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December 7, 2018

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Jeffco Public Schools Bond Sale Announcement
  • Everitt Middle School Students Learn & Loan
  • 2018 Jeffco Hero Awards
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent & Chief Learner Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families & Community,

The passage of Jeffco Public Schools’ ballot questions 5A and 5B will bring important improvements to schools all across our community. I get a lot of questions about how we will spend these funds and when we can expect to see some impacts from them, and I’d like to address some of those questions here.

Let’s start with ballot question 5A, the mill levy override. 5A will provide $33 million annually for Jeffco Public Schools, adjusting annually for inflation. The ballot language in question 5A and resolutions passed by the Board of Education before the election set out parameters of how we spend these funds.

Jefferson County will collect the $33 million for this current school year through property taxes. While this makes these funds available for the current year, we will not have the cash in hand until late spring. Because it would not make sense to hire staff in April or May to only work for a couple of months, we are looking at possible one-time expenditures with these funds in the current year, and then holding some of them back to spend them across several years. This will allow us to more effectively plan for and use these dollars in the first few years of having 5A funding.

Read more.

Jeffco students, parents, families, staff, and community members may engage with Dr. Glass via Facebook, Twitter @COJasonGlass, and through his blog, advancejeffco.blog.



 

JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND SALE ANNOUNCEMENT

Jeffco Public Schools logoTax-Exempt Municipal Bonds

Jefferson County Public Schools, Colorado
$341,420,000*
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2018

  • Bond sale date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018*
  • Maturity dates: December 15, 2019 - 2020 and 2027-2038*
  • Interest will be paid semiannually beginning June 15, 2019*
    Ratings
    • Moody's Investor's Services: As2 (underlying) and Aa2 (State Intercept)
    • Standard & Poor's: AA (underlying) and AA (State Intercept
  • Interest on the bonds will be excluded from federal income tax and is not an item of tax preference for purposes of federal alternative minimum tax. Interest is also exempt from State of Colorado income tax.
  • These securities will be offered subject to availability
  • Yields, maturities and call features will be established on the sale date.

This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy these securities, nor shall this announcement constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities in any state in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful.

For a copy of the Preliminary Official Statement, please contact one of the underwriters listed below:

Bond Underwriter Information

Municipal bonds/notes are not suitable for all investors, especially those in a lower tax bracket. Bonds are subject to market fluctuation and interest rate risk and may be worth more or less than original cost if sold prior to maturity. Please visit http://www.msrb.org/EducationCenter for more information about municipal securities.

*Preliminary, subject to change.

©2018 Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Member SIPC. MC-243611.

 


 

EVERITT MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN & LOAN

Everitt Middle School students and teachers.On November 12, Mr. Lay’s 8th grade math class at Everitt Middle School presented a unique proposition to Tijuan Harvey, Vice-President of Young Americans Bank. The class requested a $2,500 loan to use for micro-loans. A loan to make loans? This was a first for Mr. Harvey. The students presented the why behind the loan, how the class would make loan payments and awareness of interest rates. If the loan was approved, each student would select a microloan to make and be responsible for collecting payments. The loans would support women’s businesses, agriculture, eco-friendly projects, agriculture, and more all over the world. The class would combine the smaller loan payments to make payments back to Young Americans Bank.

Just before Thanksgiving break, the students learned their loan was approved! Students signed loan papers to seal the deal and will work on the project for the remainder of the school year. The activity will help students grasp numerous concepts including borrowing funds, lending funds, interest rates, accounting, collateral, and financial agreements. The microloans (through an organization called Kiva) is a lesson in civic and global engagement.

 




2018 JEFFCO HERO AWARDS

2018 Jeffco Hero Awards

The 2018 Jeffco Hero Awards were held in November at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood. Five outstanding Jeffco teachers and four outstanding Jeffco high school seniors were honored.

Teachers and administrators nominate students who have caught their attention (and many times their heart) for facing challenges. 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.

Learn more about the honorees and their stories below and click here to watch the JPS-TV story about the event.

Students:

Staff:

 




Good News in Jeffco

Bryan WickorenBryan Wickoren named 2019 Adapted P.E. Teacher of the Year by the Central District Society of Health And Physical Educators (SHAPE). Read more.

 

 


Prospect Valley Elementary student Lily JohnsonProspect Valley Elementary fifth-grader Lily Johnson leads an initiative to spread kindness at her school. Read more.

 

 

 


KLakes Blue RibbonKendrick Lakes Elementary celebrates their 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. Read more.

 

 


Two Roads Fun RunTwo Roads Charter School hosted its first-ever “Fun Run.” Read more.

 

 

 


Parmalee food driveParmalee Elementary first-graders held their annual food drive to benefit EChO food bank in Evergreen. Read more.

 


Summit Ridge studentsSummit Ridge Middle School students collect canned goods and winter clothing for the community. Read more.

 


GMES FNS staffersGreen Mountain Elementary food services staffers recognized by Jeffco FNS and the Sustainable Green Mountain Neighborhood. Read more.

 


Action Center Thanksgiving eventJeffco Public Schools students and staff support the Action Center’s Thanksgiving dinner box project. Read more.

 


LHS logoLakewood High School students excel in the 8th Annual Dr. Howard F. Beckley Writing Competition. Read more.

 

For more good news, visit the Good News Blog and see Jeffco in the News.

EnrollJeffco


Jeffco Public Schools is rolling out a new student enrollment system called EnrollJeffco for the 2019-20 school year. Check out www.enrolljeffco.org now for information about this user-friendly system that will help families plan ahead and provide schools with enrollment information to prepare for the next school year.

  • Starting December 17: Go to www.enrolljeffco.org to learn about the schools near you.
  • January 22 - February 8: Enroll in your current or neighborhood school (K-12), or
    apply to another Jeffco school (choice enroll & preschool) at www.enrolljeffco.org.
  • Late February: If choice enrolling, you will receive notification of next steps via email.

2018 Bond Program Information


Click here to learn more about the next steps for the 2018 Bond Program and to view the Bond Sale Announcement.

LET US HEAR FROM YOU


Give Input on School Start Time 

The School Start Time Task Force (a volunteer group of parents and staff) is seeking parent input to gauge interest in later start times for secondary schools given the tradeoffs/complexities. The survey is open from November 16-December 10, all parents are encouraged to participate. Click here (Spanish) to view and complete the survey.

Family-School Partnership Survey

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 will open Monday, November 26 and close Friday, December 14. 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 take the survey.

HAPPENING IN JEFFCO


Jeffco Schools Foundation 
Community Night with 
the Colorado Avalanche
December 15

Join us for the Jeffco Schools Foundation Community Night! All students, families, employees, and community members are welcome to purchase tickets using the discount code. Significantly discounted Avalanche tickets in the upper and lower levels are available. A portion of every ticket sold will be donated back to the Jeffco Schools Foundation to support programs that directly benefit Jeffco schools and Jeffco students. See the attached flyer for more info.

IMPORTANT DATES


  • December 24- January 9 - Winter Break - No school for students

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Thursday, December 13, 5:00 p.m., Study Session
  • Thursday, December 13, 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 a.m., Study Session

Meetings are held at the Jeffco Ed Center Board Room, 1829 Denver West Drive #27, Golden. Meeting schedules and agendas are posted on BoardDocs.

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES


Check Out the Latest from JPS-TV

Emmy®-nominated JPS-TV is the official YouTube channel for Jeffco Public Schools. It features stories about Jeffco kids, teachers, and staff who are building bright futures! Click here to check out the latest from JPS-TV!

Keep Up with Jeffco Athletics

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.


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