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December 18, 2017


CDE logoThirty-five district schools earned 45 academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) based on 2016-17 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) results. Dr. Jason Glass, Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools, was thrilled to be notified of these awards.

“I am so proud of these schools and all their accomplishments! Schools in Jeffco brought home recognition for high academic performance, high academic growth, and for closing achievement gaps and giving all our students an opportunity to succeed,” Dr. Glass said. “The number of awards for this year was even higher than the year before and exceeded our expectations. Hats off to the staff and students working in Jeffco Public Schools!”

Two Jeffco schools received the Center of Excellence Award this year: Pennington Elementary and Kullerstrand Elementary. This award recognizes Colorado public schools that enroll a student population of which at least 75 percent are at-risk pupils and that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model.

The John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement over time with exceptional performance in math, English language arts, and science. There are 27 Jeffco schools that received the award this year. See the list of recipients below.

The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. There are 15 Jeffco schools that received the award this year, exceeding expectations on the academic achievement indicator. See the full list of recipients below.

Additionally, Evergreen High School received the High School Academic Growth Award. This award recognizes high schools that demonstrate the highest levels of students’ academic growth in reading, writing, and math, within each classification used by the statewide association for high school activities for the sport of football.

Learn more about the CDE awards here.




Pomona coach Jay Madden finally captured his first state football title in his 15th season at Pomona. (Lance Wendt, itinerary was pretty clear cut for Pomona’s football program this season: play 14 games and win the last one.

Mission accomplished.

Pomona’s 56-49 victory over Eaglecrest in the highest scoring Class 5A state championship game in history gave the Panthers their first state football title since 1988. The win also ended a string of three losses (2009, 2015, and 2016) in championship games for Pomona.

“We’ve been so close so many times and so much heartbreak. We had to have this one,” Pomona coach Jay Madden said as his team celebrated getting their hands on that elusive state title December. 2 at Mile High Stadium. “If we don’t get this one … when are we going to get one? I’m glad that stuff is over. We got one and we’ll come back next year and try to get another one.”

Madden, in his 15th year coaching his alma mater, finally joined the elite club of football coaches with state titles. He also joins his younger brother, Brad Madden, in winning a state championship.

Brad won the 6A baseball state title as a player at Arvada West in 1994. He also coached Golden to the 4A state baseball state championship in 2003. Brad moved on to Green Mountain High School where the Rams won back-to-back 4A baseball state titles in 2014 and 2015.

“It’s a lot harder in football, especially at the 5A level,” Brad said of his older brother joining him as a state champion. “I’m super proud of him and his whole staff. This is overdue for sure.”

Brad, who will take over Ralston Valley’s baseball program this spring, was Jay’s offensive coordinator at Pomona for several years.

“He has been the best coach in 5A football for 17 years, doing it with a neighborhood school,” Brad said of his brother. “He finally gets what he deserves.”

Jay spent time as the head coach at Alameda and Dakota Ridge before a two-year stint at Mullen prior taking over at Pomona when legendary coach Gary Klatt retired.

Pomona had three players who were able to taste victory Saturday that played in the 2015 state game two years ago. One of those players was senior running back Max Borghi.

The Washington State commit finished his stellar high school career with more than 5,000 yards from scrimmage. Borghi had a remarkable playoff run with 904 yards rushing and a dozen touchdowns on the ground in four games.

“I’ve never seen a bigger smile on his face,” Borghi said of his coach. “I’m just so happy for him. He has been working for it longer than us (players) have been working for it. He has been coaching forever. To finally get it, he earned it.”

The football program also joins the state success its gymnastics, wrestling, and track programs have had over the past three years.

“It means a lot,” Pomona senior defensive end Tanner Kimminau said. “Walking around school we’ll finally fit in with all the other state champs there.”

See more about the game and its record-setting score here. Check out video highlights here.




Lawrence Energy ClubOver the month of October, eight schools across the district competed in the Green Learners Energy Saving Competition. Utilizing the newly-installed eGauge electricity use monitors in their schools, student energy clubs learned about electricity, how it is consumed in their school, and ways to become more efficient and save electricity.

