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Education

  • Class sizes, teacher pay top parents’ priorities

    Keeping class sizes low and increasing pay for teachers and staff were the top two priorities of about 100 mountain area parents, teachers, administrators and community members as they considered what should be included in the Jeffco Public Schools 2014-15 budget.

    Also high on the list were early literacy programs, elementary math instruction, infrastructure in schools to operate necessary technology, and elective classes.

  • Celebrating multicultural heritage at Bergen Meadow Elementary

    Dancing the polka and listening to melodic Mexican music, youngsters at Bergen Meadow Elementary School were soaking up international culture while having a lot of fun last Wednesday.

    Parents of students in kindergarten through second grade also took park in the first Heritage Cultural Celebration at the school, with activities provided just for the older set.

    “Parents chose to represent a culture they are knowledgeable about,” said Danielle Askinazy, a Jeffco ESL teacher who planned the event.

  • Class sizes, teacher pay top parents’ priorities

    Keeping class sizes low and increasing pay for teachers and staff were the top two priorities of about 100 mountain area parents, teachers, administrators and community members as they considered what should be included in the Jeffco Public Schools 2014-15 budget.

    Also high on the list were early literacy programs, elementary math instruction, infrastructure in schools to operate necessary technology, and elective classes.

  • Stevenson gets $204,194 in separation agreement

    Former Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson received $204,194 in her separation agreement with the district after her last day Feb. 21.

    On Nov. 7, two days after the new conservative majority was elected to the school board, Stevenson announce she would retire effective June 30. On Feb. 8, she said she wasn’t trusted by the new board majority and asked the board to approve an earlier exit.

  • School board doesn’t appoint interim superintendent

    Jeffco Public Schools’ core leadership team will continue to act as superintendent for the rest of the school year as the Board of Education moves forward with its search for a successor to Cindy Stevenson.

    After discussion at the board’s meeting last Thursday, no change was made to the previous week’s decision not to appoint an individual to serve as interim superintendent. 

    On Feb. 18, the board voted 3-2 not to make a temporary appointment, with the agreement that the board would discuss the topic again Feb. 27.

  • Spelling it out: Evergreen students show off their knowledge during area bee

    It’s difficult enough to spell some English words correctly, let alone French words that are part of the English language.

    Ask the two finalists in the Evergreen Area Spelling Bee. In the final round of the bee last Thursday, they drew the words “fait accompli” and “bourgeois.”

    Katherine Ashby, a fifth-grader at Wilmot, spelled “fait accompli” correctly. The second-place finisher, Keaton Gressman, a Bergen Valley fifth-grader, had trouble with “bourgeois.”

  • Iowa-based firm will search for new school superintendent

    The Jeffco school board has selected a search firm to help find the successor to former superintendent Cindy Stevenson.

    The board heard presentations from two search firms at its Feb. 18 study session, and Ray and Associates was selected to find potential candidates to lead Colorado’s largest school district.

    Iowa-based Ray and Associates will charge $44,580 for its search, which will include conducting community meetings, recruiting, screening, interviewing and selecting a final pool of candidates.

  • Students wax knowledgeable about presidents

    President Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon.

    President John F. Kennedy was the first president who had been a Boy Scout.

    President James Madison was only 5-foot-4 and weighed 100 pounds.

    President Barack Obama has read all of the “Harry Potter” books.

    President Andrew Johnson grew up learning to be a tailor, so he made all of his own clothes while president.

  • Schools’ leadership team acting as interim superintendent

    Jeffco schools’ leadership team will act as the district’s superintendent for at least one week, the Board of Education decided on Feb. 18.

    The leadership team is made up of Marcia Anker, chief school effectiveness officer; Heather Beck, chief academic officer; Lorrie Gillis, chief financial officer; and Steve Bell, the district’s chief operating officer.

    The arrangement will most likely be short-lived, however, as the board will discuss and vote on an interim superintendent at its Feb. 27 meeting.

  • Evergreen High color guard committed to excellence in both seasons

    In Evergreen High School’s winter color guard program, the motto is: “Don’t practice until you get it right; practice so you don’t get it wrong.”

    The 10 girls and one guy in the program practice what their motto preaches as they throw flags, sabers and guns high into the air — in unison, no less — catching them with apparent ease.