• iPads kind to learning at Wilmot

    Being kind to others has its own intrinsic rewards, but a second-grade class at Wilmot Elementary School got a more tangible bonus for being kind: the opportunity to learn to operate iPads.


    The iPad class before spring break was special for students in Mary Gordon’s class, who had marked more than 500 times when they had shown generosity, integrity, responsibility or respect. Those four traits are part of GIRR, the school’s kindness program.

  • Students learn to be bean counters

    The tantalizing aroma of vanilla wafted through the Montessori School of Evergreen’s Marshdale building last week as middle-schoolers tempted family members with vanilla-laced recipes in an effort to entice them to buy the flavoring.


    They also provided sample bottles of Madagascar vanilla, which they are bottling under the name “One World One Bean — All Natural Vanilla.” The students hope to sell it at first to the school community, then branch out to offer it at area stores.

  • Waxing historic: Wilmot students melt into spirit of Colorado history

    Dressed in 1800s garb and holding props, the wax figures stood silently in the hallway of Wilmot Elementary School.

  • EHS lauded for comprehensive counseling program

    Evergreen High School is being honored for its outstanding counseling program by the American School Counselor Association.

    The program will have the RAMP designation, or Recognized ASCA Model Program.

    “We’re being proactive about the developmental needs of our students,” said EHS counselor Tracy Thompson. “Some of our work is in the classroom, some in small groups and some individually. Having a comprehensive guidance program is what we’re about.”

  • Outdoor Lab Foundation celebrates success

    The foundation that saved Jeffco schools’ Outdoor Education Labs celebrated its fund-raising success on Jan. 25 but is steeling itself for more efforts to keep the sixth-grade program operating for another year.


    Several board members from the Outdoor Lab Foundation presented checks at the Windy Peaks facility near Bailey last Wednesday and at the Mount Evans facility. The two schools provide a week of outdoor-education classes to sixth-graders throughout the district each school year.

  • Cool to be kind: Two elementary schools incorporate kindness into their lesson plans

    Kindness is a virtue that students and teachers at Marshdale Elementary School and Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen have embraced in a big way.

  • Marshdale Elementary partners with foundation for fund-raising

    Marshdale Elementary School has found another way to raise money by becoming a partner with the Jefferson Foundation.
    Anyone who makes a donation to the school through the foundation gets a tax deduction, and school officials hope that will create more incentive to help the school pay for things that are not being funded because of budget cuts.
    The Jefferson Foundation is the nonprofit fund-raising arm of Jefferson County Public Schools.

  • Grade-schoolers discover that theater rules

    Imagine Zeus and the Greek gods looking down upon Evergreen and not liking what they see. The gods consider blowing up the world and starting over, but Zeus sees that fifth-grader Sam has the potential to make the world a better place.

    Sam is able to create some eco-awareness at his school and to make a bully see that there’s a better way to get attention and make friends.

  • Exchange students exchange views on Evergreen

    Getting acclimated to Evergreen has had its ups and downs for Evergreen High School’s foreign exchange students.

    The eight, all but one hailing from Europe, have found their classmates and teachers to be more open and welcoming than their counterparts in their home countries. Yet it’s been a difficult adjustment for some to be away from friends, family and the familiar.

    Six of them had lunch recently and talked about their experiences in Evergreen.

  • Bergens set to celebrate 40 years of teaching Evergreen’s kids

    The Bergens are inviting former students and staff to take a walk down memory lane during the two-day celebration of the schools’ 40 years of teaching elementary students.

    The celebration will be Nov. 4 and 5 at Bergen Meadow Elementary School. Organizers hope that former students, parents of former students, and anyone in the community associated with the Bergens will attend the weekend’s events.