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Education

  • Seuss fans ham it up

    Kindergarten teacher Jessica Grigg was decked out in red pajamas and wild blue hair made from paper on Friday as she kept watch over a giant pot of bubbling green eggs and ham.

    Grigg and her class celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Seuss Geisel, as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.

    The kindergartners and their sixth-grade reading buddies stood in a line to partake in the unusual literary-themed meal.

  • Rocket man: Students in orbit as astronaut drops in at Carlson Elementary

    An astronaut told Carlson Elementary School students he did not see alien ships while in space, but that they could exist considering how vast the galaxy is.

    The astronaut, Andrew Feustel, gave a presentation to students Feb. 21 and answered their questions, which included everything from what life is like without gravity to if he’d been to any other planets besides Earth.

  • Program urges students to Think First

    Young people should think first before they do something that could hurt their brains and their bodies.

    That was the message at an assembly last Thursday for students at Clear Creek Middle/High School. Students heard the message loud and clear that they should, for example, not text while driving or get in a car with someone who has been drinking alcohol.

    They should stay out of abusive relationships and wear helmets when they’re participating in sports in which they could fall and be injured, such as skateboarding and skiing.

  • Science fair has fascinating end results

    The great thing about science fairs is that the projects range from the esoteric to the downright useful.

    Take the Mountain Area Science Fair, which was Feb. 9 at Evergreen Country Day School. Where else could you learn which dog food would make an animal poop less?

    The project by Marshdale Elementary student Morgan Johnson took first place in the zoology category at the fair.

  • It’s down to a science

    One by one, the sixth-graders stepped up to the desk where small cups filled with water stood rank and file. Zachary Mefford, 12, watched as they tentatively took sips, then named a winner — tap or bottled water.

    Zachary and nearly 90 other Carlson students prepared last week for the school’s annual science fair on Feb. 5. The next step for the children who place first is the Mountain Area Science Fair in Evergreen on Feb. 8 and 9.

  • A tale of the tape

    It’s important to reward students for good effort.

    Marc Gorenstein, King-Murphy Elementary’s physical education teacher, helped do just that on Thursday when he allowed himself to be duct-taped to the gymnasium wall by students and faculty.

  • Eighth-grader wins Clear Creek geography bee

    Eighth-grade student Col Koepsel correctly answered most of the questions at the Clear Creek Middle School geography bee on Monday morning, making him the champion of the competition.

    Col competed with eighth-grade classmates Alex Strauss and Kelley O’Brien and seventh-graders Tayla Parlee, Trae Gaubatz and Tieler Yohn in the National Geographic Society bee.

    Clear Creek principal Roslin Marshall read the questions to the six contestants, who were competing in the school theater with their classmates in the audience.

  • Food for thought: Making hot lunches for district students is no easy task

    Jane Orlando has hundreds of hungry young mouths to feed each day.

    Orlando, the food services director for the Clear Creek School District, and her cooking staff make meals that are nutritious, meet complicated federal school lunch guidelines, stay within the budget and, just as importantly, taste good to the kids in elementary, middle school and high school.

    Each school day, the staff makes about 75 hot lunches for Clear Creek High School, 55 for the middle school, 120 for Carlson Elementary and 100 for King-Murphy Elementary. 

  • Looking at ways to improve and promote Clear Creek schools

    By Sandy Barnes

    Staff Writer

    “We’re trying to raise our entire district to a higher level,” Clear Creek School District Superintendent Todd Lancaster said while talking to a group of parents at King-Murphy Elementary School last Thursday night.

    During the community meeting, Lancaster discussed the school district’s Vision 2020 plan and ways to accomplish it. He also focused on the issue of attracting and retaining students in the district, which is one of the smallest in the state.

  • CCMS students’ foray into ink floating nets beautiful paper

    By Ryan Wood

    For the Courant

    Clear Creek Middle School art students learned recently about the ancient art of ink floating.

    The technique, called “suminagashi,” is a way to put marbling designs on paper. The marbling process creates delicate swirls and lines on the paper, which can be used for stationery, sketching or as artwork by itself. Using a traditional Japanese method for paper marbling, students used Boku Undu inks and rice paper.