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Brighton parent questions school practice of calling police on kids -- 9News Story

BRIGHTON - Two eighth graders are facing criminal charges for a relatively minor scuffle at school. Nobody was hurt in what appears to be a shouting match but school administrators called police anyway. Parents sent a newstip to 9Wants to Know, and we found this incident brings to light the growing practice of educators calling the cops on kids. Most 8th graders never set foot in a courtroom, never face a judge or prosecutor. (FOR COMPLETE STORY SEE LINK BELOW)
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Adams 14 School District settled repeated discrimination suits during the past 3 years Adams 14 spends nearly $1.5 million on settlements - A 7NEWS STORY

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The Adams 14 School District has paid out nearly $1.5 million in settlements and other payments for issues like discrimination in the past two and a half years, and the CALL7 Investigators found a school board member openly talking about hiring only minority candidates. "You can't bring in somebody from Cherry Creek to try to tell these kids how life is because, No. 1, they don’t know how life is," said school board member David Rolla, during a meeting last year. "I think we need to open up our eyes and see what our population is and what our culture is and not try to mold them into something we really can't. I think we really need to start looking at people of color." (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE LINK BELOW) ...
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Brighton Mayor, 27J Superintendent among guests planning to read to students

BRIGHTON, COLO. – State and local leaders as well as community members will celebrate national Read Across America Day March 1 by reading to students at Pennock Elementary. Read Across America Day, started in 1997 by the National Education Association in conjunction with the anniversary of the birthday of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss, encourages students, parents, teachers and community members to come together to celebrate the importance of reading. ...
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Mapleton Education Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director (Story/Photo Courtesy Mapleton School District "Maple Leaf")

Even if you don’t know Hilary Sontag, you certainly know her work. As Senior Grants Officer for Mapleton Public Schools, Sontag raises $2 million-$3 million a year through foundation and competitive government grants. The Mapleton Education Foundation (MEF) is pleased to have Sontag take on a leadership role. Her efforts are evident at any of the six brand new, state-of-the-art playgrounds built on Mapleton’s school properties and along 72nd Avenue where Welby Montessori students now have a safer route to school thanks to a new sidewalk and a new crosswalk. ...
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Setting Sail at Overland Trail

The cafetorium stage at Overland Trail Middle School has transformed into a pirate ship as students prepare for their spring musical, “Captain Bree and her Lady Pirates.” The cast of primarily seventh- and eighth-grade students have been rehearsing for the show since October. Starring in the lead roles are eighth grader Shelbie Quintana, pictured left in red, as Madam Prescott, and eighth grader Thalia Aquirre, pictured left (in pirate costume) as Captain Bree. The show will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1. Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for children. Children, 3 and under, have free admission. Concessions will also be sold. The show is under the direction of Overland Trail choir teacher Misty Ebers.

Teammates for Change -- 27J Teams up with Special Olympics

Feb. 1 was a lesson in the power of what can be done together as the Prairie View High School Student Council sponsored the district’s first unified sporting event. The game, which took place before Prairie View and Brighton faced off in varsity basketball, paired special need students with varsity athletes from both schools to compete in a game of their own. The PVHS Student Council created the event as part of their partnership with the Special Olympics: Project Unify and hopes to make unified sporting events a more regular activity in the district.

Top Spellers take part in Annual 27J School District Spelling Bee

School District 27J’s best elementary and middle school English and Spanish spellers put their talents on display during the annual district spelling bee Feb. 19 at Prairie View Middle School. On the line for the top five English spellers was a trip to the state spelling bee March 16 in downtown Denver....
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Catching up with Jennifer Dawson, 27J School District

It’s a rare opportunity to land a dream job at the very start of a professional career. First-year Southeast Elementary teacher Jennifer Dawson doesn’t need to be reminded that she is blessed. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I believe you should not do anything that you’re not passionate about. My biggest fear going through college was that I wouldn’t find a job that I’m passionate about. I feel very privileged.” Being a teacher at Southeast isn’t just a job for Dawson. It’s about coming home....
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A Funny Valentine

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky brought his usual dose of energy and zaniness to Prairie View High School Feb. 14 to surprise campus security guard Sherrie Montano. The Valentine’s Day visit was arranged by Montano’s husband, Mark Gonzales.

Heroes only need apply -- Article by Dr. Chris Fiedler / 27J School District

Spring brings with it preparation for the fall in terms of the hiring of new staff for the coming school year. As I hope most are aware, School District 27J increased in pupil membership by more than 500 students this fall and we anticipate a slightly larger increase in membership of 600 plus students for the fall of 2013....
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