• School District 27J selects new Chief Financial Officer

        BRIGHTON — School District 27J has selected Lori Schiek as its new Chief Financial Officer after a detailed hiring process.
        Schiek has served as an accountant in the 27J finance department since September 2015. She brings more than 14 years of accounting experience, most of it in the private business sector, to her new role as the district’s financial leader.

  • Robotics grant will fund ASU summer internships

    ALAMOSA — Adams State University students will have a unique opportunity to develop artificial intelligence and social-emotional programming for robots through a three-year grant of more than a half-million dollars from the Department of Defense Army Research Office. Their work will tie together with similar projects underway across the world, through scholarly collaborations developed by Matthew Ikle, professor of mathematics.


  • New members join 27J school board
  • Students salute those who serve



  • Giving back: PVHS students serve up most important meal to VIPs



    Prairie View High School Student Government Association representatives provided breakfast Nov. 11 for emergency first responders that serve the Prairie View community. Members of the Brighton and Commerce City police departments, Brighton Fire Rescue District firefighters and Platte Valley Ambulance Service paramedics were invited to visit the school for a free breakfast. Students wanted to treat first responders to breakfast as a way to show gratitude for their service.

  • Scores on new PARCC tests show most Colorado kids failing to meet academic expectations

    Scores on new PARCC tests show most Colorado kids failing to meet academic expectations

  • Piotraschke recognized for board work

        BRIGHTON — The Colorado Association of School Boards recognized School District 27J Board of Education director Gregory Piotraschke as a 2015 recipient of the McGuffey Award.
        The McGuffey Award honors unique board of education members who bring committed and passionate service to their board work. The award is named in honor of the McGuffey Readers, a series of seven books first published in 1836, with short stories and poems that taught children reading and grammar.

  • Eagle Ridge college night Nov. 18

        BRIGHTON — Eagle Ridge Academy will host its annual college night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18, at 3551 Southern St., in Brighton, and is extending an invitation for all eighth-to-12th-grade students in School District 27J to attend.
        College night will start promptly at 6 p.m. with the college fair, which will feature representatives from more than 20 colleges and universities. The event will continue at 6:30 with a keynote speaker.

  • Community comes together to ‘make a difference’


    Rhett McEmma                                

    Special Contributor

        COMMERCE CITY — A community of Commerce City teachers, parents, students, administrators and other volunteers converged Oct. 24 on a few Adams County School District 14 locations intent on making a difference. 

  • Multi-county diversion program teaches dangers of ‘sexting’

    ADAMS COUNTY— Most teens don’t know that sending a sexually explicit photo is against the law.
        In fact, in Colorado you can be charged with a felony for sexual exploitation of a child if you send or receive naked pictures of someone who is under 18 years of age.
        The six juveniles who graduated last week from a special diversion program offered by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office — a program geared to prevention of sexting — know all about that law.