• 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.

  • 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.