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March 2, 2018


In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • A Message from Board of Education President Ron Mitchell
  • The Rebels & Rolina: Columbine High School Establishes Strong Ties with Tanzanian Orphanage
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families,

Since the terrible school shooting in Florida, many have asked me, “What does Jeffco Public Schools do to keep our students safe?” In the years since Columbine, we have learned a great deal about better securing our schools and Jeffco Public Schools has become a national leader in systems to safeguard students. While I am not able to provide complete detail as to our systems (since it would make them easier to defeat), I would like to touch on some of the ways we work to keep our students safe from harm.

It all starts with prevention. Over the past few years, Jeffco has added investment into counseling and mental health supports for students. While we are far from returning to pre-recession staffing levels, Jeffco has made this a priority. We have increased mental health support for students and will continue to have this as a priority moving forward.We also have a threat assessment team that reviews concerning student behavior issues. This team of mental health professionals, law enforcement, legal advisors, school discipline experts, and others consults together to develop safety plans for at-risk students.

Read more.

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



Board of Education President Ron MitchellDear Jeffco Families,

At our Board of Education meeting on February 1, our Board unanimously approved a resolution to support the efforts of the Colorado Education Network which is a rapidly growing coalition of individuals and organizations that recognize the need to improve funding for K-12 public education in Colorado. This organization intends to promote the understanding that as a state, we need to do a better job of providing adequate and equitable funding for public education.

The first segment of this resolution was written to confirm our societal values regarding the education of our children. Included were things like:

  • Our children are the future of our state and the nation.
  • Our children must be prepared to compete in a worldwide market.
  • All students must be provided with high-quality educational opportunities regardless of their background or their socioeconomic status.
  • An educated citizenry is a major foundational cornerstone of our American Democracy.

Read more.




Chatfield HS has created unique relationship with Tanzanian orphanage

Rolina Children’s Home opened in 1999 when Rosmin Njau stumbled upon a sick child in the streets of Moshi in Northern Tanzania. Moshi sits at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, where many begin their journey up the mountain. Njau, a Mount Kilimanjaro guide, and his wife, Paulina, helped to care for the child. When they learned that he had no place to go, they invited him to stay in their home. Since then, Njau and Paulina estimate that over 500 children have passed through their home. Each child has a story, and some would not even be alive if it weren't for the Njaus.

While teaching primary school in Moshi, Chatfield High School teacher Jeff Garkow punted a soccer ball in the wrong direction while playing with some of his students and accidentally hit a man walking near the school. Garkow ran over to apologize and quickly struck up a conversation with the man, Rosmin Njau.

Read moreGenerations Skill: Civic & Global Engagement

Good News in Jeffco

Chatfield HS studentsThe Chatfield High School Green Machine was an experiment engineering students developed and sent to the International Space Station last June. Read more.

Swanson ES students

Swanson Elementary’s Fuel UP to Play 60 group brought smiles to dozens of faces as they delivered stuffed animals and Valentine's notes to the tenants at the Life Care Center of Westminster. Read moreGenerations Skill: Civic & Global Engagement



Mandalay MS studentsIn February, students at Mandalay Middle School got a chance to "speed date" with various books in the LMC. Read more

Generations Skill: Critical & Creative Thinking



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Brady High School secretary Janet Patton and Parmalee Elementary School enrollment secretary Jodi Rueschhoff have been nominated for the 2017-18 National LifeChanger of the Year Award. Read more.

Bell MS studentsBell Middle School sixth-grade language arts classes conducted research on important issues about which they are passionate, then gave “Ted Talks.” Read more.
Generations Skill: Communication




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Green Mountain High School cross country and track coach Clint Boston is one of 12 finalists in the nation for the Varsity Brands School Spirit Award! Read more.Generations Skill: Collaboration & Leading by Influence




Stony Creek ES studentsStony Creek Elementary decided to freshen-up the incentive system for February with an Olympic theme. Read more.
Generations Skill: Self-Direction & Personal Responsibility



Coronado ES studnets

Instead of classroom parties, every grade level at Coronado Elementary completed a service project to spread the love outside the school! Read moreGenerations Skill: Civic & Global Engagement



Esther ValdezEsther Valdez, principal at Rose Stein International Elementary, was one of four finalists for the Colorado Association of School Executives National Distinguished Principal Award! Read more.

Generations Skill: Collaboration & Leading by Influence

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 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. 

Strategic Plan Now Online

Check out the next step in the Jeffco Generations Vision for our schools, the Strategic Plan. A live, working document, the Strategic Plan builds on this vision and focuses on putting our community's aspirations into practice. We're talking about it in our Jeffco Generations Facebook Group; please join us!

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.

2016-17 Annual Report

We are pleased to present the Annual Report to the Community for the 2016-17 school year. Click here to view the Report website and PDF.

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.


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.

Life After High School College & Career Fair
March 6 & 14

For students who are: College-ready, Curious about college, Interested in internships, Wanting to learn more about the Military, Seeking jobs – both full-time and for the summer. See attached flyer for more info.

Arvada High School, Tuesday, March 6, 2:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Alameda International Jr./Sr. High School, Wednesday, March 14, 2:20 – 5:00 p.m.

Photographer John Fielder at D' Evelyn
March 8

Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
Enjoy an evening with photographer John Fielder as he shares and discusses images from his latest book, "A Colorado Winter." We are pleased to offer this event free! See the attached flyer for more information.

Jeffco Public Schools Community Night
with the Colorado Avalanche
March 10

Hosted by the Jeffco Schools Foundation
1:00 p.m. at the Pepsi Center
Order tickets online here. Click here for more information.

Bezos Idea Festival
March 10

March 10, 12:00-5:00 p.m., Wheat Ridge High school (9505 W. 32nd Ave.)
Topics being addressed: Depression, anxiety, self-harm, PTSD, suicide, homelessness/truancy, mental health in the LGBTQ+ community, resources and alternative therapies. Students in middle school and high school welcome, along with parents and teachers.

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.


  • March 16 - K-8 Early Release, No school for Jefferson Area
  • March 26-30 - Spring Break


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

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