• 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.”

  • Fourth-graders are fair at trading

    Fourth-graders at Georgetown Community School were extremely pleased with their finely honed entrepreneurial skills on Dec. 17.

    One boy with a sack full of traded goods in one hand hardly knew what to do with himself.

    “I’m the best trade dealer ever!” he announced to a crowd of similarly happy students.

  • Students lending a helping hand halfway across the world

    Third-graders at King-Murphy Elementary School are helping children halfway around the world.

    The students in Annie Kucharcik’s class heard about the refugees fleeing Syria, many of them children, and wanted to help. So after much research, they found the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program.

    The organization is asking children to make and decorate pinwheels, then send them in. For every donated pinwheel, the Bezos Family Foundation will contribute $2, and up to $400,000, to the organization.

  • Carlson students enjoy field day fun

    Darting forward, 10-year-old Afton Dhyne reached the high jump, stopped, and leapt for the bar.

    Relatively small in stature compared with some of the other Carlson fifth-graders, Afton left the Earth far below and cleared the bar again and again — making her one of the best high-jumpers in her class.

    “I’m just used to jumping pretty high,” Afton said of her secret to success during the school’s field day on Oct. 7.

  • Clear Creek Watershed Festival on tap Saturday

    Anyone who would like to make snow and pan for gold, try to catch a fish in Clear Creek, or scramble up a climbing tower should check out the seventh annual Clear Creek Watershed Festival.

    The event is a fun and free way for kids and parents, and anyone else, to learn about water and the environment in Clear Creek County. It will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park in Idaho Springs (across the street to the north from Safeway.)

  • Clear Creek High welcomes nine new teachers

    Clear Creek schools have begun the new year with energy and enthusiasm — and with several new teachers.

    Turnover among teachers in the district is nothing new, but at the high school this year turnover is unusually high, district officials said.

    At Clear Creek High School, nine of the school’s 18 teachers left in May for varying reasons: retirement, a spouse getting a different job farther from Clear Creek, a career change, jobs closer to home.

  • School district enrollment expected to remain steady

    The Clear Creek School District’s decade-long enrollment decline seems to be waning, according to enrollment predictions for the new school year.

    “We are expecting our enrollment to be very similar to the 2014-15 school year,” Superintendent Roslin Marshall said.

    Willie Leslie, the district’s business manager, echoes that, predicting a total enrollment for the three elementary schools, the middle school and high school of 886, compared with last year’s 890.