Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Six former Lewis-Palmer D-38 employees selected for Hall of Fame

    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument has selected the 2015 Hall of Fame candidates from many former employees who were nominated. They are: Barb Elliott, elementary teacher; Meg Edmonds: elementary librarian; Caryn Collette: middle school teacher and middle school principal;...

  • Colorado Springs woman's legacy to be honored with library addition

    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The legacy of a woman who thrived on nurturing a love of reading, particularly among the young, will continue with a new children's garden under construction in front of downtown's Penrose Library. The garden will honor Judy Noyes, who died nearly two years ago of natural causes at...

  • Challenger middle schoolers come up short at national academic competition

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Challenger Middle School students didn’t place at this year’s Junior National Academic Championship held recently in New Orleans. But they learned a lot, said gifted and talented teacher Carl Howard. “The championship was a great experience, and the team left New Orleans having...

  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board to host informal community coffee

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Lewis-Palmer board of education will host a community coffee, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4. The event will be held in the Learning Center in the district administration building, 146 Jefferson St., in Monument. Interested citizens are invited to join board members for...

  • Budget season less dismal, but problems remain for Pikes Peak region school districts

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Proposed budgets for the upcoming school year aren't as dismal as they were during the recession, when Colorado lawmakers slashed public school funding. But they're still like a rainy day with no outdoor recess. "They're up a little bit, but not a bunch," said Glenn Gustafson, deputy...

  • Family mulling freedom of religion lawsuit against Florence High

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    While a teacher in a southern Colorado school district filed a civil rights lawsuit this week, a family had been on the verge of suing the same district for the same reasons, according to an organization that promotes upholding the separation of church and state. The Freedom From...

  • Knock-knock jokes needed for fundraiser to benefit Colorado families

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Knock, knock. Who’s there? Who! Who, who? That’s what an owl says! Does your child have a great knock-knock joke? There are a few more days left to submit a good one to UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, which is searching for knock-knock jokes and riddles as a fundraiser...

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

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 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...

  • Recent youth suicides a 'terrifying situation' that must be addressed, El Paso County official says

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks. "It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention...

  • Charter school community bids teary farewell as STAR Academy closes

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Even as she hugged sobbing students in the hallways Friday after the last bell rang, Sheila Greene slipped in a few lessons. "Be strong. Be brave. Make friends. It's going to be OK," the middle school English teacher told teens as she said goodbye. Friday was the last day for good...

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