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The BettyFlies Foundation, which provides flight school scholarships to students in the Roaring Fork Valley, hosts their “2020 Virtual Rendezvous” Wednesday starting at 6pm. Retired NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott will be featured, along with local youth Isaac Musselman, founder of the Basalt Aeronautics Club. 

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More than 500 high school seniors in the Roaring Fork Valley graduated Saturday from parked cars and outdoor celebrations rather than traditional gymnasium and football field ceremonies because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Car horns replaced rounds of applause, and graduates wore face coverings. Now that these graduates have their diplomas, some worry their college plans may not go according to plan. 

Two members of Aspen High School’s robotics team have written and illustrated a children’s book, "Betty the Yeti," that extols the joys of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math. 

Author Jeremy Martin and illustrator Tilly Swanson sat down with kindergarteners at Aspen Elementary School last Friday to read the book, talk about robotics and show off the robotics team's robot. 

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Since kindergarten, students in Aspen School District are taught about the great outdoors, but never about how to work in the wilderness. 

Aspen High School is now offering a class that teaches and certifies students to work in the recreation and tourism industry, and their classroom goes beyond the four walls.  

Week in the Arts: Nov. 27, 2017

Nov 27, 2017

Welcome to a Week in the Arts, from Aspen Public Radio. Here's what's on tap:

Tuesday in Snowmass Village, Anderson Ranch Arts Center will screen the award-winning ski documentary film Steep at 7:30 p.m. in the Schermer Meeting Hall.

 

Wednesday, the Aspen Chapel Gallery will celebrate it’s 200th exhibition “Small Wonders” with an artists reception starting at 5 p.m.

 

The Reporter Two-Way: Board of Education Elections

Sep 7, 2017

This election season, Pitkin County’s only contested race is for the Aspen School District’s Board of Education.

Valley Roundup for March 3, 2017

Mar 6, 2017
Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio

 Welcome to Valley Roundup.

 

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, who spoke via Skype, and in the studio, Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times and Barbara Platts, digital content manager at Aspen Public Radio.

Circle of Friends translates tech-talk

Dec 26, 2016
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

  Aspen High School’s Circle of Friends service club pairs students with senior citizens. There’s an annual bingo game, knitting circles and monthly technology sessions.

 

Valley Roundup for Dec. 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016
Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Dr. Kathy Klug is the college counselor at Aspen School High. She discusses the importance of giving students options for life after high school. The Aspen Education Foundation (AEF) funds the college counseling program at Aspen High School, and as a result of the program's success, dedicated college counseling programs are appearing in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. 

The Aspen High School Booster Club is warning businesses about a potential advertising scam tied to sports calendars.

Assistant Aspen High School principal resigns after two months

Jul 15, 2016
Aspen Public Radio

The Aspen High School is once again looking for an assistant principal.

 

 

Grant Safranek accepted the job in May. But last week, he rescinded without giving a reason.

Principal Tharyn Mulberry said it was not an acrimonious departure. The job opening was posted internally and as of Friday, four candidates had applied. They happen to be the same ones who applied for the job this past spring when Safranek was picked.

Whoever fills the position will be on one-year trial basis.

Students return from a world away — the Cuba chronicles

Apr 6, 2016
Hannah Small

This is news from Aspen Public Radio. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. Aspen High School student Hannah Small traveled to Havana, Cuba, with nine classmates and a teacher. They returned last week. I sat down with Hannah, fellow student Emily Driscoll and Gretchen Calhoun, a geography teacher.

Pothead: THC and the teen brain

Feb 2, 2016

New research presented in Aspen shows that THC can have detrimental effects on developing adolescent brains. Marijuana use can cause lifelong anxiety, depression and apathy.

Aspen High School club sends students to Uganda

Dec 18, 2015
Kaya Storm

A popular club at Aspen High School sends kids to Africa each year to help with service projects. It’s in conjunction with the nonprofit Action in Africa, which was started by an Aspen High School grad. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

High school junior Kaya Storm points to a photo of a concrete structure painted white and blue. Small kids are lined up at the doors.

"We went there one day and just walked around the classrooms, said hi to all the kids and served them porridge for lunch," Storm says.

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Kent Reed, the founder and director of the Hudson Reed Ensemble, is showing off his first real Halloween show tonight at Aspen High School's Black Box Theatre. The Turn of the Screw is a class ghost story full of creepy kids, and an old mansion. 

