Weekly Wednesday Update

2017-2018 Archive

Contents:

Weekly Wednesday Update - August 16, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - August 23, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - August 30, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 6, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 13, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 20, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 27, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 4, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 11, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 18, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 25, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 1, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 8, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 15, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 29, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - December 6, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - December 13, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update - January 10, 2018

Principal Selection Process

Weekly Wednesday Update - January 17, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - January 24, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - January 31, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - February 7, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - February 14, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - February 21, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - February 28, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - March 7, 2018

Principal Selection Announced

Weekly Wednesday Update - March 14, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - March 21, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - April 4, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - April 11, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - April 18, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - April 25, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 2, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 9, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 16, 2018

2017-2018 End of Year Information

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 23, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - August 16, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for August 16th, 2017.

New Parking Lot Procedures: We have changed our parking lot drop off and pick up procedure. Please review the attached map and directions carefully.

Unlike past years, the middle and left lanes must remain clear at all times for busses and emergency vehicles.

For student drop-off, you will now proceed in the outer lane, the lane closest to the football field, and drop your child off in the area between the cones marking the beginning and end of the drop-off and pick-up zone. When dropping off students, please make sure that they exit on the passenger side of your vehicle and onto the sidewalk. Once your student has been dropped off on the sidewalk, you may check the middle lane for busses and, if clear, exit the drop off/pick up zone. Please stop at the crosswalk and proceed all the way around to the outer portion of the parking lot. If you need to park and come into the school you may enter the middle portion of the parking lot. Please do not use this as a drop-off zone. Pick up procedures will follow the same pattern.

There will be plenty of staff and PTA members on hand to assist you during this process. Please be patient and kind as the safety of our community is of utmost importance.

Solar Eclipse: Please review and complete the permission slip for the eclipse on Monday, August 21st, 2017. It is very important that you read all the information regarding this event. Permission slips are due Friday to students' Advise teachers. Students that do not turn in a permission slip will watch a live feed of the eclipse in our library.

PTA News

Welcome families! We can't wait to see returning friends and make new ones! Please join the PTA on Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 am in the library for the Boo-Hoo/Yahoo Breakfast! Meet other West Jeff Middle parents and the administration, learn how you can stay involved in your child’s academic life, and more! New and returning families are welcome to join us.

Community News

Girls on the Run: Registration for Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run, is now open. Practices are after school on Tuesdays beginning September 12. Please see our Girls on the Run page for more information.

StageDoor Theatre: Registration for the youth programs at StageDoor Theatre is also open. Middle School Company programs in the 2017-2018 year include Madagascar-A Musical Adventure JR., improv troupe, Page to Stage, and Once Upon a Mattress.

Thank you for your support!


Weekly Wednesday Update - August 23, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for August 23rd, 2017.

New Parking Lot Procedures: We have changed our parking lot drop off and pick up procedure. Please review the attached map and directions carefully.

Unlike past years, the middle and left lanes must remain clear at all times for busses and emergency vehicles.

For student drop-off, you will now proceed in the outer lane, the lane closest to the football field, and drop your child off in the area between the cones marking the beginning and end of the drop-off and pick-up zone. When dropping off students, please make sure that they exit on the passenger side of your vehicle and onto the sidewalk. Once your student has been dropped off on the sidewalk, you may check the middle lane for busses and, if clear, exit the drop off/pick up zone. Please stop at the crosswalk and proceed all the way around to the outer portion of the parking lot. If you need to park and come into the school you may enter the middle portion of the parking lot. Please do not use this as a drop-off zone. Pick up procedures will follow the same pattern.

There will be plenty of staff and PTA members on hand to assist you during this process. Please be patient and kind as the safety of our community is of utmost importance.

Back-to-School Night: Tonight is Back-to-School Night from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. You will be following your student’s schedule, so please be sure you have a copy of your child’s schedule. CMAS test results will be available for pickup tonight in the main office. Mrs. Jessee will be in the financial office if you still need to pay school fees.

School Picture Day: Picture day is Friday, August 25th. Students received order forms at the beginning of the week in Advise. Additional forms are available in the main office or you can order online at mylifetouch.com with Picture Day ID CG897342Y0. There will be a retake day for students that miss picture day or choose to have pictures taken a second time in October.

Quick notes for families:

Community News

Girls on the Run: Registration for Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run, is still open! Practices start after school on Tuesday, September 12, with practices through mid-November. The $130 registration cost includes a t-shirt and registration for a 5K event in November; financial assistance is available. Please see our Girls on the Run page for more information.

StageDoor Theatre: Registration for the youth programs at StageDoor Theatre is also open. Middle School Company programs in the 2017-2018 year include Madagascar-A Musical Adventure JR., improv troupe, Page to Stage, and Once Upon a Mattress.

Winter Basketball: Just Play Sports' winter basketball league, which has teams for boys and girls in second through eighth grade, is open for registration through October 1, 2017. Practices begin October 30th and games begin after Thanksgiving. Games are played at local schools throughout the county.

Thank you for your support!


Weekly Wednesday Update - August 30, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for August 30th, 2017.

Labor Day: There is no school on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.

Attendance: If your student is going to be absent, please call the attendance line within 24 hours of the absence. Be sure to give the student’s name, spelling of the last name, date of the absence and a district approved reason for the absence. If no reason is given, the absence will be unexcused. The attendance line number is 303-982-3051.

Bus Passes: If your student needs to take a different bus after school for any reason, a written note must be turned into the office at the beginning of the day. We need the student’s name, what bus number they will be riding, and who they are riding with or where they are getting off the bus.

MAP testing: We will be MAP testing on September 6th and 8th. Please try to avoid appointments on these two days and that students get a healthy breakfast.

PTA News

Upcoming dates:

Other upcoming dates can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/site/westjeffpta/calendar

Stay in the Loop: One of the best ways to stay in the loop as a middle school parent is to join the PTA! Receive our newsletters and volunteer opportunities straight to your inbox for first dibs on opportunities to volunteer in the building, attend meetings, and donate supplies - all of which give you great access to information and opportunities to get to know the staff.

Join the PTA or donate a teacher or parent membership here: https://sites.google.com/site/westjeffpta/membership

And don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook for additional info and reminders! https://www.facebook.com/WJMS.PTA/

Get Involved:

Additional opportunities for teacher appreciation and the fall dance coming soon! Join PTA to get the info first!

Community Events

Girls on the Run: Registration for Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run, is open! Practices start after school on Tuesday, September 12, with practices through mid-November. The $130 registration cost includes a t-shirt and registration for a 5K event in November; financial assistance is available. Please see our Girls on the Run page for more information.

Solar Saturday: Colorado School of Mines is partnering with Xcel Energy to host Solar Saturday, a day camp for kids ages 8-14, on Saturday, September 9th. Held by Mines Tiny House, this event will be full of hands-on experiences and activities about energy, sustainability, and tiny houses of course! Join us and learn how you can be involved in a sustainable future. For registration, visit https://goo.gl/forms/kTdII84aDTiLocoF2

 


Weekly Wednesday Update - September 6, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 6th, 2017.

We have had several calls from neighbors of the school reporting cars speeding through the area. We ask that you obey the speed limit signs and keep in mind that we have students that walk to school and home in the neighborhood. Their safety is extremely important, so please slow down.

Weekly eligibility dialer: Next week we will be sending home D and F notifications through the automated Messenger dialer. This is a great time to check your child’s grades and have them talk with the teacher is there are any questions or concerns. Also, look in your child’s student planner for clarification on our late work/redo policy for assignments.

Green Team: The Green Team is gearing up for another round of energy saving competition, this time with the Conservation Cup, a monthly competition among schools for a traveling trophy. The first meeting will be during lunches on Thursday, September 14th. Please sign up using the form on the Green Team's page on the school site so we know how many students to expect.

Spirit Week: Spirit week is coming! Show your school spirit (while still following the dress code) with five daily themes during the week of September 18th:

PTA News


Upcoming dates:

Other upcoming dates can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/site/westjeffpta/calendar

Stay in the Loop: One of the best ways to stay in the loop as a middle school parent is to join the PTA! Receive our newsletters and volunteer opportunities straight to your inbox for first dibs on opportunities to volunteer in the building, attend meetings, and donate supplies - all of which give you great access to information and opportunities to get to know the staff.

Join the PTA or donate a teacher or parent membership here: https://sites.google.com/site/westjeffpta/membership

And don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook for additional info and reminders! https://www.facebook.com/WJMS.PTA/

Get Involved:

Additional opportunities for teacher appreciation and the fall dance coming soon! Join PTA to get the info first!

Community Events


Girls on the Run: Registration for Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run, is still open! Practices start after school on Tuesday, September 12, with practices through mid-November. The $130 registration cost includes a t-shirt and registration for a 5K event in November; financial assistance is available. Please see our Girls on the Run page for more information.

FIRST LEGO League: Sixth grade students interested in robotics are invited to join our FIRST LEGO League team! Meetings are on Tuesdays after school beginning September 12, with an all-day competition on Saturday, November 11. The $75 participation cost covers supplies, competition registration, and a team t-shirt. Please contact Mr. Williams or Christy Pond at christy@pondfamily.net for more information.

Solar Saturday: Colorado School of Mines is partnering with Xcel Energy to host Solar Saturday, a day camp for kids ages 8-14, on Saturday, September 9th. Held by Mines Tiny House, this event will be full of hands-on experiences and activities about energy, sustainability, and tiny houses of course! Join us and learn how you can be involved in a sustainable future. For registration, visit https://goo.gl/forms/kTdII84aDTiLocoF2


Weekly Wednesday Update - September 13, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 13th, 2017.

Spirit Week: Spirit week is coming! Show your school spirit (while still following the dress code) with five daily themes during the week of September 18th:

Green Team: The Green Team is gearing up for another round of energy saving competition, this time with the Conservation Cup, a monthly competition among schools for a traveling trophy. The first meeting will be during lunches on Thursday, September 14th. Please sign up using the form on the Green Team's page on the school site so we know how many students to expect.

PTA News

Upcoming dates:

Other upcoming dates can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/site/westjeffpta/calendar

Stay in the Loop: One of the best ways to stay in the loop as a middle school parent is to join the PTA! Receive our newsletters and volunteer opportunities straight to your inbox for first dibs on opportunities to volunteer in the building, attend meetings, and donate supplies - all of which give you great access to information and opportunities to get to know the staff.

Join the PTA or donate a teacher or parent membership here: https://sites.google.com/site/westjeffpta/membership

And don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook for additional info and reminders! https://www.facebook.com/WJMS.PTA/

Get Involved:

Additional opportunities for teacher appreciation and the fall dance coming soon! Join PTA to get the info first!

Community Events

Girls on the Run: Registration for Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run, is still open! Practices start after school on Tuesday, September 12, with practices through mid-November. The $130 registration cost includes a t-shirt and registration for a 5K event in November; financial assistance is available. Please see our Girls on the Run page for more information.

West Jeff Baseball: Registration for West Jeff Baseball is open with tryouts on September 23rd. Please see the flyer for tryout details or visit the West Jeff Baseball website for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - September 20, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 20th, 2017.

Early Release Day: Friday, September 22nd is an early release day. School dismisses at 11:50am. Busses will run. Please note there is no lunch service on early dismissal days.

Science Night: Our annual Science Night brings in over 300 visitors from our community and area elementary schools with quick, easy, and fun science experiments and experiences set up at staffed tables in our cafeteria and on our playing field for scientists of all ages to choose to participate in on a drop-in basis. Join in the fun on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm!

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, October 5th from 3:30pm – 8:30pm, and Tuesday, October 10th from 3:00pm – 8:00pm. Please have the name of your student’s core teachers and which day and time you would like to come in when scheduling your conferences.

Meetings are scheduled in 5-minute intervals with core teachers; elective teachers will be available on a drop-in basis in the cafetorium. Please contact Debbie Jessee or Julie Barrett in the main office to schedule your conference appointments.

Please note that Mr. Malcolm and Ms. Viafora are only available for appointments on Tuesday, October 10th, Ms. Goldfarb is unavailable both days, and appointments with Spanish teacher Mr. Barnett are scheduled directly with him.

Sign-In and Out Reminder: Families, when you sign a student in late or out early for the day, please stay in the commons area and not enter the hallways or classrooms. This is for safety and security purposes.

Green Team: The Green Team is coordinating our school's efforts for the Conservation Cup, a monthly energy-saving competition among schools for a traveling trophy. The next meeting will be during lunches on Thursday, September 28th. Please sign up using the form on the Green Team's page on the school site so we know how many students to expect.

