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School lunch prices increase

Breakfast and lunch prices are increasing for the 2017-18 school year, primarily because of the amount of fruit required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Breakfast will cost a nickel more, and will run $1.50 for elementary students and $1.70 for middle/high school students.

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HHS named finalist

Hotchkiss High School was named one of five finalists for the "Succeeds Prize," considered the state's most prestigious award in recognition of honoring transformational public schools and educators.

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Family Center hosts back-to-school event

The Delta Family Center welcomes families to a special back-to-school event Saturday, Aug. 26, at 822 Grand Avenue, Delta. The fun runs from 9 a.m. to noon and will include information, bike/trike/stroller decorating, giveaways and a free lunch.

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Homeschool support is available

If you are interested in a self-paced, independent learning curriculum and/or support for your current homeschool program, contact Delta County School District's new blended learning program, Achieve Blended Learning Academy.

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Local Teachers of the Year place second in state VFW contest

Three Delta County teachers who were honored by VFW Post and Auxiliary #3571 were also recognized at the state level.

On Loyalty Day, May 1, the post recognized Sharon Lee, Teacher of the Year at Lincoln Elementary School; David Piotrowski of Vision Charter Academy as Teacher of the Year on the middle school level; and Kelly Johnson, Teacher of the Year from Delta High School.

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School board election set for Nov. 7

Three directors will be elected to the Delta County School Board in November. Beginning Aug. 7, interested candidates may obtain nomination petitions and notice forms from the Delta County clerk and recorder's office in the county courthouse. Candidates must reside in Director District 1 (City of Delta and west), District IV (Hotchkiss area, north and east of Cedaredge) and District V (Paonia/Crawford area).

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Every Student Succeeds Act gauges nonacademic traits

President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law in 2001. Since that time Colorado has tested students and used the tests and other assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the K-12 school system.

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Legislation provides one-time funding boost for rural schools

Senate Bill 267, titled "Rural Sustainability," not only converted the hospital provider fee to an enterprise fund, it also directed funds to rural schools. A one-time allocation of $30 million will be spread across the state, bumping per-pupil funding for Delta County students by $171.70. That amounts to about $819,000.

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Cedaredge academy students earn honors
Cedaredge academy students earn honors

Grand Mesa Statesmanship Academy (GMSA) of Cedaredge honored high achieving students at the school's annual awards recognition on May 27.

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Students analyze air quality
Students analyze air quality

NASA satellites can be equipped to measure air quality from space, but for localized results, CU Boulder has developed air quality monitors that quantify emissions of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. The same equipment used by CU engineering students was made available to students in Delta and Paonia through a partnership between CU Boulder, the Western Colorado Conservation Center and the schools.

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Governor makes name change official for DMTC
Governor makes name change official for DMTC

Governor John Hickenlooper made a brief stop in Delta Saturday afternoon to sign the bill renaming Delta-Montrose Technical College. The new name -- Technical College of the Rockies -- better reflects the broader community served by the technical college, said Michael Klouser, the new director of the technical college.

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High school students to share air quality research

Since January, nearly 150 Delta County high schoolers have been conducting hands-on air quality research, thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and four local high schools.

The public is invited to view Delta High School student projects on Tuesday, May 23, at an Air Quality InQuiry (AQ-IQ) Science Symposium.

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Registration is open at this summer's 'Cedaredge University'

Cedaredge Elementary School is again offering its innovative summer school program called 'Cedaredge University' that will guide youth into areas of academic study in an atmosphere of making learning fun and interesting.

School Principal Daniel Renfrow said the name was chosen to help students begin early to visualize themselves in a future college career.

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9th Street closure

The traditional painting of 9th Street Hill by graduates of Delta High School will result in a street closure. The City of Delta is honoring a request from the Delta High School Student Council to close the street the evening of Tuesday, May 16.

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Focus of Arbor Day is on a future with trees
Focus of Arbor Day is on a future with trees

Some communities don't observe Arbor Day. But in Cedaredge, Arbor Day is a big deal.

On April 24, the Cedaredge Tree Board observed Arbor Day with fifth grade students from Cedaredge Elementary School.

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Students explore health careers
Students explore health careers

A career in the medical field is not restricted to patient care, students learned during a Health Careers Symposium last week.

During a panel discussion, Rhonda Katzdorn, a human relations professional from Delta County Memorial Hospital, explained that the hospital and its clinics offer 230 different positions, from IT to maintenance to laboratory personnel.

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Cross-country skiing with a dose of grit

Grit might best describe the essence of a young student's first cross-country skiing. Throughout the winter, hundreds of Delta County students gripped their ski poles, as they shuffled their skis and peered down the snowy path of possibility and adventure on their national forest.

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Elizabeth Ward earns Boettcher Scholarship
Elizabeth Ward earns Boettcher Scholarship

Elizabeth Ward, a senior at Delta High School, has been selected as a recipient of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. She is leaning toward the University of Denver, to study data analytics.

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'Hutch' honored for lifetime achievement
'Hutch' honored for lifetime achievement

Roger "Hutch" Hutchison started a student art show in 1988, the same year he joined the faculty at Delta High School. So it was only fitting that he capped his long career during the opening reception for this year's student art show.

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CES fundraiser a healthy success
CES fundraiser a healthy success

While government may see healthy lifestyles as an opportunity to raise taxes, Cedaredge Elementary sees them as a chance for fun, for learning, and for helping their school get better.

The parents, staff, students and friends of Cedaredge Elementary School observed a special day last week to help their school and promote good health at the same time.

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Student art showcased at the AppleShed

The Delta County Student Art Show is now on display at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge. This year, the show was expanded to include art from district elementary and middle schools.

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Summit engages teens in their local government

A Youth Summit designed to build interest in local government was hosted by the Delta Youth Council last week. Students from Delta and Cedaredge attended the day-long session, which opened at Bill Heddles Recreation Center with comments from city manager David Torgler and concluded with tours of the courthouse, sheriff's office, Delta City Hall and the city's municipal light and power plant.

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50J staff changes

Todd Markley, human resources director for Delta County Joint School District #50, is retiring at the end of the school year. Jim Farmer, longtime principal at Garnet Mesa Elementary School, will take his place, with additional duties in middle/high school curriculum and new teacher training.

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New name, new director in the works for technical college
New name, new director in the works for technical college

Rep. Millie Hamner, Rep. Yeulin Willett, Sen. Kerry Donovan and Sen. Don Coram are sponsoring legislation that would change the name of Delta-Montrose Technical College to the Technical College of the Rockies.

Delta-Montrose Technical College is owned by Delta County Joint School District #50, but the name of the college, and the two other area technical colleges are specified in state statutes.

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School of Integrated Studies draws families to the valley
School of Integrated Studies draws families to the valley

The North Fork School of Integrated Studies (NFSIS) is drawing families to the North Fork Valley with Waldorf-inspired education methods, which emphasize the arts and limit technology.

The school opened within Paonia Elementary as "a school within a school" in 2015 with 24 children in grades K-4.

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High school students to share air quality research

Since January, nearly 150 Delta County high schoolers have been conducting hands-on air quality research, thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and four local high schools.

Now the students are ready to share their research projects in their classrooms and at two different Air Quality InQuiry (AQ-IQ) Science Symposium, which are free and open to the public:

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Parents of PHS student claim ADA rights violated

Parents of a 17-year-old disabled student at Paonia High School are at odds with the school administration over whether their son should be allowed to walk in school.

