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Education

  • Keeping the balls in the air

    Balls, scarves and rings flew through the air last week as Wilmot Elementary School students learned the art of juggling.

    Chris Morgan, Wilmot’s physical education student teacher last semester, returned for two weeks as an artist-in-residence to teach the children the hand-eye coordination needed to keep one, two and three objects in the air.

  • Kids join cancer battle

    A new club at King-Murphy Elementary School collected hundreds of dollars at a bake sale last week, but its real goal was to show kindness and empathy for children with cancer.

    The four fifth-graders who are members of the TCCC — Taking Care of Cancer Club — donated the proceeds from their two-day bake sale to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and to the Children’s Hospital Colorado cancer unit.

  • A peach of a reading program

    James Henry Trotter and his evil aunts visited Marshdale Elementary School on Friday.

    James’ name might sound familiar, because he is the main character is Roald Dahl’s book “James and the Giant Peach.”

     

    James, along with Aunt Striker and Aunt Sponge, appeared at a school-wide assembly to entice the students to read the book.

  • Montessori fifth-graders teach younger pupils about healthy habits

    “Wash, wash, wash your hands,

    Make them nice and clean,

    Scrub the bottoms and the tops,

    And fingers in between.”

    To see Emma Drozdel and Maddy Gottlob give their presentation, you’d think they were professional public speakers with hundreds of appearances under their belts.

    Emma and Maddy, both 10-year-old fifth-graders, were among the students at Montessori School of Evergreen who treated the younger pupils to a 9News Health Fair on Dec. 18.

  • A lesson in compassion: Students at Bergens pull together to help friend with cancer

    The third-graders at Bergen Valley Elementary School have learned firsthand the meaning of compassion.

    One of their fellow students, 9-year-old Kaymen Story, was diagnosed in September with a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Since then, Kaymen has been through chemotherapy and surgery to remove the malignant bone tumor on her left radius near her wrist.

  • Marshdale Elementary class streamed live as part of Discovery Education program

    Assistant No. 7 looked a little nervous as she was called to the front of the room. And the trepidation was not unwarranted — she was about to appear live in front of an audience of hundreds.

    For a third-grader, that’s big-time.

  • EHS band takes fourth place at state competition

    The Evergreen High School marching band accomplished its best performance in many years, ranking fourth in the state 3A competition recently.

    For the band’s drum majors, the feeling of making the finals and then taking fourth was exhilarating. They said it’s the first time in 60 years that the band made it into the top five.

    “The entire band put everything into that performance,” said drum major Norika Zehnder, “and that’s incredible.”

  • Happy 50th, Parmalee

    Parmalee Elementary School’s 50th birthday party on Friday was as much a celebration of the future as it was a tribute to the past.

    More than 100 former students, teachers and principals, plus several dozen parents, watched a school-wide production, toured classrooms, spoke with students and viewed pictures of the school through the last five decades.

    Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson celebrated the children who will be part of the classes of 2020 through 2025 when they graduate from high school.

  • Evergreen Fall Festival offers fun for students and parents

    The first-ever Evergreen Fall Festival was everything a small-town carnival should be: games, food, music and old-fashioned family fun.

    From the bounce houses to the face painting, the magician teaching kids tricks to the Stingers soccer games, the area around Bergen Valley Elementary School was geared for elementary-school-age children to have a ton of fun.

    Their parents, in the meantime, tagged along or gathered in small groups to talk with neighbors and friends.

  • Macy integrates technology into lesson plan

    Evergreen English teacher Travis Macy likes putting a little spice in his teaching.

    He wants his teaching to have his flavor, and he feels his job is to make education not just relevant, but real for students. He does that by integrating technology into his high school classroom.

    On Saturday, he was one of two Jeffco high school teachers honored with a My Teacher My Hero award. Macy is the first EHS teacher to receive the award, which has been given by the Jefferson Foundation for 10 years.