PTA News

Please see the September 20, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for restaurant night thanks and information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, including:

Community Events

Girls on the Run: Registration for Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run, is still open! Practices continue after school on Tuesdays with practices through mid-November. The $130 registration cost includes a t-shirt and registration for a 5K event in November; financial assistance is available. Please see our Girls on the Run page for more information.

West Jeff Baseball: Registration for West Jeff Baseball is open with tryouts on September 23rd. Please see the flyer for tryout details or visit the West Jeff Baseball website for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - September 27, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 27th, 2017.

Science Night: Our annual Science Night brings in over 300 visitors from our community and area elementary schools with quick, easy, and fun science experiments and experiences set up at staffed tables in our cafeteria and commons for scientists of all ages to choose to participate in on a drop-in basis. Join in the fun tonight from 6:00 – 8:00 pm!

Hat Day: This Friday, September 29, will be a Hat Day fundraiser for Outdoor Lab. Students and staff that donate $1 will receive a hand stamp indicating they may wear a hat all day! Please note that if hats become a distraction in a classroom, they may be asked to be removed for the duration of that class period. Thank you!

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, October 5th from 3:30pm – 8:30pm, and Tuesday, October 10th from 3:00pm – 8:00pm. Please have the name of your student’s core teachers and which day and time you would like to come in when scheduling your conferences.

Meetings are scheduled in 5-minute intervals with core teachers; elective teachers will be available on a drop-in basis in the cafetorium. Please contact Debbie Jessee or Julie Barrett in the main office to schedule your conference appointments.

Please note that Mr. Malcolm and Ms. Viafora are only available for appointments on Tuesday, October 10th, Ms. Goldfarb is unavailable both days, and appointments with Spanish teacher Mr. Barnett are scheduled directly with him.

Attendance Reminder: When calling a student in absent, a district-approved reason must be given in order for the absence to be excused.  If no reason is given, the absence is unexcused.

Green Team: The Green Team is coordinating our school's efforts for the Conservation Cup, a monthly energy-saving competition among schools for a traveling trophy. The next meeting will be during lunches on Thursday, September 28th. Please sign up using the form on the Green Team's page on the school site so we know how many students to expect.

Book Fair: We're going to the Wild, Wild West for the Scholastic Book Fair! Join us in the library for reading hijinks from October 4th through 11th. The fair will be open from 7:20 AM until 3 PM every day of fair, and later on conference nights. Volunteers are welcome - please use the book fair Sign-Up Genius if you want to help at the start and end of the school day or during conferences, or contact Mrs. Baker at ambaker@jeffco.k12.co.us to help during the day. Thank you for helping us rustle up readers!

Counseling News: News from our counseling department:

PTA News

Please see the September 27, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, including:

Community Events

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:


Weekly Wednesday Update - October 4, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 4th, 2017.

Community Behavior: The school has received several complaints about students' behavior in the neighborhood and in local businesses. Please talk with your student(s) about proper behavior in and around the community. Blocking the streets, flipping off adults, throwing/spitting food at one another in store aisles, and being rude to patrons of local businesses are unacceptable behaviors.

PTA Reflections: We would like to congratulate the following West Jefferson Middle School students for their entries in the Reflections Contest:

Literature
1st Place: Sage Swegle

Music Composition

1st Place: Blake and Shane Wickham

Photography

1st Place: Sage Swegle

2nd Place: Brody Harpin

3rd Place: Joseph Burtis

Visual Arts

1st Place: (tie) Blake Wickham, Shane Wickham, Sage Swegle

2nd Place: (tie) Ella Johnson, Yzzy Bellotti

Thank you to all the students that participated!

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, October 5th from 3:30pm – 8:30pm, and Tuesday, October 10th from 3:00pm – 8:00pm. Please have the name of your student’s core teachers and which day and time you would like to come in when scheduling your conferences.

Meetings are scheduled in 5-minute intervals with core teachers; elective teachers will be available on a drop-in basis in the cafetorium. Please contact Debbie Jessee or Julie Barrett in the main office to schedule your conference appointments.

Please note that Mr. Malcolm and Ms. Viafora are only available for appointments on Tuesday, October 10th, Ms. Goldfarb is unavailable both days, and appointments with Spanish teacher Mr. Barnett are scheduled directly with him.

Book Fair: We're going to the Wild, Wild West for the Scholastic Book Fair! Join us in the library for reading hijinks from October 4th through 11th. The fair will be open from 7:20 AM until 3 PM every day of fair, and later on conference nights. Volunteers are welcome - please use the book fair Sign-Up Genius if you want to help at the start and end of the school day or during conferences, or contact Mrs. Baker at ambaker@jeffco.k12.co.us to help during the day. Thank you for helping us rustle up readers!

Instrumental Music: The first orchestra and band concerts of the year are next week! The orchestra concert will be on Monday, October 9th at 7:00pm in the gymnasium and the band concert will be on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00pm in the gymnasium. Ms. Garrison has sent out emails to the parents of her students regarding the details of these concerts. If you have not received those emails, please let her know at lgarriso@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Jazz band rehearsals will begin the week of October 16th in the band/orchestra room. Any students interested in jazz band are able to join and no prior jazz band experience is required! All 6th grade students will be in the Monday Jazz Band from 2:20-3:00 every Monday from October 16th- May 7th. All 7th/8th grade students will be in the Tuesday Jazz Band from 2:20-3:00 from October 17th- May 7th. There will be one concert at the end of the year on Monday, May 7th at 7:00pm in the cafetorium. There is a $30 fee for the entire year. The information and form can be found on Ms. Garrison's website.

Lunchtime spending: We have had recent issues with students buying too much food during lunch. Please note that there is no limit to how much your student can spend daily unless you contact Terri Mueller, our food services manager. You can reach her by phone at 303-982-3049 to check in on your student's daily usage or to set a spending limit.

In PTA News

Please see the October 4, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, including:

Community Events

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - October 11, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 11th, 2017.

Fall Break: Please note that there is no school on Friday, October 13 for fall break.

Spiritwear Sale: Spiritwear is back! Please visit the link below to order your WJMS gear. Orders are due by 11:59 PM on October 29th and will be delivered to the school the week prior to Thanksgiving break. https://westjeff17.itemorder.com/

Community Behavior: The school has received several complaints about students' behavior in the neighborhood and in local businesses. Please talk with your student(s) about proper behavior in and around the community. Blocking the streets, flipping off adults, throwing/spitting food at one another in store aisles, and being rude to patrons of local businesses are unacceptable behaviors.

Jazz Band: Jazz band rehearsals will begin the week of October 16th in the band/orchestra room. Any students interested in jazz band are able to join and no prior jazz band experience is required! All 6th grade students will be in the Monday Jazz Band from 2:20-3:00 every Monday from October 16th- May 7th. All 7th/8th grade students will be in the Tuesday Jazz Band from 2:20-3:00 from October 17th- May 7th. There will be one concert at the end of the year on Monday, May 7th at 7:00pm in the cafetorium. There is a $30 fee for the entire year. The information and form can be found on Ms. Garrison's website.

Lunchtime spending: We have had recent issues with students buying too much food during lunch. Please note that there is no limit to how much your student can spend daily, unless you contact our Food Services manager, Terri Mueller. You can reach her by phone at 303-982-3049 to check in on your student's daily usage or to set a spending limit.

Picture Retake Day: Picture retake day is Wednesday, October 25th. Please see the attached flyer for ordering online, or have your student stop by the main office for an order form. If you are unhappy with the first round pictures, please be sure to have your student bring the original package when coming for retakes.

In PTA News

Please see the October 11, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, including:

Thank you to the amazing families who helped with all of the events last week! We know it was a lot to ask and we are so glad everything worked out so well! We hope you enjoyed them as well.

A special thank you to Aimee Pless, Erika Legnard, and Heather Swegle for their work on the glow dance (we had record attendance this year!) and to the Teacher Appreciation committee (Heather Swegle, Val Hennes, and Christy Seaborne) for organizing the teacher meals during conferences last week.

Community Events


Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:


Weekly Wednesday Update - October 18, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 18th, 2017.

Spirit Day: Tomorrow is Spirit Day, an event started in 2010 to take a stand against bullying and to show support for LGBTQ students. If you would like, you can wear purple tomorrow to show support for this movement.

Spiritwear Sale: Spiritwear is back! Please visit the link below to order your WJMS gear. Orders are due by 11:59 PM on October 29th and will be delivered to the school the week prior to Thanksgiving break. https://westjeff17.itemorder.com/

Picture Retake Day: Picture retake day is Wednesday, October 25th. Please see the attached flyer for ordering online, or have your student stop by the main office for an order form. If you are unhappy with the first round pictures, please be sure to have your student bring the original package when coming for retakes.

In PTA News

Please see the October 18, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, including:

Turkey Trot: The PTA is trying something else new this year! Rather than tons of little fundraisers (and constant harassment), we are hosting a Turkey Trot fun run on November 3rd. It is our hope that this fun-filled event, complete with t-shirts, wristbands, teacher excursions, and other amazing prizes will be great fun for the kids as well as serving as a community-building event for our families! (In other words, please join your student for the race!) In order for this event to be a success though, we need your donations. Our working budget this year is almost $25,000 and our goal for this event is $20,000. Please consider sponsoring your student and asking a few of your favorite businesses to sponsor the event in exchange for race day or online advertising. All students who raise over $10 will get a wristband, $50 gets them a t-shirt, more and they get access to various parties (see packet for full details).

Community Events


StageDoor Theatre: the StageDoor Junior Company is putting on Madagascar Jr. with performances on November 3, 4, 10, and 11.

Jeffco Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services: Are you interested in working for Food and Nutrition Services? Learn about the job, apply and interview in one visit at one of the weekly sessions held throughout October and November on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 am at 809 Quail Street in Lakewood.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:


Weekly Wednesday Update - October 25, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 25th, 2017.

Spiritwear Sale: This is the last week to order spiritwear in the fall sale! Please visit the link below to order your WJMS gear. Orders are due by 11:59 PM on October 29th and will be delivered to the school the week prior to Thanksgiving break. https://westjeff17.itemorder.com/

Yearbook: This year the Yearbook staff’s goal is to include every student at WJMS in the 2017-2018 yearbook. In order to do so, we would love to have you be included in the book with your hobby and/or sport. If you would like to be featured on the Hobbies/Sports page, please email the picture to Mrs. Kavanaugh or leave a hard copy in Mrs. Kavanaugh’s mailbox. Make sure to get a permission slip signed, they are available on the school website and in the main office.

In PTA News

A huge thank you to Diane Moy for organizing Movie Night last week, and to all the generous volunteers who donated their time.

Please see the October 25, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, including:

Community Events

StageDoor Theatre: the StageDoor Junior Company is putting on Madagascar Jr. with performances on November 3, 4, 10, and 11.

Venue Theatre: the Venue Theatre High School Company is putting on Thoroughly Modern Millie with performances on the first three weekends of November.

Ultimate Frisbee: A USA Ultimate Learn to Play Clinic will be offered for middle schoolers on October 29th and November 5th at Wilmot Elementary in Evergreen. Please see the flyer for details.

Jeffco Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services: Are you interested in working for Food and Nutrition Services? Learn about the job, apply and interview in one visit at one of the weekly sessions held throughout October and November on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 am at 809 Quail Street in Lakewood.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:


Weekly Wednesday Update - November 1, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for November 1st, 2017.

Early release day: Friday, November 3rd is an early release day. School will dismiss at 11:50am. There are no lunch services on early release days.

Choir performance: Tuesday, November 7th is our choir concert, 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the cafetorium.

Yearbook: This year the Yearbook staff’s goal is to include every student at WJMS in the 2017-2018 yearbook. In order to do so, we would love to have you be included in the book with your hobby and/or sport. If you would like to be featured on the Hobbies/Sports page, please email the picture to Mrs. Kavanaugh or leave a hard copy in Mrs. Kavanaugh’s mailbox. Make sure to get a permission slip signed, they are available on the school website and in the main office.

Buss Pass and Attendance Reminder: If your student is riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop, the office must have permission in writing, and these notes need to be turned into the office first thing in the morning.

If your student is absent from school, please be sure to call the attendance line at 303-982-3051. Please note that if a reason for the absence is not given, the absence will be unexcused.

Book Fair: Thank you for visiting, volunteering, and supporting our Scholastic Book Fair at the start of October! Our sales provided just over $2000 in Scholastic credit that will be used for library purchasing, including classroom book sets, and 66 new books that will start circulating from our library in November.

Box Tops for Education: Thank you to our families and community members that contributed to the $215 value in Box Tops we sent in our fall submission. Please keep clipping and sending them in - our spring submission will be shipped on February 28, 2018. You can see the Box Top totals collected by Advise on the Box Tops for Education page on the school website.