Students also led campaigns to increase awareness of electricity use in their schools, reduce that use, and achieve electricity savings. By the end of October, the students of Lawrence Elementary’s Green Beans Energy Club led by their teacher-sponsor, Ana Klane, had achieved the highest percentage savings and took first place and the top prize of $15,000 in energy efficiency upgrades for their school.

Though a small club of four sixth-grade students, the Green Beans were able to accomplish big things at Lawrence. The club led an energy auditing effort that resulted in Lawrence saving more than 1,900 kWh of electricity over a month’s time. That’s a school savings of 8.23 percent! Much of this savings came from the school’s efforts to reduce the amount of artificial lighting used by taking advantage of daylight, removing lamps from fixtures in over-lit areas, and turning lights off when not needed.

In addition to the savings effort, the Green Beans also created and delivered a lesson plan, “Learning About Energy”, to fourth grade students at Lawrence in which energy was defined, the ways energy is used were explored, and ways to save energy discussed. The Green Beans also earned bonus points by going on a field trip to the Solar Decathlon that took place in Denver this year. The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in which student teams from across the country design and build full-size solar-powered houses. There, Lawrence’s Green Beans got to learn about and explore cutting-edge energy and water-efficient building. 

Dunstan Energy ClubComing in at second place in the Green Learners competition was Dunstan Middle School. Supported by teacher-sponsors Dana Cazan​ and ​Laura Ivy, and formed by the Student Council, Dunstan’s student energy club, Energy Buddies, led their school’s energy conservation efforts for the competition.

In addition to conducting an energy audit and creating posters, a video, and daily announcements, the students also got up in front of school staff and presented their recommendations for reducing electricity use at Dunstan. Teachers were encouraged to take advantage of free, natural daylight by using their windows as much as possible and to turn off lights when they are unnecessary.

The Energy Buddies also urged staff to turn off or unplug any personal energy users when not in use. Through these efforts, the Energy Buddies and Dunstan Middle School saved over 2,400 kWh of electricity, a school savings of 4.18 percent, and earned the school a prize of $10,000 towards energy efficiency upgrades!

Congratulations to the students and staff at Lawrence Elementary and Dunstan Middle for their excellent efforts in the Green Learners Energy Competition!



Good News in Jeffco

Lumberg ESLumberg Elementary fourth-graders welcomed the National Park Service to learn about their SCUBA diving team. Students learned about underwater life by viewing magnificent 3D images, trying on SCUBA diving gear, checking out tools used to measure and document shipwrecks, and by asking many questions directly from these amazing divers.

For all the students' hard work, they received free park passes. Ranger Hurd explained the fabulous opportunities the passes offer to those wanting to explore the great outdoors and our national parks. Students and their families can now take a scenic drive and embark on wonderful hiking excursions to view wildlife. These park passes are a generous gift of over $4,000 to the school.

GMHSU.S. modern history students at Green Mountain High School were treated to a fascinating and engaging presentation about Pearl Harbor. Dan Black, a Pearl Harbor expert and former GMHS social studies teacher, set up a 20-foot scale model of the harbor, ships, and structures in the library. For 80 minutes, he held students at rapt attention as he described the sights and sounds of the Pearl Harbor attack. It has taken him years of study and work to paint the models, compile his collection of authentic artifacts, and learn the detailed history of that fateful day. A few community members and veterans came to watch, as well.

After seeing the presentation, Vietnam veteran Bruce Bender declared, "I'll be back every year to see that!"

Mr. Black hopes to keep this annual Pearl Harbor presentation going so the history is not lost.

"My goal is to keep doing it up to the 100th anniversary in 2041. I think I have another 24 years in me!" he quipped.

RamNation sure hopes so, Mr. Black!

Blue Heron ESCongratulations to Kristin Snowden, fifth-grade teacher at Blue Heron Elementary School, who received the Crystal Apple Award from WAY-FM Colorado 101.9 radio station! She was nominated by several people and was surprised by the visit from the station to the school.

