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Education

  • Marshdale Elementary partners with foundation for fund-raising

    Marshdale Elementary School has found another way to raise money by becoming a partner with the Jefferson Foundation.
    Anyone who makes a donation to the school through the foundation gets a tax deduction, and school officials hope that will create more incentive to help the school pay for things that are not being funded because of budget cuts.
    The Jefferson Foundation is the nonprofit fund-raising arm of Jefferson County Public Schools.

  • Grade-schoolers discover that theater rules

    Imagine Zeus and the Greek gods looking down upon Evergreen and not liking what they see. The gods consider blowing up the world and starting over, but Zeus sees that fifth-grader Sam has the potential to make the world a better place.

    Sam is able to create some eco-awareness at his school and to make a bully see that there’s a better way to get attention and make friends.

  • Exchange students exchange views on Evergreen

    Getting acclimated to Evergreen has had its ups and downs for Evergreen High School’s foreign exchange students.

    The eight, all but one hailing from Europe, have found their classmates and teachers to be more open and welcoming than their counterparts in their home countries. Yet it’s been a difficult adjustment for some to be away from friends, family and the familiar.

    Six of them had lunch recently and talked about their experiences in Evergreen.

  • Bergens set to celebrate 40 years of teaching Evergreen’s kids

    The Bergens are inviting former students and staff to take a walk down memory lane during the two-day celebration of the schools’ 40 years of teaching elementary students.

    The celebration will be Nov. 4 and 5 at Bergen Meadow Elementary School. Organizers hope that former students, parents of former students, and anyone in the community associated with the Bergens will attend the weekend’s events.

  • EHS students celebrate differences on Diversity Day

    Diversity. Inclusiveness. Acceptance.

    Those words describe the goals of Evergreen High School’s first ever Diversity Day on Friday.

    Students spent the morning learning about everything from Evergreen’s homeless to salsa dancing. They heard from speakers telling about the Lost Boys of the Sudan to what it’s like to be a hearing child of deaf parents.

  • Bergens honor community heroes

    Students at the Bergens honored everyday heroes — the people who help make them safe — in a ceremony on Monday in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    The Bergens’ Hero Day, also in its 10th anniversary, was a bigger celebration this year. For the past nine years, only the Bergen Meadow Elementary students came outside to sing patriotic songs, wave flags and give thank-you banners to community heroes. This year, students from Bergen Valley Elementary joined in.

  • Many parents unfazed by transportation fee

    Fees to ride school buses this year imposed by the Jefferson County School District don’t seem to be outwardly ruffling a lot of parental feathers.

    However, some area PTA presidents are concerned for families who might need to pay several hundred dollars to get their children to and from school on the bus.

  • Amid budget cutbacks, schools expect a smooth year

    Despite a few bumps along the way, the teachers, administrators and staff in Evergreen schools are excited about a new school year.

    Students return to classrooms next week, and despite district-wide budget cuts, they won’t see huge differences. Principals say they tried to keep the budget cuts as far away from classrooms as possible.

    However, class sizes are a bit larger, there’s less money for supplies, and some teacher aides have disappeared.

  • Jeffco students show slight improvement on CSAP tests

    Jeffco Public Schools showed slight improvements this year in most Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, though the percentage of students rated as proficient or advanced dipped in several instances.

    The most consistent gains were seen in science, for which only grades five, eight and 10 are tested. Across the district, the amount of 10th-graders scoring proficient or higher grew by 5 percentage points over 2010, and smaller increases were seen for fifth- and eighth-graders.

  • EMS eighth-graders ‘get out of their bubble’

    The eighth-graders at Evergreen Middle School went down the hill recently to lend their support to area nonprofits to help others in need.

    Their work ranged from helping at dog shelters and food banks to helping out at Children’s Hospital and working at parks as part of the annual community service project.

    “When you can engage kids and make it personal, learning happens,” said social studies teacher Jayme Blinco. “We wanted to take kids out of Evergreen, to take them out of their bubble. They are seeing reality, and it hits them.”