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Education

  • King-Murphy to get two more classrooms

    Construction will begin in March to add two classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary School at a cost of $450,000.

    The expansion will occur on the northwest side of the building, and the new rooms will be used for art and Spanish classes. Those classes now are being held in the cafeteria.

    The Clear Creek Board of Education met with contractor LK Partners on Nov. 19 to review the final construction design. The board will vote Dec. 10 to approve the plan.

    District Superintendent Todd Lancaster said discussion to add the classrooms began last spring. 

  • Schools superintendent discusses move of sixth-graders

    The two dozen people who attended a meeting with Clear Creek schools Superintendent Todd Lancaster on Friday had a variety of issues on their minds regarding kids’ education, yet one item was paramount: giving students the best education possible.

    Lancaster said after the meeting that he’s hosted two other Coffee with the Superintendent meetings in the past few months, and this was the first to go in depth on issues facing the district.

  • Students hit the wall

    Who knew that testing data could be interesting — even downright exciting?

    It is at Clear Creek High/Middle School.

    The school’s college-preparation statistics class, with help from the administration, found a way to make the school’s scores on the Northwest Evaluation Association tests relevant so students would want to do better.

  • King-Murphy kids help the hungry

    The lesson for King-Murphy Elementary’s sixth-graders was simple: It’s important to help others in the community.

    The students learned that lesson through a school-wide food drive. The school donated 750 items to Evergreen Christian Outreach for families in need.

    While the students learned organizational skills, more importantly they learned how good it feels to help others.

    Last Tuesday, the students loaded boxes of canned goods, juices, boxed macaroni and cheese, detergent and other items into a vehicle sent to the school by EChO.

  • Off to a flying start

    Carlson Elementary fifth-graders had the right stuff last Thursday, when learning about science took flight.

    “On your marks, get set — blast off,” instructed fifth-grade teacher Graydon Harn.

    In response, students tossed a dozen paper planes into the air. A flurry of white paper fluttered, drifted and spun to the ground. 

    Students cheered appreciatively at the airplanes that flew more than halfway across the classroom.

  • It’s a wrap!

    The King-Murphy Elementary School principal means it when she says she’ll do just about anything to get students to read.

    Last Thursday, principal Heidi Lupinacci allowed a third-grade class to wrap her up like a mummy because the class had earned the most points for buying books and taking comprehension tests during the school’s book fair.

  • Unique Tea celebrates diversity at King-Murphy

    Kindergartners celebrated the things that make them unique during King-Murphy Elementary School’s annual Unique Tea on Sept. 25.

    The students in Paulyne Fischer’s and Beth Schwecke’s classes wore uniquely decorated hats made out of paper bags to the event and stood one by one in front of the group while an adult friend — usually a parent or grandparent — told three things that made each child special.

  • G-town Community School overhauls computer lab

    Thanks to community fund-raising support, Georgetown Community School students have new technology at their fingertips.

     

    The school overhauled its aging computer lab and purchased 20 new desktop computers, replacing computers originally purchased when the facility opened as a charter school in 2005.

    According to principal Sharon Warren, the computers cost approximately $10,000 and were paid for primarily through the school’s fund-raising efforts.

  • Student council working to build school spirit for CCHS homecoming

    The student council at Clear Creek High School is working hard to build more school spirit during homecoming week, which starts Sept. 30.

    Council members have added new activities this year to set the mood for homecoming, leading up to the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the Idaho Springs field against the Estes Park High School Bobcats and the homecoming dance at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the school.

  • Lab School students hike 2 miles to safety during flooding

    About 130 students at the Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School took an unplanned 2-mile hike north to Old Squaw Pass Road on Friday to escape the flooding waters of Bear Creek.

    The school is at 201 Evans Ranch Road, which is north of Upper Bear Creek Road and west of Witter Gulch Road. Because of flooding on Upper Bear Creek Road, students couldn’t be bused out the usual way after their one-week stay at the Lab School.