• Through the glass, creatively

    The “big reveal” — as Evergreen Middle School art teacher Ann Simpson called it — of eighth-graders’ projects on Friday was very revealing.

    The art students’ projects — 6-inch-by-6-inch glass dishes that they spent days meticulously creating — were under a sheet on a table in the art room, ready to be seen for the first time. To make the moment even more memorable, Simpson brought a music student with a snare drum to supply a drumroll as the sheet was lifted.

  • School district, teachers open talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union waded into collective bargaining last week, and while pledges of cooperation remain in the air, some friction around compensation has already made an early appearance.

    The union’s entire contract is on the table this year, and the district and the union spent most of their first two sessions laying out each side’s specific interests and defining logistics for how bargaining sessions would be structured. Negotiations could run through May.

  • Pay raises urged for principals, assistant principals

    Jeffco Public Schools should pay higher salaries to its principals and assistant principals, teachers who hold relevant master's degrees, and staff in hard-to-fill positions, the district’s human resources chief said at a March 5 school board meeting.

    As the district moves into its budget season and gears up for contract negotiations with the teachers union, chief human resources officer Amy Weber recommended that board members consider instituting the pay changes to make the district more competitive. 

  • Student-based budgeting lets principals get a jump on hiring

    Several months into Jeffco Public Schools’ implementation of student-based budgeting, area principals are saying the new policy gives them the ability to react quickly to their schools' hiring needs.

  • EHS teacher gets a soldier’s sendoff

    For the past eight years, Evergreen High School teacher Michael Poynter has dedicated himself to teaching science.

    For the next seven months, Poynter will dedicate himself to the military, returning to active duty with the inspector general’s office.

  • Union seeks to protect names of teachers absent during sick-out

    A lawsuit filed by Jeffco’s teachers union in an attempt to protect the names of teachers who missed school during a “sick-out” last fall has shifted the district’s simmering discord to the judicial arena.

    An injunction issued last week prevents the district from any further release of the names of teachers who were absent last Sept. 19 — at least until a district court hearing scheduled for May 15.

  • Kindergartners strut their stuff on fashion runway

    Even with no red carpet or high-fashion models, the King-Murphy kindergarten international fashion show was every bit a spectacle of beautiful costumes from different regions of the globe and a hit with parents.

    This year, the fashion show was set up in the gym, with Mary Pat Maroney’s second-grade class in the audience, along with parents and grandparents. School secretary Shirley Simon was the emcee, discussing the outfits that ranged from kimonos to sombreros.

  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ brings sweet performances to EMS

    The Oompa-Loompas will visit Evergreen Middle School on Friday and Saturday, when “Willy Wonka Jr.” is performed by the school’s choral music students.

    The show is based on the book “Willy Wonka,” so the plot is a bit different than the Gene Wilder movie. But the students will be treated to old friends such as Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, his Uncle Joe and the other difficult children who find golden tickets.

  • Jeffco school board member supports guns in schools

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the board’s only vote for a resolution supporting state legislation that would permit the carrying of concealed weapons in public schools.

    “Repealing the gun-free school zone act will empower our nation’s schoolteachers, faculty and law-abiding parents to ensure the safety and well-being of our children,” Williams said at the Feb. 5 school board meeting.

  • Evergreen High students find career paths at Warren Tech

    Students at Evergreen High School are making decisions about future professions while taking courses at Warren Tech, the career and technical high school for Jeffco Public Schools. 

    Evergreen High senior Morgan Hays is developing a device to remove carbon dioxide from space stations in a class she’s taking at Warren Tech.

    When astronauts are in their sleeping quarters in space stations, the levels of carbon dioxide rise, Morgan explained.