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Jamie Hallman

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Learning as they go

Internships offer students on-the-job training

Christian Hogrefe's knowledge of the Internet and business along with his natural curiosity was put to good use during his internship at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

All I want for Christmas :

Experts have chosen the most popular toys for the holidays

Children's Christmas wish lists will probably have a few of the most popular toys predicted for the 2002 winter season.

Students involved in incident return to class

Some of the students involved in an incident at Steamboat Springs Middle School have returned to campus following suspensions, while others remain out of school.

4-H holds annual banquet, presents awards

During Cassidy Kurtz's last speech as a 4-H member, she applauded the vision the people of Routt County have shown in growing the county's 4-H program for the last 100 years. "Don't be afraid to try new things," she told those who will follow her in 4-H. "No matter what the outcome is, you are going to benefit."

Au Pair program offers child-care option

Having an au pair help care for her three boys is an appealing option for Hillary Singer. Singer is one of six families in Steamboat who has an au pair from the EF Au Pair Program. "If you get someone who works out, it can be the most amazing child-care experience," Singer said.

Options abound for seniors

Students making smarter higher education choices

Senior Savannah Muhme said she realized she was not quite ready to leave the Yampa Valley and could receive the education she was looking for nearby. Muhme will start cosmetology school in January at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.

School officials, parents look at teen sex issues

Forum a springboard to start dialogue

Parent Tim Greene did not want to know the details of the recent incident of sexual misconduct reported at Steamboat Springs Middle School. He wanted to know how to prevent it from happening again.

South Routt schools study trends

The South Routt School Board is focused on improving students' achievement in math, reading and writing.

Exploring new subjects

Middle school students try new concepts with program

Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop said the new middle school concept does not measure students' potential, but rather empowers students to explore new subject areas.

Dr. DeVincentis gets pay raise

Performance evaluation marks not changed

The Steamboat Springs School Board ruled Friday that Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis should receive a salary increase and pay-for-performance bonus but that the unsatisfactory scores he received on his evaluation should not change.

Dr. D is formally reviewed

Strawberry Park principal, district superintendent's attorneys go over evaluation

Whether Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis fulfilled his responsibilities as an administrator was argued between Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms and DeVincentis' attorneys at Thursday night's school board meeting.

Chicken pox outbreak spreads to Strawberry Park

School officials stress to parents to get their children vaccinated

Chicken pox has now been diagnosed in children at both Steamboat Springs elementary schools, and school officials are urging parents to ensure their children are vaccinated.

Public may hear Dr. D's performance evaluation

Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis said Monday he will let the school board decide whether to review his performance evaluation in public or in an executive session.

Parents looking for special-needs options for disabled kids

Horizons wants

Steamboat Springs High School teacher Sue Weis said it is heartbreaking to see her students with mental and physical disabilities be without continued special-needs services and education after graduating.

Making their own masterpiece

Students walk in the shoes of famous French artists

The Steamboat Springs High School students will get to walk in the shoes of Monet and other French artists during an integrated art project next week.

Expansion on drawing board

Administrators seek options for middle school

The Steamboat Springs Educational Fund Board approved funding for the architectural drawings of an expansion to Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Speech team places

The Steamboat Springs High School speech team placed first among six schools in the Moffat County Invitational Tournament Saturday.

Excise tax replaces impact fee

With majority of precincts reporting in, voters OK plan

An excise tax designed to replace the city's impact fee on new development was headed for approval Tuesday night.

Educating the community

Local students benefit from specialized programs

In the last few years, the largest increase in new students at Colorado Mountain College has been locals who are seeking new career opportunities or wanting to explore a new hobby.

Board to review Dr. D's evaluation

The Steamboat Springs School Board announced Friday it will hold a formal review of Principal John DeVincentis' performance evaluation in a special session.

Amendment 31 may change schools

Many non-English-speaking students in the Steamboat Springs School District have a tutor that attends class with them and interprets phrases or information when the student needs help.

SSHS speech team ready for season

Steamboat Springs High School senior Lauren Tait said participating on the speech team has helped her perform well in the school plays.

Charter school holds election

Four candidates seeking one position

The charter school has four candidates vying for one position on the North Routt Charter School Board of Education.

Be afraid be very afraid

When the first revolving door in the Monson Chamber of Horror opened and a skeleton came out, I screamed and ran into the pack of 9- to 12-year-olds eagerly waiting to enter the haunted house.

Students improve park

Upgrades made at skateboarding facilities

For middle school youth mentors, skateboarding was an activity they could use to connect to students.

School board addresses issues

Members look to foster communication

The Steamboat Springs School Board drafted the issues facing the district and began to find resolutions at Wednesday night's board meeting.

Lifetime of achievement

Retired superintendent has South Routt athletic field complex named after him

Retired superintendent Bill Meek handed all three of his children their diplomas in their eighth-grade year and again for their graduation from high school.

Dr. D becomes focus of discussion

A facilitator led the Steamboat Springs School Board and participants in a discussion Thursday night that developed into a community outpouring of emotion regarding the controversy relating to policy governance and Strawberry Park Elementary Principal John DeVincentis.

