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Education

  • 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.

  • G-town teachers took their case to Clear Creek school board

    Georgetown Community School teachers and administrators shared their concerns about the school’s governance with the Clear Creek school board on May 15.
    The teachers submitted a letter detailing their grievances, and have asked that the GCS board of directors be more transparent and communicate better with everyone involved with the school. They are also concerned that board members have assumed too much power.

  • Charter-school teachers offer resignations at meeting

    GEORGETOWN — Shouting broke out among board members, teachers and parents at a May 17 meeting of the board of the Georgetown Community School, as nearly 10 teachers submitted resignation letters over claims that board members have bullied them and created a hostile work environment.

  • Cooking up learning

    Awash in an excited flurry of effort, the Georgetown Community School cafeteria became a detailed culinary microcosm of four different countries on May 11.

  • 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.