• Verdict is in: Evidence supports careers in science

    A Colorado Bureau of Investigation forensic scientist set out to prove to honors chemistry students at Clear Creek High School that science can be fun and interesting.

    Carol Crowe, a CBI agent for more than 20 years, discussed her work and some of the processes she uses to test drugs, fire debris and gunshot residue. It was apparent as she discussed procedures and told stories that she loves her job.

    That’s exactly what chemistry teacher Josh Martinez was hoping for.

  • School board struggling to balance district’s 2016-17 budget

    The Clear Creek school board has laid out plans for balancing its budget for the 2016-17 school year, as a drop in tax revenue looms with the impending closure of the Henderson Mine.

    The board on Feb. 16 approved a resolution declaring its intent to solve two problems: find ways to cut $390,000 from the budget and use money from an emergency fund to mitigate any deficits caused by the eventual closure of the mine.

  • School board approves calendars for next two years

    The Clear Creek school board approved the school calendars for the next two years at its meeting Tuesday night.

    The calendars were created by a committee that took into account state requirements, calendars used by surrounding school districts, past practice, and comments from staff, administration and parents.

  • Scientific synergies

    Giving credence to the old saying “Two heads are better than one,” Georgetown Community School let students partner up for this year’s science fair, and the duos came up with interesting results.

    Cookies, crystals and sleds were among some of the presentations.

    While the two-person teams couldn’t move on to the Mountain Area Science Fair last weekend, Lorray Singmaster, third-grade teacher and science fair organizer, said her goal was for students to bounce ideas off each other and benefit from the creative synergy.

  • An astronaut’s odyssey to Carlson

    Carlson Elementary fifth-graders in Graydon Harn’s class recently got an up-close look at the right stuff and were encouraged to cast their gaze on more distant horizons.

    NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel spoke to the students about space and science on Jan. 28, and he strived to inspire them to look into the future.

  • School district bracing for loss of tax revenue when mine closes

    The Clear Creek School District is gearing up for the negative impact on its finances when the Henderson Mine closes.
    However, the district does not expect to lose the large sums of money other entities funded by property taxes will, thanks to the state’s Public School Finance Act, which aims to make financing more equitable among school districts.

  • Science fair lets Carlson students test their theories

    With fruit-flinging catapults, glass beakers overflowing with green crystals and questionable jars full of soda-pickled liver, scientific flair was on display at the annual Carlson Elementary School science fair.

    On Jan. 28, a handful of volunteer judges met with nearly 80 students from preschool through sixth grade who were showing off their unique, and sometimes slightly unusual, presentations.

  • An education in helping others

    Seven Clear Creek High School students are just $50 away from sending a third girl living in a developing nation to high school.

    The Clear Creek chapter of She’s the First was founded this academic year with the goal of raising money to send underprivileged girls to school.

    The chapter’s members have taken to that effort with gusto.

  • Clear Creek school board members discuss need for high-speed Internet

    Clear Creek school board members urged the county commissioners to continue their quest to find a high-speed Internet service provider, to help students who live in remote areas of the county.

    They said students need the Internet to complete homework assignments, and they shouldn’t be forced to find other ways to get their work done.

    They asked the commissioners to ensure that Internet in remote areas would not be too costly, and they discussed the feasibility of creating student cyber cafes in the interim.

  • King-Murphy students get with the program

    King-Murphy fifth-graders recently had their eyes glued to their computer screens and fingers flying over their keyboards an hour a day for a week to learn computer programming.

    They began with simple drag-and-drop commands, progressing to writing their own programming code for games such as “Star Wars,” “Minecraft” and “Frozen.”