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Education

  • Key back-to-school dates

    • Evergreen High School

    Aug. 17: Fall sports begin

    Aug. 20, 7:48 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Freshmen orientation

    Aug. 23: Freshmen orientation continues and first day of school for upperclassmen

    Aug. 25, 8 to 9 a.m.: Club/activity fair

    Aug. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-School Night

    • Evergreen Middle School

    Aug. 13, 8 to 11 a.m.: Registration for students who moved to Evergreen over the summer and any students who did not register in the spring

  • Lesson plans: National honor society now at King-Murphy

    Recognizing student achievement at the elementary school level usually takes the form of certificates or an awards ceremony.

    At King-Murphy Elementary School, rewarding student achievement has a new form: membership in the National Elementary Honor Society at the school.

    Forty-three fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders were inducted April 8 into King-Murphy’s School in the Sky chapter. The chapter received its charter from the national organization on Oct. 15, 2009.

  • RMAE eighth-graders saying goodbye to home away from home

    The 39 eighth-graders at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen will have their continuation ceremony on Thursday to mark their departure from the school and entrance into high school.

    That is not unusual for any eighth-grade class.

    What is unusual is that 12 of the 39 students began at Rocky Mountain Academy as kindergartners, and this is the first group of students to attend the school for nine years.

    Those 12 in particular are saying goodbye to their home away from home and their classmates, who are more like siblings.

  • Lesson Plans: EMS students set to launch musical

    More than 50 Evergreen Middle School students have been practicing nightly in anticipation of their performance of the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”

    The show, which is the full-length version of the musical, will run more than two hours, according to Missy Calkin, instrumental music teacher and one of the show’s directors. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19 in the school’s cafetorium. Tickets are $5.

  • Lesson Plans: Wilmot first-graders sending school supplies to Haiti

    Never underestimate the compassion first-graders have for other children.

    After hearing about the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the first-graders in Sue Queen's class at Wilmot Elementary School decided to send their extra school supplies to help first-graders in Haiti.

    Queen explains that the students have been learning about weather, so recently they've seen a lot of pictures about floods, tornadoes and other weather-related events. Last week, they saw pictures of the results of the earthquake in Haiti.

  • Marshdale’s morning meetings an important part of school day

    The first 20 minutes of the day at Marshdale Elementary School are sacred.

    No announcements, no pulling students out of classrooms, no disturbances whatsoever.

    That’s because students are involved in their classes’ morning meetings.

    The meetings are a chance for students to greet each other and make some connections to the learning of the day, said principal Christie Frost.

  • New program connects students to learning

    Evergreen Middle School is offering classes for students that aren’t the typical language arts, math and science.

    Called Connections, the classes dovetail with existing curriculum but are meant to foster student interest in other topics. Classes include crime scene investigation, the geography of Australia, video game creation, newspaper, field ecology and a look at J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.

    In addition, students who need extra help in English and math can get tutoring.

  • Lesson Plans: Feline Football puts moms in the mix

    Last year’s first-ever Feline Football game has turned into this year’s full-fledged football tournament — with eight teams, cheerleaders, kids’ activities and family fun.

    The moms’ football tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Graham Field by Bergen Valley Elementary School. The event benefits the PTAs at the participating schools.

  • Alamosa trip a life lesson for Montessori students

    Four Evergreen Montessori School eighth-graders had a four-day trip of a lifetime over the summer to learn about another culture — and they never left Colorado.

    The students traveled with school director Beth Heller-Atencio to Alamosa in the San Luis Valley to practice their Spanish and to help others.

    The students stayed in the home of an Alamosa family, where they received cooking lessons. Then they put those lessons to good use by cooking at a homeless shelter.

  • Growing better schools

    Change is a constant at Evergreen schools. As the new year approaches, parents and students should be aware of what will be new and different at their schools. Following is a sampling of some of the change happening this month.

    Jeffco Schools policy changes

    At the Jefferson County district level, three new policies will affect parents and students.