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December 15, 2017

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Pomona Football, Coach Jay Madden End String of Postseason Heartbreak
  • Good News in Jeffco


Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

On October 11, we released Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools. The document was intended as a starting point for a larger conversation with Jeffco about our aspirations for our schools and students.

Since that time, we’ve been having those community conversations about Generations: a dialogue across Jeffco, both in-person and with online formats, about the ideas in Generations, whether they are the right ones, and what might be missing.

I’m pleased to report those conversations have been an unmitigated success. We created literally thousands of interactions across Jeffco about the three big ideas contained in Generations: Learning, Conditions for Learning, and Readiness for Learning. From our Facebook Jeffco Generations Conversations page, which had over 3,500 interactions, to multiple face-to-face discussions around Jeffco, we heard from many of you about your reactions and thinking.

Based on these conversations, the ideas contained in Generations were largely confirmed. We heard great support for changing the student learning experience and efforts to make it authentic and meaningful. We heard support for the teaching profession, and for high expectations for our learners. And, we heard about the importance of community and wrap-around supports for some of our more vulnerable learners.

We also heard questions and some concerns. Where does the student voice fit into this discussion? Are we really ready to move forward with learning infused with 1:1 technology for students? And how will all this be measured?

This feedback and the critical questions set us up well for the next phase in this process: planning. Now we take the ideas in the Generations document and modify it based on the feedback we received. This is also where the rubber begins to hit the road, where concepts evolve into clear statements with accompanying action steps, measurable goals, accountable staff members, feedback loops, and budgeting.

We are also working to create a set of system indicators, both for academic and non-academic (holistic) areas. We’re thinking about what concepts make a great school system, how we might measure those, and how we benchmark success.

Later this spring (around March), we will emerge with a new long-range strategic plan and set of performance goals for Jeffco Public Schools. That will present another opportunity for dialogue, but more importantly, it sets our course forward as a community and organization. I look forward to continuing this journey with you, and with everyone associated with our schools in the new year.

If you haven’t had the chance to review Jeffco Generations, I hope you will find time over break to weigh-in via our Facebook conversations page or my blog. We also have a short video about the vision. Though I plan to engage with the community on an ongoing basis, we want to include as much input on Generations as possible, as we develop measurable tactics in the strategic plan.

As we turn the page on 2017, we can reflect back on a year of change for Jeffco Public Schools, including a budget process filled with tough choices and a change in district leadership. We can also look forward with optimism that we have taken the time to thoughtfully consider the right course ahead.

On behalf of all of us with Jeffco Public Schools, thank you for the opportunity to serve your family. We wish you happy holidays, and look forward to re-engaging with you in the new year as we go boldly into our future.

Kind regards,
Dr. Jason Glass

Jeffco students, parents, families, staff, and community members may engage with Dr. Glass via Twitter @COJasonGlass and through his blog, advancejeffco.blog.


 

Pomona Football, Coach Jay Madden End String of Postseason Heartbreak

Pomona coach Jay Madden finally captured his first football state title in his 15th season at Pomona. (Lance Wendt, CHSAA.com)

The itinerary was pretty clear cut for Pomona’s football program this season: play 14 games and win the last one.

Mission accomplished.

Pomona’s 56-49 victory over Eaglecrest in the highest scoring Class 5A state championship game in history gave the Panthers their first state football title since 1988. The win also ended a string of three losses (2009, 2015, and 2016) in championship games for Pomona.

“We’ve been so close so many times and so much heartbreak. We had to have this one,” Pomona coach Jay Madden said as his team celebrated getting their hands on that elusive state title December. 2 at Mile High Stadium. “If we don’t get this one … when are we going to get one? I’m glad that stuff is over. We got one and we’ll come back next year and try to get another one.”

Madden, in his 15th year coaching his alma mater, finally joined the elite club of football coaches with state titles. He also joins his younger brother, Brad Madden, in winning a state championship.

Brad won the 6A baseball state title as a player at Arvada West in 1994. He also coached Golden to the 4A state baseball state championship in 2003. Brad moved on to Green Mountain High School where the Rams won back-to-back 4A baseball state titles in 2014 and 2015.

