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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 or at any CMC location.

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

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

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

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

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Roaring Fork School District Re-1 has begun a communications audit to improve communication between school district leaders, staff and the community.

The school board is working with the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the district’s communications efforts and make recommendations for improvement.

The process includes holding 11 focus group meetings for school district staff and community members, to be facilitated by CASB and its partner, Schoolhouse Communications. Participants will be asked to discuss their perceptions of the district’s communication challenges, strengths and weaknesses and offer ideas for improvement.

The focus group meetings will be held May 14 and 15. CASB is seeking individuals who are supporters of the district and those who have been critical from all three communities served by the district – Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

Each focus group will be limited to 12 participants.

Former school board member Bill Lamont is recruiting participants. To volunteer, contact Lamont at or 963-7391.

In addition to the focus groups, CASB consultants will interview school board members, administrators and conduct a survey of district staff. They will also review the district’s newsletters and website.

Audit results are to be presented to the school board mid-summer.

The cost of the communication audit is $17,000. It is funded by the Aspen Community Foundation and the Manaus Fund.

For more information, contact Superintendent Judy Haptonstall at 384-6001.

RIFLE, Colorado – Rifle High School has been officially accepted as an International Baccalaureate school.

“We are very excited to have Rifle High School enter the elite class of IB World Schools,” said Garfield Re-2 Superintendent Susan Birdsey. The school “worked very hard to meet IB’s expectations, and I am confident the staff and students will continue to excel in this new arena.”

IB is not just a program for the best and the brightest, emphasized Rifle High School Assistant Principal Damon Wells.

“Every single thing that we have learned tells us that it is for many students. While the rigorous academic nature of the program can certainly serve gifted students, other self-disciplined and motivated students can be successful in the program if they can demonstrate a solid work ethic and good academic history.

“IB also really promotes involvement in the school community and in the community as a whole. Participation in extracurricular activities, such as involvement in school productions, sports or volunteer service, is required to earn the IB diploma,” said Wells.

For information on enrolling in the Rifle High School IB program, contact IB Coordinator Brad Skinner at 665-7743.

The Glenwood Springs Percussion Ensemble finished fourth at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Percussion Association competition held April 7 in Broomfield. The ensemble competed in four events, made the finals and finished in fourth place with a score of 81.85.

Conductor Adam Solomon led the group to play a classical assortment of Tchaikovsky pieces.

The ensemble will perform in Glenwood Springs on April 27 and 29. Further details are not available at this time.

The ensemble will see some changes in the coming months. Founding members Angela Frale and Analeise Basile will be graduating with the class of 2012. And conductor Solomon has accepted the position of band director for Rifle Middle School and will be leaving the ensemble as well. The ensemble is searching for a new conductor.

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The Colorado Department of Education has honored 47 school libraries with “Highly Effective School Library Program” status. Of the 47, the only school library on the Western Slope to win the honor is the Glenwood Springs High School library.

Librarians in these schools meet or exceed criteria for exemplary school library programs that align with their school’s goals.

Librarians will be recognized at the May 9 State Board of Education meeting, and their schools will receive a banner.

Each library selected for this honor submitted school-aligned goals, an action plan, a letter of recommendation, and a three-minute multimedia presentation showcasing program excellence.

The Garfield School District Re-2 will begin kindergarten registration on the following dates:

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

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

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

3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 26 • Cactus Valley Elementary, Silt

Children must be 5 by Oct. 1, 2012, to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year. Bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security card.

Parents who are unable to attend kindergarten registration, can call the school to schedule a time to complete the necessary paperwork.

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