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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • CASA volunteers provide a voice, support for kids dealing with courts

    A girl named Sally lives in Jeffco with one of her parents, who has a substance abuse problem, and there have been allegations of neglect and/or abuse. The case is going to court, and Sally is scared and confused.

    In cases like this hypothetical one, the child may be assigned one of Jeffco’s court-appointed special advocate volunteers, who will be a constant in her life. The volunteer would meet Sally on a weekly basis to make sure all her needs are met.

  • Woman's attacker could face extended sentence

    A South Jeffco man who was convicted of attacking his girlfriend last July has a hearing this week to consider whether his prior felony convictions could be considered during the habitual criminal phase of his sentencing.

    Chuck Martinez was arrested in July 2015 after his girlfriend was found covered in blood at her apartment complex in the 3500 block of South Nelson Circle. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, including a skull fracture and brain bleed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teen advocacy group promotes tobacco education in schools

    Wyatt Crofoot, a freshman at Golden High School, was considering trying a vaporizer before he joined the Breathe Easy Team, a youth advocacy program led by the Tobacco-Free Jeffco Alliance within the Jeffco’s Department of Public Health and Environment. 

    “I liked that we were educated on vaping,” Crofoot said at the group's end-of-year meeting. “I was actually thinking about doing it, until (I learned) what’s in it.”

  • 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.

  • 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