In PTA News


It has been brought to our attention that parents and students may not know what the PTA does at West Jeff Middle. Please read our Turkey Trot Letter to learn more about our efforts at the school and how you can support our mission. Thank you!

Please see the November 1, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, including:

And don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Events


StageDoor Theatre: the StageDoor Junior Company is putting on Madagascar Jr. with performances on November 3, 4, 10, and 11.

Venue Theatre: the Venue Theatre High School Company is putting on Thoroughly Modern Millie with performances on the first three weekends of November.

Jeffco Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services: Are you interested in working for Food and Nutrition Services? Learn about the job, apply and interview in one visit at one of the weekly sessions held throughout October and November on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 am at 809 Quail Street in Lakewood.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - November 8, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for November 8th, 2017.

New trimester schedules: Trimester 2 schedules are now available for you to print, copy, or write down at home. The office will not print your schedule.

Veterans Day Celebration: We are celebrating Veterans Day on Friday, November 10, with a program at 7:30 am in the gymnasium. Please see our website for more information and to RSVP if you plan to join us or have information for an honoree.

Part-Time Educational Support Opening: We are looking for a Special Education Building Support Paraprofessional. The hours are 8:05 AM - 2:20 PM weekdays. If you are interested in the position or know someone that is looking for part-time work, please apply through Teacher Match at http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/employment/jobs .

Office Reminders:

6th Grade Parents: Please note that Outdoor Lab packets were passed out in class last Thursday. Students must return signed Acknowledgment forms and Med Forms to their Advise teacher by November 16th.

In PTA News


The PTA would love to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who supported the Turkey Trot event: organizer Sandy Blaylock, all of the volunteers, the families and businesses who donated, the students who raised funds, and the teachers and staff who helped make this a fun event! We still have money coming in and plan to officially announce the "final total" as well as the remaining prize winners and sponsors next week. Please send in your final donations and stay tuned for the results! Photos of the event will be available on our Facebook page, pending waiver checks.

The Teacher Appreciation Committee is organizing a surprise for the teachers. If you are able to donate or volunteer, please click here.

Our last PTA meeting of 2017 will be on Thursday, Nov. 16th at 2:35pm in the Library. We will be voting on Educator Grants so please join us to help vote!

Please see the November 8, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on upcoming events and how you can get involved. We need your help to make these events happen.

And don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Events


Eudaimonia Free Trial Class: Eudaimonia Human Flourishing Center is offering a free trial class and a percentage of memberships that list West Jeff Middle as their referral back to our school. They offer classes for all ages, including parkour/ninja warrior style training, mixed modality HIIT classes, yoga and therapeutic exercise classes.

StageDoor Theatre: the StageDoor Junior Company is putting on Madagascar Jr. with performances on November 3, 4, 10, and 11.

Venue Theatre: the Venue Theatre High School Company is putting on Thoroughly Modern Millie with performances on the first three weekends of November.

Jeffco Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services: Are you interested in working for Food and Nutrition Services? Learn about the job, apply and interview in one visit at one of the weekly sessions held throughout October and November on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 am at 809 Quail Street in Lakewood.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:


Weekly Wednesday Update - November 15, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for November 15th, 2017.

Thanksgiving Break: Our Thanksgiving break is Monday, November 20th through Friday, November 24th. Students return to school on Monday, November 27th, 2017.

Honor Roll: Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above make honor roll. Please login to Parent Portal to view your student's report card. Here are the dates and times for the honor roll assemblies:

6th Grade – Wednesday, November 29th 7:40am – 8:00am

8th Grade – Wednesday, November 29th 8:05am – 8:25am

7th Grade – Thursday, November 30th 7:40am – 8:00am

Lost and Found: Lost and Found is out of control! Please stop by the school before Winter break to claim your student's lost items. All unclaimed items will be sent to the Mountain Resource Center during winter break.

Office Reminders:

Outdoor Lab: Outdoor Lab packets were passed out in sixth grade classes at the start of November. Students must return signed Acknowledgment forms and Med Forms to their Advise teacher by November 16th. (For a replacement copy to print on your own, please see Parents & Students - Outdoor Lab Schools.)

The $350 fee for Outdoor Lab is due by January 19th, except for families that have been using grocery store cards to raise funds. As soon as the school receives the fundraising information from the Outdoor Lab Foundation in January, our financial secretary will apply the total toward individual students' fees, then e-mail families so they can pay any remaining balance. Any questions about Outdoor Lab fees can be directed to Debbie Jessee at 303-982-3056.

Part-Time Educational Support Opening: We are looking for a Special Education Building Support Paraprofessional. The hours are 8:05 AM - 2:20 PM weekdays. If you are interested in the position or know someone that is looking for part-time work, please apply through Teacher Match at http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/employment/jobs .

In PTA News

Please see the November 15, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items listed above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Events


Jeffco Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services: Are you interested in working for Food and Nutrition Services? Learn about the job, apply and interview in one visit at one of the weekly sessions held throughout October and November on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 am at 809 Quail Street in Lakewood.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:


Weekly Wednesday Update - November 29, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for November 29th, 2017.

Part-Time Educational Support Opening: We are looking for a Special Education Building Support Paraprofessional. The hours are 8:05 AM - 2:20 PM weekdays. If you are interested in the position or know someone that is looking for part-time work, please apply through Teacher Match at http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/employment/jobs .

Family-School Partnership Survey: Our school is committed to ensuring that your experience with our school is collaborative, successful and helps your child(ren) learn and grow. We want to know how we are doing. Below is a link to complete a survey about family school partnerships. The survey is anonymous and will only take 10 – 15 minutes. Results will be used to improve our school and your child(ren)’s learning environment. The survey opens Monday, November 27 and closes Wednesday, December 20. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback!

Water Testing Results: Jeffco Public Schools is the water purveyor for Conifer HS, West Jeff MS, and West Jeff ES. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) has recently made changes to the drinking water Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) reporting requirements for purveyors. In accordance with these changes, we are providing the attached Consumer Notification to you. If you have any questions, please call Environmental Services at 303-982-2349.

Office Reminders:

Outdoor Lab: The $350 fee for Outdoor Lab is due by January 19th, except for families that have been using grocery store cards to raise funds. As soon as the school receives the fundraising information from the Outdoor Lab Foundation in January, our financial secretary will apply the total toward individual students' fees, then e-mail families so they can pay any remaining balance. Any questions about Outdoor Lab fees can be directed to Debbie Jessee at 303-982-3056

Honor Roll: Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above make honor roll. Please login to Parent Portal to view your student's report card. Here are the dates and times for the honor roll assemblies:

7th Grade – Thursday, November 30th 7:40am – 8:00am

Lost and Found: Lost and Found is out of control! Please stop by the school before Winter break to claim your student's lost items. All unclaimed items will be sent to the Mountain Resource Center during winter break.

In PTA News

PTA has been busy (as always) supporting students and teachers! Here are some of the highlights! To get the full details, check out the PTA Supplement.


Please see the
November 29, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items listed above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Events


StageDoor Theatre: The Senior Company is presenting Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella from December 1-9.

Venue Theatre: The Venue Theatre is presenting Flakes! A Musical Celebration of Snow, Slush, and Snirt! and Nutcracker: A Youth Musical from December 1-3.


Conifer Historical Society Kids Party: Youth ages 4-12 and their adults are invited to attend a holiday party on Saturday, December 9 at the Little White Schoolhouse Museum. Please see the flyer for more information and to RSVP.


Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:


Weekly Wednesday Update - December 6, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for December 6th, 2017.

Extra Academic Support: Did you know that most teachers stay after school once a week - if not more often - to work with students? Most teachers are available on Tuesdays and can make plans for other days as well. The typical time they are available is from shortly after school at 2:30 pm until 3:10 pm. Some teachers also work with students during lunchtime. If you would like your student to stay after or work during lunchtime to get more help, please contact the specific teacher and set up a time for your student. Students that stay after school for academic support need to be picked up by 3:30 pm from the school as we do not have any late bus options.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robinson at smrobins@jeffco.k12.co.us or 303-982-3056 x3.

Lost and Found: Lost and Found is out of control! Please stop by the school before Winter break to claim your student's lost items. All unclaimed items will be sent to the Mountain Resource Center during winter break.

Family-School Partnership Survey: Our school is committed to ensuring that your experience with our school is collaborative, successful and helps your child(ren) learn and grow. We want to know how we are doing. Below is a link to complete a survey about family school partnerships. The survey is anonymous and will only take 10 – 15 minutes. Results will be used to improve our school and your child(ren)’s learning environment. The survey opens Monday, November 27 and closes Wednesday, December 20. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity: Similar to First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. This training is being offered at West Jefferson Elementary School on Saturday, January 27, 2018. There is no cost to participants thanks to grant funding and the certification is good for three years. If you are interested in attending this training, please contact David Fennimore at dfennimo@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Office Reminders:

If your student is riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop, the office must have permission in writing. These notes need to be turned into the office first thing in the morning.

If your student is absent from school, please be sure to call the attendance line at 303-982-3051. Note that if a reason for the absence is not given, the absence will be unexcused.

Parents, all meetings with teachers must be prearranged with the teacher(s). Whenever you are in the school, you must check in at the front office and receive a “Visitor” badge.

Outdoor Lab Fees: The $350 fee for Outdoor Lab is due by January 19th, except for families that have been using grocery store cards to raise funds. As soon as the school receives the fundraising information from the Outdoor Lab Foundation in January, our financial secretary will apply the total toward individual students' fees, then e-mail families so they can pay any remaining balance. Any questions about Outdoor Lab fees can be directed to Debbie Jessee at 303-982-3056.

In PTA News

2017 is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the PTA is on vacation just yet. Here are some of the highlights of what remains in 2017!

To get the full details on these items and more, check out the PTA Supplement.

Please see the December 6, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items listed above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Events

StageDoor Theatre: The Senior Company is presenting Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella from December 1-9.

Conifer Historical Society Kids Party: Youth ages 4-12 and their adults are invited to attend a holiday party on Saturday, December 9 at the Little White Schoolhouse Museum. Please see the flyer for more information and to RSVP.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - December 13, 2017

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for December 13th, 2017.

Extra Academic Support: Did you know that most teachers stay after school once a week - if not more often - to work with students? Most teachers are available on Tuesdays and can make plans for other days as well. The typical time they are available is from shortly after school at 2:30 pm until 3:10 pm. Some teachers also work with students during lunchtime. If you would like your student to stay after or work during lunchtime to get more help, please contact the specific teacher and set up a time for your student. Students that stay after school for academic support need to be picked up by 3:30 pm from the school as we do not have any late bus options. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robinson at smrobins@jeffco.k12.co.us or 303-982-3056 x3.

Lost and Found: Last call! Please stop by the school before winter break to claim students' items from Lost and Found. All unclaimed items will be sent to the Mountain Resource Center during winter break.

Family-School Partnership Survey: Our school is committed to ensuring that your experience with our school is collaborative, successful and helps your child(ren) learn and grow. We want to know how we are doing. Below is a link to complete a survey about family school partnerships. The survey is anonymous and will only take 10 – 15 minutes. Results will be used to improve our school and your child(ren)’s learning environment. The survey opens Monday, November 27 and closes Wednesday, December 20. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity: Similar to First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. This training is being offered at West Jefferson Elementary School on Saturday, January 27, 2018. There is no cost to participants thanks to grant funding and the certification is good for three years. If you are interested in attending this training, please contact David Fennimore at dfennimo@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Office Reminders:

If your student is riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop, the office must have permission in writing. These notes need to be turned into the office first thing in the morning.

If your student is absent from school, please be sure to call the attendance line at 303-982-3051. Note that if a reason for the absence is not given, the absence will be unexcused.

Parents, all meetings with teachers must be prearranged with the teacher(s). Whenever you are in the school, you must check in at the front office and receive a “Visitor” badge.

Outdoor Lab Fees: The $350 fee for Outdoor Lab is due by January 19th, except for families that have been using grocery store cards to raise funds. As soon as the school receives the fundraising information from the Outdoor Lab Foundation in January, our financial secretary will apply the total toward individual students' fees, then e-mail families so they can pay any remaining balance. Any questions about Outdoor Lab fees can be directed to Debbie Jessee at 303-982-3056.

Community Message from Mrs. Brown: Mrs. Brown has returned to work part-time as of December 13 and will return to work full-time in January after break. She thanks everyone for their kindness and well wishes throughout both of her medical leaves. Please read the attachment for an important message from Mrs. Brown.

In PTA News


We know you are counting down the days until Winter Break – probably more than your kid is! – but we have a few more events left for the kiddos this year and we need your help! Here are some of the highlights, but get the full details on these items and more, by checking out the PTA Supplement.