Blue Heron said, "We love this teacher and all of us are so happy for her!"

Moore MSMoore Middle School knows what makes a successful event at school: FOOD! The school hosted their monthly family dinner and it had "chili cook-off" written all over it. Over ten entries were submitted! Even better, they found time to weave in some learning around gratefulness (their theme for the month). Ping pong was played in the gym, the book fair was hopping in the library, and car racing happened in the hallway. There was a little something for everyone!

Colorow ESScholastic Books chose Colorow Elementary School to get a visit from the one and only, very popular, traveling librarian, John Schumacher, otherwise known as "Mr. Schu." During his visit, he talked reading, favorite books, and what makes students like reading. Everyone had a blast listening to him speak and participating in the discussion. Thanks Mr. Schu!

Jeffco UBig kids and little kids met for another session of Jeffco University November 15 at Peck Elementary and focused on the "What, Why, & How of Teaching." Even the littlest (and cutest) students were learning a lot!

Kullerstrand ESWhen you are looking to round up your school community for your book fair, how do you herd them in? With a western-themed learning night, of course! Kullerstrand Elementary was serving delicious fried chicken in the cafeteria and learning "play at home" games in the gym. Families and staff dressed for the occasion. What a great night!

Fairmount ESFairmount Elementary School marked the last day before Thanksgiving break with a packed house for the PTA Parent/Student Breakfast. There was hardly a seat to spare with kids of all ages enjoying a yummy, homemade breakfast. Lots of happy faces all around!

Lukas ESSix years ago, Josh Hawkins, a former Lukas Elementary student, suggested donating used eyeglasses to help people who live in remote villages in Haiti. His dad, a doctor, along with a team of other physicians, optometrists, and dentists travel to Haiti every year to provide medical assistance to the Haitian people living in remote villages.

As part of their civics unit and in alignment with Jeffco Generations, the second-graders at Lukas organized a donation drive for old eyeglasses from Monday, October 23 through Friday, November 3. Students and their families supported the donation drive by donating old prescription glasses.

South Lakewood ESLoren Huwa, principal of South Lakewood Elementary, Tina Klismith, and the rest of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) celebrated their new playground along with numerous families and the City of Lakewood on November 17. A $110,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as part of its School Yard Initiative program helped make the project a reality. Schools apply for the School Yard grants with their local governments, and the yards must be designed, at least in part, by students.

Peck ES & Warren TechOn November 28 and 29, Peck Elementary's sixth-grade art classes took their annual field trip to work with Warren Tech's graphic design students and teachers. Peck's art teacher, Nick Rubino, and Warren Tech's graphic design teacher, Scot Odendahl, formed a partnership five years ago that enables students from both schools to work together. Peck's artists got to screen print a t-shirt with a design they created in class. Warren Tech's artists got to be teachers for a day, passing on what they have learned from their teachers. Both the elementary and high school students come away with a great experience of working together.

WRHS & PenningtonJerry DiTullio's English 12 class (comm tech) at Wheat Ridge High School​ is practicing civic engagement as part of their capstone project mentoring Ms. Liming's fifth/sixth-grade class at Pennington Elementary School​. These WRHS seniors are working with the younger students using lesson plans that address literacy and social skills. Both the mentors and mentees are learning a few things!

Creighton MSCreighton Middle School Tri-M Music Honor Society students wanted to make a difference when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. They organized a fundraiser, and with the generous proceeds of the Lego Ninja Movie from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, CMS was able to send $603 to Milstead Middle School in Houston. This school lost everything in the storm. This particular school was chosen because a former Milstead teacher, Kathy Mallory, is now teaching at Foster Elementary. Jody Barker, induction coordinator, was able to connect everyone to help this school rebuild their program.

Vivian ESVivian Elementary held their fall Parent Information Night on Thursday, November 30. The theme was Candy Land Math. Families traveled around the school, and participated in different math activities using candy. Families measured and found the area and perimeter of brownies. They used fractions and measuring cups to create a Chex mix snack to take home. They created graham cracker and frosting domino's and rolled dice to estimate money. The best part of all was the family photo booth! Everyone loved being able to play together, and enjoyed supporting their children to LEARN, GROW, and SUCCEED! Click here to view a video of the event.

