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October 20, 2017

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • 2012 Bond Project Wraps Up
  • Happy, Healthy Halloween: New District Policy for Shared Foods at Parties
  • Good News in Jeffco


Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Keeping the main thing the main thing: learning.

Dear Jeffco Families,

On October 11, to coincide with my 100th day on the job as Superintendent with Jeffco Public Schools, we released a new vision document for the community. Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools lays out a proposed direction.

By intention, Jeffco Generations builds on the work already underway in the district with the Jeffco 2020 Vision. That work focused on changing the student learning experience, specifically on embedding a set of key skills within education including critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and personal responsibility. That vision had an accompanying strategic plan which ran from 2015-2017. As we come to the end of that period, it begs us to consider where we go from here.

Focusing on the student learning experience is the right work, and we mean to go deeper into profoundly and positively having an impact on how our kids are learning. Content mastery (facts) still matters. But skills such as analysis, influence, entrepreneurialism, collaboration, and adaptability matter more. Going even beyond these, we must consider what talents, passions, and dreams our students have – and how we can design an educational experience for them which launches them into successful lives and careers.

Jeffco Generations was written after literally hundreds of conversations with the community and an intensive effort to understand the context and current performance of the district. Going forward over the next couple of months, I hope to engage the community in thinking and talking about the ideas in the document – vetting if they are indeed the right fit for Jeffco. I imagine there will be concepts which hit the mark, ones that need more clarification, and still others that need to be added.

Looking further ahead, we will then need to create a comprehensive strategic plan for this work that clearly identifies what we are trying to do, how we are trying to do it, how we will know if we are on track, and what we are going to do if we aren’t. That effort will involve assigning accountable teams for the work, aligning budgets to carry out specific actions, tracking performance metrics over time, and creating a system of internal and external accountability for results.

By design, Jeffco Generations contains no silver-bullet approaches, no quick-fixes, and no politically-loaded education reforms. Instead, it asks us to get the work down to the student level and consider how we can dramatically improve.

Jeffco Generations also asks us to consider adding a new organizational value for Jeffco: An Entrepreneurial Spirit. Our schools and our students operate in a hyper-competitive and lightning-fast world. For our schools to survive and for our students to prosper, we must adapt to this new reality. We will intentionally be encouraging and empowering our schools to take some calculated risks, to innovate, and to consider new ways of better serving our students.

I encourage you to take the time to learn more about this work, and engage in one of the many opportunities to talk about this effort over the next few months. You can add comments or thoughts on my blog at www.advancejeffco.blog and expect a personal response from me.

Also, we are coming up on the scariest time of year. That’s right, folks – I mean election season! As many of you know, three of five seats for the Jeffco Public Schools board of education are up for election this year. In District 1, incumbent Brad Rupert is running for re-election against challenger Matt Van Gieson. In District 2, incumbent Susan Harmon is running for re-election against challenger Erica Shields. Board President Ron Mitchell is running unopposed for District 5.

As a public servant, I’m prohibited from encouraging any vote for or against any issue or person on the ballot. I have had the chance to meet with all the candidates and also to attend events during the campaign to hear their perspectives and ideas. I encourage you to get out and meet the candidates and make an informed choice this November. Ballots are already in the mail so be sure and exercise your right to vote!

On behalf of all of us with Jeffco Public Schools, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your family. We have the greatest jobs in the world – working with your kids!

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.


 

2012 Bond Project Wraps Up

Deer Creek Middle School bleachersIn 2012, voters approved a $99 million bond for school capital projects. You may remember the “warm, safe and dry” campaign! On June 30 of this year, the final 2012 bond projects wrapped up – with a grand total of 369 projects making improvements at 165 district sites completed on time and within budget.

The Capital Assets Advisory Committee (CAAC), consisting of community members, construction industry and business experts, and staff reviewed the final report in October. The committee learned not only that the project was completed on time and on budget, but also that a bond premium of over $17 million allowed Facilities & Construction Management to expand the scope of their work. The good economy and greater demand for the bonds drove up the value, making the total amount over $117 million.

“It’s exciting to see these bond dollars went farther than we anticipated thanks to the strong economy,” said Tim Reed, executive director of facilities & construction management. “We were able to increase the amount of work and make some much needed improvements to our schools.”

