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May 12, 2017

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In this Issue: 

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • A Message from Board of Education President Ron Mitchell
  • No Better Name
  • Helping Kids Choose Healthy Drinks
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Acting Superintendent Terry Elliott

It is the time of year when we celebrate our seniors as they participate in graduation ceremonies across the district. I want to take a minute to extend my personal congratulations to all our seniors as they complete their course of study in Jeffco Public Schools and prepare to begin their post-secondary endeavors.

The lists of accomplishments for the Class of 2017 is long and impressive. From vocational awards to league and state championships, acknowledgements from community organizations, as well as performing arts and athletic scholarships, and much more, we can all be proud of our graduating seniors. Our graduates will continue their education through two-year and four-year studies, others will serve our country through the armed services, and many more will begin careers directly after high school — and all will go into their chosen paths having been well prepared by the dedicated staff and the supportive families of Jeffco.

I would like to thank the Class of 2017 for the impact they have made on us as much as we have had the opportunity to support them during their K-12 education. My heartfelt congratulations to all our graduates; I wish you the very best.

Another big event in our district is the announcement by our Board of Education of a sole finalist for the superintendent position. I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jason Glass and look forward to our Board making the formal appointment so we can begin introducing him to the community. The anticipated official start date for the district’s new superintendent is July 1 — so be sure to find an opportunity to welcome the newest member of the Jeffco Public Schools community later this summer.

Lastly, I’d like to share a point of pride. Eleven of the top 50 high schools in Colorado ranked in U.S. News & World Report last month are Jeffco schools. We are a big school district serving roughly 9 percent of the students in our great state, and the fact that 22 percent of the high schools in the top 50 are in our district truly demonstrates our tradition of excellence.

Warmest regards,
Terry Elliott, Acting Superintendent

A Message from Board of Education PResident Ron Mitchell

Board of Education President Ron MitchellJeffco Families,

Thank you to our entire Jeffco community for supporting our students through another school year of continued successes and academic growth. We are all very proud of the achievements of our students.

Summer plans and graduation are now the focus of many families. This spring, the district will host 36 graduation ceremonies with thousands of students earning their high school diploma. Congratulations to these graduates, their parents, and our teachers. The Board looks forward to joining graduation ceremonies with students, families, and staff, and we are eager to learn about the next chapters in our graduates’ lives. We look forward to celebrating their past accomplishments, and the contributions they will make to our communities in the future. We are proud of our graduates who will be tomorrow's leaders.

In Board meetings each month, we have been celebrating the many accomplishments of our students and staff. They have ranged from academic awards, sports accomplishments, celebrated arts achievements, to employee recognition awards, and many more than we can possibly list here. However, we are especially proud of the fact that 31 Jeffco schools were recognized with the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards, John Irwin Excellence Awards, and one with The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.

On May 1, we announced the finalist for Jeffco superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass. Our sincere thanks to the community for your engagement, input, and support during this process. Your voice was heard. You told us you wanted an effective communicator who inspires trust, models high standards of integrity, possesses the ability to enhance student performance, and is an innovative leader, among other criteria.

Your input was factored into our decision-making process as the Board worked with the search firm to review, select, and interview candidates. Dr. Glass demonstrated he is an effective communicator and inspirational leader. Our Board of Education believes Dr. Glass is the candidate we were looking for to lead Jeffco into the future.
We are excited about the leadership Dr. Glass will bring to Jeffco Public Schools. We hope our entire community will work to support Dr. Glass and our district. Together, we can work toward our shared vision to be one of the best education systems in the nation.

Ron Mitchell, Board of Education President

No Better Name

Former Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelisMartensen Elementary closed to students in 2011, but it now serves as a training facility where law enforcement agencies and other first responders have the opportunity to prepare for active shooter situations, learn crisis prevention techniques in a real school environment, and use a simulator donated by Ti Training that offers interactive training for a variety of school threat scenarios.

The facility serves not only Jeffco Public Schools safety and security staff, but also local police and fire departments, other school district security departments, and it has also hosted training for the ATF and FBI. Seventeen agencies have booked 157 days of training at the facility for the 2016-17 school year.

“Through the partnership we have with our law enforcement people and our collaboration, what’s possible into the future is fairly limitless and I’m excited about that,” said Board of Education President Ron Mitchell.

Now this elite training facility has been officially named in honor of the man who led the Columbine community through its darkest day – Frank DeAngelis.

“This facility, for me, represents an opportunity to prepare for our given day,” said Executive Director of Safety & Security John McDonald. “This facility is about protecting lives, this facility represents something that [Frank DeAngelis] believes so strongly, and his support for law enforcement is every day...and how he led our community in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy on April 20, 1999, comes from somebody pretty special.”

