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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Jeffco University: A New Citizens' Academy
  • Arvada West Softball Turning Back the Clock
  • Good News in Jeffco


Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

"You want student learning to change but you don’t want to change teaching or schooling. Good luck with that."

- Scott McLeod

Dear Jeffco Families,

October 11 will mark my 100th day as Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools. To coincide with this milestone, we will release a new vision document for our schools that was created after hundreds of conversations I've had with Jeffco students, families, staff, and community members.

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.

The heart of this work is and must be about student learning. Specifically, how we profoundly change and improve learning experiences to provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to be successful in their futures. If we are not making a difference in these experiences, we are not really changing anything.

In this context, knowledge refers to the "what" in education. It's the content students learn and the facts they acquire. All our students deserve an education that provides them with a foundation of knowledge they can access to solve problems and engage in higher thinking.

However, simply acquiring knowledge is not enough (especially in the era of Google) and it hasn't been for some time. Students also need the chance to learn and practice important skills as part of their education. These skills include critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, entrepreneurialism, communication, curiosity, and being able to adapt to changing and difficult conditions. Employers all over the world have been telling us for years our students are missing these skills, and this compels our education system to do something about it.

We must also ignite the passion for greatness that is within every student and build an educational experience that allows them to pursue their dreams. There are millions of students who were taught by school they weren't very smart, only later to be taught by life that school was wrong. When students pursue their true passion, positive futures expand exponentially.

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. I know this is a challenging concept for some, but it is also the right work for our schools, our communities, and, most importantly, our children.

I look forward to engaging more with you on these ideas in the days ahead. Please be on the lookout for our vision document on October 11 and don't miss our Facebook Live event at 11:00 a.m.

On another note, Jeffco Public Schools is holding Board elections this November. In District 2, incumbent Susan Harmon is being challenged by Erica Shields. For District 1, incumbent Brad Rupert is being challenged by Matt Van Gieson. Board president Ron Mitchell is running unopposed. Board elections are critically important to the success of our schools. I encourage you to get to know the candidates, and participate in this important election. You can expect mail-in ballots to arrive around October 18.

On behalf of all of us with Jeffco Public Schools, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your family. We appreciate you and look forward to this next important chapter for our community.

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.


 

Jeffco University: A New Citizens' Academy

Jeffco UniversityJeffco Public Schools is taking applications now for Jeffco University, our new citizens' academy. "Jeffco U" is an opportunity for families and the community to engage with our schools and learn more about how they work. If you are interested, apply here by Monday, October 16.

Sessions are on Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (dinner will be provided), on the following dates (and topics):

  • Public Education Today – October 18. This session will explore the origins and purpose of public education, important legal changes to education over time, and the configuration today. We will also cover how Jeffco Public Schools is organized and touch on some key demographics and performance metrics of the district.
  • The What, Why, and How of Teaching – November 15. This session is all about learning, and will explore the connections between quality teachers, content (what is being learned), and how to engage the learner. Central to this conversation will be the concept of student task, or what we ask students to do or experience in the course of learning.
  • Jeffco Logistics – December 13. This session covers the extensive operational system which makes Jeffco Public Schools hum. Touching on facilities, transportation, food services, technology, safety and security, and school finance, attendees will learn about the scale of and approaches used in meeting our students' needs.
  • Supporting Students – January 17. This session covers special student groups including gifted/talented, special education, English-language learners, pre-K services, as well as student health and counseling services. Legal supports will also be covered in this session.
  • Community Connections – February 21. This session will cover school district governance and the policy framework at the local, state, and federal levels. Participants will hear strategies on how they can be involved in education policy and how they can support Jeffco Public Schools going forward.

Jeffco University will culminate with a special recognition ceremony for graduates with the Board of Education on March 1.

 


 

Arvada West Softball Turning Back the Clock

Arvada West High School's soft ball team celebrates a win.Arvada West High School’s softball is attempting to go back in time, or at least return to its tremendous success from nearly two decades ago.

"There is a lot to live up to with our reputation," A-West senior Shea Mauser said after a seventh straight win Tuesday. "It's a good year to do it. We’ve got a lot of good girls here."

The Wildcats were the dominant larger-school classification softball program in the state from 1993 to 2000 — winning six state championships. A-West appears to be on the brink of having the opportunity to recapture that great success.

