• 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.

  • ‘Haiti is poor, so save it’

    When Jack Ditirro’s first-grade teacher talked with the class about the school’s fundraiser to help the people of Haiti, Jack was determined to do all he could to help the cause.

    He came up with an idea to make bookmarks and sell them to raise money. He  enlisted the help of his mom for the project because, “first-graders can’t use hot glue guns,” he said matter-of-factly.

    “I made a ton of bookmarks,” Jack said, “and I told my aunts and uncles that they could buy them for as much money as they wanted to.”

  • Jumping for joy: Jump rope team takes district by storm

     BRIGHTON — “Here you go, birthday kids,” yelled West Ridge Elementary School physical education teacher Brett Brakel across the school’s gym. Twenty-one kids quickly form a circle in the middle of the gym and begin to jump rope in unison as the Beatles sing, “You say it’s your birthday,” at practice for the school district’s jump rope team, the Jumpcats, last week.

  • Hanson PreK-8 School honors involved parents

        COMMERCE CITY — Hanson PreK-8 School, an Adams 14 elementary and middle school, hosted a recognition ceremony Jan. 7 for 13 parents who completed a six-hour workshop series that teaches parents about the importance of their participation in making a lasting impact on their child’s education.