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August 18, 2017

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Eclipse Offers Rare Learning Opportunity
  • Jeffco Public Schools Launches New App
  • Jeffco Action Center Continues to Help JPS Students


Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason GlassWelcome to the 2017-18 school year! Jeffco educators and staff have the greatest jobs in the world – getting to work with your kids! We are grateful for the opportunity to serve your family and this wonderful community.

As the new superintendent for Jeffco Public Schools, I’ve made an intentional effort since I began in July to crisscross the county, meeting with people and making as many connections as possible. I’ve had the chance to visit with parents, students, employees, community and business leaders, and elected officials across Jeffco. Thank you for sharing so many valuable insights and perspectives about your schools.

I’m often asked about my initial impressions and about how things are going, and I’d like to briefly relay some of those thoughts here.

Jeffco Public Schools is a well-run organization with a tradition of quality and service to its students and the community. We also have many talented and passionate educators and support employees working on behalf of kids and families.

While we begin from a solid foundation, there are also areas to improve. The community is hungry for leadership, a compelling vision for where our schools will go in the future, and information about the direction of its schools. You want to know more about the decisions that shape our way forward. While I’ve been in a listening and “seeking to understand” stance for these past few weeks, I am pivoting to put forth such a shared vision.

My goal is to set a course that unifies and inspires our community – and sets our students up to lead successful lives. Be on the lookout for this refocused direction sometime in September.

While shaping community input into a collective way forward, it’s important to acknowledge the political situation in Jeffco and how that impacts our schools. For the past few years, Jeffco Public Schools has possibly been the worst-in-the-nation example of drama, partisan politics, and a flood of outside money working to influence our schools.

One of the reasons I chose to come to Jeffco is that I believe we also have the opportunity to be the best example in the nation of what can happen when people in a community come forward and put their children above the fray of “us versus them” politics.

Jeffco is a community where neighbors care about one another, where we love our children, and where we work together to get things done – and it’s been this way for generations. I am asking you to help me flip this story, and show our state (and country) what Jeffco is really about.

Schools come from the community; the community comes from its schools. Looking ahead, your participation is an important part of transforming our schools into a new, dynamic learning environment for today’s students and future generations. I plan on keeping up the listening and relationship building across Jeffco. Plus, we’ll increase our communications effort, and have more community workshops as we move forward. Together, we’ll put the “unity” back into community schools.

Warm regards,
Dr. Jason Glass


 

Eclipse Offers Rare Learning Opportunity

Solar EclipseMany Jeffco schools will be using the August 21 eclipse to learn science concepts. From pinhole projectors to NASA information to Wyoming field trips, our schools are taking advantage of the rare opportunity to view the eclipse. Schools have been encouraged to use indirect viewing methods, though if schools choose to use glasses, there are strict safety guidelines to follow. We want our students to learn without eye injury! Please help us keep our kids safe by discussing the excitement, and risks, of viewing the eclipse with your student. For more information on the eclipse go to https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety or the National Science Teacher Association site.

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Jeffco Public Schools Launches New App

AppJeffco Public Schools has launched a new district-wide mobile app that is now available in the Android and Apple app stores. During the app set-up process, you are given the ability to choose which schools you will receive news, calendar events, and notifications from (you can also do this in the settings menu). The app includes links to district-wide systems like Jeffco Connect, Infinite Campus, and Nutrislice (lunch menus), as well, and easy to access contact information and maps for all of the district’s schools. Search for the app using “jeffco” or “jeffco schools co” and look for the white swirling star in a purple box logo, or use this link--http://launch.customschoolapp.net/jeffco/--to download it to get connected today!
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Jeffco Action Center Continues to Help JPS Students

Action CenterThe Action Center once again provided school supplies to Jeffco kids in need. The distribution was August 7-12 at Stevens Elementary. Thanks to numerous donors and volunteers, students were provided a backpack filled with grade-appropriate supplies. A big thank you to the Action Center, Mardel Homes, and Stevens Elementary for supporting this fantastic program.

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News You Can Use


Choice Enrollment Round Two Ends August 31 

Use the school locator to find your assigned neighborhood school and look at the school directory page to learn about that school. If your assigned neighborhood school doesn’t seem to meet your needs, you may want to consider other Jeffco Public Schools through the Choice Enrollment process. Choice Enrollment allows parents to find a school that is a good match for their child anywhere in the school district, and apply for enrollment.

To learn more about enrollment, please click here.


Charlottesville, Va. & Our Schools

On Wednesday, August 16, Dr. Glass sent a letter to the community regarding the events in Charlottesville, Va. and how our schools will respond. Click here to see the letter.   

 Jeffco Marks New High on CMAS Growth Data

Jeffco Public Schools' history of exceeding the state average on standardized tests holds true for the 2016-17 CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) performance results. However, the CMAS growth data is particularly striking this year. Click here to read more.

Check Out the Latest from JPS-TV

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Emmy®-nominated JPS-TV is the official YouTube channel for Jeffco Public Schools. It features stories about great Jeffco kids, teachers, and staff who are building bright futures! Be sure to check out the latest from JPS-TV here. 


Keep Up with Jeffco Athletics

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To get the latest on Jeffco’s high school athletics, be sure to check out the CHSAANow.com/jeffco website, JPS-TV Sports, the Jeffco Athletics Facebook page, and scores and photos via @JeffcoAthletics on Twitter.


Happening in Jeffco


DA's Safety Fair

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s 8th Annual Safety Fair is August 26, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Come take advantage of document shredding, prescription drug round-up, and free credit reports with bank officers to review them with you.

Whether you have concerns about your kids going back to school, or are interested in staying safe in your home or during recreational activities, this is the place to be. This year we have expanded kids activities - cool cat "CHEEZO" will be there to talk to kids about online and cell phone safety, and we’ll have a bicycle rodeo with free helmets, Child ID Kits, driving safety, "Crash Car"on display with teen driver safety information, bouncy castles, craft tables, face painting, and more. With over 80 booths, this event offers a complete range of safety services for the entire family with valuable information and giveaways. Free, fun, safety tools and tips.

For more information, contact Cary Johnson at 303-271-6970.


Jeffco Schools Foundation
Community Night at the
Rocky Mountain Showdown

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When: Friday, September 1
6:00 p.m.

Where: Mile High Stadium

Benefiting Jeffco Schools Foundation

Discounted upper level tickets available.

  • $30, plus handling fees
  • Tickets on sale now

This game will sell-out and this price point is not available to the general public. Price point and tickets subject to availability.

We are competing for tickets against seven other Metro area school foundations. Help the Jeffco Schools Foundation win!!!

Contact Ross Nigro if you have questions. Handling fees waived for groups of 20+; must contact Ross.

Click here to purchase tickets. ​Promo Code: 2017JEFFCO


Important Dates


  • September 4 - Labor Day, District Closed
  • September 22 - K-8 Early Release, No School for Jefferson Area


Board of Education Meetings


  • Thursday, August 24, at 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, September 7, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, September 7, at 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting

Meetings are held at the Jeffco Ed Center Board Room, 1829 Denver West Drive #27, Golden.
Meeting schedules and agendas are posted on BoardDocs.


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