New Era Begins For Rocky Mt. Deaf School Students at Jeffco's Rocky Mountain Deaf School finally get a new home.
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School Interest & Information Events Mom and Dad, have you looked at all the great Jeffco school choices? It's time to start planning for Choice enrollment. School Interest Events have started.
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2014 Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Lakewood High teacher Sara Shackett is the 2014 Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year named by the National Council of Social Studies Teachers.
Alameda Supports Action Center With Food Drive Alameda International High School National Honor Society and IB Diploma Program sponsored their 7th annual food drive to support the Action Center. The students collected over 1,500 items in less than two hours.
Student Town Hall Supt. Dan McMinimee met with 75 students from across the district at the first student town hall.
Congratulations to D'Evelyn, Evergreen, Conifer, Lakewood, Ralston Valley, Wheat Ridge and Jefferson Charter Academy high schools for being named one of the Best High Schools in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report.

Jefferson-Area Innovation Plan Introduced to the Community

Students and families have been invited to join Jefferson-area principals and schools to bring an enhanced educational experience to the community’s schools.

“We have a deep commitment to provide our students with the best educational opportunities,” said Jefferson High School Principal Michael James. “We joined together to map out a framework for our students and that has propelled the Jefferson Area Innovation Plan.” 

School principals from Jefferson High, Wheat Ridge 5-8 School, Edgewater, Lumberg, Molholm and Stevens elementary schools worked as a team to review best practices, research programs and systems and brainstormed innovative educational strategies to map out a plan to help boost our schools’ student achievement.

“My Jefferson-area colleagues know that our school community is unique and dynamic and deserving of educational options that reflect the needs of our students and values,” said Edgewater Principal Celeste Sultze. "This innovation plan is a true representation of how intentional we are when working with our students to meet their academic and social needs; I'm honored and it's such a privilege to come to work every day."  

In the coming weeks, schools staff will advertise parent and community informational forums that invite ideas and gather input for the final


Jeffco Schools Open Choice Enrollment in January

Jeffco students and families, who wish to enroll their children in a school other than their neighborhood school, have the option of participating in Jeffco Public Schools’ choice enrollment process for the 2015-16 school year.
First-round choice enrollment for the 2015-16 school year begins Wednesday, Jan. 7 and closes on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.  Applications during the second-round of Choice Enrollment, are added to the remaining names on the first-round list on a first-come, first-served basis.

Any student in Colorado may enroll in any Jeffco school that has classroom space. To access a choice enrollment form, visit Jeffco’s choice enrollment website.  
Fill out the choice enrollment form and submit it to the school of choice. Students will be accepted on a space-available basis. Round-one applications are prioritized through a lottery process and waiting lists are created if applicants exceed space available at the school. A separate application must be completed and submitted for each child. 

Specific questions about enrolling in a school can generally be answered by calling that school's administrative office.

Jeffco Schools Win Academic Accolades and Recognition

Forty-two Jeffco schools received academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), with some Jeffco schools walking away with double awards.

Edgewater Elementary School is a 2014 Center For Excellence school.  The award recognizes schools that demonstrate the highest sustained rates of student longitudinal growth as measured by the Colorado Growth Model — among those that have at least 75 percent at-risk students.     

The John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award goes to schools with excellent academic achievement on the three-year school performance framework. There are 26 Jeffco schools that exceeded expectations on the academic achievement indicator. See the list of 2014 John Irwin recipients here.

The Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award was awarded to 23 Jeffco schools that demonstrated excellent student growth. These schools exceeded expectations related to academic growth gaps. See the list of 2014 Governor's award recipients here

"These school awards reflect the amazing work that happens in our schools every day and shows that our excellent teachers and principals continue to focus on student achievement and closing learning gaps," said Superintendent Dan McMinimee. "We celebrate this news and know we are all committed to kids."
Read the official 2014 CDE awards news release.

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