Please see the December 13, 2017 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items listed above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Events


Jefferson County Public Library events: Please see the attached flyers for upcoming programs at the Evergreen Library:

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - January 10, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for January 10th, 2018.

Family in Need: After a devastating house fire, one of our families is in need of some support. The PTA is collecting store and restaurant gift cards for the family. If you would like to contribute, please send your donations to the school office in an envelope marked "PTA - Sunshine Committee - Fire".

Blizzard Mountain Pinball in Aspen Park is holding a fundraising event for the family on Monday, January 15th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. All proceeds from attendees paying for unlimited play during that time will be donated

to the family.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences are this month! When calling to schedule your conference please be sure to have the following information available:

Please email Debbie Jessee or Julie Barrett or call the main office at 303-982-3056 to schedule your conference.

Remember to have all the above information that is needed for scheduling your conference.

After-School Reminder: We would like to remind families that students that are staying after school need to be with a teacher the entire time. We have had a number of students just “hanging” out at the school after dismissal. Unless students have an arrangement with a teacher, they must either go home on the bus or be picked up by 3:10 PM.

National Geographic Bee: Congratulations to the students that participated in our National Geographic Bee school championship on Thursday, December 14th: eighth graders Nate Allem and Lars Carpenter; seventh graders Patrick Kenney, Alex Miller, and Lucas Sessions; and sixth graders Kellyn Dougherty, Ben Harrison, and Adam Tal. Our school champion, Nate Allem, will be taking the state qualifying test for a shot at participating in the Colorado National Geographic Bee in the spring. Adam Tal was our runner up. Great job!

BEST Robotics: Our BEST Robotics team was one of only two middle school teams from the Front Range BEST hub to advance to the Denver regional championship the weekend of December 16. Only 24 teams of about 90 teams from five hubs, including New Mexico, advanced to the regional championships this year. Our team was one of only four middle schools and one elementary team represented at the regional championship, all others were high schools. Congratulations to our hardworking team members and thank you to sponsors David Williams and Jason Wooldridge and all our family and community members that support STEAM programming at our school!

BEST Robotics is an annual competition that challenges students to build a robot in six weeks. Our team belongs to the Front Range BEST hub; at the regional level, we compete with teams from the Front Range, Golden Plains, Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountain, New Mexico, and Southern Colorado hubs.

Extra Academic Support: Did you know that most teachers stay after school once a week - if not more often - to work with students? Most teachers are available on Tuesdays and can make plans for other days as well. The typical time they are available is from shortly after school at 2:30 pm until 3:10 pm. Some teachers also work with students during lunchtime. If you would like your student to stay after or work during lunchtime to get more help, please contact the specific teacher and set up a time for your student. Students that stay after school for academic support need to be picked up by 3:30 pm from the school as we do not have any late bus options. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robinson at smrobins@jeffco.k12.co.us or 303-982-3056 x3.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity: Similar to First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. This training is being offered at West Jefferson Elementary School on Saturday, January 27, 2018. There is no cost to participants thanks to grant funding and the certification is good for three years. If you are interested in attending this training, please contact David Fennimore at dfennimo@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Outdoor Lab Fees: The $350 fee for Outdoor Lab is due by January 19th, except for families that have been using grocery store cards to raise funds. As soon as the school receives the fundraising information from the Outdoor Lab Foundation in January, our financial secretary will apply the total toward individual students' fees, then e-mail families so they can pay any remaining balance. Any questions about Outdoor Lab fees can be directed to Debbie Jessee at 303-982-3056.

In PTA News


Welcome back! PTA is rested and ready to have a blast with your kids this spring. Here are some of the January highlights!

Please see the January 10, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items listed above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information


School Showcase: All interested students, parents and community members are invited to visit West Jefferson Middle School on Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm to learn more about curriculum, courses, opportunities, and student life. Our showcase provides an opportunity for students and families to talk with current students and staff, learn more about the middle school experience, electives, Outdoor Lab, GT Center program and STEAM.

Theatre classes in Evergreen: Evergreen Players' Studio One program is offering afternoon classes in acting and improv from February through April. Please see the flyer for more information.

Start Time Information Night: Jeffco Public Schools will be holding a meeting to share information and collect general input and concerns about school start times on Monday, February 12, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Board Room (5th floor) of the Ed Center, 1829 Denver West Drive #27. A task force to examine school start time options will be established after the initial meeting.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Principal Selection Process

Area achievement director Dan Cohan sent information on January 12 to the West Jefferson Middle School community about the upcoming principal selection process. (The entire letter is available in Adobe PDF format at the end of this page.)

What will be happening?

We will follow a process that allows the school community to provide input into the leadership qualities that potential candidates should possess and provide for a confidential selection process. It will also involve selection of the committee that will be charged with recommending a principal finalist to the Superintendent and Board of Education.

Mr. Cohan will be meeting with staff and parent community at separate meetings. There are three parts to each meeting:

When will these meetings take place?

The staff meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 7th. Per district hiring practices, two licensed staff members and one classified staff member will serve on the principal selection committee. The representatives will be chosen by staff nomination and vote.

The parent meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 13 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in the school library. Two parent representatives will also serve on the selection committee. The school accountability committee chair, Sara Miller, will be one representative. The other will be selected during the parent meeting by nomination and vote.

When will the selection process get underway?

The rigorous school-community-based principal selection process will occur in late February or early March. The specific date has not been determined.

What if I have more questions?

Concerns and questions may be directed to School Innovation & Effectiveness administrative assistant Cindy Barnett at 303-982-6939.


Weekly Wednesday Update - January 17, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for January 17th, 2018.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences are this month! When calling to schedule your conference please be sure to have the following information available:


Please email
Debbie Jessee or Julie Barrett or call the main office at 303-982-3056 to schedule your conference.

Remember to have all the above information that is needed for scheduling your conference.

After-School Reminders: We would like to remind families that students that are staying after school need to be with a teacher the entire time. We have had a number of students just “hanging” out at the school after dismissal. Unless students have an arrangement with a teacher, they must either go home on the bus or be picked up by 3:10 PM.

We have been receiving complaints from local merchants and other community members going about their business that students are exhibiting disrespectful behavior towards them after school. Among the reports: students are forming a human chain across the street blocking vehicles, throwing a football from one side of the street to the other as cars pass by, and flipping off people in their cars. These students go into the local grocery stores, fast food merchants, and the arcade and cause all manner of issues in these locations.

As these incidents are occurring after school hours, anyone who reports this behavior to the school is encouraged to report it to local law enforcement, and are also requested to pull their surveillance video so the school may assist with identifying the offenders.

Families are urged to speak with their students about this behavior and expectations for before and after school activities. We are all one community and being a productive and respectful member of it is an important lesson for young people. Additionally, some of these behaviors may be putting our students at risk for injury, which is extremely concerning. Thank you for your support in building and maintaining strong community partnerships.

Extra Academic Support: Did you know that most teachers stay after school once a week - if not more often - to work with students? Most teachers are available on Tuesdays and can make plans for other days as well. The typical time they are available is from shortly after school at 2:30 pm until 3:10 pm. Some teachers also work with students during lunchtime. If you would like your student to stay after or work during lunchtime to get more help, please contact the specific teacher and set up a time for your student. Students that stay after school for academic support need to be picked up by 3:30 pm from the school as we do not have any late bus options.If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robinson at smrobins@jeffco.k12.co.us or 303-982-3056 x3.

Outdoor Lab Fees: The $350 fee for Outdoor Lab is due by January 19th, except for families that have been using grocery store cards to raise funds. As soon as the school receives the fundraising information from the Outdoor Lab Foundation in January, our financial secretary will apply the total toward individual students' fees, then e-mail families so they can pay any remaining balance. Any questions about Outdoor Lab fees can be directed to Debbie Jessee at 303-982-3056.

In PTA News

PTA is back at it and we need your help! The January highlights are below; be sure to check out the PTA Supplement for the full details! To learn more about our plans for the remainder of the school year, make sure to attend our meeting tomorrow, Thursday, January 18th at 2:35pm in the library.

Please see the January 17, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items listed above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information


Conifer HS Trivia Night: A trivia night, open to attendees ages 14 and older, will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 to benefit Conifer High School. The cost is $15 per attendee with tables of eight participants. Please see the flyer for more information.

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day. Please see the flyer for more information.

Start Time Information Night: Jeffco Public Schools will be holding a meeting to share information and collect general input and concerns about school start times on Monday, February 12, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Board Room (5th floor) of the Ed Center, 1829 Denver West Drive #27. A task force to examine school start time options will be established after the initial meeting.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - January 24, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for January 24th, 2018.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tomorrow is the last night for Parent/Teacher Conferences! When calling to schedule your conference please be sure to have the following information available:

Please email Debbie Jessee or Julie Barrett or call the main office at 303-982-3056 to schedule your conference.

Remember to have all the above information that is needed for scheduling your conference.

Hat Day: This Friday, January 26, is a Hat Day fundraiser to help the WJMS TSA with the costs of their state competition in February. For a $1 donation, students and staff may wear a hat in school for the day. Please remember that if the hat becomes a distraction in class, students may be asked to remove their hat, even if they made a donation. Thank you.

After-School Reminders: We would like to remind families that students that are staying after school need to be with a teacher the entire time. We have had a number of students just “hanging” out at the school after dismissal. Unless students have an arrangement with a teacher, they must either go home on the bus or be picked up by 3:10 PM.

We have been receiving complaints from local merchants and other community members going about their business that students are exhibiting disrespectful behavior towards them after school. Among the reports: students are forming a human chain across the street blocking vehicles, throwing a football from one side of the street to the other as cars pass by, and flipping off people in their cars. These students go into the local grocery stores, fast food merchants, and the arcade and cause all manner of issues in these locations.

As these incidents are occurring after school hours, anyone who reports this behavior to the school is encouraged to report it to local law enforcement, and are also requested to pull their surveillance video so the school may assist with identifying the offenders.

Families are urged to speak with their students about this behavior and expectations for before and after school activities. We are all one community and being a productive and respectful member of it is an important lesson for young people. Additionally, some of these behaviors may be putting our students at risk for injury, which is extremely concerning. Thank you for your support in building and maintaining strong community partnerships.

In PTA News

Happy Wednesday! It’s a busy week at WJMS! We hope you can join in the fun!

Please see the January 24, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items listed above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Conifer HS Trivia Night: A trivia night, open to attendees ages 14 and older, will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 to benefit Conifer High School. The cost is $15 per attendee with tables of eight participants. Please see the flyer for more information.

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day. Please see the flyer for more information.

Start Time Information Night: Jeffco Public Schools will be holding a meeting to share information and collect general input and concerns about school start times on Monday, February 12, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Board Room (5th floor) of the Ed Center, 1829 Denver West Drive #27. A task force to examine school start time options will be established after the initial meeting.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - January 31, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for January 31st, 2018.

Outdoor Lab: Sixth grade students will return from Outdoor Lab on Friday, February 2nd. The buses are scheduled to arrive between 12:00 and 12:30 PM. Students must be picked up at this time. When picking up your student, please do not park in the bus lane, there will be 8 buses returning and will need to park in the bus lane.

Any outstanding Outdoor Lab fees are due. Totals for families that participated in the Outdoor Lab grocery card program have been reported and fees adjusted accordingly. Please log into Jeffco Connect to see any outstanding balance and pay.

Local Issue Experts for Student Interviews: The sixth grade is looking for parents and community members who work in the areas of water resource issues, forest mitigation, wildlife management, fire fighting, mining and oil drilling, snow removal, and pollution. If you are willing and able to come in during the school day to be interviewed on March 1st, please contact Suzy Lauer, Kristy Sjogren, or Alex Buffington.

Yearbook: If you wish to capture all of the memorable moments that we have had at West Jeff, make sure to purchase a 2017-2018 yearbook! Each book is $30 and can be purchased through Jeffco Connect or with Mrs. Jessee in the financial office.

Box Tops for Education: It's time to bring in your collected Box Tops for Education! This easy fundraiser nets several hundred dollars a year for our school. Box Tops may be dropped off in the collection bucket by the financial secretary's window or at the library circulation desk. If you would like your submission credited to a specific Advise class or teacher, please note that on the envelope or on/in the bag holding your Box Tops. You can see how many Box Tops we've collected by class at http://wjms.us/family_resources/fundraising/boxtops

Denise Capretta Memorial at Marshdale Elementary: Last year, our community lost Denise Capretta to ALS. She was a gifted teacher, mentor to many, lover of the outdoors, and a great person to call a friend. Denise's family wanted an appropriate way to honor her, so we are pleased to announce the dedication of the Denise Capretta Memorial Reading Loft in the Marshdale Elementary LMC.