School board hosts facilitator

Officials hope communication will be enhanced

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education is hosting a facilitator to enhance communication between parents, teachers, the administrative team and superintendent at 6:30 p.m. at Olympian Hall.

Board rejects Montessori bid

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education voted unanimously to deny the Montessori charter application at Monday night's school board meeting.

College prep

Students get a glimpse of life after high school

If Steamboat Springs High School students are up to the challenge, they can earn up to one year of college credit before graduating.

Sailors show their homecoming spirit

Steamboat Springs High School's Mardi Gras theme displayed on classes' floats in annual parade

The red flatbed semi decorated for Mardi Gras and holding close to 100 freshmen screaming "double 'O' six" was one of the five floats that made its way through Steamboat Springs in the homecoming parade Friday.

DeVincentis accepts mediation

Principal outlines conditions

Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis and the board and superintendent attempted to resolve the controversy relating to DeVincentis' employment and policy governance at Monday night's school board meeting.

A helping paw

Heeling Friends pet visitation program helps bring smiles, comfort to those who need it

Ginger, a multicolored Shih Tzu, was an ill-behaved homeless dog that had four homes before Marles Humphrey adopted her. Now, two years later, Ginger is an entirely different dog and helps community members feel happier and more comfortable during a time of stress. Ginger and Humphrey, members of the Heeling Friends pet therapy program, regularly visit the Doak Walker Care Center to brighten residents' days.

Buddies for studies

Elementary, high school students join forces in program

First-grader Hannah Widner had her high school study buddy, Kelly Nickols, accompany her during a field trip at the wetlands park near Stagecoach Reservoir Tuesday.

Golf tournament scores big

Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations

The Ski Town USA Golf Classic and Auction netted $200,000 in proceeds that will benefit the Doak Walker Care Center, Grandkids, the Doak Walker Memorial Endowment Scholarship and community service grants offered through the Rotary Club.

Getting flu shot recommended

Physician assistant promotes measure to prevent illness

Physician assistant Frani Jenkins said staying healthy is a daily job, but getting a flu shot can make that job a little easier. Jenkins, who gets her flu shot every year, said she can count on her hands the number of times she has been sick over the past 25 years.

Lynne Miller knows how to find adventure

Lynne Miller said her favorite times include picking her grandson, Taylor, up from school and taking him to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and walking around town, talking about nothing too important. "With Taylor I can be a kid again," Miller said.

Elementary school chips in for principal's bonus

Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis did not get his pay for performance this year but he did receive his "bonus" from his staff.

Math program accelerates learning

New curriculum designed to challenge every student

Parent Carole Buelter has found benefits by donating her time to help teach accelerated math to seventh-graders at the middle school.

Cheri Daschle loves working with children

Cheri Daschle, the Steamboat Springs Middle School secretary, said when she was offered a higher-paying job, she realized she couldn't give up spending time with kids. "I couldn't see not working with kids I didn't know it meant so much to me until someone offered me a different job," she said.

School presents its schedule

North Routt charter director pleased so far

Students at the North Routt Charter School have a similar school schedule to that of the Steamboat schools with a lot more flexibility. The charter school presented a draft of its 2002-03 goals and daily school schedule to the Steamboat Springs School Board.

'Dr. D' asked to explain position

School board wants to know stance

The disagreement between Strawberry Park Elementary Principal John DeVincentis, the Steamboat Springs School Board and Superintendent Cyndy Simms was at the heart of the school board's discussion Monday night.

Leaders on and off the field

Steamboat cheerleaders find teamwork is key to success

Steamboat's cheerleaders hope to see the crowds match their enthusiasm at the next home football game Friday night.

'Dr. D' debates retiring early

Strawberry Park principal says he's been treated unfairly by administration

Popular Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis is negotiating with the Steamboat Springs School Board for early retirement, saying he has not seen eye to eye with Superintendent Cyndy Simms and the school board for some time.

Runners fare well at Suffer Fest

Steamboat runner Sarah MacCarthy dropped to her knees on Howelsen Hill field after finishing first in her team in the 2002 Suffer Fest cross country race.

Schools remember terror attacks

Middle school students present $1,000 to Steamboat Springs firefighters

Before seventh-grader Jada Garber went to school Wednesday, her mother reminded her to think about the colors of the American flag that she was wearing as a symbol of the nearly 3,000 people who died last Sept. 11.

The dreaded school lunch

Kitchen staff works to make more students' meals more nutritious

Kitchen staff members for the Steamboat Springs School District gets an early start in the mornings as they prepare close to 600 school lunches.

Beloved Routt County cowboy dies of aneurysm

Fredrick Eugene McAnally, one of Routt County's most beloved cowboys, died Aug. 28 of a brain aneurysm. He was 51.

Circus combines comedy, magic tricks, acrobatics

Circus Chimera's unique and fascinating stunts were thrilling to people of all ages who attended the big top Tuesday evening.