• 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.

  • School board votes to hire Marshall as superintendent

    The Clear Creek school board voted unanimously Jan. 20 to appoint Roslin Marshall, the former middle school principal, as district superintendent.

    Marshall had acted as interim superintendent since May, when the school board accepted the resignation of superintendent Todd Lancaster.

    The board approved Marshall to serve as superintendent for one year.

  • Lessons from 2014

    2014, as is true with all years, continued to prove that Clear Creek kids have fun, interesting and educational experiences. The Clear Creek Courant takes readers back to some of the school experiences the paper covered in the last year.

    King-Murphy Elementary

    At King-Murphy, teachers and students received high marks during a mock lockdown drill when they pretended there was an intruder in the area.

  • Sunny side up

    It was breakfast heaven on Nov. 21 for Georgetown Community School students, who carefully tread the school’s halls, balancing ponderous plates piled high with pastries, muffins and doughnuts.

    For the past three years, the school has hosted a Thanksgiving breakfast, which fills the gymnasium and its bleachers with parents, teachers and children.

    Sausage, eggs, fruit, danish, quiche and more, all brought by families and school staff, filled two long tables in the gym.

  • Schools implementing changes in assessment, curriculum

    The Clear Creek School District is undergoing a host of changes this school year involving curriculum alignment, student assessment and educator evaluations.