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May 26, 2017

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In this Issue: 

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Congratulations & Welcome to Our New Principals!
  • Stay Safe this Summer: Youth Mental Health Tips
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner


Dr. Jason GlassI am incredibly grateful for the warm welcome I've received in Jeffco as I prepare to transition our family from Eagle County to this next adventure. Without exception, the people I’ve met have been gracious, supportive, and excited about the future. I am also grateful for the leadership of Acting Superintendent Terry Elliott, as he and the talented team at Jeffco have been working closely with me in making sure our transition is smooth.

Some of you may wonder, "who is this mysterious figure descending from the mountains to lead Jeffco Public Schools?" While my background and approach to education are widely available, I would like to tell you more about who I am, and some of my initial thinking on where we need to go as a community and educational organization.

Like many of you, I am a parent. My wife Sarah and I have two wonderful, and sometimes exasperating, children! Norah is five and is excited about starting kindergarten in Jeffco this fall. She is all-girl and loves ponies, princesses, and all things purple. She is also a passionate and talented little artist and (I believe) she has a strong sense of curiosity that may make her a scientist one day. Our son Chase is four and is a preschooler. In some ways the mirror opposite of his sister, Chase is all-boy and loves trucks, machines, and going fast. He is also fascinated with putting things together and taking things apart (sometimes to the chagrin of his mother and I). My children have many gifts – the greatest of which is their mother.

My experiences as a parent have had a profound influence on my professional role as an educator. I have learned that our children bring a wonderful diversity of talents into this world. They are budding musicians, writers, philosophers, and mathematicians. We also discover that many of them have innate skills in building relationships, a powerful sense of fairness and what is right, and amazing capacities for love and forgiveness – from which we might learn a lot as adults. The purpose of school is to prepare our children for the world they will inherit. One way schools do this is by having the adults try and establish a curricular experience that will give students the opportunity to learn important concepts and skills, and this is indeed important.

However, we must also create an education system that recognizes this wonderful diversity of human talents already present in our children – and work to nurture and unleash those talents. I am a strong practitioner of a method of improving education known as "international benchmarking." This idea, borrowed from the business sector, is to observe the lessons from high-performing education systems from within the United States and around the world and then consider how those concepts can be implemented within our context.

What are these best practices from the world’s best education systems? Simply, they focus on improving instruction through alignment to high academic standards, increasing the professionalization of education, and working to tailor instruction to the student. These in-school efforts are then supported by intentionally-designed systems to aggressively confront the well-known and damaging effects of poverty on learning.

Perhaps surprisingly, these lessons from the world’s best education systems are direct, straightforward, and uncomplicated. In short, they ask us to focus on improving instruction at the student level and to mitigate the effects of poverty for children in the community.

The lessons I have learned as an education professional studying these systems heavily influences my approach to building great schools and the ideas from international benchmarking define for us “best practices” on which school systems need to be working.

But these best practices are not enough. We must also ask our schools to consider the abundant diversity of talents and abilities our children bring forward, to ignite their passions, and support their dreams. To accomplish this, we must  ask our schools to be entrepreneurial, to take calculated risks, and to innovate. We need these concepts for our schools to develop those “next practices” in preparing students for their futures.

I wake up excited every day thinking about the positive things we are going to do for kids in our community. This is a wonderful place, with amazing and talented people, and so many good things happening for kids already. It is upon this foundation that we will build.

I am incredibly proud to be your Superintendent, and I am ready to get to work!

Warm regards,
Dr. Jason Glass

Congratulations & Welcome to Our New Principals

Thumbs Up iconHere are some fun facts about our new principals. Many should be familiar names, since 19 are from within Jeffco and one is returning to our district. The other three come to us from Denver Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools and Garfield RE2. All are experienced educators, with either principal or assistant principal experience. Speaking of assistant principals, ten have been promoted to a principalship and three are taking the reins at their current schools. Six aren’t exactly new, since they have served as the interim principal for the past year. They’ve done such a great job that they will now permanently take on the role. Thank you to the principals who are leaving or retiring for all you’ve done for our students. Best wishes to all the new principals and a great 2017-18 school year! See the full list of new principals and their schools below.

