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Shields and Van Gieson challenge incumbents for school board

Both challengers in the Jefferson County Board of Education race oppose the shift of sixth-graders to middle school and are concerned about the stress school closures brings to a community. “I know the devastation closing Pleasant View caused … 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

Horizon High English teacher among Colorado Teacher of the Year finalists

A Horizon High School teacher who focuses on teaching language skills to English language learners is one of seven finalists for the state Teacher of the Year award. Amy Rehberg, a 24-year veteran teacher at Adams 12 Five Star School’s Horizon … 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

Baby box program gives women ‘breath of fresh air’

New and expecting moms throughout the Colorado now have access to free, safe place for babies to sleep with the Colorado launch of the baby box. The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global initiative to equip expecting families with vital … 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

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

Program helps students find right direction

Brady High School student Melody Soto wasn’t sure what to expect the first time she met with her mentor, Ashley Becker. “I thought I could only talk about certain things and had to be a certain way,” said Soto, who aims to graduate from … more

Two last minute challengers emerge in Jeffco school board race

Two last minute challengers filed to run for Jefferson County Board of Education. Three incumbents, board president Ron Mitchell, Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert will seek reelection for their seats, which they acquired in 2015 after the recall of … more

Thornton High clinic open for business

Thornton High School students returning from summer break came back to the school’s newest addition — a school-based health clinic that was completed over the summer. Students have been involved in the creation of the clinic, including … more

A happy ending for Jeffco's furry tails

The goal: To read 30 million minutes for the Jefferson County Library Foundation to donate $500 to the Foothills Animal Shelter. And Jeffco readers far exceeded expectations. The goal was met on July 25, but everybody kept on reading, reaching … 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

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

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

Jeffco school board candidates talk issues

Schools choice, transparency and opportunities for all students were hot topics at the first Jefferson County Board of Education candidate forum held Sept. 13 at Wheat Ridge High School. The forum, presented by Support Jeffco Kids and Arvadans for … more

Jeffco school marching bands take the field

Nerves were high, but so was musicality as 15 Jefferson County high school marching bands took the field for their first performance of the season at the Jeffco Marching Band Festival held Sept. 19 … 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

Reading, writing and singing

Educator Dianna Henn, who provides instruction to teachers, says the key to learning just about anything else might be learning penmanship. “When you want to remember something, how do you usually do it? You write it down,” said Henn, an … more

Charter school celebrates two decades

Teachers, students and alumni of Westminster’s Crown Pointe Academy will celebrate the charter school’s 20th anniversary with  “It’s probably the first charter school in the area,” said Keith Ouweneel, school director. “We might … 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
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