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Education

  • EDUCATION NOTES

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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.

  • Young robot warriors: South Jeffco teen leads class in building a battle-ready robot

    Chris Valdovino teaches a class on how to create a killer robot.

    A robot designed to kill other robots, that is.

    Valdovino, 16, lives in South Jeffco and grew up in the area. He and other students at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood have created a 120-pound robot that will be in a competition April 20-26 in Mare Island, Calif.

    "We're not scared," Valdovino said — though he's never built a combat robot and got the idea by watching old episodes of "BattleBots," a now-defunct television show featuring robot-on-robot violence.

  • Lesson Plans: Stony Creek students raise funds for climbing wall

    After running a mile as part of a fund-raiser on April 22 at Stony Creek Elementary School, third-grader K.J. Shearer had one question for gym teacher Doug Scott.

    “Can we fall down now?” she asked, laughing, before sprawling on the grass.

    K.J., along with hundreds of other students at the school, ran the mile to raise funds for a new rock-climbing wall for their gym. Each student solicited donations in exchange for completing the run.

  • Lesson Plans: Bradford students weigh in for charity

    It takes a prodigious number of coins to total $3,580 — about several hundred pounds worth, to be precise.

    But that’s exactly how much students at Bradford Intermediate School in Ken Caryl Ranch collected to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.