Oct. 14, 2016

Strong academic growth pushes district schools to higher performance rating levels 


School District 27J is celebrating its academic growth at individual schools and districtwide after the state's release of new preliminary performance frameworks Oct. 4.


Fourteen district schools received the highest rating of performance. Four district schools moved from the improvement or priorty improvement rating. This included North Elementary and Vikan Middle School. Both schools had previously been on the state's accountability clock.


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Colorado Supreme Court hears cases at Brighton High 


The Colorado Supreme Court was in session at Brighton High School Oct. 5 as part of a Courts in the Community program.

The program was started so high school students could experience first-hand how the Colorado Judicial system works. 
These were not mock proceedings. The justices heard oral arguments on two actual cases that they will rule on at a later point.

About 700 Brighton High students taking U.S. History, political science and teen law classes saw the Colorado Supreme Court justices in action when court was held in the BHS auditorium. Some Brighton students interested in pursuing law as a career were able to talk one-on-one with the justices during a breakfast reception and luncheon after court proceedings.



Walls go up on new Reunion Elementary

Reunion Elementary School is going vertical as masonry work is under way on the gymnasium wall that is being built. Crews also started pouring the concrete slabs Oct. 5, which will be the floors at the elementary school.


The elevator shaft for the school has been poured, and next the bus lane will be constructed.

The new school is scheduled to open in Fall 2017. It is being built by FCI Constructors.


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High school students can "test drive" potential careers 


Are you a high school student wondering what the future holds or what career opportunities are out there for you?

The Adams County Education Consortium has teamed with more than 45 metro-area businesses and organizations to help students validate or elminate career options and explore new education pathways. Sessions start soon and includes hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes fun and Q&A opportunities with business leaders.


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Longtime Southeast music teacher honored by city

Congratulations to Southeast Elementary music teacher Linda Bau.

She received the Brighton Excellence in Arts Award for Youth in the Arts. She was presented with the award at the Eagleview Adult Center on Oct. 10.


Bau has taught music at Southeast Elementary for 40 years. In her words, "Music takes students to a different place. It provides them with confidence and self-esteem; it gives them opportunities to work on a team while making a commitment to others and to a successful performance."

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New trail connects Brantner to neighborhood


Thanks to 27J community partnerships, kids at Brantner Elementary School now have a new trail open so they can safely walk to school.

The 1,227-foot-trail was financed by the Colorado Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School grant.  The grant also included funding to put educational programming in place at Brantner School including bike helmet checks for students and prizes for kids participating in Walk to School Day.

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Students celebrate International Walk-to-School Day


Students across School District 27J celebrated International Walk/Bike to School Day Oct. 5. At Pennock Elementary (pictured above) students were joined by representatives from the school district as well City of Brighton, Brighton Police Department and Brighton Fire Rescue District representatives. 



Annual Ed Foundation golf tourney supports students 


Two $1,000 scholarships are now funded thanks to golfers and other local sponsors who participated in the 27J Education Foundation golf tournament.

The funds for the scholarships that will go to 27J graduating seniors were raised by golfers who participated in the “Tee Off for Our Future” Golf Tournament on Oct. 7 at Buffalo Run Golf Course.

There were 17 teams that participated in the golf tournament and a BBQ lunch was held after golfers finished playing18 holes of golf.



All-School Drill focuses on reunification


October is “Safe Schools Month” in Colorado, and School District 27J will hold their seventh annual All School Drill Oct. 25th to give school staff a way to practice their emergency procedures.

This year 27J schools will  practice the Standard Reunification Method for reuniting parents with students following a emergency or crisis. 


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Weekly Calendar



Friday, Oct. 14

Schools and district offices closed
All Day


Monday, Oct. 17

Stuart Middle NJHS Canned Food Drive
All Day
15955 E. 101st Way, Commerce City



Thursday, Oct. 20

Third grade musical program
6 p.m.
Second Creek Elementary,

9950 Laredo Drive, Commerce City


Friday, Oct. 21


Trick or Treat Street
5 p.m., Southeast Elementary School, 1595 Southern St., Brighton


Trick or Treat Movie Night
6 p.m., Brantner Elementary School, 7800 E. 133rd Ave., Thornton


Trick or Treat Street

6 to 8 p.m., Thimmig Elementary School, 11453 Oswego St., Henderson









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