September 30, 2016

New school to be named Reunion Elementary


School District 27J’s newest elementary school, scheduled to open in Fall 2017, will be named Reunion Elementary

The School District 27J Board of Education approved the new name during their Sept. 27th meeting. 

Reunion Elementary, the district’s 12th elementary school is currently under construction in the Reunion community of Commerce City. It will eventually be home to more than 600 preschool through fifth-grade students. The $22 million school is one of four new schools that will be built thanks to voter support of a $248 million school construction bond along with millions of dollars in improvements to existing district schools.

The district’s Facility Planning and Facility Advisory Committee solicited naming suggestions for the school from the community over the summer. Nominations could be submitted on behalf of an individual of present or historical significance to the community or a geographical location. The committee received and reviewed 44 naming nominations and forwarded four name finalists to the 27J Board of Education for their consideration. 

Reunion Elementary was designed by Hord Coplan Macht and is being built by FCI Constructors.


Learn more about Reunion Elementary




New 27J Board of Education director appointed


Blaine Nickeson, a 27J parent and higher education administrator,  has been appointed to represent District 4 on the School District 27J Board of Education. 

Nickeson serves as Assistant Vice President of Campus Relations and Chief of Staff at the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. He oversees campus police, emergency preparedness, human resources, marketing/communications and also serves as the campus’ budget director. Nickeson received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in higher education from Colorado State University.

Nickeson and his wife, also a higher education administrator, moved to Brighton in 2004. They have two children, one who currently attends Pennock Elementary. 

His appointment is until November 2017. He will then have the option to seek a four-year term on the board.


Golf ball drop lucky for student


The ball bounced the right way for one lucky South Elementary fifth-grade student who walked away with $500 from the school's second annual golf ball drop fundraiser.


Isabella Bucci was the big winner at the event Sept. 23 to raise money for the school. 


Brighton Fire Rescue district firefighters dropped more than 460 golf balls from their ladder truck.


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Prairie View High School celebrates Homecoming


Prairie View High School celebrated Homecoming Week Sept. 19 - 24. The theme for the week was "Hollywood Red Carpet." 

The festive week of events included themed spirit days as well as the annual Powder Puff football game. Events culminated with the homecoming football game against Fairview High School and the homecoming dance.


High School drama departments offer fall productions 

Brighton High’s drama department presented their first show of the season last weekend. Called "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind,” the show had drama students performing 30 plays in 60 minutes in the Brighton High School Auditorium.

The show was interactive with lots of audience participation. Audience members decided the order the plays were performed by shouting out numbers, and would win prizes for participating. The next BHS Drama production will be “Sinking the Globe” on Nov. 4 and 5.

Prairie View High School’s fall production is a play called “Humbletown” by Jonathan Rand and Don Zolidis. According to new PVHS theater teacher Dillon Pierce, the fall play will be performed on Oct. 20-22.

South students salute heroes with patriotic program 
South Elementary School celebrated their 15th annual Patriot’s Day on Sept. 28 in an American celebration with patriotic songs, flag waving and red, white and blue pride.

This year’s event had about 40 Brighton police, Brighton firefighters and Adams County Sheriff Deputies in attendance. During the ceremony, active military and U.S. veterans were also recognized.


United Power presents Capital Credit check to district

United Power
Community Affairs Representative Tom Green presented a $26,274 check to School District 27J Board of Education President Patrick Day during the board's Sept. 27 meeting.

The money comes from the power cooperative's Capital Credit Program. As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, United Power returns any profits earned to members in the form of capital credits, based on the electricity usage of that specific member.

   The refund check will be deposited into the School District 27J general fund and be used to supplement district operating expenses, including the cost to provide energy to school facilities.


Students can learn about concurrent enrollment


Brighton High and Prairie View High students - who are interested in taking college courses while in high school - can learn more about the College Now program at an upcoming information session.

High School students who are juniors or seniors and their parents are invited to a College Now information night from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Prairie View High School auditorium, 12909 E. 120th Ave. in Henderson. The information session is open for any high school student in School District 27J.

The College Now Information Night will answer student and parent questions and is geared toward high school junior and seniors who may want to enroll in a college course for the spring semester.

At Prairie View High School, juniors and seniors can take college courses on-site at their high school.  Brighton High School juniors and seniors can take college courses at Front Range Community College in Brighton or Westminster campus. 



College Readiness night for high school students

Growing Grads, a program of City of Brighton Youth Services,  sponsors a College Readiness Kickoff event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Brighton Armory, 300 Strong St., Brighton.


The event will feature workshops on personal finance, college resources and FAFSA assistance. Junior and senior students (parents are also encouraged to attend) can meet with college representatives and find out about local college scholarship opportunities.


Free food will be provided. Call 303-655-2186 or email for information.



Pennock, Thimmig students "go for gold" at Field Day


Thimmig (pictured) and Pennock Elementary schools students participated Sept. 23 in Olympic-themed Field Day events. From the javelin throw to hurdle races, high jump and kayak paddling, kids had fun competing in races and other athletic competitions. 

Weekly Calendar



Saturday, Oct. 1

27J Race to the G.Y.M.
8 a.m.,
Brighton High School Stadium



Monday, Oct. 3

Brantner Trail Ribbon Cutting
3 p.m.,
Brantner Elementary



Wednesday, Oct. 5

Walk to School Day

8 a.m.,

Events will take place at Brantner, South, Turnberry and Pennock elementary schools


Courts in the Community
9 a.m.,

Brighton High School

The Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases - click for info


Field Day and Family Picnic at North Elementary

9 a.m.,

North Elementary


College Now Informational Meeting
6 p.m.,

Prairie View High School


College Readiness Kickoff
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.,
Brighton Armory, 300 Strong St., Brighton

Sponsored by City of Brighton Youth Services


Thursday, Oct. 6


Bison Stampede Fundraiser
9 a.m.,

Second Creek Elementary



Fire Prevention Assembly

9:15 a.m.,

Pennock Elementary


Friday, Oct. 7


27J Education Foundation Golf Tournament
7 a.m.,

Buffalo Run Golf Course, Commerce City
Call 303-637-1334 for info









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18551 E. 160th Ave.,
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