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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: `Jeffco Public Schools is open to and welcomes all families'

On Sept. 5, the Trump Administration announced its plans to end the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program and action is … more

Jeffco school board looks at student achievement

In its first board meeting of the school year, the Jefferson County Board of Education looked at the districts performance on the most recent Colorado Measures of Academic Success test results. One area of concern for school board member Ali … more

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

Diverse WRHS student body returns to class

Summer break has officially come to an end, and students' moods heading back into the halls of Wheat Ridge High School on Thursday, Aug. 17 ran the gamut. Ivan Stanton, incoming freshman with a … more

Rare raptor track unveiled at Dinosaur Ridge

Every year, thousands of people walk up and down Dinosaur Ridge to get a glimpse into a world millions of years in the past. But little did anyone know, until last year, that all the people walking on the southeast side of West Alameda Parkway … more

Arvada High leaps toward project-based learning

The day before students returned to Arvada High for the new school year, teachers gathered to put a plan into motion to become the first high school in the Jefferson County school district to make a school-wide shift toward project based … 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

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

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

New university is for parents, community

A new university will teach parents, guardians and other community members about education in Jefferson County Public Schools while engaging the community in the district’s strategic direction and purpose. “One of the goals we have … 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

Jeffco students mark new high on CMAS growth data

Growth can be seen from almost all grade levels in the Jeffco Public Schools Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) performance results. Jeffco’s overall district CMAS English Language Arts (ELA) and Math median scores went up for all grades … 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

Rose Stein reopens with a new community focus

For the past year, the Zimmer family — Craig, Meghan, Wyatt and Paige — have seen the reconstruction of Stein Elementary as they go to and from their home, just a few blocks away. On Aug. 16, they were among the first to see the school, now … 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

Students back at Belmar

It was a perfect summer morning when students, parents and staff gathered outside of Belmar Elementary for the first day of school on Aug. 17. Students were met outside the doors by balloons, music like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and free … more

Farm to Table dinner supports Warren Tech program

Seven Denver chefs and a plethora of Warren Tech culinary students gathered under a white tent erected in the middle of ACRES Farm on the Warren Tech campus in Lakewood. The table was filled with plates and an avocado mouse sat in the middle of each … 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
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