Front Page Summer Operations Update

Dear readers of the Front Page Student Newspaper,

Due to present circumstances involving COVID-19, the newspaper will not be publishing articles over the summer. We will, however, return for the Fall 2020 semester. Until then, we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please stay safe and keep kindness in your hearts.

Dear readers of the Front Page Student Newspaper,

Due to present circumstances involving COVID-19, the newspaper will not be publishing articles over the summer. We will, however, return for the Fall 2020 semester. Until then, we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please stay safe and keep kindness in your hearts.

Sincerely,

Front Page Student Newspaper

Farewell to the Front Page, a Note From the Managing Editor

Life can be full of surprises.

I never expected to make writing a career in any capacity, but here we are. I began working here at the paper as a writer, a reporter, a student who had so much to learn and so far to go. I never expected to find the friendships that I did, to find all of the small joys that lay hidden throughout the school, or to find my path that will hopefully lead me to new horizons. 

Life can be full of surprises.

I never expected to make writing a career in any capacity, but here we are. I began working here at the paper as a writer, a reporter, a student who had so much to learn and so far to go. I never expected to find the friendships that I did, to find all of the small joys that lay hidden throughout the school, or to find my path that will hopefully lead me to new horizons. 

There’s so much I wish to say, so many people to thank, so many goodbyes to share. But every time I attempt to sit down and bare my soul upon the paper, the words fail me in every way. I owe a lot to this paper and this people, you all have made my life extraordinary and enjoyable in so many ways, I’ll miss looking forward to the next piece, the next interview, the next podcast. But time is a funny thing like that, something seems near for a moment before it is all but a distant memory in an instant. It’s time for me to move forward to the next stage of my life, what that will be I cannot say for certain, but I know that my time here will prepare me for whatever is to come. 

Jonathan, Mindy, Drew, DJ, Joe, Ezra, Jeremy, Matt, Hayley, Lori M., Lori R., and Lindsey, all of you. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful experiences that we shared, for the laughter and the joy. Thank you for helping me grow alongside you, I’ll never forget my time at this paper.

Thank you all for allowing me this opportunity,

Maddy

This School House Rocks!

Written by Elena Tran

In the middle of Olde Town Arvada there sits a quaint, red brick building on the corner of W. 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. At first, it may seem like nothing more than a vintage school, but walking up to the building you’ll find the words “Arvada School House Kitchen and Libations” across the glass window. Built in 1882, it was a one-room childhood school for the small town. After the construction of Arvada High School, the building was repurposed into a movie theater through World War II until 2015, when the Spears family transformed it into the Schoolhouse restaurant it is today. I had the pleasure of trying out this unique restaurant with my sister and her husband; together, we entered the warm building seeking shelter from the cold.

Written by Elena Tran

In the middle of Olde Town Arvada there sits a quaint, red brick building on the corner of W. 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. At first, it may seem like nothing more than a vintage school, but walking up to the building you’ll find the words “Arvada School House Kitchen and Libations” across the glass window. Built in 1882, it was a one-room childhood school for the small town. After the construction of Arvada High School, the building was repurposed into a movie theater through World War II until 2015, when the Spears family transformed it into the Schoolhouse restaurant it is today. I had the pleasure of trying out this unique restaurant with my sister and her husband; together, we entered the warm building seeking shelter from the cold.

As soon as you step in, you can feel and see the age-old, heavy history it carries with it. From top to bottom, old-school items were reused to create the same atmosphere one might imagine in a schoolhouse. To the left, you can see the tables were made from bits of old wood flooring, the booth cushions were recycled school bus seats, the chairs are the plastic ones you would expect to see in an elementary school, and the shades for the lights above are made from map globes. To the right, the small hallway opened to a wide, large bar. An impressive 1,800 (and counting) different whiskeys lined up against the wall, all which were available for purchase. I felt as if I was in a magic story, whisked away and time-traveling to the past; the feeling of being in such an unusual place was so surreal. We were greeted by friendly staff and swiftly seated in the dining room.

From there, we were handed our “Menu Study Guides,” where the different menu items were sorted into “Periods.” Period 1 is appetizers, Period 2 is soup and salads, Period 3 is sandwiches, and so on. Gazing upon the menu, there seemed to be a good variety of food choices and decent pricing. Entrees range from $7 to $17, fairly priced in comparison to other restaurants.  Our server, Meghan, greeted us with a kind smile, and we ordered our meals. My brother-in-law ordered the soup of the day ($7), my sister ordered baked meatloaf ($16), and I ordered shrimp and grits ($16). Gluten-free and vegetarian menus are available upon request.