Alex Hood was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects body movement and coordination, and suffered a stroke at birth.

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Student art show expands

The student art show held annually at the AppleShed Gallery in Cedaredge is expanding from high school artists to include art from Delta County elementary and middle school students.

An opening reception will take place Friday, April 7.

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15 kids treated for minor injuries after bus accident
15 kids treated for minor injuries after bus accident

Bus driver Audie Woods was on his second-to-the-last stop on his route Monday morning when his 50J bus was struck from behind while picking up children along Highway 50 in North Delta.

The bus was rear-ended by Samuel R. Rascon of Hobbs, N.M., who suffered serious injuries in the accident. He is being treated at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction.

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Early CHS grad honored by town
Early CHS grad honored by town

A Cedaredge High School senior who graduated early to pursue her nursing career plans is Orchard City's student of the month for March.

Mikaylah Saenz graduated early last semester from CHS with a 3.8 grade point average.

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Pinnacol scholarship applications due April 15

The Pinnacol Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The foundation provides scholarships to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents, regardless of insurance carrier. The application deadline is April 15.

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Grant sought for DMS construction
Grant sought for DMS construction

A grant application that would have funded an addition to Delta Middle School did not receive priority from the Colorado Department of Education, but has been placed in the "backup" category.

Delta County Joint School District #50 submitted an application for a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant in the amount of $11.3 million, pledging a matching contribution of $3.4 million for the Delta Middle School project.

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Montessori pre-registration set for March 20

North Fork Montessori at Crawford School is a Delta County School District public school, K-6th grade is free, with scaled tuition for preschool.

Pre-registration for PRE-K and kindergarten is on Monday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair
Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair

Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.

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City council salutes National Junior Honor Society members
City council salutes National Junior Honor Society members

It was standing room only for the Jan. 3 meeting of the Delta City Council. Law enforcement officers from both the Delta Police Department and the Delta County Sheriff's Office witnessed the swearing in of Luke Fedler, Delta's new police chief.

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DHS wins state engineering challenge

Delta High School has been named the Colorado state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

"I'm really proud of all these guys," said physics instructor Ben Magtutu. "This is excellent stuff."

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No opposition voiced for restaurant liquor license

The Cedaredge Town Board took up an item of business that it first considered last spring when on Jan. 12 the trustees held a public hearing on a liquor license request for Creekside Cafe.

Last spring, on the final day of the 2016 school term, the trustees adopted an ordinance decreasing the distance from a school that alcohol may be sold. The distance was reduced from 600 feet to 60 feet.

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DMTC bid for vacant building falls short

School superintendent Caryn Gibson reports that a bid on the old City Market building was declined.

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Jenny Eyler recognized for influence on Boettcher Scholar
Jenny Eyler recognized for influence on Boettcher Scholar

Mari McCarville, a former student of the North Fork Montessori School, was one of 42 young leaders recognized with a Boettcher Foundation Scholarship in May 2016. A graduate of Grand Junction High School, she is majoring in music and biology, with a concentration in neuroscience, at the University of Denver.

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Hotchkiss students complete gym mural
Hotchkiss students complete gym mural

The last of a series of murals envisioned by Hotchkiss High School art teacher Jamie Roeber was recently completed.

Senior art students Kayden Owens, Roggen Frick, Josh Verdeja and Gabe Rodriguez decided on their own to paint the mural for their art class project.

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Middle schoolers showcase their talents
Middle schoolers showcase their talents

Cedaredge Middle School music students entertained parents and the public with their talents at the annual holiday concert held at the high school on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The 6th Grade Beginning Band started the evening's program and got the chance to display its new musical talents with a performance that included selections from 14 holiday favorite melodies.

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Music students stir holiday mood
Music students stir holiday mood

The Cedaredge High School music department presented its holiday concert to parents and the public at the school on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The CHS Concert Choir opened the evening's program with seven arrangements beginning with a classic, Exultate Justi in Domino, and ending with two traditional holiday favorites: Away in a Manger and Silent Night.

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District recognizes teachers, coach, students and drivers

At the December meeting of the Delta County School District, board members and administrators honored several North Fork school teachers and students and others for their outstanding achievements and dedication.

The meeting was held at Paonia High School and began with Dee Holt's mixed choir singing "The Star Spangled Banner."

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Free tree permits for fourth graders

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest is pleased to continue the fourth grade free Christmas tree program again this holiday season. Fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park ("Every Kid") initiative.

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Forum gathers thoughts about schools
Forum gathers thoughts about schools

What opportunities can the Delta County School District offer its students in the next one to three years? What are the district's greatest assets in terms of opportunity? How can the communities be engaged in student education?

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Nortnik honored

The Orchard City Town Board has chosen Delta High School senior Emily Nortnik as its student of the month.

Emily has been a three-sport athlete throughout middle and high school.

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Students read from their essays with a patriotic theme

Top local essayists in the Veterans of Foreign Wars writing contests for high school and middle school students were named and shared their patriotic compositions at a combined school assembly on Friday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day.

In the high school division, Voice of Democracy essay winners were Holly Jenkins, first; Dalia Alejandre, second; and, Nevaeh Martinez, third.

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Students working on Costa Rica trip

Twelve Cedaredge High School students are involved in a fundraising project to participate in an educational field trip to Costa Rica next year.

"We have 12 students participating," trip organizer Kevin Dunbar, a CHS instructor, told the DCI in an email.

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Changes to FAFSA make it easier to apply for student aid

Do you have a high school senior who is knee deep in the college admissions process? Writing essays and filling out forms can be a stressful process for students, just as covering the cost of college can be for parents.

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Safety Day sends important messages to students
Safety Day sends important messages to students

During the month of October, local agencies presented Safety Day at Paonia Elementary and Hotchkiss K-8 schools. The events were intended to bring some important messages to students.

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Air quality projects presented in Denver
Air quality projects presented in Denver

How healthy is vaping? As more people "light" up with e-cigarettes, a group of Western Slope teenagers are using a CU Boulder partnership with their high school to find out.

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Tour school the first Wednesday each month

The North Fork School of Integrated Studies at Paonia Elementary School invites the public to join it for a cup of coffee at the Rainbow Cafe on the first Wednesday of the month.

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Elementary students learn about emergency services

Local agencies provided Safety Day at Paonia Elementary and Hotchkiss K-8 during the month of October to bring some very important messages to the students. The mild fall weather was a perfect setting to bring the kids out from their normal class schedules to spend time learning about these vital services in our communities.

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Public preschool expands to Cedaredge

An early childhood program that began with the popular Backpack Program has grown into preschool programs that prepare 3- and 4-year-olds for a lifetime of learning. The Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA) was first established at Garnet Mesa Elementary School in about 2003 and a couple of years later expanded to Lincoln Elementary School.

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PHS again makes Newsweek Top 500
PHS again makes Newsweek Top 500

For the second time in three years, Paonia High School made the list of Newsweek Magazine's Top 500 high schools in America for low-income students. For the 2015-2016 school year Paonia was ranked 435th for the 2015-2016 school year; for the 2014-2015 school year PHS was ranked 449th.

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DHS band exhibition scheduled

The Delta High School Marching Band has scheduled a community exhibition Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. at Panther Stadium.

The band performs its field show, "Infected" Thursday, Oct. 20, in Grand Junction.

