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Education

  • Talent on display at G-town Community School

    For 2 minutes and 57 seconds, the audience in the Georgetown Community School gym were all his.

    Third-grader Corey Baker stood in front of a packed room of his classmates and their parents with his fist raised high, and belted out the words to Queen’s ultimate power ballad, “We Are the Champions.”

    The audience gave plenty of loud and enthusiastic support for Corey and all of the other singers, dancers, hula-hoopers, gymnasts and pajama-wearing canine performers during the school’s second annual talent show on May 14.

  • King-Murphy sixth-graders study homelessness

    A sixth-grade project intended for students to show what they learned in elementary school turned into something so much more.

    The sixth-graders at King-Murphy Elementary spent four months researching homelessness, coming away with more empathy for homeless people and their plight. Because of the experience, the students say they want to find more ways to help the homeless get back on their feet.

    The project is called Exhibition, and it is a requirement for International Baccalaureate schools. King-Murphy has been an IB school for more than three years.

  • Earth Day program takes global approach at Community School

    In honor of Earth Day, salvos of elongated balloons were sent soaring through the air across the Georgetown Community School gym and toward hula hoops on Friday.

    Students gathered for a day-long program recognizing air, sun and the planet’s resources, and how to protect them.

    The event was the first of what is hoped to be many cooperative efforts among the school and the county’s CSU Extension and 4-H office.

  • King-Murphy students revved for repurposing

    King-Murphy Elementary School is sowing the seeds of conservation.

    The school has been celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, which is April 22, with a presentation by the regional administrator from the Environmental Protection Agency and the EPA mascot, Froggy. Students also participated in a repurposing challenge in which they took trash and found new uses for it.

  • To bee or not to bee

    Projecting energy and enthusiasm back to the stage, Clear Creek High musical director Lauren Mikkelson danced, sang and engaged in the same synchronized kicking as her cast, all while holding a giant cup of coffee.

    “I drink so much caffeine,” Mikkelson joked.

    Mikkelson certainly needs her energy.

    The English teacher is directing and choreographing the school’s spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” while keeping track as some students drop in and out between after-school sports practices.

  • King-Murphy kids happy to help canines, other critters

    The King-Murphy Elementary student council has donated $180 to the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    The group decided to use some of the money from a fund-raiser it organized last fall to help animals, according to council adviser Samantha Gorenstein. 

    The council presented EAPL representatives with a large check to symbolize the donation at a recent meeting. The students also met Ducky the dog, who has become an unofficial ambassador for the nonprofit.

  • Amusement park assignment a wild ride for Carlson students

    The ideal amusement park from a first-grader’s perspective is an exercise in unfiltered imagination.

    It includes multi-colored towers, impossible roller-coasters, Ferris wheels, water rides and, in one case, visitors whipped around on a ride, narrowly avoiding the grasp of hungry dinosaurs.

    This exercise in creative thought took place last week in Carlson Elementary School’s first-grade classes, as students combined lessons in reading, math, science, map making and art into their own dream amusement park.

  • Down the runway

    Even with no red carpet or high-fashion models, the King-Murphy kindergarten international fashion show was every bit a spectacle of beautiful costumes from different regions of the globe and a hit with parents.

    This year, the fashion show was set up in the gym, with Mary Pat Maroney’s second-grade class in the audience, along with parents and grandparents. School secretary Shirley Simon was the emcee, discussing the outfits that ranged from kimonos to sombreros.

  • Students get a taste for science at fair

    It was a brilliant, if messy, fusion of theory and creativity at the Georgetown Community School science fair on Feb. 3.

    Two dozen students displayed and discussed their projects in the school’s cafeteria as students and judges walked among the tables in what could be called scientific pandemonium.

    Lorray Singmaster, third-grade teacher and science fair organizer, said her top goal was for the students to have fun.

  • District’s curriculum overhaul targets achievement

    Curriculum has become a high priority in the Clear Creek School District.

    It’s not just minor changes in subjects being taught in classrooms. Instead, it’s a multi-pronged approach that started with how individual teachers are teaching, so they reach every student regardless of skill level. Over the next few years, the teachers will look at how each subject is taught at every grade level to ensure that units in a subject area build on each other.