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November 3, 2017

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • A Sacred Trust: Safety, Security & Emergency Management
  • Good News in Jeffco


Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

On October 11, 2017, and to coincide with my 100th day as Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools, we released a document called Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for Our Community’s Schools. Since then, we’ve also added translated versions of the document, as well as support materials including a four-page summary brochure and a poster of the Generations skills.

Generations was released as an idea and conversation starter, with the intent that our schools and community engage with the document and vet the ideas presented. Over this next month, we’ll be taking the time to gather feedback and hear from a variety of community groups about their thoughts.

In December, the Board of Education will meet to consider creating a new strategic plan and accompanying goals. And, from there, we’ll start working to align our staff, budgets, and energies into bringing this vision into a reality.

I hope to gather feedback and encourage conversation through my blog, www.advancejeffco.blog, and on our new Jeffco Generations Conversation Facebook group. I’m asking three simple questions:

  1. What did you like (and why)?
  2. What is missing (and why should it be included)?
  3. What questions remain?

I encourage you to let me know your thoughts on the document by responding to one, two, or all three of the questions.

I will be monitoring the blog and will work to respond to comments as I am able. To be sure, I will read and make note of every single comment to make them part of our conversation with the Board as we move toward a new strategic plan.

So, jump in Jeffco! Let me know what you think, and please encourage others to jump in as well!

Finally, just a final reminder that Jeffco Public Schools has important Board of Education races on the ballot this November. Please take time to vote and make your voice heard this election season!

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.


 

A Sacred Trust: Safety, Security & Emergency Management

Jeffco Safety, Security & Emergency Management Patrol Officer Elias Zermeno high fives a group of students at Lumberg Elementary.For Officer Elias Zermeno, the start of a new patrol shift brings a range of possibilities, from routine to heart-pounding. Officer Zermeno is part of a team at Jeffco Public Schools’ Safety Security & Emergency Management team; a force comprised of 17 officers, with a combined 100 years of experience in law enforcement. A little over a year into the job, Officer Zermeno is a familiar presence at the schools on his watch, including Lumberg Elementary.

“Once they’ve seen you around, if they don’t know your name, at least they know your face and the staff warms up to you quite a bit,” explained Zermeno. “Students, especially the younger kids, they love to see you, they love to come say ‘hi,’ give you a high five, [and] they ask for stickers.”

Officer Zermeno’s path to Jeffco included a decade as a patrol officer in the San Francisco area, and another eight years as a Federal Reserve law enforcement officer in Denver.

“I’m a firm believer that we represent our department. So you have to be professional. You’re conducting yourself in a manner that you’re approachable. People know that they can contact you if they have an issue or problem,” said Zermeno.

The department’s executive director, John McDonald, and patrol manager, Darrel Smith, help oversee the effort of keeping Jeffco students and staff safe. This includes operations at the department’s dispatch center which handles 46,000 calls a year. It is a massive and never-ending mission.

“We have a responsibility to protect 86,000 students and more than 14,000 employees. When you think of Jeffco, it’s really a city unto itself of about 115,000 to 120,000 people,” explained McDonald. “I think our primary responsibility, our greatest resource is our kids. So for us this really is a sacred trust.”

The department’s campus supervisors are an integral part of keeping that trust. So are the close relationships with school resource officers, who are provided as part of a longstanding partnership Jeffco shares with local law enforcement. At the core of all of the department’s work, however, is regular training at the department’s Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety, where every possible scenario is covered.

“Training is of the utmost importance to us and our team. What we’ve done is really try and enhance and bulk up our team to get the first-responder mentality and thought process,” explained Smith. “It comes together in a perfect match to where we’re able to turn into first-responders.”

Jeffco Safety, Security & Emergency Management is a 24/7 operation. For Officer Nicholas Jensen, whose background includes military service, that means working the swing shift.
“It’s kind of a really neat shift compared to the other ones, because I get all the missing child [reports] because I start at noon. So any student that goes missing, I’m probably going to be on one of those calls, especially on the weekends, Friday nights, Saturday nights...so those are pretty unique to this shift,” said Jensen.

Deciding how best to respond to any given situation in a geographic area as widespread as Jeffco Public Schools can be a delicate balancing act.

“Quite honestly, like law enforcement, we have to prioritize,” explained Smith. “We have to look at it and say which incident has a higher priority and we really work hard with our team, saying, ‘all right this one has priority and work on it from that way.’”

