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Education

  • School employees cite concerns about workload, pay

    Overall positive feedback from parents and students was offset by employee concerns about workload and pay in a recent survey taken by Jeffco Public Schools.

    The district’s Make Your Voice Heard survey, which polled students in second through 12th grades and was completed by about 77 percent of the district’s students, found that most students felt cared about and respected by teachers and school staff; furthermore, about 90 percent of all students said they had friends or people they felt connected to at school.

  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag for Jeffco

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • Two Evergreen teachers retire after total of 60 years

    Two Evergreen teachers retired at the end of the school year, taking with them a combined 60 years of experience in area schools.

    Sue Queen has been a teacher for 35 years, 17 of them at King-Murphy Elementary and 16 at Wilmot Elementary. She retired after seven years as Wilmot’s instructional coach.

    Yvonne Bader spent 35 years as a primary teacher, working with 3- to 6-year-olds at Montessori School of Evergreen.

  • School board approves budget, contracts with unions

    The Jeffco school board on June 2 wrapped up two key priorities for the end of fiscal 2015-16: approval of agreements between Jeffco Public Schools and its two primary employee unions and approval of the district’s budget for fiscal 2016-17. 

    In a unanimous vote last week, the board formally approved the ratified contract agreement between the district and the Jeffco Education Association. The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises and $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase.

  • Mixed response to school district’s facilities plan

    Community reaction to Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan is mixed, based on questionnaire responses from more than 800 community members since the plan was presented at a school board meeting last month.

  • EHS principal will become athletic director

    Evergreen High School’s new principal has a familiar face. And so does EHS’s new athletic director.

    Assistant principal Brandon Brekke has been hired to take the top spot, while current principal Ryan Alsup will be the new athletic director.

    Alsup, 40, who has been principal for three years, said he's making the move to spend more time with his family, not because he’s burned out on the job.

  • EMS students take the right steps on Day Without Hate

    If dance is a universal language, then Evergreen Middle School students spoke it eloquently during an assembly last month.

    Students learned African dance movements from a Boulder-based group called Logo Ligi as the culmination of the Day Without Hate.

    “I always say that the best way to get rid of stereotypes and prejudices is to have a relationship with people,” said world languages teacher Kim Parfitt.

    This was the fifth time Parfitt brought the group to EMS in the last four years, and she says Logo Ligi is always well received.

  • Jeffco school district, teachers union reach contract agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement after months of negotiations.

    The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises, $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase and a transparent pay schedule. It retains a slightly modified version of the controversial pay-for-performance system instituted by the previous school board.

  • McMinimee: Alternatives exist for addressing district’s facilities needs

    If Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan isn’t approved next month, the district will have to consider other solutions to the issue of its aging buildings and the capital needs associated with repairing and replacing those facilities.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, year-round school, a split-shift schedule and a bond issue focused on deferred maintenance all are possibilities.

  • Kids at Rocky Mountain Academy confront cancer

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen set out to make cancer an uplifting topic for its students April 27.

    Because the school has been touched by cancer in several ways this school year, officials decided to make its annual community service day all about helping to make cancer patients’ days a bit brighter.

    From writing and taping skits that cancer patients could view while undergoing chemotherapy, to talking with children who have cancer, to making care packages for patients, everyone in the school got involved.