• Enlisted airmen get basic training repeat as Air Force Academy prep students

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Dozens of airmen got a repeat of basic training last week at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, which welcomed the biggest group of former airmen to its halls in years. The school accepted 56 former enlisted airmen to begin the five-year road to officership, a leap in enlisted...

  • AROUND TOWN: Delta Sigma Theta Hats Off Luncheon

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Each year, the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority honors women from throughout the local community who are committed to public service. It's also a time for sorority members to don the most festive of hats for the Hats Off Luncheon, a tribute to the late...

  • Colorado Springs kids get a thrill from astronaut's talk

    BY JACK HOWLAND jack.howland@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Shannon Howarth perked up in her chair when former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao mentioned first longing to leave Earth's atmosphere as a second-grader staying up to catch the Apollo 11 moon landing. The 10-year-old has been similarly enamored by space for as long as she can...

  • Colorado testing results show steep learning curve for students

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The steep, rocky learning curve associated with new standardized tests for Colorado students hasn't changed much since the trial run of 2014. The Colorado Department of Education released scores Thursday from this spring's science and social studies tests known as the Colorado...

  • Local retired science educator takes on leadership role with national association

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    A retired science educator from Colorado Springs is the new president of the board of The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Mary Gromko is one of five...

  • Colorado lawmakers study school violence, mental health

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    DENVER — A legislative panel looking at how to prevent school violence in Colorado started work Tuesday by hearing alarming data about rates of depression among teenage students. About 25 percent of middle and high school students reported being depressed for at least two weeks in...

  • Head Start program preps area 4-year-olds for success in school

    Courtesy of CPCD
    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    In her short four years of life, Olivia has been through more than most kids: she was removed from her birth home due to abuse and neglect; moved in and out of three foster homes; and finally arrived at the Martins’ home, where she was officially adopted last winter. Though she is...

  • Family and consumer sciences teacher graduates from training program

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Alyssa Horlick, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Miami-Yoder High School in Miami-Yoder School District JT-60, recently graduated from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s National Adviser Academy. The intensive teacher professional development program is...

  • Pluto up close: Spacecraft achieves flyby, then calls home

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home. Confirmation of mission success came 13 hours after the actual flyby...

  • Colorado marijuana tax for schools hits record, exceeds 2014 total

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    DENVER — A year after Colorado's marijuana tax for schools came in far short of its goal, the fund is setting records and has accrued more money in the first five months in 2015 than it did for all of 2014. Recently released tax data showed the 15 percent excise tax for school...

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