My brother-in-law could not resist buying a $34 whiskey shot of Jack Daniel’s, Sinatra Select Edition, from Tennessee. From their wide selection of whiskeys, it is not surprising to find top-of-the-line drinks, such as a shot of Laphroaig, a 32-year-old 200th anniversary whiskey for the steep price of $200, and a shot of Ladyburn, a 41-year-old whiskey for the price of $250. With such a large selection to choose from, School House is definitely for those who enjoy a finer tasting whiskey. My brother-in-law got his shot in a science beaker. Taking small fine sips to enjoy the flavor, he couldn’t help but grin and hum out, “Oh, that’s smoooooth.”

When our food arrived, my stomach grumbled. The smell of freshly cooked food tickled my nose and I dug in. My plate had warm, grilled shrimp, andouille sausage, bacon, caramelized onions, and cheesy grits. The smell is heavenly to me. I took a bite into my sausage. It was cooked to perfection. The savory flavor blended well with the juices of the meat–the seasoning, just right. My bacon was cut up into smaller pieces, and I gingerly swooped them up with my fork. The bacon is not your standard bacon you buy from the store. No, this bacon, hearty and packed full of flavor, was glazed in maple syrup. I side-eyed my sister’s plate and sneaked some of her  housemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes onto my fork. Her meatloaf was also cooked to perfection, seasoned well, and slightly juicy; her potatoes were done in a southern style, not overpowering, nor dry.

Overall, this restaurant is among my favorites. With an ‘A’ rating, I would invite others to enjoy this charming atmosphere for a savory trek through the past. Pay attention now, class is in session!

Arvada School House Kitchen and Libations

Grade: A

Where: 660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002

Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun 10am-11pm

Food: American

Prices: $7-$17

Information: (720) 639-4213

Golden’s Hidden Gem

Written by Alan West

In what I can only describe as the most literal sense of “hole in the wall” restaurant, D’Deli is perhaps the embodiment of this old American phrase. Occupying a space no more than 20-feet wide on the busy street of Washington Avenue in Golden, D’Deli has been serving up some of the best sandwiches for nearly 50 years.  With a focus on locally grown ingredients and a (mostly) health focused menu, it’s easy to see why D’Deli has received multiple awards over the years, including being voted the best sandwich shop in Jefferson County for the last four years running. 

Written by Alan West

In what I can only describe as the most literal sense of “hole in the wall” restaurant, D’Deli is perhaps the embodiment of this old American phrase. Occupying a space no more than 20-feet wide on the busy street of Washington Avenue in Golden, D’Deli has been serving up some of the best sandwiches for nearly 50 years.  With a focus on locally grown ingredients and a (mostly) health focused menu, it’s easy to see why D’Deli has received multiple awards over the years, including being voted the best sandwich shop in Jefferson County for the last four years running. 

At a first glance it’s entirely possible to miss this sandwich shop, among the hustle and bustle of Golden’s historic Washington Avenue. When you first walk inside, you’re greeted with a rather unassuming interior. The worn wooden floors guide you along the same path as so many others before, up along the side of the wall and to the first of many menus. Nearly 50 different options are available, ranging from their Golden standard, “Golden Club” to more exotic creations such as the “Junker,” consisting of peanut butter, egg salad, and roast beef topped with sprouts. From cold cuts to sweet and hot, and even “none” sandwich options such as prime rib and buffalo, you can be sure to find something that piques your interest. 

One word of advice: make sure you bring your appetite before stopping by. With a choice between half and full sizes, you may find yourself hard pressed to finish the entire sandwich in one sitting. Don’t skip the napkins either, these sandwiches put others to shame in terms of size and mess. 

For everything that D’Deli gets right, there are some drawbacks. First, don’t be surprised if from storefront to register, you’re in a shoulder-to-shoulder line. Same goes for seating, if you can get a table, don’t expect much room for yourself or your food. Typically, a sandwich will run you between $10 to $20 a pop, which can be a little higher on the price scale then most. 

 

As you pick the sandwich up, you realize that the bread is rather soft and fluffy. If you’re like me and go with the Golden Club, your first bite is a mixture of flavor, as the slices of turkey and roast beef go hand in hand with the juicy bites of tomato. The lettuce is surprisingly crisp but doesn’t detract from the overall texture and taste of the sandwich. 

Overall, if you don’t mind a bit of a wait and slightly higher prices than Subway, you are rewarded with a solid example of what a deli sandwich should be. Just make sure you have enough time if you go during the lunch rush!

 

D’Deli

Overall Score: B+

Location: 1207 Washington Avenue, Golden, CO 80401

Contact Info: www.ddeligolden.com/contact

Hours: 11:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M.

Food types: Deli sandwiches 

Average Price: $10 – $20