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May 17, 2019

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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Free Full-Day Kindergarten
  • Jeffco 1:1 Device Rollout Starts in 2019-20
  • Time for a Vaccination Check-Up?
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent & Chief Learner Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families and Community,

This week, Evergreen High School had their graduation ceremony at Red Rocks Amphitheater. An Evergreen teacher, Chad Mott, delivered this speech to the graduates. It is a message of hope and confidence in this next generation of young people and of optimism that tomorrow will be better. It is also a message to the rest of us to be the kind of people our kids can look up to. 

I go to a lot of graduations and hear a lot of speeches. After hearing this, I knew it needed to be shared to people in Jeffco and all over this country. 

Graduations are special celebrations for all those who were part of getting that young person across the stage. This one was even more so for Chad Mott – his daughter Lily was one of those Evergreen graduates.


Do one thing every day that scares you. Daunting advice from the brilliant First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Thank you, seniors, for inviting me to embrace that wisdom...speaking at Red Rocks is a truly terrifying honor.

Members of the Class of 2019, we are all happy to be here for your send-off...some even ecstatic! You see, this class has been much maligned. We've been warned about you since your kindergarten days, and indeed you are a class full of challenging talents and personalities, a diverse and eclectic rogues gallery the likes of which we may never see again. 

Evergreen High School teacher Chad MottAnd why not? This is the first class born entirely in the new millennium. Generation Z they are sometimes called, or Gen Tech, Digital Natives, Post-Millenials, the ME-ME-ME Generation, or the iGeneration, and critics everywhere cast aspersions on their character and rue the day these guys come to power. 

The iGeneration, the first generation to grow up entirely immersed in the internet, engrossed and ensconced in their iPhones, Influencers, and Instagram.

Intergenerational carping is an American pastime dating back to the days of Elvis and James Dean, and perhaps shall ever be, but we in education get to see these kiddos in ways parents, and other adults seldom do and can offer a more complex and nuanced perspective. We see them at their best, flexing burgeoning intellectual muscles, flashing dramatic flair, charisma, and creativity, demonstrating compassion, and pursuing their education with intense curiosity and ambition.

Critics assail the iGen’ers as addicted to their phones and screen time, fixated on that next ping, like, swish, or tweet signaling another notification, another instant gratification or impulsive high, with attention spans rivaling five-year-olds hopped up on Pixy Stix. 

And why not? The biologists among us would explain that their teenage brains are absolutely awash in dopamine. They ARE hopped up, on stimulus from intense interaction with an incredibly broad cyber community. Is that such a bad thing? 

Read more.

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



 

Free Full-day Kindergarten

FFDK iconFree Full-Day Kindergarten for all is here!  Thanks to recent funding from the State of Colorado, Jeffco Public Schools will offer free full-day kindergarten at all neighborhood elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year. Click here to learn more.

 




JEFFCO 1:1 DEVICE ROLLOUT STARTS IN 2019-20

1:1 Chromebook classroomAs students start back to school next fall, two grades will do so with a brand new instructional device — a touchscreen Chromebook or iPad. These devices are part of a four-year plan to create technology-enabled classrooms in fifth through twelfth grades that prepare students to thrive in a digitally connected world in alignment with the Jeffco Generations Strategic Plan. Next year’s fifth- and ninth-graders in neighborhood and option schools will be the first to receive their devices as a part of this program.

What does 1:1 device mean?

1:1 device means individual students are issued a district-owned device for their learning. These devices will be used for students to develop as content creators and responsible users of technology.

  • Starting next school year all incoming fifth-graders in neighborhood and option schools will receive a Chromebook or iPad, assigned to them, to use for four years.
  • Starting next school year all incoming ninth-graders in neighborhood and option schools will receive a Chromebook, assigned to them, to use until graduation.
  • Elementary school 1:1 plans are still in development.

How is the program funded?

The 1:1 device program is made possible with three funding sources: (1) existing technology funding (2) new funding thanks to voter support for the 5A mill levy override last November, and (3) student fees. In addition to the devices themselves—which cost $300-$350 each—protective cases, digital tools, dependable internet access at schools (bandwidth), and support for schools and students/families are included in the 1:1 device program.

