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Education

  • Contest ignites young imaginations

    Seven Westridge Elementary students who built a drivable vehicle out of scrap lumber, bicycle sprockets, 16 AA batteries, wheels and an electric hand drill are raising money to compete at the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals from May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tenn.

    Team NO Limits! won third place April 14 out of 14 teams at the state Destination ImagiNation Tournament at the Auraria campus in Denver, entitling the group to compete at the finals, along with 55 out of a total of 1,000 Colorado teams.

  • Jeffco schools official appointed to CU Board of Regents

    Gov. John Hickelooper on Nov. 18 appointed a high-level Jeffco Public Schools employee to the University of Colorado Board of Regents.
    Office of Diversity and Inclusion director Irene Griego, a former community superintendent, was tapped to fill a vacancy on the CU board created by Monisha Merchant’s departure. Griego will remain in the office until at least next year’s general election in November, when a successor for the final two years of the six-year term will be selected in Congressional District 7.

  • ‘You get kids out here, and they just shine’

    Kendallvue Elementary student Faith Wilkerson picked up a mountain lion skin, staring with wide eyes and paying particular attention to the remnant’s slack jaw and curiously smooth coat.

    “Whoa. This is so soft,” the sixth-grader said at the start of her second day at the Jeffco School District’s Windy Peak Outdoor Lab School. “The other ones I felt weren’t as soft.”

  • Jeffco schools identify $900 million in needed upgrades and repairs

    Leaky roofs, boilers on the fritz and classrooms lacking smart boards amount to more than $900 million in repair and improvement needs throughout Jeffco Public Schools, a recently completed year-and-a-half long assessment shows.

    Though the study identified about $575 million in repairs or replacements currently needed in the district’s buildings, a five-year maintenance forecast found an additional $342 million in anticipated needs.

  • Grant to help expand Mortensen Elementary's autism spectrum program

    Mortensen Elementary School teachers Dottie Jennings and Sarah Handy consider themselves, among other things, instructors in a foreign language.

    But they don’t teach French, German or Spanish.

    They provide instruction to children in the school’s autism spectrum disorder program, one of three in Jeffco Public Schools and one of only eight in Colorado.

  • Dakota Ridge has a MOD Squad

    A small group of Dakota Ridge High School upperclassmen are working together under the title of “Men of Dakota,” modeled after a similar program at the University of North Carolina and James Owen’s “Cowboy Ethics.” The eight students represent a variety of school clubs, activities, athletics and personalities who joined together this year with four staff members to create the MOD Squad (Men of Dakota Squad).
     
    The students
    Keith Wall
    William Boogert
    Daniel Levy
    Mason Cechini

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  • Dakota Ridge High School Student Profile: Nicholas James Allen - senior

    Major activities/sports:

    • Golf: Qualified for U.S. Junior Amateur; Junior World; first-team All-Conference, four years; All-State, three years; second-first at Regional High School Tournament; first-second at Regional High School Tournament; 10th-, fifth-, and fourth-place finishes at CHSSA state tournament; fifth-place finish at Nationals. Optimist International.

    Work experience: Raccoon Creek cart staff

    Academics:

    • Current GPA: 3.6

    • Multiple AP and honors courses including AP Calculus this year

  • Lesson Plans: Fielder helps students develop an interest in the arts

    When Dakota Ridge High art teacher Alex Chick wanted to persuade her students that they could actually make a living from a career in art, she did so by bringing Colorado’s most famous contemporary nature photographer to the school.

    John Fielder delivered a slide-show lecture filled with his thoughts on color and form Feb. 18 in the school’s auditorium.

  • The road to leadership: AS DECA president, Dakota Ridge grad will sing praises of business group

    Many high school students dream of traveling the world after graduation, taking time to find themselves before plunging into another round of formal education at college.

    But a lack of cash and a surplus of convention mean that many grads never take the road less traveled.