• Author celebrates birthday with visit to Mortensen Elementary

    David Shannon was greeted by cheers, claps and the echo of hundreds of students at Mortensen Elementary School singing “Happy Birthday.”

    The author — perhaps best known for books like “No, David” and “David Gets in Trouble” — visited the South Jeffco elementary school last Thursday. As the visit happened to fall on his birthday, Mortensen chose to celebrate, and the aroma of a birthday sheet cake wafted through the halls.

  • Peiffer cultivates real-life lessons

    The best way to teach children about sustainability and healthy living is to fully immerse them in the practice of it — at least that’s Peiffer Elementary School’s motto.

    The South Jeffco school began work on its community garden last Friday, and teachers, students and parents gathered at the school during the district’s fall break to help.

  • Chatfield band orchestrates a notable win

    Members of the Chatfield Senior High marching band agree that “shocking” would be the best word to describe their first-place finish at the Colorado West Invitational competition.

    “These two, their mouth dropped on the front sideline,” said band director Andy Michaud, gesturing toward drum majors Sabrina de la Garza and Maggie Michaud, both of whom play the clarinet.

  • Jeffco school board endorses group’s goal to scrap PARCC exam

    The Jeffco school board agreed last Thursday to support some controversial resolutions by the Colorado Association of School Boards, including one in favor of scrapping the PARCC student-assessment exam.

    At a study session, school board members discussed 18 proposed resolutions that will affect CASB’s advocacy agenda during the 2017 legislative session. Another resolution that spurred controversy would advocate repeal of the state law that holds school districts liable in any school shooting or act of violence.

    Division over PARCC exam

  • Ex-school board member questions Jeffco's bond, tax hike at forum

    Jeffco Public Schools faced some staunch opposition last week to the bond and mill levy it hopes voters will approve on Election Day in November. 

    At an election forum held at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen on Sept. 27, former school board member Laura Boggs highlighted what she sees as long-term financial ramifications of the proposed $535 million bond issue and $33 million property-tax increase intended to go toward facilities upgrades, compensation and other needs in the district.

  • Preschool event celebrates cultures around the world

    “On the count of three, I want everyone to say aloha!”

    “ALOHA!” the crowd yelled in return, preparing to learn the hula dance of Hawaii with snow cones melting down their hands and sticking to their smiling faces.

  • 5K benefits Columbine’s special-needs program

    David Blair knew he wanted to organize a 5K to give back to the community, but he didn’t know what cause to support.

    After some consideration and discussion with former Columbine High School student Steven Santaniello, Blair, a 17-year-old Columbine senior, decided to give the proceeds from the race to the challenge program at his school.

    The inaugural Walk For All 5K was held at 9 a.m. Sunday. Runners and walkers of all ages began at Columbine High on the sunny October morning and completed a course through Clement Park, finishing at the school.

  • Normandy Elementary teacher wins presidential award

    Carrie Jordan's class photos run the length of Normandy Elementary's gym wall. Every year from 1995 to 2016, 25 or so students surrounded their teacher in each photo. And while the fashion and hairstyles changed over those years, the smiles on their faces did not.

    And, maybe today, those students don't remember the mathematics principles their teacher, "Miss Jordan," taught them. But, if nothing else, they likely do remember how she taught it — with fun games and a positive attitude.

  • School board finalizes bond issue, property-tax increase questions

    The Jeffco school board has finalized ballot language for a $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase for the Nov. 8 ballot.

  • Lofty goals in the lesson plan for Chatfield High

    After the sound of the ever-familiar bell, Chatfield Senior High’s two-tiered common area becomes a hive of steady movement and noise. Principal Chad Broer stands near the edge of the stairs, watching the students move past the various banners advertising clubs and sporting events. He starts a conversation with a student, then a faculty member. And soon, the passing period is over, and only a few people remain in the commons.