Education – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:37:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dancing with the Pagosa Stars set to return in July Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:00:04 +0000 By Ursala Hudson
Special to The PREVIEW
Last year, “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” brought Pagosa together to dance, eat and support Seeds of Learning, and this wildly popular event is back this year and better than ever. On July 11, eight Pagosa stars and their coaches will perform dance routines similar to the “Dancing with the Stars” television show, all to benefit Seeds of Learning.
Seeds of Learning is Pagosa Springs’ very own high-quality early education facility that provides education to the area’s preschoolers. Seeds of Learning is one of only 10 percent of preschools in the United States to be nationally accredited. This wonderful organization serves at-risk children whose futures are brighter because of their Seeds education.
The “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” event raises money for over 80 percent of Seeds families who cannot afford the full tuition price of $54 per day so that more children can have access to the life-changing education center.
More information on “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” will be revealed as we all excitingly prepare for the dance-filled night. To keep up with all of the updates, please visit Facebook and like the “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” page. There you’ll find info about the event, ticket sales, the choreographers and coaches, and we will be revealing our 2020 Stars on March 12. You’ll even learn about some of the many reasons to support Seeds of Learning.
Mark your calendars now for “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars,” to be held on July 11 at 5:45 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Tickets for this fun event will go on sale on June 5, and details on how to obtain tickets will be available in future articles and on our Facebook page.

Food Security Task Force: Students explore food security in southwest Colorado Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:00:47 +0000

Photo courtesy Pagosa Peak Open School
The Pagosa Peak Open School Food Security Task Force explores how people in the region are tackling the issue of food security. Along their journey, the students enjoyed some dessert at the Manna Soup Kitchen in Durango.

By Lexi Bernstein
Special to The SUN
On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) Food Security Task Force (FSTF) left Archuleta County to explore how people in southwest Colorado are tackling the problem of food security. The task force is comprised of nine fourth- through sixth-graders who are trying to create change in Archuleta County, starting within PPOS.
The first stop on the trip was in Durango, a local farm with a greenhouse, sheep and a dog named Oakley.
“They were very scientific, but we learned about the shelf life of produce and how hard it is to grow in a 90-day season,” said fourth-grader Zaiden.
An emphasis was made on growing root vegetables and eating seasonally.
The next stop was Manna Soup Kitchen, also in Durango.
“The soup kitchen started because a lady died from not eating enough food and they didn’t want that to happen again,” remembered Amelie, another fourth-grade student.
The tour led the FSTF through a commercial kitchen available to the public, a meeting room, a garden area, a greenhouse, the soup kitchen, and the many fridges and freezers needed to feed Durango’s population.
“The thing I remember most was the room storing all the supplies for the weekend backpack program. There weren’t any fresh fruits or vegetables,” said sixth-grader Kaylee.
After eating some apple dessert made with commodity apples, the FSTF piled into the van and drove to a bakery in Mancos. As they waited for our food, the owner told the group about why farm to table is important to him.
“The owner used to be a farmer, so he thinks it’s important to support people growing food in our area. He also wants us to remember how good we have it here. It’s not like Africa, where people barely have anything to eat,” said fourth-grader Bella.
The FSTF finished some of the best burgers they had ever eaten and drove the last leg of their journey. As they passed a grocery store in Cortez, they realized the people living in Mancos have to make this drive any time they need groceries.
The last stop on the trip was Spudfest at the Cortez Sharehouse.
Produced by The Good Food Collective, Spudfest was created to celebrate the Potatoes for the People Project. The students ran between stands learning about groups like Cooking Matters, the Sharehouse and local farms, eating potatoes and asking everybody in sight, “What does food security mean to you?”
With answers ranging from “locking my food up” to “making sure everybody can access food in a dignified manner,” the FSTF realized how many people are working on the problem.
The day was rounded out with a tour of the Sharehouse facilities which houses a community-supported agriculture project, The Good Samaritan Food Bank and an artist studio.
“Maybe if we get people to draw food very closely, they will appreciate it more,” wondered sixth-grader Sarah Joy.
Before the group left, the Good Food Collective emphasized the importance of working together to solve food security and sixth-grader Jessie Elledge won a new backpack.
After going over notes from the trip, the FSTF has decided to create an animation video explaining what food security means to different people and why it is important. The task force also hopes to work with different groups to revamp the backpack program and reduce the stigma surrounding food supplements.

Stargazers working to raise funds for StarLab for schools Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:54 +0000

Photo courtesy Anita Hinger
Members of the San Juan Stargazers Astronomy Club Judith Jubb, Gregg Johnson, Jerry Granok and Pat Hasenbuhler present a check for $1,000 to Pagosa Springs Middle School Principal Chris Hinger for the StarLab fund. StarLab is an inflatable, portable planetarium with a price tag of $40,000-plus.

