Families can browse academic options during annual fair
School District 51 will sponsor the third annual Academic Options Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bookcliff Middle School, 530 29 1/4 Road.
The fair offers families a chance to peruse numerous educational programs in Mesa County in one location.
This year’s fair will feature 21 booths representing various non-traditional offerings, including Collbran Job Corps, Western Colorado Community College, Dual Immersion Academy’s bilingual middle school, the district’s two charter schools: Juniper Ridge Community School and Independence Academy, and Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program, a district-connected home school program that is transitioning into a charter program.
East Middle School’s challenge programs for honors students, the key performance programs from all local high schools that allow students to catch up on credits through online courses, and the district’s attendance advocates, who try to dissuade truancy at the high school level, will have booths as well.
Lesley Rose, District 51 executive director of academic achievement at the elementary school level, will be available in part to talk about school of choice, the program that allows parents to apply for an opportunity for their students to attend a traditional school that is not in the attendance boundaries for their neighborhood.
District 51 Director of Academic Options Ron Roybal said the Academic Options Fair provides a chance for parents who aren’t sure which program or school is best for their children to explore all options in one place and discuss those options with representatives from those programs.
“Families have actually gone there (to the fair) with the mission of finding something that will fit because what they’ve been doing doesn’t fit,” Roybal said. “Having those options in one venue is really nice.”
Food and prizes will be available at the fair as well. Contact the Academic Option’s office at 254-5497 for information.
Man named top grocery bagger in U.S.
SANDY, Utah — A Utah man won the title as the nation’s best grocery bagger at competition in Las Vegas.
Andrew Hadlock of Sandy, Utah, topped 26 other competitors from around the country to become the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Champion.
The 22-year-old Hadlock, an employee at the Macey’s grocery store in Sandy who returned from a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, won $10,000.
The competition in Las Vegas was based on speed, proper bag building technique, style, attitude and appearance.
Hadlock attends Salt Lake Community College and plans to pursue a business degree at a four-year school after graduation.
Sled dog owner forfeits right to 8 dogs
ASPEN — An Aspen dog-sledding operator facing animal cruelty charges agreed to forfeit the right to eight dogs seized from his business in December.
Dan MacEachen, owner of the Krabloonik dog-sledding operation in Snowmass Village, agreed to hand the rights to the animals to Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs. His arraignment is set for March 11.
MacEachen, who faces eight misdemeanor animal-cruelty charges, has denied wrongdoing.
Eight dogs were seized from his business Dec. 12, and prosecutors say six hadn’t been fed enough and two needed serious veterinarian care. Leslie Rockey, director of Colorado Animal Rescue, said the animals’ temperaments need to be evaluated to see how they get along with other dogs, people and children, and how they respond to new experiences. 0