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Education

  • Graduation rates rise in Jefferson County high schools

    The Jeffco School District has seen another increase in the number of students graduating from high school on time. 

    For the 2011-12 school year, Jeffco’s high schools saw an on-time graduation rate of 81.4 percent, an increase of 2.3 percent over the previous year and a 3.3 percent increase since 2009.  

    The increase was slightly bigger than the jump the state saw overall. Colorado had a 75.4 percent on-time graduation rate for 2011-12. 

  • CPR seeks donations of musical instruments for school

    Colorado Public Radio is looking for a few good tubas. Throughout March, CPR will be collecting used musical instruments to donate to school music programs throughout the state.

    The purveyor of classical music is looking for any band or orchestral instrument, from violins and guitars to tubas and trombones, to refurbish and donate to elementary and high schools.

  • Students can vie for chance to meet with Supreme Court justice
  • County's text-message service answers teens' questions about sexual health

    A new system being used by Jeffco Public Health to answer teens’ questions about sexual health via text-message is already proving to be quite popular. 

    After being online for only three days, the Go Ask TISH program had already received more than 100 questions about sex and sexual health, said Kelly Conroy, Jeffco’s public health nurse supervisor. 

    “We’ve had a great response since it has launched,” Conroy said. “We really wanted to increase our outreach to teens and young adults.”

  • High tech goes old school

    Evergreen Middle School is using new technology to teach old-school shop classes.

    With the help of video-making software, along with iPads and laptops, seventh-graders are learning how to use drills, lathes and other tools to create wooden cars.

  • Columbine area spelling bee: In a word, 'amazing'

    As fifth-grader Radhika Dave spelled out the final word to win the Columbine area spelling bee last Thursday, her mother, Aditi, gave an excited fist pump.

    Throughout the competition, Aditi Dave, a native of India, had been checking her daughter’s words on her phone, typing the letters as her daughter spelled.

    When her daughter finished a word, her mother would know whether or not she had spelled it correctly before the judges announced the verdict. She pumped her fist with each correct spelling.

  • Boggs says additional work at school should have been put up for bid

    A Jeffco school board member is questioning the board’s decision to nearly triple the value of a contract for a company doing construction at Westminster’s Standley Lake High School without requesting new bids.

    Board member Laura Boggs says the contract change should warrant a new bid process, while board President Lesley Dahlkemper and district staff disagree, saying the district was within its legal rights to amend the contract.

  • Scholarship, musical talents, leadership are potent package in Dakota Ridge student

    It’s my fortunate opportunity to introduce Dakota Ridge High School senior Abbie Randall. As is true for every high school, DRHS recognizes students leaving positive academic legacies in many ways — including membership in the school’s National Honor Society. Abbie represents the role model by which all other students are compared and selected for this academic program. She daily emulates the primary pillars of NHS: leadership, scholarship character and service.

  • Jeffco board OKs gun transfer station near Westridge Elementary School

    Jeffco’s Board of Adjustment has granted approval for a home near Westridge Elementary School in South Jeffco to act as a licensed gun transfer location.

    Longtime homeowner Donald Jensen had asked for a special exception to the zoning regulations to allow his home to act as a transfer location for online sales of gun firearms.

  • 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.