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Education

  • Study eyes link of teacher compensation to student achievement

    A Jeffco Public Schools study on school structure and pay reform is expected to help prepare the district for changes required by the legislature.

    The district’s strategic compensation pilot program, which is being tested in 20 Jeffco schools, is attempting to find out what kind of pay and support are effective in boosting students’ academic achievement. Results are expected to help the district reform the way it pays teachers while still focusing on student improvement.

  • Student Santas: Dakota Ridge pupils learn lesson in giving during Toys for Tots campaign

    Students at Dakota Ridge High School have been playing Santa, and a lot of happy kids will have toys on Christmas morning as a result.

    Thanks to the sophomore student government, Dakota Ridge students spent the past few weeks collecting toys for Toys for Tots. As of Friday, more than 400 toys had been donated.

    “It’s been a great reaction,” said Lexi Hogland, 16, the sophomore class president. “The students have been really generous.”

  • Jeffco school board defends change in format for public comments

    A recent, seemingly minor change in the way the school district handles public comments at school board meetings has helped the board become more efficient, board president Lesley Dahlkemper says.

    However, a longtime board critic contends the change discourages community involvement.

    In August, the school board began allowing only public comments that pertain to that day’s agenda at the beginning of the meeting. General public comment is still allowed, but not until nearly the end of the meeting.

  • Jeffco Library's Start with a Story program helps expand literacy initiative

    A story about a dancing monster can loom large in a child’s education.  

    That’s why Jamie Wolf sat before a group of preschoolers at Stony Creek Preschool last week, reading silly monster tales. She is one of a dozen volunteers who work with the Jefferson County Public Library’s new early literacy program, Start With a Story.

    “Children really love to use their imagination. I really love to see them get engrossed in the story,” Wolf said. 

  • Chatfield High School students stuff Christmas stockings for returning Fort Carson soldiers

    The Christmas stocking is a simple holiday tradition that can get lost in the grandeur and excess of modern holidays. In the mad dash to stack presents under the tree, stockings can be little more than an afterthought.

     

    Yet for the 253 servicemen and women who are arriving at Fort Carson this month from deployment in Afghanistan and Kuwait, getting one of the stockings stuffed by students at Chatfield High School means they’re not alone on Christmas.

  • Columbine High seeks votes in online competition

     Columbine High School is hoping to power its students to a high-tech future with a little bleach.

    The school is currently third in Clorox's Power A Bright Future competition, which will award a $50,000 grant to the school that gathers the most votes online, and $25,000 grants to the next six vote-getters.

    Columbine is currently third in the “explore” category, which focuses on enriching students' learning experience. If Columbine wins the $50,000 grant, it plans to purchase 60 iPads and Apple TVs with HDMI cables for every teacher.

  • Dedication to school, community

     It’s my fortunate opportunity to introduce Dakota Ridge High School senior Jake Iannella. People who know Jake quickly come to appreciate his cheerful disposition, integrity, leadership qualities, and willingness to learn. Jake has been an outstanding student body leader, including key roles in Leadership Council and on the football and track and field teams. When I speak to my children about my hopes and dreams for whom I would like them to become, I easily picture the accomplishments and actions of Jake.

     

  • Reading Corps gets young students back on literacy track

    By Laura Herrington Watson
    For the Courier
    Early on a Friday morning, Columbine Hills Elementary School third-graders Alanah and Angel are hard at work reading with their own personal tutors.

  • Jeffco teachers honored for heroic efforts

    The Jefferson Foundation recognized the exceptional work of four outstanding teachers in Jeffco Public Schools on Saturday in a ceremony at Southwest Plaza Mall.

    About 50 people turned out for the 10th annual My Teacher My Hero awards presentation, which was conceived as a way to recognize public school teachers as everyday heroes. Honorees are selected from nominations submitted by their principals and represent high school, middle school and elementary school teachers.

  • Stevenson defends proposed tax increase at community chat

    Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson told an audience of parents and school administrators Aug. 22 that revenue from the district’s proposed property-tax increase would not fund an increase in teacher retirement packages.

    "The public employees pay 8 percent (to the Public Employees’ Retirement Association),” Stevenson said. “The district contribution goes up according to state law. The district contributes 15.65 percent, or about $5 million a year. It's true that is going up. That is in the budget.”