December 23, 2016

New principal named for Henderson Elementary


School administrative veteran Natalie Rooney has been hired as the new principal of Henderson Elementary.


Rooney will begin her new role with the district on Jan. 9, 2017. She succeeds David Felten, who is leaving Henderson to lead the district’s newest school, Reunion Elementary, scheduled to open next year.

“We’re excited to welcome Natalie to our district and have her experience and leadership at Henderson Elementary,” said 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler.


Rooney has served as interim principal of Tollgate Expeditionary Learning School in Aurora Public Schools since moving to Colorado this past summer. Prior to her move, she was principal of Marion Elementary School in Marion, Ark., for three years. She was also an assistant principal at Marion Junior High School for four years.


Rooney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., and her master’s degree in elementary and special education from Nazareth College, also in Rochester. She received a certificate of Advanced Study in Administration Leadership from the State University of New York – Oswego.


Construction progresses on two new schools
Despite some recent snow and cold temperatures, construction is moving forward on School District 27J's two newest schools.

At comprehensive High School No. 3, the core for the school's elevator shaft has been completed and the first wall for the school is now being constructed (pictured). High School No. 3 opens in Fall 2018.

At Reunion Elementaryexterior and interior walls are now going up on the school with interior framing, insulation work and exterior brick work also expected to get under way. Reunion Elementary is anticipated to open in Fall 2017.

Track the progress of both projects on the 27J Bond Blog.

High Schools celebrate winter graduations


The end of the semester meant a new beginning for a handful of School District 27J high school students who took part in winter graduation ceremonies.

Ceremonies took place at Brighton Heritage Academy, BOLT Academy and Brighton High School. Congratulations to the following graduates: 


BOLT Academy
Kelcie Bills

Kylie Clouse
Catherine Harris
Danny Lucero
Vernay Magana

Brighton Heritage Academy
Cody Lee Arnold
Lew Ryan Julian
Alexandria Faith Deberg
Justin Ray Toledo
Ajeja Cristine Morones
Carlos Guadalupe Ramos
Kanyon Bennett
Violetta Garcia
Christopher Moua
Brighton High School
Caleb Wray




District Open Enrollment - Choice of Schools begins in January


For parents interested in enrolling their student(s) in a school outside of their designated school attendance boundary, the district Open Enrollment - Choice of Schools window for the 2017-18 school year will open Jan. 10, 2017.

All district schools are open to choice for the upcoming school year. If a student is currently open-enrolled and would like to continue at that school, there is no need to submit an application. If that student has reached the top grade in elementary or middle school, an open enrollment application will need to be completed for the middle or high school they wish to attend.

Additional information can be found on the School District 27J Open Enrollment web page



Community generosity means new shoes for students

It's the season of giving and 27J students benefited from the generosity of the community. 

On Dec. 16, representatives from the Naked Shoes Inc. delivered more than 100 pairs of new shoes for students and families in need. 

Naked Shoes Inc., based out of Parker, collects brand new shoes as well as monetary donations to purchase new shoes that go directly to people who can’t afford to purchase their own. The shoes donated will support students and families in need at schools across our district. A grant from the Brighton Legacy Foundation made the shoe donation possible.

The donation of 123 pairs of shoes went to students at eight 27J schools: Thimmig, North, Pennock and Turnberry elementary schools, Prairie View Middle School, Overland Trail Middle School and Stuart Middle School as well as to BOLT Academy students.


Giving Tree program helps students, families in need

Second Creek teachers and staff partnered with the Commerce City Recreation Center for a Giving Tree holiday program to get kids and families in need gifts for Christmas.

In all, 42 Second Creek children and siblings received gifts this year. Kids received toys and clothes from their Wish Lists. Families were picking up gifts last week and this week.

Related: West Ridge students collects hats, scarves and gloves




Achieve Institute students present passion projects
Enrollment under way for 2017-2018 school year

There's lots going on at Achieve Institute, School District 27J's program for gifted learners at Pennock Elementary School.

Fourth and fifth grade students recently presented their Passion Projects in Teacher Loralie Cole-Holmbo's classroom. Each student had chosen a topic of interest for them to research and present.

Students presented on a variety of topics from architecture to robotics, languages, construction and building projects, movie making and sustainable energy such as wind turbines.Students talked about using robotics cubes to build robots; building a birdhouse to attract a specific type of bird; and architecture and designing a house (pictured).

Also, Achieve Institute Teacher Sandra Egging just completed a multi-week course for parents. Called SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) learners, the evening class offered support for parents of GT students. The group used the book "A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children" by Webb, Gore, Amend and Devries to support parent questions and discussion.

Achieve Institute is currently offered for gifted and talented students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The program will expand to sixth grade students next year with classes offered at Vikan Middle School. For registration information for the 2017-2018 school year, visit



Community brings holiday joy for North students


Santa Claus arrived at North Elementary School Dec. 20 to distribute toys and gifts to 49 children, with much help from local elves this year.

This is the third year for a Toy Exchange at North Elementary School, with 
community groups and staff members at the school pitching in to ensure students have a merrier holiday season.

“This program was something we started so that the kids here could have a gift for Christmas,” said North Elementary Counselor Kellie Turner. “This year, we had donations from staff giving gifts as well as

money to help with the costs.

27J charter high school Eagle Ridge Academy students (pictured) also supported the giving program at North. ERA Student Council held a Toy Drive for North and also sold hot cocoa at their school to raise money for the program. The Brighton Kiwanis club also supported North by providing gifts from Santa.

This year, gifts were donated from: Eagle Ridge Academy, Brighton Kiwanis, H2 Enterprises and North Elementary staff and their families. The Community of Christ Church also provided goody bags for North

students. Santa had also made a visit to North earlier in the month to take photos with students and families, thanks to Northern Hills Church and the North Elementary Parent Advisory Council.


"Hats Off" to generous Brantner students

The Brantner Elementary Student Leadership team recently support the Adams County Animal Shelter through a school-wide fundraiser.

They sponsored "Hat Days" where students could pay $1 to wear a hat. The collected money would then be donated to the shelter. Students collected $245. Students, from left to right, Sidney Korneychuck, Steven Prososki, Tanner Ehrlich, Rachel Sanders, Emerson Garner, and Mackenzie Garner recently presented the money to a representative from the shelter.

Brantner students also collected more than 300 coats, mittens, gloves and hats for the Almost Home shelter in Brighton. It's the third year they have participated in the coat drive.


Weekly Calendar



Schools will be closed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9. Elementary students return Tuesday, Jan. 10 and high school students will return Wednesday, Jan. 11.


District administrative offices will be closed Dec. 26-Dec.30.

Have a safe and happy holiday!






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