DeAngelis had no idea this facility would be named in his honor until the dedication ceremony. The Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety at Martensen Elementary, as it is now officially called, was dedicated on April 19 – a day before the 18th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy – a reminder of the importance of continuous work towards school safety and security.

See the JPS-TV version of this story here.

Helping Kids Choose Healthy Drinks

Graphic demonstrating same sugar, different packaging.How does nutrition impact my child’s learning? How much sugar is too much? These are some big questions parents are asking themselves. In Jeffco, many schools are working on Healthy Schools initiatives to help support student wellness and impact learning. One major focus is on healthy beverages and drinking more water. Students who are dehydrated tend to show a decrease in short-term memory and concentration. To increase water consumption, a number of Jeffco schools are installing water bottle filling stations using grant funding or donations. The Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is part of Jeffco wellness work. SHAC is a council of high school students from across the district with the goals of giving students a voice in health, and impacting the health of their peers. SHAC has developed a new initiative to support healthy beverages in schools: Water: It’s in Your Nature. Classrooms can participate in the initiative by teaching the importance of drinking water through interactive lessons including an entertaining video developed by the Jeffco SHAC students.

Here is a neat twist: SHAC partnered on this project with Jefferson County Public Health’s Hidden Sugar Campaign. The campaign was developed to help parents and their kids know how much sugar hides in different drinks! The campaign comes from our local Jeffco Sips Smart Coalition and the Healthy Beverage Partnership, covering seven counties in the Denver Metro Area. Be on the lookout for information coming home with students, or around your community on healthy beverages. Pledge to serve your family healthy drinks and you could win a family membership to the Denver Zoo, Children’s Museum, or Museum of Nature and Science. Visit to learn more!

Good News in Jeffco

Best High Schools graphicU.S. News & World Report released its 2017 Best High Schools Rankings, and two Jeffco high schools were named gold medal schools, as top 15 high schools in Colorado. Congratulations to D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School (No. 5) and Evergreen High School (No. 11), and the nine other Jeffco schools ranked in the top 50. This year, 84 schools in Colorado were recognized. In addition to the top 15 gold medal schools, there were 32 silver medal schools and 27 bronze medal schools. Click here for a complete list of the Best High Schools in Colorado.

Flip flops collected by Rooney Ranch Elementary.Rooney Ranch Elementary's student leadership group held a flip flop drive to reach across borders and help those in need in other countries. They collected over 100 pairs of flip flops that are now headed to East London, South Africa.

Dakota Ridge High School eagle logoDakota Ridge High School's Winter Percussion group won their fourth consecutive state championship. They are now headed to the World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Great job and good luck!

Bear Creek High School students at Colorado German Day.Staff and students from Arvada High School represented Jeffco in an exemplary way at this year’s UNC “World Language Day” by competing against high schools from all over the state in different categories such as visual arts, extemporaneous speech, song, and many others. Natalie Rodriguez (Spanish Heritage Speaker Level) and Sapphire Gordon (French Level 1) both took first place in their respective ‘Who Am I?’ competitions.

At a similar event for students of German from across the state on April 8, Colorado German Day, Bear Creek High School won the sweepstakes for highest overall achievement among the participating school teams. Kudos to our world language teachers and students! Pictured is the winning Bear Creek team at Colorado German Day.

Chatfield High School student Ashley BerryChatfield High School junior Ashley Berry, is an internationally recognized anti-bullying and mental health advocate continuing to gain recognition for her community service efforts. In addition to winning the title of International Junior Miss Colorado Teen 2017 in February, she was presented with the Mrs. Colorado-America Legacy Award on April 8 at Ellie Caulkins Opera House and will be recognized as the recipient of the inaugural Young Woman To Watch Award from the Rocky Mountain Women in Cable and Telecommunications on May 25. Both awards are in recognition of her tireless work to promote anti-bullying efforts and support for teens who battle mental health issues. Ashley's program HOPE (Hold On the Pain Ends) sends care packages to teens around the country who are struggling with depression and anxiety. Packages contain adult coloring books, colored pencils, journals and a personal letter from Ashley. Ashley has previously received recognition as a Denver7 Everyday Hero and is a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award. Ashley will compete for the International Junior Miss Teen title in Nashville, TN this July.

Students at Lakewood High School pose after their promposals.Promposals were everywhere at Lakewood High School the past few weeks. One student even came from Bear Creek High School to make his request. Lots of creativity, and both girls said "yes!"

