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January 5, 2018


In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Jeffco Public Schools Earn 45 CMAS-Based Academic Awards
  • Good News in Jeffco
  • In Other News...

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

Over the holiday break, I had time to reflect on this past year and all the changes that have come to Jeffco Public Schools, and to also consider our future. 2017 marked a number of seismic changes in Jeffco. This past spring, the Board of Education decided to make a change in the leadership of the organization and began searching for a new superintendent.

As I came to Jeffco this summer, the biggest question loomed around what would be the long-term strategic direction for Jeffco Public Schools. This question was dependent on what collective vision would emerge from the community, the board, and me as the new leader. I spent much of July and August crisscrossing the county in an effort to understand context and build relationships. For me, the adage “seek to understand” was strongly present as I worked to get to know Jeffco and what hopes and fears were present in our community.

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


Jeffco Public Schools Earn 45 CMAS-Based Academic Awards

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Thirty-five district schools earned 45 academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) based on 2016-17 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) results. Dr. Jason Glass, Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools, was thrilled to be notified of these awards.

“I am so proud of these schools and all their accomplishments! Schools in Jeffco brought home recognition for high academic performance, high academic growth, and for closing achievement gaps and giving all our students an opportunity to succeed,” Dr. Glass said. “The number of awards for this year was even higher than the year before and exceeded our expectations. Hats off to the staff and students working in Jeffco Public Schools!”Content Mastery

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Good News in Jeffco

Arvada West studentsArvada West High School catering students worked hard on creating gingerbread houses from scratch. Read more.





Warder Elementary studentsWarder Elementary collected 2,156 pairs of new socks and underwear to help others in Jefferson County! Read more.


West Jeff MS studentsThe West Jeff Middle School BEST Robotics team was one of only two middle school teams from the Front Range BEST hub to advance to the Denver regional championship on December 16 and 17. Read more.



Coal Creek Canyon K-8 studentsCoal Creek Canyon K-8 held its annual canned food drive to benefit the local Canyon Cares food pantry. Read more.



Standley Lake area students

Standley Lake area students show their community spirit this holiday season. Read more.






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


In Other News...

Choice Enrollment Begins January 8

choice enrollmentFrom preschool to high school - Jeffco has tons of options! Your Jeffco student is guaranteed a spot in his or her assigned neighborhood school, but Jeffco Public Schools also offers Choice Enrollment. Use the Designated School Locator to find the designated neighborhood school for your student. Look at the School Directory to learn about that school and visit the school website.

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 enrollment. Click here for a list of school interest nights.

2018 Spring GT Center Application

GT logoJeffco Gifted Centers offer challenge and support for your advanced learner.

With an emphasis on meeting the individual needs of Gifted and Talented students, Jeffco Schools’ GT Centers offer experiences that foster meaningful growth for gifted learners. Sixteen neighborhood schools house GT Centers throughout the district at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Teachers certified in gifted and talented education offer differentiated instruction to students with a variety of programming options including acceleration, enrichment, and social-emotional support.

To be considered in our final wave for GT Center placement for the 2018-19 school year, apply online by January 16 for a testing appointment on Saturday, February 3. Click here for more information and to view the application.


Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for some upcoming meetings to discuss current issues under consideration at Jeffco Public Schools.

February 12: Should School Start Later? 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Ed Center, 1829 Denver West Drive #27

March 6, 8, 14 & April 3: Town Halls with Dr. Glass, 6:00-7:30 p.m., locations TBD

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 great Jeffco kids, teachers, and staff who are building bright futures! Be sure to check out the latest from JPS-TV here. 

Be sure to take a moment and look back on some of Jeffco Public Schools' 2017 accomplishments! Click here to watch the video.

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.



The Jeffco IT department is excited to help students understand the real-world role of information technology. On January 31, we will be hosting the first annual JEFFCON conference at the Ed Center for Jefferson County high school students to learn about what we do, how we do it, and provide them with growth opportunities and pathways to pursue a career in IT. Keep an eye out for student applications available in December. Watch and share this JEFFCON trailer and save the date!

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, 2018. Please share this info with high school students so they are aware of the opportunity to learn about community engagement, diversity, leadership, and other skills.

The Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Summit will provide a specialized program for over 300 students from across the state. Speaker sessions and peer collaboration opportunities will support the mission to teach students effective problem-solving strategies, leadership skills, and insights into community affairs. The goal is to empower youth, build confidence, and inspire young leaders to use their voices to impact their local communities.

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.


  • January 15​ - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, District Closed


  • ThursdayJanuary 11, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, January 11, 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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