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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kids in need enjoy back-to-school shopping spree

    Ariana Angell, 9, of Evergreen walked among the rows of brightly colored shirts, pants, skirts, dresses and hair accessories. She had two hours and $70 to buy whatever clothes she wanted to wear to school this year.

    Her grandmother Kristi held up an outfit and asked Ariana if she liked it.

    “It looks too much like pajamas,” Ariana said, shaking her head.

  • Evergreen schools, students prepare for new year

    Students preparing to go back to school were given a confidence boost Sunday at United Methodist Church of Evergreen during the annual blessing of the backpacks.

    During the 10:30 service, Pastor Russell Fletcher called all children to the front, where they each received a church backpack. Some brought their own, too.

    Part of Fletcher’s blessing thanked God for sending Jesus to school, where he “learned to serve you.”

  • School board votes to put tax increase, bond on ballot

    After months of deliberation, the Jeffco school board on Aug. 2 formally approved resolutions to put a proposed $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase that would generate $33 million annually on the November ballot.

    At last week’s special meeting of the board, members voted unanimously to put both measures on the ballot this fall, saying it’s time for the district to put its financial future into its own hands.

  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag for Jeffco

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills.