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Education

  • Jeffco students escorted from school board meeting - VIDEO

    Nearly 20 students were escorted from a Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday night after they staged a demonstration to express concerns about a committee tasked with reviewing curriculum.

  • Students at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen salute veterans in song

    Students at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen brought warmth to a cold, snowy morning with patriotic songs they performed at a Veterans Day program on Tuesday.

    From the national anthem to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” students saluted veterans who were members of American Legion Post 2001 and others present with familiar tunes.

    During the program, veteran Dave Rommelmann, post commander, talked to the students about his military service in Vietnam. 

  • Education forum features board member, superintendent

    Student achievement and Jeffco’s top schools were the two main themes at the Public Education in Jefferson County forum in Marshdale on Monday night.

    The Evergreen Tea Party teamed with 13 other Jeffco-based Tea Party and GOP groups to sponsor the education forum. More than 80 people braved the slippery roads to attend Monday’s meeting at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park.

  • The art of education

    The entry area at Evergreen Middle School got a lot more colorful this year.

    Three concrete pedestals have been dressed up with mosaic murals designed and created by students in Ann Simpson’s advanced art classes. Eighth-graders for the past three years have worked on the project during the spring semester, and over the summer Simpson and artist-in-residence Keith DeWalt affixed them to the pedestals.

  • Slice of life

    For some, it was an icky, slimy assignment. For others, it was pretty cool.
    By the end of the science class at King-Murphy Elementary School recently, the fifth-graders had a deeper appreciation for the human heart after dissecting a pig’s heart.

    “It was disgusting but good,” fourth-grader Maddison Bailey said of her first foray into dissection. “It’s like you’re doing surgery on someone.”
    “It smells like rotten bacon,” Lilli Lemascus added.

  • Jeffco student leaders want to see board majority recalled

    Student walkout organizers from several Jeffco high schools said they want to see the majority members of the school board recalled but don’t want to lead the charge.

    “We want another organization to make the recall instead of us,” said Mali Holmes, an Evergreen High School senior who was part of a panel discussion held at the Auraria Campus in Denver on Oct. 16. 

    “We feel like it would be more powerful coming from somebody else,” Holmes said.

  • Parmalee 4th-grader wins Distinguished Student Award

    Maya Dawson’s teachers at Parmalee Elementary say the 10-year-old has a sunny disposition, is a great student and is wise beyond her years.

    She will tell you that she enjoys school, has a natural love of learning and sometimes puts a lot of pressure on herself to succeed.

    These traits are detailed in recommendation letters that led the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented to present Maya with a Distinguished Student Award at its convention in Denver this week.

  • Montessori eighth-graders learn to make a difference

    You can make a difference in the world, even if you’re “only” 13.

    That’s the lesson that 21 eighth-graders at Montessori School of Evergreen have learned as they created community service projects that went above and beyond the typical project for people their age.

  • Harsh lessons: Classroom work a casualty as politics plague Jeffco school district

    Student protests and teacher sick-outs in Jeffco Public Schools have put the county’s K-12 system at the center of national media coverage and further polarized the already-strife-torn school district.

    Two weeks ago, school board member Julie Williams, one of three conservatives elected last November, proposed a curriculum review committee designed to boost patriotism and downplay civil disorder in Advanced Placement history classes.

  • Kindness is king at EMS

    Evergreen Middle School principal Joelle Broberg wants her school to buck the stereotype that middle-school kids are mean to each other.

    With the help of the school’s PTA and the staff, Broberg has embarked on a campaign to teach students about kindness and anti-bullying. Her mantra is “Many Voices, One School,” and she’s infused it into the message from guest speakers, the school’s choir and events since she became principal in fall 2013.