Columbine High Schools students pose in the Wizard of Oz costumes.On Friday, April 21, Columbine Hills Elementary kicked off their Day Without Hate week with some special guests from the Wizard of Oz! Columbine High School students Jackson Garske (Scarecrow), Katie Harvey (Dorothy), Lauren Sayers (Glinda), Dillion Mercer (Tin Man), and Jackson Wehrli (Lion) shared important character traits through the eyes of the characters from the Wizard of Oz. This week the students at Columbine Hills Elementary will focus in on one character each day to promote unity and respect in their school.

Standley Lake High School students compete in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.Congratulations to Standley Lake High School's Teams A & B, who earned first and second places at the CU Denver-sponsored Human Powered Vehicle Competition. The students are all part of Darryl Lusk's STEM engineering class. The teams converted two bicycles into tricycles, capable of a 300 lbs. payload, 150 lbs. in motion. Each team presented their design to a panel of CU engineering professors, and answered their difficult questions successfully. The student-piloted vehicles were evaluated for safety, ingenuity, maneuverability, maximum speed, braking performance, agility, coasting, endurance, and aesthetics. Lusk's numerous hours spent outside of class time, and, consistent encouragement of his students led to this positive outcome. Lusk's students respond in-kind by putting in numerous hours after school with very positive attitudes in support of his program.

Jeffco PTA Spring Fling Awards CeremonyThe Jeffco PTA held its Spring Fling Awards Ceremony last week. Among the award recipients was Wilmot Elementary kindergarten teacher Diane Kanagy, who won the Crystal Apple Award which recognizes teachers who model integrity, teamwork, and outstanding commitment to their school, community and PTA. Members of the Wilmot PTA community overwhelmed the JCPTA selection committee with a stack of recommendation letters from her fellow teachers, parents, and students supporting her nomination for the award.

Bell Middle School teacher Shelly BaumCongratulations to Bell Middle School science teacher Shelly Baum, who was selected as the local winner for the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher contest. Baum was nominated by eighth-grader Dayna Weber, who wrote, “Thank you for motivating me to do my best, to work my hardest, and to try to learn everything I can,” Dayna wrote to her teacher. “You have showed me that science can be fun if you have the right teacher and the right mindset.”

James Lumberg, grandson of Harry Lumberg, visits students.Students at Lumberg Elementary had a special visitor...Mr. James Lumberg - the great grandson of Harry Lumberg, for whom the school is named, AND a former student himself! He stopped by to share his tale of climbing Mt. Everest, while reminding kindergarten, first- and sixth-graders about how reaching your goals means using perseverance no matter how big or impossible the goals may seem.

Lucas Elementary's student council delivers donations to the Foothills Animal Shelter.A little rain didn't stop Lukas Elementary School's student council from delivering their collected donations for the Foothills Animal Shelter. Students gathered under the school gazebo with their items to hand off to waiting shelter staff. They even got love from some furry friends. After, they enjoyed a pizza party to celebrate their successful drive and productive year.

Students' bikes parked outside Green Mountain Elementary.Green Mountain Elementary School kicked off their Walking & Wheeling Wednesdays to prep for Bike to School Day - and they had over 60 students participate! Green Mountain is part of the current Jeffco SRTS grant. G​reen Mountain​'s P.E. teacher ​MJ ​Jones is a dynamic champion for Safe Route​s. ​After learning about Walking & Wheeling Wednesdays at the parent/teacher training, MJ latched onto the idea and ran with it. She is now incorporating bike rodeos into her P.E. classes on Wednesdays, as well.

Shelton Elementary students celebrate Earth Day with community garden.Shelton Elementary held its ribbon cutting ceremony for their new school and community garden on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Denver Urban Gardens, Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan and several City Councilors joined over 50 volunteers (students, parents, staff, community members and donors) to celebrate the new garden. Volunteers worked for four hours and installed 15 ground-level plots and built the gravel walkways. Each grade level will have their own plot to maintain. Shelton students look forward to enjoying their harvest and learning more about gardening through the Jeffco Garden Curriculum.

Maple Grove students at the Cardiac Lab.Maple Grove Elementary fifth graders in a Cardiac Lab! With the help of a couple of Colorado's best cardiac and thoracic surgeons, operating room nurses, and medical professionals students explored hearts, lungs, and medical devices used in heart/lung medical procedures. What an experience!