Warder ESOn Saturday, December 2, several Warder Elementary School dads, along with Warder’s principal, Matt Hilbert, and facility manager, Jerry Bill, gathered at school to freshen up the gym and stage with a new coat of paint. The Warder Dads Society was established as part of Warder's PTA to build stronger male engagement at school.

Witt ESWitt Elementary is excited to celebrate literacy with their community. There are two events Witt will be hosting this year and the first was a huge hit. The First Annual Book Exchange took place in the Witt library prior to Thanksgiving break. There were over 650 books swapped between students. For every book a student brought in they got to take one home. The exchange was a huge success!

Emory ESVeldkamp’s Flowers (9501 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood) donated 180 roses to Emory Elementary to give out to the staff at Emory. It was a gesture of — doing something spontaneous to make the day brighter. Veldkamp said it is honored to show appreciation for Jeffco Public Schools' teachers and staff members.

GMHSEach year, the Colorado Thespians Organization recognizes school theater programs for their service projects, fundraisers, innovative projects, social service, and variety of productions. Green Mountain High School is a silver award winner this year! Barbara Amberg, who was Theater Teacher of the Year in 2005, was thrilled.

"What I love about Colorado Thespians honoring these groups is that it's not just about putting on shows, it's also about community service and helping your fellow man," she said.

During rehearsals for "It's a Wonderful Life", GMHS theater students did a bake sale to raise money to buy school supplies for victims of the hurricanes. This is one of so many ways the GM arts programs benefit the community. Congratulations, Rams!

Emory ESAs part of the district's early literacy initiatives, literacy interventionists are able to provide books the students get to choose and keep to read over the summer. Following a conversation at the beginning of the school year, Lumberg Elementary literacy interventionist, Sophie Schwedland, began thinking about the impact of doing this earlier in the school year for her students.

So she contacted Joel Newton, of the Edgewater Collective, who donated enough books so that each student in her groups received several books early in the fall to beef up their home libraries. Her students became so motivated to read that she went on to win over $3,000 in grants from Dollar General, Westerra, and Mary Pope Osborne. These were used to fund a combination of increasing home libraries and take home book programs for all students in kindergarten through third grade in both the English and Dual programs.

On December 13, kindergarten through third grade students received an average of 7-12 books each, mostly in their first language, which will be theirs to read and keep at home. How contagious is the passion for reading now!

Three CreeksOn Thursday, December 7, Three Creeks K-8 School received the Peak Award for design excellence from the Association for Learning Environments Denver Chapter. The Peak Award is the highest honor the Association awards. Three Creeks was selected over a number of outstanding school designs throughout the state. Congratulations to the architects (Hord, Coplan & Macht), the general contractor (GH Phipps), and district project manager, Tom Stapleton.

GMHSOn November 18, Green Mountain High School inducted a number of distinguished alumni into their Hall of Fame.

“Starting a GMHS Hall of Fame has been a personal goal of mine for more than ten years and I am so grateful and humbled to see it come to life,” said Principal Colleen Owens (Class of 1983) during the Ram Nation Ball at the Denver West Marriott.

GMHS opened its doors in 1973, and many students have gone on to make a mark in our community and beyond. Ram Nation inducted 19 alumni and influencers into its First Hall of Fame including the first principal of GMHS, Dr. Dale Moore, the Bandimere and Rooney families, founding teachers Jim and Kathy Starkey, Dennis Shepherd, and Paul Davis. Alumni include Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul, State Senator Andy Kerr, Serene Hedin, Joseph Sedach, Erec Issacson, Jeffrey Windersteen, Doug Lawler, Walter Schattinger, David Lawler, Jeffrey Larkin, Derek Cianfrance, and Andrew Bevan.

