Aspen School District

Mountain Edition
2:26 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Mountain Edition – May 8th, 2014

Residents vote for change on the boards that represent Carbondale’s emergency services and a mid-valley park district.

New test results show third graders in the Roaring Fork Valley are better at reading than the statewide average.

A state senator wraps up her time under the gold dome in Denver.

And oil and gas proponents voice strong support for continuing to drill in Garfield County.

We’ll let you know what to expect for the upcoming Aspen Music Festival and School summer season.

And we get a taste of what Aspen middle and high school band students learned this year from a long-time jazz musician. 

Education
6:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Aspen Schools' Musician In-Residence Resurrects Jazz

Professor Ron Carter plays saxophone with middle and high school students in Aspen. He visited the Aspen School District this spring as the school's first ever musician in-residence.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The music department at the Aspen School District is growing, despite the odds. The budget for music is minimal compared to schools in other states. Last week though, the school welcomed its first ever musician in residence who taught middle and high school students jazz. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen visited band practice and filed this report.

Band practice is in full swing on a Wednesday afternoon. Students with saxophones, trumpets and drums tap their feet as the piece they’re playing reaches a crescendo.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Lessons on Ducks, Snow; Environmental Education Expands

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is expanding its programming in schools across the Roaring Fork Valley.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Environmental education is expanding in schools across the Roaring Fork Valley. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies grew its teaching programs over the last two years to include schools like Basalt Elementary and Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary school. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, studies show schools with environmental programs score higher on standardized tests.

Environmental educator Melanie Poole instructs a group of kindergarten students plopped down in a semi-circle. Today’s lesson is about duck adaptations.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Youth Center, Part 3

Jace Conflenti, an Aspen local and recent graduate of Aspen High School, spent time at the Aspen Youth Center while in middle and high school. He is now in his first year at the University of Colorado and works as a staff member during his summer and winter breaks from school. Conflenti shares stories of his time at AYC, both as a kid and now, as a staff member.  Executive Director Keith Berglund also joins in this episode of Non-Profit in the Spotlight. To learn more about the Aspen Youth Center, visit their website

Recreational Marijuana
8:52 am
Wed January 15, 2014

How Will Recreational Marijuana Impact Local Teenagers?

Last week the Aspen School District and the group Project 18 held a panel discussion on teenagers and marijuana. The legalization of recreational pot has many parents concerned.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Now that recreational marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older, some parents of young kids are concerned. Law enforcement and school officials say legalization has led many kids to see marijuana as benign.  Some parents also fear with legal pot now for sale, it will be easier for their kids to get. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Parent Jillian Livingston’s son is preparing to enter high school next year.

"I feel like there’s a lot of questions. I feel like he is in the middle of this new evolution and I think that we have to be educated," she said.

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