• Young weather watcher provides flurry of data

    Luke Dulski loves snow — and rain and sun and any other type of weather you can think of. So much so, that he became a junior weather watcher for KCNC-Channel 4.

    That means 8-year-old Luke regularly sends weather data to the Denver TV station’s meteorologists, and on Dec. 9, he helped meteorologist Ashton Altieri deliver the bus-stop forecast on the 6:30 a.m. news.

    The broadcast has been shown throughout King-Murphy Elementary School, where Luke is a second-grader.

  • Bench fills deep-seated need for friendship

    Children feeling left out or lonely on the playground soon will find a helping hand in Carlson Elementary School’s new buddy bench.

    Last Thursday near the Idaho Springs football field, social worker Lauren Courtney helped paint the wooden bench the school’s vibrant yellow and blue colors.

    The bench will be presented to the students later this month and find its permanent home on the playground. Not just anyone can sit on the bench; you have to be looking for a friend.

  • King-Murphy kids offer thanks

    Friday was a big day for the fourth-graders at King-Murphy Elementary.

    They hosted a Veterans Day celebration for the school, and that included welcoming about a dozen veterans to a coffee-and-doughnut reception before the school-wide assembly.

    The students, some dressed in suits and party dresses, were well-prepared to engage the veterans in conversation between young and old.

    Questions about the vets’ service included: How was the food? What was your job? What was your favorite memory? Do you still keep in touch with people you served with?

  • School district bracing for loss of tax revenue when mine closes

    The Clear Creek School District is gearing up for the negative impact on its finances when the Henderson Mine closes.
    However, the district does not expect to lose the large sums of money other entities funded by property taxes will, thanks to the state’s Public School Finance Act, which aims to make financing more equitable among school districts.

  • Science fair lets Carlson students test their theories

    With fruit-flinging catapults, glass beakers overflowing with green crystals and questionable jars full of soda-pickled liver, scientific flair was on display at the annual Carlson Elementary School science fair.

    On Jan. 28, a handful of volunteer judges met with nearly 80 students from preschool through sixth grade who were showing off their unique, and sometimes slightly unusual, presentations.

  • An education in helping others

    Seven Clear Creek High School students are just $50 away from sending a third girl living in a developing nation to high school.

    The Clear Creek chapter of She’s the First was founded this academic year with the goal of raising money to send underprivileged girls to school.

    The chapter’s members have taken to that effort with gusto.

  • Clear Creek school board members discuss need for high-speed Internet

    Clear Creek school board members urged the county commissioners to continue their quest to find a high-speed Internet service provider, to help students who live in remote areas of the county.

    They said students need the Internet to complete homework assignments, and they shouldn’t be forced to find other ways to get their work done.

    They asked the commissioners to ensure that Internet in remote areas would not be too costly, and they discussed the feasibility of creating student cyber cafes in the interim.

  • King-Murphy students get with the program

    King-Murphy fifth-graders recently had their eyes glued to their computer screens and fingers flying over their keyboards an hour a day for a week to learn computer programming.

    They began with simple drag-and-drop commands, progressing to writing their own programming code for games such as “Star Wars,” “Minecraft” and “Frozen.”

  • Fourth-graders are fair at trading

    Fourth-graders at Georgetown Community School were extremely pleased with their finely honed entrepreneurial skills on Dec. 17.

    One boy with a sack full of traded goods in one hand hardly knew what to do with himself.

    “I’m the best trade dealer ever!” he announced to a crowd of similarly happy students.

  • Students lending a helping hand halfway across the world

    Third-graders at King-Murphy Elementary School are helping children halfway around the world.

    The students in Annie Kucharcik’s class heard about the refugees fleeing Syria, many of them children, and wanted to help. So after much research, they found the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program.

    The organization is asking children to make and decorate pinwheels, then send them in. For every donated pinwheel, the Bezos Family Foundation will contribute $2, and up to $400,000, to the organization.