DDS Students to Begin Building 20 Story Skyscraper

skyscraperDenver Discovery School (DDS) students are off to a fast start this year. In fact, the students have performed so well that the staff is already challenging the 6th to 8th graders with its tallest task: building a skyscraper. “We are a project based school, which creates a learning environment for real world situations,” said DDS Principal Kristen Atwood. “This is the kind of project that will expose the kids to all sorts of core-curriculum subjects, focusing especially on the math and sciences.” Atwood also mentions the kids will get plenty of exposure to future careers. “Kids will get experience as architects, engineers, environmental scientists, accountants, project management, among tens of other jobs and careers.”

The skyscraper, which students have in the initial design phase, will be built on the plot of land where the Stanley Market will be. “This is just another great addition for the Stanley Marketplace,” said lead project consultant Sean Asbee. “It involves the community, helping the schools, and will be a very cost-efficient way to handle the project since the kids will be getting course credit and not an hourly wage.” The yet to be named building will be used for office space, which will fit in nicely with the surrounding market area. “It will not be some giant monstrosity,” proclaims Asbee. “Remember, this is a huge area. The office space will simply put more prospective customers right on site. Almost like having a mini-downtown right here on the Aurora-Stapleton border.

Atwood says that her team of students, with some help form teachers and administrators, plan to have the project completed by December of 2015. “We strongly believe we can have the exterior shell completed,” says Atwood. “We have plenty of intellectual power with the students we have. Once the structure is completed, the students will begin the interior design phase, which will also hinge on who will be leasing the space.” Atwood says that although most of the work will be handled by the DDS students, the team will contract out a lot of the labor. “We will find partners for the physical labor, although the students will be hands on with that as well. There are simply liability issues with 12 and 13 year olds handling heavy machinery, so we will find quality partners to help with those sorts of tasks.” Construction is set to begin in mid-November after approval architectural plans.

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Education Expo: Parents ‘Reasonably’ Request Nanny Cams be Placed in Classrooms

nanny camLast night, hundreds of Stapleton parents attended the Education Expo at the High Tech Elementary School/DSST in the Conservatory Green Neighborhood in Stapleton. The Expo featured administrators and faculty of roughly 30 area schools. New high school Principal Avi Tropper was even on hand. The Expo served as an opportunity for parents to visit administrators from current and prospective schools. “We wanted to get an idea of the different types of schools, and their focus,” said Amy Richardson. “Of course, getting to meet the people in charge of educating our kids is a big bonus as well.”
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Stapleton Friendship Ends After Family Moves 23 Minutes Away

end of a friendshipIt has been a great run for the Dillinghams and the Millers. Their families have been great friends for almost five years living near each other in the Westerly Creek neighborhood in Stapleton. They each have kids roughly the same age, so they spent many weekend nights hanging out, having cocktails and letting the kids play. “We absolutely love the Millers,” says Susan Dillingham. “Nothing will take away the great times we have had over these years. They are a great couple with great kids. We wish them the best in their new adventure, and we definitely will keep in touch with them.”
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New Stapleton Elementary Will Focus on “Pinterest” Learning

pinterestPlans for the sixth Stapleton elementary school are under way. All that is currently known is that the school will be located in the Conservatory Green neighborhood and will focus on a unique way of learning. The yet to be named school will continue the path of Stapleton schools being modern, technology-focused, as well as project focused. The school will use the popular web site Pinterest in helping kids work through problems, create unique projects, and work together as a team. “There are so many ways Pinterest can be applied to the core curriculum,” says Denver School Board member Andrea Gill. “It can be used for math and reading, and obviously art. The great thing about it is that kids will also get a chance to add to the bounty of Pinterest ideas with concepts they create, which hopefully will help others, not just in their school, but globally.”
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Evergreen Development Getting Plenty of Recommendations for Eastbridge Town Center

Evergreen developmentThe Evergreen Development team has the contract for the Eastbridge Town Center space not reserved for King Soopers and its parking lot. The idea of having restaurants and local retail close by is very exciting for many Eastbridge residents. “At this point, I just want to have some cool local spots,” says Eastbridge resident Jennifer Gable. “So, build that King Soopers, but let’s bring some really cool retail into the other space.” Resident Regan O’Hara agrees. “There are so many cool things they can do with that space. Obviously, cool restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops. I just hope Evergreen does the right thing and avoids getting chains in there.”
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Business Spotlight: Stapleton Business Provides Motion Lights to Detect “Outsiders”

security lightsStapleton inventors Tom Ross and Mike Smith have had several ideas over the years from technology based things such as apps to improvements to simple household items such as fly swatters. “We have tried some crazy things,” admits Ross. “Some things, I think, still have a chance to catch on. But some of the stuff, looking back, really didn’t make any sense.” The two creators hold several brain-storming sessions a month, and a few months ago came up with their most recent idea.
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Letter From The Editor
Children’s Birthday Parties: Let’s Stop the Madness

birthday partiesEvery parent has planned a child’s birthday party and attended several other children’s birthday parties. The parties range from having extravagant themes, to being simple picnics at a park, with everything in between. Many people will provide snacks, order pizza, or make some food for the kids and the adult guests. Some hosts are even kind enough to make sure adult beverages are available, which is nice. No matter what type of party you want to throw or what sustenance you choose to provide, I have no problem with that at all.
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Children’s Birthday Parties: Let’s Stop the Madness”

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