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Education

  • 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.”

  • RMAE teaches about kindness through performance

    Kindness is powerful is the message of an original musical that fourth- and fifth-graders at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen are performing this weekend.

    Kindness changes the school culture and the attitude of bullies in the show, titled “Rise of the RAK Ninjas.” It was written and directed by the school’s elementary music teacher, Don Williams.

    RAK stands for Random Acts of Kindness. RMAE works with the RAK Foundation to conduct research on the outcomes of teaching kindness.

  • ‘Addams Family’ a creepy, kooky romp at EHS

    The Evergreen High School production of “The Addams Family” is a little creepy, definitely kooky, and a little mysterious and spooky. Maybe you could call it altogether ooky.

    Pardon the reference to the lyrics of the television show’s theme song, but the adjectives are fitting for the musical version that comes to life this weekend on the EHS stage. All of the beloved characters — Morticia and Gomez Addams, their children Pugsley and Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Grandma and the butler, a very tall Lurch — will be there.

  • Middle-schoolers take pride in their production of ‘The Lion King’

    Simba, Timon and Pumbaa will be up to their usual antics with “hakuna matata” as their mantra at Evergreen Country Day School.

    The three — along with the usual characters — will perform the kids version of “Lion King” at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

    This is the second year that the middle-schoolers at ECDS have performed a musical. Last year it was “Aladdin Jr.,” according to music teacher Mandy Marino.

  • 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.