• 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.”

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Evergreen Middle teacher placed on administrative leave

    Michael Kuzava, a physical education teacher at Evergreen Middle School and the head golf coach at Evergreen High School, has been placed on paid administrative leave after allegedly making inappropriate comments to a student at the middle school.

  • Educators, parents rally for more funding

    The teachers are not all right — they’re mad as hell about education funding, and they want legislators to do something about it.
    On Thursday and Friday, thousands of educators and other supporters from more than a dozen school districts across the state — including Jeffco and Clear Creek — descended upon the state Capitol in hopes of sending a clear message to lawmakers about how they feel about teacher compensation and school funding in Colorado.

  • Election 2017: 5 questions with PCSB candidate Cyndie Sherriff
  • Election 2017: 5 questions with PCSB candidate Katie Spodyak