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High school seniors encouraged to apply for Daniels Scholarship

Motivated college-bound high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming are encouraged to visit DanielsFund.org to apply online for the Daniels Scholarship Program. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 30.

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County's students show strong growth

Growth reports issued by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) indicate Delta County students are outpacing students statewide when it comes to year-to-year growth in English language arts and math. The only exception is fourth grade math, which is just one percentage point lower than the state.

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Field trip puts 'Every Kid in a (snowy) Park'
Field trip puts 'Every Kid in a (snowy) Park'

Neither snow, nor rain, nor wind, nor freezing temperatures kept North Fork area fourth-grade students from enjoying Friday's annual field trip to Lost Lake Campground.

"It's a good age to teach preparedness," said Dana Niksch, Program Support Specialist with the Paonia Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests while standing under a canopy watching kids and adults dash through the falling snow from learning station to learning station.

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CMAS test results provided for Delta County
CMAS test results provided for Delta County

State-level results from the 2016 administration of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in math and language arts show areas of improvement and stabilization in test participation rates across the state.

Students in Delta County were introduced to both a new testing format and the implementation of new math curriculum last school year.

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Delta Opportunity School sees many changes

The 2016-17 school year has brought many changes to the Delta Opportunity School, but one thing hasn't changed -- the school's commitment to providing an individualized educational program intended to give students at-risk of not graduating an alternative route to earning their high school diploma.

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Districtwide program helps staff connect with students

A new program known as Capturing Kids' Hearts has been implemented across Delta County Joint School District #50, from the cafeteria to the bus to the classroom. The program underscores how adults impact the lives of students every day.

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School year is off to a good start

Schools in the Surface Creek Valley have all begun the 2016-17 school year on a high note with motivated staffs and energetic students looking forward to a year of learning and achievement.

Cedaredge High School principal Randy Brown said, "We are off to a great start." Brown added that enrollment has increased about 10 students.

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Seniors demonstrate college readiness
Seniors demonstrate college readiness

The results of the PSAT and ACT assessments administered last spring have been released by the Colorado Department of Education. As 50J administrators analyze those results, they're also preparing high school juniors and seniors to transition to the SAT exam.

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Check it out! Library cards for all

It's almost September. The days are getting shorter, school is back in session and backpacks have been filled with pencils, notebooks, scissors, erasers and a surplus of other supplies.

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Connecting kids to nature
Connecting kids to nature

In a recent survey of Delta County and Olathe area students ages 4-18, out of almost 30 outdoor activities, archery was identified as being the one they would most like to try.

The more than 3,700 students, along with 235 adults who participated in the survey, also identified a lack of time, of access to equipment and money as the biggest obstacles between them and trying new outdoor activities.

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Families Plus helps kids gear up for school

Summer vacation is winding to a close. In a few short weeks, it will be time to put away summer fun and replace it with school -- waking up early, catching the bus, and attending classes.

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Back-to- school celebration scheduled

The Delta Family Center will host its fourth annual back-to-schoool celebration Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Delta Family Center located at 822 Grand Avenue in Delta. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the front lawn and starting at 10:30 a.m., lunch will be provided by the Delta Lions Club.

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Fairview alums take a walk down memory lane
Fairview alums take a walk down memory lane

On June 25, 105 former Fairview School students and guests enjoyed their 25th reunion at the Gunnison River Pleasure Park.

The school was located in the Orchard City area on Fairview Road between Austin and Cory.

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Cedaredge affirms action to allow alcohol sales near school

The public had an opportunity on June 16 to make its thoughts known on Cedaredge's move to allow alcohol sales across the street from Cedaredge Elementary School. The previous distance limit was 500 feet.

In the end, the public was informed; it participated in a decision that affects the community; and people spoke their minds to elected representatives in town government.

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National Society of Collegiate Scholars welcomes new members

Chastin Ellington of Austin and Tyrell Clock of Paonia have accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

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DMS isn't good enough for BEST

A grant application that would have funded an addition to Delta Middle School did not receive priority from the Colorado Department of Education, but has been placed in the "backup" category.

Delta County Joint School District #50 submitted an application for a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant in the amount of $11.3 million, pledging a matching contribution of $3.4 million for the Delta Middle School project.

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Class combines study and fun
Class combines study and fun

A Cedaredge Middle School program that received funding help from the Arch Coal Foundation has expanded sixth grade students' educational and healthy living lifestyle horizons.

At the same time, Amanda Cerise's "Colorado Lifestyles" elective course has given students practice sharpening their academic skills by tapping into the Internet for specific information on how to plan projects and achieve their own life goals.

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Cedaredge reduces alcohol buffer zone around school
Cedaredge reduces alcohol buffer zone around school

On a rare split vote, 5-2 with trustees Dayton Myers and Patti Michael dissenting, the Cedaredge Town Board on May 19 adopted an ordinance that allows sales of alcohol to take place within 60 feet of schools. The previous limit was 500 feet.

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Will James Society gives books to schools

The Will James Society donates sets of Will James books through local groups. Black Mesa CattleWomen sponsored one of these donations.

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HHS students take stage with Otis Taylor
HHS students take stage with Otis Taylor

"Everyone has a story about how they got turned on to the blues," says bluesman Otis Taylor, whose dad introduced him to the genre.

For the students of Hotchkiss High School music teacher Jeannette Carey, their story will be about how Taylor turned them on to the blues.

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Students learn the art of debate
Students learn the art of debate

Children have so much to learn during their primary education: Grammar, spelling, arithmetic, history, geography, social skills and music and art. But there's one skill that kids and adults use almost daily, and yet many are ill-prepared for.

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Graduation is upon us

The 2015-16 school year is rapidly coming to a close, as is high school baseball, track and tennis competition. To avoid conflicts with state competition, graduation ceremonies for the four traditional high schools in Delta County have been moved to Sunday and Monday, May 15 and 16.

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High schoolers to share air quality research

Since last fall, nearly 150 Delta County high schoolers have been conducting hands-on air quality research, thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and four local high schools.

Now the students are ready to share their research projects at the Air Quality Inquiry Science Symposium on May 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Delta High School, 1400 Pioneer Road. The event is open to the public and includes a free dinner.

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Vision Charter Academy learners excel on stage
Vision Charter Academy learners excel on stage

Excitement was in the air the night of April 28 at Vision Charter Academy's talent show. This talent show was the first VCA has hosted.

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Mock crash demonstrates dangers  of driving impaired, distracted
Mock crash demonstrates dangers of driving impaired, distracted

It was supposed to be a magical night. But as the rock group The Eagles sing, "In a New York minute, everything can change."

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Historic school on town register
Historic school on town register

During its April 21 meeting, the Cedaredge Town Board accepted the Cedaredge High School/Elementary School onto the town's register of historic buildings.

The proposal to do so was submitted by the town's Historic Preservation Committee.

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Fourth graders flock to river park for Conservation Days
Fourth graders flock to river park for Conservation Days

The Western Slope Conservation Center held its fifth annual Conservation Days at the Paonia River Park last Thursday and Friday, and by all accounts, it was the best of the bunch.

"It started out as this really small event with just a couple of classes," Julia Bowman, Paonia River Park coordinator for the WCC, said.

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Vision learners recognized

Vision Charter Academy (VCA) is a public charter school in Delta County School District. VCA promotes learners having a voice and a choice to achieve using their individual learning plans.

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Mock crash gives hard-hitting lesson

A mock crash event scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, may look like the real thing, but it's only a drill.

