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Education

  • 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.

  • Promotions bittersweet for principals

    For the three South Jeffco principals leaving their schools next year to become achievement directors for the Jeffco district, one word sums up their feelings: bittersweet. 

    Powderhorn Elementary’s Mike Freeman, D’Evelyn High’s Terry Elliott and Red Rocks Elementary’s Wanda Hamilton will begin serving in the new positions next school year. Each will work with 10 to 12 schools to provide support and coaching for administrative staff and teachers. 

  • 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.