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Jeffco policy change does not reduce transparency

On Jan. 18, a letter to the editor, “Jeffco gets less transparent for parents,” criticized a school board policy update. We would like to clarify the reasons behind this action. Jefferson County … more

Warren Tech students go head to head in 48-hour creative jam

As Stuart Compton, game development teacher at Warren Tech, did 4 a.m. rounds at the school Sunday morning, he passed by a team of students and heard various call-outs. “Is this file checked in … more

More grads and fewer dropouts in Jefferson County

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released 2016-17 school year graduation, completion, and dropout rates last week. For Jefferson County Public Schools, the news is positive; more students … more

Pennington Elementary shifts to expeditionary learning school

An old school will be teaching students some new tricks at Pennington Elementary School in Wheat Ridge. The school, located at 4617 Independence St., will transition into an expeditionary learning … more

Safe2Tell emerges as key resource to keeping students safe

Safe2Tell, an anonymous way for students, parents, school staff and community members to report concerns regarding their safety or the safety of others, emerged as a needed resource in the aftermath … more

Learning from lessons of the past

One way the Jeffco school district is sharing its knowledge is through the The Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety — named after former Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis — … more

Jeffco preschool, kindergarten and choice enrollment happening now

Preschool, kindergarten and first-round choice enrollment are happening now through Jan. 31 for the 2018-19 school year for Jefferson County Public Schools. All Jeffco children are assigned a … more

Keeping students, schools safe

In Colorado, where eight school shootings have occurred since 1982 — leaving 19 dead and 29 wounded — keeping students safe is a reality that has spurred Denver metro area districts to lead the … more

Community comes together to serve Arvada High students

After hearing about the homeless student population at Arvada High School, the the owners of George’s Cafe, George and Deanna Karavasilis, decided to dedicate the funds from their annual bake sale … more

Mines students work with disabled veterans to provide better quality of life

Colorado School of Mines students are elevating the quality of life for some of the nation’s greatest heroes. “The independence they’re helping us gain,” said Velette Britt, 29, an Air Force … more

Jeffco Schools launches million dollar innovation fund

In an effort to capitalize on great ideas from teachers, the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education will be launching the Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund that will invest in the … more

Forming healthy financial habits at Young Americans Center

Every great financial empire had to start with just a few dollars going into a bank account somewhere. Which means 14-year-old Katelyn Osborne, who lives in Denver, is ahead of the curve when it … more

Teaching grandchildren to help and thank others

A New Year’s resolution might be to continue teaching children to do good deeds and have good social skills. Children can show gratitude to those who rarely receive a thank you. People who deserve … more

A look back at the top issues in Jefferson County Public Schools in 2017

Despite small raise, teacher pay continues to lag With the failure of the $33 million mill levy override and $535 million bond package that the Jefferson County Schools Board of Education presented … more

Jeffco public schools earn 45 CMAS-based academic awards

Thirty-five district schools earned 45 academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education based on 2016-17 Colorado Measures of Academic Success results. “I am so proud of these schools and … more

Kiwanis’ Pins for Kids raises $7,000

Twenty-two teams raised more than $7,000 in the annual Pins for Kids fundraiser, organized by the Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis Club and held at Western Bowl in Arvada. The money raised through entry fees … more

Arvada Center, Regis University form partnership

Regis University students interested in taking more classes in the arts will be able to starting in January through a partnership with the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities. With this new … more

Glass: What makes a great school in Jeffco

In October, we released a proposed vision statement for Jeffco Public Schools called Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools. Since that time, we’ve had deep and … more

Lack of affordable housing pushes families onto streets

Lack of sleep, anxiety, depression and acting out are all heightened mental health challenges faced by the 500 unaccompanied youths and the approximately 3,000 students experiencing homelessness in … more

Despite obstacles, ‘I have a lot of reasons to be happy'

Every day, Daliliah Wilson spends four hours simply getting to and from school. Without a car or driver’s license, Wilson, 18, must take two buses and the light rail from her Wheat Ridge home to … more
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