"Our coach (Brenna Millikan) got new (state championship) banners in our outfield and she purposely left a spot for state this year," A-West senior Morgan Clausen said. "We are striving for that. Definitely league comes first, then regionals and state."

Millikan, an A-West graduate, was actually a member on the Wildcats' back-to-back 5A state championship teams in 1999 and 2000. She has asked her seven seniors this season … How do you want to go out? What is the legacy you want to leave behind?

"We definitely have goals in mind this year," Millikan said. "I think they are taking steps in the right direction."

A-West (12-3 record) moved up to No. 2 in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A rankings last week. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 in the 5A Jeffco League last Tuesday afternoon with a 12-0 victory against Chatfield.

The game was moved from Chatfield to A-West because of wet field conditions on the Chargers' home field. The Wildcats took advantage playing in their home park with Mauser tossing her third no-hitter of the season and the Wildcats pounding out a dozen runs in the five-inning game.

"Her (Mauser's) goal today was to attack the hitters," Millikan said. "I think she set them up well and got the out pitches when we needed her to."

Mauser walked just two Charger batters while striking out 10 to get the win on the mound. She also did damage at the plate going three-for-three, including an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning.

"We've been hitting well, really all season," said Clausen who legged out a triple ahead of Mauser’s two-run home run. "It's nice being my senior year that it's all starting to come along. It's all starting to click."

A league title is clearly in the Wildcats' sights with the conference season coming to a quick close. Next week will determine if A-West can win a league title. The Wildcats have road games against No. 8 Columbine (October 2) and Pomona (October 4) before closing out their regular season against Dakota Ridge.

"This week is a big week. It’s not going to be an easy week for us at all," Millikan said. "We’ve got to finish out strong in Jeffco. We are going to be prepared for Columbine, Pomona, and Dakota Ridge."

A-West had a solid 2016 campaign, grabbing the No. 7 overall seed for regionals last season, but suffered back-to-back upset losses to Mountain Range and Grandview to prevent the Wildcats from qualifying for the 16-team state tournament.

"We talked about it at the beginning of the year," Mauser said about the disappointing exit from regionals last year. "We talked about how we were going to use it to fuel ourselves this year."

Chatfield has had signs of improvement with its young group of players led by first-year coach Jen Lazzeri. The Chargers (8-8, 1-3) have Ralston Valley, Bear Creek, and Dakota Ridge remaining on their league schedule.

"It's exciting that we are in a great league. There aren't any gimme games in this league, which is great," Lazzeri said. "This shows we've got a lot of work to do. We are young, but that's not an excuse for us."

The Chargers have just two seniors and the first three batters in Chatfield’s line-up last Tuesday were freshmen. Lazzeri admitted she was disappointed with Chatfield getting no-hit by Mauser.

"We've been practicing hitting primarily the last two days," Lazzeri said. "She (Mauser) was very, very impressive. A-West is going to do well."

Chatfield sat in the No. 26 spot in the softball RPI rankings before Tuesday’s loss to A-West. There will be 14 automatic qualifiers for the postseason and the RPI rankings fills out the rest of the 32-team field for regionals that are scheduled for Saturday, October. 14.

UPDATE: TA-West clinched the Class 5A Jeffco League title on October 4 with a 13-1 win over rival Pomona High School.

 


 

Good News in Jeffco

WarderWarder Elementary celebrated an excellent start to the 2017-18 school year with their PTA-sponsored family carnival. Aside from games, cotton candy, and the all-too-famous inflatable castle, their students also had the chance to dunk the principal in the dunk tank and check out an ambulance and fire truck courtesy of the Arvada Fire Department.


Lawrence Elementary

Lawrence Elementary families, students, and staff showed up in force to represent the school in the Arvada Harvest Festival parade on Saturday, September 9. The amazing float was a collaborative effort of families and staff and it was super fun to have a great showing! The entire Arvada High School articulation area walked in the parade together. Lawrence's participation has been growing each year. The community loves to participate in the parade and it has become part of the culture.


Dennison ElementaryDennison Elementary School is the Jefferson County Public Library's Elementary School summer reading winner. Dennison students set a library record. They were presented with an $800 check and even the Foothills Animal Shelter received a donation because of their great success. Way to go Eagles!


