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Marostica working on course coding

Statewide numbering system must be in place by May 2013 By Callie Jones

Journal-Advocate staff writer

STERLING — By May 2013 all school districts is the state of Colorado will be required to complete common course numbering. RE1 Valley Assistant Superin-

tendent Ron Marostica addressed this new requirement at a Board of Education meeting on Monday. “I have to have every secondary course aligned to the federal standards and to the state common core,” he said. “What we are required to do is if we claim that we have A, B, C courses, we have to then show the alignment from kindergarten through 12th grade or where ever that course number happens to be. That, yes indeed, we have an aligned curriculum

that introduces those skills in sequential manner.” Common course numbering stems from the U.S. Department of Education’s Secondary Course Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data, which came into existence in 2007. “It’s not a creation from the state of Colorado and it’s certainly not a creation of RE-1 Valley,” Marostica said. The purpose of the system is to help schools and education agencies maintain information about students’ coursework in an standard-

ized format that makes it easier to exchange records as students transfer from one school to another, or to postsecondary education. “This will tie into the endorsed diplomas; this ties into graduation credits,” Marostica said. He will begin the common course numbering process by attending the first template training on June 1 and then he will spend time working with the district Response to Intervention Committee. Marostica pointed out that


Awards, scholarships handed out at annual banquet

the state’s community colleges have already gone through this process and while they all have a common course numbering, they forgot to define it. “NJC may have English 101 and so might (Colorado) Mesa (University) and so might whatever, but what kids actually do in those courses may be very different,” Marostica said. “Coming down to our level they learned and said, ‘Okay, we’re not going that route; you’ll have to say that you’re offering English 101 and

here are the six points based on the standards of common core.’ ” Additionally, the state has tied common course numbering to Senate Bill 10-191, the educator effectiveness bill, and House Bill 09-1065, which established an educator identifier that enables the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to link teachers and principals, along with their preparation and professional development, to their students’ outcomes. The standard course See COURSES, PAGE 2

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By Journal-Advocate staff PROCTOR — Caliche High School FFA chapter’s recent banquet to celebrate all of the great accomplishments that happened throughout the year was a big success.


Gary Nichols, president of Sterling’s Colorado Community Bank (foreground) surrounds himself with an awesome team of employees including (from left) JoAnn Gerk, Cathy Heimann and Patti Vandenbark. Other employees at the bank who were not present for the photo include Lance Tilton, Denise Knight and Jan Tappy.

They not only had many awards given out to each student, but there were many compliments of how proud people are of the FFA chapter. The chapter had many activities throughout the year that the students had fun with. One of their favorite COURTESY PHOTO and most memorable activiAlex Monheiser receives a proficiency award at the Caliche High School FFA banquet. ties would have to be the FFA Week/Petting Zoo.

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points beyond. Based out of Yuma, this corporate citizen, offering a full array of banking services, really understands what it takes to build a thriving community. That’s why the answer came easy when they were asked by the Northeastern By Barbara Baker Junior College Foundation NJC marketing director to join Club 1941 in support of the Hope for NortheastFor 30 years now, Coloern Colorado Scholarship rado Community Bank has program. The Bank purbeen doing business in See CLUB, PAGE 3 northeastern Colorado and

Among the awards given out at the banquet were: Parents Club Scholarship − Dan Herbert, Jeremy Kielian, Jake Karg, Austin Jones, Alex Monheiser, and Tyson Weingardt. Distinguished Service Award − Jeremy Kielian. Logan County FFA Alumni Scholarship − Tyson Weingardt, Alex Monheiser, and Austin Jones. This is the first time that the Alumni have given a scholarship to three people in the same chapter.


Certificate of Apprecia- The new Caliche High School FFA chapter officers for 2012-2013, from left; Myles McCabe, See FFA, PAGE 3

Kelli Monheiser, Jerrod Thompson, Shaney Stumpf, Wesley Meier, Kaylie Lewis, Kevin Powell and Seth Miller. Not Pictured is Jared Wagner.


Crook water users ordered to boil water

Order to remain in place indefinitely By Sara Waite Journal-Advocate managing editor

A broken drinking water line that created a complete loss of pressure has led to a boil order for those using the town of Crook’s water

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system. It is standard for the state to issue such orders any time a loss of pressure occurs in a drinking water system, said Mark Salley, communications director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and EnvironMent, which issued the order on May 24. According to Deanna Herbert, public information officer for the Northeast Colo-

rado Health Department, the state-issued boil order will remain in place until test results return that show the water is safe to drink. NCHD has fact sheets posted on their website,, with more information about the boil order. What you need to do if you’ve been told to boil your water The state of Colorado rec-

ommends that you boil all your tap water for three minutes before you use it for: Drinking Brushing your teeth Making ice Washing your hands before eating Washing dishes, cooking surfaces, raw foods or rinsing food Preparing other drinks like baby bottles, Kool-Aid, sun, tea or frozen juices.


J-A closed Monday

The Journal-Advocate office will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. No paper will be published that day. We will resume regular operations at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

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