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  • Assessment advocate stands by benefits of Common Core testing

    The mounting resistance to the national standardized testing movement she leads doesn't faze Laura Slover. The former high school English teacher has heard it all, and she doesn't buy it. "Assessment is a very important part of teaching. The set of tools being developed are very high-quality. We've been very focused on transparency," she said...

  • 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' has gone Gold, hard drive specs announced

    Earlier today Microsoft announced details on the upcoming “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” for Xbox One. The game has gone Gold, which means copies are being created on discs for distribution.  A couple of other tidbits of info were gleaned from a letter to Halo fans written by Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries. The release date for the...

  • Explore at city-wide Colorado Springs Science Festival

    If Steve Rothstein has his way, a giant science museum will spring up near downtown within the next five years. In the meantime, the president of the Colorado Springs Science Center busies himself with presenting the center's fifth annual Colorado Springs Science Festival, a nine-day, citywide conglomeration of science and technology-related...

  • A few more weeks are left for students to enter the Radon Poster Contest

    Colorado students have until Oct. 31 to enter this year's national Radon Poster Contest, designed to raise awareness for radon testing and inform people of the danger of radon in their homes. Children ages 9-14 enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense or home school are eligible to submit entries. Members of a...

  • Kids and their parents will find laughs in Alexander's 'Very Bad Day'

    Starring Ed Oxenbould, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne; directed by Miguel Arteta; 81 minutes; PG for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language Whatever else children take from Judith Viorst's delightful "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day," the sly subtext of...

  • Comics, toys to fill tables at Springs con

    Grab your light saber - the Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con is back. The biannual show, now in its fifth cycle, offers would-be Jedis and Vulcans a chance to congregate and hawk their wares. The most recent local con, in April, drew 2,000 patrons. This fall's con will host more than 100 tables filled with toys, memorabilia and comic books....

  • MAP: Bedtimes in Colorado

    I’m getting sleepy typing this. According to a cool bedtime map by the blog, Jawbone, Coloradans go to bed pretty early compared to other parts of the country and get around 7.5 hours of sleep a night. Hey, I’ll take it. Most of Colorado goes to bed around 10:45, Denver and nearby counties go to sleep around 11 p.m. Colorado Springs falls...

  • Tough Talks: Don't wait until a crisis to discuss sensitive subjects with aging parents

    Mary Troublefield saw the first, subtle signs in her grandfather almost 20 years ago, when he was driving her cross-country. "I was 19, and he was in his 70s. I called my mom afterward and said something like 'He just doesn't have that reaction time like he should,'" said Troublefield. Several years would pass before Troublefield was...

  • We want you: A spooky story in need of an ending

    Gazette reporter Stephanie Earls has written the beginning to a spooky tale. How it ends is up to you. Creative writers in grades 1 through 8 are invited to finish the story, in 250 words or less, for the chance to win Halloween-themed prizes and, for one overall winner, publication of his or her story ending in The Gazette. Entries can be...

  • Colorado parents upset over school cafeteria noise rules

    ASPEN — Parents in Aspen are upset after elementary school administrators put strict limits on noise in the cafeteria. Students at Aspen Elementary School have been told that loud talking and noises are prohibited and administrators will blow whistles if students violate the rules. According to the Aspen Times...

  • 'America's Got Talent' star Miguel Dakota comes home to alma mater a winner

    The last time 22-year-old Miguel Dakota performed at Lewis-Palmer High School was during a "battle of the bands" competition in his senior year. His band lost. On Friday, when the "America's Got Talent" finalist made a surprise appearance at his alma mater's homecoming assembly, it was clear he's a winner. Boisterous cheers resonated from...

  • Exhibit explores infinite possibilities of Legos

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In 1961, the first plastic Legos appeared on toy store shelves in America, and they have bedeviled vacuum cleaners and enchanted children ever since. Over the past half-century, the little multicolored interlocking bricklets have attracted the attention of grown-ups, both those who find themselves drawn to playing...

  • Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate in 'Gone Girl'

    Lisa Banes is a local girl gone Hollywood. The 1973 Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate stars in "Gone Girl," the thriller based on the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn that opens Friday in theaters. Banes plays the distraught, angry mother of a woman who disappears. Ben Affleck stars as the woman's husband. "It has that zeitgeist feeling,...

  • Mark your October calendar: 2 eclipses come to Colorado's sky

    October will bring a full eclipse of the moon and a partial eclipse of the sun to Colorado skies.    The total lunar eclipse, when the Earth’s shadow is cast across the moon, will occur in the early morning hours of Oct. 8.  It is the second in a series of four consecutive total eclipses of the moon.  The first was in...

  • Colorado Springs school kids get moving to raise money, obesity awareness

    Instead of getting stars on their school work for a job well done, Howbert Elementary students earned stickers Wednesday for a different reason. They moved their bodies. For 45 minutes, the school's 285 kindergarten through fifth-grader pupils participated in the first Westside Walk-A-Thon, which the parent-teacher association organized....

  • Colorado schools counting on students on Wednesday

    Schools want every student to be in their seat when the bell rings Wednesday. Along with being National Homemade Cookie Day and National Fire Pup Day, Oct. 1 is "count day" in Colorado. That's the official pupil enrollment date for Colorado's 178 school districts to establish eligibility for state funding. For school districts, it's "pay...

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