By Pat Hasenbuhler
Special to The SUN
Teachers Anita Hinger and Debbie Moore have been working over a year to collect funds for the purchase of a StarLab. With contributions from the Archuleta School District, a grant from LPEA and donations from individuals, the fund is close to reaching 50 percent of the goal.
StarLab allows students to travel through a world of knowledge that includes astronomy, geology, physical geography and more. It inspires students to engage in a better understanding of the world around them. The Pagosa Springs schools have borrowed a StarLab from another school District for the past 30 years. It is a film projector unlike the new StarLab Planetarium that is computer run.
The San Juan Stargazers Astronomy Club is supporting Hinger and Moore in their fundraising and are seeking donations from local businesses. Individuals wanting to donate can bring their donations to either the middle school or elementary school, or send donations to the Archuleta School District designating the donation for the StarLab fund.

Pagosa Springs Middle School announces second-quarter honor roll Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:40 +0000 By Anjelica Gallegos
Special to The SUN
The following fifth-grade students made the second-quarter honor roll with a 3.5 to 3.99 cumulative GPA: Damien Aragon, Kyndyn Armijo, Laykyn Baxstrom, Wyatt Carr, Terrick Carter, David Castillo, Jackson Chaney, Leo Dennis, Nevaeh Evans, Devin Gonzalez, Deegen Hoffschneider, Emma Jackson, Ryder King, Connor Kirkham, Kelly Anne Kubelka, Aki’chita LeftHandBull, Sophie Martinez, Kyley Matyniak, Heaven Murphey, Shantee Murphey, Stetson Osborn, Italia Pereyra, Alyzia Quezada, Barbara Reaza Sauceda, Bryant Sanchez, Quint Santos, Trinity Short, Tia To, Sequoya Tsosie and Stefani Veleta-Echavarria.
The following fifth-grade students made the A honor roll with a 4.0 GPA: Marlie Adams, Bella Adkisson, Nile Bollig, Damian Cardenas, Victoria Currier, Chloe Gantt, Van Halterman, Melissa Hernandez, Adelyn Hittle, Duke Ketchum, Braylon Landry, Anne Lane, Lisette Lescas, Zaiden Martinez, Samuel Munro, Jonathan Rodriguez, Everett Sistrunk, Madisen Stretton, Gwendolyn Tyler and Peyton Yates.
The following sixth-grade students made honor roll with a 3.5 to 3.99 cumulative GPA: Samuel Casaceli, Jacob Castaneda, Kylie Chavez, Eden Connor, Milo Deitemeyer, Brenton Dikes, Faith Domingo, Hope Domingo, Benjamin Dozier, Kayla Easling, Liam Gallagher, Matthew Happ, Naima Harrison, Xavior Haynie, Ryann Heilhecker, Alexsa Hernandez, Daltin Hoover, Kyleigh Martinez, Marlon Mitchell, Stephen Pair, Lillian Petago, Weston Phillips, Vander Quinn, Chloe Scholer, Eric Segura-Tarango, AmberLynn Snarr, Dayana Tena-Quintana, Aislinn Thomas, Angelina Trillo-Quezada, Aidan Vega, Henry Wyman and Brady Ziminsky.
The following sixth-grade students made the A honor roll with a 4.0 GPA: Reev Belarmino, Leah Blackman, Izabella Castillo, Alia Hibbert, Jenna Jenkins, Adison Johnson, Luke Kinsley, Kaila Limebrook, Jadon Martinez, Case Matteson, Anja Nasralla, Jayton Ross, Johnathon Smith, Natalie Talley, Sarah Webb-Yates and Zachery Zuchero.
The following seventh-grade students made honor roll with a 3.5 to 3.99 cumulative GPA: Peyton Bishop, Nidia Blanco, Kaylee Clark, Sierra Cowan, Bethannie Daniels-Wesley, Savannah Foster, Princess Grigsby, Naomi Grimes, Bella Gutierrez, Gavin Houston, Nicholas Jones, Cadence Kerns, Olivia Nehring, Cameron Reis, Janice Echavarria-Rivera, Gemma Slingerland, Payton Smith, Honestye Sweet, Sofia Talamante, Lorelei Vining, Nickolas Wilson, Brandt Winther and Natalia Zamudio.
The following seventh-grade students made the A honor roll with a 4.0 GPA: Rylie Carr, Elizabeth Currier, Isabel Galloway, Neena Gutierrez, Peyton Jackson, James Jolley, Kylie Ketchum, Cedar Liverett, Olivia Mazur, Brisa Montes, Abigail Nehring, Layla Novak, Alexander Pham, Aspen Pitcher, Emily Reynolds, Kaeden Schrader, Ariel Slead, Braden Terry, Trevor Wirth and Seth Zeigler.
The following eighth-grade students made honor roll with 3.5 to 3.99 cumulative GPA: Karis Blackman, Jeremiah Bradley, Collin Bridges, Elijah Castro, Kadence Chavez, Ethan Chavez-Skok, Alexa Dimond, Jonathan Easling, Elvis Grigsby, Chase Harper, Cole Harper, Nika Hinger, Coral Johnson, Connor Kelly, Dennis Kholostov, Bradley Lamoreaux, Blake Laner, Kynslie Limebrook, Michelle Lujan, Aron Mitchell, Jeidy Moreno-Echavarria, Geoffrey Munro, Annie O’Donnell, Hadley Phillips, Guadalupe Rivas, Keaton Robel, Miguel Rodriguez, Bailee Shallenberger, Rylie Smith, Noah Stene, Lucy Taylor, Jaden Tuggle-Reed, Anne-Marie Uhrenbacher, Chase Ward and Colton Wilkins.
The following eighth-grade students made the A honor roll with a 4.0 GPA: Harley Armijo, Daniel Bradley, Chloe Crabtree, Donovan Galabota, Trey Garcia, Jack Hittle, Brooke Huddleston, Nathaniel Kinsley, Colton Lewis, Natalie Mashue, Patrick Matney, Annabelle Parker and Laura Quintero.

