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June 1, 2018

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • A Message from Board of Education President Ron Mitchell
  • E-Cigarettes & Teens: What You Should Know
  • The Robot Olympians
  • Good News in Jeffco


Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

A little over a month ago, we launched an online survey to gauge the opinion of the community on the direction of Jeffco Public Schools and to get feedback on possible fall election questions. To date, we’ve had almost 1,900 people respond to the survey and, based on the results, respondents show strong support for the direction Jeffco Public Schools is headed and support for possible election questions in the fall.

Before we launch into an analysis of the data, an important caveat is in order. While this survey was open to the entire community, most of the respondents were people with some connection to Jeffco Public Schools – parents, teachers, and/or staff. While the support of these groups is critically important, we should exercise some caution before generalizing these results to the larger Jeffco community.

Support for Jeffco Public Schools Strong

So what did respondents say? We first asked about the direction Jeffco Public Schools was headed. 59.6 percent of respondents said the district was headed in the “Right Direction,” compared to just 9.6 percent who said Jeffco was on the “Wrong Track.” Just over thirty percent (30.8) of respondents were in the middle, answering “Unsure.” The key takeaway here is respondents were supportive of the direction Jeffco Public Schools is headed outnumbered detractors by about a 6:1 margin.

Respondents also strongly believed Jeffco Public Schools needed additional funding. When asked “Do you believe Jeffco Public Schools needs additional funding?” respondents overwhelmingly agreed with 89.9 percent of either responding “strongly agree” or “agree,” compared to 10.1 percent who were neutral or disagreed.

Safety & Security Tops Priorities for Construction Needs

We next asked questions about construction and facilities’ needs, and where people thought new dollars in these areas should be directed. These needs are typically funded through an election measure called a “bond,” where the district asks the voters for permission to sell bonds on the bond market and then use a property tax to repay those bonds (with interest) over a period of 20 years.

Read more.

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



 

A MESSAGE FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION PRESIDENT RON MITCHELL

Board of Education President Ron MitchellDear Jeffco Families,

I would like to thank each and every one of you for another great year at Jeffco Public Schools. We can all be proud of the many things we have collectively accomplished this year. From the Board perspective, we are pleased to be serving in our third year on the Board of Education. We have learned much and accomplished much over the last two and one-half years. We have:

  • Improved climate in the boardroom and the district;
  • Slowed teacher attrition;
  • Hired a new excellent superintendent;
  • Managed limited resources effectively; and
  • Approved a new vision and direction for our schools.

As we look to the future, there are exciting times on the horizon for Jeffco Public Schools. It is true that K-12 funding in the state is lagging behind other states and our state funding is almost $2,500/per student below the national average. Additionally, we failed to pass a mill/bond election in 2016 while other districts in the metro area were successful. This caused Jeffco to fall further behind in funding compared to surrounding districts. All of this while the economy in Colorado is thriving.

I believe it is time for all Jeffco residents to take a stand on improving funding for public education. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and it is our collective responsibility to provide the best possible education for them. This summer, our Board will examine a possible bond election to make much-needed improvements to our buildings and a mill levy election to increase operating funds. We will also be considering a statewide ballot initiative (Initiative 93), which would provide significantly more funding for all schools in Colorado.

I would encourage you to visit the district website this summer to learn more about these issues and provide us with your feedback. Our Board of Education will be studying these issues this summer and we will have recommendations soon.

It has been a pleasure to serve Jeffco Public Schools this year, and I look forward to working with you again next school year.

Sincerely,
Ron Mitchell
President, Jeffco Board of Education

 




E-CIGARETTES & TEENS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

E-cigarettesRecently, Wheat Ridge High School students and Jeffco’s Healthy Schools staff were interviewed as part of a Colorado Public Radio story on the alarming rise of e-cigarette use among teens. Click here to see the JPS-TV video featuring these students, which was referenced in the article.

Jeffco Public Schools is taking this health threat very seriously and is currently implementing a range of education and prevention strategies in schools. We wanted to provide parents and caregivers with information that would be helpful for conversations about vaping that may take place at home.