The work occurred across the district, as well as charter schools and our Outdoor Lab schools. While they may not all be improvements that are easily seen, they certainly improve the conditions for learning of students. All areas of the district benefited from improvements, for example:

  • Drake Middle School: windows, exterior work, and bleachers
  • North Arvada Middle School: bleachers, windows, doors, HVAC and roof replacement
  • West Jefferson Middle School: exterior restoration, HVAC renovations, bleachers, and partial roof replacement
  • Devinny Elementary: roof, door hardware, and HVAC partial renovation
  • Deer Creek Middle School: bleachers, AC, partial roof, and sidewalks

With the average age of Jeffco Public Schools facilities at 45 years, there are $800 million of capital needs in our 157 schools. Making every dollar stretch as far as possible was a priority.


 

Happy, Healthy Halloween: New District Policy for Shared Foods at Parties

Healthy, Happy HalloweenThe time for Halloween celebrations will be here soon! This year, as part of the updated District Wellness Policy, there are new standards for sharing foods in schools and classrooms. For sharing foods during celebrations, the standard is to offer at least half "healthier" food options. Schools or classrooms can also opt for no food or only healthier food.

Schools should use the district definition of healthier or use one customized by your school. Work with your classroom teacher to use a sign-up sheet for shared foods to make sure they include some healthier options (and don't forget to address allergies). If you have questions, please contact Jeffco Healthy Schools at healthyschools@jeffco.k12.co.us.

 


 

Good News in Jeffco

GMHS cross countryThe University of Colorado’s Physician Assistant Program, including Elle Killingsworth (a Green Mountain High School alum and distinguished GMHS cross country and track athlete) met with Green Mountain's cross country girls squad. The future physician assistants discussed healthy eating, pre-race eating, healthy choices, and body image. The athletes had a great time learning and sharing what they need to know to live healthy and enhance performance.


Columbine HS gymnastsOn Saturday, September 23, Columbine High School gymnasts volunteered their time for a community service project at the West Metro Fire Districts Family Fire Muster. They helped children and families in the community be a "Firefighter for a Day." They helped kids enjoy activities like the junior firefighter challenge, teddy bear clinic, bike rodeo, and inflatable slides. It was a fun day and the gymnasts represented themselves and Columbine High School in the most positive way!


Lakewood HS studentsAt Lakewood High School, a team of five students initiated a drive to collect items for Hurricane Harvey survivors in Houston, Texas. Over 18,000 items were collected and were shipped to the Interfaith of the Woodlands, which is a non-profit, non-denominational organization distributing flood relief supplies. In addition to collecting items at school, items were collected at Hutchinson Elementary and Fletcher Miller. These Lakewood students met with staff from the Home2Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, the Hyatt Hotel in Belmar, Candlewood Suites Denver West, the Baymont Inn & Suites in Golden, and the Sheraton Denver West Hotel. The Kona Shaved Ice Food truck also donated 20% of their homecoming profits for shipping, and the SES Lighting Company in Golden helped with all packing & shipping of supplies, with assistance from UPS.

Thanks to the efforts of our students, families, and community, here are the quantities that will be shipped include:

  • 60 boxes
  • 1,348 pounds
  • 1,264 kits made

Check out the group's Facebook page for more photos and information. Thank you to everyone who donated and worked to make this happen.


Lakewood HS Emsbo sistersLakewood High School students (and twin sisters), Camilla and Kira Emsbo were featured in an ESPN article that not only highlighted their athletic abilities, but also their academic and volunteering achievements. You can read the full article here.


Chatfield HS logoChatfield High School SPED teacher Clark Stukey received the outstanding teacher of the year award from the Council for Learning Disabilities. Stukey will head to Baltimore, MD later this month to receive his award during the organization's annual conference. Congratulations!


Outdoor Lab logoBoth Outdoor Lab campuses - Mt. Evans and Windy Peak - were featured in a Denver Post article about their new greenhouses that will be incorporated into the curriculum. Read the full article here.


DRHS logoDakota Ridge High School's girls and boys basketball teams were featured in an article for the National Federation of High School Associations that highlighted the teams' efforts to promote respect and sportsmanship. You can read the full article here.


Pomona HS logoPomona High School graduate Brandon Micale has has been named a 2017 National Football Foundation (NFF) Chapter Scholar-Athlete. Brandon was selected from more than 1.1 million high school football players across the county. Brandon is currently a freshman at the University of San Diego.

“The NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards showcase first-class high school football players from across the country,” said NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell. “This year’s honorees have set the standard for accomplishment on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. We are truly proud to honor their success in December.”


Coronado ESCoronado Elementary celebrated a massive fundraising accomplishment - over $23,000 at this year’s Boosterthon Fun Run! One of the program goals was a “Principal Challenge” of securing pledges from at least 48 states, and they did it, earning themselves an opportunity to dunk Principal Amanda Pierorazio and Assistant Principal Steve Soich in a dunk tank this past Monday. Brr...Despite a chill in the air, students had a blast and administrators endured multiple trips into the tank.


