Steamboat briefs: South Routt School Board to hear improvement plan

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— South Routt Superintendent Scott Mader said the district has created a plan he hopes will lead it to being accredited with distinction in three years.

The School Board will discuss and consider approving the district’s unified improvement plan during a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in the district administrative offices behind Soroco High School in Oak Creek. Submitting a plan to the state is a requirement of the Education Accountability Act of 2009.

The act created a new accreditation process that evaluates whether districts experience academic growth based on certain performance indicators, such as academic achievement, and whether they prepare students for postsecondary education or careers.

The rankings are: accredited with distinction, accredited, accredited with improvement plan and accredited with turnaround plan. South Routt was accredited with improvement plan. The act also requires each district and school to submit a plan, regardless of accreditation ranking.

Mader said teachers and administrators provided input for the unified improvement plan. He said creating the plan has allowed the district to hone in on the root causes for some academic issues and to identify strategies to increase student achievement. For example, Mader said the process revealed that the district needs more periodic assessments in reading at elementary school and probably at the middle school, as well.

The plan is due to the state by Monday. Mader said the Colo­rado Department of Education would review it and provide feedback. He said a revision, which will be public, would be due back to the state by April 15.

Steamboat Today reporter receives deferred judgment

Mike Lawrence, a reporter at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, pleaded guilty before Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday to driving under the influence of alcohol. Lawrence, 33, was arrested Oct. 17. He received a deferred judgment in the case, meaning the charges will be dismissed if he upholds conditions of the deferment during the next year.

Writing classes start Jan. 24 at CMC Alpine Campus

Author Edith Lynn Beer again offers Writing A Book That Sells and Writing An Article That Sells classes, starting Jan. 24 at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. Beer has had five books and various articles published.

The courses will discuss marketing, organizing material and the how and whys of rewriting. Each student will receive a resource list of traditional magazine, magazines online, book publishers, hungry agents and public relations resources. For more information, call 970-870-4444.

Winter Sports Club seeks more volunteers for races

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is looking for volunteers to help with ski and snowboard cross races Jan. 21 to 27. A variety of positions are available, and participants can earn SSWSC work deposit hours.

Those who aren’t involved with the SSWSC could earn comp lift tickets to the mountain. Contact Jon Casson at 970-879-0695, ext. 114, or boardcoach@comcast.net or contact Mimi Witcher at 970-846-1853 or mimi@springsips.com for more information.

Girls to Women in need of donations and volunteers

Girls to Women, an annual one-day conference for eighth-grade girls in Northwest Colorado, is seeking donations and volunteers for the 2011 conference. The event is April 12 at The Steamboat Grand.

Donations payable to Yampa Valley Community Foundation marked for Girls to Women can be sent to YVCF at P.O. Box 770754, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Those interested in volunteering can contact this year’s chairwoman, Blythe Terrell, at blythe.terrell@gmail.com or 970-871-4234.

Meningococcal vaccines $14 for a limited time

For a limited time, North­west Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the meningococcal vaccine for $14 for adults and $14 or less for children. The vaccine is available at any of the VNA’s drop-in clinics, or call at 970-879-1632 or 970-824-8233 to schedule an appointment.

Library continues It’s a Girl Thing book group

Bud Werner Memorial Library will be continuing its book discussion series for girls and women, It’s a Girl Thing, this winter. This free program is open to girls ages 10 to 12 and a woman partner such as a mom, grandma, friend or teacher.

Registration is limited. Pairs may register for two or three out of four discussions. Remaining book discussion dates are 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11, March 18 and April 15. Each pair will be asked to contribute a dish to the group meal. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/kids, or call the library at 970-879-0240 for more information.

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