  • Bell Middle School - Michele DeAndrea-Austin
  • Colorow Elementary - Lori Young
  • Connections Learning Center - Megan Martinez
  • Dennison Elementary - Pam Yoder
  • Evergreen Middle School - Tim Vialpando
  • Green Mountain Elementary - Tom Gardner
  • Hutchinson Elementary - Melissa Karp
  • Lakewood High School - Dan Bock
  • Manning Middle School - Jeena Williams
  • Moore Middle School - Brenda Fletcher
  • Normandy Elementary - Andrea Cosens
  • Peck Elementary - Deb Pearce
  • Ralston Elementary - Donna Neill
  • Stevens Elementary - Trina “TJ” McManus
  • Stony Creek Elementary - Stephanie Cavallaro
  • Summit Ridge Middle School - Andrea Schulz
  • Jeffco 21st Century Virtual Academy - Bernie Hohman
  • Warder Elementary - Matt Hilbert
  • Warren Tech - Arlie Huffman
  • Weber Elementary - Lisa Malloy
  • Wheat Ridge High School - Josh Cooley
  • Wilmore Davis Elementary - Janace Fischer
  • Witt Elementary - Chalee McDougal


Stay Safe this Summer: Youth Mental Health Tips

Summer Safety iconWe have heard from some of our schools that students are beginning to talk about something called "The Blue Whale Game." This is a suicide game started in Russia, which could potentially have dangerous consequences. Here is a Snopes article with information that may be helpful. While rumors about the game appear to be untrue, what is dangerous is what children believe.

With summer break approaching, and shows on television that glorify suicidality like Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why (for more information and talking points on this show click here). It is always a good idea to keep a watchful eye on our children when there is less structure and they may have more time alone. If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing changes in their mood or suicidal behaviors or thoughts, please remember to:

  • Stay with the child until you are sure they are safe.
  • Call the Colorado Crisis Center at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or the Jefferson Center for Mental Health 303-425-0300.
  • Call 911 if there is an immediate threat to your child or other students.

If you need more information, visit our partners at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health’s webpage It is important that we work together to protect our children. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our children safe.

Good News in Jeffco

Congratulations to Jeffco’s Class of 2017! See pics and video from the graduation ceremonies on the Jeffco Public Schools Facebook page.

Boettcher Foundation logoCongratulations to Jeffco's 2017 Boettcher Foundation Scholars:
  • Benjamin Powell, Conifer High School
  • Shamik Bhat, Golden High School
  • Spencer Narowetz, Jefferson Academy
  • Jon Abrahamson, Lakewood High School
  • Troy Jackson, Lakewood High School
  • Dakota Kisling, Lakewood High School

Daniels Fund logoCongratulations to Jeffco's 2017 Daniels Scholars:
  • Garrick Murath, Conifer High School
  • Madison Church, Dakota Ridge High School
  • Turner Solheim, Dakota Ridge High School
  • Brianna Wheeler, D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
  • Julia Kelly, Jefferson Academy
  • John Prather, Jefferson Academy
  • Pierce Strasser, Lakewood High School
  • Anais Rivera, Pomona High School

National Merit Scholarship Program logoCongratulations to Jeffco's 2017 National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners:
  • Shanik Bhat, Golden High School
  • Caleb Izmirian, Bear Creek High School
  • David Blair, Columbine High School
  • An Li, D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

2017 Military Academy Appointments:


West Point logoUS Military Academy at West Point

  • Andrew Efaw, Lakewood High School
  • Jonah Staton, Standley Lake High School


Air Force Academy logoUS Air Force Academy

  • Natalie Holley, Evergreen High School



Annapolis logoUS Naval Academy at Annapolis

  • Phillip Gustafson, Chatfield High School
  • Dante Potter, Green Mountain High School

Lakewood HS at DECACongratulations to the Lakewood High School DECA team, represented at the DECA Nationals in Anaheim, CA by a team of 15, for its accomplishments at this event April 24 - 28! Three students made the final round, which is comprised of the top 15 kids in the nation (!): Deksyos Damtew, Luke Guisto, and Troy Jackson. In addition, Justin Hill earned a top performer medal in the semi-finals. At the final competition, Deksyos Damtew received a top ten medal and Luke Giusto earned a 2nd place finish at the competition. This final ranking puts these Lakewood students at the top of the United States, Canada, and some of China for DECA performance. Way to go, Tigers!

Pictured students: Kiera Armintrout, Maia Brownson, Deksyos Damtew, Rachel Emmitt, Luke Giusto, Anna Hauserman, Justin Hill, Charles Huang, Troy Jackson, and Kyle Kulesa.

Arvada West logo

From helping relocate wildlife in Africa to planning a community Halloween event and helping students in danger of not graduating, Arvada West's Bryan Suchey has gotten a lot done...and he's only a senior in high school! Which is why he is the City of Arvada's Arvada West Super Student of the Year. See for yourself in this video...Congratulations're goin' places!

Devinny Elementary Principal Patty DeLorenzoCongratulations to Devinny Elementary principal Patty DeLorenzo, who was inducted into the Adams State University Educators Hall of Fame. "It was one of the most humbling and overwhelming evenings I have experienced in my 33 years of education," DeLorenzo said of the ceremony last week.

