2013 had the highest ACT score
of all public schools in Colorado.
It is the 12th year in a row for this honor.
pay off for Arvada High School
students.The Colorado Legacy
Foundation rewards students
who pass AP tests. Arvada HS had the most qualifying scores of the foundation's 13 schools.
Grant Helps Foothills Elementary Get Field of DreamsStudents at Foothills Elementary School will soon have the playing field of their dreams thanks to a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
The Foothills "Field of Dreams" Athletic Field project was among 18 around the state to earn competitive GOCO local government grants. The grants are funded by proceeds from the Colorado Lottery and are awarded each spring and fall.
The grant ensures that the school’s outdated athletic field will be rebuilt. The field has not been used to its full capacity for more than two decades due to inadequate irrigation and drainage. The school will also resurface the adjacent playground and install fencing, benches and landscaping.
“This grant award is a culmination of two years of work by a group made up of school and community members, churches, home owner associations and businesses and won’t just benefit our kids, but our entire community,” said Foothills Principal Sue Borzych. “We are so grateful to the support from the City of Lakewood that helped support us through the grant and design process.”
The City of Lakewood was also awarded $45,000 to hire a youth corps crew to remove Russian olive trees, an invasive species, from a portion of the 350 acre Bear Creek Greenbelt. This continues work that has already been occurring in the Greenbelt in an effort to improve the lower Bear Creek watershed.
Jeffco Schools Win Academic AccoladesForty-one Jeffco schools received academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), with some Jeffco schools walking away with double awards.
The John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award goes to schools with excellent academic achievement on the three-year school performance framework. There are 31 Jeffco schools that exceeded expectations on the academic achievement indicator. See the list of 2013 John Irwin recipients here.
The Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award was awarded to 20 Jeffco schools that demonstrated excellent student growth. These schools exceeded expectations related to academic growth gaps. See the list of 2013 Governor's award recipients here.
"These school awards make me so proud," said Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. "I thank our staff for their incredible efforts for our Jeffco kids." Read the official CDE news release.
School Safety is a Top Priority
Jeffco Public Schools Security and Emergency Management Department utilizes best practices to protect our schools. A multifaceted approach focuses on security, policies, procedures, such as the Standard Response Protocol, people, and technology. Read More.
Board Public Comment Registration
Goes OnlineJefferson County residents who want to participate in a Board of Education meeting via public comment will be able to sign up online. Previously, residents had to sign up by visiting the school district’s administrative office in Golden on the day of the meeting. The online registration will now be available online the Sunday before a regularly scheduled Thursday business meeting through the Board of Education Web page, go to meeting agenda to find the form. People without computer access can visit the Education Services Center, 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden, to register for public comment. All registration will close at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
Jeffco teacher wins prestigious Milken Educator Award
In a surprise announcement at an all-school assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Bear Creek High School social studies teacher Jose Martinez was presented with a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation in recognition of his exceptional work as a model teacher for the state and nation.
The award was presented in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education. Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond and Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken were on hand in Lakewood for the announcement and celebration of Martinez’s talent and dedication.
“Mr. Martinez is a leader and mentor to his students and a supportive and collaborative peer to other educators,” said Hammond. “His work challenges his students and extends beyond the classroom. He is a positive force in the classroom and in his community.” Read More.