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Education

  • Parents can opt out of system for storing student info

    Parents of students in Jeffco Public Schools will now be able to opt out of the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

    That announcement came at a school board meeting Sept. 19, after months of controversy related to parental concerns about the security of the cloud-based data storage system, and about the student information that will be collected.

  • Bergen students honor heroes at 9/11 commemoration

    It was raining last Wednesday, and rain was flowing in the form of tears from the adults who gathered with students for Bergen Meadow Elementary School’s annual Hero Day to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001.

    While the students listened with interest to the presentation about local heroes — the men and women who work in law enforcement and as firefighters and paramedics — the adults were fighting back tears during the commemoration of 9/11.

    “This is a tear jerker,” Evergreen Fire/Rescue paramedic Bob Walter said after the ceremony.

  • King-Murphy principal vows to continue pursuit of excellence

    King-Murphy Elementary School’s principal has what she calls the “what’s around the bend” philosophy.

    When Heidi Lupinacci, her husband, Joe, and two children go camping, they push each other to go a little farther — to find out what’s around the next curve in the road or over the next hill.

    That personal philosophy can be applied to her approach to the principal position at King-Murphy. She’s excited about the challenges that await her.

  • New Marshdale principal ‘all about transparency’

    A trip to the principal’s office might seem daunting, but Marshdale Elementary’s new principal, Christian Kingsbury, wants to change that.

     

    “My door is always open, and I’m willing to talk about anything,” Kingsbury said. “What are we doing? What’s best for the kids? I’m all about complete transparency.”

  • Stevenson fields questions from parents

    The “Leading Innovation” meeting at Evergreen High School on Monday was a whirlwind glimpse at some of the changes planned for Jeffco schools in the next several years, most of them state-mandated and others proposed by the district.

  • New CHS principal has high goals

    Wesley Paxton, Conifer High School’s new principal, has been waiting for a chance to see what schools in Jefferson County are all about.

    “I really like what (Jeffco) and Conifer High School is trying to do with their students,” he said. “It’s clearly evident that the community really comes out to support their schools here.”

  • Debate continues over storage system for student data

    A heated debate over the Jeffco school district’s plan to implement the inBloom system to store student data continued when more than 100 concerned parents gathered at the school board’s study session last Thursday evening.

    “There are concerns that centralizing confidential student data increases the risk of hacking,” Jeffco parent Rachael Stickland told the board.

  • EHS junior gives back to Lab School

    Evergreen High School junior Morgan Hays is giving back to Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School, where her sixth-grade experience there set her on a path to a career in environmental science.

    Morgan, 16, a member of Girl Scout Troop 1215, is working toward her Gold Award, which is similar to becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. She decided that her 100-hour project would be creating an outdoor classroom for the geology lessons that sixth-graders learn.

    Morgan built the Geosphere base camp with the help of volunteers and donations.

  • Broberg hopes to take Evergreen Middle to next level

    Evergreen Middle School’s new principal wants to take the school to a level “beyond awesome.”

    This year, principal Joelle Broberg wants to get to know the school, the teachers, the students, the parents and the school culture, and help identify areas where the school can go, as she calls it, “beyond amazing.”

    She says her job this year is to listen because she has a lot of learning to do about EMS. Her goal to build bridges between EMS and the elementary schools is coming to fruition as she has begun networking with area principals.

  • New EHS principal glad to be back in state

    Evergreen High School’s new principal is happy to be back home.

    Ryan Alsup, a Colorado native, spent the last three years as principal at Juneau-Douglas High School in Juneau, Alaska. He was hired in May to replace Matt Walsh, who had been EHS’s principal for five years. Walsh has taken a position at the district level in the new School Innovation and Effectiveness Division.