• Gifted, talented students can apply to Achieve Institute

    The school district’s program for gifted and talented students - Achieve Institute - is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Students in the program can do special projects with their peers at either Pennock Elementary School or Vikan Middle School.

    “This classroom environment allows these students to flourish intellectually, socially, and emotionally in a rigorous and engaging atmosphere,” said Sheri Collier, a school district specialist for gifted and talented students.

  • ‘Lighthouse’ school serves as 'beacon' for Weld Re-3J

    The new, $20 million Meadow Ridge Elementary School is set to open at 1501 Fletcher Ave. next fall to help relieve overcrowding at Lochbuie Elementary School.

    The new school will be a “Leader in Me” Lighthouse program school, officials said. The FranklinCovey Co. program teaches students and teachers about leadership at a price of $40 to $50 per student on average, according to published media reports.

  • Fighting opioid addiction from the inside

    Some students at Brighton High School are taking on the opioid epidemic with the “Break the Chain” campaign to spread awareness about drugs and addiction.
    Cassidy Chambers and Tessa Hughes decided to create the “Break the Chain” marketing initiative after hearing that former Brighton High School student, Grant Fair, 19, died of an accidental drug overdose at the University of Colorado at Boulder a year ago.
    They said many high school students also have substance abuse issues.

  • 27J could switch to four-day school week

    School District 27J officials are considering switching to a four-day school week.

    The four-day week would help relieve some of the district’s budgetary constraints and could hopefully help with attracting and retaining teachers, according to Tracy Rudnick, district spokeswoman.

    “We have to get creative to attract people to work in our district,” Rudnick said. “We have one of the lowest salaries for starting teachers, and we have to find ways to attract them and keep them here.”

  • Grandparents craft holiday art with grandchildren

    Henderson Elementary at 12301 E. 124th Ave. hosts a grandparent jingle and mingle breakfast with its’ kindergartners and third-graders Dec. 19. Grandparents and their grandchildren engage in arts and crafts, making Santa Claus faces in spirit of the holidays.

  • Sleep in? Later starts for middle, high schools next fall

    Local teens may get a chance to sleep a little later in the future – school will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for all middle and high schools in School District 27J when school starts next fall, officials said.

    By changing the start times, officials said they can end the current split schedules at Brighton and Prairie View high schools. Freshman and sophomore 27J students currently attend school from roughly 7:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. while juniors and seniors go to school between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

  • Riverdale Ridge to offer new learning approach

    When the new Riverdale Ridge High School opens next fall, administrators want students to have new ways to think about what they’re going to do when they graduate.

    School officials are working with Front Range Community College in Westminster to offer pre-apprenticeship programming.

  • Tutoring program helps kids succeed at North Elementary

    Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Dedra Drennan helps first-grade students at North Elementary School.

    Drennan spends her mornings with 12 first-grade students, helping them with problems or encouraging them to read, while teacher Jessica Martinez carries out her bilingual lesson plans.

    Drennan is a volunteer tutor from Northern Hills Church, at 5061 E. 160th Ave.

    “I’ve discovered it’s a passion of my mine,” Drennan said.

  • Stuart Middle School teacher resigns

    School district officials said a Stuart Middle School teacher resigned Friday, Dec. 8, after writing, “I want to kill children” in a message on a projector screen in his class one week earlier.

    Kris Burghart, an eighth grade language arts teacher at the school at 15955 E. 101st Way in Commerce City, posted the message in the last period of the school day Friday, Dec. 1.

    An initial message shown to the class said, “Silent reading... I want to kill children, so please sit down and read."

  • Residents worried about future Riverdale Ridge travel

    Jayne Schindler remembers a time when she considered her home quiet and removed from the outside world.

    “At one time, we had like three or four deer herd here, now we’re down to one maybe,” said Jayne Schindler.