• High school students learn in high-tech sandbox

    Evergreen High School students haven’t outgrown playing in a sandbox. In fact, the students have been using their Augmented Reality Sandbox to study volcanoes and topographical maps.

    Science teacher Stephanie Seevers had her freshmen earth science class use the sandbox last week as they worked on group projects to build “shield” volcanoes and “stratovolcanoes.”

  • LESSON PLANS: RMAE introduces students to art of woodworking

    Students at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen have been learning to measure, saw and nail as part of a new woodworking class offered to its middle-schoolers.

    The first task for this class of seven students — five girls and two boys — was to create its workshop inside a shed. The students installed windows and wallboard, and teacher Ian Dunbar will add work stations and a demonstration table.

    Dunbar, the school’s technology teacher, has an affinity for woodworking and has taken classes at Red Rocks Community College.

  • Fun run raises funds, community spirit at King-Murphy

    The King-Murphy PTA’s second annual fun run fund-raiser on Friday morning was a success in several ways:

    • Students enjoyed the 38-degree fresh air as they ran laps around the turf field. Most of the younger students ran at least 1.5 miles in about 30 minutes, with a few running closer to 3 miles. The first group included the preschoolers through second-graders, with the older students running later.

  • Former member of board questions tax increase, bond

    Jeffco Public Schools faced some staunch opposition last week to the bond and mill levy it hopes voters will approve on Election Day in November.

    At an election forum held at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen on Sept. 27, former school board member Laura Boggs highlighted what she sees as long-term financial ramifications of the proposed $535 million bond issue and $33 million property-tax increase intended to go toward facilities upgrades, compensation and other needs in the district.

  • Students tackle assignment right on the dot

    Parmalee Elementary was inundated with dots on Sept. 16 — dotted clothes, dot stickers, dot activities, dot assignments, dotted food, dotted walls.

    The dots had a positive message for students, faculty and staff: Even a tiny mark such as a dot can have huge positive consequences.

    “We’re just crazy with dots,” said first/second-grade teacher Julia Davis.

  • Fun run at Evergreen Country Day has a serious side

    As each of the 200-plus sneaker-clad students rounded the corner of Evergreen Country Day School, they were given a quarter to place in a bucket.

    The process repeated each time the students completed a lap.

    In Brad Davies’ eyes, this was a chance for all of his students to give back to their school, and he hoped it would ultimately help them develop generosity as a habit.

    “We’re cultivating the next generation of philanthropists,” said Davies, who is the head of school.

  • King-Murphy’s Unique Tea celebrates kids’ individuality

    Just call Ryan Sandblom “Captain One Sock.”

    According to his dad, the King-Murphy Elementary School kindergartner loses his socks so frequently that his family began referring to him by that nickname. But it’s just one of the ways in which Lee Sandblom says his son is unique.

  • Jeffco students named National Merit semifinalists

    Nearly two dozen Jeffco high-schoolers have been named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholar Program, including two mountain area students and 10 students at high schools in the South Jeffco area.

  • Students honor local heroes on 9/11 anniversary

    Children at Bergen Meadow Elementary School were challenged on Monday to be first responders in their own lives by performing acts of kindness, caring for one another and reaching out to neighbors.

    Principal Peggy Miller — as part of the annual Hero Day ceremony — also explained to students in preschool through second grade about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in age-appropriate terms and reminded them of local heroes who keep them safe.

  • Assessments explored as possible graduation requirement

    Members of the class of 2021 could have some extra challenges to meet if they want to reach the finish line and graduate from Jeffco Public Schools — namely, the ability to pass a final assessment exam.

    At last week’s school board meeting, district staff presented a proposal to revise the district’s graduation goals, most of which are based on Jeffco’s “2020 Vision” plan and 2013 graduation requirements.