Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • UCCS chancellor honored at Colorado College graduation

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Along with having to abandon a soggy campus and trek across town for Colorado College's graduation festivities Monday, another special moment happened midway through the ceremony. A well-known local academician who has conferred thousands of degrees for more than a decade became the...

  • Woodland Park school becoming a haven for international students

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Last fall was rough for Theodor Olofsson. "My name is Theodor" were the only words he knew how to say in English when he started kindergarten at Gateway Elementary School in Woodland Park in August. "He was 5 years old and fearful," said his mom, Linda Olofsson. "'No one understands...

  • They won! Special-needs prom duo capture students' hearts in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A new king and queen reign at Sierra High School. Seniors Johnny Daniel, who has cerebral palsy, and Paige Steffonich, who has Down syndrome, and were among the three guys and three girls vying for Prom King and Queen. The student body selected the winners at Saturday night's prom,...

  • Parents, community key to literacy success for Colorado Springs children

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The villagers at two Colorado Springs elementary schools are assembling to the beat of a drum they believe imparts a new solution to an age-old problem: Why can't Johnny read? "We think we have the answer," said Bob Null, who has been on the board of Colorado Springs School District...

  • Special-needs couple reigns at Colorado Springs high school prom

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Sierra High School students were on their feet, stomping, clapping and whooping at last week's assembly for seniors. The most popular Prom Court couple had walked toward each other from opposite ends of the gym, met in the center, held hands and faced their peers. "The building was...

  • Academy D-20 to keep commencements on Air Force Academy grounds

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    While Lewis-Palmer School District 38 officials announced Thursday afternoon that heightened security measures at military installations led it to move its two high schools' May 22 graduation ceremonies to The Broadmoor World Arena, another local district is sticking with its initial...

  • Skills course for first-year Pikes Peak Community College students a resounding success

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Note: Click here to see the entire graduation calendar for colleges and high schools in the Colorado Springs area. Graduation season kicks into high gear Friday, May 15. An entrepreneurial skills course offered at Pikes Peak Community College to help low-performing first-year...

  • Colorado Springs-area high schools move graduation ceremonies over security

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Note: Click here to see the entire graduation calendar for colleges and high schools in the Colorado Springs area. Graduation season kicks into high gear Friday, May 15. Heightened security at the Air Force Academy and other military installations has prompted two local high...

  • A first at UCCS: Student to graduate from college before high school

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    From UCCS’ spokesman Tom Hutton comes this news: A Colorado Springs teen will earn a bachelor’s degree on Friday from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs – two weeks before he graduates from high school or passes his driver’s license exam. With what he calls "faith, trust...

  • Colorado Springs school district to boost salaries

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    All employees in Colorado Springs School District 11 will get raises and one-time bonuses next school year. A new salary schedule for teachers also has been approved to make the D-11 more competitive with other regional school districts. The D-11 Board of Education agreed to...

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