“It’s a lot harder in football, especially at the 5A level,” Brad said of his older brother joining him as a state champion. “I’m super proud of him and his whole staff. This is overdue for sure.”

Brad, who will take over Ralston Valley’s baseball program this spring, was Jay’s offensive coordinator at Pomona for several years.

“He has been the best coach in 5A football for 17 years, doing it with a neighborhood school,” Brad said of his brother. “He finally gets what he deserves.”

Jay spent time as the head coach at Alameda and Dakota Ridge before a two-year stint at Mullen prior taking over at Pomona when legendary coach Gary Klatt retired.

Pomona had three players who were able to taste victory Saturday that played in the 2015 state game two years ago. One of those players was senior running back Max Borghi.

The Washington State commit finished his stellar high school career with more than 5,000 yards from scrimmage. Borghi had a remarkable playoff run with 904 yards rushing and a dozen touchdowns on the ground in four games.

“I’ve never seen a bigger smile on his face,” Borghi said of his coach. “I’m just so happy for him. He has been working for it longer than us (players) have been working for it. He has been coaching forever. To finally get it, he earned it.”

The football program also joins the state success its gymnastics, wrestling, and track programs have had over the past three years.

“It means a lot,” Pomona senior defensive end Tanner Kimminau said. “Walking around school we’ll finally fit in with all the other state champs there.”

See more about the game and its record-setting score here. Check out video highlights here.

 




Good News in Jeffco

Lumberg ESLumberg Elementary fourth graders welcomed the National Park Service to learn about their SCUBA diving team. Students learned about underwater life by viewing magnificent 3D images, trying on SCUBA diving gear, checking out tools used to measure and document shipwrecks, and by asking many questions directly from these amazing divers.

For all the students' hard work, they received free park passes. Ranger Hurd explained the fabulous opportunities the passes offer to those wanting to explore the great outdoors and our national parks. Students and their families can now take a scenic drive and embark on wonderful hiking excursions to view wildlife. These park passes are a generous gift of over $4,000 to the school.


GMHSU.S. modern history students at Green Mountain High School were treated to a fascinating and engaging presentation about Pearl Harbor. Dan Black, a Pearl Harbor expert and former GMHS social studies teacher, set up a 20-foot scale model of the harbor, ships, and structures in the library. For 80 minutes, he held students at rapt attention as he described the sights and sounds of the Pearl Harbor attack. It has taken him years of study and work to paint the models, compile his collection of authentic artifacts, and learn the detailed history of that fateful day. A few community members and veterans came to watch, as well.

After seeing the presentation, Vietnam veteran Bruce Bender declared, "I'll be back every year to see that!"

Mr. Black hopes to keep this annual Pearl Harbor presentation going so the history is not lost.

"My goal is to keep doing it up to the 100th anniversary in 2041. I think I have another 24 years in me!" he quipped.

RamNation sure hopes so, Mr. Black!


Blue Heron ES

Congratulations to Kristin Snowden, fifth grade teacher at Blue Heron Elementary School, who received the Crystal Apple Award from WAY-FM Colorado 101.9 radio station! She was nominated by several people and was surprised by the visit from the station to the school.

Blue Heron said, "We love this teacher and all of us are so happy for her!"


Moore MSMoore Middle School knows what makes a successful event at school: FOOD! The school hosted their monthly family dinner and it had "chili cook-off" written all over it. Over ten entries were submitted! Even better, they found time to weave in some learning around gratefulness (their theme for the month). Ping pong was played in the gym, the book fair was hopping in the library, and car racing happened in the hallway. There was a little something for everyone!


Colorow ES

Scholastic Books chose Colorow Elementary School to get a visit from the one and only, very popular, traveling librarian, John Schumacher, otherwise known as "Mr. Schu." During his visit, he talked reading, favorite books, and what makes students like reading. Everyone had a blast listening to him speak and participating in the discussion. Thanks Mr. Schu!


JeffcoUBig kids and little kids met for another session of Jeffco University November 15 at Peck Elementary and focused on the "What, Why, & How of Teaching." Even the littlest (and cutest) students were learning a lot!


