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Education

  • Fiedler gets contract extension

    School District 27J superintendent Chris Fiedler is now expected to continue his job for at least the next four years, after the school board voted on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to extend his contract through the 2019-2020 school year.

    Fiedler will continue to earn his current salary of $199,455 per year through the extended contract, the school district said in a press statement. He has forgone a pay increase in his two previous contract extensions.

  • Adams 14 school district seeks new board member

    The Adams 14 Board of Education is on the lookout for a new board member, after former member Robert Vashaw was arrested Sept. 9 in Aurora and charged with attempted child sexual assault.

    Police said Vashaw was attempting to lure a child via the internet. They identified him during an online investigation, according to media reports. An Aurora police spokesperson said at the time of the arrest that none of the district's students were involved in the case.

  • Supreme Court to hear cases at BHS

    MetroWest Report

    Colorado Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments in two real-life cases on Oct. 5 at a public event at Brighton High School before an audience of students.

    In one case a man acquitted of charges wants the state to return marijuana and marijuana plants to him. In the other case, a man is appealing a 6-year jail sentence given to him after his probation was revoked because he committed a new crime.

  • No bullying

    By Michel Hansen

    Special to MetroWest Newspapers

    Unicorns and anti-bullying classes overtook Henderson Elementary School, 12301 E. 124th Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

    The free Youthfest event focused on anti-bullying presentations for kids.

    Students learned how to defend themselves during the workshops. If a bully physically attacks you, it’s OK to fight back, said Silas Beaner, owner of The Dojo in Fort Collins.

  • Blind climber finds there are no barriers

    Erik Weihenmayer has accomplished a lot in his 47 ½ years of life.

    He climbed to the highest point on each of the seven continents, a global mountaineering challenge known as the Seven Summits. He kayaked the 277-mile Grand Canyon stretch of the Colorado River two years ago. In his younger days, he was a top high school wrestler.

  • Brighton High School’s Horiuchi gets Daniels Scholar nod

     BRIGHTON – Brighton High School senior Brian Kenzo Horiuchi has been named a 2016 Daniels Scholar.

    Horiuchi is one of 146 students from across the state to receive the scholarship, which covers all college-related expenses for a chosen student after all other scholarships and financial aid is applied.

  • New school planned for Reunion neighborhood

    BRIGHTON - Construction on a $22 million elementary school is expected to begin by July in the Reunion neighborhood, just west of Tower Road on 104th Avenue in Commerce City.

    School District 27J’s 12th elementary school will be built on a 10-acre site at 110th Avenue and Landmark Drive, said Kevin Denke, district spokesman. The new school doesn’t have a name yet, but it’s planned to open in fall 2017.

  • Brighton Heritage math teacher makes connections with students

    BRIGHTON – To Donna Petrocco, Jake Nelson is more than a disheveled math teacher at Brighton Heritage Academy who wears socks with his Birkenstocks.

    Because Nelson has a great connection with students, former school board member Petrocco decided to nominate him to be Brighton Chamber of Commerce’s March 2016 teacher of the month.

  • Graduation rates dip below the state average

    BRIGHTON — A slight decrease in the number of students graduating on time has pushed the district’s graduation rate below the state average for the first time in three years. School District 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler acknowledged the 0.4 percentage point decrease during his report to the Board of Education during its Jan. 26 regular meeting.

  • Vibra Hospital of Denver donates gifts to kids at Community Reach

    THORNTON — The children at Community Reach Center’s Day Treatment Program had gifts to open and enjoy this holiday season because of the generous support of staff at Vibra Hospital of Denver, in Thornton.