With high school proms happening April 30 and end-of-school-year celebrations a month away, local EMS, fire, police and state troopers will conduct a mock crash event.

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Big night out at prom
Big night out at prom

It was an evening of striking formal attire, of fun centered around friends and families, and of the community's young people stepping out to display its finest at Cedaredge High School's prom on Saturday, April 16.

With family and friends watching, cheering and snapping pictures, the grand march was an hour-long procession of radiant young people strolling arm-in-arm through an Enchanted Forest.

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Carr is student of the month
Carr is student of the month

Tori Carr has been named Orchard City's student of the month for April.

Tori's resume includes numerous accomplishments and achievements during her career at Delta High School.

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Breakfast of Champions
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Students consider technical school options
Students consider technical school options

Delta-Montrose Technical College career services coordinator Jessica Carlson wants all area high school students to know about the career options the school has to offer. On a visit last week to Paonia High School, Carlson explained that a four-year degree used to be the standard option for graduating seniors.

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Nursing students receive scholarships
Nursing students receive scholarships

Delta-Montrose Technical College hosts a scholarship luncheon for its practical nursing students annually. The local community has been extremely generous and supportive of the technical college and the nursing program.

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Atheist handout goes smoothly

Despite intense media scrutiny and a flurry of Facebook posts, the distribution of atheist and "freethinking" materials in Delta County schools last Friday was a remarkably quiet event. Some people even referred to it as a "non-event."

Organizers from the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers report school staff was "welcoming and respectful."

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Budget committee supports raises for teachers, staff

A budget advisory committee has recommended that the bulk of an anticipated 50J revenue increase go to salaries and benefits for school district employees.

Between an increase in state funding and some carryovers, Delta County Joint School District #50 expects to have an additional $1.1 million available in the 2016-17 budget.

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Vision to expand Delta campus with district's help

Two modular buildings no longer in use at the old elementary school in Cedaredge will be moved to address a "serious need" for additional classroom space at the Delta campus of Vision Charter Academy.

At an estimated cost of just over $300,000, the move doesn't come cheap, but it's less than new construction of energy-efficient classrooms.

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CES students put on high energy show

Parents, grandparents and community members were treated to a rambunctious display of high energy, physical fitness, coordination and applied learning skills at Cedaredge Elementary School's Music and PE Showcase last week.

The gym at Cedaredge High School was jumping and jiving and rocking and rolling for an hour and a half on Thursday, March 31.

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Destination Imagination teams pack up for state

Delta County schools were well represented at the regional Destination Imagination (DI) competition in Rifle March 12 -- and nine of the 10 teams qualified for state competition next weekend.

The mission of Destination Imagination is to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.

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Daniels scholarships awarded to three local high school seniors

The Daniels Fund has announced the names of 226 high school seniors from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming whose exceptional character, leadership and commitment to the community have earned them a place in the Daniels Scholarship Program.

Recipients include Noah La Vau, Cedaredge High School, and Cruz Arias and Wade Ebert, Delta High School.

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Students express patriotism through art

Two Vision Charter Academy students are hoping their patriotic art will earn them a scholarship in a national contest sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary.

Jonathan Barrett, a senior, used acrylics to express his patriotism and a career interest in the U.S. Navy.

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Hotchkiss K-8 presents GRIT Blazing Bulldog Awards

Hotchkiss K-8 strives to develop citizens through GRIT -- growth, resiliency, integrity and tenacity. Students who demonstrate these traits academically, socially or emotionally are recognized as GRIT Blazing Bulldogs.

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Flames, foam and fizz -- science in action
Flames, foam and fizz -- science in action

The kind of science that excites young minds and energizes learning was on display last Thursday, March 24, at the Cedaredge Middle School's annual Science Night.

CMS science instructor Doug Craig said there were about 60 projects in the school's annual science fest.

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Speaker addresses teens and drugs

Perception vs. reality. That's the message Chad Williams shared with Delta High School students last week.

Williams, a former Mesa County sheriff's deputy, is the founder of Safe Teens America, a rapidly growing adolescent drug prevention program.

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Recent PHS grads share college experiences
Recent PHS grads share college experiences

On March 16, three recent graduates of Paonia High School who now attend West Point Military Academy, Harvard University, and Colorado School of Mines, addressed the student body and offered their perspectives and advice.

"Our classes teach critical thinking, above everything else," said Drewe Lee, an engineering student at Mines.

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Atheists force 59J to defend open forum
Atheists force 59J to defend open forum

After Gideon Bibles were made available to students in Delta County schools, Delta County Joint School District #50 fielded complaints from the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, a member of a national nonprofit organization, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF).

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School counselors added to 50J staff

After years of budget cuts resulting in staff reductions, Delta County Joint School District #50 is excited to be adding school counselors at every middle and high school in the district. The new hires are being funded through a School Counselor Corps Grant Program.

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Recyling poster contest open to students K-12

The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) announces its 10th annual recycling poster contest. The contest is open to all K-12 students and youth organization members in Colorado. Deadline for entry is April 29.

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Students, teachers connect at CES after-school program

Cedaredge Elementary School continues to reach out to its students long into the school year, even after the typical learning hours have ended. A new after-school program allows young students to further their studies after hours at CES.

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CHS picks up newspaper, yearbook awards at Media Day

Cedaredge High School placed first for Best All Around Yearbook - Small School at Colorado Mesa University's Media Day.

The yearbook title is "Recorded Live." Kristen Gardner was the editor and Michele Gillis was the adviser.

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DHS students excel at HOSA conference
DHS students excel at HOSA conference

Seven Delta High School students have qualified for HOSA's 39th annual International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in June.

HOSA is an international student organization that exposes students to opportunities in the health care industry with health science-related curriculum, training and competitive events.

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Newest district school is looking to expand
Newest district school is looking to expand

The North Fork School of Integrated Studies is nearing the end of its first year of operation. A public school within a school at Paonia Elementary School, in its maiden year NFSIS attracted 21 students from kindergarten through fourth grade, said PES/NFSIS principal Sam Cox.

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Vaccination exemption regs to change this year

Beginning in July, parents/guardians exempting their children from school-required vaccines for non-medical (religious and personal belief) reasons will need to submit documentation more frequently.

The latest Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regulations require new documentation at the following ages:

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D.C. trip becoming a reality for band, choir
D.C. trip becoming a reality for band, choir

Plans and arrangements for their big trip to Washington, D.C., are being finalized as members of the Cedaredge High School marching band and choir look forward to their by-invitation performance at the nation's Memorial Day celebration this year.

The community and the band members themselves have been working to raise necessary support for the $63,000 educational adventure that will include 41 members of the band and choir.

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New director brings leadership to school-based health clinic
New director brings leadership to school-based health clinic

A new executive director is on board at A KidZ Clinic, the school-based health clinic operated by Delta County Joint School District #50 in partnership with the Center for Mental Health, Community Dental Clinic and Pediatric Associates.

The clinic, which opened in July 2014, has suffered some growing pains, including staff turnover which led to the selection of Joey Montoya Boese as the new director.

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Ribbens earns student honor
Ribbens earns student honor

Orchard City's student of the month for February is Kerry Ribbens, a senior at Cedaredge High School.

His award was presented during the regular monthly meeting of the Cedaredge Town Board on Feb. 10.

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VFW recognizes award-winning student writers

Six award-winning student writers of patriotic essays, including four from Delta County, have been recognized for their talent and effort as VFW District 11 winners in the high school Voice of Democracy and the middle school Patriot's Pen essay contests.

