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November 2, 2018


In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Future Funding: Warren Tech South
  • Jeffco's Success During the Fall Sports Season
  • Good News in Jeffco

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent & Chief Learner Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Community,

Halloween is in the rear-view mirror and we are in the final days of election season. With mail-in ballots, elections in Colorado really run from mid-October all the way to Election Day. For 2018, the last day to turn in ballots is November 6. If you have not already turned your ballot in, you must drop it off at a Jeffco Ballot Drop-Off Location. Several of these are available 24 hours-a-day and offer walk-in and drive-up options. Be sure and take the time to fill out your ballot and make sure your vote is counted in this election!

Jeffco has two local measures on the ballot this year. Question 5A is a $33 million mill levy override, which would provide ongoing funding for things such as teacher and staff compensation, adding career-technical education programs, and supporting student mental health and counseling related to school safety. Question 5B is a $567 million bond that would provide funds for facilities construction. They are both property taxes.

At the state level, Amendment 73 is a proposed state Constitutional amendment which would provide $1.6 billion in funding for PreK-12 education in Colorado. For Jeffco, that would mean an estimated $1,609 per student. It is a progressive income tax on filers making more than $150,000 annually and a tax on corporations.

All elections are important and this one is especially so when it comes to funding education in Jeffco and across Colorado. Ultimately, we look to the voters to make the final decision at the poll. Regardless of the outcome, we appreciate your support of Jeffco Public Schools, in whatever form that takes, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve your family.

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Superintendent & Chief Learner

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



A student does some welding as part of his instruction at Warren Tech Central’s Auto Collision and Custom Repair Program.Jeffco Public Schools looks at the possibility of adding a third Warren Tech campus to alleviate class waits and provide new training options for students.

Levi Piper was hard at work creating a custom part for a 1971 Buick Skylark. This was not your typical Jeffco high school classroom. Levi is a student enrolled in Warren Tech’s Auto Collision and Custom Repair Program.

“What I like about here is being able to get away from normal school and normal traditional classrooms,” explained Piper. “I like being able to work on stuff that I want to work on and being able to do what I want to do and learn at the same time.”

It’s a good description of the Career Technical Education, or CTE, a philosophy that’s guided Warren Tech since its founding.

Read more.



 Chatfield High School senior Christian Holmes

As the calendar has turned to November, there has been plenty of triumphs for Jeffco Public Schools athletic programs so to start the 2018-19 school year. Chatfield High School senior Christian Holmes successfully defended his Class 5A boys tennis No. 1 singles state title. Dakota Ridge High School won the Class 5A boys cross country team title at the state championships in Colorado Springs. Check out the impressive conference title runs by Columbine High School and Golden High School on the softball diamond in the latest “Jeffco Preps with Pleuss.” Keep track of how Jeffco’s football teams do during the playoffs on


Good News in Jeffco

BCHS logoBear Creek High School science teacher Shanna Atzmiller named Colorado Bioscience Association Teacher of the Year. Read more.



Kyffin ES Bike RodeoKyffin Elementary partnered with Jeffco Sherriff’s Office, Jeffco Security, and SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center to host a Bike Rodeo. Read more.



CLEAR AwardPomona High School and Ralston Valley High School were honored as CLEAR Award winners by the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers. Read more.



CABE AwardsThe Colorado Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE) named Molhom Elementary instructional assistant Diana Guevara Mondragon the 2018 Instructional Assistant of the Year and ESL/Dual Language Director Catherine Baldwin-Johnson the 2018 Educational Leader of the Year. Read more.

Dutch Creek collaborates with Clyfford Still MuseumDutch Creek Elementary students and teachers collaborated with the Clyfford Still Museum to create a private evening gallery visit at the Museum. Read more.




Bear Creek HS Theatre CompanyBear Creek High School Theatre Company featured in a Rocky Mountain PBS story. Read more.


Dennison Library AwardDennison Elementary students earned the Jefferson County Public Library’s Elementary Summer Reading Champion Award. Read more.

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


School Safety Advisory Committee Now Accepting Applications

Jeffco Public Schools is establishing a Superintendent advisory group for school safety and security. The group will work alongside the Department of School Safety to advise on department and district policies and practices as they relate to school safety.

Application due date: November 16
Notification of member selection: January 2019
Committee work begins: February 2019
Click here to apply.

Bond/Mill/Amendment 73 Resources

At a special meeting of the Jeffco Board of Education on August 23, the Board decided to place bond and mill levy override initiatives on the 2018 ballot. Additionally, there will be an Amendment to the State Constitution on the ballot in November, Amendment 73, that is a statewide effort to raise funds for PK-12 public education. To learn more about these ballot initiatives visit:

Check Out the Latest from JPS-TV

Future Funding Series:

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! 

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.


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. Hugely discounted Avalanche tickets Upper and lower level 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.


  • November 18-23 - No School for Students


  • Wednesday, November 10, 9:00 a.m., Study Session
  • 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.

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