Transition Services students and staffJeffco Transition Services (TS), for 18-21 year-old students with developmental disabilities, has sent over 6,000 amenity bottles, hotel slippers, and snack bars to help with recovery efforts in Texas. Head-To-Toe is a job training crew for students in TS, located on Warren Tech's central campus. The students sanitize and refill bottles from approximately ten hotels throughout Denver. The students took the idea and went all out refilling and packaging the amenity bottles for the people of Texas.

With the teamwork from The UPS Store owners Travis and Schuyler Pitt, 12 total packages were sent to Corpus Christi and Katy, TX. Our friends at the UPS Stores in Belmar and Edgewater made it all possible by donating the boxes and shipping charges. Teamwork makes the dream work! Thanks to everyone who helped with this project.


Sheridyn Goggins, Jeffco Virtual studentSheridyn Goggins, a senior at Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy, was featured in a Colorado Community Media story, which you can read here. (Photo courtesy of Colorado Community Media.)


Wheat Ridge High School studentsOn September 14, Mr. DiTullio's career exploration class at Wheat Ridge High School did some tree planting and trail mitigation in the Wheat Ridge greenbelt. They also built fencing at the trail-head at 42nd & Kipling. This work was done with the Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Dept. and is a work study/community service project for these students. Thanks to Joe DeMott and Pietras Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant for their support!


Miller Bike DayCould it have been a more glorious day for the annual Miller Bike Day? Nope! On September 21, students at Miller Special got to pedaling around Jeffco Stadium with the help of eighth-graders from Creighton Middle School and West Metro Fire & Rescue! Special guests also stopped by, including Dr. Jason Glass and Kevin Carroll.


Ute Meadows Elementary

On September 22, Ute Meadows Elementary had a community-wide celebration commemorating 30 years of Eagle PRIDE and kicking off the next "30 years of Excellence." Students completed a t-shirt dyeing project during "Genius Hour," starting with deciding as a group on a three-color dye scheme to represent their class, then completing research on dye techniques. As a result, each student's shirt signified his/her individualism within the classroom group, and their membership in the larger community of Ute Meadows. Each classroom also created a pledge, aligned with the school's newly-identified core values, which were displayed on banners and announced by students from each class during the program. On hand to help celebrate was Dave Bauer, who has worked at Ute Meadows since the day it opened in 1987, and Krista Hashemi, who attended Ute Meadows and now teaches there!


Peck ElementaryOn Saturday, September 16, over 40 students, family, and community volunteers participated in Peck Elementary School's Community Day of Service. Significant improvements were made to the school grounds. Volunteers worked to clean up walkways, trim overgrown bushes, pull weeds, create a decorative brick retaining wall, clean windows, paint playground equipment, handrails and water drains, and paint a classroom used by all teachers to analyze student assessment data.


Mortensen logoMortensen Elementary has collected donations for a school in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Check out their video here, to see all their hard work on the project. Mortensen also celebrated its Barky's Bonfire earlier this month. Check out their video here to see more of the celebration. 


AWest logoArvada West High School's FACS program has been awarded a Westerra grant, which will help their school further develop the resources needed to make positive influences on their overall achievement. Their submission was selected out of 300 entries. Congratulations!


Montessori PeaksMontessori Peaks Academy is celebrating 20 years of community service as the first charter school in Littleton, Colorado. The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners declared August 31 as Montessori Peaks Academy Day in honor Dr. Maria Montessori's birthday. The award will be presented to Principal Shannon Aasheim on October 6 immediately following the school's annual fundraiser, Dewey's Dash Jog-a-Thon at approximately 10:30 a.m.


Sen. Michael Bennet and student Juan Carlos Franco OrellanaBear Creek High School student Juan Carlos Franco Orellana presented his National History Day project titled "Viva La Revolution: Robespierre and His Radical Stand" at the annual National History Day Luncheon at CU Denver on Friday September 22. Juan was one of two student groups invited to present their projects at the luncheon that recognized U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.

 


SLHS logoStandley Lake High School's student publication The Lake, has been inducted into the Colorado Student Media Association All-Colorado Hall of Fame. To qualify for the Hall of Fame, a student medium must earn the highest rating (All-Colorado) from the annual summer critique program for six of seven consecutive years. The Hall of Fame awards seek to recognize consistency of excellence over time, in an era when time in service as teachers and advisers is declining, and when student media faces a wide range of challenges.

