The Rifle High School foreign language department will participate in a cultural dance competition, as well as other events, at the Foreign Language Day on April 14 at the University of Northern Colorado. RHS Spanish teacher Maria Carrion-Kozak and her son Marcus put together the choreography. Eight girls and eight boys will be chosen to represent Rifle in this competition. The videotaped commercial being made by RHS Spanish IV students will advertise an actual product created by one of the students. A Quinceaera (a social event in the Hispanic culture celebrating a girl’s fifteenth birthday) will be taped, in which the girl is wearing a duct-tape dress, created and designed by Sara Smith.All the Spanish IV students are involved in this production – which includes a duct-tape car – and will be responsible for the videotaping, speaking, dancing and editing of the commercial.Participation in this event, a first for the foreign language department, is possible thanks to the mini-grant awarded last year from the Re-2 Coordinating Council and the Garfield Re-2 School Board.Teachers at Esma Lewis Elementary School are using the writing block of the Four Blocks Plus Rigby to encourage students to write fluently, increase reading ability through writing, apply grammar and mechanics to writing, and develop skills at individual levels.There are many benefits to this approach to writing. Children are writing about topics they care about, and choose most of their topics, creating a strong motivation to write. Every child is taught at his own level, and receives individualized attention with an adult at least once a week. It is important for all parents to celebrate their student’s writing efforts. Praise them for what they are doing right, model writing for them, and find time to write with your children. You’ll be pleased with how much better they write and how much more they like to do it.
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Writer, builder, artist, English composition teacher, outdoors educator, caver, coal miner and Christian philosopher aren’t titles commonly associated with a single person, but are apt in remembering the life and times of Stan Badgett.