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Education

  • 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.

  • Going green: Leprechaun snares gold, eludes the traps set by Parmalee students

    Never underestimate the ingenuity of a leprechaun.

    A wily leprechaun visited Brandy Gulliford’s kindergarten classroom at Parmalee Elementary School last week, and he was so clever that he sprung each of the 26 traps the children made and made off with some of the fake gold coins they left as bait.

    The children came into the classroom March 10 to discover that the sprite had been up to his tricks, and they also found that he had left behind a shoe. The children tried on the shoe, and one girl even started doing an Irish jig, because the shoe was magical.

  • Construction at RMAE provides multipurpose room, more classrooms

    The cast of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen’s middle school musical, “The Pirates of Penzance,” has been able to practice in the school’s new multipurpose room.

    The spacious room is part of a lower level that was added to the easternmost building of the school at 2959 Royale Elk Way.

    The multipurpose room is used, for example, as a cafeteria, for school assemblies, for physical education classes and as a place for students to have recess when the weather is poor. And it also makes a good rehearsal room.

  • Cool cats at Wilmot keep reading under their hats

    The Cat in the Hat and his friends were alive and well at Wilmot Elementary School on Feb. 25 as everyone from the small to the tall celebrated Read Across America.

    The national celebration honors Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, who was born on March 2, 1904.  Although Geisel died in 1991, his legacy of wanting children to read lives on through Read Across America. The program is sponsored by the National Education Association, and its goal is for every child to read on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This year, Jeffco schools set Feb. 25 for the celebration.

  • EMS students have rich experience with ‘Fiddler’

    The strains of Broadway musical show tunes are once again filling the halls of Evergreen Middle School.

    This time it’s “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” as 60 students prepare to perform “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 in the school cafeteria.

    “This is one of my favorite shows,” said director and instrumental music teacher Missy Calkin. “I performed in this show when I was in high school.”

  • Lessons in change

    Fourth- and fifth-graders at Marshdale Elementary School learned an important lesson Friday: They can make a difference at their school.
    The children went through a half-day workshop with representatives from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation in which they identified problems at the school and created a list of solutions.

  • Sole of fun: Marshdale students shed their shoes, don party hats

    The fun on Friday lasted the entire school day at Marshdale Elementary School as students celebrated the holiday season with high-energy fun, holiday treats, gift wishes and a special-delivery message for the kindergartners.
    The school held its Winter Carnival in lieu of individual class parties, and Kirsten Hollander, PTA president, said the day was all about controlled chaos.

  • Wilmot kids spice up caper

    The holidays are a time to celebrate many traditions, and at Wilmot Elementary School, the second-graders’ tradition of performing “The Gingerbread Kid Caper” continued its 11-year legacy last week.
    The 18 children in Susan Jeffres’ class wore aprons and homemade chef’s hats, and stood behind tables with paper scenery that looked like a kitchen. Strewn on the tables were cookie cutters and rolling pins.

  • Lesson Plans: Painter teaches Wilmot kids all the right moves

    Painting is like a game of chess, because there are a lot of steps before you get to the end, the Wilmot Elementary School artist-in-residence told fourth-graders recently.
    Some steps are simple, but some are complex, and if you pay attention, the painting will tell you what it needs, painter Virginia Unseld told them.
    “Listen to your painting. It will give you information,” she said, as she demonstrated how to paint yellow-leaved aspens with a backdrop of blue Colorado sky and winter brown grass.