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Education

  • Elk Creek Elementary students share their books with classmates

    The Writer Share Fair at Elk Creek Elementary School is a simple way to teach a variety of things: leadership, inspiration, literacy, storytelling and more.

    The fair takes place twice a year at the school, and fifth-graders take the lead in small groups — each with a student from each grade. The groups are stationed around the school, and each student shares a book he or she has written.

    The leaders ask questions and talk about what they like in the books. When the students are done reading, they get star stickers for doing such a good job.

  • EMS students create PSAs to teach others about making the lake a better place

    Students in sixth-grade science classes at Evergreen Middle School have been learning about Evergreen Lake and some of the issues that can harm its waters.

    Teachers Megan Crownholm and Caroline Gaker challenged their students to work with the Evergreen Metropolitan District to turn their findings in public service announcements to teach others about helping keep the lake clean.

    Students made posters, fliers, podcasts, videos and PowerPoint presentations to explain what the problems are and how they can be solved.

  • WJMS students tackle issues as part of Social Change Day

    Eighth-graders at West Jefferson Middle School learned firsthand that they can express their ideas about social issues.

    Students participated in Social Change Day after they chose topics, researched them and then came to conclusions on how to make the world a better place. Their topics ranged from teen suicide to ocean pollution to child abuse to homelessness.

  • Students, staff at Evergreen Middle celebrate principal’s birthday with a flash mob

    It’s rare that Evergreen Middle School principal Tim Vialpando cries to start the school day.

    But that was his reaction when more than 700 of his students joined in a flash mob Friday morning to wish him a happy 39th birthday.

    “I’m overwhelmed by these kids — as I always am,” Vialpando said as students filed out of the gymnasium after their dance. “All I needed was that. I feel very lucky to be here.”

  • With the help of new votes, Jeffco Public Schools is successful on both ballot initiatives

    As more votes are counted, it appears there has been a shift in fate for Jeffco Public Schools. 

    While it initially appeared that one of the school district's two ballot measures failed in Tuesday's election, it is now looking as though Jeffco might pull out a victory on both. 

    Unofficial results, updated around 11 p.m. Nov. 9, indicate both ballot measure 5A and ballot measure 5B will pass. The first is $33 million mill levy override, while the second is a $567 million bond.  

  • WJMS principal Schoenhals making himself at home

    David Schoenhals’ heart is in Conifer.

    The principal at West Jefferson Middle School, who started in the position in July, moved to the area to embrace both his new position and his new community. He has fallen in love with his school and the area.

    After 29 years working in Aurora Public Schools as a math teacher, math instructional coach, math instructional coordinator and principal of a K-8 school, he decided it was time to move into the foothills.

  • Elk Creek principal Pollitt puts focus on teachers, students

    Elk Creek Elementary School’s principal doesn’t have a desk in her office. Instead, there’s a conference table, and she prefers not to sit at the head of it.

    Valerie Pollitt, who began the position in August, believes her job as principal is to let her staff and students take the lead and shine.

    “As much as I can,” she said, “I put teachers front and center. That’s who I am. There are so many amazing things at Elk Creek.”

  • School board approves firing Evergreen teacher after inappropriate remarks

    The Jeffco school board has approved a recommendation to dismiss Evergreen Middle School physical education teacher Michael Kuzava after he made inappropriate comments to a female student last month and allegedly made other inappropriate remarks to other students.

    In a unanimous vote Sept. 12, the board approved Superintendent Jason Glass’ recommendation to terminate Kuzava’s employment on grounds of “insubordination, immorality and other good or just cause.”

  • Education briefs

    Outdoor Lab Foundation donates $900k to Jeffco
    Jeffco’s Outdoor Lab Foundation provided Jeffco Public Schools with more than $900,000 in support during the 2017-18 school year.
    During a presentation of a check to the school board on Thursday, the foundation’s executive director Shannon Hancock announced that the organization was able to provide $910,916.58 in support to Jeffco’s Outdoor Lab schools at Mount Evans and Windy Peak — largely due to the generosity of community donors.

  • King-Murphy students finding answers during Genius Hour

    Shortly after the morning bell rang on Thursday, second-grade teacher Alicia Needham began telling her students about how she woke up last night to the smell of smoke.
    She explained that there were wildfires burning throughout Colorado, and she asked her students how she might find out information about them.
    The students suggested web browsers Google and Wonderopolis, digital assistants Alexa and Siri, and reaching out to knowledgeable people who are near where the fires are burning.