All are welcome at Marshdale Elementary on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 am for a loft unveiling, some words about Denise, and good conversation with Denise's family and friends in honor of our teacher and friend.

In PTA News

We'd like to thank all parents and staff who supported the various WJMS activities last week: Math 7/8 PBL support, restaurant night at JJ Madwell's, conference night teacher dinner, and the health and wellness committee's Kindness Project!

We have several activities coming up:

Please see the January 31, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items listed above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Olympic opening ceremonies with the Girl Scouts: Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade girls are invited to Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey on Friday, February 9th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm to view the Olympic opening ceremony and experience the impact of Girl Scouts. Tour the world for $5/per girl! RSVP to Elizabeth Moore at moore.ems@gmail.com .

Conifer HS Trivia Night: A trivia night, open to attendees ages 14 and older, will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 to benefit Conifer High School. The cost is $15 per attendee with tables of eight participants. Please see the flyer for more information.

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day. Please see the flyer for more information.

Start Time Information Night: Jeffco Public Schools will be holding a meeting to share information and collect general input and concerns about school start times on Monday, February 12, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Board Room (5th floor) of the Ed Center, 1829 Denver West Drive #27. A task force to examine school start time options will be established after the initial meeting.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - February 7, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for February 7, 2018.

Electronic Device Use: We are having issues with students using their cell phones/electronic devices for non-instructional purposes during the school day. Please remind your student(s) that texting, phone call, games, taking pictures, and social media are not appropriate uses of the cell phone during school hours. You may refer to our Student Handbook, also published in the front of student planners, under "Personal Property" for the rules on electronic devices and the uses in school. Electronic devices can be confiscated by teachers, administration, and school staff if devices are being used inappropriately.

Local Issue Experts for Student Interviews: The sixth grade is looking for parents and community members who work in the areas of water resource issues, forest mitigation, wildlife management, fire fighting, mining and oil drilling, snow removal, and pollution. If you are willing and able to come in during the school day to be interviewed on March 1st, please contact Suzy Lauer, Kristy Sjogren, or Alex Buffington.

Yearbook: If you wish to capture all of the memorable moments that we have had at West Jeff, make sure to purchase a 2017-2018 yearbook! Each book is $30 and can be purchased through Jeffco Connect or with Mrs. Jessee in the financial office.

Box Tops for Education: Thank you for bringing in your collected Box Tops for Education! Everything we have by the end of February will be sent in for the spring submission. Box Tops may be dropped off in the collection bucket by the financial secretary's window or at the library circulation desk. If you would like your submission credited to a specific Advise class or teacher, please note that on the envelope or on/in the bag holding your Box Tops.

Denise Capretta Memorial at Marshdale Elementary: Last year, our community lost Denise Capretta to ALS. She was a gifted teacher, mentor to many, lover of the outdoors, and a great person to call a friend. Denise's family wanted an appropriate way to honor her, so we are pleased to announce the dedication of the Denise Capretta Memorial Reading Loft in the Marshdale Elementary LMC.

All are welcome at Marshdale Elementary on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 am for a loft unveiling, some words about Denise, and good conversation with Denise's family and friends in honor of our teacher and friend.

Principal Selection Process Parent Meeting: Area achievement director Dan Cohan will be hosting a meeting for parents on the upcoming principal selection process on Tuesday, February 13 from 6 to 7 PM in the West Jeff Middle library.

One of the activities at the meeting will be nominating and voting on a parent representative to the principal selection committee. If you are interested in this opportunity, please note that it requires a half-day training at the school on the morning of Wednesday, February 28 and being on-site at the school for the duration of the school day on Monday, March 5.

In PTA News

Val-o-grams are for sale! Movie night is back! Elections are almost here! Continuation planning is underway! And don’t forget to reserve your spot for the (adults only) Sip 'n' Paint!

There are so many ways for families and students to get involved in PTA this semester. Please see the February 7, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items mentioned above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Olympic opening ceremonies with the Girl Scouts: Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade girls are invited to Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey on Friday, February 9th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm to view the Olympic opening ceremony and experience the impact of Girl Scouts. Tour the world for $5/per girl! RSVP to Elizabeth Moore at moore.ems@gmail.com .

Conifer HS Trivia Night: A trivia night, open to attendees ages 14 and older, will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 to benefit Conifer High School. The cost is $15 per attendee with tables of eight participants.

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day.

Start Time Information Night: Jeffco Public Schools will be holding a meeting to share information and collect general input and concerns about school start times on Monday, February 12, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Board Room (5th floor) of the Ed Center, 1829 Denver West Drive #27. A task force to examine school start time options will be established after the initial meeting.

Platte Canyon Little League: Registration for Platte Canyon Little League, which is open to boys and girls ages 4-16, is open for the spring 2018 season. Player assessments will take place on February 24 at Platte Canyon High School.

Colorado School of Mines summer camps: Registration for the Academies of Young Minds summer camp programs is now open. Held at the Colorado School of Mines, the programs focus on physical and natural sciences, history, and nature.

Free Math and Science Tutoring: math and science tutoring is available on Wednesdays from 4 - 6 PM at Conifer Community Church, which is within walking distance of our school. Tutoring is offered by Dave Dickey, a former math and science teacher.

Jeffco Public Schools Night with the Denver Nuggets: If you've been waiting for a deal on Nuggets tickets, plan on attending Jeffco Public Schools' Community Night with the Denver Nuggets on Friday, February 23rd as the Nuggets play the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center. While you enjoy tickets available at a discounted rate, a portion of every ticket purchased will benefit the Jeffco Public Schools Foundation. Tickets can be ordered online at www.nuggetstix.com/1718jeffco.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - February 14, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for February 14, 2018.

Early Release Day: This Friday, February 16, is an early release day. The school day will end at 11:50 am and buses will run at that time. There will be no lunch services.

New Principal Selection Process: During the past few weeks, our area achievement director has held meetings with staff and families about the principal selection process. Two licensed staff members (teachers), one classified staff member (a secretary), and a parent have been elected to serve on the principal selection committee. (The school accountability committee chair was appointed by the district to the other parent position on the committee.) Families are now invited to provide input on their "look-fors" in the principal selection process at the following URL: http://tinyurl.com/wjmsparentinput

Electronic Device Use: We are having issues with students using their cell phones/electronic devices for non-instructional purposes during the school day. Please remind your student(s) that texting, phone call, games, taking pictures, and social media are not appropriate uses of the cell phone during school hours. You may refer to our Student Handbook, also published in the front of student planners, under "Personal Property" for the rules on electronic devices and the uses in school. Electronic devices can be confiscated by teachers, administration, and school staff if devices are being used inappropriately.

Local Issue Experts for Student Interviews: The sixth grade is looking for parents and community members who work in the areas of water resource issues, forest mitigation, wildlife management, fire fighting, mining and oil drilling, snow removal, and pollution. If you are willing and able to come in during the school day to be interviewed on March 1st, please contact Suzy Lauer, Kristy Sjogren, or Alex Buffington.

Yearbook: If you wish to capture all of the memorable moments that we have had at West Jeff, make sure to purchase a 2017-2018 yearbook! Each book is $30 and can be purchased through Jeffco Connect or with Mrs. Jessee in the financial office.

Box Tops for Education: Thank you for bringing in your collected Box Tops for Education! Everything we have by the end of February will be sent in for the spring submission. Box Tops may be dropped off in the collection bucket by the financial secretary's window or at the library circulation desk. If you would like your submission credited to a specific Advise class or teacher, please note that on the envelope or on/in the bag holding your Box Tops.

Denise Capretta Memorial at Marshdale Elementary: Last year, our community lost Denise Capretta to ALS. She was a gifted teacher, mentor to many, lover of the outdoors, and a great person to call a friend. Denise's family wanted an appropriate way to honor her, so we are pleased to announce the dedication of the Denise Capretta Memorial Reading Loft in the Marshdale Elementary LMC.

All are welcome at Marshdale Elementary on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 am for a loft unveiling, some words about Denise, and good conversation with Denise's family and friends in honor of our teacher and friend.

In PTA News

Elections are almost here! Continuation planning is underway! And don't forget to reserve your spot for the (adults only) Sip 'n' Paint!

Please see the February 14, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update for information on all of the items mentioned above - and don’t forget to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day.

Platte Canyon Little League: Registration for Platte Canyon Little League, which is open to boys and girls ages 4-16, is open for the spring 2018 season. Player assessments will take place on February 24 at Platte Canyon High School.

Colorado School of Mines summer camps: Registration for the Academies of Young Minds summer camp programs is now open. Held at the Colorado School of Mines, the programs focus on physical and natural sciences, history, and nature.

Jeffco Public Schools Night with the Denver Nuggets: If you've been waiting for a deal on Nuggets tickets, plan on attending Jeffco Public Schools' Community Night with the Denver Nuggets on Friday, February 23rd as the Nuggets play the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center. While you enjoy tickets available at a discounted rate, a portion of every ticket purchased will benefit the Jeffco Public Schools Foundation. Tickets can be ordered online at www.nuggetstix.com/1718jeffco.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - February 21, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for February 21, 2018.

New Principal Selection Process: During the past few weeks, our area achievement director has held meetings with staff and families about the principal selection process. Two licensed staff members (teachers), one classified staff member (a secretary), and a parent have been elected to serve on the principal selection committee. (The school accountability committee chair was appointed by the district to the other parent position on the committee.) Families are now invited to provide input on their "look-fors" in the principal selection process at the following URL: http://tinyurl.com/wjmsparentinput

Electronic Device Use: We are having issues with students using their cell phones/electronic devices for non-instructional purposes during the school day. Please remind your student(s) that texting, phone call, games, taking pictures, and social media are not appropriate uses of the cell phone during school hours. You may refer to our Student Handbook, also published in the front of student planners, under "Personal Property" for the rules on electronic devices and the uses in school. Electronic devices can be confiscated by teachers, administration, and school staff if devices are being used inappropriately.

Local Issue Experts for Student Interviews: The sixth grade is looking for parents and community members who work in the areas of water resource issues, forest mitigation, wildlife management, fire fighting, mining and oil drilling, snow removal, and pollution. If you are willing and able to come in during the school day to be interviewed on March 1st, please contact Suzy Lauer, Kristy Sjogren, or Alex Buffington.

7th Grade Field Trip: The 7th grade is going to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Thursday, March 1, to see Creatures of Light, a new temporary exhibit about bioluminescence. The $5.50 cost may be paid via Jeffco Connect or at the financial office. Completed permission slips are due back to teachers by February 26.

Yearbook: If you wish to capture all of the memorable moments that we have had at West Jeff, make sure to purchase a 2017-2018 yearbook! Each book is $30 and can be purchased through Jeffco Connect or with Mrs. Jessee in the financial office.

Box Tops for Education: Thank you for bringing in your collected Box Tops for Education! Everything we have by the end of February will be sent in for the spring submission. Box Tops may be dropped off in the collection bucket by the financial secretary's window or at the library circulation desk. If you would like your submission credited to a specific Advise class or teacher, please note that on the envelope or on/in the bag holding your Box Tops.

Denise Capretta Memorial at Marshdale Elementary: Last year, our community lost Denise Capretta to ALS. She was a gifted teacher, mentor to many, lover of the outdoors, and a great person to call a friend. Denise's family wanted an appropriate way to honor her, so we are pleased to announce the dedication of the Denise Capretta Memorial Reading Loft in the Marshdale Elementary LMC.

All are welcome at Marshdale Elementary on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 am for a loft unveiling, some words about Denise, and good conversation with Denise's family and friends in honor of our teacher and friend.

Penny Wars: Penny Wars is back! Help the Interact Club support students with disabilities in Kenya by raising money to build an accessible playground with Sasa Harambee. During lunch times, there will be containers labeled for each grade. Pennies equal positive points, and coins or bills count as negative points. The grade level with the highest point value gets an extra recess the day before spring break!

In PTA News

School Store, two restaurant socials, a Movie & Game Night – OH MY!

The PTA calendar for the remainder of the school year is filling up so fast we can hardly keep up! We have everything from student-only experiences to community events, parent socials, informational meetings, fundraisers, and more.

Dine-in and carry out orders at The Pizza Joint near Marshdale (across from the bus barn) from 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday. February 27th will earn money for our school. Just mention West Jeff Middle School with your order.

Please see the full schedule in the February 21, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update. Help out where you can, access permission slips, and sign up to join us for some parents-only fun as well!