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571 of Delta hosted the District 11 meeting on Feb. 14 where the students' awards were presented.

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Grace Deck wins spelling bee, wish sweepstakes
Grace Deck wins spelling bee, wish sweepstakes

Paonia Junior High School eighth-grade student Grace Deck had a wish granted last week when she won the annual district-wide spelling bee. Her wish to win the bee didn't just happen.

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Late starts approved

In the wake of the Feb. 1 snowstorm, Delta County Joint School District #50 has adopted a late start policy for the future.

The school district has fielded numerous questions about why school was not cancelled that day, particularly in the hardhit areas of Crawford and Paonia.

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Community has a say at 50J listening sessions

The community meetings hosted by Delta County Joint School District #50 provided a "snapshot" of the district's strengths and challenges, but facilitator Randy Black cautioned the school board against identifying outcomes without broader input.

Black, the director of member relations for the Colorado Association of School Boards, facilitated community meetings in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia, worked with a representative group of high school students, and met with the school board late last week to wrap up the listening sessions.

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Musicians find common ground at countywide band festival
Musicians find common ground at countywide band festival

On Feb. 3, instrumentalists from Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss gathered for a countywide band festival.

In the weeks leading up to the event, students familiarized themselves with the music at practice sessions with their instructors, Andrew Bruington, Jeannette Carey, Melissa Gross, Marcos LeBlanc and Kay Witt.

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Stinson selected for All-State Choir
Stinson selected for All-State Choir

Wade Stinson, a senior at Delta High School, was selected for the All-State Choir held Feb. 4-6 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Stinson qualified by singing a solo at a regional audition in October.

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Deck, Schwieterman win district spelling bee
Deck, Schwieterman win district spelling bee

Paonia Junior High School eighth-grade student Grace Deck is the winner of the annual district spelling bee, held Feb. 11 at Paonia Junior-Senior High School.

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Delta's Fisk qualifies for national Speech Congress

The annual Speech and Debate Speech Congress was held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, at Paonia High School. Eight Western Slope schools and more than 45 students participated in the Congressional and Senate house debates.

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North Fork residents share ideas with school district
North Fork residents share ideas with school district

Delta County School District representatives heard a wide range of thoughts and ideas regarding the challenges the district faces during last week's information-gathering meetings held at the four district high schools. A few common themes emerged from the Hotchkiss and Paonia meetings, mainly focusing on retention of quality staff, declining enrollment, fiscal concerns, consolidation of schools, and above all, what is best for the students.

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Judges sought for upcoming speech meets
Judges sought for upcoming speech meets

At the Montrose Speech Tournament Feb. 5 and 6, the Delta High School speech team did an exceptional job. In congressional debate, Hannah Owens received first place.

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Holt, Fisher selected for All-State Choir
Holt, Fisher selected for All-State Choir

For the second consecutive year, Hotchkiss High School senior Gratia Fisher and Paonia High School senior Jessie Holt represented their respective schools and Delta County at All-State Choir.

Presented by the Colorado High School Athletic Association, Fisher and Holt joined more than 500 other students in the three-day annual event, which culminated Saturday evening in choral performances at the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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Changes listed for the Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship

The Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship 2015-2016 application is available, but the application process has changed. The application is only available online at wc-cf.org, the Western Colorado Community Foundation site.

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Judges sought for speech sessions

The combined Paonia/Hotchkiss speech and debate team is honored to host the regional national qualifying Congress this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, at Paonia High School.

Judges for the three sessions are needed.

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Students begin transitioning to SAT

Because it is more closely aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, the SAT college entrance exam will soon replace the ACT for high school juniors.

The shift in the state's college entrance exam is a result of state legislation passed last May (H.B. 15-1323).

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Schools team up for Souper Bowl food drive

Delta Opportunity School's Food for Thought and Lincoln Elementary School's College for Every Student team up to sponsor the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive contest this week at Lincoln. The classrooms will compete to see which one will donate the most pounds of food.

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Early release days dropped from 2016-17 school calendar

A new school calendar for 2016-17 eliminates early release days and adds two professional development/work days for teachers.

The calendar formally adopted by the Delta County Board of Education in January is the result of a collaborative effort spearheaded by Marty Rover, a Delta High School teacher who is pursuing an advanced degree and chose the calendar as the focus of a research project for a leadership course.

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Hotchkiss K-8 presents GRIT Blazing Bulldog Awards

Hotchkiss K-8 strives to develop citizens through GRIT -- growth, resiliency, integrity and tenacity. Students who demonstrate these traits academically, socially or emotionally are recognized as GRIT Blazing Bulldogs.

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CMS connects with the community at Career Day
CMS connects with the community at Career Day

Cedaredge Middle School hosted its second annual Career Day Jan. 20 for all sixth-eighth grade students. During this event, organized by the Bruin Pride Club, students were given the opportunity to visit with many area community members about their careers and their accomplishments as a professional.

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Grant sought for DMS construction

An architect is putting the finishing touches on a design for a Delta Middle School project that will enhance student safety and address the aging infrastructure of the sixth grade wing.

School board members reviewed preliminary designs with 50J maintenance supervisor John McHugh at a Jan. 15 work session.

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Journalism scholarships available

Up to four college scholarships and two high school scholarships are available through the Colorado Press Association's scholarship program, run by the Denver Foundation.

The Colorado Press Association is a trade association dedicated to the preservation, progression and modernization of the state's news media.

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Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) is accepting applications for a wide variety of scholarships available to students residing in Delta County. Sixteen different scholarship funds managed by WCCF are available specifically to Delta County students through one online application at www.wc-cf.org.

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CHS senior is honored student
CHS senior is honored student

Orchard City's student of the month for January is Brittany Chlarson, a senior at Cedaredge High School.

Brittany has attained a 4.02 grade-point average.

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Early release days used for planning, sleep, catching up

Throughout the school year, Delta County schools occasionally release students from classes three hours early. Students usually take the bus or drive home to use the time for homework or relaxation.

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DMEA scholarship deadline is Jan. 29

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2016 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be dependents of a DMEA member and planning to enroll in or be enrolled full time in an accredited college, university or vocational school. Applications are available online through the DMEA website.

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DHS speech team hosts tournament this Saturday
DHS speech team hosts tournament this Saturday

At the Central High speech and debate tournament on Dec. 12, Delta performed exceptionally well. In Lincoln Douglas debate Cidney Fisk came in first with Hannah Owens coming in fifth.

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Hotchkiss K-8 presents GRIT Blazing Bulldog Awards

Hotchkiss K-8 strives to develop citizens through GRIT -- growth, resiliency, integrity and tenacity. Students who demonstrate these traits academically, socially or emotionally are recognized as GRIT Blazing Bulldogs.

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Freeman named Orchard City's student of the month
Freeman named Orchard City's student of the month

The Orchard City student of the month for December is Cedaredge High School senior Danielle Freeman, known to friends and family as Nellie.

She has compiled an impressive resume of activities and accomplishments during her career at CHS.

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A year-round college planning calendar for parents, students

Preparing your kids for college isn't just about the money you've put aside for tuition, room and board. It's about making deadlines, making the right choices and making sure your teen has the proper life and money skills to make college a success.

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State sheriffs association offers $500 scholarship

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee announces County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC), the state sheriffs association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Delta County student next spring. CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978.

