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Education

  • Clear Creek High implementing new math curriculum

    Clear Creek High School is changing the way it teaches math.

    The curriculum is based on a new series of textbooks called “Mathematics With Meaning.” It takes a more hands-on approach to math and is based more in the real world.

    “It’s less-direct teacher instruction,” said David Schuessler, who has been teaching math at CCHS for 18 years. “If there’s a problem to solve, they work on their own in teams, and they discover things in that process.”

  • Upgrades eyed for playground at G-town Community School

    A new committee is looking at potential playground improvements at the Georgetown Community School.

    A group of parents and teachers waded through the playground’s decidedly un-fun gravel and surveyed the school’s dirt field and unused basketball court on Oct. 8. They discussed ideas for making the playground safer and more fun for children of all ages.

    C.J. Hawk, the school’s new physical education teacher, and Stephanie Mellon, parent and school board member, came up with the idea to hold the informal brainstorming session.

  • A lesson in U.S. government

    If experiencing something firsthand is the best teacher, then the Clear Creek High School Advanced American Government class has learned a lot this semester.

    The class has gotten involved with both national and local politics by sponsoring a voter registration day for seniors who will be 18 by Election Day and co-sponsoring a forum for the four candidates for Clear Creek commissioner.

    It’s been a great way to understand the political process, the issues facing the nation and Clear Creek County, and how young people fit in.

  • The fine art of making s’mores

    For seven years, Carlson Elementary sixth-graders have experienced the joys of communing with nature and, just as importantly, the joys of making and eating s’mores by a campfire.

    On the morning of Sept. 13, five teachers took 30 students south of Idaho Springs beyond the Barbour Forks Trailhead, up a Forest Service road and to a meadow perfect for camping.

  • Islands of learning

    It’s a veritable Treasure Island: Bright blue waters chisel away at a shoreline that borders a desert island, which can be escaped only by repairing a broken ship.

    Sixth-grader Michael Burch’s face hovers over the island like the sun, proudly beaming down at his geology project. He points at where the treasure might be buried.

    Georgetown Community School sixth-graders worked Sept. 5 on creating their own land forms as part of their geology unit leading into learning about plate tectonics.

  • A new school year brings new programs

    Back-to-school time is in full swing for students, teachers and principals in Clear Creek schools.
    Students return to their classrooms Monday, with principals and teachers having new programs and activities in store. Here is a look at some of the changes at Clear Creek schools.

    Carlson to add character-building assemblies
    Carlson Elementary is gearing up for the fall semester by adding weekly character-building assemblies, a move precipitated by the district superintendent’s emphasis on the topic.

  • School board chief wants mandatory outdoor seminar — including sky-diving

    School board president Dan Frydenlund would like to make Clear Creek High School’s elective outdoor seminar class a requirement — and then include sky-diving in the program.
    Frydenlund strongly believes the lessons learned and the confidence developed during the class could be hugely beneficial to students as they head to college.
    Frydenlund recently hosted a trip to the Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont on Sunday for five graduates, including his daughter Taylor Feldt.

  • Georgetown Community School names new principal

    Veteran educator Sharon Warren has become Georgetown Community School’s new principal and will guide the charter school forward in the wake of last spring’s rift between teachers and the school board.

    Warren, who officially started work last week, said she’s focused on creating a smooth transition in the school’s leadership as it prepares for the new school year.

    School board president Stephanie Vogt said the board selected Warren because of her background in education, as well as her business experience.

  • New Clear Creek superintendent has a full agenda

    With school set to resume Aug. 20, Todd Lancaster, Clear Creek’s new superintendent, has a lot on his plate as he plans for the district’s future.

    Over the next few years, Lancaster hopes to implement character development in local education, to add accountability and leadership from the top levels down, and to look for ways to actively engage the community through a long-term public affairs campaign.

  • Georgetown Community School restructures its leadership

    After a rift between the Georgetown Community School’s board and school staff erupted into public recriminations at the May 17 board meeting, the board on May 30 unanimously approved restructuring the charter school’s leadership and creating a grievance committee.
    Effective in August, the school will be led by a principal and business manager, eliminating the vice principal position held by Rachel Wides, who has been openly critical of the board. Interim principal Karla Haas Moskowitz must re-apply for the principal position if she wants to keep it.