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  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the Jeffco school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • Spirits, raptors soar at Father’s Day event

    A Harris’s hawk flew above a packed house from one handler to another Sunday at the second annual Father’s Day Falcon Fest at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park. Dads, moms and their kids watched in awe as five birds of prey were presented by the founder of HawkQuest, Kin Quitugua.

  • Two gun store burglaries reported in two days

    About 30 handguns were stolen early Tuesday from a gun shop in a strip mall on West Bowles Avenue, and another gun store to the east in Littleton was burglarized the next day. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer confirmed burglars tripped a silent alarm at Colorado Gun Broker, 8966 W. Bowles Ave., at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies reportedly arrived within five minutes, but the perpetrators were gone.

    Techmeyer said the gun store's surveillance cameras weren't operating during the break-in, but other cameras in the strip mall were being checked.

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • Born to be wild — but riding to be safe

    Memorial Day is cloudy and cool, with a bit of wind out of the north. People on the boardwalk along Main Street in Evergreen watch as a motorcycle tools by every few minutes. Sometimes the bike is accompanied by others; sometimes it’s alone; sometimes it’s playing music through a speaker; sometimes it’s moving to the tune of its own melodious engine.

  • School district employees cite concerns with workload, pay

    Overall positive feedback from parents and students was offset by some employee concerns about workload and pay in a recent survey taken by Jeffco Public Schools.

    The district’s Make Your Voice Heard survey, which polled students in second through 12th grades and was completed by about 77 percent of the district’s students, found that most students felt cared about and respected by teachers and school staff; furthermore, about 90 percent of all students said they had friends or people they felt connected to at school.

  • Gardening tips from a local expert

    As the fear of a late frost fades with each warmer day, gardeners are starting to fill their yards, patios and decks with colorful veggies and flowers.

    Staff horticulturist Betsy Kelson has been working at Jared’s Nursery, Gift and Garden in South Jeffco for 19 years. Referred to as the “expert,” Kelson has some gardening tips for those looking to get green this season.

    1. Know your last frost date

  • Man shot while fleeing deputies enters not guilty plea

    A suspect who locked himself in a South Jeffco store in December and then was shot while trying to flee from deputies has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including first-degree assault. 

    Michael Manaois was arraigned June 6. He pleaded innocent to first-degree assault, two counts of felony menacing, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

  • Para-educator wins award

    Anne Bitsie, an instructional paraprofessional at Rooney Ranch Elementary School, has received the 2016 Colorado Educational Support Professional of the Year award from the Colorado Education Association.

    An employee at Rooney Ranch since 2007, Bitsie works with kindergartners and has three kids who all attended the school since 1999.

  • New leadership at local schools

    Next year, almost 30 schools in the Jeffco district will see new faces filling assistant-principal and principal positions. Nine of those roles are being filled by new hires, while the rest are school-based administrative transfers.

    Following is a list of new leaders at South Jeffco schools at the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

    • Thomas Burns, principal at Falcon Bluffs Middle School

    • Susan Borzych, principal at Ute Meadows Elementary School

    • Sandy Burch, principal at Blue Heron Elementary School