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March 16, 2018


In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Receiving Messaging & Info From Jeffco Public Schools: You Can Manage Your Preferences
  • School Calendar Survey - Give Us Your Thoughts!
  • Are You ​Sure​ This Is a School Play?
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

On March 14, thousands of Jeffco students participated in a national school walkout effort related to the tragic incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As this protest also involved a political perspective associated with the gun-control issue, Jeffco Public Schools did not take a position or formally endorse the walkouts. However, given the magnitude of the protest, we took steps to encourage students to keep the event orderly, timely, and respectful. Staff and local law enforcement coordinated on behalf of student safety – including those who did not wish to participate or who had an opposing view.

I am pleased to report that the event occurred as planned, with most schools returning to normal operation within 30-45 minutes. There were no incidents of violence, damage to property, or disrespectful behavior reported on March 14. I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to our students, our school and district staff, our law enforcement partners across Jeffco, and members of our community for working together to ensure that outcome.

As we turn the page on this event, we now shift our attention to the conversation we must have as a community about the next steps we should take related to school safety.

Read more.

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



messagingIn Jeffco, both our schools and the district use a system called SchoolMessenger to communicate with the families of our 87,000+ students via email, phone call, text message, and push notifications to our Jeffco mobile app. Any combination of these communication methods might be used with each message sent. The contact information SchoolMessenger uses to send you an email, call, or text comes from what you have entered for Notification Preferences in JeffcoConnect.

You can control how and where you receive communications from us in your JeffcoConnect account. You can customize what you receive using these instructions. Keep in mind, you must select message types for every item you enter - every phone/text number and every email must have at least one message category selected on every line. If you have any issues with your JeffcoConnect login or account, your school's enrollment secretary can assist you.

We recommend always selecting Emergency and General for all communication methods and numbers you enter, as 99% of all messages sent from our schools and the district are sent as General, including weather closures.

Please note, if you select unsubscribe or block a Jeffco email, you elect to unsubscribe from/block all email coming from anywhere in Jeffco Public Schools. For example, blocking an email from the district will block you from school-based messages as well. It is recommended you simply delete any messages you do not want.

We share information with our community in other ways too and recommend you consider following us on these channels to ensure you will always get messages from at least one source. Follow us and turn on notifications on Facebook and Twitter, bookmark and refer to our website, and download our app by searching for "Jeffco Schools CO" in your app store (Google Play and iTunes).

We use many tools to share information with you and hope you will actively engage in using these tools to stay informed.Generations Skill: Communication



school calendar graphicThe school calendar committee has convened and they would like to hear from you before March 22! A committee of parents, staff, and other community members work together to develop a three-year calendar; they are working on 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 school year calendars right now. What are your thoughts? Share them here. Input takes ten minutes or less!Generations Skill: Communication


Mortensen Elementary is getting a reputation for applying professional polish to student productions like “The Little Mermaid” thanks to a dedicated team of school staffers and volunteers.It was a Saturday afternoon, and the production crew was alive with excitement and activity. In one corner, the color was added to background greenery. In another, brightly painted flats of purple, pink, and green started to take shape. While against a back wall, a set of palm fronds came to life. Just a few yards away, the beginnings of a lair began to form. If you didn’t know better, you might think this was backstage at The Buell Theatre, but it was Mortensen Elementary, where a frenzy of final preparation was underway for the school’s newest musical.

“It all started back with two sixth-graders that walked up to me and said ‘Miss Brown, we’d like to do a play, could you help us?’ I run down to Sue and say ‘Can you help me?’ We started this drama club with sixth-graders,” explained Mortensen art teacher Deb Brown.

“We just kind of guided them into something that was presentable. It was well received,” said financial secretary Sue Corbett.

Read more.Generations Skill: Critical & Creative Thinking




Good News in Jeffco

AWest studentsArvada West High School agriculture students designed this year’s student garden at the Colorado Garden & Home Show. Read more.



Pomona HS studentsPomona High School PAH (Pomona Arts and Humanities) students showcased their latest projects at their monthly meeting. Read more.




GMHS studentsGreen Mountain High School track and cross country runners run to show support for lives lost at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Read more.




Jeffco mascotsJeffco mascots joined Mines Mascot Madness at the Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball game. Read more.





GMHS studentsGreen Mountain High School biology, geography, U.S. history, and geometry students experience Google Expeditions Augmented Reality Pioneer Program. Read more.




Arvada HS logoArvada High School Principal Gina Rivas selected as the 2017 Image Award Winner by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. Read more.

NAMS studentsNorth Arvada Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences students held a traffic safety program. Read more.




Carmody & Dunstan MS studentsCarmody and Dunstan middle schools’ productions of ‘Shrek the Musical, Jr.’ joined forces to collaborate and learn from each other. Read more.

Lincoln Academy Charter SchoolLincoln Academy Charter School celebrated 20 years of educating with excellence. 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. April 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m., various locations. Click here for more information (Spanish).

School Safety Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Lakewood High School, 9700 W. 8th Ave., Lakewood, 80215
See the attached flyer for more information. Interpreters will be present. 

 Board of Education Advisory Committee Application 2018-19

The Board of Education is seeking engaged parents, staff, and business and community members to support the district by serving on Board of Education advisory committees. Committee vacancies will be filled by the Board of Education in June with screening and interviews with the Board prior to that time, so members appointed can begin committee work for the 2018-19 school year. Click here to learn more (En Español). Applications open March 23.

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.


Green Mountain High School Music Boosters Prom/Formal Dress Sale
March 17

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Green Mountain High School, 13175 W. Green Mountain Drive, Lakewood, 80228. Over 300 dresses - most priced at $100. Dresses for dances, weddings, quinceañera, theater, concerts & other special occasions! 50% of all sales will go towards new marching band uniforms and other program needs. Please share this event and invite your friends and neighbors!

2nd Annual
Cans Around the Campus
March 19-22

Thirteen high schools across the district will compete to raise the most can foods. Food donated during the week will go to the Arvada Food Bank, Jeffco Action Center, and Mountain Resource Center. Collection sites at Jeffco Public Schools’ four district stadiums, as well. Kick-off event Saturday, March 17 at Jeffco Stadium beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Jeffco Public Schools Community Night 
with the Colorado Mammoth 
March 24

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

Fletcher Miller/Sobesky Secondary Art Exhibit 
April 3-29

Lakewood Cultural Center, 480 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 80226, 303-987-7000
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Jeffco Public Schools Community Night
with the Colorado Rockies
April 7

Hosted by the Jeffco Schools Foundation
6:10 p.m. at Coors Field
Order tickets online here.
Click here for more information.

Camp Ember
May 31-June 3

A four-day, three-night immersive introduction to the fire service for young women ages 16-18. Applications accepted now through April 2. Click here to apply (go to Camp Ember tab). See the attached flyer for more details.

JA Business Week
June 10-15

JA (Junior Achievement) Business Week is a one-of-a-kind summer program that lets high school students experience the business world, develop leadership skills, and focus on their futures. Students currently in grades 9-12 learn about business from hundreds of professionals while working on "Shark Tank"-style projects. They also get a taste of college life by living on a university campus. Click here for more information and to register.


  • March 26-30 - Spring Break


  • Thursday, April 5, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, April 5, 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting
  • Monday,  April 9, 9:00 a.m., Special 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 May 7 and June 11.

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