• King-Murphy kindergartners enter an Earth balloon to see the planet from the inside out

    King-Murphy’s kindergartners sat on Antarctica, flew to all of the continents and learned about some of the planet’s physical features on Thursday.

    The children in Paulyne Fisher’s class sat inside a massive globe balloon brought to the school by the Denver Children’s Museum. They learned about animals and music of various areas of the world.

  • Jeffco Schools has option for delayed school start

    By Matt Adams
    For the Courier

    Reversing what had been a long-standing policy, the Jeffco Public Schools now has the option of delaying school start times by two hours when weather conditions suggest it, the district announced Tuesday.

    Jeffco has been one of the few counties in the Denver area that has not allowed for delayed openings, but Superintendent Jason Glass says the new protocol will give administrators more choices when dealing with Colorado’s unpredictable skies.

  • Building a better mousetrap … car

    The final matchup in the Great Mousetrap Weightlifting Challenge at Evergreen High School turned out to be pretty laid back.

    Five students — three from the physics class and two from the honors physics class — competed to see whose homemade car could pull the most weight up an incline.

    In the end, junior Leah Clayton won the title with her car pulling 600 grams. Physics teacher Brent Olyowski dubbed her the queen of the contest, which simply means bragging rights.

  • Evergreen man hosts inaugural math competition for middle-schoolers

    An Evergreen man wants to make math fun for area middle-schoolers, and he began moving in that direction last week when he hosted a friendly math competition.

  • WJMS students pitch ideas for South Platte Hotel

    By Deb Hurley Brobst

    Staff Writer

    Some students in Frank Reetz’s English classes at West Jefferson Middle School have been trying to generate interest in the South Platte Hotel, which is now a shadow of its former self.

    Their goal is to preserve history — a topic near and dear to Reetz’s heart. He believes that historic sites need champions, so the sites don’t fade from memory and society doesn’t lose part of its heritage.

  • Wilmot Elementary students show off their skills with the help of Home Depot buckets

    The rat-a-tat-tat of drums resounded in Evergreen’s Home Depot on Friday morning as Wilmot Elementary second- and third-graders showed off their new skills on bucket drums.

    They weren’t just any bucket drums, but buckets donated by Home Depot to music teacher Abigail Lantz. Thirty buckets were used by the Wilmot students and another 30 by Lantz’s students at Bergen Meadow.

  • Rocky Mountain Academy students study the Native American way of life

    Third-graders at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen completed their unit on Native Americans last week with a morning filled with plays, crafts and food.

    This annual tradition for the third-graders — going on for at least 14 years, according to third-grade teacher Sharon Narans — allowed them to show their parents what they learned. The students moved from station to station to make crafts with Native American themes such as bean rattles, masks, headdresses and other items.

  • Students learned a lot participating in the annual Mountain Area Science Fair

    The scientific method is about trial and error, and area students whose projects were in the Mountain Area Science Fair on Saturday said they learned just that.

    Whether it was learning about physics or botany or health or zoology, testing a hypothesis means having patience as Brenden Schauerhamer, a fourth-grader at West Jefferson Elementary School, learned.

    “It was frustrating,” he said of his project on aerodynamics. “It was frustrating when I would try something that didn’t work.”

  • Viering brothers compete with peers from four Evergreen schools in annual spelling bee

    The Viering brothers had each other’s backs during the Evergreen-area spelling bee on Thursday.

    Travis, a sixth-grader at Evergreen Middle School, and Dillon, a third-grader at Wilmot Elementary School, competed together, and after each round, the brothers hugged each other.

    It is somewhat uncommon for siblings to compete in the area spelling bee, which had students from Wilmot, Parmalee, Bergen Valley and Evergreen Middle schools spelling words after school in the EMS gymnasium in front of families and friends.

  • Clear Creek High School sophomore making animal treats to benefit Charlie’s Place

    Emmalyn Hendricks is a busy 16-year-old.

    The sophomore at Clear Creek High School has begun making cat and dog treats at school and is selling them with the proceeds to benefit Charlie’s Place, the Clear Creek County animal shelter.

    Using the simple name “I Love Pets” for her treats, Emmalyn has found a lot of dog and cat owners among the faculty. She is charging $2 for seven treats, and there are peanut butter treats for dogs and tuna/egg treats for cats.