Juniper School breaks down age barriers by mixing classes

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Juniper School breaks down age barriers by mixing classes

Teachers hope to foster learning, responsibility and leadership
Fifth-grade student Judah Bromley, left, 10, son of Kristin Moore, and fourth-grade student Noah Houk, 9, son of Heather and Wayne Houk, write a description of a classroom job Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one class.
Cyrus Morgan, 6, son of Jessica Morgan, reads in his kindergarten/first-grade class Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. Cyrus, along with fellow students Reminysce Sillas, 6, daughter of Brittany Sillas, and Finn Lang, 6, son of Becky Clausen and Dirk Lane, were learning about the variety of flexible seating available during the first day of school. The school is using mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one classroom.
Second-grade student Arilyn Brown, left, 7, daughter of Kristin and Arthur Brown, and third-grade student Sydney McAllister, 8, daughter of Meredith and Michael McAllister, interview one another during the first day of school Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are taught together in one class.
Fourth-grade students Evelyn Bopp, left, 9, daughter of Laine and Jessie Bopp, and Emmaline Uhl, 9, daughter of Ruthie and Jason Uhl, learn about classroom roles during the first day of school Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one class.

Juniper School breaks down age barriers by mixing classes

Fifth-grade student Judah Bromley, left, 10, son of Kristin Moore, and fourth-grade student Noah Houk, 9, son of Heather and Wayne Houk, write a description of a classroom job Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one class.
Cyrus Morgan, 6, son of Jessica Morgan, reads in his kindergarten/first-grade class Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. Cyrus, along with fellow students Reminysce Sillas, 6, daughter of Brittany Sillas, and Finn Lang, 6, son of Becky Clausen and Dirk Lane, were learning about the variety of flexible seating available during the first day of school. The school is using mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one classroom.
Second-grade student Arilyn Brown, left, 7, daughter of Kristin and Arthur Brown, and third-grade student Sydney McAllister, 8, daughter of Meredith and Michael McAllister, interview one another during the first day of school Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are taught together in one class.
Fourth-grade students Evelyn Bopp, left, 9, daughter of Laine and Jessie Bopp, and Emmaline Uhl, 9, daughter of Ruthie and Jason Uhl, learn about classroom roles during the first day of school Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one class.

Juniper School breaks down age barriers by mixing classes

Fourth- and fifth-grade co-teachers Kristin Harmon, left, and Hallie Venaglia hand out markers to their students during the first day of school Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one class.

Juniper School breaks down age barriers by mixing classes

Third-grade students Hadley Miller, left, 8, daughter of Jennifer Miller, and Jasmine DeBoer, 8, daughter of Tiffany and Darrin DeBoer, interview one another during the first day of school Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one class.

Juniper School breaks down age barriers by mixing classes

Second- and third-grade co-teacher Steffanie Schreiber reads to her students during the first day of school Monday at The Juniper School in Durango. The school has implemented mixed-age classrooms in which students from two different grades are together in one class.
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