Don't forget, you don't have to be a PTA member to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Jeffco Public Schools Night with the Denver Nuggets: If you've been waiting for a deal on Nuggets tickets, plan on attending Jeffco Public Schools' Community Night with the Denver Nuggets on Friday, February 23rd as the Nuggets play the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center. While you enjoy tickets available at a discounted rate, a portion of every ticket purchased will benefit the Jeffco Public Schools Foundation. Tickets can be ordered online at www.nuggetstix.com/1718jeffco.

Platte Canyon Little League: Registration for Platte Canyon Little League, which is open to boys and girls ages 4-16, is open for the spring 2018 season. Player assessments will take place on February 24 at Platte Canyon High School.

Stingrays Swim Team: Winter season for the Stingrays Swim Team starts this Sunday, February 25 at The Ridge Recreation Center in Littleton.

The Lion King KIDS at StageDoor: The StageDoor Premier Company (2nd-5th grade students) will be putting on The Lion King KIDS on March 1-3 and 8-10. Tickets are $8-10.

Dinosaur Ridge summer day camps: Registration for the Dinosaur Ridge summer day camp programs is now open. Week-long day camps for students ages 6-13 are available.

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day.

Free Math and Science Tutoring: math and science tutoring is available on Wednesdays from 4 - 6 PM at Conifer Community Church, which is within walking distance of our school. Tutoring is offered by Dave Dickey, a former math and science teacher.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - February 28, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for February 28, 2018.

Advise discussion of school safety: Today during Advise we talked about how to stay safe in school. First we discussed the logistics about how we keep our school safe. We did not talk about any specifics of the latest school shooting but did have the students talk about the following:

Students had questions that we were able to answer and they had suggestions on how to improve safety in our school. The discussions were rich and informative. Please take the time to talk to your child about school safety. If you have any questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Brown or Mrs. Halingstad. Thank you so much.

Upcoming Events:

Tonight is our band concert in the gym at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, March 1st is our drama performance at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.

Our CMAS assessment window is fast approaching and we are working hard to prepare students for this important work. Please read the attached newsletter for more information on what the tests measure, our testing schedule, and tips for successful testing.

Colorado Technology Student Association competition results: February 22 through 24, 40 7th and 8th grade students from West Jefferson Middle School attended the annual Colorado Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference at the DTC Marriott. Over 600 middle school students and about 1000 high school students competed in 40+ events.

West Jeff Middle had their best year ever with medals in the following events:

Congratulations to all of our students who put in hours of hard work and competed at the state conference.

Colorado PTA Reflections results: Results from the Colorado PTA Reflections art competition have been announced. We are proud to have two students recognized at the state level: Brody Harpin received a silver medal in Middle School Photography and Shane Wickham received a silver medal in Middle School Music Composition. Both students will be included in a state celebration later this spring. Congratulations!

Penny Wars: Penny Wars is back! Help the Interact Club support students with disabilities in Kenya by raising money to build an accessible playground with Sasa Harambee. During lunch times, there will be containers labeled for each grade. Pennies equal positive points, and coins or bills count as negative points. The grade level with the highest point value gets an extra recess the day before spring break!

In PTA News

Mark your calendars for upcoming events:

Please see the full schedule in the February 28, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update. Don't forget, you don't have to be a PTA member to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Singin' in the Rain JR. at The Venue: The Venue Middle School Company has a final weekend of Singin' in the Rain JR. with shows on March 2 and 3. Tickets are $10-16.

Evergreen Youth Development Team: Boys currently in 7th and 8th grade interested in the youth development team for Evergreen High School Cougars Baseball are invited to tryout on Saturday, March 3. Advance registration on the Cougars Baseball website is required.

The Lion King KIDS at StageDoor: The StageDoor Premier Company (2nd-5th grade students) will be putting on The Lion King KIDS on March 1-3 and 8-10. Tickets are $8-10.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - March 7, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for March 7, 2018.

Basketball teams in Jeffco League Tournament: Our girls' basketball team is playing in the Jeffco League semi-finals today at 3:15 pm at Ridge Recreation Center, located at 6613 S. Ward Street in Littleton. If they win, they will play again at 4:45 pm. If they win both games today, they will go on to play in the finals next Wednesday, March 14, at the same location and game times. If they win both of those games, they will be the Jeffco League champions! Go West Jeff Girls' Basketball!

Our boys' basketball teams are also playing in the Jeffco League semi-finals. Their games are at 3:45 pm on Thursday, March 8. The 6th grade boys' game will be at Wulf Recreation Center in Evergreen and the 7th grade boys' game will be at Ridge Recreation Center in Littleton. We wish them the best!

National School Walkout: At 10 am on Wednesday, March 14th, students who wish to participate in the National School Walkout movement will be supported in their right to do so and will exit the building via the side doors. The walkout will last for 17 minutes to remember the 17 students killed last month at Parkland High School. Any adult family members that would like to come and help supervise the students participating and to help maintain a safe environment are welcome to be at the school.

For additional information on this event, please refer to the following links:

Student Documentary Film Festival: Our 6th grade students have been hard at work creating short documentary films about local geographic issues for a Problem-Based Learning unit that encompasses social studies, science, and language arts. Please join us on Tuesday, March 20th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for film screenings and an awards ceremony.

CMAS Testing: Our CMAS assessment window is fast approaching and we are working hard to prepare students for this important work. Please read the attached newsletter for more information on what the tests measure, our testing schedule, and tips for successful testing.

Colorado PTA Reflections results: Results from the Colorado PTA Reflections art competition have been announced. We are proud to have two students recognized at the state level: Brody Harpin received a silver medal in Middle School Photography and Shane Wickham received a silver medal in Middle School Music Composition. Both students will be included in a state celebration later this spring. Congratulations!

Penny Wars: Penny Wars is back! Help the Interact Club support students with disabilities in Kenya by raising money to build an accessible playground with Sasa Harambee. During lunch times, there will be containers labeled for each grade. Pennies equal positive points, and coins or bills count as negative points. The grade level with the highest point value gets an extra recess the day before spring break!

In PTA News

Please mark your calendars for upcoming events:

Please see the full schedule in the March 7, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update. Don't forget, you don't have to be a PTA member to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

The Lion King KIDS at StageDoor: The StageDoor Premier Company (2nd-5th grade students) will be putting on The Lion King KIDS on March 1-3 and 8-10. Tickets are $8-10.

Dinosaur Ridge summer day camps: Registration for the Dinosaur Ridge summer day camp programs is now open. Week-long day camps for students ages 6-13 are available.

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day.

Free Math and Science Tutoring: math and science tutoring is available on Wednesdays from 4 - 6 PM at Conifer Community Church, which is within walking distance of our school. Tutoring is offered by Dave Dickey, a former math and science teacher.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


AFW School Program:
 West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Principal Selection Announced

On behalf of Jeffco Public Schools and our school's principal selection committee, we are pleased to introduce Mr. David Schoenhals as the principal of West Jefferson Middle School, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

Mr. Schoenhals has served as principal at Aurora Quest K-8 for the last six years and is excited to join West Jeff and the Conifer community in his new role as principal. Information will be forthcoming on opportunities to meet him.

Please see the attached letter from area achievement director Dan Cohan, sent to West Jeff families on March 7, for more information on the selection process.


Weekly Wednesday Update - March 14, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for March 14, 2018.

Early release day: Friday, March 16th, is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 am. Buses will be running. There is NO LUNCH SERVICE.

Girls' basketball in Jeffco League Tournament: Our girls' basketball team is playing in the Jeffco League finals today at 3:15 pm at Ridge Recreation Center, located at 6613 S. Ward Street in Littleton. If they win, they will play again at 4:45 pm. If they win both of these games, they will be the Jeffco League champions! Go West Jeff Girls' Basketball!

Meet Mr. Schoenhals on March 19th: Our incoming principal, David Schoenhals, will be at the School Accountability Committee meeting after school this Monday, March 19. An evening opportunity to meet him in April is being planned and will be announced once details are finalized.

Student Documentary Film Festival: Our 6th grade students have been hard at work creating short documentary films about local geographic issues for a Problem-Based Learning unit that encompasses social studies, science, and language arts. Please join us on Tuesday, March 20th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for film screenings and an awards ceremony.

CMAS Testing: Our CMAS assessment window is fast approaching and we are working hard to prepare students for this important work. Please read the attached newsletter for more information on what the tests measure, our testing schedule, and tips for successful testing.

8th Grade Photo Request: The Continuation Committee has something planned that requires your help: copies of your child’s kindergarten or younger picture AND a current 8th grade picture. They may be shared either by email to Melissa at mtnpayne@gmail.com or sent to the office in an envelope labeled Continuation Pictures. Be sure to label the picture with your child’s first and last name and indicate if you would like the picture returned. Please send in or email your pictures no later than Friday, March 23.

In PTA News

Parent Social: Please join us this Saturday for a fun afternoon of friendships, laughter and painting. This is a great opportunity to get to know other parents at West Jeff Middle School. If your student currently is enrolled at West Jeff Middle or or you have an incoming sixth grader, we would love for you to join us. Gallery On The Go is a mobile canvas painting party service. A Gallery Guide will instruct a fabulous piece of artwork while we enjoy painting and each other's company! But don't worry, no art smarts are needed. We will follow easy step-by-step instructions. You don't need to be an artist to have fun at this party...it’s the Art of Socializing! The cost is just $35 and includes all supplies - there is nothing else to buy! You will need to pre-purchase your ticket to reserve your spot as we do have limited space: get your tickets here.

PTA Executive Board Elections: We’d like to send a huge thank you out to the nominating committee for their work in interviewing nominees and proposing the following slate of officers for the 2018-2019 school year.

Proposed Slate:  

President: Aimee Pless

VP Education: Sara Miller

VP Communications: Salesa Hancock

VP Membership: Christy Seaborne

Treasurer: Suzette Pell

Secretary: Melissa Gutierrez


Please remember that this slate is a recommendation and all positions are still open for nominations. Voting will take place during our March 15th meeting at 7 pm in the school library. Remember you must be a member to vote.

Restaurant Night: Join us at Qdoba from 4 - 8 pm on Thursday, March 15th. Grab dinner with your family (and us!) and then head back to school for the PTA meeting!

More information about these events and other upcoming dates are available in the March 14, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update. Don't forget, you don't have to be a PTA member to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Dinosaur Ridge summer day camps: Registration for the Dinosaur Ridge summer day camp programs is now open. Week-long day camps for students ages 6-13 are available.

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - March 21, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for March 21, 2018.

Spring Break: Classes will be off for spring break from Monday, March 26, to Friday, March 30. Students return to school on Monday, April 2nd.

Words Matter Now More Than Ever: Language can lift us up and inspire us, but it can also hurt, make us less than. Since the Florida school shooting, it is more important now to not dehumanize one another with threats of violence in our everyday slang. Words that are commonplace online, like "murder", "kill", "throat-punch", and so many more are not acceptable ways to communicate frustration, anger, or emotions. We are asking our Jeffco students to choose their words carefully because they matter, and we are asking you as a community to help model this behavior. It is all of our responsibility to model and create an environment of hope, health, and strength for our students.

8th Grade Photo Request: The Continuation Committee has something planned that requires your help: copies of your child’s kindergarten or younger picture AND a current 8th grade picture. They may be shared either by email to Melissa at mtnpayne@gmail.com or sent to the office in an envelope labeled Continuation Pictures. Be sure to label the picture with your child’s first and last name and indicate if you would like the picture returned. Please send in or email your pictures no later than Friday, March 23.

6th grade Field Trip: On April 19th, the sixth graders will be taking a field trip to the Denver Zoo to enhance their study of ecosystems and economics. We will be leaving the school at 9:00 am and returning at 2:00 pm. We would like to take several parent volunteers to help chaperone this trip, but due to space constraints cannot offer a ride on the bus. We encourage parent volunteers to carpool. If you are interested in chaperoning a small group, email ksjogren@jeffcoschools.us and please indicate if you are a zoo member.

CMAS Testing: We are now in our CMAS assessment window and have been working hard to prepare students for this important work. Please read the attached newsletter for more information on what the tests measure, our testing schedule, and tips for successful testing.

In PTA News

We hope everyone has a fun and safe spring break!

Thank you to everyone who came out to vote last week and attended the Sip 'n Paint parent social.

When you get a chance, please welcome our new board:

President: Aimee Pless

Vice President, Communications: Melissa Gutierrez

Vice President, Education: Sara Miller

Vice President, Community Outreach: Salesa Hancock

Treasurer: Jen Burtis

Secretary: Kyle Stielow

More information about this and other upcoming dates are available in the March 21, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update.

