• Back-to-school night filled with excitement, anticipation

    The gymnasium at Carlson Elementary School was in all likelihood the loudest place in Clear Creek County last Thursday as families greeted one another, teachers and staff during back-to-school night.

    An early-evening storm brought the event inside, and excitement was in the air in anticipation of the first day of school on Monday.

    “Isn’t this great?” principal Marcia Jochim said, gesturing at the chaos.

  • King-Murphy plans changes amid declining enrollment

    Amid concerns about rapidly declining enrollment, King-Murphy Elementary School is moving forward with trying to change what has been perceived as a negative culture in the building.

    The Clear Creek school board heard a presentation at its study session last Thursday from Lynn Kintz, a consultant hired to help solve some of the issues.

  • A fresh perspective

    What will Clear Creek County look like in five years? In 10 years? In 50?

    The answer lies not with the current generations but with future ones, some of whom paid a visit to the county commissioners last week to share their vision for the county.

    The Discover Clear Creek! Summer Day Camp attended the July 19 county commissioners’ meeting to give presentations on various aspects of the county, ask questions, and learn about local government.

  • Canines, kids on same page in reading program

    At first, the barking was almost unbearable. Eighteen canines woofed in a disjointed chorus at a small troop of children who came to visit them at the local animal shelter on July 6.

    Upon entering, the kids grabbed books and blankets, and wandered among the stalls before deciding which dog to read to. Before long, the barking had mostly quieted down.

  • Board wants to head off turmoil in schools

    Members of the Clear Creek school board wondered at a study session last Thursday what they could do to ensure that schools they oversee are not in turmoil.

    The discussion came about after district Superintendent Roslin Marshall updated them on a consultant who is helping King-Murphy administrators, teachers and parents work through issues that have created a negative climate at the school.

  • New building planned at high school for sports practices

    Clear Creek High School/Middle School likely will get a steel multipurpose building near the baseball dugouts for sports teams to use for practices in inclement weather and when space isn’t available in the school.

    Athletic director Dave Schuessler told the school board in May that the Clear Creek Booster Club hopes to be ready to break ground on a 30-by-60-foot building this fall in anticipation of it being ready to use it in late November.

    The school board gave the booster club the go-ahead to continue with the project.

  • Links to a kinder school

    Several students dragged thousands of brightly colored paper chains down Miner Street to the football field Monday morning and stretched them across the grass from goalpost to goalpost and halfway back again.

    Called a Random Acts of Kindness chain, the individual links of paper, each with a single act of kindness written on one side, took the students seven months to build. The entire school came to the football field to see the results of their kindness.

  • Consultant to address issues at King-Murphy

    Clear Creek School District officials have created a plan to help King-Murphy Elementary work through the negative issues that have plagued the school.

    The district is hiring an outside consultant to speak with parents, teachers and administrators to hear concerns and develop solutions to what has been called the school’s negative culture. Parents say that culture is a result of a lack of communication, transparency and accountability among many groups at the school.

  • County’s sixth-graders get a lesson in teamwork

    Using ropes, teamwork and ingenuity, a group of sixth-graders walked a large wooden “A” down the field. Like a dizzy giant, it swayed, bowed, teetered and threatened to fall forward.

    Once they reached the end of the course, an adult volunteer informed the students they had the best performance of the day. The students cheered.

  • School’s greenhouse cultivates knowledge, cooperation

    Clear Creek High School’s greenhouse has germinated many seeds this year: for the botany class, the school’s special-needs students, the Interact Club and the county’s Rotary Club. And they are all intertwined.

    Clear Creek County 2000 Rotary donated money for the greenhouse, which was built in April 2010 on the southwest corner of the school. The botany class spent the year cleaning up the greenhouse, which had fallen into disrepair, and grew crops.