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Education

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Middle school students learn about flirting versus hurting

    Those awkward teenage years include a lot of “firsts”: first time driving a car, first time staying home alone, and the inevitable first crush. But how do young adults learn the boundaries between flirting and hurting?

  • King-Murphy identifies steps to solve school’s problems

    King-Murphy Elementary School has a plan of action to change the negative culture in the building and try to boost declining enrollment.

    The school’s principal and representatives from the faculty and PTA presented the school board on Oct. 11 with steps they hope to complete this year to turn things around.

  • Fun run raises funds, community spirit at King-Murphy

    The King-Murphy PTA’s second annual fun run fund-raiser on Friday morning was a success in several ways:

    • Students enjoyed the 38-degree fresh air as they ran laps around the turf field. Most of the younger students ran at least 1.5 miles in about 30 minutes, with a few running closer to 3 miles. The first group included the preschoolers through second-graders, with the older students running later.

  • A clear look at science in the field

    Clear Creek High School’s Advanced Placement environmental science students have taken their book-learning into the field: They have become “citizen scientists,” testing the water in Clear Creek for the environmental group River Watch.

    Each month the 14 students visit a spot near the Tributary at 244 armed with sampling bottles, thermometers, nets and ice-cube trays — along with a couple pairs of waders — to test the water to determine the creek’s health.