• 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.

  • Southeast teams up with Ronald’s house

    Ronald McDonald was the special guest at Southeast Elementary School’s Jan. 8 Spartan Assembly. He was on hand to accept a $348 check donated by the students and staff to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, Inc. The money came from the collection of 1 million pop can tabs (1,000 pounds), collected by Southeast Elementary students and staff several years ago — to see what 1 million of an item would look like. The tabs were on display in the school library until this school year, when physical education teacher Robby Bustrum took them to be traded in for cash.

  • Goodbye ACT, hello SAT: Changes on horizon for Colorado’s college-bound high schoolers

    Eric Gorski

  • Achieve Institute offering curriculum for 27’s gifted

    BRIGHTON — School District 27J will be launching Achieve Institute next fall, a new targeted curriculum designed to meet the needs of the district’s gifted and talented students.
        Housed on the Pennock Elementary School campus, the institute will utilize a “school within a school” model that will allow students to be part of a smaller, focused learning community but still have full-campus opportunities such as lunch, recess, and special classes with grade-level peers.