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Education

  • ‘A strong soul’: Kristina Halstead meets life’s challenges with an indomitable spirit

    Speaking doesn’t come easily to Kristina Halstead, but she has a lot to say.

    Kristina, 19, through a lifetime of living in a wheelchair and struggling to manage the activities of daily living, has become an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities.

    “I want to show people that handicapped people can actually do something with our lives,” she said.

    She plans to spend her life teaching what her family calls “typical people” not to fear those who look different or who have physical disabilities.

  • RMAE teacher helping kids with cancer

    “Little kids who are sick is the most deserving cause I can think of,” said Evergreen resident Trish Dunbar, who is raising funds for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

  • The science of discovery

    What’s the best way to get a car powered with Coke and Mentos candies to go a long distance?

    “Ingenuity,” according to Harrison Olivieri, a seventh-grader at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.

     

    “And a lot of trial and error,” he added.

  • A timeless question: EHS boys come up with variety of clever ways to ask dates to prom

    The word “prom” usually conjures images of beautifully dressed girls and formally dressed boys going to the dance that is a rite of passage for high school juniors and seniors.

    For them, the road to prom started with asking that important question. Asking someone to prom has become a memorable moment for some EHS teens, who do everything from designing a scavenger hunt to getting the family dog involved.

    EHS senior Bryce Spindel used an Easter-egg theme to ask his girlfriend, Megan O’Donnell, to prom.

  • iPads kind to learning at Wilmot

    Being kind to others has its own intrinsic rewards, but a second-grade class at Wilmot Elementary School got a more tangible bonus for being kind: the opportunity to learn to operate iPads.

     

    The iPad class before spring break was special for students in Mary Gordon’s class, who had marked more than 500 times when they had shown generosity, integrity, responsibility or respect. Those four traits are part of GIRR, the school’s kindness program.

  • Students learn to be bean counters

    The tantalizing aroma of vanilla wafted through the Montessori School of Evergreen’s Marshdale building last week as middle-schoolers tempted family members with vanilla-laced recipes in an effort to entice them to buy the flavoring.

     

    They also provided sample bottles of Madagascar vanilla, which they are bottling under the name “One World One Bean — All Natural Vanilla.” The students hope to sell it at first to the school community, then branch out to offer it at area stores.

  • Waxing historic: Wilmot students melt into spirit of Colorado history

    Dressed in 1800s garb and holding props, the wax figures stood silently in the hallway of Wilmot Elementary School.

  • EHS lauded for comprehensive counseling program

    Evergreen High School is being honored for its outstanding counseling program by the American School Counselor Association.

    The program will have the RAMP designation, or Recognized ASCA Model Program.

    “We’re being proactive about the developmental needs of our students,” said EHS counselor Tracy Thompson. “Some of our work is in the classroom, some in small groups and some individually. Having a comprehensive guidance program is what we’re about.”

  • Outdoor Lab Foundation celebrates success

    The foundation that saved Jeffco schools’ Outdoor Education Labs celebrated its fund-raising success on Jan. 25 but is steeling itself for more efforts to keep the sixth-grade program operating for another year.

     

    Several board members from the Outdoor Lab Foundation presented checks at the Windy Peaks facility near Bailey last Wednesday and at the Mount Evans facility. The two schools provide a week of outdoor-education classes to sixth-graders throughout the district each school year.

  • Cool to be kind: Two elementary schools incorporate kindness into their lesson plans

    Kindness is a virtue that students and teachers at Marshdale Elementary School and Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen have embraced in a big way.