• Tori Merritts, school board candidate in District 4

    Tori Merritts, a former Jeffco school board member of nine years, said she is running for the board again because the school district needs someone experienced to provide guidance.

  • King-Murphy students chase their dreams

    It was all about running laps, having fun and raising money for the King-Murphy Elementary School PTA on Sept. 17.

    Students from preschool to sixth grade participated in an Apex Fun Run on the school’s turf field. A lap was about one-sixteenth of a mile, and students were encouraged to run the equivalent of 2 miles — though some more than exceeded that goal.

  • Knowledge blooms among Bergen Meadow pupils

    A Bergen Meadow second-grade classroom looked more like an art museum recently, with depictions of flowers hanging around the room.

    The pictures created by the children were of zinneas, columbines, hydrangea and lotus.

    Second-graders in Michelle Feola’s class have been writing descriptive paragraphs about flowers — and as the final part of the project, they used crepe paper, construction paper and some ingenuity to make 3-D depictions of their blooms.

  • School board candidates face off in first public forum

    Nine of the 12 people vying for the five seats on the Jeffco school board faced off Aug. 31 at the first public forum of the election cycle, hosted by Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

    Board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, the targets of a recall effort, all attended, each emphasizing talking points about accomplishments since their election to the board in 2013.

  • School district staffers: Facilities needs are ‘urgent’

    The facility needs at Jeffco Public Schools are urgent, and a plan to open a new school in the northern part of the district won’t keep pace with anticipated growth in that area, district COO Steve Bell told school board members at an Aug. 27 meeting.

  • County clerk says recall will be on Nov. 3 ballot

    The recall question targeting the three conservative members of the Jeffco school board will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, according to a spokeswoman from the county clerk’s office.

  • Montessori student organizes effort to help feathered friends with feeders

    Birds are in for a treat this fall thanks to two dozen volunteers who slathered peanut butter on huge pinecones and sprinkled bird seed and other avian delicacies onto them.

    The pinecone bird feeders have been wrapped and are for sale at Evergreen Christian Outreach’s Resale Store in the Evergreen North shopping center.

  • Numerous changes in 2015-16 lesson plan at Jeffco schools

    As Jeffco students head back to school this week, shifting district- and state-level policies have led to changes that will eventually find their way to the classrooms. 


    Jeffco students will spend less time taking standardized tests this school year after Colorado lawmakers voted in the spring to streamline some exams.

  • Changes in store at local schools

    Evergreen schools will see some changes this year as students go back to classrooms this week.

    Parents and students will see everything from Wilmot Elementary starting a Spanish program, to Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen having a new logo, to Evergreen High School having newly paved parking lots.

    Here is a sampling of what’s new at Evergreen schools:

    Wilmot Elementary

  • Jeffco official verifies signatures on school board recall petitions

    Jeffco’s elections manager has verified that the group seeking a recall of the school board’s three conservative members has collected more than enough signatures on petitions to force an election.

    The elections office finished verifying signatures on petitions to recall board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams on Tuesday, according to elections manager Carrie Kellogg.