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December 1, 2017


In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • A Message from Board of Education President Ron Mitchell
  • Jeffco Schools Foundation 2017 Jeffco Hero Awards
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

All our families (and especially our students) look forward to this time of year, when we slow down just a bit and spend time with our families and loved ones.

The holiday season is an exciting and special time for young people, something many of them look forward to all year. This is also a time for us to strengthen and renew our relationships with them. I encourage you to intentionally work to put aside the hustle and bustle and to spend time playing, learning, and growing with the children and young people in our lives.

As a father myself, I know how the urgency of work and other obligations can sometimes take up a great deal of our time and attention. We get distracted by the urgent issue of the moment, and something new to contend with is always on the horizon.

When it comes to raising our children, I’ve heard it said that “the days are long, but the years are short.” Our time with our children is fleeting – vanishing right before us – and these moments of family and community during this special time of year are something to embrace and cherish.

So, make the most of this important and special time of year, and take the time to build up that relationship with a child or young person in your life.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be of service to your family and this wonderful community’s children. On behalf of all of us with Jeffco Public Schools, Happy Holidays!

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,


A Message From Board of Education President Ron Mitchell

Board of Education President Ron Mitchell

Dear Jeffco Families,

Susan Harmon, Brad Rupert, and I are honored to be reelected to serve on the Jeffco Board of Education for the next four years. The five current board members, including Ali Lasell and Amanda Stevens, unanimously agreed to maintain the same officer positions for the next two years. We look forward to continuing to work as a team to move Jeffco Public Schools forward. Along with our new superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass, we will continue to make decisions that support the needs of all our students, identify opportunities to improve our educational services, and strategize on how to meet the challenges facing public education today.

As the Honorable District Judge Philip James McNulty conducted the swearing in ceremony on November 27, he shared that he was a proud graduate of Wheat Ridge High School. This sense of pride is commonplace in our school district – not surprising with our tradition of excellence. Our goal as a school board is to ensure our education system continues to inspire that sense of generational pride. As a five-member Board we are excited about working with all of you as we continue to move Jeffco forward in a positive and meaningful way!

On behalf our Board, we hope you have a happy, safe holiday season. Please take some time to enjoy some of the inspiring, innovative happenings in our schools this time of year – award-winning performing arts programs, charitable projects, hands-on learning, and more are going on right now, thanks to our great staff and students. We also sincerely hope all of you will enjoy some quality family time during this holiday season.

Ron Mitchell, Board President

Jeffco Schools Foundation 2017 Jeffco Hero Awards

2017 Jeffco Hero AwardsSince 1983, the Jeffco Schools Foundation has been a non-profit home for programs that support many Jeffco students. Scholarships, the costume shop, honoring staff and students, school readiness...the foundation covers a lot of ground. As part of the foundation’s mission to connect the community to the classroom, it presents the Hero Awards, an annual recognition event honoring Jeffco Public Schools students and teachers of extraordinary character, leadership, and strength.

Teachers and administrators nominate students who have caught their attention (and many times their heart) for facing challenges - from battling a serious illness to coming to school even though they spent the night in a park due to homelessness. Student awardees received scholarships to Red Rocks Community College and are eligible for additional scholarships that will fund school-related expenses like books, transportation, and fees. Teachers are selected for their innovative work and dedication to the profession.

The 2017 Hero Awards were held on Monday, November 13, at the Denver West Marriott in Golden.​ This year, the Jeffco Schools Foundation honored four students, three teachers, and Michael James, Jefferson Jr./Sr. High School principal, for their stand-out work. Learn more about the awardees below.



Remember, Tuesday, December 5 is Colorado Gives Day! This is a great opportunity to support the Jeffco Schools Foundation (or numerous other great causes).



Good News in Jeffco

STEM Girls Bell MSThe Girls in STEM group (Bell Middle School) and the Golden Public Library won the “Partnership of the Year” from the Colorado Library Association. This award was for their work in the “Make the World a Better Place” competition and their monthly events teaching younger girls STEM concepts at the Golden Public Library. Additionally, Girls in STEM taught area elementary and preschool structural engineering concepts.