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Kelly Johnson attains certified journalism educator status

Kelly Johnson, a teacher at Delta High School, has been awarded certified journalism educator status from the Journalism Education Association.

Journalism certification requirements for educators include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications, law and publications advising, or passing an examination that demonstrates the educator's proficiency in those areas.

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GMUG receives field trip grant from National Park Foundation
GMUG receives field trip grant from National Park Foundation

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is one of 186 federal sites selected to receive a field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Fourth grade students will participate in the Forest Service Junior Snow Ranger program and experience the "thrill of the chill" on cross country skis and snow shoes exploring the forest in winter.

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Delta Family Center supports parents
Delta Family Center supports parents

Classroom doors are closed and the hallways are silent when concertgoers pass through the doors of the Delta Performing Arts Center for an evening concert. There's a totally different vibe during the day, as Delta Family Center serves as the hub for over 11 onsite community education programs.

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Tests raise learning expectations

In the 2014-15 school year, students in Delta County joined those in 11 states and the District of Columbia in taking a national assessment known as the PARCC. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test is intended to measure students' achievement levels in math and English language arts/literacy.

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Taking problem solving to soaring heights
Taking problem solving to soaring heights

Could you send a small box of instruments up 23 miles in altitude and back safely?

This challenge was made of Delta High School students earlier this year.

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Helping hands!
Helping hands!

These days, it seems, each of us knows someone who needs a helping hand. Fortunately, local communities are willing to reach out and help.

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Charity, community and Christmas in Cedaredge
Charity, community and Christmas in Cedaredge

The schools of Cedaredge celebrate Christmas every year by bringing in real trees, decorating classrooms, and most importantly, giving back to the community. All three schools introduced new ideas for fundraisers, donations and entertainment for the town this year.

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Students go into the 'shark tank' to fund projects
Students go into the 'shark tank' to fund projects

Evan Watson and Tyler Myers are seeking $363.93 to develop a pneumatic projectile launcher for a high school physics project. They got it.

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Students sing the songs of the season
Students sing the songs of the season

The Surface Creek community's Christmas spirit was serenaded in the season's best style as Cedaredge Elementary School music students of Andrea Kallson performed their annual concerts at the school last week.

On Tuesday, the fourth and fifth graders opened the three nights of chorale performances with a 1950s, rock 'n' roll-themed program.

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Students extol freedom
Students extol freedom

Four talented local writers were honored on Monday for essays they have written that celebrate American patriotism and freedom.

Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571 of Delta recognized the top middle school and high school essayists in the VFW's annual voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen writing contest.

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Glenwood Springs '65 grads sought

The Glenwood Springs High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50-year class reunion (one year late) Sept. 16-17, 2016, and information is sought on these classmates:

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DOS partners with Safeway to provide full Thanksgiving dinner

It was a great day for Food for Thought when Mary Saunders called and said she had been contacted by Safeway about donating Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. Saunders explained that Safeway needed an outlet, a way to connect with needy families to provide donated Thanksgiving dinners.

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Western State offers courses in Delta

Western State Colorado University in Gunnison has expanded its partnership with Delta-Montrose Technical College (DMTC) to host six undergraduate courses at DMTC beginning in January 2016. Western, one of America's Colleges of Distinction, is targeting students who are ready to begin pursuing a bachelor's degree close to home.

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Young author pens children's books
Young author pens children's books

A young Surface Creek writer who has had three of her children's books published says she is planning more stories about the exploits of her reptillian protagonist -- her pet, Sepren -- a bearded dragon.

Twelve-year-old Winnie Hirsch has written three adventure stories about the exploits of Sepren.

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School music program opens holiday season
School music program opens holiday season

The holiday season was off to a musical start on Nov. 23 when the Cedaredge High School and Middle School bands and choirs presented their combined fall concert at the school.

The Commons area was standing room only for the event which began with performances by the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade choir presenting music by John Williams and Katy Perry.

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HK-8 recognizes academic achievements

At an academic awards ceremony Nov. 17, Hotchkiss K-8 School recognized Red, Blue and Gold Club members.

Red Club members are students who have shown an improvement in their semester grade point average.

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City of Delta observes Arbor Day with belated tree planting
City of Delta observes Arbor Day with belated tree planting

Special needs transition students from Delta High School have been gaining community work experience by helping city parks staff at Confluence Park.

"They came down and cleaned up the edge of Confluence Lake three separate days and we planted the tree on their fourth visit ... they have been a great help to us and were a lot of fun!" explained parks manager Tony Bohling.

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Rotary supports local students
Rotary supports local students

Each year the Cedaredge Rotary provides nice, hardbound Scholastic Children's Dictionaries for each third grader at Cedaredge Elementary School.

The kids are always more than excited to receive them.

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Students charged up about SEI class
Students charged up about SEI class

Tim Helmer is quick to explain how a microinverter converts energy generated by a solar panel from DC power to AC. And he does it in a way that makes it sound so simple.

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JROTC, speakers highlight Veterans Day assembly
JROTC, speakers highlight Veterans Day assembly

Hotchkiss K-8 School was honored to have First Sergeant Lopez and cadets in the Delta High School JROTC program at its Veterans Day assembly. They presented the colors and taught the students about the meaning of the folding of the American flag.

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Arch Coal Foundation awards teaching grants

Nine Delta County teachers have been named recipients of innovative teaching grants by the Arch Coal Foundation, according to Jim Miller, general manager of Mountain Coal Company's West Elk mine. This is the ninth year that the Arch Coal Foundation has set aside $10,000 to award grants to support teaching excellence in Delta County.

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DOS, DMTC collaborate for kids' shoeboxes
DOS, DMTC collaborate for kids' shoeboxes

Building on the positive behavior support system of DOS Dollars, 38 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child are being sent by Delta Opportunity School students.

Knowing that students were earning DOS dollars for exceptional work, excellent behavior and good citizenship, Angela McMurdy and Willyn Webb decided to take it one step further.

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Test scores to be released in December

State-level results are back from the first administration of Colorado's new tests in English language arts and math. The tests were administered last spring, and were submitted electronically with the intention of providing schools and parents with timely feedback.

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Delta High School students explore health careers
Delta High School students explore health careers

Five members of a health occupations organization from Delta High School attended a fall leadership conference in Denver last weekend. They sat in on sessions to develop leadership skills, explored competitive events, learned about professionalism and discussed fundraising opportunities for the national HOSA charity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Speech is off to a strong start

The Delta High School speech and debate team did extremely well in Paonia on Nov. 7. Senior Rodolfo Contreras and freshman Claire Corbasson took first place in duo interpretation.

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Trustees, students share seat at the table
Trustees, students share seat at the table

Walter Elias Disney said that "Our greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children."

Maybe that was the thinking a few years back when members of the Hotchkiss town council and Hotchkiss High School student government began holding joint meetings on a semi-annual basis.

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Students invited to compete in logo contest

Submissions by Olathe and Delta County area students for a contest to design a logo for The Nature Connection are now being accepted. The Nature Connection is a newly-created hub for outdoor education for Delta County and Olathe.

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DMS celebrates Veterans Day
DMS celebrates Veterans Day

Veterans were honored at an assembly hosted by Delta Middle School on Nov. 11. Honored military included Randy Charlesworth, U.S. Air Force; Jerry Harding, a combined 26 years with the Marines and Army; Mike Stahly, a 20-year Army veteran; Louis Webb, U.S. Air Force; Noah McCulley, U.S. Air Force; Patrick Wear, U.S. Army; and David Rowland, 22 years, U.S. Air Force.

