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Education

  • School district’s ‘cloud’ storage plan criticized

    The Jeffco School District’s plan to test a “cloud” storage system for student data has some parents concerned that vital information about their kids would be vulnerable to hackers and security breaches.

    More than 35 concerned parents gathered at Normandy Elementary School on May 22 to voice their disapproval of the district’s plan to pilot “inBloom” — software developed by an Atlanta-based nonprofit that would centralize mountains of student data and store it off site.

  • Jeffco Library offers free book to 4-year-olds

    This week, the Jeffco Library is giving away a free book to any 4-year-old in the county who wants one. 

  • Boggs blocks filming at school board meeting

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson summoned security at last Thursday’s board meeting when school board member Laura Boggs tried to prevent a district employee from recording video of a speaker.

    Broomfield resident Kelly Scott was addressing the board about his desire for schools to get back to Judeo-Christian roots and teachings when Boggs stood and blocked the iPad camera of communications manager Marlene Desmond.

  • Sotomayor encourages students tp follow passions

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had a simple message for the 100 or so kids gathered in the new Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center in Denver on May 2.

    No matter what you choose to do when you grow up, do something that excites you.

    “What you do best are the things you’re passionate about. They don’t have to be important to anyone but you,” Sotomayor said. “What’s important is, as my mother always said, that you do what you’re doing well and that you like doing it.”

  • Teacher-student relationships highlighted in feedback meetings

    A small group of Jeffco residents decided Saturday morning that quality educators and strong teacher-student relationships are critical when it comes to student achievement and success.

    Paula Noonan, the school board’s District 5 representative, led a discussion on student achievement in Chatfield Senior High’s library.

    “I think it’s great having access to board members like this,” said Rachel Swalley, a parent of three Jeffco students. “I hope (the district does) a lot more of these kinds of meetings.” 

  • Education veteran announces run for school board

    With three of five seats up for election and at least one incumbent not running, this year’s campaigns for positions on the Jeffco school board promise to be hotly contested.

    With the November election still six months away, longtime South Jeffco resident and education veteran Alonzo “Al” Rodriguez has announced a bid in District 5.

    “I have a vested interest in Jeffco schools,” Rodriguez said. “I have a son who is a junior at Columbine High School, and 13 of my grandchildren attend Jeffco schools.”

  • Collaborative technology connects Jeffco teachers

    The Jeffco school district believes that collaboration is king, and new technology lets a geography teacher from Green Mountain High School compare notes, tests and lesson plans with a geography teacher at Conifer High — without sending an e-mail or picking up a phone. 

    The online system, known as the “collaborative curriculum alignment process,” or C-CAP, lets all Jeffco teachers access curriculum and lessons plans — meaning the wisdom of one and all can be shared district-wide with all colleagues.

  • The kindest cut

    After only a few minutes of sheering, clumps of hair were blowing around like tumbleweeds Friday in the south parking lot at Columbine High School.

    And the number of tumbleweed hairballs grew with each of the 175 students who sat down and forked over cash to have her hair buzzed right before prom. 

    The students were forsaking their follicles on behalf of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that raises funds for research into childhood cancer. Groups across the country raise money for the organization with head-shaving events. 

  • Website offers discounted deals while supporting local schools

    For student clubs and teams, trying to raise money for activities can be a frustrating, time-consuming and sometimes-futile effort. And, families and friends often find their supplies of gift-wrap and chocolate bars overflowing.

    But what if friends and family could donate money to help pay for student activities and actually get something they want or need in return?

  • Three Area principals joining team to improve district schools

    The Jeffco school district has tapped three area principals to take new achievement director positions at the district level.

    They are Mike Freeman from Powderhorn Elementary, Terry Elliott from D’Evelyn High and Wanda Hamilton from Red Rocks Elementary. Searches already are under way to find new principals.

    “(The principals’) strengths, skills and knowledge will help (the district) be better overall,” said district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson.