• 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...

  • A few spots still left for Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids in Colorado

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    About 20 spots are still available for youth to sign up for the sixth annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids, a one-day camp with hands-on instruction in the outdoors. The camp will be held July 17 at Quail Mountain Recreation Area, which is between the towns of Leadville and Buena Vista....

  • College professor promoted to associate dean

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Pikes Peak Community College has promoted Danen Jobe to the position of associate dean for humanities in the Communication, Humanities & Technical Studies Division. Jobe will manage the division’s operations, represent the division and handle policies. He is responsible for the...

  • Local school district earns excellence certificate for financial reporting

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded Coloraod Springs School District 11 a certificate of excellence in financial reporting for having met or exceeded the program's standards for financial reporting and accountability. The program supports and...

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