Rise & Shine: Jeffco moves forward with plans to put sixth-graders in middle schools

IN THE MIDDLE Jeffco Public Schools is moving forward with plans to put the majority of its sixth-graders in middle schools instead of elementary schools starting next fall. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH A finalist for Colorado’s Teacher of the Year award talks about what she learned from an angry mother who revealed her sixth-grade son couldn’t read. Chalkbeat

OWN IT Denver Public Schools has purchased the northeast Denver campus that houses the district’s High Tech Early College. BusinessDen

INVESTIGATION AT SOUTH A student at Denver’s South High School reported being groped by two male classmates during a homecoming event in September – an allegation that sparked twin investigations of both the incident and the response of administrators. Fox319News, Denver Post,

FLAVOR STATION Brighton School District’s push to provide food bars recently earned it praise from the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Denver Post

FINANCIAL BOOST? Mesa County Valley School District 51 voter will decide in November whether to approve a bond measure and a $6.5 million mill levy override to increase funding for the 22,000-student school district. CPR

OPINION The former communications director for Denver Public Schools says the district’s embrace of choice, charter schools and innovation has helped families. Denver Post

NEW ADDITION Two decades after its first charter school was launched, Academy School District 20 will get a second charter school. Gazette

NOT RESIGNING The Fort Lupton School District Superintendent is apparently sticking around after submitting his resignation amid concerns he had violated district protocol. The Tribune

UNCONTESTED Of the Pikes Peak region’s 17 public school districts, nine have uncontested board of education races in the upcoming election. Gazette