• School funding initiative makes ballot

    A ballot initiative aimed at boosting school funding in Colorado by raising the state’s corporate tax rate and increasing incomes taxes for the wealthy has made it on the November ballot.

  • Clear Creek schools closed Thursday for teacher walkouts

    Several Clear Creek schools will be closed Thursday after at least a third of the school district’s staff requested substitutes in order to participate in teacher walkouts at the state Capitol on April 26.

  • Education briefs

    Middle school’s test scores increase
    Clear Creek Middle School’s standardized test scores bounced back this year, proving, that last year’s dip in scores was a fluke, according to principal Jeff Miller.
    This year, the school’s overall score on the PARCC test — Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — is 67.8, Miller told the school board at a board/principal retreat on Nov. 14. Usually, the school’s score is around 60, but last year, it was at 47.3.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!”

  • 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.