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Education

  • Spelling it out: Evergreen students show off their knowledge during area bee

    It’s difficult enough to spell some English words correctly, let alone French words that are part of the English language.

    Ask the two finalists in the Evergreen Area Spelling Bee. In the final round of the bee last Thursday, they drew the words “fait accompli” and “bourgeois.”

    Katherine Ashby, a fifth-grader at Wilmot, spelled “fait accompli” correctly. The second-place finisher, Keaton Gressman, a Bergen Valley fifth-grader, had trouble with “bourgeois.”

  • Evergreen High color guard committed to excellence in both seasons

    In Evergreen High School’s winter color guard program, the motto is: “Don’t practice until you get it right; practice so you don’t get it wrong.”

    The 10 girls and one guy in the program practice what their motto preaches as they throw flags, sabers and guns high into the air — in unison, no less — catching them with apparent ease.

  • Iowa-based firm will search for new school superintendent

    The Jeffco school board has selected a search firm to help find the successor to former superintendent Cindy Stevenson.

    The board heard presentations from two search firms at its Feb. 18 study session, and Ray and Associates was selected to find potential candidates to lead Colorado’s largest school district.

    Iowa-based Ray and Associates will charge $44,580 for its search, which will include conducting community meetings, recruiting, screening, interviewing and selecting a final pool of candidates.

  • Schools’ leadership team acting as interim superintendent

    Jeffco schools’ leadership team will act as the district’s superintendent for at least one week, the Board of Education decided on Feb. 18.

    The leadership team is made up of Marcia Anker, chief school effectiveness officer; Heather Beck, chief academic officer; Lorrie Gillis, chief financial officer; and Steve Bell, the district’s chief operating officer.

    The arrangement will most likely be short-lived, however, as the board will discuss and vote on an interim superintendent at its Feb. 27 meeting.

  • Local authors will speak to Bergens students

    The Bergens are planning two authors fairs to acquaint students and parents with children’s books written locally.

    The fairs, which are open to the public, are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Bergen Valley, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Bergen Meadow. HearthFire Books and Treats is co-sponsoring the events.

  • Science fair answers questions about (some of) life’s mysteries

    Will grass grow faster to the sound of music? Does playing video games increase a person’s blood pressure? Does a higher SPF level of sunscreen really provide better protection against the sun’s rays?

    Those were among many questions addressed by students who participated in this year’s Mountain Area Science Fair. More than 200 elementary school students from Jefferson and Clear Creek counties displayed their projects at the fair held at Evergreen Country Day School on Saturday.

  • Middle-schoolers hear a message about getting along

    It sounds so simple: Be nice to each other. For middle-schoolers, the concept is easy to say and tough to do.

    To help Evergreen Middle School students embrace the concept of kindness, teacher David LeNoble spoke at a school-wide assembly on Friday, using humor and relatable stories to get students thinking about why it’s important to be kind.

  • Rocky Mountain Academy pupils learn it’s cool to be kind

    It’s cool to be kind at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.

    That’s why Anna Grose’s kindergarten class got a healthy dose of kindness education last week when they listened to assistant teacher Sharon Hughes read a book she authored called “Caterpillar Kindness.” It’s about the many forms kindness can take: generosity, politeness, forgiveness, thankfulness, concern and encouragement.

  • Search for new superintendent to continue as planned

    Even though Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson will be leaving her position four months earlier than expected, it won’t change the process for finding a new leader for the district.

    “We are still on course and will continue to search for a new superintendent,” Witt said Saturday.

    The Jeffco Board of Education was tasked with finding a new superintendent after Stevenson announced her retirement Nov. 7. Her last day was slated for June 30, but she announced Saturday her last day will be Feb. 21.

  • Board members at odds on assessment tool for preschoolers

    The Jeffco school board reversed a decision made in December and approved use of the Teaching Strategies Gold program for Colorado Preschool Program students, but an accompanying request for a waiver on student evaluation could imperil several million dollars in state funding.

    The board had voted to end the district’s use of TS Gold at its Dec. 13 meeting because of the behavioral data that are collected. Board President Ken Witt said he was uncomfortable that students were videotaped as part of evaluations.