• Clear Creek grad Lancaster named superintendent

    The Clear Creek Board of Education has hired Clear Creek High grad Todd Lancaster to be the district’s new superintendent.
    Lancaster will replace retiring superintendent Jeff Miller on July 1. The position pays $100,000 annually.
    School board President Dan Frydenlund said the unanimous decision was made at a special board meeting May 5 after consulting with two committees, adding that the board was impressed with Lancaster’s background and track record in education.

  • Talented Clear Creek student harps on versatility

    Clear Creek High School senior Andre Davis’ wide-ranging passions span his body: He has a mind for science, hands for woodworking and a heart for music.

  • Teacher brings grade-school music classes to life

    Like a symphony conductor, teacher Justin Elks unifies and sets the tempo of his elementary school music classes.
    Keeping his energy high, Elks switches between music instruction and keeping wayward students on the same page as if the entire classroom experience was a quick and lively allegro.

  • French dip: CCHS students get a taste for culture, see the sights during week-long trip to Paris

    Ten Clear Creek High School students learned about a foreign culture — and about themselves — as they spent a week in Paris after school ended in May.

  • Eighth-graders answer questions from the people

    Eighth-graders at Clear Creek Middle School proved last Thursday they could converse about the First Amendment, citizenship and the Philadelphia Convention.
    The 66 students, dressed in their Sunday best, competed in a mock congressional hearing called We the People.
    The students worked in teams and presented their research and arguments on topics from the country’s representative form of government to the differences between the North and South at the Constitutional Convention.

  • Building a future one brick at a time

    With school budgets in decline throughout the state, one Silver Plume resident and Georgetown Community School parent/volunteer sees a silver lining — in bricks.

    Jane Bittner recently started the Building a Future Brick by Brick program to help the school weather the tough economy. The idea is to sell bricks engraved with messages from their donors — bricks that will then line the interior of the school’s walls.

  • National honor society now at King-Murphy

    Recognizing student achievement at the elementary school level usually takes the form of certificates or an awards ceremony.

    At King-Murphy Elementary School, rewarding student achievement has a new form: membership in the National Elementary Honor Society at the school.

    Forty-three fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders were inducted April 8 into King-Murphy’s School in the Sky chapter. The chapter received its charter from the national organization on Oct. 15, 2009.

  • Georgetown Community School gets new five-year contract

    The Georgetown Community School, a public charter school, has negotiated a new five-year contract with the school district.

    On Feb. 23 the Clear Creek school board voted unanimously for the new contract during a meeting at the school. Georgetown Community School’s original contract was for three years, which ends in the spring of this school year.

    Charter schools must submit an application to the chartering authority in order to continue operation. A three-year or a five-year term were being considered by the board.

  • Renewal application approved for G-Town Community School

    The Clear Creek school board has approved the renewal application for the Georgetown Community School, a public charter school.

    The school is in the third year of its initial three-year contract and submitted an application on Dec. 1 for renewal as the only charter school in Clear Creek County.

  • Consensus on school merger proving elusive

    The task force members charged with finding a solution to the school district's budget crisis are closer to a stalemate than a consensus.

    Superintendent Bill Patterson said the group has requested more time and possibly more public input. In the face of a $300,000 deficit and declining enrollment, the district is considering combining kindergarten through eighth grade or the middle school and high school.

    "The problem is, there just wasn't much separation between the options, and they all have their disadvantages," Patterson said.