• Students let it bee at King-Murphy

    What do fifth-grader Bode Dalton and second-grader Haley Cain have in c-o-m-m-o-n at King-Murphy Elementary School?

    They were finalists in the school’s spelling bee last Thursday. The two bested 28 other students, with Bode taking first place and Haley taking second.

    Bode spelled “preserve” and “amigo” to win. 

    After the bee, both were surrounded by classmates who congratulated them on their success.

  • Enrollment decline persists at schools

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series examining the cause and result of the declining population of Clear Creek County.

    The Clear Creek School District lost more students between October and February than it had anticipated, one of the largest declines the district has seen in several years.

  • Some teachers, district residents favor merging principal positions

    Teachers and community members who have attended meetings with the school superintendent favor merging the Clear Creek high school/middle school principal positions into one, according to Superintendent Todd Lancaster.

    However, the two groups differ on whether a curriculum director should remain in place or a teacher-leader should take up that responsibility at a later date.

    During the Feb. 18 meeting, Lancaster updated the Board of Education on his efforts to collect feedback on how the district should allocate resources in coming years. 

  • School district gets input on three possible paths

    Three proposals for different administrative structures for the Clear Creek School District generated optimism among parents and teachers at a community meeting last Thursday at the middle/high school.

  • The rest is history

    Eighth-graders at Clear Creek Middle School blended American history with contemporary politics last Thursday during the annual mock congressional hearings.

    Working in teams, they spoke knowledgeably about the country’s first political parties, compared with political parties of today; the application of the Bill of Rights; and state versus federal rights.

  • Mountain Area Science Fair 2014 winners

     Winners at the Mountain Area Science Fair, which was held Saturday at Evergreen Country Day School.


    Second and third grades



    1st place, James Aldrich, Parachute Power, Bergen

    2nd place, Taylor Lozowick, Row, Row, Tow your Boat, Wilmot

    3rd place, Joshua Clapp, Floating Balloons, Parmalee

    4th place, Tori Field, Far Flying, Evergreen Country Day School



  • Student hypotheses fare well (mostly) at GCS event

    Five-year-old Ellie Bottomley didn’t stand alone for long next to her science fair display in the Georgetown Community School gym.

    Ellie’s project, a wind-propelled wooden car with different types of sails, drew other kindergartners as she explained its details.

    As one of the youngest science fair participants, Ellie displayed enthusiasm for her project, and quickly brought it out in others.

    “Wow! That’s awesome,” one of Ellie’s kindergarten classmates said, looking at the little vehicle.

  • King-Murphy gets high marks for lockdown drill

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

    “They did a wonderful job,” Bruce Snelling, captain of the Rocky Mountain Combined Tactical Team, said after the 20-minute drill. “The staff seems to be well trained on the procedures, and the kids did a great job.”

  • Getting into geography

    It’s not often that kindergartners get to sit on Antarctica.

    The King-Murphy kindergartners sat on the icy continent Friday as they took a trip around the world inside a 30-foot globe. They learned about the continents, physical features of the planet, animals and where they live, and some history.

  • Clear Creek students learn everything from A to Z

     Compiled by Courant staff

    It’s been a busy year for schools in Clear Creek, as students learned in fun, interactive ways, and the Clear Creek Courant chronicled some of the lessons.

    • Two Clear Creek district-wide art shows had something for everyone. Artwork from students in kindergarten through 12th grade was on display at the Majestic Building in Idaho Springs. The district’s two art teachers hoped students, families and the community would check out the students’ work.