Kullerstrand ES

When you are looking to round up your school community for your book fair, how do you herd them in? With a western-themed learning night, of course! Kullerstrand Elementary was serving delicious fried chicken in the cafeteria and learning "play at home" games in the gym. Families and staff dressed for the occasion. What a great night!

 


Fairmount ESFairmount Elementary School marked the last day before Thanksgiving break with a packed house for the PTA Parent/Student Breakfast. There was hardly a seat to spare with kids of all ages enjoying a yummy, homemade breakfast. Lots of happy faces all around!


Lukas ES

Six years ago, Josh Hawkins, a former Lukas Elementary student, suggested donating used eyeglasses to help people who live in remote villages in Haiti. His dad, a doctor, along with a team of other physicians, optometrists, and dentists travel to Haiti every year to provide medical assistance to the Haitian people living in remote villages.

As part of their civics unit and in alignment with Jeffco Generations, the second graders at Lukas organized a donation drive for old eyeglasses from Monday, October 23 through Friday, November 3. Students and their families supported the donation drive by donating old prescription glasses.


South Lakewood ESLoren Huwa, principal of South Lakewood Elementary, Tina Klismith, and the rest of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) celebrated their new playground along with numerous families and the City of Lakewood on November 17. A $110,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as part of its School Yard Initiative program helped make the project a reality. Schools apply for the School Yard grants with their local governments, and the yards must be designed, at least in part, by students.


Peck ES

On November 28 and 29, Peck Elementary's sixth grade art classes took their annual field trip to work with Warren Tech's graphic design students and teachers. Peck's art teacher, Nick Rubino, and Warren Tech's graphic design teacher, Scot Odendahl, formed a partnership five years ago that enables students from both schools to work together. Peck's artists got to screen print a t-shirt with a design they created in class. Warren Tech's artists got to be teachers for a day, passing on what they have learned from their teachers. Both the elementary and high school students come away with a great experience of working together.


WRHS & Pennington ESJerry DiTullio's English 12 class (comm tech) at Wheat Ridge High School​ is practicing civic engagement as part of their capstone project mentoring Ms. Liming's fifth/sixth grade class at Pennington Elementary School​. These WRHS seniors are working with the younger students using lesson plans that address literacy and social skills. Both the mentors and mentees are learning a few things!


Creighton MS

Creighton Middle School Tri-M Music Honor Society students wanted to make a difference when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. They organized a fundraiser, and with the generous proceeds of the Lego Ninja Movie from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, CMS was able to send $603 to Milstead Middle School in Houston. This school lost everything in the storm. This particular school was chosen because a former Milstead teacher, Kathy Mallory, is now teaching at Foster Elementary. Jody Barker, induction coordinator, was able to connect everyone to help this school rebuild their program.


Vivian ESVivian Elementary held their fall Parent Information Night on Thursday, November 30. The theme was Candy Land Math. Families traveled around the school, and participated in different math activities using candy. Families measured and found the area and perimeter of brownies. They used fractions and measuring cups to create a Chex mix snack to take home. They created graham cracker and frosting domino's and rolled dice to estimate money. The best part of all was the family photo booth! Everyone loved being able to play together, and enjoyed supporting their children to LEARN, GROW, and SUCCEED! Click here to view a video of the event.


Warder ES

On Saturday, December 2, several Warder Elementary School dads, along with Warder’s principal, Matt Hilbert, and facility manager, Jerry Bill, gathered at school to freshen up the gym and stage with a new coat of paint. The Warder Dads Society was established as part of Warder's PTA to build stronger male engagement at school.


Witt ESWitt Elementary is excited to celebrate literacy with their community. There are two events Witt will be hosting this year and the first was a huge hit. The First Annual Book Exchange took place in the Witt library prior to Thanksgiving break. There were over 650 books swapped between students. For every book a student brought in they got to take one home. The exchange was a huge success!

NEWS YOU CAN USE


 Jeffco Generations

Now is the time to give input on Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for Our Community’s Schools. Check out this video to learn more, then tell Superintendent Dr. Glass what you think on the Jeffco Generations Conversations Facebook page.

