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Education

  • Conservative board members approve $9,500 in bonuses for superintendent

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee will be paid $9,500 in bonuses after his first year of work, the outgoing school board decided on a 3-2 vote Nov. 5.

    McMinimee’s awards represent 24 percent of possible bonuses in his contract. The bonuses hinged on his meeting goals set by the district and the school board.

  • Veteran EHS teacher receives the Hero Award

    Tears were shed when Evergreen High veteran social studies teacher Scott Haebe was told he was one of three Jeffco teachers receiving the Hero Award this year.

    Science teacher Ali Meyers made the presentation at a recent faculty meeting. Meyers knows Haebe both as a colleague and as one of her teachers/mentors when she was an EHS student.

    She fought back tears as she talked about the impact Haebe has had on her life and on the lives of students and colleagues.

  • Pumpkin proves to be great geography teacher

    Marshdale Elementary fifth-graders decorated pumpkins for Halloween, though not in the traditional sense.

    The students turned 29 pumpkins into globes featuring continents, oceans, mountain ranges and rivers, and the pumpkin globes are displayed in businesses throughout Conifer, Marshdale and Evergreen.

    By creating the world pumpkins, the students learned about geography and working with partners, and they embraced the unique Halloween decorating experience.

    The globe pumpkins were not carved; rather, they were painted with bright colors.

  • Science is putty in their hands

    What could be more fun for youngsters than making homemade Silly Putty during their Halloween celebration?

    Parmalee Elementary students were treated to spooky science assemblies on Friday that also featured chemistry lessons. The students were divided into two groups starting with the kindergartners through second-graders. The children sat in the gym holding bags of white stuff that they squished to make the putty.

    The bags contained equal amounts of glue and cornstarch. Sometimes more glue had to be added.

  • BYOD program at Evergreen Middle has students bringing their own devices

    Evergreen Middle School is planning to start a program called BYOD — bring your own device — in January that will have students bring tablet-like electronic devices to school every day for use in classes.

    “This doesn’t mean that they will use the tablets in every class every minute of the day,” said principal Joelle Broberg. “It means the technology will be available when it is appropriate in the classroom.”

  • 8th-graders at EMS take field trip to Elk Meadow

    Nearly 240 Evergreen Middle School eighth-graders recently traversed Elk Meadow to experience what it must have been like for the Lewis and Clark expedition — the explorers who mapped most of the western United States in the early 19th century.

    Students mapped Elk Meadow’s physical features and cataloged the plants and animals they found. They realized that, as part of the first-explorers scenario, they could name different parts of Elk Meadow what they wanted.

  • Regan Benson, candidate in District 5

    School board candidate Regan Benson, a former Jeffco parent and a longtime vocal critic of past school board members, said her rocky relationship with the board spurred her candidacy and her call for higher academic standards.

    Benson is running for the District 5 seat currently held by recall target Ken Witt. Also in the District 5 race are veteran Jeffco educator Ron Mitchell and former school board member Paula Noonan. 

  • Sculptures lend class to EHS halls

    Sculptures adorn sections of the Evergreen High hallways, thanks to the school’s sculpture class.

    “The idea was to have students create something where the chosen site is enlivened … to bring attention to a place,” art teacher Matt Clagett said. “The intention is to transform the space.”

    He called them installation site sculptures. Clagett said he wanted the sculptures to be interactive, but that wasn’t a requirement.

  • Knowledge blooms among Bergen Meadow pupils

    A Bergen Meadow second-grade classroom looked more like an art museum recently, with depictions of flowers hanging around the room.

    The pictures created by the children were of zinneas, columbines, hydrangea and lotus.

    Second-graders in Michelle Feola’s class have been writing descriptive paragraphs about flowers — and as the final part of the project, they used crepe paper, construction paper and some ingenuity to make 3-D depictions of their blooms.

  • King-Murphy students chase their dreams

    It was all about running laps, having fun and raising money for the King-Murphy Elementary School PTA on Sept. 17.

    Students from preschool to sixth grade participated in an Apex Fun Run on the school’s turf field. A lap was about one-sixteenth of a mile, and students were encouraged to run the equivalent of 2 miles — though some more than exceeded that goal.