On adapting the show to a black box setting...

Marci Krivonen

High school students from around the valley got a lesson on drought and water scarcity in the West Thursday. The organization Ecoflight brought in experts, and college students just returned from a flight over the Colorado River basin. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

New principal prepares for Aspen High School post

Jul 27, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  Aspen’s High School has a new principal.  45-year-old Tharyn Mulberry has been described as dramatically improving academics at the Pueblo high school where he’s principal now. Mulberry says he’s inspired to continue the already high achievement in Aspen.

Aspen narrows down high school principal candidates

Jul 21, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  Aspen's School District may choose a final candidate for high school principal today. There are three candidates left. All were grilled Monday by more than 30 parents, teachers, students and board members.

Aspen snags Hickenlooper for commencement speaker

May 29, 2015
Elise Thatcher

Governor John Hickenlooper will be a part of the Aspen High School commencement ceremonies on Saturday afternoon. The governor, a Democrat, will deliver the keynote address at the Benedict Music tent for the Class of 2015.

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The embattled principal at Aspen High School has resigned. Kim Martin announced her departure to students and parents on Tuesday. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Martin’s  three years with the district haven’t been easy. Last year she received a vote of no confidence from a group representing teachers. And her staff has filed grievances over a lack of evaluations and a changed student’s grade. She says these situations are contributing to her decision to leave.

Mountain Edition - April 2nd, 2015

Apr 2, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

The top official for the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs visits disabled vets in Snowmass.

The former owner of an embattled dog sledding operation appears in court.

And, it’s fire season in Colorado. Local firefighters are preparing at specific locations.

Potholes are forming on local streets. We’ll tell you why the deep caverns are particularly pronounced in the high country.

State lawmakers spend nine hours debating the budget.

Marci Krivonen

Students at Aspen High School are ringing a bell in the school commons quite often this spring. The ringing signals the next step in the student’s journey toward college. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the tradition was started by college counselor Kathy Klug.

This is the week students begin to hear from the schools they applied to, according to college counselor Kathy Klug. When it’s good news, the students ring the silver bell near Klug’s office.

Aspen teen in forceful arrest pleads guilty to charges

Mar 3, 2015
YouTube/Lauren Glendenning

The attorney who represents the teenager who was taken down forcefully in Aspen last month believes the police officer did not have probable cause to arrest him. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Instead of fighting the charges of underage marijuana possession and resisting arrest on the argument that Aspen Police officer Adam Loudon didn’t have probable cause to handcuff the high school student, he pleaded guilty on Monday.

Teen Arrested Goes in Front of Judge

Feb 17, 2015

The 16-year-old Aspen High School student who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly resisting arrest and possession of marijuana made his first court appearance today.

The boy appeared in front of Pitkin County District Court Judge Gail Nicholas at 8:30 a.m. He was accompanied by his adult sister and his attorney, Ryan Kalamaya.

The teen waived advisement of the charges that were filed against him last week. They include resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, underage possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Your Evening News - February 13th, 2015

Feb 13, 2015

Aspen Student Charged Following Rough Arrest

Four charges were filed today against a 16-year-old Aspen high school student. The charges are Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Underage Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The charges follow a controversial arrest on February 6th. Police say the boy resisted arrest after an officer allegedly saw him with marijuana at a bus stop near the school. He was taken down forcefully by two officers and a civilian. A video taken by a student shows the altercation. A second video showing the officer’s initial contact with the student was released Friday afternoon. The student is due in court next week.

Colorado Report Card Gives Aspen Charter School An "A+"

Dec 15, 2014
Creative Commons/Brad Flickinger

The Aspen Community School is one of the top-ranked schools in the state, according to a new analysis. The school near Woody Creek, ranked six out of 500 middle schools.

The organization Colorado School Grades releases its report card annually. Nearly 2000 public schools are ranked. The group uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula that looks at academic achievement, academic growth and gaps in education.

Students, Parents Tackle College Questions at Fair

Oct 5, 2014
Elise Thatcher

On Sunday, October 5th, Aspen High School hosted just under three thousand students and parents from Lake City, Durango, and other far flung Colorado towns. They quizzed University representatives and took workshops as part of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair. It’s been around for years, but this time, the focus was on helping students with the details, like essay writing and affordability.

How Will Recreational Marijuana Impact Local Teenagers?

Jan 15, 2014
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.