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Education

  • Children's plate art to raise funds for arts center

    Brightly hued images of the West on china plates are the centerpiece of a fund-raising effort that the Center for the Arts Evergreen is coordinating.

     

    For the third year, the china plates featuring art of area students are being auctioned during Weekend in the West, an annual art show and sale at Evergreen Fine Art. Funds raised from the plate sales will be donated to the arts center.

    “We turn right around and the give the money to local teachers,” said Steve Sumner, CAE executive director.

  • RMAE’s Odyssey team attends world competition

    It took creativity, ingenuity and smarts for six Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen seventh-graders to make it to the Odyssey of the Mind world competition over Memorial Day Weekend.

    “It wasn’t luck; it’s skill,” team member Luke Johnson said of the group’s first year in the competition.

    In the category that the team competed in, it took first place at the Longs Peak Regional Tournament and first place in the state competition, earning a spot at the world competition at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

  • 2013-14 budget restores days, dollars to Jeffco schools

    The Jeffco school board approved a 2013-14 budget totaling $952 million at its meeting May 30, a spending plan that adds $22 million to current-year expenditures.

    The increase comes thanks to a boost in funding from the state and to the tax hike approved by voters last November. The budget still is $45 million less than the 2009-10 spending plan.

    The district avoided $45 million in cuts this year when Jeffco voters approved 3A and 3B on last November’s ballot. The district’s mill-levy rate is 48.721, or $388 annually for a $100,000 home.

  • Innovation Day eggs on students to embrace science

    If learning by doing is the best teacher, then the middle-schoolers at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen learned a lot last Thursday.

    Students tested their science projects — everything from dropping eggs 30 feet in carriers to break their fall to creating solar ovens that heat water to creating marble mazes — as part of the third annual Science Innovation Day.

  • Boggs tries to block filming at school board meeting

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson summoned security at last Thursday’s board meeting when school board member Laura Boggs tried to prevent a district employee from recording video of a speaker.

    Broomfield resident Kelly Scott was addressing the board about his desire for schools to get back to Judeo-Christian roots and teachings when Boggs stood and blocked the iPad camera of communications manager Marlene Desmond.

  • Conifer High has a new principal

    Conifer High School’s new principal has 21 years of education experience and is leaving his position at Northridge High School in Greeley to come to CHS.

    Jeffco schools announced to parents on Friday that Wesley Paxton will succeed Mike Musick as the school’s principal in the 2013-14 school year. Musick has taken a position at the district level in the new School Innovation and Effectiveness Division.

  • Broberg to take over helm at Evergreen Middle School

    Joelle Broberg wants to be in the middle of education in Evergreen.

    She will be this fall when she takes over as principal at Evergreen Middle School.

    Broberg, who has spent the past four years as an assistant principal at Evergreen High School, says the new position is her dream job.

    “I miss being at a middle school,” said Broberg, who had been a counselor at Deer Creek Middle School and a social studies teacher at Manning Option School before coming to EHS. She also taught at Green Mountain, Alameda and Wheat Ridge high schools.

  • New EHS principal coming from Alaska

    Although Evergreen High School’s new principal will be traveling a long way to take the position this fall, it’s really more like coming home.

    Ryan Alsup, who was introduced to the EHS faculty last Thursday, has been the principal at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska for the last three years.

    While that’s a long trip to make to get to Evergreen, Alsup actually grew up outside Larkspur, graduated from Douglas County schools, taught social studies, and was an administrative dean and assistant principal there.

  • Wilmot celebrates its 50th

    Over the past 50 years, Wilmot Elementary School has been many things: among them a place for students to get a good education and a school surrounded by parent and community support.

    However, at the school’s golden anniversary celebration on April 30, about 300 attendees learned that Wilmot also is a place where love sometimes gets its spark.

  • Parents offer variety of opinions at school achievement meetings

    Put a group of parents in a room, and you will get a plethora of ideas on how to improve student achievement.

    That’s exactly what happened when nine parents primarily from Conifer and Evergreen schools attended a 90-minute forum Saturday morning at EHS conducted by Jeffco Public Schools. It was one of several meetings at which the district is gathering information about how parents think students can be better served.