For Officer Jensen, and the others in patrol, those priorities can also include working with Jeffco student suicide assessment experts to help them respond to students in crisis. There have already been 400 of those assessments since the start of the school year.

“It’s really becoming a challenge. There’s more pressure on our kids today and the risks are growing,” said McDonald.

The department also helps investigate a wide range of threats. Keeping the sacred trust puts a lot of demands on these officers, both day and night, and that includes the many people behind the scenes.

“We really have tried to build a program that supports the educational level of our district. If our kids feel safer in school, they’re a better learner. If they’re a better learner, they have higher test scores and higher graduation rates,” said McDonald.

“Parents bring their kids to school, and I’m going to make sure that they’re okay. That they’re fine at the end of the day,” said Zermeno.

“In a sense, what we do is the greatest support there can be,” added McDonald.

See the JPS-TV version of this story here.

 




Good News in Jeffco

Allendale ESAllendale Elementary teachers lead an evening event for families focused on understanding their child's progress in reading. After 30 minutes for dinner in the classroom, the students went to the gym and cafeteria for some enrichment while the families dove into their child's reading data and learned an activity they will use at home to support what their child is learning at school. The RISE model of parent engagement comes from our Title I department and feedback from families was positive.


Mitchell ESMitchell Elementary School celebrated ROCKTOBER October 2 with a Physical Activity Challenge and Bingo! Yoga and dance, a bike rodeo, walk/bike to school day, a conga line, and field day - all in one week! And Mitchell continues to promote physical activity throughout the year with recess coaches, music Mondays, Imagination Playground, and disc golf. Way to keep movin', Mitchell!


Lakewood HSLakewood High School's orchestra performed their fall concert, featuring the concert, symphonic, and chamber orchestras and percussion groups, symphonic band, and the wind ensemble. The school recently received the Think 360 Award for Outstanding Arts School from Think 360 Arts! Congrats, Tigers!


Montessori PeaksOn October 6, Montessori Peaks Academy celebrated 20 years of providing a welcoming and safe educational environment that exemplifies differentiated learning by honoring the whole child. Principal Shannon Aasheim proudly accepted a proclamation from the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners granting August 31, Dr. Maria Montessori's birthday, as Montessori Peaks Academy Day. The proclamation was presented to her by Commissioner Donald Rosier just after the students completed their annual Dewey's Dash Jog-A-Thon fundraiser. Congrats to everyone at Montessori Peaks!


Fairmount ESFairmount Elementary has a problem! Their neighborhood does not have sidewalks, yet many students would like to walk or bike to school. Together with their PTA, they are applying for an infrastructure grant through the Safe Routes to School Program to fund a sidewalk. This grant opportunity has given fifth-graders an authentic problem-based learning task to create a sidewalk proposal. Students are working with traffic engineers to survey the neighborhood for a viable sidewalk path. The students analyzed existing terrain and imagined possibilities. With this information, the students will design a model of their ideal sidewalk and determine what it will cost to fund this project. The students are excited to have their unique perspective represented in the proposal and are looking forward to eventually having a sidewalk!


GMHS studentThere are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example in the classroom, on the field, and within the community. Wendy’s High School Heisman has recognized My-Yen Nguyen from Green Mountain High School and her dedication to never cutting corners by naming her a School Winner.

“These students are known by their teachers and friends for their commitment to excellence. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing their hard work,” said GMHS Head Cross Country Coach Clint Boston.


BCHS studentBear Creek High School senior Audrey Moreau met with former Governor Bill Owens to discuss his work on TABOR and Referendum C. Through the National History Day program at Bear Creek, Audrey is composing a paper on acts of political courage by elected officials. This paper will be submitted to the JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest where she is eligible to win a $10,000 scholarship and trip to the JFK library in Boston. Audrey's argument is based on Owens' amendments to TABOR that set money aside for schools and state infrastructure during the great recession from 2002-08.

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 out 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 assigned 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.

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


Generation Schools Network: 
Military & First-Responder Workshop 
November 8

Get the inside scoop with Generation Schools Network! Learn about every military service branch and first-responder careers during this workshop, where students and their parents can interview multiple organizations at once. See the attached flyer for more information. Click here to RSVP and view the agenda.

When: Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Red Rocks Community College, 13300 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood, 80228

IMPORTANT DATES


  • ​November 20-24​ - Thanksgiving Break


BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Thursday, November 16, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, November 27, 5:00 p.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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To provide a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future.

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