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January 11, 2019

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Time to EnrollJeffco!
  • Ready for Launch
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent & Chief Learner Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families & Community,

After what I hope was a restful and joyous winter break, school restarted this week. Our educators began the week participating in professional learning sessions with a number of schools coming together to hear national-caliber speakers and attend training sessions. Students returned to their classrooms on Wednesday for the second semester.

Continuing to grow and improve the craft of teaching is part of what it means to be a professional educator. Done right, this profession takes years to master and the dedicated educator hones their methods and skills over time.

In Jeffco Public Schools, we have put forth an incredibly important challenge to our teachers and staff, but one that is of vital importance. We are determined to change the learning experience of our students so they are prepared for an interconnected and increasingly automated global economy.

We bring about this important shift by working to create learning experiences for students that are authentic (real and connected to the outside world), engaging (that draw students in and keep their attention), and that require students to demonstrate important skills such as collaboration, complex problem-solving, creativity, and adaptation to changing situations.

As we now go headlong into 2019, all of us at Jeffco Public Schools are working to redouble our focus on changing the student experience in these profound ways. It is complex, but also incredibly important work.

Thanks for your support in making 2018 a great year for Jeffco Public Schools. We value your trust and confidence in the work of our schools and we are looking forward to 2019 being even better!

Kind regards,
Dr. Jason Glass

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



 

TIME TO ENROLLJEFFCO!

EnrollJeffco logoJeffco Public Schools has rolled out a new student enrollment system for the 2019-20 school year, EnrollJeffco, which has two components. First, a tool called School Finder which is a searchable database of information about all Jeffco Public Schools. Second, an online enrollment system where every current and incoming student will indicate where they will go to school next year. Families with new preschool students and those who want to participate in choice enrollment to attend a school other than their current or neighborhood school will apply for their school of choice through this system.

Now: Go to www.enrolljeffco.org to learn about the schools of interest to 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.

Check out www.enrolljeffco.org 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.

 




READY FOR LAUNCH

Lakewood High School/Warren Tech students Katee Harrington (left) and Stella Meillon make adjustments to a plant growing chamber for use aboard the International Space Station.

There are few science fiction characters more endearing than Guardians of The Galaxy’s Baby Groot. Groot’s creators, Marvel Entertainment, teamed up with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS, to invite high school students across the country to propose experiments that could be housed and carried out aboard the International Space Station.

Students in Matt Brown’s STEM class at Lakewood High School, a class he teaches in partnership with Warren Tech, successfully answered the “Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station” challenge. Their winning experiment involves aeroponic farming in microgravity. In plain English, growing plants, without dirt, in orbit.

“It’s a two-compartment box with a plant growing out of the top compartment and a mister in the bottom compartment,” explained student Stella Meillon. “There’s water in the bottom. It will go into a micropore sponge that will keep the water at a good tension. The mister, which is called an atomizer, will atomize the water up into the roots of the plant and the plant should grow from there.”

Read more.

 




Good News in Jeffco

Jeffco theater studentsJeffco high school actors, designers, playwrights, and technicians were honored at the 54th Annual Colorado State Thespian

Conference. Read more.

 


Lukas Elementary hygiene driveLukas Elementary student council hosted their annual hygiene drive. Read more.

 

 

 


Little Elementary WhovilleLittle Elementary celebrated their Winter Family Engagement Night with a Whoville theme. Read more.

 

 


AOK Gift BagsStandley Lake High School’s Acts of Kindness Club helped support over 50 families in need this holiday season. Read more.

 

 

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

HAPPENING IN JEFFCO


Start the Conversation:
A Workshop on How to Talk to Young People About Vaping
January 23

Join Jefferson County Public Health on Wednesday, January 23 at the Lakewood Library. This community dialogue is intended for families, school staff, coaches, mentors, law enforcement, and anyone who wants to support healthy, happy youth. You’ll gain important insight into the trends, health effects, and culture of youth vape use, as well as the opportunity to develop and practice valuable skills to have conversations with the youth in your life. Space is limited and a free dinner will be provided, so please register here by January 21. Questions? Contact tobaccofree@jeffco.us.

IMPORTANT DATES


  • January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - District Closed
  • January 22 - February 8 - EnrollJeffco window

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Wednesday, January 16, 9:00 a.m., Study Session
  • Thursday, February 7, 5:00 p.m., Study Session
  • Thursday, February 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.

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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