Many Jeffco schools have already launched 1:1 programs to great success. Now that the effort is districtwide, each school will adjust their fees and phase out existing programs to bring all schools into alignment with the district model.

When will my student receive his or her device?

There are fall, winter, and spring rollout dates for all fifth and ninth graders during the 2019-20 school year. Families will receive detailed information directly from their school about the distribution dates and process.

Stay tuned

Over the summer, staff will develop 1:1 device program supports including a webpage, “how-to” guides, fee structure, warranty/repair information, FAQs, and more. Get ready level up Jeffco!


 

TIME FOR A VACCINATION CHECK-UP?

vaccinationHave you seen the measles scare stories on TV? Well, there is no need to panic, but now is a good time to check your immunizations. With summer trips, the start of school in August, plus the measles news – why not plan a visit with your medical provider and ensure your family is up-to-date on immunizations?

The Jeffco Public Schools Health Services team takes immunizations seriously. The nurses and health aides that work to keep our students healthy are on a mission to prevent the spread of illness in schools as much as possible. Washing hands, covering coughs, and staying home if contagious are all part of their messaging, as are immunizations.

Remember, it is state law that children are vaccinated to attend public schools unless that student has an exemption. For information on requirements, see the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment webpage. If you are in need of assistance in securing vaccinations, our local health department has some excellent resources.

 




Good News in Jeffco

state musicJeffco Public Schools well represented at state music festivals. Read more.

 

 

 


NAMSNAMS at stateNorth Arvada Middle School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) attend state leadership conference. Read more.

 


SLHS blood driveStandley Lake High School hosts third-annual Bonfils/Vitalant blood drive. Read more.

 

 


GHS Make-a-WishGolden High School’s Wish Club held their annual Wish Week to support Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Read more.

 

 


Wilmot Green TeamWilmot Elementary receives President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and other accolades. Read more.

 

 


Warren Tech Arson InvestigationWarren Tech held its Annual Arson Investigation. Read more.

 

 


Daniels Fund logoCongratulations to the 2019 Daniels Scholars!

  • Lorenzo Diaz - Alameda International Jr./Sr. High School
  • Thomas Harris - Bear Creek High School
  • Felix Channiago - Conifer High School
  • Alana Giles - Conifer High School
  • Caleb Boucher - Jefferson Academy
  • Krysta Couzi - Jefferson Academy
  • Millennium "Millie" Mayo - Ralston Valley High School
  • Christopher Crosby - Standley Lake High School
  • Collin Gammon - Standley Lake High School


Boettcher logoCongratulations to 2019 Boettcher Scholarship recipient Noelle "Ellie" Mayer from Two Roads Charter School.


National Merit LogoCongratulations to the 2019 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners:

  • Zachary Chorny - Golden High School
  • Rory Devin - D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
  • Cole Gibson - Dakota Ridge High School
  • Ian Widmann - D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

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

HAPPENING IN JEFFCO


2019 Graduations

Click here to view the full schedule of 2019 high school graduation ceremonies.

Transportation & Construction Career Days for Girls
June 17-21 or July 15-19

The HOYA Foundation, one of Jeffco Public School's community partners, sponsors a free opportunity for girls to explore career pathways in transportation and construction industries. Over one week, girls ranging from eighth grade to 20 years old, make five stops to engage with women, ask questions, and tour work sites. Each company puts together a day-long insight into their company and into the industry. Click here for more information, or visit Jeffco Career Links.

The Action Center’s 2019 School Supply Distribution
August 5-10

School supplies for children pre-K through 12
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Stevens Elementary
7101 W. 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80333
See the attached flyer (en Español) for more details.

IMPORTANT DATES


  • May 23 - Last day of school
  • May 27 - Labor day, district closed
  • August 14 - First day of 2019-20 school year

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Thursday, June 6, 5:00 p.m., Study Session
  • Thursday, June 6, 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! 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. Click here to check out the latest from JPS-TV!


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