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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mural creation caps Earth Day at King-Murphy

    Thousands of plastic bottle caps of every color imaginable sat in tubs in the King-Murphy gym last Thursday, awaiting students to grab them and glue them onto an Earth Day-themed mural.

    In the meantime, younger students watched a puppet show that explained why it’s important not to use plastic bags, while outside students created snow sculptures with environmental-awareness themes.

    The kids had planned to plant wildflower seeds around the school grounds, but the last vestiges of the recent spring snowstorm made for a quick change of plans.

  • King-Murphy parents outraged when board doesn't renew teacher's contract

    King-Murphy Elementary parents threatened to pull their children from the school after the Clear Creek school board voted 4-1 Tuesday night not to renew the contract of beloved sixth-grade teacher Beth Cavanaugh for the 2016-17 school year.

    About 40 parents and teachers spent more than 60 minutes pleading with the board to keep Cavanaugh at the school. More than 20 people spoke, including three students, all emphasizing that Cavanaugh is a great teacher who sparks excitement for learning.

  • Trip of a lifetime for CCHS students

    Twelve Clear Creek High School students took what they called the trip of a lifetime when they spent 10 days visiting three regions in China over spring break.

    The students rode bikes on the Great Wall, took a river cruise to see Shanghai at night, and visited the Terracotta Army that was buried with the first emperor of China. That doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of their adventures.

    “Every day felt like three days because we did so much,” said junior Molly Doll.

  • CCHS students bring history to life during National History Day event

    Not many people have heard of Augusta Ada King. King is considered the first computer programmer, and she did her work in the 1860s — yes, the 1860s.

    King was the subject of a website created by Clear Creek High School sophomore Ben Perkins, who took first place in the individual website category during the school’s National History Day competition.

  • Verdict is in: Evidence supports careers in science

    A Colorado Bureau of Investigation forensic scientist set out to prove to honors chemistry students at Clear Creek High School that science can be fun and interesting.

    Carol Crowe, a CBI agent for more than 20 years, discussed her work and some of the processes she uses to test drugs, fire debris and gunshot residue. It was apparent as she discussed procedures and told stories that she loves her job.

    That’s exactly what chemistry teacher Josh Martinez was hoping for.

  • School board struggling to balance district’s 2016-17 budget

    The Clear Creek school board has laid out plans for balancing its budget for the 2016-17 school year, as a drop in tax revenue looms with the impending closure of the Henderson Mine.

    The board on Feb. 16 approved a resolution declaring its intent to solve two problems: find ways to cut $390,000 from the budget and use money from an emergency fund to mitigate any deficits caused by the eventual closure of the mine.