• LESSON PLANS: Wilmot to celebrate 50th anniversary with walk down memory lane

    Wilmot Elementary School is planning a party April 30 to celebrate its 50th anniversary with building tours and a look at Wilmot through the years.

    Alums, former staff, parents and the community are invited to the celebration, called World of Wilmot: Then and Now, which will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the school, 5124 S. Hatch Drive.

  • Evergreen Middle off-center with Schuh’s imminent departure

    Principal Kristopher Schuh knows the name of every one of the 682 students at Evergreen Middle School.

    Not only does he know their names, he knows a little something about each of them, according to the teachers. That is part of what makes Schuh such a great principal, and what makes the faculty and staff sad that he is leaving EMS at the end of the school year. Schuh is joining 15 of his colleagues in the School Innovation and Effectiveness Division at the district level.

  • 3 mountain principals joining team to improve district schools

    The Jeffco school district has tapped three mountain area principals to take new achievement director positions at the district level.

    Dr. Mike Musick from Conifer High School, Matt Walsh from Evergreen High and Kristopher Schuh from Evergreen Middle will finish the current school year before taking their new positions. Searches already are under way to find new principals.

  • Walsh’s departure a hard lesson for EHS teachers

    For the faculty at Evergreen High School, a good thing is ending much too soon, as principal Matt Walsh prepares to leave at the end of the school year.

    While they are happy that Walsh will be one of 16 Jeffco school district employees in the new School Innovation and Effectiveness Division, they are sad to see him go.

    In the five years that Walsh has been EHS principal, he has made friends among faculty, parents, staff and the community.

  • Re-enactment to have student stars

    Parmalee Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders will be learning about the Revolutionary War up close and personal on April 9 at Bear Creek Lake Park.


    The 53 students will take part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Saratoga with an additional 400 area students — complete with costumes and fake cannon and muskets.

    It will be a sight to behold.

  • On a mission for a vision

    It takes great skill for a teacher to get students excited about a typically mundane topic.

    Evergreen Middle School’s principal has managed to get the entire school — students, faculty, staff and parents — excited about writing the school’s mission and vision statements.

    While most would consider writing such statements a tedious task, principal Kristopher Schuh began by getting students during their lunch break to write phrases describing the school and what they wanted the school to become.

  • Rhymes of the times

    It’s not easy to make Middle Ages poet Geoffrey Chaucer appealing to high school students.

    Iambic pentameter isn’t high on the fun list either.

    Yet students in a humanities class at Evergreen High School that combines 11th-grade world history and world English tried a contemporary approach.

  • Students can vie for chance to meet with Supreme Court justice

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in Denver to help celebrate the ceremonial opening of the new Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center in early May. And 100 eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders from Colorado have a chance to build a winning case for wanting to meet her.

    The Colorado Judicial Department is asking students to explain why they want to meet one of the top jurists in the country. Kids have until Friday to submit their essays to win a chance to meet with Sotomayor for two hours on the morning of May 2.

  • Walking the boards, on the sunny side

    With its cheery message that the sun’ll come out tomorrow, “Annie Jr.” will come alive this week at Evergreen Middle School.

    The show, about Little Orphan Annie who is adopted by billionaire Daddy Warbucks, is based on a comic book and a Broadway stage play.

  • EMS eighth-grader's freedom essay wins Sertoma Club contest

    Hannah Gurrieri, an eighth-grader at Evergreen Middle School, understands a little bit about freedom.

    Hannah, 14, wrote an essay about what freedom means to her and how having freedom means protecting the freedoms of others. Her essay was selected as the school’s Freedom Week essay winner by the Platte Canyon Sertoma Club.

    She wrote specifically about the freedom to voice her opinion and the freedom to believe in any religion or no religion at all.