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Eighth Graders Attend Conference to Prepare for High School
Early in May students from the eighth grade class had the opportunity to travel to Steamboat Springs for a conference, where along with other eighth graders from Routt County, they heard from a variety of speakers and began the preparation for moving on to high school next fall. 

The girls attended the Girls to Women Conference where they heard from a motivational speaker about how to build self-confidence and be a leader among peers.  They then had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions ranging from future career options, budget management, girl’s self-defense, and building leadership skills. 

The boys attended a separate conference called Journey Ahead.  Similar to the girls, they learned from a motivational speaker about building confidence within themselves as they face new challenges in their high school years.  As part of the discussion they were able to explore and express who they really are by creating their own logo.  Later, they practiced leadership skills through various activities such as building a tower. 

These conferences were all about empowering our young adults to believe in themselves, make positive decisions, and become leaders, all of which will be vital in their high school journey ahead.
Chevron Supports STEM
RE’4’s board members Kurt Douglas, Leslie Nielsen, Joyce Key, Annette Webber, and Sam Tolley are joined by students Lindzey Thacker, Katelyn Brown, and Sarah Conner in saying thank you to Chevron for their continued support of Rangely School District RE-4.
FFA Raises Money to Fund Future Projects at Annual Banquet
Last weekend members of the Rangely FFA, parents and community supporters gathered for the FFA’s 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction at Rangely High School.

The fundraiser meal, which was a huge hit amongst diners, was generously prepared by Crandal Mergelman, Silvia Dembowski, Tami Dorris, and FFA members. The meal was followed by the auctioning off of projects created by FFA members. The auction was handled by Auctioneer Mason Duncan, who flew in from Houston, Texas, and did a great job raising funds for the students and the FFA program.  

This year, in addition to student crafted projects, several items were donated to sell by local businesses, including Rangely True Value, Rangely Trash Service, Sweetbriar, Giovanni’s Italian Grill, Andrea Campbell, Too Old Antiques, Diane Sizemore of Rangely and MGM of Meeker. Included in the auction were several wall hangings and other projects made in the classroom by FFA members. A cabin constructed in the shop was the highly anticipated featured item of the evening. The cabin, which measured 10 feet by 16 feet, was fully insulated, wired, and included many unique features designed and built by students, was truly a sight to behold. Portions of the cabin and its materials were graciously donated by Ducey Electric, The Coombs Family and Tim Webber of Rangely and the Watt family of Meeker. These donations helped to make this project a successful and profitable learning and experience for the FFA program.

In all, around $12,000 was raised during the event, which will be used to help develop and grow the Rangely FFA program by supporting future student projects and funding a trip to the National FFA Convention.
Board Votes for Full Day Kindergarten
The Board of Education voted to change our Half Day Kindergarten program to a Full Day Kindergarten program to start the 2016-2017 school year.  We are excited about the learning and social-emotional enhancements the Full Day Kindergarten experience will provide for our students.  We will provide more information as we work out the specifics of this transition.  Please call the district office 970-675-2207 with any questions or email mkruger@rangelyk12.org
BOCES Hosts 2016 Children’s Health Fair
Earlier this month the Rio Blanco BOCES hosted their annual Children’s Health Fair in both Rangely and Meeker. The fair, which has been run by the BOCES for many years, provides a wide array of services to young children.
At the fair children ranging in ages of birth to preschool can receive developmental screenings for hearing, vision, academics, motor, and speech abilities.  Families also have access to a dental check and local medical teams who are available to advise parents on various health issues. To make it engaging and fun for the young kids the fair was themed as a circus and kids were given a chance to play games, earn prizes and get faces painted while parents receive developmental information. Those who are ready for to begin preschool in the fall are able to register for school at that time as well.
PVE Students Impress with Musical Talents
Tuesday night the Parkview Choir and 5th Grade Band came together to entertain parents and community members alike for their annual Spring Concert.
The band, which is made up of 43 students, features a wide variety of instruments including flutes, clarinets, oboes, french horns, baritones, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and one student on percussion.
In addition to several solos, duets and small group performances the band thrilled the audience with an amazing array of songs including Theme from Symphony No. 1, Bingo and Power Rock, a mash up of We Will Rock You and Another One Bites the Dust.
The Choir consisted of 14 students from the 4th and 5th grades. They also provided a wide variety of music including The Star Spangled Banner, Yakety Yak and The Bare Necessities.
The Parkview Band and Choir Concert was presented by PVE music instructor Sarah Campbell and was deemed a wonderful experience by all in attendance.
RHS Band and Choir Do Well in Festival
Last week Band and Choir students from the High School had the opportunity to perform at a CHSAA Large Group Festival where both groups did exceptionally well.
The band received its highest score in several years earning a rating of Good and were only one point shy of hitting the Excellent mark. Instructor Christian Saunders was pleased to note that the students received comments from other students, directors, and even judges about how impressive their sound was for such a small group. “We were by far the smallest band in the festival, but we outscored some of the other larger bands,” said Saunders.
The Choir also received a score of Good. According to Saunders this was the first time in three years the choir was able to make it all the way through the sight singing portion of the festival to be scored. “Sight singing is a very challenging skill to learn and they have made enormous progress in that area this year,” he said.
No Mystery Why ‘A Night of Mystery’ Was Huge Success
            Themed ‘A Night of Mystery’ the 2016 Rangely Senior High Prom was a well attended success. With a rule change allowing Freshman and Sophomores to attend the dance, the night allowed for more students to enjoy a fun and safe evening together.
            This year’s Prom Royalty included Queen Carrie Goddard and Attendees Marielle Ivie and Echo Campbell along with King Kiki Ruiz and Attendees Nakoma Bailey and Kaulan Brady.
            Following the dance was the annual Rowdy Worm celebration. Unfortunately, due to winter weather the knockerballs were unable to make it as scheduled, but students had a blast playing volleyball, basketball, trying their hand in the casino room and playing various games throughout the school.  This year’s entertainment was Preston Puggmeyer, who amazed audiences as an electronic one-man band.
            Successful dances like these would not be possible without the hard work that class officers and sponsors put into the planning process and all the volunteers who donate so much of their time and efforts.
Rangely FFA Hosts Contests
On Friday April 15 Rangely hosted the district FFA Career Development Event contests in cooperation with CNCC. Contests included Agriculture Mechanics, Livestock, Horse and Floriculture Judging. Around 130 students from North Park, Sorroco, West Grand, Meeker, Rangely, Moffat County, Debeque, Fruita, Olatha, Hotchkiss, and Cedaridge all descended onto our town to see how they would measure up.

