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Education

  • 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.

  • Susan Harmon, school board candidate in District 2

    Lakewood resident Susan Harmon said she wants to bring a reconciliatory voice and more thoughtful decision making to the Jeffco school board. 

    Harmon, a family law attorney and mother of two Jeffco students, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Physician assistant Matthew Dhieux of Littleton is also a challenger for the seat.

  • Targets of school board recall speak on camera

    Jeffco school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, who are the target of a recall, were interviewed on camera recently at Evergreen Newspapers about the major decisions they’ve made since being elected to the board in 2013, and about their thoughts on the recall.

    To see the video interviews, click here.

    Some background

  • School board candidates face off in first public forum

    Nine of the 12 people vying for the five seats on the Jeffco school board faced off Aug. 31 at the first public forum of the election cycle, hosted by Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

    Board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, the targets of a recall effort, all attended, each emphasizing talking points about accomplishments since their election to the board in 2013.

  • Tori Merritts, school board candidate in District 4

    Tori Merritts, a former Jeffco school board member of nine years, said she is running for the board again because the school district needs someone experienced to provide guidance.