• Weather precipitates creativity among young writers

    It was ironic that several students at the Young Writers Conference last Thursday titled their books “The Crazy Weather.”

    The plots weren’t about a huge snowstorm like the one that hit the mountain area over the weekend. Instead, they were about taco and rotten-banana rain, rainbow sand and fog, and marshmallow and book precipitation. Second-graders at Bergen Meadow told a facilitator that crazy weather had been a writing prompt in school.

  • School board won’t change former superintendent’s separation pact

    Jeffco school board President Ron Mitchell said the board will not change the separation agreement of former superintendent Cindy Stevenson, but instead will “clarify” parts of the pact that banned her from volunteering in schools.

    School board members in March considered renegotiating Stevenson’s separation agreement to let her volunteer at district schools. 

  • School board mulls budget decisions, increasing employee compensation

    Employee compensation and budgetary concerns largely dominated the Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday. 

    In a meeting that stretched almost to midnight, the board spent much of the time discussing how to address its top priority: increasing educator compensation in order to attract and retain talent within the school district.

  • Jeffco school board reviewing Stevenson’s separation agreement

     Jeffco school board members plan to renegotiate the separation agreement of former superintendent Cindy Stevenson to allow her to volunteer at district schools.

  • Ending performance pay would cost $3.5 million

    Ending the controversial policy that links teacher pay to performance evaluations — a hallmark of the conservative school board majority that was recalled last November — would initially cost $3.5 million, the Jeffco school district’s human resources chief said last Thursday.

  • Local students get creative in film and song

    Two young aspiring songwriters and an aspiring filmmaker will have their work judged on the national level.

    They are students at The Bergens, and they participated in the PTA’s Reflections program. Their songs and film were ranked so highly at the state competition that they’re headed to the national judging. Top entries will be announced May 1.

    The top entry in each category gets an $800 scholarship and a trip to the national PTA convention in July to receive the award.

  • Parmalee students volunteer at EChO food bank

    Sixteen helping hands put coffee and pepper into small containers — separate containers, obviously — on March 16 for clients of Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    Eight students from the Parmalee Elementary Leadership Council spent two hours at the food bank learning more about what it takes to feed those in need in Evergreen and serving their community.

    They divided large containers of both coffee and pepper into smaller portions. While one student marked a container, another dished the coffee or pepper into the containers without the two mingling.

  • Board approves ‘certificates of participation’ to finance school construction

    Jeffco’s school board on March 3 unanimously agreed to issue $48 million in certificates of participation to finance building a new school in Arvada and upgrading and expanding another.

    The board has agreed to use the funding method to build a K-8 school in the Candelas development to meet projected enrollment growth, and to build long-planned additions to Sierra Elementary School.

  • First-graders present a patriotic program

    Sometimes first-graders can hit the nail on the head.

    Abby Foster, 7, a first-grader at Bergen Meadow Elementary, explained the essence of a recent program for parents about U.S. history as her class headed for rehearsal.

    “We’re singing songs,” she said matter-of-factly. “We’re saying words in the microphone. We are giving speeches about how America grew and the people who helped it.”

    She continued: “We worked really hard to memorize all this stuff.”

  • RMAE teaches about kindness through performance

    Kindness is powerful is the message of an original musical that fourth- and fifth-graders at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen are performing this weekend.

    Kindness changes the school culture and the attitude of bullies in the show, titled “Rise of the RAK Ninjas.” It was written and directed by the school’s elementary music teacher, Don Williams.

    RAK stands for Random Acts of Kindness. RMAE works with the RAK Foundation to conduct research on the outcomes of teaching kindness.