Warder ESWarder Elementary participated in Warder's annual Walk to School Day. The event was sponsored by the Warder PTA and coordinated by the Warder PTA President Jessica Roeder. The event was supported by the Arvada Police Department who provided a police escort to ensure the safety of the students as they safely traveled from Robby Ferrufino Park in Arvada to Warder Elementary school, nearly a mile away. The Arvada Fire Department also assisted the walk with a fire engine that was a huge hit with the students from Warder.

Warner Hettick, a founding member of the Warder Dads Society and father of two children at Warder said, "It's really great to see so much support from the community. The presence of the Arvada Police and Fire Departments was great to ensure the safe passage of all the students and family members, plus it's a great opportunity for our kids to see our community heros in such a positive environment.”

Principal Matthew Hilbert led the event that ended at Warder Elementary School. Breakfast was provided to all the over 100 participants, with the generous support of local businesses who provided all of the food. The Warder PTA would like to thank The Arvada McDonald's on 80th and Wadsworth, as well as Bread Winner Cafe and Catering in Old Town Arvada for donating breakfast for everyone.


Shelton ESShelton Elementary celebrated National Walk to School Day in style! Over 200 students joined three "walking school buses" at several locations throughout the surrounding neighborhood. One walking group even got an official police escort! When students arrived at school, they were greeted by Golden police officers, Principal Karen Brown, Councilwoman Saoirse Charis-Graves, and Shelton's very own "Health Heroes" (the student-led wellness team). Everyone enjoyed fresh fruit, music, and giveaways courtesy of Safe Routes to Schools. Thanks to everyone for another successful Walk to School Day!


Girl ScoutsGirls Scouts from Campbell Elementary and Peck Elementary held a school supply drive for Texas schools affected by Hurricane Harvey. The girls packed the donated supplies into 20 boxes which filled the entire bed of a pickup truck! The supplies will be delivered later this month to families who lost their homes due to flooding from the hurricane.

 

 


Mt. Carbon marqueeMount Carbon Elementary has a new marquee! The school is thankful to the entire community for supporting their fundraising efforts and making the new marquee possible. The community's fundraising efforts helped pay for the highly anticipated marquee.

NEWS YOU CAN USE


Jeffco Generations
JPS Generations logo

October 11 marked Dr. Jason Glass' 100th day as superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools. To coincide with this milestone, we released a new vision document for our schools.

The vision document intentionally builds on the direction outlined in the Jeffco 2020 Vision. The Jeffco 2020 Vision also had an accompanying strategic plan which ran from 2015 to 2017. As we approach the end of that period, now is the time for us to reconsider and clarify where we go from here.

To profoundly change education for the better, we must have the courage to re-examine teaching, our existing notions of schooling, and the learning process itself. This may be a challenging concept for some, but it is also the right work for our schools, our communities, and, most importantly, our children.

Read the new vision document: Jeffco Generations - A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community's Schools.

The document is also available in:


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 that 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 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.

Theater, Dance, Arts, Design:
Are Any of These Your Passion?

Please join us to discuss the possible creation of the

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Thursday, October 26
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Jeffco Ed Center, Room 4E
1829 Denver West Dr. #27
Golden, 80401

Learn about the proposed school, give your input, and sign up to receive updates. Students grades 5-8 and parents/guardians welcome. For more information, click here or call 303-982-4897.

We’re Hiring!
hiring

  • Food Services
  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodians

Click here for more information and to apply.

Smithsonian Student Adventures
Smithsonian Student Adventures logo

Smithsonian Student Adventures specializes in immersive science, service, and cross-cultural programs and is based in Denver. Teachers can design programs for students where they travel together and students can also sign up for individual open enrollment courses. These are great opportunities for applied learning and students can earn service hour credits for college and job applications. See more about these opportunities here and 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


Board of Education Candidate Forums

Jeffco Library
Whale of a Used Book Sale
October 27-29

The Jefferson County Library Foundation is hosting its annual fall book sale October 27-29 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

On Saturday, October 28, all books are half price for all teachers and educators with a valid ID, as well as for all Jefferson County employees. Our children’s books are regularly priced at $1/hardbacks and $.50/paperbacks, so on half-price day they are quite the deal! See the attached flyer for more details.


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 3​ - K-8 Early Release, No School for Jefferson Area


BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Thursday, November 2, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, November 2, 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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