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Education

  • 8th-graders at EMS take field trip to Elk Meadow

    Nearly 240 Evergreen Middle School eighth-graders recently traversed Elk Meadow to experience what it must have been like for the Lewis and Clark expedition — the explorers who mapped most of the western United States in the early 19th century.

    Students mapped Elk Meadow’s physical features and cataloged the plants and animals they found. They realized that, as part of the first-explorers scenario, they could name different parts of Elk Meadow what they wanted.

  • Sculptures lend class to EHS halls

    Sculptures adorn sections of the Evergreen High hallways, thanks to the school’s sculpture class.

    “The idea was to have students create something where the chosen site is enlivened … to bring attention to a place,” art teacher Matt Clagett said. “The intention is to transform the space.”

    He called them installation site sculptures. Clagett said he wanted the sculptures to be interactive, but that wasn’t a requirement.

  • Tori Merritts, school board candidate in District 4

    Tori Merritts, a former Jeffco school board member of nine years, said she is running for the board again because the school district needs someone experienced to provide guidance.

  • King-Murphy students chase their dreams

    It was all about running laps, having fun and raising money for the King-Murphy Elementary School PTA on Sept. 17.

    Students from preschool to sixth grade participated in an Apex Fun Run on the school’s turf field. A lap was about one-sixteenth of a mile, and students were encouraged to run the equivalent of 2 miles — though some more than exceeded that goal.

  • Knowledge blooms among Bergen Meadow pupils

    A Bergen Meadow second-grade classroom looked more like an art museum recently, with depictions of flowers hanging around the room.

    The pictures created by the children were of zinneas, columbines, hydrangea and lotus.

    Second-graders in Michelle Feola’s class have been writing descriptive paragraphs about flowers — and as the final part of the project, they used crepe paper, construction paper and some ingenuity to make 3-D depictions of their blooms.

  • School board candidates face off in first public forum

    Nine of the 12 people vying for the five seats on the Jeffco school board faced off Aug. 31 at the first public forum of the election cycle, hosted by Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

    Board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, the targets of a recall effort, all attended, each emphasizing talking points about accomplishments since their election to the board in 2013.

  • School district staffers: Facilities needs are ‘urgent’

    The facility needs at Jeffco Public Schools are urgent, and a plan to open a new school in the northern part of the district won’t keep pace with anticipated growth in that area, district COO Steve Bell told school board members at an Aug. 27 meeting.

  • County clerk says recall will be on Nov. 3 ballot

    The recall question targeting the three conservative members of the Jeffco school board will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, according to a spokeswoman from the county clerk’s office.

  • Montessori student organizes effort to help feathered friends with feeders

    Birds are in for a treat this fall thanks to two dozen volunteers who slathered peanut butter on huge pinecones and sprinkled bird seed and other avian delicacies onto them.

    The pinecone bird feeders have been wrapped and are for sale at Evergreen Christian Outreach’s Resale Store in the Evergreen North shopping center.

  • School district, teachers union preparing for contract negotiations

    Jeffco Public Schools leaders said Jan. 28 they expect teacher pay and teacher recruitment and retention will be priorities during upcoming contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association.

    The district and teachers union will start contract negotiations Saturday, district human resources director Amy Weber said — less than a year after the last 10-month pact was implemented.

    Negotiations last year on the current union contract encountered several issues, including the contract’s 10-month duration; it expires June 30.