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EHS lauded for comprehensive counseling program

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Evergreen High School is being honored for its outstanding counseling program by the American School Counselor Association.

The program will have the RAMP designation, or Recognized ASCA Model Program.

“We’re being proactive about the developmental needs of our students,” said EHS counselor Tracy Thompson. “Some of our work is in the classroom, some in small groups and some individually. Having a comprehensive guidance program is what we’re about.”

EHS is the eighth school in the state and the first in Jefferson County to receive the designation, Thompson said.

In the past three years, the counseling department has created a curriculum for each grade that is age and developmentally appropriate, Thompson said.

Counselors work with ninth-graders on transitioning to high school, time management and study skills. Sophomores are asked to think about their futures and start developing career goals, while juniors begin implementing a plan for their career paths after high school. Counselors work with seniors to put the plan in place and prepare for their post-secondary school options.

She said principal Matt Walsh was important in helping the counseling program meet its goals by allocating funds for a fourth counselor at a time when Jeffco schools have faced large budget cuts.

“I’m excited,” Thompson said. “That’s what it’s about — ensuring students have future plans and making sure they know what it takes to achieve them.”

Bergen Meadow participates in Pennies for Patients

Bergen Meadow Elementary School is again participating in Pennies for Patients, a fund-raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The school has raised more then $18,500 in its 12 years in the program. The money is used to help find cures for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

The fund-raiser runs through the end of the week.

Bring donations to the front office of the school, 1892 Bergen Parkway. If you want to donate in honor of someone, bring in that person’s picture, and it will be put on the school’s honoree wall.

For more information, call Maureen Noble at 303-982-4890.

RMAE a winner in Get Active, Get Fit program

Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has been named one of 20 Colorado winners of the Get Active, Get Fit program, and the students in kindergarten through sixth grade will be treated to a Disney dance party in March as an acknowledgement of their commitment to exercise.

The program, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, has children chart the amount of daily exercise they get. The 308 participants at RMAE committed to exercising 20 minutes a day for about two months, according to physical education teacher Christine Schoen.

“I’ve been telling the kids how proud they should be that they accomplished this goal,” Schoen said. “It’s important to keep active. Putting their thumbs on a remote or cell phone is not considered active.”

She explained to students that walking the dog, going up the stairs and hiking, not just sit-ups, are considered to be exercise.

“I’ve been working hard to get kids to think about what they eat, too,” Schoen said. “I try to instill in our kids that they need to eat well and exercise.”

Now Schoen is challenging the children to continue being active daily by exercising a bit more each day.

“If they could do 20 minutes a day and it was easy for them, maybe they could add on a couple of minutes,” she said.

ECDS renames early-childhood building

Evergreen Country Day School has built its own nest, quite literally.

The school on Swede Gulch Road near El Rancho has renamed its early-childhood building The Nest.

For a long time, it was called simply the Early Childhood Building, admissions director Cynthia Mitchell said. With the school’s mascot being the eagle, The Nest seemed a fitting name.

The school now takes children who are 18 months and walking, and offers an afternoon enrichment program that includes everything from yoga to math magic to cooking.

The school offers full-day programs, extended-day programs that run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and half-day programs.

“It’s been fun to see the early-childhood program change and evolve, and watch the program grow,” Mitchell said.

Have tips about schools in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.