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October 5, 2018


In this Issue:

  • Superintendent's Corner
  • Jeffco Public Schools Creates Food & Nutrition Task Force
  • A Meeting with the Mayor
  • 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,

Over these next couple of Chalk Talk articles, I’ll dig into some details on Jeffco Public Schools’ two ballot questions, 5A (a $33 million mill levy override) and 5B (a $569 million bond). A quick disclaimer – as a public employee, I’m not allowed to ask people to vote for or against items 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.

Because most people have questions about the bond, let’s look at 5B first. Question 5B would allow Jeffco Public Schools to go to the bond market and sell bonds to generate $567 million for construction and other capital improvements like technology. The $567 million would be repaid over a period of 20 years through a property tax increase.

That property tax increase comes to about $1.81 per month, per $100K of residential value. For non-residential property, it’s about $7.28 per month, per $100K of value. The bond’s total repayment (over the 20 years) will be less than $997 million based on language in the ballot question.

Read more.

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



students at lunchJeffco Public Schools announces the formation of a new task force: Food & Nutrition Services Task Force is seeking community members, parents, staff and high school students to participate.

Jeffco Public Schools wishes to examine current and best/next practices in providing healthy and nutritious meals for students. In addition to examining nutrition topics, food preparation, and appeal to students, we also want to explore how our food service operations could make less of an environmental impact. There are regulatory requirements and financial considerations to consider in this work. Toward that end, the district is establishing the Food & Nutrition Services Task Force to hold a representative community conversation regarding school nutrition and food-related topics.

Read more.



Bear Creek High School Senior Field Studies students Chloe Lopez-Jauffret, Chase Jurgaitis, and Sophie Augustine reflect back on what they learned setting up an appointment with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Spend any amount of time near Denver’s City and County Building and you’d quickly get a sense of the ebb and flow of daily downtown living. These Bear Creek High School students immersed themselves in it as part of their Senior Field Studies program.

“By the time they get to this age, they kind of get a sense of the world and they could probably describe how the world is to you,” said Senior Field Studies Co-Director Steven Porentas. “But, they really don’t know how it came to be that way and they don’t quite understand the power that they have to create the world that they would rather see.”

This is the urban portion of the curriculum. Once they’ve completed it, they’ll move on to a rural experience that involves a stay at a ranch or farm, and then a wilderness adventure to cap it all off. For their urban learning, the idea is for them to get a taste of all the different things that define a city. They’re divided into teams. This team, Team One, set up a visit with Denver’s mayor.

Read more.


Good News in Jeffco

National Blue RibbonKendrick Lakes Elementary is a 2018 Blue Ribbon School. Read more.


Bell MS 8th-gradersBell Middle School 8th grade iSTEM students are using the Paris Climate Accord to frame their fall PBL. Read more.


GMHS Succeeds PrizeGreen Mountain High School won the $15,000 Succeeds Prize for Excellence in Education Innovation. Read more.



ANWJUte Meadows Elementary 4th-grader Kaden Forsha is an American Ninja Warrior Junior. 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.

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

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! Be sure to check out the latest from JPS-TV here. 

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.


Transportation & Construction Girl
October 9

Join the HOYA Foundation in encouraging young women to enter the transportation and construction industry. We will also celebrate the groundbreaking women already in the field inspiring the next generation. From 8:30-11:30 a.m., we will have exhibits including heavy equipment, an attenuator truck, excavation simulators, a welding exhibit, Vactor truck, bus, drones, apprenticeship programs, and colleges to name a few. Click here to register and to find more information.

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.


  • October 12 - No School for Students


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