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Education

  • 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.

  • An astronaut’s odyssey to Carlson

    Carlson Elementary fifth-graders in Graydon Harn’s class recently got an up-close look at the right stuff and were encouraged to cast their gaze on more distant horizons.

    NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel spoke to the students about space and science on Jan. 28, and he strived to inspire them to look into the future.

  • School board approves calendars for next two years

    The Clear Creek school board approved the school calendars for the next two years at its meeting Tuesday night.

    The calendars were created by a committee that took into account state requirements, calendars used by surrounding school districts, past practice, and comments from staff, administration and parents.

  • Scientific synergies

    Giving credence to the old saying “Two heads are better than one,” Georgetown Community School let students partner up for this year’s science fair, and the duos came up with interesting results.

    Cookies, crystals and sleds were among some of the presentations.

    While the two-person teams couldn’t move on to the Mountain Area Science Fair last weekend, Lorray Singmaster, third-grade teacher and science fair organizer, said her goal was for students to bounce ideas off each other and benefit from the creative synergy.

  • Education briefs

    Candidates sought for school board
    The Clear Creek School District is looking for residents in three of its five districts to run for election to the school board.
    Applications are due Sept. 1, and the election is Nov. 7. School board members serve four-year terms and aren’t paid.
    Those running for the board this year must be at least 18 years old, registered voters and live in either District B, C or E. Anyone convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child is ineligible.