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Education

  • Kindergartners strut their stuff on fashion runway

    Even with no red carpet or high-fashion models, the King-Murphy kindergarten international fashion show was every bit a spectacle of beautiful costumes from different regions of the globe and a hit with parents.

    This year, the fashion show was set up in the gym, with Mary Pat Maroney’s second-grade class in the audience, along with parents and grandparents. School secretary Shirley Simon was the emcee, discussing the outfits that ranged from kimonos to sombreros.

  • Union seeks to protect names of teachers absent during sick-out

    A lawsuit filed by Jeffco’s teachers union in an attempt to protect the names of teachers who missed school during a “sick-out” last fall has shifted the district’s simmering discord to the judicial arena.

    An injunction issued last week prevents the district from any further release of the names of teachers who were absent last Sept. 19 — at least until a district court hearing scheduled for May 15.

  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ brings sweet performances to EMS

    The Oompa-Loompas will visit Evergreen Middle School on Friday and Saturday, when “Willy Wonka Jr.” is performed by the school’s choral music students.

    The show is based on the book “Willy Wonka,” so the plot is a bit different than the Gene Wilder movie. But the students will be treated to old friends such as Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, his Uncle Joe and the other difficult children who find golden tickets.

  • Evergreen High students find career paths at Warren Tech

    Students at Evergreen High School are making decisions about future professions while taking courses at Warren Tech, the career and technical high school for Jeffco Public Schools. 

    Evergreen High senior Morgan Hays is developing a device to remove carbon dioxide from space stations in a class she’s taking at Warren Tech.

    When astronauts are in their sleeping quarters in space stations, the levels of carbon dioxide rise, Morgan explained.

  • Jeffco school board member supports guns in schools

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the board’s only vote for a resolution supporting state legislation that would permit the carrying of concealed weapons in public schools.

    “Repealing the gun-free school zone act will empower our nation’s schoolteachers, faculty and law-abiding parents to ensure the safety and well-being of our children,” Williams said at the Feb. 5 school board meeting.

  • School board dismisses federal mediator

    The Jeffco school board has dismissed its outside mediator for upcoming union negotiations because of his organization’s policy banning recording or streaming.

    The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which is free to the district, will not allow its mediators to be recorded or streamed.

  • LESSON PLANS: Schuver named head of Montessori School of Evergreen

    Montessori School of Evergreen has named Bill Schuver its new head of school beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

    Schuver, 50, will replace Beth Heller, who has been head of school for 10 years. She’s leaving to pursue other activities and to spend more time with her daughter.

  • Keeping their noses in books

    It’s apparent what many Wilmot Elementary School students did over winter break: read.

    More than half the students met the school’s reading challenge, reading at least 200 minutes for the younger kids or 300 minutes for the older kids.  Many exceeded the goal — and some went way beyond expectations, reading for 2,000 minutes.

    One student went on a family road trip and listened to books on tape, which counted for the challenge.

  • Petition signed by 6,500 seeks resignation of school board majority

    A petition signed by 6,554 Jeffco residents calling for school board President Ken Witt and board members John Newkirk and Julie Williams to resign caused a stir at the board’s meeting on Thursday evening.

    Jeffco parent and petition organizer Molly Snyder told board members she is not affiliated with the teachers union, the Jefferson County Education Association. 

  • Charter schools see growth in enrollment

    Jeffco’s charter schools saw significantly greater enrollment growth than district-managed schools in the last year, and advocates say that greater availability of choice, high academic expectations and options for home-schoolers are responsible.