• Knowledge blooms among Bergen Meadow pupils

    A Bergen Meadow second-grade classroom looked more like an art museum recently, with depictions of flowers hanging around the room.

    The pictures created by the children were of zinneas, columbines, hydrangea and lotus.

    Second-graders in Michelle Feola’s class have been writing descriptive paragraphs about flowers — and as the final part of the project, they used crepe paper, construction paper and some ingenuity to make 3-D depictions of their blooms.

  • King-Murphy students chase their dreams

    It was all about running laps, having fun and raising money for the King-Murphy Elementary School PTA on Sept. 17.

    Students from preschool to sixth grade participated in an Apex Fun Run on the school’s turf field. A lap was about one-sixteenth of a mile, and students were encouraged to run the equivalent of 2 miles — though some more than exceeded that goal.

  • 12 candidates running for 5 seats on school board

    Jeffco residents could see a slate of 12 candidates for five school board seats this fall, as three current board members who are the target of a recall face off against five challengers, and four other candidates vie for the two seats up for regular election.

  • Susan Harmon, school board candidate in District 2

    Lakewood resident Susan Harmon said she wants to bring a reconciliatory voice and more thoughtful decision making to the Jeffco school board. 

    Harmon, a family law attorney and mother of two Jeffco students, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Physician assistant Matthew Dhieux of Littleton is also a challenger for the seat.

  • Targets of school board recall speak on camera

    Jeffco school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, who are the target of a recall, were interviewed on camera recently at Evergreen Newspapers about the major decisions they’ve made since being elected to the board in 2013, and about their thoughts on the recall.

    To see the video interviews, click here.

    Some background

  • Tori Merritts, school board candidate in District 4

    Tori Merritts, a former Jeffco school board member of nine years, said she is running for the board again because the school district needs someone experienced to provide guidance.

  • School board candidate Ron Mitchell, District 5

    Veteran Jeffco principal and teacher Ron Mitchell said he would bring an understanding of Jeffco’s various communities, an emphasis on respect and years of problem-solving to the school board if he is elected.

    Mitchell, a Lakewood resident, is running for the board seat in District 5 currently held by Ken Witt, one of the targets of a recall effort. Former school board member Paula Noonan is also vying for the District 5 seat.

  • School board candidate Matthew Dhieux, District 2

    Littleton resident Matthew Dhieux said he wants to bring a non-political voice to the Jeffco school board, rebuild a relationship with the teachers union and find a way to ask for more accountability from district charter schools.

    Dhieux, a physician assistant and former elementary teacher in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Attorney Susan Harmon is also vying for the seat.

  • School board candidate Paula Noonan, District 5

    Paula Noonan, who was a Jeffco school board member from 2009 to 2013, said her professional relationships with all sides in the politically divided school district would help her foster stability. She is running for Ken Witt’s seat in District 5.

  • School board candidate Brad Rupert, District 1

    Arvada resident and attorney Brad Rupert said his concern about departures of Jeffco teachers and administrators prompted him to run for the school board. He said his outcome-focused approach would help him make good decisions.