West African dancers perform for the Alliance Project.Falcon Bluffs Middle School and their partner, Mortensen Elementary, are wrapping up a grant from the Alliance Project, a two-year program that funded field trips and on-campus visits from cultural institutions funded by the SCFD - a total of 50 programs from 15 cultural institutions! Field trips included the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, DMNS, and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farm. School-based workshops included Mayan medallion printing, learning about the Periodic Table of Elements from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, studying the economics of supply and demand, and a Muscles and Bones workshop. Falcon Bluffs also hosted the Cherry Creek Mobile Arts Gallery where students acted as docents and two "culture days" where students rotated through workshops and assemblies including Taiko Drumming, West African Dance, making Milagros, and origami. Over the two years, the grant funded a total of 4,758 student contacts and 794 adult contacts. Students benefited by connecting their own knowledge and experiences to other cultures and developing an appreciation for the history and wide diversity of the larger community.

Coal Creek Canyon K-8 students decorate banner for Day Without Hate.Students at Coal Creek Canyon K-8 participated in DWOH activities during the month of April. Coal Creek Canyon K-8 StuCo proudly partnered with Ralston Valley High School StuCo in a school-wide DWOH assembly and small DWOH activities in classrooms.

Conifer High School lobos logoConifer High School's athletic teams have a lot to celebrate:

Conifer defeated Golden in boys lacrosse last week to take the Foothills league championship. Conifer went undefeated in league with a 5-0 record.

Wednesday the Conifer baseball team took the CO7 league championship when they defeated Skyview by a score of 15-2. Winning pitcher for Conifer was sophomore, Avery Fulford who pitched a complete game with six  strikeouts.

Thursday the women’s tennis team won the CO7 league championship:

  • #1 singles - Hailey Janson
  • #2 singles - Vanessa Fernande
  • #2 doubles - Jessica Oudakker & Paige Ringelberg
  • #3 doubles - Jessie Levesque-Etling & Marissa Roccanova

Sierra Elementary students participate in Arts Night.Sierra Elementary held their semi-annual Arts Night Thursday, April 27. This night was for celebrating art, including aerial artists, a musical performance by the 4th grade and art stations for students to create their own masterpieces. Food trucks were on hand for families as well. What a successful night!

Lucas Elementary students paint a wall as part of project-based learning.Lukas Elementary School took an early release day and turned into a project-based learning palooza! Coordinating early dismissal, Day Without Hate, and the Jeffco 2020 Vision competency of Civic & Global Engagement was no easy task but staff were up for the challenge! Students rotated between projects all day long. They were learning while having fun - a win/win for all!

Devinny Elementary knight logoDevinny Elementary had a special Day Without Hate on Friday, April 28. The school unveiled its Buddy Bench in honor and memory of former Devinny and Lakewood High School student Mackenzie Forrest. Click here to see the video.

Conifer High School DECA students.Congratulations to Conifer High School’s DECA Chapter for an incredible year, which set a number of personal records: highest percentage of state qualifiers from our district conference; number of students who qualified for ICDC more than doubled; district recognition for the most community service hours; recognition from National DECA for the growth of our chapter membership; and teacher/advisor Amber Hall being recognized as the New Marketing Teacher of the Year for Colorado DECA.

We are especially proud of the 15 Conifer High School DECA students who just returned from a five-day trip to Anaheim, California to represent our Conifer community as they competed in their qualifying events with 15,000 other DECA students from around the globe in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). Conifer DECA’s competitors and results are:

  • International Top 10 in Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan: Nicholas Faraco Hadlock, Elle Hickman, Alissa Searcy

  • Top Performers for test scores: Fashion & Merchandising Promotion Plan – Kendall Benton, Merisa Trujillo

ICDC Competitors:

  • Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making – Jake Esposito & Mia Miller
  • Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making – Mason Meyer & Abe Martin
  • Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making – Piper Richey & Rachael Long
  • Food Marketing – Ryan Dean
  • Travel & Tourism Decision Making – Jake Borchard
  • Innovation Plan – Jon Tyus & Austin Brown

Nice, job DECA!

Lakewood High School's chess club.Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Chess & Go Club. On Saturday, April 29, the team took first place for the state at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. This is a state-wide tournament filled by schools that have won their leagues for this year. It is USCF ranked and rated, and players can count each match towards their final ranking. Lakewood has taken 3rd each of the last two years and this year the Tigers have won 1st place! Congratulations to Justin Gailey, Danny Hunter, Thomas Ngo, Hunter Lyon, Garrett Ross, and teacher David Purcell.

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Superintendent Search Update: Board Announces Finalist

The Board of Education announced Dr. Jason Glass as the finalist for the Jeffco Public Schools superintendent position at a special meeting May 1. Dr. Glass is currently the superintendent for Eagle County Schools in Colorado. The search firm Ray and Associates received 69 applicants to the Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent job posting. The firm pushed forward 11 candidates for the Board of Education to review. On April 20, the Board of Education decided to move six candidates forward to the in-person interview level. Following the interviews, the Board selected Dr. Glass as the sole finalist. The Board will take action on the appointment of the next superintendent for Jeffco Public Schools, and approve a contract for the superintendent, at a public meeting May 16.

