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Education

  • Education blooms at FestiFall

    Hudson Gardens will open its doors Saturday to bring back FestiFall for a second year. 

    The festival, which debuted in 2011 before skipping last year, gives people a chance not only to roam the gardens but to celebrate fall from an environmental and educational standpoint, said Melanie Feddersen, educational manager at Hudson Gardens. 

  • PTA president appointed to school board

    Jefferson County PTA president Michele Patterson has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Jeffco school board.

    Board president Lesley Dahlkemper made the appointment after the school board deadlocked in trying to name a replacement for Robin Johnson, who resigned from the District 1 seat in August after moving out of the county.

    Patterson's stay on the board will be short — the District 1 seat is up for election next month, along with two other seats on the five-member board. 

  • School board candidates discuss teachers carrying firearms

    Editor’s note: With numerous forums scheduled for the six school board candidates, the Columbine Courier will focus each story on one single issue that arises in each debate. Visit www.columbinecourier.com and click on “Politics” under the “News” tab for candidate profiles and for coverage of the candidate forums.

     

    Jeffco school board candidates shared their views on whether arming teachers with firearms would make classrooms and schools safer at a candidate forum on Sept. 24.

  • Williams wants to bring parent’s perspective to school board

    Julie Williams, a Colorado native and a product of Jeffco schools, is running for school board.

    Williams, who is making her first bid for public office, is vying with Tonya Aultman-Bettridge in District 1, which covers the northern part of the county. Robin Johnson, who had held the District 1 seat since 2009, resigned in August after moving out of the county.

  • Teens tackle challenges during Youth in Government Day

    Classroom learning took a back seat to real-world experience last week when a group of Littleton students experienced the challenges of starting a home business. 

    Fifteen high school students traveled to city hall as part of Youth in Government Day on Sept. 26. The program is designed to give students a first-hand look at how local government operates, and the goal is to make sure the next generation is active in charting the city’s future. 

  • School board candidates discuss funding, vouchers at forum

    Education funding and voucher programs were at the center of the discussion at last Friday’s Jeffco school board candidate forum in Arvada.

    Six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Jeffco school board in the Nov. 5 election. Tonya Aultman-Bettridge and Julie Williams (District 1), John Newkirk and Jeff Lamontagne (District 2), and Ken Witt and Gordon “Spud” Van de Water (District 5) discussed why they’re running and their future plans for Jeffco’s public schools.

  • Parents can opt out of system for storing student info

    Parents of students in Jeffco Public Schools will now be able to opt out of the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

    That announcement came at a school board meeting Sept. 19, after months of controversy related to parental concerns about the security of the cloud-based data storage system, and about the student information that will be collected.

  • Gordon ‘Spud’ Van de Water vying for Jeffco school board seat

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education. 

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.

     

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  • Parents can opt out of system for storing student info

    Parents of students in Jeffco Public Schools will now be able to opt out of the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

    That announcement came at a school board meeting Sept. 19, after months of controversy related to parental concerns about the security of the cloud-based data storage system, and about the student information that will be collected.

  • Teacher receives DAR award for work with blind students in Africa

    For the past three summers, Evergreen resident Nancy Knight has traveled to a remote area of Sierra Leone, where she has worked with blind students at a school in the impoverished country.

    As a teacher of visually impaired students at Heritage High School in Littleton, Knight said she has had many memorable experiences. However, working with students in a remote African village has been incredibly rewarding, she said.

    “It’s a huge gift to me,” she said. “We feel like we are really making a difference.”