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February 16, 2018


In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Information Technology & Me
  • Equity & Excellence: Jeffco Schools Foundation Art Exhibit
  • Scholarship Tips: Get Your College Tuition Paid
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

“Keep the main thing the main thing – learning.” Those were the words in our vision statement, Jeffco Generations, released last fall. We do this by working to transform the student learning experience – making learning engaging, authentic, and genuine. For most people, this all sounds good, but what does this shift look like and how do we do it?

Recently, I had the chance to talk with about 350 educators from our alternative education campuses. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to see one of these teachers in action, alternative education professionals are veritable edu-ninjas when it comes to changing student experiences. And they have to out of necessity; students who attend alternative education settings are looking for learning experiences that engage them and connect directly to life outside of school.

Read more.

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



Student attendees pose with organizers of Jeffcon 2018, a daylong conference at the Jeffco Ed Center in Golden that focused on IT careers. Photo courtesy of Chris Paschke. Hosted by the Jeffco Public Schools IT Department, this inaugural conference gave students the opportunity to hear about various IT roles from experienced Jeffco Public Schools staff. The goal of the conference was to share real-world experiences and knowledge with students, as they explore potential career opportunities in the field of Information Technology. Students from Jeffco high schools had the opportunity to apply; ten students from each high school were selected to attend. Over 200 students registered.

See more.Generations Skill: Self-Direction & Personal Responsibility



This contour line tempera portrait by Alameda International student Daisia Sanchez was named Best Of Show 2-D in the senior high category at the 2018 Equity & Excellence Art Exhibition.The artwork of some of Jeffco's most talented students is now on view at the Ed Center in Golden through April 3 as part of the 2018 Equity & Excellence Art Exhibit. Sponsored by the Jeffco Schools Foundation, this incredible show was organized by co-chairs and Jeffco art teachers Laurie Counterman and Aimee Pickar.

See moreGenerations Skill: Critical & Creative Thinking


Scholarship TipsDid you know that thousands of scholarships dollars that go unused each year? Do you know where to find these scholarships?

When looking for scholarships, the first place to start is the college or university you are planning to attend. Check to see if there are any scholarships in the department of your planned major, ask if there is a presidential scholarship and if you’re eligible, and see if there are any service or leadership scholarships. Check out all the possibilities!

Generations Skill: Self-Direction & Personal ResponsibilityRead more.


Good News in Jeffco

Weber ES studentsWeber Elementary celebrated their new Buddy Bench with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 17. Read more.


Mitchell ES studentsMitchell Elementary participated in the Celebration of Giving to honor the community the week after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Read more.


Tami LoSasso

Lakewood High School's Tami LoSasso was selected as a member of the 2018 class of the Advocacy Leadership Network. Read more. (photo by Emily Lozow)

Drake MS topping off ceremonyDrake Middle School hosted a “topping off” ceremony where the last steel beam was signed and placed on the new addition for sixth-graders. Read more.


Pomona HS logo

Maria Herrera from Pomona High School is one of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers Early Career Educator Scholarship recipients. Read more.

West Jeff ES logoWest Jefferson Elementary Principal Wendy Woodland was named an Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) 2017 Healthy School Hero Award winners. Read more. 

Blue Heron ES studnetsA group of Blue Heron Elementary sixth-graders combined their love of animals and desire to make a difference in an exciting project. They created a drive called, “Helpers for Shelters” to collect needed items for local animal shelters. Read more.

Denny SullivanCongratulations to Dennis "Denny" Sullivan, Parmalee Elementary band and orchestra teacher, for being awarded the "Exemplary Service to Music Education Award" by his peers with the Colorado Music Education Association. Read more.





Caden CrosbyWarren Tech Introduction to Nurse Aide program student Caden Crosby used his training in a real-life situation to save someone choking in the cafeteria. Read more.

Mitchell ES studentsMitchell Elementary third-graders are working hard to determine, “What Shapes Golden?” Read more.




RVHS Make-A-Wish® fundraiserRalston Valley High School students and Principal Gavan Goodrich kissed a llama as part of their Make-A-Wish® fundraiser for two-year-old Porter. Read more.


MPCS studentsMountain Phoenix Community School recently installed a new playground. It took five years of fundraising by the MPCS Foundation, the school's non-profit fundraising entity, to gather the needed funds. Read more.

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


Talking Dollars & Sense with Dr. Glass

Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass will be facilitating four community conversations about school district finances. Parents, students, staff, and community members are welcome to join in the conversation. March 6, 8, 14 & April 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m., various locations. Click here for more information.

School Start Times Task Force

The initial meeting on February 12 drew a large crowd. Interested in the meeting notes, applying for the task force, or giving input? Check out the webpage! Task Force applications are due March 5.

Time for Preschool Registration!

Jeffco preschools are now enrolling students for the 2018-19 school year. Click here to learn more.

We’re Hiring!

Food Services, Bus Drivers & Custodians

Click here for more information and to apply.

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! Be sure to check out the latest from JPS-TV here. 

Keep Up with Jeffco Athletics

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.


Youth Leadership Summit 
February 23-24

The Westminster Youth Advisory Panel is sponsoring a two-day Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Summit for high school students February 23-24. For students interested in attending, registration is now open. For more information, contact Cindy McDonald, 303-658-2219, or visit the panel’s Facebook page.

Jeffco Public Schools Community Night with the Denver Nuggets
February 23

Hosted by the Jeffco Schools Foundation
7:00 p.m. at the Pepsi Center
Order tickets online here.
Click here for more information.

SPED Resource Fair
February 27

5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ed Center. All are welcome! Meet community groups and organizations that provide supports and resources to benefit children with disabilities and special needs, as well as support their families. Click here to learn more.

Prom Dress Exchange
March 3

Please share the attached flyer with high school students who may be interested in low-cost prom dresses, or exchanging a dress. The event is Saturday, March 3 in Westminster.


  • February 19 - Presidents Day, district closed


  • Thursday, March 1, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, March 1, 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. Please note these study session schedule changes: 9:00 a.m. on March 5, April 9, May 7, and June 11.

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