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Education

  • 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.

  • Johnson resigns from school board

    Robin Johnson resigned from the Jeffco school board on Monday night, said Helen Neal, chief of staff for the board.

    The resignation is a result of Johnson moving out of the county. Johnson represented District 1, which covers the north part of Jefferson County.

    “I didn’t hear anything about it until Monday night … when Johnson sent a letter to each board member,” Neal said.

  • Evergreen area principals take a field trip

    The mountain area principals went back to school last Thursday — and not just to one school, but to 11.

    The principals, a few Jeffco administrators and the two Outdoor Lab School principals boarded what they named “the magic school bus” and took an all-day 80-mile tour of seven elementary, two middle and two high schools. They started at Parmalee Elementary, went to the Conifer schools and then to Evergreen, ending at Evergreen Middle School.

  • Racing toward the school year

    Two schools, an “Amazing Race” game and one goal: getting teachers and staff prepared for the 2013-14 school year.

    Playing a game might not sound like the typical way to get educators ready for teaching, but for Evergreen High School and Evergreen Middle School, it’s a fitting start to the new year. Who says staff development can’t be fun?

  • EHS old-timers reminisce about old times

    In 1952, bread cost 16 cents a loaf, milk cost 96 cents a gallon, postage stamps cost 3 cents each — and the Evergreen High School graduating class numbered 19.

  • Children's plate art to raise funds for arts center

    Brightly hued images of the West on china plates are the centerpiece of a fund-raising effort that the Center for the Arts Evergreen is coordinating.

     

    For the third year, the china plates featuring art of area students are being auctioned during Weekend in the West, an annual art show and sale at Evergreen Fine Art. Funds raised from the plate sales will be donated to the arts center.

    “We turn right around and the give the money to local teachers,” said Steve Sumner, CAE executive director.

  • RMAE’s Odyssey team attends world competition

    It took creativity, ingenuity and smarts for six Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen seventh-graders to make it to the Odyssey of the Mind world competition over Memorial Day Weekend.

    “It wasn’t luck; it’s skill,” team member Luke Johnson said of the group’s first year in the competition.

    In the category that the team competed in, it took first place at the Longs Peak Regional Tournament and first place in the state competition, earning a spot at the world competition at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

  • 2013-14 budget restores days, dollars to Jeffco schools

    The Jeffco school board approved a 2013-14 budget totaling $952 million at its meeting May 30, a spending plan that adds $22 million to current-year expenditures.

    The increase comes thanks to a boost in funding from the state and to the tax hike approved by voters last November. The budget still is $45 million less than the 2009-10 spending plan.

    The district avoided $45 million in cuts this year when Jeffco voters approved 3A and 3B on last November’s ballot. The district’s mill-levy rate is 48.721, or $388 annually for a $100,000 home.

  • Innovation Day eggs on students to embrace science

    If learning by doing is the best teacher, then the middle-schoolers at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen learned a lot last Thursday.

    Students tested their science projects — everything from dropping eggs 30 feet in carriers to break their fall to creating solar ovens that heat water to creating marble mazes — as part of the third annual Science Innovation Day.