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Education

  • High school hosts robotics competition

    Clear Creek High for the first time hosted a robotics competition on Saturday, a First Tech Challenge qualifier for the state competition. The day drew almost 200 students from 16 schools across the state — from Arvada and Fort Collins to New Castle and Kremmling.

    Clear Creek’s team did not compete because hosting a qualifier automatically guarantees a spot in the state competition.

  • Science fair judges issue verdict: Enthusiasm is key

    Like a coach before a big game, Carlson Elementary teacher Liz Bogers gathers her volunteer science fair judges for a quick pep talk on Jan. 25.

    The clock is ticking, and the students will soon arrive.

    Bogers tells the volunteers what to do, how to do it, and, most importantly, how to keep students motivated and interested in science.

  • School district implements standards for graduation

    The Clear Creek School District is educating eighth-graders and their parents about a new state requirement that that calls for minimum competency standards in math and English to graduate from high school.

  • Hour of Code is time well spent for fourth-graders

    If there’s one thing the Hour of Code has taught fourth-graders at King-Murphy Elementary, it’s the W.E. Hickson adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

    The fourth-graders spent time in the school’s computer lab recently learning about computer science and programming.

    “I think I have to figure out how to do this,” student Tucker Langelier mused during a coding lesson. Minutes later he exclaimed: “I figured out what I messed up!”

  • Middle school students learn about flirting versus hurting

    Those awkward teenage years include a lot of “firsts”: first time driving a car, first time staying home alone, and the inevitable first crush. But how do young adults learn the boundaries between flirting and hurting?

  • King-Murphy identifies steps to solve school’s problems

    King-Murphy Elementary School has a plan of action to change the negative culture in the building and try to boost declining enrollment.

    The school’s principal and representatives from the faculty and PTA presented the school board on Oct. 11 with steps they hope to complete this year to turn things around.

  • Fun run raises funds, community spirit at King-Murphy

    The King-Murphy PTA’s second annual fun run fund-raiser on Friday morning was a success in several ways:

    • Students enjoyed the 38-degree fresh air as they ran laps around the turf field. Most of the younger students ran at least 1.5 miles in about 30 minutes, with a few running closer to 3 miles. The first group included the preschoolers through second-graders, with the older students running later.

  • A clear look at science in the field

    Clear Creek High School’s Advanced Placement environmental science students have taken their book-learning into the field: They have become “citizen scientists,” testing the water in Clear Creek for the environmental group River Watch.

    Each month the 14 students visit a spot near the Tributary at 244 armed with sampling bottles, thermometers, nets and ice-cube trays — along with a couple pairs of waders — to test the water to determine the creek’s health.

  • King-Murphy’s Unique Tea celebrates kids’ individuality

    Just call Ryan Sandblom “Captain One Sock.”

    According to his dad, the King-Murphy Elementary School kindergartner loses his socks so frequently that his family began referring to him by that nickname. But it’s just one of the ways in which Lee Sandblom says his son is unique.

  • For new King-Murphy principal, ‘it’s all about relationships’

    It’s 8:10 a.m. last Thursday at King-Murphy Elementary School, and interim principal Joe Majeski stands in front of the school, greeting students as they get off the buses.

    He gets hugs from a few students, tousles a few heads and tells many of them, “Be smart. Be polite today.”

    Majeski always begins and ends the school day with bus duty, and he makes sure to check in with bus drivers to make sure the trips went smoothly. He also greets parents who drove their children to school.