Emory ESThe Zara Project distributed food to 130 families at Emory Elementary on December 9. Sixth grade teacher Kendra Smith led the project to help families feed kids nutritious food over holiday break. It’s no small food basket – 25 lbs. of rice, 25 lbs. of beans, one case each of corn, green beans, tomatoes and broth, 10 lbs. of pancake mix, peanut butter, pasta, sauce, oatmeal and more. Way to go Kendra!

Lukas ESThis past semester, Lukas Elementary has launched a new learning opportunity for all students called ROCKET Day. The staff at Lukas Elementary has designed high interest learning sessions that align with the Jeffco Generations focus. The focus for the first ROCKET Day was Self-Direction and Personal Responsibility. Students participated in a variety of growth mindset challenges that encouraged them to create, collaborate, communicate, work hard, and persevere. Activities included learning sessions about making goals for the future in the areas of career/college, health, and establishing highly effective habits.

The second ROCKET Day focused on Critical Thinking and Creativity. Lukas students were actively engaged in critical thinking and able to use their creativity to increase their depth of knowledge. The learning sessions focused on science and art which included machine engineering, fractals, pop art, coding, autumn music compositions, carbon dioxide candles, and "I Wonder" scientific learning. A huge thank you to the Lukas community for your support of classroom volunteers and donations to help make our ROCKET Days successful!

VanderhoofVanderhoof Elementary second grade teacher, Melissa Broaddus, was featured in a 9News story for her work on suicide prevention. See the full story here. (photo courtesy of 9News)

Columbine HSColumbine High School has been selected to offer the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma. Only a select group of schools nationally offer the program, which aims to foster critical and creative thinking, argumentation, and research skills. Columbine High School is excited to build on their strong AP course offerings and offer this distinguished program that typically leads to students testing out of many freshman college courses. Learn more about the program here and here.

JVACongratulations to Jeffco'S 21st Century Virtual Academy students Adi and Carter Malcom - Motocross Superstars!! Adi is a ninth-grader and Carter is a seventh-grader at Jeffco Virtual and they have been competing in Motocross for years. Over Thanksgiving Break, they attended the Thor Winter Olympics National Championship Race. They qualified into all of their respective classes and had some of their best overall results at this event! Attending Jeffco Virtual has allowed them to pursue their passions while still getting a high quality Jeffco education. Read more about it here.

Brady HSBrady Exploration interns showed the mad skills they learned during this round of internships. Students have learned website skills, dental and culinary skills and even entrepreneurial skills involving fashion. These students show they are learning relevant job skills that employers are looking for! Way to go Brady!!

Wilmore DavisFamilies, teachers, and students at Wilmore Davis Elementary School are "RISE-ing" together as they work through their new program launched just this year. RISE schools look at data and learning in a different way and put a whole new twist on the traditional parent-teacher conference. Lots of families, food, and activities for all!

Sierra ESSierra Elementary artists have created holiday cards for Project Angel Heart every December for many years. Project Angel Heart is an organization which delivers meals to severely ill patients who are unable to leave their homes. This year, third-graders while in art class made over 100 cards to be delivered with meals during the holiday season. One student said, "I hope my card makes someone feel happy when they get it!" Indeed, these greeting by eight and nine year-olds will go far to lift the spirits of our shut-in neighbors.

Jeffco Generations 

Now is the time to give input on Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for Our Community’s Schools. Check out this video to learn more, then tell Superintendent Dr. Glass what you think on the Jeffco Generations Conversations Facebook page.

2018 Spring GT Center Application

Jeffco Gifted Centers offer challenge and support for your advanced learner. With an emphasis on meeting the individual needs of gifted and talented students, Jeffco Public Schools’ GT Centers offer experiences that foster meaningful growth for gifted learners. Sixteen neighborhood schools house GT Centers throughout the district at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Teachers certified in gifted and talented education offer differentiated instruction to students with a variety of programming options including acceleration, enrichment, and social-emotional support.

To be considered in our final wave for GT Center placement for the 2018-19 school year, apply online by January 16 for a testing appointment on Saturday, February 3. Click here for more information and to view the application.

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