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Teacher contract, test results prompt budget changes

Student standardized test results came back just in time for the first regular school board meeting on Sept. 5, at which board members pressed for answers on how the district would improve for 2020. … more

Jefferson County’s fourth grade initiative boosts student test scores

After seeing a decrease in the percentage of fourth graders who passed the standardized test CMAS in 2018, district executives felt compelled to make a change. “We targeted support specifically for … more

Reporter Stories: First Day of School at STEM, last day for our reporter

We talk with our Douglas County School District reporter Alex DeWind on her last day about covering the first day of school at Highlands Ranch's STEM School. more

Teacher survey results provide ‘opportunity to learn from each other’

“This school is led by an effective team.” “I would recommend this school as a good place to work.” “I would recommend this school as a good place for students to learn.” For some … more

District considers weekly late start or early release for all schools

After a March survey and June school board meeting, Jeffco Public Schools is considering its next steps for a plan that could set a weekly late start or early release for all of its schools. The … more

Citizens, district dispute amount of Jeffco bond money charters receive

Hundreds of construction projects will be underway at Jefferson County district schools this summer, funded by the $567 million in bond money approved by voters in November. The district previously outlined how that … more

District-wide effort brings cameras, security glass to Jeffco schools

For dozens of district schools, the summer will usher in important security improvements, with 37 schools receiving new security cameras and nine scheduled to have front doors outfitted with … more

Adopting budget and pay raises, board calls for changes in negotiation process

Thursday’s school board meeting found some board members feeling somewhat “backed into a corner,” in the words of board member Brad Rupert, as the board adopted the district budget for … more

Without low-cost adult ed classes, ‘I couldn’t have gone on in school’

It had been 29 years since Aimee Diehl had last taken a math class. Having struggled with math in high school, the Lakewood resident believed the subject would stand in the way of her going to … more

Jeffco school district considering tearing down old Columbine High School

Dear Jeffco Public Schools parents, staff, students, and community members, On April 20, 1999, the Jeffco community was rocked by the then unimaginable school shooting which took the lives of … more

Treasure hunting for great reads

All the smiles are wonderful. Whether it be an adult who found a book that completes a his or her collection by a certain author, or a little kid who can’t wait to take home their bag full books … more

Faith Christian's Class of 2019 graduates

Faith Christian High School's graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019 occurred on May 23. Seniors Madison Walker and Thomas MacPhee (one of two class valedictorians) provided the student address, … more

'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 … more

Wheat Ridge High School's Class of 2019

For Wheat Ridge High's class of 2019, the May 17 graduation ceremony was full of laughs as speakers brought up past memories and, in the words of student speaker Zoey Terry, “the drama” they … more

Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from … more

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are … more

Three teachers honored with crystal apples

Birthdays, retirements and crystal apples. The Golden Schools Foundation hosted its annual Teacher Recognition Award ceremonies on May 10 this year. This year’s recipients are Patti Nielson, art … more

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided … more

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom … more

STEM School students walk out of shooting vigil amid frustration

A vigil that brought politicians, activists and several hundred students and parents to Highlands Ranch High School after the nearby STEM School shooting devolved into chaos and chants, with many students expressing frustration with the event’s political overtones on gun policy. more
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