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November 17, 2017

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) Nominations
  • Brady High School Launches New Internship Program
  • Good News in Jeffco


Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

In my time as superintendent for Jeffco Public Schools, a great deal of time and attention has been focused on the November school board election, and what the outcome of that might bring.

Board positions are unpaid and involve a great deal of personal time and commitment. All of us associated with Jeffco Public Schools are grateful for the service to our community and leadership that Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Brad Rupert, and Amanda Stevens provide. I have had the privilege of working with and for a number of boards in my career and I can tell you Jeffco Public Schools has a committed and courageous board that genuinely wants the best for Jeffco’s children and our community.

I am also appreciative of the challenger candidates who ran this year. Running for the board of education in Jeffco means having to raise funds, spend numerous late nights away from family, prepare for public debates, provide interviews to the news media, and be the subject of public scrutiny. I wish to commend Erica Shields and Matt Van Gieson for running for the board of education, in spite of all these challenges. Each of them indicated they wish to help move the district forward positively and improve outcomes for our students. I absolutely believe those wishes are sincere and, going forward, I will work to provide opportunities for them to do just that.

So now, as a community, we collectively shift our attention from the campaign and the election season into governing, the work at hand, and the long road ahead. The results of this election effectively creates some level of continuity for at least the next four years in Jeffco. We can use this stability as a positive, as we have much to do.

Last month, we released Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools. The big idea at the center of this report is a focus on student learning, and more specifically how we must change the learning experiences of our students so they are engaging, meaningful, authentic, and connected to the world outside of school.

We’re working to vet the ideas in the Generations document with the community, then turn that into a more comprehensive strategic plan (with clear action steps, performance metrics, and accountability procedures) based on the feedback we receive. To help accomplish that, we’ve asked all our building leaders to engage their communities in conversations about Generations.

Also, you can join in the conversation online through our Facebook group. On Facebook, just search for “Jeffco Generations Conversation” and request to join the group. Our team is working to be very responsive and you’ll usually be in within minutes. So far, over 900 people have signed up, with over 800 posts, comments, and reactions. Jeffco Public Schools social media guidelines apply, so be nice and remember we are all neighbors!

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.


 

Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) 2017-18 Nominations

AWRSAY CeremonySince 2001, the Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) has recognized youth who have overcome a major life obstacle or adversity. AWRSAY seeks to acknowledge these deserving youth by providing recognition to all. Students also receive scholarship opportunities to Red Rocks Community College for high school seniors, and grant opportunities for seventh through eleventh graders. Many of the AWRSAY students not only take this recognition as affirmation of their hard work and dedication, but as further motivation to be a positive influence in their community.

AWRSAY is again looking for students who have overcome, or are overcoming, adversity in their lives. If you are not familiar with AWRSAY, please take a couple of minutes to learn more and how the organization can encourage and support students.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, December 20. You can access the online Nominator Form here or download a PDF of the Nomination Form here. Anyone is eligible to nominate a student for AWRSAY recognition, so please share this with others in the community.

Students will be recognized at the AWRSAY Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 4 at Pomona High School.

Please feel free to contact Michelle Gonzales (District Counselor) with questions at 303-982-1531.

 




Brady High School Launches New Internship Program

Walker and Hall talk to internship interviewer.Brady High School senior Jamie Hall looked nervous. She was waiting to interview with the Butterfly Pavilion, straightening out her new interview clothes, and going over possible questions.

“I hope I get to work with the animals,” she confided.

When asked how the program helped prepare her, she describes boot camp as informational and practical, including details on how to present yourself like eye contact, posture, and attire.

“There were a lot of things I wish I knew before,” added Hall.

Case Manager Shere'Vere Walker is the key staff person behind the new program at Brady, an alternative high school that specializes in helping students who have struggled in traditional school settings. Students apply and interview to enter the program, then complete a 10-week “boot camp” before interviewing for employers. After working 30-50 hours on Fridays, they do a final presentation.

“We have 16 students heading to 13 employers, but we plan to double that next term,” she explained. "After the level-one boot camp, there is the workplace experience, then a final presentation about what they learned. They earn two credits for the whole program, but really they earn a whole lot more than that."