Warren Tech students at Shell Eco MarathonWhile many students spent their break relaxing with family and friends, an ambitious group of young inventors from Warren Tech (Green Mountain High School and Wheat Ridge High School) spent their time preparing for the ultimate energy-efficiency challenge in 2017. The challenge? Compete against more than 1,000 students from across the Americas – including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States to see which team can go the furthest distance on the least amount of fuel. Pictured: Warren Tech/Green Mountain and Wheat Ridge at the Shell Eco Marathon, Detroit MI.

Lakewood High School Sweeney Todd castThe annual Denver Center Bobby G Program for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre just released their nominations for the 2016-17 school year. This year, the Bobby Gs saw a record 42 schools participate and six schools from Jeffco were honored for their outstanding work in musical theatre production. In 15 categories, Jeffco high schools received a total of 19 nominations with Lakewood High School leading the way at 11 total nominations, the most of any school in the state.

The breakdown of Jeffco schools nominated is:

  • Lakewood High School, 11
  • Bear Creek High School, 4
  • Ralston Valley High School, Wheat Ridge High School, Arvada West High School, and D'Evelyn High School each with 1

The Bobby Gs are part of a National High School Musical Theatre Awards Program in New York City, where two students from each state work with industry professionals then compete on the Broadway stage where adjudicators crown the top performers. Bobby G, the Denver program, is named for the late Robert Garner, a guiding force in Denver theatre since the 1970s. Pictured is the LHS production of Sweeney Todd.

Tamale Throw-Down at Foster ElementaryFoster Elementary hosted its second annual Tamale Throw-Down to benefit their before- and after-school program. There were 15 tamale recipes judged, along with some other great Mexican food, Folklorico dancers, luchadores, and a silent auction.


Bikers Against Bullying visit Stober ElementaryThe Bikers Against Bullying visited Stober Elementary to encourage kids to "stand up and be heard" to prevent bullying at their school.





Green Mountain HS olympian visitOlympic Gold Medalist DeeDee Trotter visited Green Mountain High School Track and Field team and Cross Country teams to share her story, which motivates people to believe in themselves and to never stop dreaming. Coach Boston was excited to have DeeDee share examples how one can overcome and persevere in the face of adversity. The team enjoyed her message of making several Olympic teams, and winning the GOLD! She inspired the team to do their best.

Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul at Carmody Middle SchoolThe mayor of Lakewood, Adam Paul, stopped by Carmody Middle School May 10 because he read in the Lakewood Sentinel about the hydroponics lab eighth grade science students were creating! What a nice surprise!


Peiffer Elementary garden dedication collageOn May 12, Peiffer Elementary School dedicated its new school garden with a ceremony and community gathering! Established on grounds where old tennis courts once stood, the garden features raised beds for each class, including Pre-K and SSN, a greenhouse, a student-painted shed, and so much student art! The garden will also feature an outdoor classroom. Way to "grow," Peiffer and community!

Bear Creek HS orchestraThis June, 35 students from the Bear Creek High School Instrumental Music program will be traveling to Japan and China. Representing Colorado and the US, the students will be pairing with a performing arts school, Kibougaoka High School in Fukuoka, Japan, to perform as a special guest at the 59th Chikuho Suisou Gakusai Music Festival. The students will then travel to Hiroshima, Japan where they will experience a presentation by an atomic bomb survivor, visit Miyajima (a World Heritage site), and experience Japanese cultural classes such as calligraphy, tea ceremonies, and Japanese cooking. While in Hiroshima, students will also spend time with Takeda-Gakuen High School, to share musical and cultural experiences. Traveling home, they will stop in Beijing, China to visit several World Heritage sites including the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Mutianyu, as well as Olympic Park. What an adventure it will be - can't wait to hear about it!

Holocaust survivor Jack AdlerOn Monday, May 1, Bell Middle School's eighth grade ELA department and students hosted Jack Adler, Holocaust survivor. The visit came after one month of studying literature through various perspectives. Students enjoyed Mr. Adler's documentary, Surviving Skokie, then Jack answered students' questions. Jack spent his liberation anniversary with the students of Bell, spreading the message of tolerance and respect. In Jack's words, "you don't have to like everyone, but you do need to respect everyone." Thanks, Jack, for sharing your experience.

Lumberg field day collageLumberg Elementary's super fun field day took place on May 11 and 12, and kicked off with an "international" flag ceremony!



Wayne Carle Awards logoThe Jeffco Student Engagement Office is proud to present the 2017 Wayne Carle Award Recipients. Recipients were nominated by Jeffco staff, students, and community members. The Wayne Carle Awards are presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to diversity and equity in Jeffco Public Schools. The awards are named for retired Jeffco Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Carle, and reflect Jeffco's desire to promote cultural understanding and respect.