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Honoring our veterans
Honoring our veterans

Surface Creek Valley honored its veterans on Nov. 11. An assembly at Cedaredge High School was held to honor veterans and also student writers from the high school and middle school who entered and who won the patriotic essay contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Math curriculum proves challenging
Math curriculum proves challenging

The school district's new math curriculum is experiencing some "growing pains," assistant superintendent Kurt Clay says, but he believes the long-term results will help the district meet its goals for student achievement.

The new curriculum more closely matches state standards, which are aligned with Common Core standards, and will hopefully address gaps in student learning that have shown up on state assessments, particularly for Delta County's middle school students.

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Poster sales not authorized

Local businesses have been contacted by a sales firm soliciting advertising on posters for Delta High School. Jeremy McCormick, the school's assistant principal, advises area residents that the posters have not been authorized by DHS.

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DMEA offers scholarships

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2016 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be dependents of a DMEA member and planning to enroll in or be enrolled full time in an accredited college, university or vocational school.

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Hotchkiss K-8 presents GRIT Blazing Bulldog Awards

Hotchkiss K-8 strives to develop citizens through GRIT -- growth, resiliency, integrity and tenacity. Students who demonstrate these traits academically, socially or emotionally are recognized as GRIT Blazing Bulldogs.

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Abstinence educator shares message with students countywide

A speaker who encourages students to put sex on hold until they're married generated controversy last week -- controversy that superintendent Caryn Gibson says was largely put to rest after parents were assured the speaker would not be imposing her religious beliefs on the students.

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Politically active student organizes voter registration assembly at DHS

As election time rolls around there is a reminder about the importance of voting. Delta High School senior Cidney Fisk stresses this importance, especially in the youth.

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Good News Club meets Tuesdays

The Good News Club for Cedaredge Elementary School's K-5th graders, including homeschoolers is underway.

Meetings are held after school, Tuesday afternoons from 3:13-4:45 p.m. in the community room across Cedar Avenue from the school.

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High school science students address spruce beetle epidemic
High school science students address spruce beetle epidemic

On Oct. 27, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests hosted a forest ecology workshop for 75 high school students enrolled in AP environmental science and AP biology from Delta and Cedaredge high schools. Resource specialists from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado State Forest Service and Western Slope Conservation Center led students in collecting field data on forest ecology specifically related to watersheds, spruce beetles, timber, recreation, wildlife and fire risk.

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GOCO grant gets kids outdoors
GOCO grant gets kids outdoors

Kids in Delta County and Olathe could be spending more educational and recreational time outdoors in the future, thanks to a planning grant awarded last week by Great Outdoors Colorado.

GOCO's Inspire Initiative, described as "a five-year strategy aimed at inspiring Coloradans, particularly kids, to appreciate, enjoy and take care of our great outdoors," is providing $25 million in grants aimed at getting kids "off the couch and out the door from the backyard to the backcountry."

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Enhancing character at Cedaredge High School
Enhancing character at Cedaredge High School

At 7:15 a.m. every Wednesday, Ken Gates gathers a small group of Cedaredge High School students who desire a change in their lives that allows them to inspire their peers. Known to the school as "leadership meetings," the discussions take place in the library every week.

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Physics students put buoyancy to the test
Physics students put buoyancy to the test

Using just corrugated cardboard and duct tape, science students from across Delta County demonstrated the physics of buoyancy at Bill Heddles Recreation Center last week.

The "boats" could not exceed four feet in width and eight feet in length, and they had to fit through the doorway.

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Amber Jenkins is honored student
Amber Jenkins is honored student

Amber Jenkins has been named Orchard City's student of the month for October.

During presentation of the honor at the trustee's Oct. 14 meeting, Mayor Don Suppes noted that Amber, a senior at Cedaredge High School, has a 4.05 grade point average and is a member of National Honor Society.

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Repair station helps keep students riding
Repair station helps keep students riding

Paonia students who ride bikes to school now have access to a repair station at both Paonia Elementary and Junior-Senior high schools, thanks to a grant from Action for Healthy Kids.

As part of National Walk To School Day, elementary school students who walked or biked to school Oct. 7, which was also National Walk to School Day, were treated to prizes and other incentives, also courtesy of the grant.

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DHS students recognized for achievement on AP exams

Fifteen students at Delta High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement ProgramĀ® (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams.

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In-school dental clinics provided

Dr. Stacy Laiminger and skilled staff members from The Clinic at Community Dental offered full dental checkups at Lincoln and Garnet Mesa elementary schools. The service was optional and open to all students.

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Hotchkiss Homecoming pays homage to Super Heroes with week of fun
Hotchkiss Homecoming pays homage to Super Heroes with week of fun

Hotchkiss High School is a flurry of activities this week as the Bulldogs celebrate Homecoming week. This year's theme is "Super Heroes."

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Creamery holding after-school classes

After announcing last July that the iconic Creamer Arts Center in Hotchkiss would close its doors in August and end classes due to a lack of funding, a lot of calls came in regarding after-school classes, said program administrator Gail Smith. "So many parents were really upset.

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Lions Club on a mission  to help kids see better
Lions Club on a mission to help kids see better

Among the almost countless community services contributed by Lions Clubs internationally and in local communities at home is something that many people consider to be the clubs' signature cause. That is caring for and promoting proper vision.

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Hotchkiss K-8 presents GRIT Blazing Bulldog Awards
Hotchkiss K-8 presents GRIT Blazing Bulldog Awards

Hotchkiss K-8 strives to develop citizens through GRIT -- growth, resiliency, integrity and tenacity. Students who demonstrate these traits academically, socially or emotionally are recognized as GRIT Blazing Bulldogs.

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Legislators address school funding
Legislators address school funding

At Cedaredge High School last week, superintendent Caryn Gibson had the opportunity to share the needs, challenges and celebrations of Delta County Joint School District with the state legislators who represent Delta County in Denver. At the end of the first-ever legislative school visit, Rep. Millie Hamner, Rep. Yeulin Willett and Senator Kerry Donovan all expressed support for Delta County schools.

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Delta Homecoming extravaganza planned

As the leaves change colors and the temperature drops, Homecoming plans emerge. At Delta High School, Homecoming is rolling in with autumn. The Homecoming football game is set for Oct. 9 against Summit County.

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Lincoln Elem. invites parent involvement

Lincoln Elementary School values parent involvement in the education of its students. FamilyFacts.org says, "Youths whose parents are highly involved in their education during elementary school are more likely to graduate from high school or complete high school requirements."

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Paonia Reads! helps students enjoy books
Paonia Reads! helps students enjoy books

It's Tuesday and Betsy Frank collects book bags from Emily Horn's students. A week earlier the 20 first graders received the bags filled with books and took them home. On Wednesday they will all take home their bags filled with a new set of books.

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School superintendent's contract extended 4 years

After a favorable performance evaluation, the Delta County Board of Education approved a contract extension for district superintendent Caryn Gibson.

Gibson is a 26-year employee of Delta County Joint School District and has served as superintendent for four years.

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Grant will improve access for kids' mental health

Access for children and their families to needed services of mental and behavioral health are improving greatly for Delta County residents, the county commissioners were told on Sept. 21.