Students definitely learn a lot – the emphasis of the program is employability skills like setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, time-based), identifying expectations, and interview prep. Students heard from speakers about their jobs, which helped them see the value of a positive attitude, timeliness, and that to be successful, they must understand tasks, ask questions, and finish their work.

Jose Garza, a junior, decided to enter the program because it looked interesting and had a variety of career options.

“I’m excited to get a chance to prepare for the real world before I go out there,” he explained.

Jose is interested in real estate, so he will be working for Lion’s Share Properties.

“They taught us to ask what we’ll be doing during the interview,” he said. “I hope to try a variety of things in their office so I learn about the industry because someday I’d like a job I’d be happy doing.”

 


 

Good News in Jeffco

Glennon Heights ESGlennon Heights Elementary was delighted to host their friends at Cushman & Wakefield and Colorado Boys Ranch Youth Connect for a Second Annual Service Animal Event. On Friday, October 27, about 35 volunteers from Cushman & Wakefield facilitated service animal type activities with their most at-risk students. Activities focused on the importance of coping skills and how animals create a calming tool. Additionally, students were able to make connections with trusting and caring adults in the community who shared their experience with the students. The school is very appreciative to have a partnership with Chuck Thompson with Colorado Boys Ranch Youth Connect. Additionally, they have enjoyed their relationship with Kim and her dog, Lola, every Friday, who work with our SED students. Our SED students led our other students through the activities sponsored and led by our Cushman & Wakefield friends. Both Colorado Boys Ranch Youth Connect and Cushman & Wakefield continue to make a difference in Glennon Heights students’ lives.


Parmalee ESOver sixty fourth- and fifth-graders signed up for Parmalee Elementary School's fall book club. The book club is hosted by Parmalee's instructional coach, Donna Sutherland, who brings home-baked treats to start the morning. The overwhelming response from students wanting to participate and read "Greenglass House" by Kate Milford allowed teachers to come along, read in preparation, and join in with the group discussions. The students meet three mornings a month. One student has enjoyed the book clubs so much over the past two years that he is going to host a book club for first graders as his ALP project.


Prospect Valley ESNo black decorations at this 50th birthday celebration...it was all blue and gold pride at Prospect Valley Elementary School's big 5-0! Principal Michael Collins celebrated with his students and special guests including former staff and students!

 


Mt. Carbon ESMount Carbon Elementary's library sponsored its Third Annual Great Pumpkin Extravaganza last week. Students and staff were encouraged to decorate pumpkins and gourds like characters from their favorite books. They had over 50 entries this year. The students and staff voted on their favorites and the lucky winners received a new book of their choice.


Warren TechThrough a partnership with UNC, a group of special education professors from Thailand came to Colorado to tour schools and gather information on how to make their schools more inclusive for students with special needs. While at Warren Tech, they collaborated with the special education team, toured the programs, spoke with instructors and students, and enjoyed a delicious lunch in Warren Tech's restaurant.


Molholm ESThird grade students at Molholm Elementary had the amazing opportunity to work with a professional dancer and choreographer from the Colorado Conservatory of Dance (CCDance) for a two-week dance unit! The daily 45-minute lessons culminated in a beautiful dance recital that illustrated the life cycles of a frog, a fish, and a pumpkin. Second through sixth grade students were invited to view the performance. Thank you, CCDance for providing this incredibly enriching and valuable experience to the students!


Collegiate AcademyCollegiate Academy (CAC) students put the school’s core values into action during their quarterly Service (Day) with a Smile. Each "pack" selects a service project, gathers needed materials, and puts together the plan for accomplishing their goal. Among this year's selections, maintaining clean water systems, yard work for senior citizens, food and clothing collection, and cleaning up CACs own neighborhood! Civic engagement, self-direction, and collaboration going on here!


Sierra ESImagine a school where students have time to take charge of their learning and explore their passions and creativity. A place where students are able to enrich their dreams and inquiries with the guidance of experts. Sierra Elementary School is committed to providing an environment where all students can succeed academically, socially, and emotionally as critical thinkers and problem-solvers in a global society.

Genius Hour is just one way Sierra is able to foster such an environment! Many students are participating in Genius Hour projects ranging from coding robots that will prevent pollution to designing football helmets to reduce concussions. The options and creativity are endless!

