Stephen’s elementary team, The Big Brained Angels, coached by St. Stephen’s teacher Kelly Hillbrand, took first in their problem, which required them to make a movie trailer that had to include research about two different nations and use technical special effects and an original sound track.

The second elementary team, The Smarties, coached by Kelley Cullen, took second in its problem, which entailed creating equipment that retrieved parts and delivered products to fill orders during a team-created story.

The middle school team, Caution…Thoughts in Process, under the guidance of Kate Hatch and Kelly Hillbrand, took first place in their challenge to build a solar prototype that had to be used in a presentation that included special lighting techniques as the solution was presented in total darkness.

In addition to their medals, teams were singled out and recognized for acting as superior role models in the areas of spirit, teamwork, sportsmanship, outstanding skill in engineering, design and performance through both the Spirit of DI Award and the Renaissance Awards.

Colorado Mountain College will hold a free one-day First Generation College Summit for students and their parents from 8 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, 1402 Blake Ave. (behind City Market).

The focus will be on educating students who will be the first in their family to attend college, also known as “first generation” students.

Students in grades 8-10 and their parents are highly encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome, including high school juniors and seniors and nonfirst-generation students. The summit will feature:

• Breakout sessions on financial aid, searching for the right college, transitioning from high school and more.

• Information from local social service organizations to help maximize college success.

• The ability to meet with admission representatives from colleges across Colorado.

Register online at 1stgeneration. For more information, contact Yesenia Arreola, 947-8357 or

Colorado Mountain College is hosting information sessions to explain the curriculum and application process for bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sustainability studies.

Courses for both degrees will be offered in the summer semester. Classes start the week of May 14, and registration starts April 23. Applications and information are available online at 4year or at any CMC location.

Information sessions are scheduled at the college’s local locations in:

• Aspen, 0255 Sage Way: noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12

• Carbondale, 690 Colorado Ave.: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 (or by appointment; call 963-2172)

• Glenwood Springs, 1402 Blake Ave.: 5-6 p.m. Monday, April 16

• Spring Valley (south of Glenwood Springs), 3000 County Road 114, Calaway Academic Building in Room 119: 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, and noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 23.

Kindergarten information sessions and registration are offered on the following dates:

Glenwood Springs Elementary School: open house 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10; meeting 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10; registration 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 13

Sopris Elementary School, Glenwood Springs: parent information meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10; registration 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13

Crystal River Elementary, Carbondale: preschool and kindergarten open house 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5; registration 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10

Graham Mesa Elementary, Rifle, 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11

Highland Elementary, Rifle, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12

Cactus Valley Elementary, Silt, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16

Kathryn Senor Elementary, New Castle, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17

Elk Creek Elementary, New Castle, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18

Wamsley Elementary, Rifle, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 19

Your child must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2012, in order to attend kindergarten this fall. When attending Kindergarten Registration, parents should bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and social security card for the child if they have one. If you are unable to attend Kindergarten Registration, please call the school to schedule a time to complete the necessary paperwork.

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