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Education

  • School board approves $20,000 in performance pay for McMinimee

    The Jeffco school board has approved $20,000 in performance-based bonuses for Superintendent Dan McMinimee for his achievements during the 2015-16 year.

    Announced at the school board’s regular meeting Nov. 3, the decision comes after a presentation by McMinimee at a special meeting of the board Oct. 20, during which he gave his thoughts on whether he had adequately achieved goals set a year before.

  • New board votes to fire director of Rocky Mountain Academy

    The school board at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen on Wednesday night decided unanimously to fire executive director Roberta Harrell, and voted 4-3 to reinstate the six faculty members who were fired last week.

    The board’s actions came after three hours of closed meetings to discuss legal and personnel issues. There was no public discussion regarding Harrell’s termination.

  • Rocky Mountain Academy’s new executive director starts job

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen’s new interim executive director began work Monday, less than two weeks after the school board fired Roberta Harrell from that position.
    Dr. Gary Stueven retired in 2014 as principal of Platte River Academy, a Core Knowledge K-8 charter school in Highlands Ranch similar to RMAE.
    He will serve as interim director until the end of the school year, and the board will begin a search for a permanent executive director — who acts as the school’s principal — in the spring.

  • LESSON PLANS: Wilmot kids trained to help classmates solve playground conflicts

    A peer-mediation program at Wilmot Elementary is getting positive results as trained students help their classmates work through problems on the playground.

    The program uses several steps and a peace path painted on the playground to help students work out their differences. The peace path has colorful footprints —made from a pair of principal Matt Cormier’s shoes — and students working out an issue move from square to square in an attempt to resolve their differences.

  • Elementary students become SuperFit during outdoor event

    Many kids have played the “floor is lava” game, and West Jefferson Elementary students have the wristbands to prove they mastered it.

    On Oct. 19, West Jeff hosted a SuperFit Challenge for the students outside, which included obstacle courses, questions about nutrition, and the opportunity to hula-hoop and jump rope.

  • West Jeff Middle School parents working to beautify school's exterior

    A group of West Jefferson Middle School parents is collaborating with local businesses and community members to give the school's entryway a face-lift.

    The "Change the Face of West Jeff" campaign has raised more than $10,000, and almost $30,000 in supplies and services has been donated to the effort.

  • Fun for thought: Parmalee tradition moves indoors

    Coen Kenny’s eyes lit up as his paper airplane launched high into the air and shot across the gym at Parmalee Elementary School.

    “Wow. I like this one best,” he said with a grin, gesturing to the wooden launcher that shot paper airplanes sequentially.

    Kenny was just one of hundreds of Parmalee students who attended the school’s annual Fall Family Fun Night on Oct. 19. Though the event is generally held outside and includes relay races and obstacle courses, it was moved indoors this year to accommodate cooler weather.

  • Author recounts his animal adventures for Parmalee students

    Students at Parmalee Elementary received a lesson in science when Roland Smith, a former zookeeper, biologist and author of more than 40 books, visited the school last week, on Oct 10.

    “When I left the Portland zoo, I was this senior feline keeper. Can you say that?” Smith asked the younger crew of students who attended his first presentation of the morning.

    “Senior feline keeper!” the crowd answered.

  • High school students learn in high-tech sandbox

    Evergreen High School students haven’t outgrown playing in a sandbox. In fact, the students have been using their Augmented Reality Sandbox to study volcanoes and topographical maps.

    Science teacher Stephanie Seevers had her freshmen earth science class use the sandbox last week as they worked on group projects to build “shield” volcanoes and “stratovolcanoes.”

  • LESSON PLANS: RMAE introduces students to art of woodworking

    Students at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen have been learning to measure, saw and nail as part of a new woodworking class offered to its middle-schoolers.

    The first task for this class of seven students — five girls and two boys — was to create its workshop inside a shed. The students installed windows and wallboard, and teacher Ian Dunbar will add work stations and a demonstration table.

    Dunbar, the school’s technology teacher, has an affinity for woodworking and has taken classes at Red Rocks Community College.