Rise & Shine: Southwestern Colorado district bans cell phones in school

Welcome to Tuesday!

Five Colorado schools are celebrating their designation as national Blue Ribbon Schools, including two in Fort Collins, one in Denver, one in Lakewood, and one in Centennial. The five, all recognized for having test scores in the top 15 percent of schools in Colorado, are among 349 schools picked for the honor nationally.

Also in our roundup today is a look at how neighborhoods shape children's lives, sometimes trapping them in poverty and other times lifting them out. Plus, stories about a Colorado district that banned cell phones in schools, an El Paso County superintendent's retirement announcement, and a growing interest in school volleyball among boys.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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BLUE RIBBONS Five Colorado schools, including Denver’s most requested elementary school, have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools. Chalkbeat9News

Zach Elementary School and Tavelli Elementary School in the Poudre School District were named Blue Ribbon Schools. Coloradoan

TALKING KAVANAUGH Some educators used last week’s hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior during high school as a teaching moment. Chalkbeat

PHONE BAN The Dolores school district has banned cell phones at school, and so far teachers and staff are thrilled with the results. KOB4

LEAVING Academy District 20 Superintendent Mark Hatchell announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year. KOAA

ADDING BOYS Some Colorado schools are beginning to add boys to their volleyball teams, traditionally the province of girls. Montrose Press

NO DICE After the Boulder Valley school board decided not to review a proposal to open a classical charter school in the district, school organizers say they plan to appeal the decision to the State Board of Education. Daily Camera

MARIJUANA The Thompson school board will consider a resolution Wednesday stating the district’s opposition to having employees administer medical marijuana to students on school grounds or buses — an option now allowed by state law. Reporter-Herald

MAPPING THEIR LIVES Detailed new maps show how some U.S. neighborhoods lift children out of poverty and others trap them. New York Times