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Sixth-grade shift moves ahead in Jeffco

When parent Darcie Weiser first heard of Jeffco’s intent to move sixth-grade students to middle school, she was not a fan. In 2014, her son was a fifth-grader at Meiklejohn Elementary in Arvada when the talk of moving sixth-grade students from … more

Teaching grandchildren to help and thank others

A New Year’s resolution might be to continue teaching children to do good deeds and have good social skills. Children can show gratitude to those who rarely receive a thank you. People who deserve … more

Jeffcon teaches students tech opportunities

Technology Trivia got about 200 Jefferson County high school students rowdy during lunch Jan. 31 at the first ever Jeffcon, technology conference held at the Jeffco schools building. “I’ve seen … more

School district lays groundwork for budget

Jefferson County Public Schools is in the early phases of laying groundwork for the 2018/19 budget. During the month of February, the district will begin community engagement, negotiations with the … more

Kiwanis’ Pins for Kids raises $7,000

Twenty-two teams raised more than $7,000 in the annual Pins for Kids fundraiser, organized by the Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis Club and held at Western Bowl in Arvada. The money raised through entry fees … more

Arvada author honored for magazine article

An article written by Arvada author Carrie Seidel was named “best of issue” by the editorial, art and production staff at Highlights magazine. Published in December 2017, “Danger! Rescue on … more

McLain welcomes all to a ‘school of hope’

The way that Chris Eberhardt, principal of Jefferson County’s McLain Community High School, sees it, his school does more than offer students of all ages an opportunity for a second chance at an … more

Glass: What makes a great school in Jeffco

In October, we released a proposed vision statement for Jeffco Public Schools called Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools. Since that time, we’ve had deep and … more

Speech and debates teaches students confidence

For Faith Christian High School senior Mikayla Martin, participating in speech competitions has brought her confidence throughout her high school career. “People underestimate high school … more

Jeffco prepares for new graduation requirements

Current Jefferson County Public Schools freshmen — the class of 2021 — will have to show career and college readiness in math and English to graduate, either by scoring well on college entrance … more

Rose Stein Elementary eager to prepare more students for the future

Rose Stein Elementary is not a quiet school. Walk its halls and you can hear students working on projects in the library or hallways, teachers giving guidance, and maybe even a community member … more

Jeffco Schools selects 10 innovations to fund

Tinker labs, makerspaces, career exploration and wellness rooms are just some of the innovations being funded by the first year of the Jefferson County Public School’s Innovation Acceleration Fund. … more

Jeffco schools find threats unfounded as work goes on to assure safety

There were multiple threats against students and faculty in Jefferson County Public Schools in the week following the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, but all of them were deemed … more

Colorado students go head to head in Science Bowl

After a full day of competition in the state Science Bowl March 3, a team from Fort Collins High School was named the champion after outscoring Fairview High School in Boulder, in a rapid-fire final … more

Jeffco public schools earn 45 CMAS-based academic awards

Thirty-five district schools earned 45 academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education based on 2016-17 Colorado Measures of Academic Success results. “I am so proud of these schools and … more

Science Sunday event brings subject to life

Elementary and middle school students can get their hands on some science at the third annual Science Sunday event April 8 at Regis University. The free event lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Pomponio … more

No option off the table at Jeffco Safety Forum

With the recent attack at a Parkland, Florida, high schools — and with the massacre at Columbine High School nearing its 19th anniversary — parents, students and Jefferson County Public Schools … more

‘Chasing Coral’ star visits Golden High School

Zack Rago loves coral. “I could sit here and talk to you about them forever,” he said to about 300 Golden High School students on March 21. “But they’re in trouble.” Rago, 25, of Arvada … more

Jeffco teachers plan to walk in to show solidarity

Teachers in Jefferson County Public Schools plan to show their support for public education by walking in to school together the morning of April 16. more

Jeffco teens find new to them prom attire at Prom Swap

Airyn Stone, 16, sifted through the racks of prom dresses March 31 at the Arvada Library. Her mother and younger sister helped her pull dresses in her size that fit her style. “This dress spoke to … more
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