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Education

  • High heels lift the spirits of ailing principal

    A bit of ice Monday morning didn’t stop staff members and parents at Evergreen Academy from coming to the school in high-heeled shoes.

    The women wore stilettos with their spirits high in hopes of raising the spirits and showing support for school director Chris Lierheimer. Lierheimer has colon cancer and starts chemotherapy today.

    For his part, Lierheimer wore a suit coat but no heels. He said he went shopping over the weekend and found a pair of women’s size 12 shoes, but they were still too small.

  • Students, special-needs adults cultivate friendships

    Take a beautiful day and mix it with fourth-graders, special-needs adults and a bunch of plants. Stir for three hours, and you get beautiful planters at the Evergreen Lake House and some strong friendships.

    Two weeks ago, 24 students in Kim Ross’ fourth-grade class at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen joined eight special-needs adults through the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District to plant 12 planters that line the Lake House walkway.

  • Lesson Plans: Freshman wins poetry championship at EHS

    Evergreen High School freshman Abby Rosenberg won the March Madness championship round.

    But not in basketball — in poetry.

    Rosenberg’s poem, “The Forbidden Fruit,” bested 63 other poems written by both student and professional poets to win the competition at the high school. The poem is about battling addiction.

    Second place went to sophomore Alison Michelin, whose poem “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was a spoof of the movie and a retelling of “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

  • Lesson Plans: Country Day School offers full-tuition scholarships

    As you contemplate the school you’d like your children to attend in the fall, Evergreen Country Day School wants you to consider its program.

    The private school located near Wal-Mart has raised an additional $57,000 to provide tuition assistance to families. Tuition next year will be $11,500 per year for middle school, $11,000 for elementary school and $10,500 for kindergarteners.

  • Montessori students working to bring clean water to developing countries

    Editor's note: This story, written by two students at Montessori School of Evergreen, is appearing to mark Newspapers in Education Week.

    Every 15 seconds, a child somewhere in the world dies of a water-related illness. Diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, giardia and roundworms are a few of the diseases that affect people in developing countries. How can you help?

  • EHS senior writes book to help ocean animals, Indonesian kids

    Leah Huiting, a senior at Evergreen High School, has many passions in her life.

    She’s passionate about ocean life, Third World countries, scuba diving, helping others and the Girl Scouts.

    For Huiting, the question was how to bring all of these passions together into a project that would allow her to receive the Girl Scouts Gold Award. The award, the highest in Girl Scouting, is similar to the Eagle Scout award in the Boy Scouts.

  • Team learns about construction, careers in competition

    Armed with boxes, tools, duct tape and schematic drawings, members of team 4Ever Green competed in the Construction Challenge on Feb. 7 in Aurora.

    The team — consisting of seven Evergreen Middle School students — placed third all-around in the statewide competition, which teaches middle school and high school students about designing and building. The team took first place in the infrastructure challenge.

  • Fifth-graders hold French-style poetry reading

    Teaching poetry to fifth-graders could be a daunting task unless a teacher takes advantage of all the available resources.

    That’s what Bergen Valley teacher Trish Zurlinden did when her class hosted a French-style poetry reading last Thursday at Camp Grounds coffee shop in Bergen Park.

    “Students rise to the occasion in writing when they have a real and authentic audience,” Zurlinden said.

  • EHS science teacher explores ocean bottom

    It’s a trip of a lifetime for Evergreen High School science teacher Cheryl Manning, who is spending seven weeks aboard a research ship sampling the ocean bottom.

    Manning left two weeks ago for Costa Rica, where she set sail with other science teachers on the R/V Knorr to collect samples of ocean water and sediment so scientists can better understand the organisms living at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near the equator.

  • After-school enrichment program benefits students, parents

    For working parents, making sure their grade school-age children are cared for after school usually is a battle.

    Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley elementary schools have found a solution that has become a hit with both parents and students.

    APEX — Achieving Potential through Enrichment Experiences — is an after-school enrichment program that has parents, teachers and Evergreen businesses coming to the schools to teach children. Artful Journey, for example, offers art classes, and Stingers Soccer offers soccer classes.