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The school supplies of today look quite different from what they did 20 years ago. Technology has transformed the academic world from preschools to universities alike, and it comes at a high cost.

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Caryn Braddy is currently serving Vision Charter Academy as its interim executive director. Braddy took the reins following the resignation of Executive Director Willyn Webb who recently took a position in the Denver area. Webb offered her resignation during the Aug. 10 Board of Stewards meeting.

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Delta Middle School celebrated its official grand opening last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tours of the 34,000 square foot, two-story addition located south of the old middle school campus.

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The old Hotchkiss High School continues to transform as eager students fill the hallways of the new North Fork High School in Hotchkiss. New signage is up, dirt work on the stadium is underway and the football team will rock some rad looking helmets. The new score clock will soon be up and r…

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If you watch Delta County School District students after receiving breakfast at their school, you will soon see a big smile across their faces as they grab their tray and give a “thank you,” says Delta County School District Food Service Director Rhonda Vincent.

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The Delta County Republican Central Committee recently awarded two $2,500 scholarships for attending college, junior college, trade or technical school to local students. The scholarship process was open to all high school graduates in Delta County, and the committee received five applications.

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Delta County School District finished one of its “craziest years” according to Assistant Superintendent Kurt Clay. The 2020-21 school year was marked by a sustained global pandemic and a difficult decision to reconfiguration schools in the North Fork.



Delta County School Board unanimously approved to renew a four-year contract with Vision Charter Academy and received an update from the North Fork Reconfiguration Historical Committee during its May 20 meeting.

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A Delta County watchdog group is demanding a “do-over” on a recent decision by the Delta County School Board regarding Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (CHSE). Delta County Citizen Report (DCCR) claims the district violated a number of Colorado Open Meeting Laws as well as its own pro…

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Seventeen very happy Vision Charter Academy graduates were presented with their high school diplomas at ceremonies held at the Delta Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 20. The stage was decorated with a variety of purple floral arrangements which were provided by Delta Hardware.

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The Delta County Democrats presented four scholarships last week to two seniors graduating from Hotchkiss High School and two seniors graduating from Cedaredge High School. The scholarships were awarded based on a two-part written essay on “How has social media impacted our democracy? What a…

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This spring semester nine students from DCSD-50J high schools completed internships with area businesses. Through the High School Internship Program students are placed with professionals for the purpose of work-based learning and career exploration for 110 volunteer hours over the course of…

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On May 12, the Black Mesa CattleWomen sponsored the fourth quarter beef cook-off for the Hotchkiss K-8 Middle School cooking class taught by Terrea Bear and Glenda Young. The students learned about beef, basic nutrition, safe food preparation and presentation. Students took an individual wri…

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Surface Creek nonprofit organizations have announced scholarship recipients. The Grand Mesa Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9221 and Auxiliary and the Cedaredge Rotary Club have awarded financial assistance to six Cedaredge High School graduating seniors.

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Technical College of the Rockies (TCR) will be taking a break from its licensed practical nursing (LPN) program due to an inability to hire qualified nursing instructors.

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The newly-minted North Fork Miners will sport black and red beginning this fall at the combined Hotchkiss/Paonia High School. The change in name, mascot, colors and location comes after decades of fans cheering for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs and the Paonia Eagles.

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The Cedaredge Rotary Club has honored Alex Barron as April’s student of the month. The senior attends Cedaredge High School (CHS) where he participates as a student athlete in basketball, football and track.

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The Cedaredge United Methodist Women (UMW) are offering a $500 scholarship to a deserving 2021 female graduate of Cedaredge High School, Vision Charter Academy or home schooling program in the Surface Creek Valley.

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Eighth grade straight A’s: Jessica Black, Brady Cooper, Dennis Crawford, Paul Duckworth, Mary Locke, Grace Madden, Logan McIntire, Lillian Sinkay, Robert Smith and Ethan Toothaker.

Updated in 1977, Hazel Baker Austin’s book “Surface Creek Country” chronicles the history of the region’s vintage schoolhouses. The back cover of her informative volume features a hand-drawn map depicting the general locations of no fewer than 20 schools ranging from Sand Creek School to the…

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Delta County School District’s naming and branding committee recently narrowed down the new name for the combined Hotchkiss/Paonia high school to be located in Hotchkiss. The top three names are North Fork High School, West Elk High School, and Fire Mountain High School.

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Delta High School FFA held several events March 23, celebrating National Agriculture Day. The majority of FFA members, students and staff were able to take part in these activities.

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The Colorado League of Charter Schools recently honored eight of the state’s most talented educators and advocates at its annual conference. The Colorado Charter Schools Hall of Fame winners are exceptional leaders designated across eight award categories and the winners are selected by an e…

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The Cedaredge Rotary Club has honored Taelor Mills as March Student of the Month. The senior attends Cedaredge High School (CHS) where she participates in journalism, student council and the prom committee. She’s also an active track athlete.

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Olathe Middle and High School students were shifted to remote learning, after a routine inspection uncovered possible asbestos debris in the middle school ceiling.

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Editor’s note: This article has been written by Delta High School students. Throughout the school year, these students will contribute about one story a week to DCI. More student work can be viewed on the school’s publication website deltapawprint.com. If you have a suggestion for a topic to…

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By Aylin Bayles

Lawmakers drafted a $30 billion budget, which is close to $3 billion less than last year because of the impacts of COVID-19. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed the budget last week, which takes effect July 1, as it dictates state spending through the end of June 2021. That budget deficit has n…

The Delta County School District has announced three possible plans for resuming school this fall with a focus on offering traditional in-person learning for students. However, the district understands in-person learning does not work for every student and every family, so it is creating pla…

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