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Education

  • Elementary students become SuperFit during outdoor event

    Many kids have played the “floor is lava” game, and West Jefferson Elementary students have the wristbands to prove they mastered it.

    On Oct. 19, West Jeff hosted a SuperFit Challenge for the students outside, which included obstacle courses, questions about nutrition, and the opportunity to hula-hoop and jump rope.

  • West Jeff Middle School parents working to beautify school's exterior

    A group of West Jefferson Middle School parents is collaborating with local businesses and community members to give the school's entryway a face-lift.

    The "Change the Face of West Jeff" campaign has raised more than $10,000, and almost $30,000 in supplies and services has been donated to the effort.

  • Fun for thought: Parmalee tradition moves indoors

    Coen Kenny’s eyes lit up as his paper airplane launched high into the air and shot across the gym at Parmalee Elementary School.

    “Wow. I like this one best,” he said with a grin, gesturing to the wooden launcher that shot paper airplanes sequentially.

    Kenny was just one of hundreds of Parmalee students who attended the school’s annual Fall Family Fun Night on Oct. 19. Though the event is generally held outside and includes relay races and obstacle courses, it was moved indoors this year to accommodate cooler weather.

  • Author recounts his animal adventures for Parmalee students

    Students at Parmalee Elementary received a lesson in science when Roland Smith, a former zookeeper, biologist and author of more than 40 books, visited the school last week, on Oct 10.

    “When I left the Portland zoo, I was this senior feline keeper. Can you say that?” Smith asked the younger crew of students who attended his first presentation of the morning.

    “Senior feline keeper!” the crowd answered.

  • High school students learn in high-tech sandbox

    Evergreen High School students haven’t outgrown playing in a sandbox. In fact, the students have been using their Augmented Reality Sandbox to study volcanoes and topographical maps.

    Science teacher Stephanie Seevers had her freshmen earth science class use the sandbox last week as they worked on group projects to build “shield” volcanoes and “stratovolcanoes.”

  • LESSON PLANS: RMAE introduces students to art of woodworking

    Students at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen have been learning to measure, saw and nail as part of a new woodworking class offered to its middle-schoolers.

    The first task for this class of seven students — five girls and two boys — was to create its workshop inside a shed. The students installed windows and wallboard, and teacher Ian Dunbar will add work stations and a demonstration table.

    Dunbar, the school’s technology teacher, has an affinity for woodworking and has taken classes at Red Rocks Community College.

  • Fun run raises funds, community spirit at King-Murphy

    The King-Murphy PTA’s second annual fun run fund-raiser on Friday morning was a success in several ways:

    • Students enjoyed the 38-degree fresh air as they ran laps around the turf field. Most of the younger students ran at least 1.5 miles in about 30 minutes, with a few running closer to 3 miles. The first group included the preschoolers through second-graders, with the older students running later.

  • Former member of board questions tax increase, bond

    Jeffco Public Schools faced some staunch opposition last week to the bond and mill levy it hopes voters will approve on Election Day in November.

    At an election forum held at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen on Sept. 27, former school board member Laura Boggs highlighted what she sees as long-term financial ramifications of the proposed $535 million bond issue and $33 million property-tax increase intended to go toward facilities upgrades, compensation and other needs in the district.

  • Students tackle assignment right on the dot

    Parmalee Elementary was inundated with dots on Sept. 16 — dotted clothes, dot stickers, dot activities, dot assignments, dotted food, dotted walls.

    The dots had a positive message for students, faculty and staff: Even a tiny mark such as a dot can have huge positive consequences.

    “We’re just crazy with dots,” said first/second-grade teacher Julia Davis.

  • Faith organizations to hold public discussion on mental health resources in Jeffco schools

    Golden’s Jefferson Unitarian Church, along with Together Colorado, a multi-faith community organization, will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss mental health resources available in Jeffco Public Schools.

    Featuring speakers from the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, the Second Wind Fund, and several Jeffco Public Schools teachers and personnel, the meeting will focus on teen suicide prevention and support of “student resilience and mental health."