Awards are given to four classifications of student media – print news publication, yearbook, news website, and video media – and size of school and size of the student staff are not considered. In fact, the initial class of honorees includes two middle school yearbook programs. Programs are rated by journalism experts from across the country. All inductees will be honored at the state journalism conference on October 19 at Colorado State University.


Semper ElementaryA beginning-of-the-year tradition at Semper Elementary is to have every student tie-dye a shirt in their class colors. This activity helps to build relationships with students, staff, and community. This year, the activity is even more important as the begin their journey as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) school. One of the IB transdisciplinary themes is "Who we are." We explored who we are by reading the book Dot by Peter Reynolds, which stresses creativity, courage, and collaboration---the message is to "Make a mark and see where it takes you." We made our mark by making colorful dots and tie dye shirts, which were unique to each student. We hope activities such as these will inspire our students to think of their impact not only in our community but in the world.


Two Roads Charter logoSteuben's of Arvada has been fundraising for local schools for the past year. On designated fundraising days, Steuben's donates 15% of their total day's sales to the school being represented. In the past year, they have raised over $20,000 for local schools.

Joey Casanova, the GM, has gone above and beyond in Steuben's support for Arvada. He is a vocal advocate of community involvement in the area where your business is located. He credits this to their owner Josh for his generous heart and commitment to helping nonprofits in the community. They will be hosting Two Roads Charter School as the next recipient for the fundraiser on Tuesday, October 10, from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

News You Can Use


Early Learning Round-Up & Open House
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When: Thursday, October 12, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Golden High School, 701 24th St., Golden, 80401

Jeffco preschools and elementary schools will be there to answer all your questions! HIPPY, SAE, Head Start, GT & more!

  • Find the best school for your child’s needs
  • Learn how/when to choice enroll
  • Learn about early learning resources and preschool guidelines


Many Voices/One Goal: A Conversation with Superintendent Dr. Glass

Jeffco Public Schools new superintendent Dr. Jason Glass wishes to talk with and engage our bilingual and multilingual students and families. Interpreters will be present.

Dr. Glass would like to hear from you about:
What should we keep doing?
What should we stop doing?
What should we start doing?

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Alameda International Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium, 1255 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, 80232

Students and Families Welcome!

En Español | Русский язык | Additional Languages

Coming Soon! A New Vision for Jeffco Public Schools
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On Dr. Glass’ 100th day as Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools, he’ll share a new vision for our schools. Check out the Jeffco Generations reveal on October 11, and don’t miss a Facebook Live at 11 a.m.

 Sixth Grade Transition Info

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.

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

The 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.
 

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 303-98-4897.

Las Vegas Shooting Tragedy Resources

Many of us have been deeply affected by the Las Vegas shooting tragedy. What can we do to help our kids, as they are likely affected as well? It’s tough to talk to youth about violence, but here is one resource. A conversation with a trusted adult reassures kids, and this article from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has tips on what to talk about and how to keep the conversation age-appropriate. 

We’re Hiring!
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  • Food Services
  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodians

Click here for more information and to apply.

Check Out the Latest from JPS-TV

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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

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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


Collegiate Academy Fall Festival & Silent Auction
October 7

The Collegiate Academy Fall Festival & Silent Auction will be Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The event will be in the east parking lot of the school located at 8420 S. Sangre de Cristo Road Littleton, CO 80127.

Board of Education Candidate Forums


Jeffco Eats Fundraiser
October 18

On Wednesday, October 18, Jeffco Eats is holding a fundraiser at 240 Union. Reservations are recommended, and can be made at 303-989-3562. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from lunch and dinner purchases will go to Jeffco Eats. If you can’t attend the fundraiser, you can donate at www.jeffcoeats.org or send a donation to Jeffco Eats at 9200 W. 10th Ave., Lakewood, 80215.

Jeffco Eats helps area families to not be hungry on weekends. This fall, they are serving Lasley, Rose Stein, Molholm, Foothills, Emory, and Edgewater elementary schools, as well as Everitt Middle School. Additionally, they are providing food for eight refugee families at Green Mountain Elementary. For more information about Jeffco Eats, visit www.jeffcoeats.org.


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


  • ​October 13 ​- No School for Students
  • ​November 3​ - K-8 Early Release, No School for Jefferson Area


Board of Education Meetings


  • ThursdayOctober 19, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • 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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