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In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • EnrollJeffco is Coming!
  • Jeffco Public Schools Supports Vape-Free November in Colorado
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent & Chief Learner Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Families & Community,

The results of the 2018 election are finally in and they mean improved opportunities for students, better pay for our educators and staff, and improved buildings in Jeffco!

During this election cycle, I talked extensively with people in our community about their choices on the ballot. With ballot questions 5A and 5B as local measures and Amendment 73 at the state level, voters in Jeffco had important and meaningful options to consider.

5A is a $33 million mill levy override and has passed by a strong 55% to 45% margin. 5A resources will allow Jeffco to be more competitive with surrounding districts in our compensation levels and services we offer our students.

5B is a $567 million bond package that turned out to be the ballot question “that could!” On election night, 5B was down around 9,000 votes. However, over the past week as more votes were counted, the “yes” votes on 5B just kept coming in. Today, we are confident the measure will pass. 5B will allow for incredibly significant improvements to buildings all across Jeffco, including reinvesting in our established communities, accommodating growth areas, and adding new facilities for learning in our county.

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.



 

EnrollJeffco Is Coming!

EnrollJeffco logoJeffco Public Schools is rolling out a new student enrollment system called EnrollJeffco for the 2019-20 school year. This new enrollment system has two components. First, a tool called School Finder which is a searchable database of information about all Jeffco Public Schools. Second, an online enrollment system where all current and incoming students will indicate where they will go to school next year. Families with new preschool students and those who want to participate in choice enrollment to attend a school other than their current or neighborhood school, will apply for their school of choice through this system.

Starting December 17: Go to www.enrolljeffco.org to learn about the schools near you.

January 22 - February 8:
Enroll in your current or neighborhood school (K-12), or apply to another Jeffco school (choice enroll & preschool) at www.enrolljeffco.org.

Late February: If choice enrolling, you will receive notification of next steps via email.

Check out www.enrolljeffco.org now or watch the video below for information about this user-friendly system that will help families plan ahead and provide schools with enrollment information to prepare for the next school year.

 




JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPPORTS VAPE-FREE NOVEMBER IN COLORADO

Vape-Free November

On November 2, Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed November as “Vape-Free November” to bring attention to Colorado’s teen vaping crisis and highlight several statewide strategies to combat youth use of e-cigarettes. While it may be news to some in the state that teen vaping is a growing concern, it wasn’t for a group of teens from Wheat Ridge High School. These students, members of a tobacco prevention club called the BE (Breathe Easy) Team, saw what was happening with their peers last year, and worked with district staff to produce an informational video for adults about the growing risk of teen vaping.

Thanks to their efforts, and the work of dedicated staff, our schools are working hard to respond to this emerging health issue quickly. Just last week, the district released a video featuring Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass to communicate the serious nature of the youth vaping crisis.

Read more.

 




Good News in Jeffco

Fuel Up to Play 60Many Jeffco schools participated in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to encourage healthy eating and activity. Read more.

 

 


Mt. Carbon Heartland Hero Essay Contest

Mount Carbon Elementary 5th grade students participated in the Heartland Hero Essay Contest. Read more.

 


Hackberry Hill Clothing Swap & Shop

Hackberry Hill Elementary had its first ever free Clothing Swap & Shop. Read more.

 


Bear Creek HS A+ Colorado

Bear Creek High School was recognized by A+ Colorado for their ELL program. Click here to read more from The Denver Post.

 

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

LET US HEAR FROM YOU


Give Input on School Start Time 

The School Start Time Task Force (a volunteer group of parents and staff) is seeking parent input to gauge interest in later start times for secondary schools given the tradeoffs/complexities. The survey is open from November 16-December 10, all parents are encouraged to participate. Click here (Spanish) to view and complete the survey.

Family-School Partnership Survey

Jeffco is committed to ensuring your experience with our schools is collaborative and successful, and we want to know how we are doing. The Family-School Partnership Survey will open Monday, November 26 and close Friday, December 14. It is anonymous and takes 10–15 minutes. Help us improve our schools and your child’s learning environment. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback! Check back here on November 26 to take the survey.

SNOW CLOSURES


How Do I Know if School is Canceled?

Jeffco Public Schools rarely takes snow days; we live in Colorado and expect to have snowy conditions many times of the year. Unless the storm is extreme, school will not be canceled. We know the definition of “extreme” varies from person to person, but parents can always make the call not to send their children to school that day if they feel it is unsafe. To find out if your school is officially closed due to weather, parents will receive a phone/text/email message around 5:30 a.m. We also notify via social media, district and school webpages, and TV stations. Click here for more details.

HAPPENING IN JEFFCO


Jeffco Schools Foundation 
Community Night with 
the Colorado Avalanche
December 15

Join us for the Jeffco Schools Foundation Community Night! All students, families, employees, and community members are welcome to purchase tickets using the discount code. Significantly discounted Avalanche tickets in the upper and lower levels are available. A portion of every ticket sold will be donated back to the Jeffco Schools Foundation to support programs that directly benefit Jeffco schools and Jeffco students. See the attached flyer for more info.

IMPORTANT DATES


  • November 19-23 - Thanksgiving - No school for students

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS


  • Thursday, December 13, 5:00 p.m., Study Session
  • Thursday, December 13, 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 a.m., Study Session

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 who are building bright futures! 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.


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