• 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.

  • School board candidates face off in first public forum

    Nine of the 12 people vying for the five seats on the Jeffco school board faced off Aug. 31 at the first public forum of the election cycle, hosted by Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

    Board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, the targets of a recall effort, all attended, each emphasizing talking points about accomplishments since their election to the board in 2013.

  • School district staffers: Facilities needs are ‘urgent’

    The facility needs at Jeffco Public Schools are urgent, and a plan to open a new school in the northern part of the district won’t keep pace with anticipated growth in that area, district COO Steve Bell told school board members at an Aug. 27 meeting.

  • County clerk says recall will be on Nov. 3 ballot

    The recall question targeting the three conservative members of the Jeffco school board will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, according to a spokeswoman from the county clerk’s office.

  • Montessori student organizes effort to help feathered friends with feeders

    Birds are in for a treat this fall thanks to two dozen volunteers who slathered peanut butter on huge pinecones and sprinkled bird seed and other avian delicacies onto them.

    The pinecone bird feeders have been wrapped and are for sale at Evergreen Christian Outreach’s Resale Store in the Evergreen North shopping center.

  • Numerous changes in 2015-16 lesson plan at Jeffco schools

    As Jeffco students head back to school this week, shifting district- and state-level policies have led to changes that will eventually find their way to the classrooms. 


    Jeffco students will spend less time taking standardized tests this school year after Colorado lawmakers voted in the spring to streamline some exams.

  • Changes in store at local schools

    Evergreen schools will see some changes this year as students go back to classrooms this week.

    Parents and students will see everything from Wilmot Elementary starting a Spanish program, to Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen having a new logo, to Evergreen High School having newly paved parking lots.

    Here is a sampling of what’s new at Evergreen schools:

    Wilmot Elementary

  • Jeffco official verifies signatures on school board recall petitions

    Jeffco’s elections manager has verified that the group seeking a recall of the school board’s three conservative members has collected more than enough signatures on petitions to force an election.

    The elections office finished verifying signatures on petitions to recall board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams on Tuesday, according to elections manager Carrie Kellogg.

  • District, teachers tentatively agree on contract

    Negotiators for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union last Thursday evening preliminarily agreed to a 10-month contract after a three-week stalemate over the agreement’s duration.

    Bargaining team members for the Jefferson County Education Association, who had originally said they would hold out for a three-year contract, said they agreed to the shorter pact in the interest of teachers, who return to schools Monday. 

  • Police called to teacher welcome event

    Lakewood police officers made an appearance at a Jeffco Public Schools orientation for new teachers Aug. 4 after union representatives passing out fliers were told they were trespassing.

    The relationship between the Jefferson County Education Association and the school district has been strained in recent months over two lawsuits, contract negotiations, and an attempt to recall the district’s three conservative school board members.