• 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.

  • King-Murphy’s Unique Tea celebrates kids’ individuality

    Just call Ryan Sandblom “Captain One Sock.”

    According to his dad, the King-Murphy Elementary School kindergartner loses his socks so frequently that his family began referring to him by that nickname. But it’s just one of the ways in which Lee Sandblom says his son is unique.

  • For new King-Murphy principal, ‘it’s all about relationships’

    It’s 8:10 a.m. last Thursday at King-Murphy Elementary School, and interim principal Joe Majeski stands in front of the school, greeting students as they get off the buses.

    He gets hugs from a few students, tousles a few heads and tells many of them, “Be smart. Be polite today.”

    Majeski always begins and ends the school day with bus duty, and he makes sure to check in with bus drivers to make sure the trips went smoothly. He also greets parents who drove their children to school.

  • Back-to-school night filled with excitement, anticipation

    The gymnasium at Carlson Elementary School was in all likelihood the loudest place in Clear Creek County last Thursday as families greeted one another, teachers and staff during back-to-school night.

    An early-evening storm brought the event inside, and excitement was in the air in anticipation of the first day of school on Monday.

    “Isn’t this great?” principal Marcia Jochim said, gesturing at the chaos.

  • King-Murphy plans changes amid declining enrollment

    Amid concerns about rapidly declining enrollment, King-Murphy Elementary School is moving forward with trying to change what has been perceived as a negative culture in the building.

    The Clear Creek school board heard a presentation at its study session last Thursday from Lynn Kintz, a consultant hired to help solve some of the issues.

  • A fresh perspective

    What will Clear Creek County look like in five years? In 10 years? In 50?

    The answer lies not with the current generations but with future ones, some of whom paid a visit to the county commissioners last week to share their vision for the county.

    The Discover Clear Creek! Summer Day Camp attended the July 19 county commissioners’ meeting to give presentations on various aspects of the county, ask questions, and learn about local government.

  • Canines, kids on same page in reading program

    At first, the barking was almost unbearable. Eighteen canines woofed in a disjointed chorus at a small troop of children who came to visit them at the local animal shelter on July 6.

    Upon entering, the kids grabbed books and blankets, and wandered among the stalls before deciding which dog to read to. Before long, the barking had mostly quieted down.