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Education

  • 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.

  • King-Murphy principal vows to continue pursuit of excellence

    King-Murphy Elementary School’s principal has what she calls the “what’s around the bend” philosophy.

    When Heidi Lupinacci, her husband, Joe, and two children go camping, they push each other to go a little farther — to find out what’s around the next curve in the road or over the next hill.

    That personal philosophy can be applied to her approach to the principal position at King-Murphy. She’s excited about the challenges that await her.

  • New EHS principal glad to be back in state

    Evergreen High School’s new principal is happy to be back home.

    Ryan Alsup, a Colorado native, spent the last three years as principal at Juneau-Douglas High School in Juneau, Alaska. He was hired in May to replace Matt Walsh, who had been EHS’s principal for five years. Walsh has taken a position at the district level in the new School Innovation and Effectiveness Division.

  • EHS junior gives back to Lab School

    Evergreen High School junior Morgan Hays is giving back to Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School, where her sixth-grade experience there set her on a path to a career in environmental science.

    Morgan, 16, a member of Girl Scout Troop 1215, is working toward her Gold Award, which is similar to becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. She decided that her 100-hour project would be creating an outdoor classroom for the geology lessons that sixth-graders learn.

    Morgan built the Geosphere base camp with the help of volunteers and donations.

  • Board eyes consolidation of principal positions

    The Clear Creek school board is considering merging the principal positions at the middle school and high school for the 2014 year to save money, reduce the district’s administrative overhead and ultimately create more efficiency.

    District Superintendent Todd Lancaster said that if the positions were merged, which has not been finalized by the Board of Education, the financial savings would eventually go to hiring two master teachers who would help in classrooms. One would be an elementary specialist and the other a secondary education specialist.

  • New school year brings new policies

    With the 2013-14 school year set to start Aug. 20, the district is planning to implement a host of changes, including an alignment of curriculum across its grades, a more strict absence policy and a change that will make sporting events free for all students.

    District Superintendent Todd Lancaster said the spring semester was a time for planning, and this semester changes will be implemented.

  • 4-H Extension officer considers establishing full-fledged program for kids

    A sampling of 4-H classes for local students this summer has been so popular that the CSU Extension is looking for adult volunteers to help operate a full-fledged 4-H program for kids.

    This summer, local students have learned the art of baking, the science of constructing robots, and the philosophy of archery.

    The last sample class, an Aug. 1 workshop on outdoor adventure and hiking, already is full.

  • King-Murphy to get more classrooms

    The Clear Creek School District plans to spend $450,000 on new classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary School, according to the recently approved 2013-14 budget.

    Also budgeted are 2.5 percent pay increases for all district employees, hiring a vice principal to split time between the middle and high school, and funding for a curriculum director position for a second year to improve student achievement.

  • Robotic racers

     “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto”

    — Styx

    No giant super-robots were forged during the 4-H robotics class on June 5, but organizers hope students came away with some pretty big ideas all the same.

    Students from 7 to 12 years old and representing most of the district’s schools gathered at the Idaho Springs rec center to take part in the latest in a series of free educational programs.

  • School district considers sign on I-70 identifying high school

    The Clear Creek school board is considering placing a large sign facing Interstate 70 on the high school property to inform drivers that the beautiful building they see is, in fact, the high school.

    “I’ve had a lot of people say to me, ‘Oh, where’s Clear Creek High School? That building off the side of the highway — is that the high school?’ “ said board president Bob Judge.