District Launches New Website

If you’ve visited recently, you may have noticed things look a little different. That’s because we’ve launched our new public website! Along with a nice, modern design, this website is mobile responsive, meets WCAG accessibility guidelines, and is powered by a content management system that will allow individuals to make changes to pages related to their work. We’re excited about this new digital platform, both for the district, and for all of our schools whose websites will be launching over the next few months.

As you are browsing, you may notice a few things have moved. We’ve tried our best to provide redirects to this content where we were able to, knowing our schools and some external entities may have links to our site or webpages bookmarked. However, despite our best efforts, you may run across some issues or needed changes. If you do, please send those to [email protected], so we can address them.

Choice Enrollment Round Two: February 27 - August 31

Use the SchoolSite Locator to find your assigned neighborhood school and look at the School Directory to learn about that school. 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 Choice Enrollment..

Check Out the Latest from JPS-TV!
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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.

Keep Up with Jeffco Athletics
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To get the latest on Jeffco’s high school athletics, be sure to check out the website, our new Jeffco Public Schools Facebook page, Jeffco Athletics, and scores and photos via @JeffcoAthletics on Twitter.

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We want to share all the great things happening in all Jeffco schools. Please tell us about special school events, student and staff accomplishments, or anything else exciting happening in your child's school. Submissions can be sent to [email protected].

Slapstick Shakespeare at Two Roads Charter School

When: May 13, 14, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Two Roads Charter School, 7180 Oak Street, Arvada, 80004
Admission: $5 for students, $7 for adults

Shakepeare’s The Comedy of Errors capitalizes on physical comedy and broad (and sometimes bawdy) jokes. This production is sure to produce rollicking laughter from audiences of all ages and showcases eleven student actors (two of whom alternate in sharing over half a dozen character roles), a student stage manager, and a student technical crew. Student participants range from sixth through twelfth grade.

Jeffco Community Night at the Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, May 13, 6:10 p.m. Benefiting Jeffco Schools Foundation.

Discounted Tickets:

  • $24 tickets - lower/mid level (Face value up to $35)
  • $16 tickets - upper level (Face value up to $24)

Contact Daniel Murphy at [email protected] ​with any questions.

Click here to purchase tickets. ​Promo Code: JEFFCO

Pleasant View Closing Ceremony

When: Thursday, May 18, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Pleasant View Elementary, 15290 W. 10th Ave., Golden, 80401

Light refreshments will be served. Student ambassadors will provide building tours. An interactive activity will allow families to mark the event, sponsored by the Denver Art Museum.

Doral Academy of Colorado Proudly Presents “Oz”

A whole-school musical and dance presentation.

When: Friday, May 19, 6:00 p.m., Student Art Reception at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Arvada High School, 7951 W. 65th Ave., Arvada 80004

Run the Ranch 5K Walk & Run

Hosted by Conifer High School’s Interact Club

When: Saturday, June 10 - parking, check-in at 7:00 a.m., race starts at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Beaver Ranch, 11369 S. Foxton Road, Conifer, 80433

Proceeds from this event will go to support an international project in Kenya to build a playground for disabled youth. Registration for the 5k is now open. Visit to register.

JA Business Week: Teens Work with Real Colorado Companies to Gain 21st Century Skills

Junior Achievement (JA) is pleased to announce that registration for JA Business Week, presented by Arrow Electronics, Inc., is now open a

This overnight summer experience (June 11 – 16) prepares high school students for what’s next by giving them the opportunity to experience college life on the Johnson & Wales University campus, while working on projects for Colorado companies, including the Fort Collins-based Otterbox.

Unlike any other camp, JA Business Week students explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside more than 120 of Denver’s most dynamic and accomplished business leaders. In addition to interactive workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the week culminates in a “Shark Tank”-style competition.

More than half of the students attend JA Business Week on full scholarship thanks to sponsors including presenting sponsor Arrow Electronics, Inc. Students who complete registration by Friday, March 19 receive $25 off the registration price.

Important Dates

  • ​May 25 - Last Day of School
  • May 30 - Memorial Day, District Closed

Board of Education Meetings

  • Tuesday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting. Board Room, 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden.
  • Thursday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting. Board Room, 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden.
  • Thursday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting. Board Room, 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden.

Meeting schedules and agendas are posted on BoardDocs.

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