Conifer, Columbine students place third in international competition

    A team of students from Columbine and Conifer high schools participated in the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals earlier this year after taking top honors at the Colorado state tournament in May.

  • Running in the rain

    A little rain last Friday morning didn’t prevent about 60 Parmalee Elementary students from running or walking around a quarter-mile course on the school grounds.

    The kids have started running before classes on Wednesdays and Fridays as part of the school’s new 100 Mile Club, in which the students pledge to run, walk or jog 100 miles in a school year. Several parents and teachers joined in the activity on Friday, staying cool in the rain shower.

  • Kids in need enjoy back-to-school shopping spree

    Ariana Angell, 9, of Evergreen walked among the rows of brightly colored shirts, pants, skirts, dresses and hair accessories. She had two hours and $70 to buy whatever clothes she wanted to wear to school this year.

    Her grandmother Kristi held up an outfit and asked Ariana if she liked it.

    “It looks too much like pajamas,” Ariana said, shaking her head.

  • Evergreen schools, students prepare for new year

    Students preparing to go back to school were given a confidence boost Sunday at United Methodist Church of Evergreen during the annual blessing of the backpacks.

    During the 10:30 service, Pastor Russell Fletcher called all children to the front, where they each received a church backpack. Some brought their own, too.

    Part of Fletcher’s blessing thanked God for sending Jesus to school, where he “learned to serve you.”

  • School board votes to put tax increase, bond on ballot

    After months of deliberation, the Jeffco school board on Aug. 2 formally approved resolutions to put a proposed $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase that would generate $33 million annually on the November ballot.

    At last week’s special meeting of the board, members voted unanimously to put both measures on the ballot this fall, saying it’s time for the district to put its financial future into its own hands.

  • 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.