• 1:1 Chromebooks initiative will allow students to ‘thrive in a digitally connected world’

    By Deb Hurley Brobst and

    Deborah Swearingen

    Staff Writers

    Wilmot Elementary School fifth-graders were excited Thursday to receive district Chromebooks that they will be able to use in every class and take home.

    Wilmot is the only foothills area school to be in phase 1 of Jeffco Public Schools’ rollout of the 1:1 Chromebooks initiative that will provide technology to all students in fifth through 12th grades in the next four years.

  • EHS grads asked to make a difference

    Graduation is always an emotional time for Evergreen High School Spanish and French teacher Jennifer Warren.

    “I hear the music (to ‘Pomp and Circumstance’), and I tear up,” she said. “It’s an amazing accomplishment for these kids regardless of what they are doing after high school.”

    This year was even more emotional for her as her twins, Sydnee and Max, graduated Thursday morning at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

  • RMAE middle-schoolers test their gliders at Science Day

    Were they birds? Were they planes? No – they were gliders made by Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen middle-schoolers.

    The middle-schoolers took to the school’s soccer fields on May 14 for the aerial jenga challenge, which is one of the events in the school’s Science and Innovation Day. Students designed and crafted their gliders individually or in teams of two.

  • Jeffco Schools, county seek ways to help students succeed

    School administrators agreed that safety and mental health resources and interventions go hand in hand in schools today more than some people might think.

  • West Jeff Middle musicians perform original composition ‘The Ripple Effect’

    Eighth-grade musicians at West Jefferson Middle School started a ripple effect of their own on May 8 when they debuted a composition for band and orchestra that they had a role in creating.

    “The Ripple Effect” was composed by Dr. Mischa Zupko from Chicago, and he has spent the last 16 months working with the students to create the five-minute work. Students decided they wanted the piece to be about kindness, and they created some of the melodies that Zupko incorporated into the piece.

  • Wilmot’s Mural Club strives to help others with meaningful messages

    The walls into the bathrooms at Wilmot Elementary School are becoming more inspirational.

    The school’s Mural Club decided to create murals with messages of support and encouragement. They completed two and hope to finish two more before the school year ends.

    “We decided to hit up the school with positive messages,” said art teacher Elisabeth Marcus.

    The murals are placed in such a way that students walking down the hallway can see them, too.

  • King-Murphy’s Exhibition allows sixth-graders to make a difference

    The annual Exhibition at King-Murphy Elementary School continues to prove that sixth-graders are passionate about a variety of social issues.

    On Thursday, the students presented the projects they’ve been working on for months to fellow students, parents and the community. Their topics ranged from the effects of war and animal rights to freedom of speech in sports.

  • Education Briefs

    Meal prices going up next year for Jeffco Public Schools

    Jeffco Public Schools is raising the cost of school lunches next year, primarily to offset the additional cost of employee salaries due to a minimum wage increase.

    “The only way to really keep up with that is unfortunately lunch price increases,” said Beth Wallace, executive director of Jeffco’s food and nutrition services department.

    The costs for the 2019-20 school year are as follows:

    • 15 cent increase for all breakfasts

  • Jeffco Schools moves toward June budget adoption

    Ahead of June when the proposed $1.2 billion budget will be finalized, the Jeffco Public Schools board had some tough conversations during last Thursday’s meeting about the district’s finances and how to prioritize spending for the upcoming school year.

  • Conifer High School surprises student with first-ever braille yearbook

    RJ Sampson never forgot his conversation with Conifer High School yearbook teacher Leslie Thompson, the one where he requested a yearbook in braille.