• Puppets help preschoolers focus on finding so-LU-tions

    When teachers at the 27J Preschool held parent conferences earlier this year, they said they got some interesting feedback regarding Dinosaur School, a new program the school implemented at the beginning of the school year.

        Dinosaur School utilizes the help of life-sized puppets to help children recognize when they are having a problem and the steps they can take to fix that problem. Whether it’s a problem with shyness, sharing or bullying, the puppets teach students to focus on finding an answer to that problem, or a so-LU-tion, as they call it.

  • Local teacher transforms for Miss. Hannigan role in ‘Annie’

      When students from Lynn Ellis’ third-grade class at Bromley East Charter School came to the Prairie Playhouse production of “Annie,” where Ellis plays the cranky Miss Hannigan, some end up being pretty surprised.

        “I’ve heard that some of the kids tell other people, ‘She’s not really like that,’” Ellis laughed. “Some of them have started calling me ‘Miss Hannigan’ during the school day now. But the students love to see me on the stage. It’s a totally different perspective.

  • PVHS marketing students assist preschool in gaining an identity

    It was a win-win for everyone involved. Students in Durk Watts’ marketing classes

    Prairie View High School got a little real-world practice with their design skills, and the SD27J preschool at Brighton Learning and Resource Campus got an identity.

        The preschool opened last school year. School District 27J Colorado Preschool program coordinator Tami Brungard said it was yet to have a logo. The school serves families in the Pennock and South elementary schools attendance areas and has 128 students ages 3 to 5.

  • 27J Education Foundation honors local business, teachers

    The 27J Education Foundation presented awards at its annual Celebrate the Future Luncheon March 2.

    The foundation’s 2010 Business of the Year Award was presented to Adolfson & Peterson Construction. Adolfson & Peterson’s project manager Charles Zachemsky, serves on the foundation board of directors and is a member of the fundraising committee.

  • School briefs

    Essay contest

    for seventh-graders

  • Donation of $1,000 from Interact to pay for Shelterbox

        COMMERCE CITY — The Commerce City Rotary Club hosted a dinner Feb. 16 at Werth Manor Event Center, at which Adams City High School’s Interact Club presented a check for $1,000 to the ShelterBox organization to pay for one Shelterbox.

        At the dinner, every Interact student received a certificate of appreciation that read, “ShelterBox Appreciates Your Work Towards the Purchase of the ShelterBox. To provide warmth, shelter, and dignity to people in need post a disaster.”

  • Fights, Jeffco shooting ramp up awareness at Prairie View

        HENDERSON – If there’s one person who’s glad to see nothing more of last week, it’s Prairie View High School Principal Chris Fiedler.

        In the past two weeks, school administrators and staff – not to mention school resource officers from other schools and Brighton police – had to make a strong presence around the campus and in its hallways.

        The problems started with an off-campus fight Feb. 18, followed by rumors of more trouble the next two school days.

  • School news

    Chili cook-off

        Brighton Lion Clubs fourth annual chili cook-off benefit to raise money for the Lions Club 27J eyeglass program will be Feb. 27 at Mojo’s, 174 S Main St. in Brighton.

    27J parent night March 1

  • Local Olympic hopeful finds a good fit with online schooling

    Ten-year-old Kaitlynne Funderburgh, of Commerce City, uses only one word to describe her daily schedule.

        “Hectic,” she said.

        Funderburgh has been ice skating since she was 7. Her aim is to make it to the Olympics by the time she turns 16. In order to reach her goals, Funderburgh has a rigorous training schedule and travels around the state for competitions. She attends Colorado Connections Academy, a K-12 virtual public school that helps her juggle schoolwork and her training and completion schedules.

  • Losing a school, losing a legacy

    While the future and direction of Brighton Collegiate High School remain unknown, two board members are more than a little disappointed in the actions and directions taken by the new leadership of the now-former board of directors.