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Education

  • 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.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Conifer, Columbine students place third in international competition

    A team of students from Columbine and Conifer high schools participated in the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals earlier this year after taking top honors at the Colorado state tournament in May.

  • Good, clean fun: Columbine volleyball team holds annual car wash fund-raiser

    After patiently idling in a line of cars in line for several minutes, it’s finally your turn. You ease your car into the designated spot, and suddenly a dozen high-schoolers surround it, sponges in hand. A parent volunteer sprays a sharp jet of water on the hood. And, after a few minutes’ cleaning, a barrage of towels descends, swirling around the windows and creating a brief respite of shade from the hot August sun.

  • Schools in South Jeffco poised to kick off the new year

    With summer ending and the school year beginning, students, parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff are preparing for another year of recess, tests, lesson plans, field trips, athletic competitions and special events.

    At some South Jeffco schools, few changes will be in evidence when classes begin Thursday. At others, some changes will be quite noticeable.

    Ken Caryl Middle School, for example, will have more support staff.

  • School board votes to put tax increase, bond on ballot

    After months of deliberation, the Jeffco school board on Aug. 2 formally approved resolutions to put a proposed $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase that would generate $33 million annually on the November ballot.

    At last week’s special meeting of the board, members voted unanimously to put both measures on the ballot this fall, saying it’s time for the district to put its financial future into its own hands.

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • School board OKs budget, contracts with unions

    The Jeffco school board on June 2 wrapped up two key priorities for the end of fiscal 2015-16: approval of agreements between Jeffco Public Schools and its two primary employee unions and approval of the district’s budget for fiscal 2016-17.

    In a unanimous vote last week, the board formally approved the ratified contract agreement between the district and the Jeffco Education Association. The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises and $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase.

  • Columbine High PTSA president honored for years of service

    Since her children were kindergartners, Marnie O’Connor has taken an active role in parent-teacher associations, working to raise funds and helping with projects to support students.

    “I’ve always been someone who has been involved,” she said. “I have volunteered all the time, ran for office.”

    “You get to find out things about the school,” she added.