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Education briefs: Summit County gives thanks to local teachers, schools

Alli Langley


Tuesday, Dec. 2

Central Admin. Office, District Accountability, 4:30 p.m.

Summit Middle School, Boys Basketball vs. Buena Vista, 4 p.m.

Summit Middle School, Community Strategic Planning, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Summit Middle School, Boys Basketball vs. VMS, 4 p.m.

Summit High School, Band Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Summit Middle School, PTO, 7:30 am

Summit High School, Wrestling vs. Battle Mtn. and Steamboat, 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Summit Cove Elementary, PTSA, 8:45 a.m.

Summit Middle School, Strings, 6 p.m.

Summit High School, Hockey vs. Aspen, 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Summit High School, Boys Basketball vs. Aspen, 5:15 p.m.

While people gave thanks for their families, their heath, their full bellies and the folks who grew their food, hundreds of local residents also acknowledged the people who help educate Summit County’s children.

This November, the Summit School District encouraged its students, families and employees to show their appreciation for teachers and staff members and let them know the value of their service.

Nearly 300 comments were posted on the district’s website thanking individuals at the schools. The district also encouraged students and parents to mail, email or share through social media their words of gratitude.

Now district officials are encouraging the public to share thoughts on what local public education could and should look like as school leaders plan for the next five years.

The district invites the public to a community strategic planning meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Summit Middle School.

School board members and district leaders want to hear more from staff, parents, students and other community members about their priorities and ideas.

For more information, contact Julie McCluskie at 970-368-1000 or

Summit school concerts and ceremonies

The public is invited to enjoy the Summit High School winter instrumental music concert Wednesday, Dec. 3, while helping to raise money for a school trip to Spain and France.

At 5 p.m., a silent auction and dessert bar will begin with proceeds going to fund the 2015 Spring European Concert Tour in April.

Then the concert, featuring the orchestra, symphonic band and jazz band, will start at 6:30 p.m.

That same evening, Summit Middle School families will celebrate an important milestone for students learning English as a second language.

The school will recognize those who have accomplished fluent English proficiency and those formally exiting the English language acquisition program on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Summit Middle School.

Everyone is invited to attend the formal presentation and celebration and bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner. School officials will provide cake, punch, prizes and certificates. RSVP to Bethann Huston at or 970-368-1200, ext. 1262.

Deadline approaching for grant that helps CMC students pay for four-year degree

Imagine high school graduates handing their Colorado Mountain College tuition checks to a trustworthy source for safekeeping while they earn their associate degrees at CMC. Then at graduation, that same tuition money is paid forward to the four-year colleges or universities the students have chosen to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

That’s essentially what a grant offered by Colorado Mountain College does.

The Richard C. Martin Grant is named for former CMC board of trustee member Dick Martin, who helped establish the college and served its board for 14 years. When he retired from the board in 1984, his fellow trustees established the grant in his name to encourage local students to continue their education and earn bachelor’s degrees.

To be considered for the tuition money, students must apply for the grant during their first semester at CMC and they need to:

Be a high school graduate from a school within CMC’s six-county district (Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, Summit, Lake and part of Routt County)

Meet in-district residency requirements

Start attending CMC within two years of graduation from high school and complete associate degree requirements at CMC within five years of first enrolling.

Credits earned while in high school are not eligible for factoring in the grant amount nor are developmental education course fees.

All other paid tuition, however, is included in the amount of funds forwarded to the four-year educational institution, in or out of state, where the student transfers. The grant also can be applied toward CMC’s bachelor’s degree programs.

Deb Cutter, CMC financial aid and resource specialist, said the grant is unusual because it has no academic prerequisites.

To apply, CMC current and prospective students must submit an application no later than the end of their first semester at CMC.

Students now enrolled in their first semester at CMC must apply for the grant by Dec. 12.

For more information, contact Deb Cutter at 970-947-8358 or, or go to

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