Coronado ESJoshua Osborne, first-grader at Coronado Elementary, was recognized by the Jeffco Sheriff's Department at the beginning of the school year for winning the Super Sundae Contest at their Sundaes at the South Precinct event! Joshua's reward included a pizza party for his whole class and a special visit from Deputy K. Fosler, JCSO bloodhound, Jessie, and bloodhound-in-training, Ollie!

Mt. Carbon ESMount Carbon Elementary’s third graders were once again honored to have the opportunity to spend time with Mayor Michael Hancock at the City and County Building of Denver while on the annual Day in Denver field trip. The mayor spent nearly 30 minutes answering questions the third grade students prepared ahead of time. He stated the students asked better questions than the media! He was, once again, impressed with their informed questions and invited Mount Carbon students back to his office next year. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime Day in Denver experience for third grade.

AWest studentsArvada West High School hosted its first Student Leader Conference on November 3. The National Honor Society spearheaded the student-run event, and 137 students were in attendance. Abby Hubbard, NHS president, explained “We hope to define what being a leader at A West means, talk about school issues, and come up with ways to address those issues differently.”

State Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, an Arvada West graduate, gave the keynote address. In addition to the keynote, students participated in team building, SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and other leadership building work.

The attendees were school leaders nominated by teachers, team coaches, and club sponsors.

“I’m very impressed the students brought this idea to us,” said Principal Rob Bishop. “They did all the work, decided what they wanted to accomplish, and are leading the conference today.”

Van Arsdale ESVan Arsdale Elementary was highlighted in the Arvada Press for its therapy dog program. Read the full article here. Photo courtesy of Arvada Press.


Mr. Trujillo Falcon Bluffs MSFalcon Bluffs Middle School pre-engineering teacher John Trujillo was the focus of KOSI 101.1's Teacher Tuesday. Listen to the segment from KOSI 101.1 here.






Lisa Hildalgo Foothills ESLisa Hidalgo from Denver7 visited Foothills Elementary  with awesome news - a $1000 donation to their library plus a book for every 1st grade student. The whole school celebrated with a morning assembly, and 1st graders were lucky enough to hear Ms. Hidalgo read them a book. Lisa Hidalgo went to Foothills Elementary and is a Green Mountain High graduate!

Welchester ESHow's this for inspiration in the season of giving? Fifth-graders at Welchester Elementary School put their fresh fraction skills to the test making apple pies...two pies made per student - one to take home and one to give away! And can we please throw in a round of applause to the fifth grade teachers - and the facility staff - for taking on this *ahem* less-than-tidy task!

Foster ES studentsStudents at Foster Elementary School raised $827 dollars to help victims from the September earthquakes in Mexico. Then a community member matched their donation with another $827! The funds will be sent to UNICEF. We're so proud of these students for demonstrating kind hearts and global engagement (and thankful to the generous community member, as well)! See more from 9News here. Photo courtesy of 9News.


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.

Family-School Partnership Survey Now Open

Jeffco is committed to ensuring your experience with our schools is collaborative and successful, and we want to know how we are doing. The Family-School Partnership Survey is now open, through Wednesday, December 20. It is anonymous and takes 10 – 15 minutes. Help us improve our schools and your child’s learning environment. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback! Click here to view and complete the survey.

Jeffco Generations Conversation

Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass released the Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for Our Community’s Schools on October 11. Now it’s time to give input on the vision! The feedback will help refine the vision and be used to craft the new strategic plan. What do you think constitutes a professional model of teaching? How can schools serve as “community hubs”? How do you feel about 1:1 device to student ratio in an effort to embrace technology? Weigh in on these topics and more on the Jeffco Generations Conversations Facebook page, on Dr. Glass’ blog, or via Twitter (@COJasonGlass). 

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!


  • Food Services
  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodians

Click here for more information and to apply.

Share Healthy Foods at Upcoming Holiday Parties! 

The new Jeffco District Wellness Policy has standards for sharing foods in schools and classrooms. For sharing foods during holiday 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, contact Jeffco Healthy Schools at [email protected].

Check Out the Latest from 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 website, JPS-TV Sports, the Jeffco Athletics Facebook page, and scores and photos via @JeffcoAthletics on Twitter.


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, for providing the venue.

For more information, call 303-238-0032, visit, 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 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.


  • ​December 21-January 5​ - Winter Break


  • ThursdayDecember 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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