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By Kay Vasilakis

The Garfield Re-2 School District is seeking input about the proposed student achievement calendar from parents at parent-teacher meetings at each school. For added accessibility to this information, community forum meetings will be held at a school in each town. Bring your questions and listen to district representatives as they explain the proposal at the PTAC meetings. Superintendent Dr. Gary Pack and Assistant Superintendent Ava Lanes will be among the district representatives at the community forum meetings. The district knows this is an emotional issue, and hopes to clear up any misconceptions and gain input from parents and citizens about the proposed student achievement calendar. Please try to attend one of these meetings to get accurate, first-hand information.PTAC meetings have been scheduled as follows: Rifle High School – Oct. 21, 7 p.m.; Rifle Middle School – Oct. 21, 4 p.m.; Esma Lewis Elementary – Oct. 3, 7 p.m.; Wamsley Elementary – 7 p.m. on Oct. 7; Roy Moore Elementary – Oct. 1, 4 p.m.; Riverside School – Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.; and Kathryn Senor Elementary – Oct. 7, 7 p.m.Community forum meetings have been scheduled as follows: In Silt on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at Roy Moore Elementary; in New Castle at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Riverside School; and in Rifle on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Rifle High School.On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Riverside is observing the anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy with a Red, White and Blue Day, asking all the students and staff to wear red, white and blue. At 10 a.m., all the students and staff of the Garfield Re-2 Schools will be asked to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.-This is the Rifle Middle School Bike Shop’s eighth year of bike repair and the program has lots of satisfied customers. The famous RMS Bike Shop is up and running. The students participating in the program meet for bike repair every Thursday from 8:30-9:08 a.m. The “full service” program has a sophisticated array of tools and can perform everything from simple lube/tune-ups to major overhauls and wheel truing. Work is primarily performed on higher-end bikes, because their sophisticated tools do not work on Murrays or Huffys. All parts are ordered from Excel Sports in Boulder, which offers discount parts and free shipping. “Our Bike Shop serves a tremendous role for the kiddos participating. They meet many goals from their Individual Education Plan by being involved in this program,” said Bruce Gallagher, Rifle Middle School counselor and total bike nut. Gallagher oversees all the work on all the bikes. The work is strictly on a donation basis for labor and the money is used to purchase tools, lube, and to throw an occasional party for the kids involved.-Riverside’s school pictures will be taken on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Make sure your kids have their forms and payments with them when they dash out the door that morning.Esma Lewis Elementary staff members are using a method of reading instruction entitled the Four-Blocks Model. The first block, Guided Reading, focuses on reading comprehension. In the Self-Selected Block, students have the opportunity to build fluency and choose books that appeal to them individually. Writing is the third block, and students will learn to use their phonics skills, penmanship, grammar, mechanics, and knowledge of the writing process to produce pieces of original work. Working with Words is the fourth block, in which students explore words, look for language patterns, spell words correctly, and practice phonics skills.The staff at Esma Lewis would like parental support for this important program. Parents can talk about books with their child, share something they are reading with the child, get a library card for the child, set aside a reading time each night, and attend school events. On Sept. 19 from 6 p.m., Esma Lewis will be hosting a “Four-Blocks Party,” and the staff hopes to see many parents there. Make the time so your student can enjoy reading and be a lifelong learner.When parents can play math games with their children, math scores go up. Riverside School’s Math Game Night for fourth and fifth graders and their parents is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, starting at 7 p.m. Students and their parents can have lots of fun and learn new math games.These games are an integral part of the Everyday Math curriculum because they provide drill and practice and lots of mental math opportunities that were once done exclusively with worksheets. District Teacher on Special Assignment Steve Chesley will be on hand to help the parents get acquainted with the math games.As part of the Flying High program policy to reward good behavior, Wamsley Elementary school students (grades kindergarten through grade 2) are selected by teachers and have lunch with principal Larry Matthews and the school’s counselor, Regina Guetherman.These young tykes were caught doing good deeds, from sharing school supplies to following directions, picking up paper towels off the restroom floor and helping their teachers. Remember, folks, these are first and second graders. Rewarding them for their good behavior and nice manners now creates lots of good behavior for the rest of their lives.The students who had lunch with the principal and counselor for their good deeds were Brayden Hoggan, Kirsten Davis, Meagan Morelas, Zachary Bare, Bailey Hoffmeister, Kennedy Velasquez, Clayton Coombs;Kellin Leigh, Taylor Gore, Zach Ramsay, Trenton Brown, Tommy Bingham, Kate Myllo, Ricky Peterson, Mitch Barnett, Danielle Pena, Dakota Zeman, Anthony Valdez, Jamie Hesselberg, Serena Murphy, Jake Statler, Alex Schoon, J.D. Williams, Cory Stanley, Oscar Ruelas, Grant Peterson, Ramses Abad, Martha Carreon, Eduardo Alvarado, Taylor Hogue, Madeline Proctor, Hunter Leuallen.


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