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  • Deer Creek Middle's STEM students compete in nationals in Washington

    By Lauren Gaddie-Johnson
    For the Courier

    For the seventh year in a row, Deer Creek Middle School’s STEM students went to the Future City National Competition in Washington, D.C.

    The 11-member Science, Technology, Engineering and Math team won first place in the Great Plains Regional on Jan. 26 in Manhattan, Kan., and went to D.C. over Presidents Day Weekend to compete against the winners of 36 other regions. At the Washington competition, the Deer Creek STEM team won a special award for Best Fire Protection Plan.

  • A high-tech challenge

    It turns out the first time is the charm for Littleton Academy.

    In their first appearance at the Technology Student Association competition, Littleton Academy’s students took home two first-prize medals and one third-prize medal.

    The TSA event, which was held Feb. 21-23, featured more than 20 distinct competitions. In one, teams competed to see which could construct a model car that could protect its passenger, an egg, from being crushed. In another, the teams vied to come closest to hitting a target with a homemade catapult.

  • Student heroes honored at My Student, My Hero ceremony

    The stories told at the 2013 My Student, My Hero ceremony inspired and touched the more than 100 people who came to celebrate with the student honorees on March 16.

    “It warms your heart when you read about these kids,” said Greg Sims, general manager of Southwest Plaza. “It makes you proud of your community.”

  • My Student, My Hero: Profiles in courage

    This weekend the Jefferson Foundation, Southwest Plaza and the Columbine Courier will recognize eight outstanding Jeffco high school seniors for their work in both the classroom and in the community.

    To help celebrate, the Courier is profiling two students from our coverage area who have impressed teachers and classmates with their drive to overcome the many obstacles life has thrown in their way.

  • Overhaul of school board districts draws criticism

    Members of the Jeffco school board voted 3-2 on March 7 to redraw the districts they represent, but audience members and two board members were unhappy with the decision.

    The new map would swap several elementary schools among Districts 2 and 5 in the southern part of the county, but much of the opposition came from what some viewed as the apparently sudden onset of the redistricting process, a lack of public input, and the changes coming in the middle of a school year.

  • Courting community spirit

    Members of every team in the Dakota Ridge Youth Basketball league did more than work up a sweat on the court this year. The kids volunteered on community projects ranging from helping to clean up Water’s Edge Park and Coal Mine Avenue to writing letters to soldiers.

    “The kids are already involved in their community through basketball; the projects help to strengthen this connection as the kids give back and see the positive impact of their service,” said Felicia Randall, community service coordinator for Dakota Ridge. 

  • School board gets briefing on school-finance legislation

    Legislation that would overhaul the way Colorado’s public schools are funded was the main topic during a meeting of the Jeffco school board on Feb. 28.

    The district’s lobbyist at the state legislature, Ed Bowditch, reported on a bill by state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, that is designed to allocate state funds more equitably among school districts.

    “It’s really too early to fully talk about it because everything (with the bill) is just now taking shape,” Bowditch told the board.

  • Graduation rates rise in Jefferson County high schools

    The Jeffco School District has seen another increase in the number of students graduating from high school on time. 

    For the 2011-12 school year, Jeffco’s high schools saw an on-time graduation rate of 81.4 percent, an increase of 2.3 percent over the previous year and a 3.3 percent increase since 2009.  

    The increase was slightly bigger than the jump the state saw overall. Colorado had a 75.4 percent on-time graduation rate for 2011-12. 

  • CPR seeks donations of musical instruments for school

    Colorado Public Radio is looking for a few good tubas. Throughout March, CPR will be collecting used musical instruments to donate to school music programs throughout the state.

    The purveyor of classical music is looking for any band or orchestral instrument, from violins and guitars to tubas and trombones, to refurbish and donate to elementary and high schools.

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