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Education

  • 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.”

  • Evergreen Country Day students run to raise funds

    Ask the students at Evergreen Country Day School to go the distance, and they do — running 465.75 miles to promote fitness and to raise money for scholarships to the school.

    The 200 students in preschool through eighth grade ran along a quarter-mile course around the school near El Rancho for two hours on May 13, the equivalent of running from the school to Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Interfaith service gives a grads a spiritual boost

    Conifer and Evergreen high school graduates were given blessings from several faiths on Sunday at The Barn in Marshdale as the students prepare to start their journey into the future.

    More than a half dozen clergy representing a foothills interfaith group conducted the service, called Blessing You on Your Journey, with about two dozen people, including a couple of seniors, attending.

    The audience heard blessings from religions including the Christian, Buddhist, Jewish and Hindu faiths and listened to inspirational music.

  • Marshdale students get down to earth

    For students at Marshdale Elementary School, Earth Day was more than just a regular school day. Parents, teachers and PTA members transformed the day into an experiential learning celebration so students could discover ways to become environmental stewards both in and out of the classroom.

  • Fifth-place finish sweet for Poms at nationals

    Surreal, like a dream and a cherry on the top of the cake were terms used by the captains of the Evergreen Poms as they recalled taking fifth place nationally earlier this year in a dance team competition.

    The team of 17 girls performed in the Universal Dance Association competition in Florida in a field of 80 teams from public, private and performance high schools. The team performed a traditional hip-hop routine with a lot of tricks.

    The competition among the teams was tough.

  • Library interns get a read on their duties

    The librarian at Wilmot Elementary School has been able to turn a negative into a positive.

    When the library aide position was cut at the school, librarian Michele Bergeron-Coldsnow thought about who might be available to help with the day-to-day operations in the library. She turned to the school’s fifth-graders and created eight positions called library apprentices.