The Families Plus program founded in 1998 by psychologist Brenda Holland and directed by her, along with an associate, John VanDenBerg, presented the Board of County Commissioners with an encouraging update of progress during the BoCC's regular meeting.

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Burns, PHS freshmen build a better bonfire
Burns, PHS freshmen build a better bonfire

When is a bonfire more than just a bonfire? During Homecoming Week, of course.

A little more thought and planning went into Paonia High School's 2015 Homecoming bonfire.

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Hotchkiss students have special visitor
Hotchkiss students have special visitor

The students of Susan Hamrick's class at Hotchkiss K-8 School received a special treat when they were visited on Sept. 14 by U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Steve (Randy) Allyn. The class had written cards and letters and sent a Christmas package to the former Hotchkiss High School student last year.

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School district celebrates Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

In every elementary, middle and high school in Delta County, Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) is being observed with a variety of activities.

The school board is acknowledging the historic significance of the event with a proclamation encouraging "all citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787."

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It's Homecoming at PHS
It's Homecoming at PHS

School spirit will have nowhere to hide this week as Paonia High School celebrates Homecoming Week.

This year's theme is "A Lifetime of Music." Throughout the week, classes will compete in sports and other events, vying for both class points and bragging rights.

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It's Homecoming week at CHS

Students, staff, alumni, fans and friends of Cedaredge High School are well into 2015 Homecoming activities.

The excitement has been building all week.

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A short history of the schools at Eckert

Editor's note: With students, teachers and friends gathering on Wednesday, Sept. 16, for an all-school reunion of Eckert School, Norm Kehmeier wanted to share a history of the schools with our readers. The reunion is at the Eckert Presbyterian Church, 13025 Highway 65, Eckert, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who attended Eckert School at any time is invited.

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CMS students dream of a greenhouse

The students in Cedaredge Middle School's gifted and talented department are always hard at work creating projects for the betterment of not only Cedaredge, but all of Delta County. Back in 2011, the GT students designed, promoted, and built a disc golf course that's free and open to everyone interested at any time.

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Tree planting commemorates Patriot Day
Tree planting commemorates Patriot Day

In commemoration of Patriot Day on Friday, Sept. 11, Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary conducted a brief memorial and planted a tree at Delta High School last week. The school's JROTC class and color guard also participated. Speakers included Mayor Ed Sisson, VFW chaplain Linda Stahly and acting police chief Charles Kettle.

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Montessori students observe 9/11 with visit to fire station
Montessori students observe 9/11 with visit to fire station

North Fork Montessori at Crawford, a Delta County public school, observed Sept. 11 by presenting the Crawford Fire Department with a freedom quilt. The first, second and third grade students learned about the tremendous courage shown by the firefighters of New York City, on that tragic day in 2001.

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Paul Rodriguez is new principal at Hotchkiss
Paul Rodriguez is new principal at Hotchkiss

Hotchkiss High School has a new principal, but Paul Rodriguez is hardly a stranger to the Delta County school system.

Rodriguez brings more than 20 years of experience in education to the school. He began teaching high school math and science at Mancos, then taught those subjects for six years at Paonia High School.

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DMS administrators anticipate a great year
DMS administrators anticipate a great year

Delta Middle School staff members are wearing pins in the shape of puzzle pieces -- a reminder from principal Jennifer Lohrberg that "every piece has a place and every piece belongs."

It's her way of saying that staff, students, parents and the community are all a piece of the "big picture" -- challenging the students at Delta Middle School to be the best they can be.

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Church offers child care for early release

Delta United Methodist Church is again offering after-school care when children are released early from school. This outreach is for kindergarten-middle school children. Like last year, Delta County School transportation will have a designated bus for elementary school children to ride.

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Sign language offered to DHS students, the community

After 13 years of teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to those who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, Matt Kevan decided to bring the language to the schools. Students at Delta High School can now take ASL as a second language.

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CES principal dedicates himself to staff, students
CES principal dedicates himself to staff, students

The Home of the Cubs welcomes a new principal, Daniel Renfrow, with open arms this school year. He sits at the front desk, busy working with staff and parents to help keep the school in order before taking time for an interview.

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New principal embraces opportunities at Lincoln
New principal embraces opportunities at Lincoln

In a new school year comes new opportunities, new students and new teachers. For Lincoln Elementary, the change is in administration. Jennifer Magner excitedly awaits the adventures to come, working at an elementary school.

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Church offers child care for early release

Delta United Methodist Church is again offering after-school care when children are released early from school. This outreach is for kindergarten-middle school children.

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Fort Lewis welcomes local students

Fort Lewis College welcomes new transfer and freshmen students from all over the country to Durango.

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Kids equipped for school at Families Plus' annual picnic

On Aug. 14, Families Plus, a local non-profit, held its annual picnic at Confluence Park in Delta. The event celebrates the families of the program with great food, computer giveaways and school supplies provided by the local community.

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Graduation dates set

Five members of Hotchkiss High School's graduating class missed commencement ceremonies in May because of state baseball competition.

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School, mother at odds over daughter's enrollment
School, mother at odds over daughter's enrollment

Angie Watson wants her daughter to have a chance at a normal life.

Alexis Watson, 13, was born with a rare chromosome irregularity, 4p-11p maternity Trisomy, and communicates through simple words, gestures, and American Sign Language.

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Children required to be vaccinated for school

Colorado law requires that children going to school be immunized against vaccine-preventable disease. Colorado follows the immunization schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other physician groups which recommend that health care providers follow the schedule known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or the ACIP schedule.

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Kids head back to school today

The 2015-16 school year is off and running, bringing the implementation of new K-12 math curriculum, a "magnet" school in the North Fork and implementation of a "breakfast after the bell" program at Lincoln Elementary School in Delta.

"Today, the yellow busses will roll, the school bells will ring, and the 2015-2016 academic year will begin for about 4,800 students and about 600 staff in Delta County School District," said superintendent Caryn Gibson.

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Students to benefit from Safe Route to School grant
Students to benefit from Safe Route to School grant

Drivers beware: Delta County kids will head back to school on Wednesday, Aug. 19. For students opting to walk or bike to campus, a coalition of Paonia residents and leaders is working to ensure that safe routes to school exist.

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Children required to be vaccinated for school

Colorado law requires that children going to school be immunized against vaccine-preventable disease. Colorado follows the immunization schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other physician groups which recommend that health care providers follow the schedule known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or the ACIP schedule.

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Learner launches IT career at Vision Charter Academy
Learner launches IT career at Vision Charter Academy

Phillip Scheetz, who will begin his sophomore year as a Vision Charter Academy learner, launched his information technology career by earning his Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ certification in May. A CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard in the information technology industry that proves to future employers the certificate holder is qualified to perform computer software and hardware technical support as well as troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android and Windows.

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Test scores lag state averages

"Disappointing" is the word being used to describe results of the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments for science and social studies in Delta County. Tests were administered last spring and results were released earlier this month by the Colorado Department of Education.

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School board election is coming up

Two school board seats will be filled in the November election and while the election is several months away, the window for circulating nominating petitions is just around the corner -- Aug. 5 to Aug. 28.

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Town of Paonia ponders painted street project
Town of Paonia ponders painted street project

A proposal for a public art project in Paonia, and a draft of the policy that would allow it, has raised both praise and complaints from citizens and members of the town board of trustees.

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Magnet school expands North Fork options

A school within a school will provide an option for families who desire Waldorf-inspired education for their children.

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