We would like to congratulate our 2017 Wayne Carle Diversity Award Recipients:

Wayne Carle Legacy Award:

  • Terry Elliott, Acting Superintendent, Jeffco Public Schools


  • Tara Peña, principal, Oberon Middle School
  • Kresta Vuolo, principal, Free Horizon Montessori

Licensed Staff:

  • Lindsay Secrest, teacher, Pomona High School
  • Ann Kelly, K-6 ESL teacher, Shelton Elementary

Classified Staff:

  • Erika Williams, ESL tutor, Deane Elementary
  • Dylan Scholinski, community resource liaison, Jefferson County Open School

Student Group/Club:

  • Diversity Forum, Evergreen High School


  • Jasmine Anderson, Conifer High School


  • Mitchell Elementary PTA Diversity and Equity Committee
  • South Lakewood and Kendrick Lakes Elementary PTA and Intercultural Fair Committee


  • Tanya Two Two, Parent Leader, South Lakewood Elementary

Recipients will be honored at the Board of Education meeting on June 1.

Creighton MS and Eiber ES logosCongratulations to Creighton Middle School and Eiber Elementary School, which were two of the twelve schools selected to participate in the Alliance Project grant for 2017-18. The purpose of the Alliance Project is to provide educational outreach partnering the SCFD science and cultural organizations with teachers in creating curriculum applications and learning opportunities for students. The Alliance Project, now in its 20th year, selects public schools in each county for a one-year residency. A team of interdisciplinary teachers request outreach, workshops, and field trips that would aid in reaching standards and curriculum for a segment of the school. The grant provides funding toward buses, subs, in-services, library support, admission costs, workshop leaders and other supplies to schools at the specific requests of teachers.

News You Can Use

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.

Jefferson County Public Library Summer Reading Contest - Win $800 for Your School!

"Summer reading makes your summer fun! You can go everywhere in the whole, wide world without ever leaving your house," said Katie Wheeler, digital teacher librarian from Addenbrooke Classical Academy. "Summer reading helps students maintain the reading level they achieved during the school year so they're ready for the next grade. And it's just plain fun! The Summer Reading Program builds kids, it builds libraries, and it builds our future - one page at a time."

The contest is open to Jefferson County Public Schools only. Schools can win $800 to support a literacy-based program or activity, thanks to support from the Jefferson County Library Foundation. Awards will be given to schools in five categories with the highest percentage of finishers. Read at least eight hours and help your school win.

Only summer readers between the ages of four and 18 can participate. Sorry parents and teachers - this one's for the students. You can cheer them on!

Register online or at the library June 1 - July 31. Read. Log minutes. Win prizes! That's it! Easy peasy! You'll be working towards your personal goal, and helping build a better community. Readers can pick up a prize when they register, another when they're halfway there, and a final prize when they reach their goal.

For contest rules, visit

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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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.

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.

Happening in Jeffco

Three Ways to Meet Your New Superintendent

Welcome Reception:
Thursday, June 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Lakewood High School (9700 W. 8th Ave Lakewood, 80215)

Video & Blog:
Watch this video to learn more about Dr. Jason Glass, and read his blog here.

2017 Summer Adventures Camp at Free Horizon Montessori

Each week-long camp will center around a theme for the children to explore in-depth and campers will participate in a featured activity which may include a visit from a special program, walking trip or "bus field trip", where they will encounter new ways to explore the week's theme. Students will also engage in a variety of classic camp activities such as: songs, games, arts, crafts, and water play.

The preschool group includes students who will be 3 or 4 years of age during the 2017-18 school year. The elementary group includes students who will be K-sixth grade during the 2017-18 school year. Counselor-in-training opportunities for middle school students are also available.

Find more details on their website!

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 where they are raising money to build a playground for disabled youth. Registration for the 5k is now open. Visit to register.


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.

Let's Rodeo, Jeffco!

This summer, the Jeffco Fair & Festival will bring over 248 cowboys and cowgirls as they kick up dust at one of Colorado's largest professional rodeos. This Colorado Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) sanctioned rodeo takes over the Jeffco Fair & Festival on August 12 where rodeo contestants will compete in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding for top honor.

In addition, rodeo fans will be immersed in all of the other fun, entertaining, and traditional experiences that can only be found at Jeffco's signature event!

Tickets for the August 12 CPRA rodeo start at $7 for ages 6 - 12 and $15 for ages 13 and up. All rodeo tickets include general admission to the Jeffco Fair & Festival. Rodeo fans can purchase their tickets online at

Mark your calendars now to join the rodeo this summer at the second annual Jeffco Fair & Festival!

The Action Center 2017 School Supply Distribution

When: August 7-12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Stevens Elementary, 7101 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 80333

School supplies available for children in grades preschool through twelve. See the flyer for details (en Español).

Important Dates

  • ​May 30 - Memorial Day, District Closed
  • August 17 - First Day of School for the 2017-18 School Year

Board of Education Meetings

  • 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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