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Education

  • 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.”

  • 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.