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Education

  • 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.

  • Camp Invention keeps elementary students thinking during summer

    For the most part, the hallways at Blue Heron Elementary School are exactly as expected during the summer: mostly empty with the occasional custodian working on projects that weren’t possible during the school year.

    But at one end of the school comes a familiar sound: children laughing and talking, and perhaps most importantly, learning.

  • Mind games: Five local teams head for World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind

    What could the average adult make with toothpicks, straws, ping-pong balls, rubber bands, plastic forks, trash bags and a roll of tape?

    It might be hard to imagine these junk-drawer objects as anything terribly useful. But a young mind can conjure many options with these objects: a miniature building or car, or, when they are pasted onto a painted piece of cardboard, a backdrop for a skit.

  • Students pay tribute to teachers

    The annual Teacher Appreciation Night was memorable not only because it was the 10th annual event of its kind — it was also the first time the event had to be postponed due to weather.

    Heavy snow and poor driving conditions prompted organizers to cancel the dinner on Friday, April 17, and the event was rescheduled for May 3.

    At Saturday’s dinner, 12 Chatfield Senior High teachers were honored by graduating seniors. Two other teachers, one from Bradford Intermediate School and one from Stony Creek Elementary School, were also honored.