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Rise & Shine: Kendrick Castillo, killed in STEM School shooting, honored and remembered

Good morning.

Sometimes a map or a chart can illustrate a concept so much more powerfully than words — and that's the case with the graphics in our story today on why Denver could soon have more schools with too few students. Check it out below.

We've also got news about who will pay to build the Denver-based DSST charter network's first school in neighboring Aurora, a Q&A with the National Teacher of the Year, and an essay from a white teacher who learned to talk about race in the classroom with her students of color.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter


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DECLINING ENROLLMENT These charts show why more Denver schools could soon have too few students. Chalkbeat

CONSTRUCTION DEAL The Aurora school district has come up with a finance plan to start construction of a new $39 million school building for the district’s first DSST charter school. Chalkbeat

ESSAY ‘I was a white teacher who couldn’t talk about race. A journey through successful U.S. high schools changed my thinking.’ Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH How the National Teacher of the Year, who teaches social studies in a Virginia juvenile detention center, offers history lessons plus ‘love and care and comfort.’ Chalkbeat

HERO Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old STEM School student who was killed trying to tackle a shooter, was celebrated with Jeeps, robots, and a declaration from the governor. Denver Post, 9News, CBS4, Arvada Press, Fox31, The Denver Channel

‘STEM STRONG’ Parents are fiercely protective of STEM School Highlands Ranch and fighting back against a narrative that it was a pressure cooker headed toward violence. Colorado Sun

COMMENCEMENT How do you plan a graduation in the wake of a school shooting? The former principal of Columbine High School is helping STEM School in that difficult task. Denver Post

SECURITY With more than $700,000 in grant money, Jeffco Public Schools is in the midst of enhancing its security. CBS4

HANDS ON How a charter high school focused on agriculture could take root in Reunion. Westword

TEACHER PAY Thompson School District employees will get a 2.5% increase to the salary schedule and 7.5% cost of living raise. Loveland Reporter-Herald

Teachers in the Gunnison Watershed School District will get a base salary increase of 3.3% and a one-time $700 bonus next fall. Crested Butte News

IMMUNIZATION DATA Search vaccination rates for Colorado schools, preschools, and child care centers for the 2017-18 school year. Denver Post

‘THE POWER OF A COTILLION’ One of the most powerful tools this Denver Public Schools counselor has to serve students experiencing homelessness is also highly unusual: a cotillion. Westword

CELEBRATING CULTURE Hundreds of Denver Public Schools students participated in Spanish Heritage, Language & Culture Day at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Daily Camera

Q&A Six questions for Jennifer Lamont, principal of Carbondale Middle School. Glenwood Springs Post Independent