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Education

  • PTA president appointed to school board

    Jefferson County PTA president Michele Patterson has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Jeffco school board.

    Board president Lesley Dahlkemper made the appointment after the school board deadlocked in trying to name a replacement for Robin Johnson, who resigned from the District 1 seat in August after moving out of the county.

    Patterson's stay on the board will be short — the District 1 seat is up for election next month, along with two other seats on the five-member board. 

  • Unique Tea celebrates diversity at King-Murphy Elementary

    Kindergartners celebrated the things that make them unique during King-Murphy Elementary School’s annual Unique Tea on Sept. 25.

    The students in Paulyne Fischer’s and Beth Schwecke’s classes wore uniquely decorated hats made out of paper bags to the event and stood one by one in front of the group while an adult friend — usually a parent or grandparent — told three things that made each child special.

  • RMAE seeks parents’ help with budget shortfall

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has asked its parents to donate more money to the school to help meets its budget shortfall, which comes as a result of the way charter schools are funded by the state and Jeffco Public Schools.

    At a meeting Sept. 17, the K-8 school’s board of directors asked parents to donate $600 per child, which equates to $75 per month for the eight months kids are in school, to the school’s foundation.

  • Fall Carnival proves fun for kids and parents

    The blue sky and sprightly breeze on Sunday offered a beautiful backdrop for the second annual Evergreen Fall Carnival at Bergen Meadow Elementary School.

    Children of all ages participated in a variety of activities, from yoga and martial arts to pony rides and bounce houses, while their parents tagged along or gathered in small groups to chat.

  • 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.”