Administrator at High Tech Elementary Becomes First DPS Official to Use “BCC”

Blind carbon copyIn what may trigger a policy change across all DPS schools, Nicole Bayer, who works in Administrative Support at High Tech Elementary, sent out a mass email, but chose to blind carbon copy (BCC) instead of carbon copy the recipients. “I just thought it seemed like the right thing to do,” said trailblazer Bayer. “I mean, maybe some people don’t want everyone seeing their email address, but more importantly, a lot of people think ‘reply’ and ‘reply all’ are the same thing. They are not. But, inevitably, people will click ‘reply all’ and then everyone will see tens and tens of questions and responses they weren’t interested in.”

Although many recipients of the BCC email were taken aback, most appreciate innovator Bayer’s intentions. “At first, I thought I was the only one receiving the email,” said High Tech Elementary Parent Brian Morgan. “But, then I called my friend and found out they received it as well. We put two and two together and realized it was a BCC situation.” Other Stapleton parents agreed. “I thought it was really considerate,” said Chad Sifers. “Normally, I end up not reading the emails because by the time I get to it, there are 50 responses to sift through, so I just delete them.” Some parents prefer the old approach. “I like being able to see everyone on the email,” said Becky Lembeck. “Plus some people have the same questions, so I let them handle it instead of me being the one feeling silly asking what might be a dumb question.” Resident Paul DeLay prefers the group email, but for different reasons. “When you have people’s email addresses, it makes Facebook stalking so much easier,” said Lembeck. “There are all these hot moms, so now I can work on remembering their names, and in some cases, become Facebook friends with them, which is great.”

Bayer says she plans to continue taking advantage of the BCC option. “I used to work in an office,” said Bayer. “And I used it all the time when sending out mass communication. Sure some people like having their responses read by everyone, but my guess is that more people prefer the anonymity that the BCC option offers.” It is unclear if Bayer’s BCC technique will be carbon copied by the rest of the area schools. Until then, residents can expect to continue to receive long email strings with unnecessary commentary.

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Northfield High Hires Bullies to Give Freshman Class Authentic Experience

High school jock pushing nerd in locker

High school jock pushing nerd in locker

Northfield High School has kicked off its first year, and in the first year, it will only have a freshman class. They will continue to phase in classes over the next three years, and the school will continue to grow after that, until they eventually become the academic and athletic powerhouse in the state. There will certainly be growing pains as there is with any school, but Northfield High seems poised to overcome any obstacles. One concern of the Northfield High staff is whether these first classes will get an authentic high school experience. “With the freshman class being the oldest class, they are essentially the kings of the school,” said school administrator Lena Johnson. “There is no one there to keep them in check, like there would be if there was a senior class. So, it kind of throws the whole social system out of whack.”
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Stapleton Mom Already Critical of Kindergarten Curriculum

kindergarten curriculumStapleton mom Kaylynn Miller’s daughter Madelyn began kindergarten last week at Swigert Elementary, and so far, Kaylynn has not been impressed. “I feel like there is way too much downtime,” said Kaylynn. “I mean, reading, then recess, then more reading, and specials, and recess. That’s not necessarily the curriculum that will put my daughter on the path to becoming a computer engineer.” Kaylynn has already contacted the other elementary schools in Stapleton to see if they have a more challenging Kindergarten curriculum. “I sent emails to the principals of the other schools as well as the office administrators and even to Tom Boasberg (DPS Superintendent). I’m kind of in a wait and see mode.”
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New Business in Town Center to Pay Arm AND Leg for Lease

Arm and Leg articleA yet to be named retail business is headed into 29th St. Town Center, and they are hoping for big things. “We know a lot of great businesses have come and gone in the 29th St. Town Center,” says shop owner Cindy Kornfeld. “We know there are lots of challenges there, mostly involving the cost of the lease,” said Kornfeld in regards to Forest City’s high leasing prices in the area. “We were able to strike a deal with them which lowered our monthly lease prices.” Kornfeld said she and her business partner each agreed to give up an appendage, Kornfeld an arm, and partner Kristi Addison a leg. “It was the best way to get a monthly price we could afford,” said Addison. “Now, we are just hoping for the best.”
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Facebook Servers Crash Due to Stapleton “First Day of School” Posts

first day of school postsThe social networking company Facebook suffered major embarrassment due to technical difficulty last Wednesday after having servers overload, and putting the site down for just over two hours. “We had a major spike in traffic we simply weren’t prepared for,” said Facebook CIO Tim Campos. “We had an overload that was unexpected, and although we do our best to prepare for the overload, this was pretty unheard of.” Campos says after they fixed the issue, and increased traffic space, they were able to pinpoint the issue. “We always want to improve our service,” said Campos. “And part of that is realizing your mistakes. We were able to pinpoint an unexpected amount of posts and traffic to a residential neighborhood in Denver.”
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58% of Stapleton Acquires Cold After First Week of School

coldWell, it has begun. We are all back swimming in the giant petri dish of viruses that is school. And with the school year, comes early cold season. In fact, a poll of 2,000 households shows that almost 60% of the neighborhood has contracted some sort of virus in their home. “It’s really frustrating,” said Stapleton parent Katie Schmit. “We basically survive the entire summer without a bug in our house, but after the first week of school, I have two sick kids and parents who have runny noses. Not much you can do about it, but still, a little annoying.” Other families are having the same experience. “We all have sore throats,” said Amanda Madison. “Who knows where it will go next. Hey, maybe it will be the only cold we get all year.”
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