Don't forget, you don't have to be a PTA member to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Community Night with the Colorado Mammoth: Plan on an exciting night of indoor lacrosse at the Pepsi Center as the Colorado Mammoth play the Vancouver Stealth this Saturday, March 24! Tickets are available at a discounted rate and a portion of tickets sold benefit the Jeffco Schools Foundation, whose programs support all Jeffco students. Purchase tickets online at https://www.mammoth.teamkse.com/jeffco1718 .

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - April 4, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for April 4, 2018.

Meet Mr. Schoenhals: The School Accountability Committee meeting this upcoming Monday, April 9th, will be held at 6 PM in the school library. Incoming principal Mr. Schoenhals will be present to meet parents.

6th grade Field Trip: On April 19th, the sixth graders will be taking a field trip to the Denver Zoo to enhance their study of ecosystems and economics. We will be leaving the school at 9:00 am and returning at 2:00 pm. We would like to take several parent volunteers to help chaperone this trip, but due to space constraints cannot offer a ride on the bus. We encourage parent volunteers to carpool. If you are interested in chaperoning a small group, email ksjogren@jeffcoschools.us and please indicate if you are a zoo member.

Technology Student Association Recruiting: WJMS Technology Student Association (TSA) is currently recruiting 6th grade students for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications to join the WJMS TSA team have been passed out in all 6th-grade classes to students who want to be considered for WJMS TSA. Applications are due no later than Tuesday, April 10, 2018. If a student still needs an application, please check with Mr. Williams or Mr. Wooldridge.

Parents and students are invited to an FAQ session for anyone who wants to learn more about TSA at WJMS on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 2:30 to 3:30 in Room 414 at WJMS. Please bring all your questions.

CMAS Testing: We are now in our CMAS assessment window and have been working hard to prepare students for this important work. Please read the attached newsletter for more information on what the tests measure, our testing schedule, and tips for successful testing.

In PTA News

Thank you and Congratulations:  In February, the PTA nominated Paul Figlia, WJMS head WatchDOG, for the Male Involvement Award offer through Colorado PTA. It is our pleasure to announce that Paul was chosen as the 2018 recipient!

Paul’s countless hours and dedication to the children in our community deserves to be recognized and celebrated. He is a role model of leadership and positive influence at our school and he is making a difference.

Paul will receive his award at the Colorado PTA Convention later this month. When you see him, please share your gratitude and congratulate him!

Committee Chairs: The PTA is in search of parents who would like to get more involved next year and help keep our fabulous programming going! If you’d like to get more involved, let us know! Send an email to WJMSPTA@gmail.com with your skills, interests and availability and we will get back to you with some info and options! As of today, I am certain we are in need of parents to take on:

Reflections Chair

8th Grade Continuation (chair, co-chairs, or team)

Fun Run (co-chair wanted)

Also, we haven’t had these programs in awhile, but it would be great to bring them back:

Oral Interpretation

Science Fair

Mark Your Calendars:  Welcome back! We hope you all had a fun and safe spring break!

More information about all of the above and upcoming dates are available in the April 4, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update.

Don't forget, you don't have to be a PTA member to sign up for the PTA Newsletter via MailChimp!

Community Information

Evergreen/Conifer Community Night with the Colorado Mammoth: Plan on an exciting night of indoor lacrosse at the Pepsi Center as the Colorado Mammoth play the New England Black Wolves on Saturday, April 14! Each $25 ticket includes a $7 contribution to the Teddy Wetzel Athletic Field Project. Purchase tickets online at mammothtix.com/Wetzelfield .

Food and Nutrition Services: Through the end of the school year, Jeffco Food and Nutrition is offering an additional $2/hour for employees in mountain area schools. Pay starts at $12.81/hour and most positions are four hours per day.

Free Math and Science Tutoring: Math and science tutoring is available on Wednesdays from 4 - 6 PM at Conifer Community Church, which is within walking distance of our school. Tutoring is offered by Dave Dickey, a former math and science teacher.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - April 11, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for April 11, 2018.

Eighth Grade Photo Request: The Continuation committee is seeking photos of eighth grade students in kindergarten or younger picture AND a current 8th grade picture. Please email them to Melissa at mtnpayne@gmail.com or send them to the office in an envelope labeled Continuation Pictures. Be sure to label the picture with your child’s first and last name and indicate if you would like the picture returned.

We want to include all of our kids in this special tradition so please send in your child’s pictures as soon as possible. Thank you to all the parents who have already sent those in.

SEACAMP Opening: We have an opening for one 7th grade boy on our trip to SEACAMP San Diego this June. We depart early on the morning of June 4th and return on the evening of June 8th. The total cost of the trip is $1110. This is a marine biology experience not to be missed. Please contact Mr. Malcolm at imalcolm@jeffco.k12.co.us for details and registration materials as soon as possible. Time is running short.

6th grade Field Trip: On April 19th, the sixth graders will be taking a field trip to the Denver Zoo to enhance their study of ecosystems and economics. We will be leaving the school at 9:00 am and returning at 2:00 pm. We would like to take several parent volunteers to help chaperone this trip, but due to space constraints cannot offer a ride on the bus. We encourage parent volunteers to carpool. If you are interested in chaperoning a small group, email Ms. Sjogren at ksjogren@jeffcoschools.us and please indicate if you are a zoo member.

West Jeff community information on Facebook: Families interested in more frequent information from both the school and community events open to our students are invited to follow the West Jeff Middle PTA's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WJMS.PTA/ .

In PTA News

Congratulations, Ms. Garrison: Instrumental music teacher Laura Garrison has been awarded the Jeffco PTA Crystal Apple Teacher of the Year Award Honoring Excellence. This award is sponsored by the Jefferson County Council PTA. Many PTA members, parents, friends, and Laura's family came to school to surprise her with the announcement. Ms. Garrison has been teaching at WJMS for the past 18 years, and said that she is only the teacher she is because of her wonderful students. She will be celebrated for her hard work and dedication at the Jeffco PTA Spring Fling on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Committee Chairs: The PTA is in search of parents who would like to get more involved next year and help keep our fabulous programming going! If you’d like to get more involved, let us know! Send an email to WJMSPTA@gmail.com with your skills, interests and availability and we will get back to you with some info and options! As of today, we are in need of parents to take on:

Reflections Chair

8th Grade Continuation (chair, co-chairs, or team)

Fun Run (co-chair wanted)

Also, we haven’t had these programs in awhile, but it would be great to bring them back:

Oral Interpretation

Science Fair

Mark Your Calendars:

More information about all of the above and upcoming dates are available in the April 11, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update.

Community Information

Evergreen/Conifer Community Night with the Colorado Mammoth: Plan on an exciting night of indoor lacrosse at the Pepsi Center as the Colorado Mammoth play the New England Black Wolves on Saturday, April 14! Each $25 ticket includes a $7 contribution to the Teddy Wetzel Athletic Field Project. Purchase tickets online at mammothtix.com/Wetzelfield .

285 Corridor Job Fair: Mountain Resource Center is hosting a 285 Corridor Job Fair on Tuesday, April 24th from 3 to 6 pm. A resume workshop is being offered on Monday, April 16th that advance registration is required to attend. Both events are free of charge.

Elevation Celebration: As you make summer plans, save the date for Conifer's summer festival and trail run on Saturday, July 28th. The Elevation Celebration includes 10K and 5K races and a 2-mile fun run.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - April 18, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for April 18, 2018.

Spiritwear on sale through April 30: Spiritwear is back! The window for ordering spiritwear is open from April 18 through 11:59 pm on Monday, April 30. Orders will be delivered to the school during the week of May 14. Order online at https://westjefferson18.itemorder.com/ and please be sure to put your student’s name in the player information line.

April 26 activities: There will be no school on Thursday, April 26. Please see the April 17, 2018 letter from Dr. Glass for more information.

Due to the non-contact day, the Fun Fest after school on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 has been CANCELLED.

Conifer High School football: The Conifer High School Touchdown Club would like to invite all 8th graders interested in playing high school football to an informational meeting Thursday, April 26th, at 6:30 pm in the Conifer High School cafeteria. The meeting will cover mini-camps, Western State camp, summer workouts, fall physicals and more.

Eighth Grade Photo Request: The Continuation committee is seeking photos of eighth grade students in kindergarten or younger picture AND a current 8th grade picture. Please email them to Melissa at mtnpayne@gmail.com or send them to the office in an envelope labeled Continuation Pictures. Be sure to label the picture with your child’s first and last name and indicate if you would like the picture returned.

We want to include all of our kids in this special tradition so please send in your child’s pictures as soon as possible. Thank you to all the parents who have already sent those in.

SEACAMP Opening: We have an opening for one 7th grade boy on our trip to SEACAMP San Diego this June. We depart early on the morning of June 4th and return on the evening of June 8th. The total cost of the trip is $1110. This is a marine biology experience not to be missed. Please contact Mr. Malcolm at imalcolm@jeffco.k12.co.us for details and registration materials as soon as possible. Time is running short.

Ms. Beabout (West Jeff Elementary) retirement: West Jeff Elementary kindergarten teacher Alicia Beabout is retiring! West Jeff Middle students and families are invited to an open house in her honor on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 to 6:00 in the West Jeff Elementary courtyard. There will be music, cake, punch and the sharing of fond memories. Former students are welcome to write her letters/cards or just come by and say farewell.

In PTA News

8th Grade Continuation: The 8th Grade Continuation after-party will be on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Traditionally our 8th grade parents plan and run the after-party and our 7th grade parents help out with the finishing touches and assist the vendors while the 8th grade parents attend the continuation ceremony.

This year we have planned an amazing evening for our students who have worked so hard during middle school. Please consider helping make this event a success by signing up on the event's SignUpGenius. If you have any questions, please contact the co-chairs for this event - Sandy Blaylock at 303.921.8572, or Cassie Alley at 303.815.6875.

Conifer High School PTSA: The Conifer High School PTSA is currently planning a few events in the Fall to offer support for eighth grade families' transition to high school. They are also looking for officers for the 2018-19 school year. If you would like to learn more about the CHS PTSA or talk to another parent about high school, please contact Jen Clark at 303-500-2384 or dandylions@me.com. We look forward to meeting you!

Committee Chairs: The PTA is in search of parents who would like to get more involved next year and help keep our fabulous programming going! If you’d like to get more involved, let us know! Send an email to WJMSPTA@gmail.com with your skills, interests and availability and we will get back to you with some info and options! As of today, we are in need of parents to take on:

Reflections Chair

8th Grade Continuation (chair, co-chairs, or team)

Fun Run (co-chair wanted)

Also, we haven’t had these programs in awhile, but it would be great to bring them back:

Oral Interpretation

Science Fair

Mark Your Calendars: 

More information about all of the above and upcoming dates are available in the April 18, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update.

Community Information

285 Corridor Job Fair: Mountain Resource Center is hosting a 285 Corridor Job Fair on Tuesday, April 24th from 3 to 6 pm. The event is free of charge.

Conifer High School Volleyball: Spring and summer opportunities for volleyball are coming up at Conifer High School! CHS Lobos Volleyball offers the following camps:

The Lobo League offers three practices and one day of tournament play to compete for the "Queen of the Mountain" trophy for 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade girls in May.

The Summer Skills Camp covers all the individual skills needed to play volleyball for girls entering middle and high school in late June.

The Pre-Season Camp covers the team aspect of the game for girls entering 5th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade in late July.

The Training Camp offers two-a-day practices that cover team play and conditioning to prepare for try-outs for girls entering 9th through 12 grade in early August.

All camps are held at Conifer High School.

Elevation Celebration: As you make summer plans, save the date for Conifer's summer festival and trail run on Saturday, July 28th. The Elevation Celebration includes 10K and 5K races and a 2-mile fun run.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - April 25, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for April 25, 2018.

April 26 non-contact day: There will be no school on Thursday, April 26. Please see the April 17, 2018 letter from Dr. Glass for more information. Due to the non-contact day, the Fun Fest after school on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 has been CANCELLED.

April 27 early release and Day Without Hate: This Friday, West Jeff Middle will be observing Day Without Hate. We are asking students and staff to wear white to show their support. Students will be participating in activities to promote peace and non-violence throughout the day.

Friday, April 27th, is also an early release day. The school day will end at 11:50 am and buses will run at that time. There will be no lunch service.

Spiritwear on sale through April 30: Spiritwear is back! The window for ordering spiritwear is open from April 18 through 11:59 pm on Monday, April 30. Orders will be delivered to the school during the week of May 14. Order online at https://westjefferson18.itemorder.com/ and please be sure to put your student’s name in the player information line.

Conifer High School football: The Conifer High School Touchdown Club would like to invite all 8th graders interested in playing high school football to an informational meeting Thursday, April 26th, at 6:30 pm in the Conifer High School cafeteria. The meeting will cover mini-camps, Western State camp, summer workouts, fall physicals and more.

