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  • UCCS continues to grow with record-setting enrollment

    The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has shattered another enrollment record. Preliminary figures for the fall semester, which began Monday, show that 11,199 students are enrolled. That's 601 more students than last year's record 10,598 enrollees. "We have a happening place," said Vice Chancellor Homer Wesley, who heads enrollment...

  • Bomb scare closes District 20 school for more than half-hour Friday

    Discovery Canyon School in northern Colorado Springs was on lockdown Friday morning after school officials received a bomb threat at about 9 a.m. According to District-20 spokeswoman Nanette Anderson, the elementary, middle and high schools at the campus on North Gate Boulevard were all shut down as district security officers and officers...

  • No foul play suspected of CU-Boulder student from Colorado Springs

    BOULDER — Foul play isn't suspected in the death of a University of Colorado student found dead in his dorm room this week. The coroner identified the student on Thursday as 21-year-old George Graham of Colorado Springs. His body was found Tuesday, the second day of classes of the fall semester. The Daily Camera...

  • Cripple Creek district, library board reach agreement; books to stay in high school

    After a summer of conflict that included preparing to pick up and move shop, the public library in Cripple Creek is staying put. At a monthly meeting Monday, the school board for Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 gave final approval on a 20-year memorandum of understanding with the Southern Teller County Library District. "It's...

  • New Colorado Springs D-11 executive chef tasked with creating 'awesomeness' in schools

    Nathan Dirnberger has been driven to follow his dream to be a leader - and he's getting his chance. Dirnberger, 27, is the newly hired executive chef for School District 11. But it hasn't been an easy journey for this young chef. His parents divorced when he was 5, leaving his mom to raise him and three older siblings. "She was doing the...

  • CU-Boulder: No indication of foul play in death of student in dorm

    A University of Colorado student was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon in his Williams Village dorm room and later declared dead, campus officials announced. Early indications show no signs of foul play, Dean of Students Christina M. Gonzales wrote in a message to CU students, faculty and staff. CU police were called shortly before 2...

  • Boulder puts off anti-pot 'lab rat' campaign

    BOULDER — A provocative anti-marijuana campaign aimed at Colorado youths has angered marijuana activists for its tag line, "Don't Be a Lab Rat." Now, a Colorado city is holding off on displaying a human-size cage used in the campaign after a school district raised concerns. The city of Boulder said Tuesday it is putting off the campaign. The...

  • Colorado Springs Education Association chosen for national program

    The Colorado Springs Education Association, the educators' union for Colorado Springs School District 11, has been selected for a national pilot program that examines ways teachers can become leaders in the evolving education scene. The National Education Association, the Center for Teaching Quality and the National Board for Professional...

  • Robotics program gets a financial boost

    The Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company recently donated $4,500 to the robotics programs taught throughout Woodland Park School District RE-2. The donation will pay for laptop computers and Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotic kits needed for programs at Columbine and Gateway Elementary schools. “It is going to be huge to have these kits...

  • The survey says: Gen Xers favor homeschooling more than other parents

    A recent survey by Spectrem Group's Millionaire Corner shows that Gen Xers, ages 41-50, are the biggest supporters of home schooling, over adults of other ages. Of the 56 percent of survey respondents with a net worth of less than $100,000 who said they approved of home schooling children, 53 percent were in Gen X age range. Just 39 percent...

  • Pediatricians' prescription for schools: Later start times

    CHICAGO — Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy. The...

  • Wildflower students having fun on the playground they helped pay for

    The 506 students at Wildflower Elementary School are very proud of their new $27,000 playground. They ought to be. They paid for it themselves. For two years, Wildflower students brought in pennies and quarters and dollar bills to fill their Pennies for Playground jugs. They cajoled everyone they knew to buy gift wrapping and chocolate...

  • School memorabilia on display Saturday in Manitou Springs

    School memorabilia from as far back as 1872 will be on display Saturday at Manitou Springs Elementary School. The free public Heritage Hall Tour is sponsored by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center. In 1997 the Heritage Center received an endowment to keep up the collection housed in the school's Heritage Hall. It is open for touring once a...

  • Colorado Springs children show support for Ferguson with music video

    Upset about the recent violence in Ferguson, Mo., after last week's police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, three local home-schoolers turned a music lesson into their first recording and an important message for young and old alike. Jon Martinez's sons, 10-year-old Able, 9-year-old Mason and 7-year-old Stevin, helped Martinez write and...

  • Parents urged to get kids vaccinated for meningitis

    An Aurora-based nonprofit is reminding parents as they send their children back to school to get educated about the risks of acquiring meningitis and other dangerous diseases. The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians says vaccinations help children avoid most illness, including meningitis, a health condition which can lead to death or...

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