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in the U.S., which is concerning for many reasons. As a new nicotine product, we have no idea what the long-term impacts of use will be. What we do know about short-term health impacts is very troubling, especially for youth.
Self-Direction & Personal Responsibility

 

 

 

THE ROBOT OLYMPIANS

Robot OlympiansThe stage was set, the nerves were real, and the competition was intense at this first-of-its-kind robotics scrimmage at Three Creeks K-8. It was sort of the Olympics for the tech set. Dozens of teams of Jeffco elementary students from several different schools were taking part. Some were skilled in VEX robotics.

“What we mostly do is push in the rings to where you get the points, and we get the twenty points first that way we can have points. If we have time then we lift them up and put them up on the actual base,” explained Kullerstrand Elementary student Analicia Snyder.

“I like it because you can drive it around a lot and you can do your creation,” added fellow Kullerstrand student Isabella Lovato.

Other teams were skilled in Spheros.

“A Sphero is a ball that an engine in it and it’s kind of like, you use it to do all sorts of stuff,” explained Swanson Elementary student Kadin Mitchell.





 

Good News in Jeffco

Free Horizon MontessoriFree Horizon Montessori joined schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on May 9. Read more.

 


Swanson ElementarySwanson Elementary celebrated the completion of a very special community project. Read more.

 


logoCongratulations to the PTA National Reflections contest winners! Read more.


Sobesky Adventure DaySobesky Academy held their second annual Adventure Day! Read more.

 

 

 

For more good news, visit the Good News Blog and see Jeffco in the News.

GOOD TO KNOW


Facebook Live: 
Talking Ed with Dr. Glass
June 4

Coming June 4 at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Glass talks with Tom McDermott, special assistant to the superintendent, about the Strategic Plan. Watch here

How Should Jeffco Public Schools Engage with the Community?

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass is starting a Community Engagement Task Force. The group will meet initially to hear how the district reaches out currently, give initial feedback, and plan for future meetings.

Tuesday, June 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Jeffco Public Schools
Ed Center Board Room (5th floor)
1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. 27, Golden, CO 80401
Light refreshments and beverages provided.

Questions? Contact Tracie Apel at 303-982-6831. Click here for more info.

Coming Soon: New Food & Nutrition Services Online System

Food & Nutrition Services is pleased to announce SchoolCafé arrives July 1. This is one-stop shopping for families that take advantage of school breakfast and lunch. Users simply need to create an online account in order to:

  • Apply for Free/Reduced meals. Remember, this must be done every year. Paper applications will also continue to be accepted.
  • Pay for meals online. Account balances will be transferred from the old system to new system.

Be on the lookout for detailed information at the end of June.

Check Out the Latest from JPS-TV

Emmy®-nominated JPS-TV is the official YouTube channel for Jeffco Public Schools. It features stories about 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

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


Warren Tech Summer Spa Days
Now-June 11

Warren Tech's cosmetology programs are hosting their annual Summer Spa Days May 29-June 11. They are offering numerous spa packages and services including deep conditioning treatment, waxing, brow tint, hair-styling, polish change, and water manicure/pedicure. Save over 85% compared to major salons! Contact Warren Tech Cosmetology at 303-982-8544 or see the attached flyer for more information.

JA Business Week
June 10-15

JA (Junior Achievement) Business Week is a one-of-a-kind summer program that lets high school students experience the business world, develop leadership skills, and focus on their futures. Students currently in grades 9-12 learn about business from hundreds of professionals while working on "Shark Tank"-style projects. They also get a taste of college life by living on a university campus. Click here for more information and to register.

Summer Food Service Program Kickoff
June 12

Presented by Jeffco’s Food & Nutrition Services.
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Emory Elementary
Special guests include the Mayor of Lakewood, Adam Paul and officials from Jeffco Public Schools, Jefferson County Department of Health, Colorado Department of Education Office School Nutrition and numerous community partners.

Tour the Jeffco Schools mobile café, visit community partner booths, play a game or two and enjoy a meal. (Kids eat free up to 18 years old; Adults are just $4.15)

Click here for more info.

Field of Dreams Camp for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
June 23-24

The 21st Annual – 2018 - Sertoma Field of Dreams Baseball Camp for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community is June 23-24 at All-Star Park - Keli McGregor Field in Lakewood. See the attached flyers for details and registration info.

IMPORTANT DATES


  • August 16 - First Day of School

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Thursday, June 7, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, June 7, 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting
  • Monday, June 11, 9:00 a.m., Special 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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