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Education

  • Lessons born on the battlefield

    It was a melding of old and new as students from Coronado Elementary School and Littleton Academy helped re-enact the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Saratoga on Friday at Bear Creek Lake Park.

    The old: Students marched in formation wearing costumes of 18th-century British and American soldiers, participating in battles, firing their mock weapons and pretending to die on the battlefield.

  • Honoring a monumental act

    In the summer of 1898, railroad engineer William "Billy" Westall saw that his train was hurtling at top speed toward a section of track that had been washed away in a flash flood.

    Westall had just enough time to leap from the locomotive and save himself — but he didn’t. Instead, he stayed on board and slowed the Denver, South Park and Pacific train enough to save the lives of 450 passengers and crew. 

  • Jeffco school officials eye School Finance Act

    A bill at the state legislature that would revamp how school districts receive funding for the first time in 20 years is still too murky for Jeffco school board members to endorse.

    “There are many moving parts,” said Lesley Dahlkemper, president of the Jeffco school board. “There are a lot of promising aspects of the bill, but there are some pieces that are very complex.”

    Ed Bowditch, Jeffco schools’ lobbyist, said he expected the bill to be amended several times, and that substantive discussions should start in three weeks.

  • Bill gives spouses, kids of GIs in-state tuition

    The state House has approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Justin Everett, R-South Jeffco, to give spouses and children of military personnel stationed in Colorado in-state tuition.

    It’s the first bill by the first-term legislator to win House approval. 

    Everett said that during his campaign, he was approached by a serviceman stationed in Colorado Springs. The man had just been transferred from Georgia, but his wife and daughter stayed behind because his daughter wouldn’t have qualified for in-state tuition here.

  • 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.