In Livestock and Horse Judging live animal evaluation coupled with data on animals are used to place classes. Then students gave a short oral presentation on some of the classes. The Livestock Judging team consists of Samantha Lapp, Allana Wiley, Aspen Rhea, and Grace Kenney.

In the Ag mechanics contest students need some knowledge in areas of hydraulics, electric motors, concrete, residential wiring, welding surveying, irrigation, and tool identification. This team is comprised of Jessy Powell, Shane Nash, Lane Carlson, and Malichi Ivy.

FFA instructor Pat Walsh believes both teams represented Rangely well, but hasn’t learned where individual students placed yet.

Next up is the State FFA CDE contests held at Colorado State University, where Rangely’s livestock judging team will be competing on May 2.
PVE 3rd and 4th Grade Bring Sweet Spring Music
On April 12th the third and fourth grade classes held their annual Spring Concert at Parkview. The program was coordinated and presented by Parkview music teacher Sarah Campbell and featured both grades performing a wide variety of tunes on multiple instruments. 
Fourth grade students from Mr. Forbes and Ms. Newbanks’ classes gave a lively guitar showcase of Tale of the Troubadoar and Sold Rock, among others. The guitar program for fourth graders is new to Parkview and has been a major hit amongst students.
The third grade classes of Mrs. Storey, Mr. Hunter and Mrs. Bertoch entertained with classics such as Hot Cross Buns, Au Claire De La Lune and Jingle Bells on their recorders. With more than 50 students playing the recorder the concert was dynamic.
On Monday, February 8th, the Rangely FBLA team traveled to Colorado Mesa University for their District 9 competition.  16 of the 17 members qualified for state.  
Raelynn Norman finished in 2nd place in Public speaking followed by Kaylee Mecham in 3rd place. Marlena Miller finished 1st place in Help desk followed by McKenzie Webber in 2nd place. Rebecca Gillard placed 2nd in Graphic Design, Patrick Scoggins 1st Place in Publication Design. Phalon Osborn 1st in Client Services, and Alexis Wiley in 2nd pace for Client Services. Breanne Baker 1st place in Ag Business, Savannah Nielson 2nd place in Word Processing, Linsley Morrill 4th place in Word Processing, Jayde Trembley 1st place in FBLA principles and procedures followed by Paityn Myers in 2nd place.  Tasha Teal & Sarah Conner finished 2nd place in Business presentation, and Savannah Neilson & Breanne Baker 1st place in Public Service Announcement.
All FBLA members will compete at the state competition in April.
The Mr. & Mrs. RHS recognition is nominated by and voted on by the staff of RJSHS.  This is the opportunity for the staff to recognize and thank those students that go above and beyond.    Kaulan Brady, Chance Sheppard, Daniel Connor, Rebecca Gillard, Justyne Dembowski, and Marielle Ivie were all nominated with Daniel Connor and Rebecca being honored as Mr. and Mrs RHS.
Back to School Newsletter
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New Dance Dress Code
The Board of Education has provided clarification on what is appropriate attire for dances.  This relaxes portions of the school dress code policy for dances and provides guidance for students.  As always, the Principal has the final say at the dance.

RHS Dance Dress Code Examples
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