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Education

  • A rockin' field trip

    Second-graders at Bergen Meadow Elementary School had a blast — both literally and figuratively — at the Albert Frei and Sons quarry on April 23.

    The children have been learning about forces in motion as part of their science unit, and what better place to see a force in motion than to watch a portion of a mountainside explode?

  • Talks with teachers union will enter mediation

    Bargaining representatives from the teachers union and the Jeffco school board will enter mediation, after the board failed to meet the union’s request for a contract extension.

    After declaring an impasse April 7, the Jeffco Education Association told the board in a letter that only a multi-year contract extension would bring teachers back to negotiations. 

  • Students build bridges with textured art

    Wilmot Elementary fifth-graders learned a big lesson from a simple art project.

    The students, who were tasked with creating art projects that stimulated more senses than sight, decided to take the projects to other children who could really appreciate them. They traveled down the hill recently to Fletcher Miller School, a Jeffco school for special-needs students.

    Many of the students there can’t walk or talk, so they communicate in other ways, according to Fletcher Miller art teacher Jenni Halsted.

  • A (school)day at the museum

    At first, it’s the costumes on the so-called wax figures at the Colorado Characters Wax Museum at Wilmot Elementary that draw people in.

    The wax figures — really fourth-graders portraying figures from Colorado history — are dressed in elaborate dresses and hats and old-fashioned suits to portray characters whose names are familiar to Coloradans: Emily Griffith, Baby Doe Tabor, Molly Brown, Thomas Cunningham Bergen and Dwight Potter Wilmot.

  • EHS students get their teeth into improving fitness

    Evergreen High School’s health classes have gone high-tech now that each student wears a Jawbone UP, a wristband that collects data on an individual’s exercise, sleep patterns and food intake, and the information can be downloaded to the student’s smart phone or computer.

    Science teacher Ali Meyers received $7,000 in grants to buy 60 wristbands, and each student wears one for at least eight weeks to gauge overall fitness. CenturyLink provided $5,000, and ING U.S. Foundation donated $2,000.

  • Community members describe ideal school superintendent

    Being a collaborator and understanding Jeffco’s diverse school district were just two qualities mentioned during community sessions held to gather input on the hiring of a school superintendent.

    Ray and Associates facilitated 35 meetings last week with parents, teachers, students, business leaders and faith organizations to understand the priorities of the district’s stakeholders.

    Last month, the Jeffco school board hired Ray and Associates to conduct the search for a new superintendent after former superintendent Cindy Stevenson departed Feb. 21.

  • A slice of academic life

    Pi Day was anything but half-baked for the fifth-graders at Wilmot Elementary School on Friday.

    That’s pi like the number, not pie like the food.

    However, the students in Kym Shaffner’s class ate pie to celebrate pi. In fact, they ate a lot of pie, plus they played pi games, wrote pi poetry and read pi books.

  • Evergreen brothers are the architects of their own learning

    Two Evergreen students tested their architectural mettle when they helped solve structural engineering problems during a remodel at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch.

    Evergreen resident Barry Himmelman, owner of Himmelman Construction Inc. in Lakewood, won the bid on the $3.3 million, 30,000-square-foot remodel project at the charter school. Since Himmelman likes to involve building users in his projects, he asked teachers at the school if students could help solve some design problems.

  • School board won’t extend teachers' contract

    The Jeffco school board will not extend the current agreement between the teachers union and Jeffco Public Schools.

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association asked for the contract to be extended on March 10, when negotiations began. District employees gave an update to the school board during an executive session March 13 and informed board members of the JCEA’s desire for an extension.

    The current contract between the district and JCEA expires Aug. 31, 2015.

  • Celebrating multicultural heritage at Bergen Meadow Elementary

    Dancing the polka and listening to melodic Mexican music, youngsters at Bergen Meadow Elementary School were soaking up international culture while having a lot of fun last Wednesday.

    Parents of students in kindergarten through second grade also took park in the first Heritage Cultural Celebration at the school, with activities provided just for the older set.

    “Parents chose to represent a culture they are knowledgeable about,” said Danielle Askinazy, a Jeffco ESL teacher who planned the event.