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Education

  • Parent wants to switch start times of middle, high school

    Principals at Evergreen High School and Middle School say a parent’s suggestion to switch the schools’ start times so EHS starts later likely will not happen by August.

    They say there are too many groups to get on the same page before any changes could be made, including bus schedules and after-school activities. In addition, there is not enough time to make sure that parents would agree to such a switch.

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools.

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.

  • School board mulls budget decisions, increasing employee compensation

    Employee compensation and budgetary concerns largely dominated the Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday. 

    In a meeting that stretched almost to midnight, the board spent much of the time discussing how to address its top priority: increasing educator compensation in order to attract and retain talent within the school district.

  • Weather precipitates creativity among young writers

    It was ironic that several students at the Young Writers Conference last Thursday titled their books “The Crazy Weather.”

    The plots weren’t about a huge snowstorm like the one that hit the mountain area over the weekend. Instead, they were about taco and rotten-banana rain, rainbow sand and fog, and marshmallow and book precipitation. Second-graders at Bergen Meadow told a facilitator that crazy weather had been a writing prompt in school.

  • Parmalee students volunteer at EChO food bank

    Sixteen helping hands put coffee and pepper into small containers — separate containers, obviously — on March 16 for clients of Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    Eight students from the Parmalee Elementary Leadership Council spent two hours at the food bank learning more about what it takes to feed those in need in Evergreen and serving their community.

    They divided large containers of both coffee and pepper into smaller portions. While one student marked a container, another dished the coffee or pepper into the containers without the two mingling.

  • School board won’t change former superintendent’s separation pact

    Jeffco school board President Ron Mitchell said the board will not change the separation agreement of former superintendent Cindy Stevenson, but instead will “clarify” parts of the pact that banned her from volunteering in schools.

    School board members in March considered renegotiating Stevenson’s separation agreement to let her volunteer at district schools. 

  • Ending performance pay would cost $3.5 million

    Ending the controversial policy that links teacher pay to performance evaluations — a hallmark of the conservative school board majority that was recalled last November — would initially cost $3.5 million, the Jeffco school district’s human resources chief said last Thursday.

  • Jeffco school board reviewing Stevenson’s separation agreement

     Jeffco school board members plan to renegotiate the separation agreement of former superintendent Cindy Stevenson to allow her to volunteer at district schools.

  • Local students get creative in film and song

    Two young aspiring songwriters and an aspiring filmmaker will have their work judged on the national level.

    They are students at The Bergens, and they participated in the PTA’s Reflections program. Their songs and film were ranked so highly at the state competition that they’re headed to the national judging. Top entries will be announced May 1.

    The top entry in each category gets an $800 scholarship and a trip to the national PTA convention in July to receive the award.

  • First-graders present a patriotic program

    Sometimes first-graders can hit the nail on the head.

    Abby Foster, 7, a first-grader at Bergen Meadow Elementary, explained the essence of a recent program for parents about U.S. history as her class headed for rehearsal.

    “We’re singing songs,” she said matter-of-factly. “We’re saying words in the microphone. We are giving speeches about how America grew and the people who helped it.”

    She continued: “We worked really hard to memorize all this stuff.”