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Education

  • Art of spelling on display at Evergreen area bee

    If spelling is an art, then the students at the Evergreen area spelling bee on Feb. 16 painted their canvases with ease.

    The bee winner, Stephen Cindrich, a sixth-grader at Evergreen Middle School, spelled “auriferous” and “pachyderm” — effortlessly and confidently — to win the bee in the 19th round. Second place went to Asha Fredrico, a third-grader at Parmalee Elementary, and third place went to Jack Leimbach, a Wilmot Elementary fifth-grader.

  • The beat generation

    Students at Wilmot Elementary are marching to the beat of different drums — and other percussion instruments, too.

    Each month, professional drummer Dean Oldencott of Evergreen visits music classes to take students on a percussion journey — beginning with tribal drums, and moving on to marimbas and other instruments — and he’s teaching them progressively more complex rhythms.

    He is the school’s artist-in-residence this year, and rather than teach students for one block of time, he’s spread his teaching over the entire year.

  • Mountain area residents offer ideas at school board forum

     Mountain area residents at a Jeffco Public Schools community forum had plenty of ideas for how the district should spend its money, with various attendees suggesting more incentives for teachers in hard-to-fill fields or hard-to-staff schools, bulking up the district’s security team, or providing more funding for the arts.

  • 'Science is awesome'

    By Andrew Demo, For the Courier

    For 8-year-old Callum Moffatt, a second-grader at Bergen Meadow Elementary School in Evergreen, the third time was the charm at the annual Mountain Area Science Fair.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • Things get real for EMS kids with production of musical ‘Fame’

    This year’s Evergreen Middle School production of “Fame” is special in a number of ways:

    • The plot is about real kids rather than fantasy characters.

    • The performances will be at Evergreen High School, where students have the opportunity to perform on a large stage. The EMS production also is forging a stronger relationship between the two theater programs.

    • More than 160 students tried out for the show, which is 20 percent of the student body.

  • Wilmot fourth-graders raise funds for water projects in South Sudan

    Wilmot Elementary students swarmed a table in the school on Friday to buy baked goods from a group of fourth-graders aiming to help families on the other side of the world get clean water.

    The bake sale netted $175 for Water for South Sudan, a nonprofit that digs wells so families can have clean water to drink.

  • Former CHS teacher hopes to open charter school

    A former Conifer High teacher is hoping to establish a Conifer-area charter school for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

    Conifer resident Ashley Sportel said she plans to submit an application for Impact Academy — which she said would use some variation of the “expeditionary” learning model — to the Jeffco school district this year, with an eye toward opening in 2017.

  • Jeffco Virtual Academy to drop K-6 classes

    Jeffco Virtual Academy’s elementary-level program will close after the school year ends and be partially absorbed by Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School as a result of low enrollment, school district officials say.

  • Jeffco students outperform state on PARCC-developed tests

    While Jeffco students outperformed state results at nearly every level of PARCC-developed English and math tests last spring, most results still fell short of newly implemented expectations, although a Jeffco testing expert cautioned that data may be somewhat skewed.