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Education

  • Leawood pupils celebrate peace with pinwheels

    As the wind blew across the lawn of Leawood Elementary, tiny wheels started spinning. Even while in motion, it was easy to make out peace signs, hearts, stars, musical notes, rainbows and letters colored onto their vanes.

    More than 400 of these bright, dazzling pinwheels had been planted on the lawn, all in the name of peace.

    Leawood students celebrated International Peace Day on Wednesday, Sept. 21, by creating and sharing their pinwheels.

  • Lofty goals in the lesson plan for Chatfield High

    After the sound of the ever-familiar bell, Chatfield Senior High’s two-tiered common area becomes a hive of steady movement and noise. Principal Chad Broer stands near the edge of the stairs, watching the students move past the various banners advertising clubs and sporting events. He starts a conversation with a student, then a faculty member. And soon, the passing period is over, and only a few people remain in the commons.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Conifer, Columbine students place third in international competition

    A team of students from Columbine and Conifer high schools participated in the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals earlier this year after taking top honors at the Colorado state tournament in May.

  • School board finalizes bond issue, property-tax increase questions

    The Jeffco school board has finalized ballot language for a $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase for the Nov. 8 ballot.

  • Good, clean fun: Columbine volleyball team holds annual car wash fund-raiser

    After patiently idling in a line of cars in line for several minutes, it’s finally your turn. You ease your car into the designated spot, and suddenly a dozen high-schoolers surround it, sponges in hand. A parent volunteer sprays a sharp jet of water on the hood. And, after a few minutes’ cleaning, a barrage of towels descends, swirling around the windows and creating a brief respite of shade from the hot August sun.

  • Schools in South Jeffco poised to kick off the new year

    With summer ending and the school year beginning, students, parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff are preparing for another year of recess, tests, lesson plans, field trips, athletic competitions and special events.

    At some South Jeffco schools, few changes will be in evidence when classes begin Thursday. At others, some changes will be quite noticeable.

    Ken Caryl Middle School, for example, will have more support staff.

  • School board votes to put tax increase, bond on ballot

    After months of deliberation, the Jeffco school board on Aug. 2 formally approved resolutions to put a proposed $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase that would generate $33 million annually on the November ballot.

    At last week’s special meeting of the board, members voted unanimously to put both measures on the ballot this fall, saying it’s time for the district to put its financial future into its own hands.

  • Columbine High PTSA president honored for years of service

    Since her children were kindergartners, Marnie O’Connor has taken an active role in parent-teacher associations, working to raise funds and helping with projects to support students.

    “I’ve always been someone who has been involved,” she said. “I have volunteered all the time, ran for office.”

    “You get to find out things about the school,” she added.

  • Student artwork lands in high-profile exhibit

    The walls of the student services office at the School of Education at Metropolitan State University are now the permanent home to 15 pieces of artwork by students at Normandy Elementary.

  • Kindergarten paraprofessional wins statewide award

    Anne Bitsie has hundreds of children.

    While only three of them are her own, the rest are 10 years’ worth of former kindergarten students, the oldest of whom are now in high school.

    “My students will always be a part of my heart,” Bitsie said. “Oftentimes, I see them out at the store, or around town, and they’ll stop and say hello. Even if it’s been years (since they were in kindergarten), it’s so touching to see that they remember me and to hear that I made a positive impact on their lives.”