School Interest Nights:
Choice Enrollment Begins January 8

school interest night

Starting this month, many schools host interest nights and events to help families learn more about the school and programs offered. Know your designated neighborhood school: use the Designated School Locator to find the designated neighborhood school for your student. Look at the School Directory to learn about your designated school and visit the school website.

Your Jeffco student is guaranteed a spot in his or her designated neighborhood school, but Jeffco Public Schools also offers Choice Enrollment. 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. Click here to learn more about our schools and programs offered.

Click here to learn more about enrollment.

Family-School Partnership Survey Closes December 20

Jeffco is committed to ensuring your experience with our schools is collaborative and successful, and we want to know how we are doing. The Family-School Partnership Survey is now open, through Wednesday, December 20. It is anonymous and takes 10–15 minutes. Help us improve our schools and your child’s learning environment. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback! Click here to view and complete the survey.

Jeffco Public Schools Earn 45 CMAS-Based Academic Awards from CDE

Thirty-five district schools received 45 academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), with some schools earning two awards. Twenty-seven earned the John Irwin School of Excellence award and 15 received the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award. Two Jeffco schools received the Center of Excellence Award this year: Pennington Elementary and Kullerstrand Elementary. Additionally, Evergreen High School received the High School Growth award. See the full list of schools and learn more about the awards here.

2018 Spring GT Center Application

Jeffco Gifted Centers offer challenge and support for your advanced learner. With an emphasis on meeting the individual needs of gifted and talented students, Jeffco Public Schools’ GT Centers offer experiences that foster meaningful growth for gifted learners. Sixteen neighborhood schools house GT Centers throughout the district at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Teachers certified in gifted and talented education offer differentiated instruction to students with a variety of programming options including acceleration, enrichment, and social-emotional support.

To be considered in our final wave for GT Center placement for the 2018-19 school year, apply online by January 16 for a testing appointment on Saturday, February 3. Click here for more information and to view the application.

Sixth Grade Transition Info

sixth grade transition

Click here to visit our sixth grade transition webpage, where families and the community can learn more about Jeffco's upcoming transition of sixth grade to middle school.


We’re Hiring!

hiring

  • Food Services
  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodians

Click here for more information and to apply.

Check Out the Latest from JPS-TV

JPS-TV

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

JPS-TV Sports

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


Jeffco Community Night at Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lighting December 16

Bring your friends and family to watch the Avs take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 p.m. This is a Saturday evening game at the Pepsi Center and if that's not enough, it's Star Wars night! There will be Star Wars characters and events throughout the night! Jeffco Public Schools families, staff, and students can purchase discounted tickets! Choose to sit in the upper level for just $25 or the lower level for $55. $5 from each ticket sale goes back to the Jeffco Schools Foundation 501(c)3 supporting district-wide programming for Jeffco! See the attached flyer for more details and to purchase tickets.


Free Hand-Only CPR Training
December 16

Where: North High School, 2960 North Speer Blvd., Denver, 80211
When: Sessions from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Online pre-registration is encouraged. Visit www.heart.org/savealifeco to sign up today!

Completion of this course does not result in a credential card.

For more information call 832-918-4062. Groups welcome! See the attached flyer for more details.

First Year Experience at Red Rocks Community College

Register for this FREE event January 4!

  • Be a college student for the day
  • Experience what a college class is actually like
  • Learn how to pay for college & how to get $cholarships
  • Meet current students
  • Discover why Red Rocks Community College Rocks!

Learn more and register at: www.rrcc.edu/fye

JEFFCON 2018

The Jeffco IT department is excited to help students understand the real-world role of information technology. On January 31, we will be hosting the first annual JEFFCON conference at the Ed Center for Jefferson County high school students to learn about what we do, how we do it, and provide them with growth opportunities and pathways to pursue a career in IT. Keep an eye out for student applications available in December. Watch and share this JEFFCON trailer and save the date!


IMPORTANT DATES


  • ​December 21-January 5​ - Winter Break


BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • ThursdayJanuary 11, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, January 11, 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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