School district, Pueblo Community College discuss potential partnership Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:31 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
The possibility and feasibility of bringing Pueblo Community College (PCC) back to Pagosa Springs was the topic of discussion following a presentation made by PCC representatives to the Archuleta School District (ASD) Board of Education (BOE) at a work session held on Feb. 4.

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Charter school addresses food authority Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:26 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
At the most recent meeting of the Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) Board of Directors on Feb. 10, School Director Angela Crossland gave the board an update on the school’s efforts to secure a food authority.

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Public Meetings Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:14 +0000 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation public broadband forum. 6 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, Feb. 21
Los Pinos Fire Protection District community meeting regarding upcoming mill levy election. 7 p.m., Mt. Allison Grange, 2622 County Road 329.
Monday, Feb. 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners lunch and meeting with Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council. 11 a.m. (includes travel time), tribal administration building, 356 Ouray Drive, Ignacio.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Joint town/county work session. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Feb. 26-28
Archuleta School District Board of Education notice of gathering. Three or more school board members will be traveling to Denver for the Colorado Association of School Boards Winter Legislative Conference.
Public meeting information should be sent to with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

School district discusses outstanding balances for student lunch accounts Thu, 13 Feb 2020 11:58:57 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Outstanding balances for student lunch accounts were brought to the attention of the Archuleta School District (ASD) Board of Education (BOE) by Food Service Director Todd Stevens at the board’s regular meeting on Feb. 4.

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Art students earn top awards Wed, 12 Feb 2020 12:00:36 +0000 By Jenna Gannon
Special to The SUN

Photos courtesy Jenna Gannon
Pagosa Springs High School Art Department students placing first and receiving Gold Keys in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are, top photo, Kristina Moore; middle photo, Nicole Bartz; and, bottom photo, Grace Thompson.

This year the Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS) Art Department submitted 17 works of art to The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Four works of art placed first in their category and will receive a Gold Key award. These awards can be likened to winning state in a sport competition.
PSHS winners this year are: Kristina Moore, 12th grade, two Gold Keys in painting; Grace Thompson, 12th grade, Gold Key in painting; and Nicole Bartz, 11th grade, Gold Key in painting.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades seven through 12, ages 13-plus.
In 2019, Colorado had more than 6,000 pieces of art from approximately 2,200 students in the program. Submissions are adjudicated and selected works will go on display at the History Colorado Center, Colleen Fanning Art Advisory’s Chancery Building and the Sie Center.
Judges look for work that best exemplifies originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, American Visions and Voices Nominations in the spring of 2020 will be celebrated at the regional exhibition and spring awards ceremonies.
Gold Key works are then judged nationally by a panel of creative industry experts to receive national medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions and Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and special awards.
National medalists will be recognized at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2020.

Pagosa Springs Elementary School Accelerated Reader winners Sun, 09 Feb 2020 12:00:36 +0000

Photo courtesy Kendra Bridges

Pagosa Springs Elementary School congratulates second quarter Accelerated Reader winners. Each student received a new book and bookmark as well as a certificate award for their hard work as super readers. When readers open a book, they open up their minds. Back row, left to right, are: Carrington Smith, Elisa King, Lance Anderson, Hayden Sistrunk, Rylan Ash, Bella Jackson, Tucker Taylor and Brycen Coen. Front row, left to right, are: Jaxon Sherman, Lilly Buchner, Aiden Barber, Summer Goudie, Ireland Head, Quincy Perea, Ahrianna Martinez, Weston Sweet and Bixby Hyman.