Lindsey Fabrizio, Sierra’s GT resource teacher, has been a Jeffco teacher for nine years and has spent many of those years teaching GT students. Not only does she focus on giving students the skills to create Genius Hour projects she also works with the students, parents, and teachers on social-emotional skills, self-advocacy, and the Twice Exceptional Learner, all while differentiating for the various gifted learning styles within her classes.

Sierra's GT and Genius Hour programs are just two examples of the many fantastic things that are happening in our brand new, state-of-the-art building!


National Philanthropy Day logoCongratulations to the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team at Pomona High School, which was honored as Outstanding Youth Group at National Philanthropy Day. National Philanthropy Day is a program created and promoted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, celebrates the contributions of outstanding donors, volunteers, businesses, and foundations.

In Colorado, 11 outstanding honorees were celebrated for their commitment to philanthropy at the National Philanthropy Day in Colorado luncheon, Thursday, November 9, at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Nearly 800 community members attended the event.

A public selection process, involving a wide-ranging group of community representatives, including members of the nonprofit/foundation, business, and government sectors, is used to determine the winners. The “Outstanding Youth” and “Outstanding Youth Group” winners will receive $2,500 scholarships for continuing education.

NEWS YOU CAN USE


School Interest Nights:
Choice Enrollment Begins January 8

school interest night

Starting this month, many schools host interest nights 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.

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.

 Dennison Elementary is a Blue Ribbon School!

Dennison Elementary was announced a winner of the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education. The award affirms the hard work of students, teachers, and staff at Dennison toward pursuing the highest academic standards.

The National Blue Ribbon Award is an annual designation presented to public and private elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the United States. Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. The program was initiated in 1982 with the goal of recognizing schools for their academic excellence and accomplishments in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

See more about the school's celebration here.

Ever Wonder What Happens to Buildings that Once Housed Jeffco Schools?

Here is a really cool story about the former Jeffco Fruitdale School, on 44th Avenue in Wheat Ridge. The re-use of this landmark building has created a unique, solar powered, affordable residential community full of historic and modern style – like high ceilings, chalk boards, and basketball backboards! Read more here.

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


ACRES Annual Thanksgiving Feed

November 23

From 1985 until 2015, Rosa Linda’s, a local Denver restaurant, has worked with nearby organizations and Denver’s community to provide thousands of hungry locals a free meal every Thanksgiving Day. For the past two years, ACRES, Friends of DHA, and The Squeaky Bean have continued the long-standing tradition after Rosa Linda’s closure in 2015.

The Squeaky Bean restored the tradition by renaming the event “FEED.” They have worked with several outside organizations and more than 200 volunteers to serve close to 6,000 Denverites a hot- cooked meal last Thanksgiving. As the heart of the FEED, ACRES, and Warren Tech have committed to continually host and organize the event, and will dedicate the week prior to Thanksgiving to keep the dream alive.

ACRES and Denver’s community are eager to organize, serve, and host FEED. Monetary donations help drive the event's success. Approximately $7,000 is needed for food and $500 for equipment rentals. They are asking those interested to use the links on the website at www.acreswarrentech.com/farm-dinners to donate or volunteer to make the event a success. See this press release for more information.

When: Thursday, November 23, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: 2500 Larimer St., Denver, 80205

League of Women Voters Night Out with Legislators
December 4

Here is an opportunity for you to socialize with your Colorado state legislators representing Jefferson County, and a chance for them to present their legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Join us to learn about their insights on the issues facing our state on Monday, December 4 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Iron Rail Tavern, 4111 Kipling St, Wheat Ridge, 80033.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required. All state senators and representatives who represent Jefferson County have been invited.

The League of Women Voters is a non-profit that encourages public participation in local government, educates voters, and advocates on public policy. The league is nonpartisan and doesn’t endorse or oppose political parties or candidates at any level of office. LWV Jeffco has more than 160 members and conducts voter outreach throughout the entire county.
Thanks to Iron Rail Tavern, www.ironrailtavern.com for providing the venue.

For more information, call 303-238-0032, visit www.lwvjeffco.org, or contact Karen Groves at 303-670-1275.

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.

IMPORTANT DATES


  • ​November 20-24​ - Thanksgiving Break


BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Monday, November 27, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, December 7, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, December 7, 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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