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October 19, 2018


In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Sustainability Planning & Action in Jeffco
  • Hippy with a "Y"
  • Good News in Jeffco

Have you visited our Future Funding webpage lately?
Be sure to check it out, see what's new & learn more about ballot questions 5A (mill levy override) & 5B (bond).

Future Funding

Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent & Chief Learner Dr. Jason Glass

Dear Jeffco Community,

Ballots have now dropped in Jeffco, including questions 5A (a $33 million mill levy override) and 5B (a $567 million bond). In the last edition of Chalk Talk, we looked at the bond, question 5B. In this edition, we’ll take a look at the mill levy override, question 5A.

A quick disclaimer – as a public employee, I’m not allowed to ask people to vote for or against things on the ballot. However, I do feel it is important that I make sure our community is informed about their choices on the ballot in a fair and balanced way.

Question 5A would allow Jeffco Public Schools to levy a property tax that generates $33 million for our schools, adjusting annually for inflation. 5A dollars would go into the district’s general fund and would be available on an ongoing basis for things that have to be paid for every year, such as salaries for teachers and staff.

That property tax increase comes to about $2.10 per month, per hundred thousand dollars of residential value. For non-residential property, it’s about $8.47 per month, per hundred thousand dollars of value.

Read more.

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



Dunstan Middle School students visit Carmody Recreation Center to learn about their sustainability practices.At the student and district level, implementing environmentally responsible tactics help save the planet and money.

Students at Dunstan Middle School are taking a unique science elective class this year – they are rewriting the City of Lakewood Sustainability Plan in terms students can understand. City staff and Dunstan educators are collaborating on this hands-on learning opportunity.

“It’s exciting to involved students in this process,” said Christy Cerrone, who works for the City of Lakewood in the Sustainable Neighborhoods program. “The work we do now ultimately benefits them, so they should have a say.”

In September, the class took a field trip to see sustainability in action. Using the type of transportation encouraged in the plan, walking, and public transportation, the class traveled to Carmody Recreation Center.  The rec center, closed to the public to make upgrades and perform annual maintenance, was a great opportunity for the 6-8th graders to see how the written plan works in real life. Students viewed eco-friendly improvements, including a new boiler, LED lighting, and more efficient air exchange equipment in the pool area.

Read more.


Hippy with a “Y”

Jeffco mom Julie Barnett goes over materials for her daughter Sadie under the guidance of HIPPY home visitor Penny Roach.

It turns out there are two kinds of hippies in the world. Some have long hair, bellbottoms, and love beads and some are home visitors in Jeffco, like Penny Roach, who’s sometimes asked if she’s a 60s free spirit who just can’t let go.

“They look at my shirt, and my age, and yeah, no. HIPPY stands for Home Instruction of Parents with Preschool Youngsters,” she explained.

Penny was with Julie Barnett, a mother of three, who was getting some at-home instruction in how best to prepare her youngest, Sadie, for school in subjects ranging from science to math to language arts. Role-playing is key, and Penny played the part of Julie’s daughter. Barnett first heard about HIPPY from her moms’ group.

Read more.


Good News in Jeffco

JCSC awardThe Colorado League of Charter Schools awarded the Jefferson County Charter Schools Consortium (JCSC) the A+ Advocate Award. Read more.




ColoradoKidsJeffco Public Schools student-reporters were featured in October editions of Colorado Kids. Read more.

CDEFSPTwenty-five Jeffco schools and/or initiatives accepted by the Colorado Department of Education in their annual Promising Practices publication Read more.



Two RoadsTwo Roads Charter School was featured in the Arvada Press for their partnership with 5280 Gymnastics partner to teach academics, athletic skill. Read more.



Wilmot Elementary Green Team SuperheroesWilmot Elementary’s Green Team Superheroes won the Eco Schools USA Bronze Award. Read more


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


Free College Application Day in Colorado
October 30

October 30 is FreeAppDay! All public colleges and universities in Colorado are waiving application fees for one day. Click here to learn more.

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 Rapids
October 28

Jeffco Schools Foundation Community Night with the Colorado Rapids: discounted tickets for all Jeffco students, employees, and community members. A portion from each ticket sold will come back to the Jeffco Schools Foundation and support programs benefiting your schools and your students! See the attached flyer for more info.

City of Golden
Mayor's Community Celebration
October 30

Special guest speaker John O’Leary
Tuesday, October 30, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Colorado School of Mines Student Center, 1620 Maple St., Golden
This event is free and no RSVP is needed.

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


  • Thursday, November 1, 5:00 p.m., Study Session
  • Thursday, November 1, 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.

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