September 2, 2016

Weekly Calendar


Monday, Sept. 5


​Labor Day Holiday - No School - All Students


Wednesday, Sept. 7


College Fair,

5:45 to 7 p.m., Brighton High School, 270 S. Eighth Ave.


Brighton Heritage Academy Community Open House 

6 to 7 p.m., Brighton Heritage Academy, 830 E. Bridge St. Brighton

Friday, Sept. 9


40th Brighton High School Reunion Gathering

7 p.m., Riverdale Golf Course
Call 303-659-6762 for details


Saturday, Sept. 10



9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Henderson Elementary School


Pennock PTA Movie

in the Park 
7:30 p.m., Pheasant Ridge Park, 200 Octillo St., Brighton


Volunteer work opens new opportunities for 27J parent

When Stuart Middle School parent Shawna Hodgson began volunteering at Stuart Middle School two years ago she liked the idea of having a flexible way to fill her time and also be involved in her child's school. 

She never imagined where a volunteer role would lead.

Now, as an employed member of the Stuart Middle School office staff, Hodgson is reflecting back on how she got involved and encouraging others, especially middle school parents, to get consider volunteering. 


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Overland Trail Middle begins transition to IB school

There are big changes ahead over the next two years for the staff and students of Overland Trail Middle School as the school begins its transition to the IB Middle Years Program.

The IB program is an internationally-recognized program that brings rigor to academics and an international piece that includes language classes. The program has students using inquiry to further investigate subjects.


“With the IB program, our goal is to be creating students who are critical thinkers and who are globally minded,” said Overland Trail Middle School Principal Eric Lambright. 


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Northeast Elementary teacher honored with award

Northeast Elementary first-grade teacher Veronica Navarro was recently honored with a Best Should Teach Award by the University of Colorado Boulder.


Navarro has taught for 11 years at Northeast. She grew up in a bilingual household and now teaches in a bilingual classroom.


"When I was growing up in a bilingual household, I realized the importance of learning two languages," she said. "I grew up the same way my students are and it was hard. I was one of those kids so that's why I have a special connection with my students," she said.

The Best Should Teach Initiative recognizes excellence in teaching and academic leadership. Navarro was one of several recipients honored during a reception Aug. 25 on the CU Boulder campus.



New school construction projects move ahead 


Construction kicked off earlier this summer on the building of two new district schools and both projects are moving ahead.


With foundations in place, concrete walls have begun to be poured for the two educational wings of Elementary School No. 12 in Commerce City. The pouring of foundations for the cafeteria and gym began the week of Aug. 28. Elementary No. 12 is planned to open in Fall 2017.


After several months of grading, foundation work is expected to begin the week of Sept. 5 at the High School No. 3 site in Thornton. Construction workers will drill 400 foundational piers into place for the 255,000 square-foot facility. High School No. 3 is expected to open in Fall 2018.


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Public invited to tour renovated Brighton Heritage Academy


Community members are invited to tour the recently renovated Brighton Heritage Academy during a community open house from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Brighton Heritage, School District 27J's oldest building and one of the oldest buildings in the Brighton community underwent Phase 1 one of a $2.2 million renovation over the summer. 


The open house will not only be an opportunity to take a look at the building upgrades but also learn more about the school's educational programs.


The Heritage renovations are funded through a voter supported construction bond and a Colorado Department of Education BEST Grant. 



Preschool students start school 

With lots of hugs from parents and smiles and a few tears from students, the youngest students in School District 27J started school August 29. Preschoolers, ages 3 and 4, started learning in classrooms in schools across the district. There are 494 students attending preschool classes in 27J elementary schools.

Preschool provides students with learning opportunities that get them ready to attend kindergarten by age 5. For this school year, preschool classes are offered at the Brighton Learning Resource Center and these schools: Brantner, Henderson, Thimmig, West Ridge, Second Creek, North and Northeast.

Give Me Air 

The ASA High School Tour rolled into Prairie View High School Aug. 30. The showcase, sponsored by the United States Marines and the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate program, was an anti-bullying entertainment event featuring BMX trick bike riders and skateboarders performing on a half pipe. The entertainment was combined with a message of "Bullying Stops With All of Us" and students were educated about the three types of bullying: verbal, physical and cyber. 




School District 27J

18551 E. 160th Ave., Brighton, CO, 80601