More Carol McGraw Articles

  • Here's why Jeffco-like school protests probably won't happen in Colorado Springs

    By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    It hasn't happened here. And it probably won't. That's what some educators and students are saying about the extended walkouts by Jefferson County students and sick-outs by their teachers. The issues - teachers upset about pay and evaluations, and students worried about potential...

  • Two polls show support for legal marijuana waning in Colorado, nationally

    By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    It might be characterized as a couple of "I told you so" victories for those who oppose the legalization of marijuana. Two recent polls show that support of legalized marijuana have waned, and that there is unhappiness in the way regulations are handled by the state. A Suffolk...

  • Centennial students turn field trip into song

    By carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    What do you get when you mix grass, mud, sand, water, history and a lot of enthusiasm? For students at Centennial Elementary School, it was a chance to be songwriters and recording stars for a National Park Service project. In August, they visited Bent's Old Fort, a national...

  • Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial begins to take shape in Colorado Springs park

    By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    The Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial began to take shape this week. Crews worked Thursday and Friday to build forms and pour concrete for the foundation of the memorial sculpture that will grace Mountain Shadows Park. The sculpture represents rebirth and renewal for the community. The...

  • Cheyenne Mountain D-12 to induct two into hall of fame

    By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Jim Johnson, a contractor and philanthropist, and the late Frank "Pop" Evans, a longtime teacher, are the two latest inductees into the Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 Hall of Fame. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. Friday in the Cheyenne Mountain High School cafeteria,...

  • Bricker school makes dramatic turnaround in academic performance

    By carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    When Stacy Aldridge took over Bricker Elementary School in the summer of 2012 she faced one of the biggest challenges of her 18-year education career. The K-5 school in Harrison School District 2 was in deep trouble, receiving the state's lowest rating for academic achievement. But...

  • National Dog Week lineup: Mixed breed pooches top the list

    By carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    This is National Dog Week. So give your pooch a smooch. But it also begs (and they certainly know how to beg, don't they?) the question: which are the most popular breeds? Mixed breeds are number one according to a list compiled by Trupanion, a medical insurance company for dogs....

  • College student of the year says education was her escape

    By carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    The announcement sat in a pile of mail for more than a week. When Chanel A. Green finally opened the letter, she was more than surprised. She had been named student of the year by the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools, besting 10 other students for the title. "I...

  • Brilliance shines from state's 'intellectual hub:' Colorado Springs, according to ranking

    By carol mcgraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    We are intellectual smarties, high on the list of most educated cities. And we can lord it over Denver. Or maybe just throw some Socratic dialogue its way. Colorado Springs is ranked 8th in the nation among "intellectual hubs," out of 50 of the largest metro areas studied by...

  • If 'Fluffy' won't do, check out these bizarre cat names

    By Carol McGraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    California-based Veterinary Pet Insurance has just released its annual ranking of the most bizarre cat names in its database. Here are the top 5: l. Snuggle Butt Le Lee 2 Count Flufferton 3. Katy Purry 4. Walter Croncat 5.

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