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Education

  • Students escape comfort zones at Lab School

    Members of the Raccoon Group carefully made their way onto the rustic teeter-totter, sidestepping across and providing more room for the next person. Some of the kids quoted the “Cha Cha Slide” song: “Slide to the left. Slide to the right.”

  • RMAE kids sing a Thanksgiving tribute for family, friends

    Attalie Wardell was forthright on Nov. 16 about what the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen preschoolers were about to do:

    “We’re going to have a show!” the 4-year-old explained.

    Her classmate Cora Gregory added: “We are singing for our families. We are thankful for our moms and dads.”

    And 4-year-old Max Bergner finished the explanation: “We love our families.”

  • Officials waiting for dust to settle at embattled charter school

    Officials at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen are waiting for the dust to settle to see how many students return to the charter school after the school board decided unanimously Oct. 26 to fire executive director Roberta Harrell, then voted 4-3 to reinstate six faculty members who were fired the week before.

    As the turmoil reached its height last week, an undetermined number of parents pulled their children out of RMAE and moved them to other schools, including Evergreen and Clear Creek middle schools.

  • Jeffco students named National Merit semifinalists

    Nearly two dozen Jeffco high-schoolers have been named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholar Program, including two mountain area students and 10 students at high schools in the South Jeffco area.

  • Fun run at Evergreen Country Day has a serious side

    As each of the 200-plus sneaker-clad students rounded the corner of Evergreen Country Day School, they were given a quarter to place in a bucket.

    The process repeated each time the students completed a lap.

    In Brad Davies’ eyes, this was a chance for all of his students to give back to their school, and he hoped it would ultimately help them develop generosity as a habit.

    “We’re cultivating the next generation of philanthropists,” said Davies, who is the head of school.

  • King-Murphy’s Unique Tea celebrates kids’ individuality

    Just call Ryan Sandblom “Captain One Sock.”

    According to his dad, the King-Murphy Elementary School kindergartner loses his socks so frequently that his family began referring to him by that nickname. But it’s just one of the ways in which Lee Sandblom says his son is unique.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Conifer, Columbine students place third in international competition

    A team of students from Columbine and Conifer high schools participated in the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals earlier this year after taking top honors at the Colorado state tournament in May.

  • Assessments explored as possible graduation requirement

    Members of the class of 2021 could have some extra challenges to meet if they want to reach the finish line and graduate from Jeffco Public Schools — namely, the ability to pass a final assessment exam.

    At last week’s school board meeting, district staff presented a proposal to revise the district’s graduation goals, most of which are based on Jeffco’s “2020 Vision” plan and 2013 graduation requirements.

  • Students honor local heroes on 9/11 anniversary

    Children at Bergen Meadow Elementary School were challenged on Monday to be first responders in their own lives by performing acts of kindness, caring for one another and reaching out to neighbors.

    Principal Peggy Miller — as part of the annual Hero Day ceremony — also explained to students in preschool through second grade about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in age-appropriate terms and reminded them of local heroes who keep them safe.

  • Running in the rain

    A little rain last Friday morning didn’t prevent about 60 Parmalee Elementary students from running or walking around a quarter-mile course on the school grounds.

    The kids have started running before classes on Wednesdays and Fridays as part of the school’s new 100 Mile Club, in which the students pledge to run, walk or jog 100 miles in a school year. Several parents and teachers joined in the activity on Friday, staying cool in the rain shower.