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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

Lack of affordable housing pushes families onto streets

Lack of sleep, anxiety, depression and acting out are all heightened mental health challenges faced by the 500 unaccompanied youths and the approximately 3,000 students experiencing homelessness in … more

Despite obstacles, ‘I have a lot of reasons to be happy'

Every day, Daliliah Wilson spends four hours simply getting to and from school. Without a car or driver’s license, Wilson, 18, must take two buses and the light rail from her Wheat Ridge home to … more

School expansions breaking ground for Adams 12

Adams 12 Five Star School District won’t wait for classes to end at two Westminster elementary schools, breaking ground on big expansions at the Arapahoe Ridge and Cotton Creek schools Dec. 18 and … more

Jeffco Board of Education moves forward

As votes cast Nov. 7 are now official per the canvass board, Brad Rupert, Susan Harmon and Ron Mitchell were officially sworn in at a special meeting Nov. 27. “I would like to first say thank you … more

West Chamber celebrates women leaders

Jefferson County leaders gathered to honor nine of their peers who have worked passionately in a variety of fields to make Jefferson County a better place at the West Chamber’s 16th annual … more

Leadership stays the same for Jeffco Public Schools

Brad Rupert, Susan Harmon and Ron Mitchell keep their seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education, having won re-election Nov. 7. The three incumbents were elected following the recall of the board majority in 2015. Two challengers, … more

Results of Adams County school districts

Following are results in Adams County school board races as of 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7, according to early countywide returns.Westminster Public Schools (11,434 ballots cast) The two open seats on the … more

Jeffco Board of Education incumbents prove victorious

Incumbents Brad Rupert and Susan Harmon won the two contested races on the Jefferson County Board of Education. Incumbent Ron Mitchell is running unopposed for … more

Adams 12 schools starts master plan process

With graduation rates improving, better literacy test scores and a 2016 bond approval, Adams 12 Five Star school officials are beginning work on a new five-year master plan. “We are not going to rewrite everything but we want to build on our … more

Hickenlooper budget would boost school funding

Colorado would give school districts more money next year and the state would make a dent in its school funding shortfall under Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed 2018-19 budget released Nov. 1. If the plan is approved by state lawmakers, school … more

Tradition marches on for Legacy champions

The Legacy High School marching band continued to dominate on a state level, winning their tenth 5A championship Oct. 28 in Colorado Springs in 12 years. Band Director Clay Stansberry credited a consistent support system for the student musicians … more

RMCAD celebrates a new vision for future

When Chris Spohn, the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s president for the past seven months, first moved to the Denver area from Los Angeles, he took an Uber or Lyft to campus every day. “I’d ask whoever was driving me if they’d … more

Teacher unions support incumbents for Jeffco school board

Incumbents in the Jefferson County Board of Education race have garnered significantly more financial support than their challengers, as reported by the Oct. 17 contributions and expenditures report filed with the Colorado Secretary of … more

Teaching students how to cope socially, emotionally

Eighth-grader Morgan Fritzler is working to improve her self-awareness. “Sometimes, I have anxiety and perfectionist issues and I expect myself to get everything on the first try,” Fritzler, 12, said. “It makes me feel frustrated.” But … more

Jeffco libraries talk beer and books

Karen Hertz founded Holidaily Brewing in Golden in 2016 after battling health issues that forced her to eliminate gluten from her diet. Overcoming melanoma and thyroid cancer meant that she could no longer enjoy one of her favorite drinks — … more

Brighton, Thornton voters consider tax override for school district

Voters in Brighton’s school district will decide if the District 27J school district will get to keep an estimated $12 million in property tax collections going forward. The school district, which manages Brighton High School, Prairie View High … more

Ron Mitchell - Jefferson County School Board, District 5

Ron Mitchell graduated from Arvada High School. He earned an undergraduate in education, and a master's in administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He served six years in the Army Reserves, before his education career. He taught at … more

Read-aloud event promotes student conflict resolution

A read-aloud event at Clayton School this month is teaching students to own their problems without going to their teacher for all of their mediation. Cheryl Smith, who guides the “Response to Intervention” effort at the … more

University of Phoenix to close campuses

The University of Phoenix is stopping on-campus enrollment and will close approximately 20 campuses across the country as part of a “teach-out” program. The university has three Colorado locations: one in Lone Tree, one in Westminster and one … more
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