Coni-Con after-school work days: The Coni-Con team is hosting after-school work days on Tuesday, May 1st and Thursday, May 3rd from 2:30 to 3:15 pm. Sixth and seventh grade students are welcome to attend to work on their graphic novels. Teachers will be available to work with students; art supplies and computers will be available for student use. Students that plan to attend will meet in Mrs. Svigel's room at 2:30 pm and are responsible for arranging transportation home for themselves.

Audience needed May 2 and 3: Ms. Hodges' math classes are looking for an authentic audience for their presentations about bags they designed to be suited for Outdoor Lab. If you can come to our school and be an audience member for an hour or two on Wednesday, May 2nd or Thursday, May 3rd, our sixth graders would appreciate your time and attention to their work! Please RSVP if you plan to come at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084cacab2da57-6thgrade

Ms. Beabout (West Jeff Elementary) retirement: West Jeff Elementary kindergarten teacher Alicia Beabout is retiring! West Jeff Middle students and families are invited to an open house in her honor on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 to 6:00 in the West Jeff Elementary courtyard. There will be music, cake, punch and the sharing of fond memories. Former students are welcome to write her letters/cards or just come by and say farewell.

In PTA News

8th Grade Continuation: The 8th Grade Continuation after-party will be on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Traditionally our 8th grade parents plan and run the after-party and our 7th grade parents help out with the finishing touches and assist the vendors while the 8th grade parents attend the continuation ceremony.

This year we have planned an amazing evening for our students who have worked so hard during middle school. Please consider helping make this event a success by signing up on the event's SignUpGenius. If you have any questions, please contact the co-chairs for this event - Sandy Blaylock at 303.921.8572, or Cassie Alley at 303.815.6875.

Conifer High School PTSA: The Conifer High School PTSA is currently planning a few events in the Fall to offer support for eighth grade families' transition to high school. They are also looking for officers for the 2018-19 school year. If you would like to learn more about the CHS PTSA or talk to another parent about high school, please contact Jen Clark at 303-500-2384 or dandylions@me.com. We look forward to meeting you!

Mark Your Calendars:

More information about all of the above and upcoming dates are available in the April 25, 2018 PTA Supplement to the Weekly Wednesday Update.

Community Information

Conifer High School Volleyball: Spring and summer opportunities for volleyball are coming up at Conifer High School! CHS Lobos Volleyball offers the following camps:

The Lobo League offers three practices and one day of tournament play to compete for the "Queen of the Mountain" trophy for 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade girls in May.

The Summer Skills Camp covers all the individual skills needed to play volleyball for girls entering middle and high school in late June.

The Pre-Season Camp covers the team aspect of the game for girls entering 5th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade in late July.

The Training Camp offers two-a-day practices that cover team play and conditioning to prepare for try-outs for girls entering 9th through 12 grade in early August.

All camps are held at Conifer High School.

Elevation Celebration: As you make summer plans, save the date for Conifer's summer festival and trail run on Saturday, July 28th. The Elevation Celebration includes 10K and 5K races and a 2-mile fun run.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - May 2, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for May 2, 2018.

Library books due: All library books checked out to students are due Thursday, May 10. There are no fines for late books. There will be a list of student names with outstanding library items after May 10 outside the library and assistance in determining what items a student has checked out is available. If a book is lost or has sustained non-repairable damage (e.g., fell in the bath, chewed on by jackalopes) please let the library staff know and we can issue a statement for you to settle the replacement cost with the financial secretary.

Audience needed May 3: Ms. Hodges' math classes are looking for an authentic audience for their presentations about bags they designed to be suited for Outdoor Lab. If you can come to our school and be an audience member for an hour or two on Thursday, May 3rd, our sixth graders would appreciate your time and attention to their work! Please RSVP if you plan to come at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084cacab2da57-6thgrade

Coni-Con after-school work day: The Coni-Con team is hosting an after-school work day on Thursday, May 3rd from 2:30 to 3:15 pm. Sixth and seventh grade students are welcome to attend to work on their graphic novels. Teachers will be available to work with students; art supplies and computers will be available for student use. Students that plan to attend will meet in Mrs. Svigel's room at 2:30 pm and are responsible for arranging transportation home for themselves.

Coni-Con: Have you been wondering what the Coni-Con buzz is about? Our school is hosting a mini pop-culture convention on May 7th and 8th. Sixth and seventh grade students will be sharing short graphic novels and hosting booths that tie into their projects, along with visiting other students' presentations and seeing some special guests we have coming up. At the end of day on May 8th, all of our sixth and seventh grade students will be assembled to recognize their hard work with several guests of honor, including our superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass.

We are seeking volunteers to support the event floor by floating around the gym as a chaperone and collecting completed feedback forms at the end of each class period. If you can help, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084cacab2da57-conicon

BOGO Book Fair coming May 17: Save the date to celebrate twenty years of Harry Potter magic in the library on May 17 and 18, when the Scholastic Book Fair will be back with a BOGO (buy one, get one free) fair. Come by and stock up for summer reading!

Lost and Found: Lost and Found is out of control again. Please come by school to claim your students’ lost jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles, books and much more! All unclaimed items will either be donated to Mountain Resource Center or thrown into the trash.

In PTA News

8th Grade Continuation: The 8th Grade Continuation after-party will be on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Traditionally our 8th grade parents plan and run the after-party and our 7th grade parents help out with the finishing touches and assist the vendors while the 8th grade parents attend the continuation ceremony.

This year we have planned an amazing evening for our students who have worked so hard during middle school. Please consider helping make this event a success by signing up on the event's SignUpGenius. If you have any questions, please contact the co-chairs for this event - Sandy Blaylock at 303.921.8572, or Cassie Alley at 303.815.6875.

Conifer High School PTSA: The Conifer High School PTSA is currently planning a few events in the Fall to offer support for eighth grade families' transition to high school. They are also looking for officers for the 2018-19 school year. If you would like to learn more about the CHS PTSA or talk to another parent about high school, please contact Jen Clark at 303-500-2384 or dandylions@me.com. We look forward to meeting you!

Mark Your Calendars:

Community Information

Conifer High School Volleyball: Spring and summer opportunities for volleyball are coming up at Conifer High School! CHS Lobos Volleyball offers the following camps:

The Lobo League offers three practices and one day of tournament play to compete for the "Queen of the Mountain" trophy for 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade girls in May.

The Summer Skills Camp covers all the individual skills needed to play volleyball for girls entering middle and high school in late June.

The Pre-Season Camp covers the team aspect of the game for girls entering 5th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade in late July.

The Training Camp offers two-a-day practices that cover team play and conditioning to prepare for try-outs for girls entering 9th through 12 grade in early August.

All camps are held at Conifer High School.

Elevation Celebration: As you make summer plans, save the date for Conifer's summer festival and trail run on Saturday, July 28th. The Elevation Celebration includes 10K and 5K races and a 2-mile fun run.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Weekly Wednesday Update - May 9, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for May 9, 2018.

Early Release Day Survey: Many of the mountain area elementary schools have changed their schedules on early release days. Rather than have students for a partial day, they have changed to a full non-student contact day for teachers to work on data analysis and planning, and PBL/STEAM planning. This is a change from the previous schedule of a half-day with students and an afternoon of teacher-directed work. West Jefferson Middle School would like to gather parent input about the middle school following the model of the elementary schools for those days. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/wjmsearlyreleasesurvey and provide your input by May 16 to add your voice to our school's planning. Thank you!

Upcoming Performing Arts Dates:

Monday, May 14th: Orchestra concert, 7 pm

Wednesday, May 16th: Band concert, 7 pm

Thursday, May 17th: Drama performances, 6:30 pm

Monday, May 21st: Choir performances, 7 pm

Library books due: All library books checked out to students are due Thursday, May 10. There are no fines for late books. There will be a list of student names with outstanding library items after May 10 outside the library and assistance in determining what items a student has checked out is available. If a book is lost or has sustained non-repairable damage (e.g., fell in the bath, chewed on by jackalopes) please let the library staff know and we can issue a statement for you to settle the replacement cost with the financial secretary.

BOGO Book Fair coming May 17: Save the date to celebrate twenty years of Harry Potter magic in the library on May 17 and 18, when the Scholastic Book Fair will be back with a BOGO (buy one, get one free) fair. Come by and stock up for summer reading!

Lost and Found: Lost and Found is out of control again. Please come by school to claim your students' lost jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles, books and much more! All unclaimed items will either be donated to Mountain Resource Center or thrown into the trash.

In PTA News

The last school store of the year will be this Friday, May 11th. Flowers for Mother's Day will be available, so please stop by at the end of the school day and buy yours before they sell out!

The 8th Grade Continuation party will be on Wednesday, May 23rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Traditionally, eighth grade parents plan and run the party, then seventh grade parents help out with the finishing touches and assist the vendors while eighth grade parents attend the Continuation ceremony. Please help make this event a success and confirm what you can help with on the SignUpGenius at https://tinyurl.com/2018continuation . If you have any questions, please contact the co-chairs for this event: Sandy Blaylock, 303-921-8572 or Cassie Alley, 303-815-6875.

The Conifer High School PTSA is planning a few events in the fall to offer support to our current eighth grade families in the transition to high school. If you would like to learn more about the CHS PTSA or talk to another parent about high school, please contact Jen Clark at 303-500-2384 or dandylions@me.com. We look forward to meeting you!

Information on these opportunities and other upcoming events can be found in the latest issue of the PTA supplement at https://tinyurl.com/2018-05-09-wjmsptanews

Community Information

Conifer High School Volleyball: Spring and summer opportunities for volleyball are coming up at Conifer High School! CHS Lobos Volleyball offers the following camps:

The Lobo League offers three practices and one day of tournament play to compete for the "Queen of the Mountain" trophy for 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade girls in May.

The Summer Skills Camp covers all the individual skills needed to play volleyball for girls entering middle and high school in late June.

The Pre-Season Camp covers the team aspect of the game for girls entering 5th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade in late July.

The Training Camp offers two-a-day practices that cover team play and conditioning to prepare for try-outs for girls entering 9th through 12 grade in early August.

All camps are held at Conifer High School.

Colorado Taekwondo Institute offers: Colorado Taekwondo Institute is offering holding summer day camps at their Green Mountain campus the weeks of July 16th and July 23rd, with half and full days available. New students that enroll by August 15, 2018 can receive a uniform and two weeks of class at no cost at any location, including the local location in the Conifer Marketplace.

Conifer HS Mountain Bike Team: Summer fun rides begin in June and practice starts in August. Everyone rides and everyone races in the four-race season: August 26-27 in Frisco, September 10 in Leadville, September 24 in Granby, and October 7 in Nathrop. Please see the flier for more information, including how to contact the coaches.

Mountain Predators summer offerings: Mountain Predators (MAMFA) is hosting drop-in flag football for elementary and middle schoolers every Tuesday in June, except June 12, from 7 to 8 pm at the Evergreen High School football field. The Mountain Predators summer football camp is July 19 and 20; more information on that is available on their website and at their Open House on Tuesday, May 15, from 4 to 7:30 pm at the Evergreen Lake House.

Elevation Celebration: As you make summer plans, save the date for Conifer's summer festival and trail run on Saturday, July 28th. The Elevation Celebration includes 10K and 5K races and a 2-mile fun run.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


Weekly Wednesday Update - May 16, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for May 16, 2018.

Early Release Day Survey: Many of the mountain area elementary schools have changed their schedules on early release days. Rather than have students for a partial day, they have changed to a full non-student contact day for teachers to work on data analysis and planning, and PBL/STEAM planning. This is a change from the previous schedule of a half-day with students and an afternoon of teacher-directed work. West Jefferson Middle School would like to gather parent input about the middle school following the model of the elementary schools for those days. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/wjmsearlyreleasesurvey and provide your input by May 16 to add your voice to our school's planning. Thank you!

Upcoming Performing Arts Dates:

Wednesday, May 16th: Band concert, 7 pm

Thursday, May 17th: Drama performances, 6:30 pm

Monday, May 21st: Choir performances, 7 pm

Library books due: Thank you for bringing library books back! There are no fines for late books. There is a list of student names with outstanding library items posted outside the library and assistance in determining what items a student has checked out is available. If a book is lost or has sustained non-repairable damage (e.g., fell in the bath, chewed on by jackalopes) please let the library staff know and we can issue a statement for you to settle the replacement cost with the financial secretary.

BOGO Book Fair: Come celebrate twenty years of Harry Potter magic in the library on May 16, 17, and 18! We're holding a BOGO (buy one, get one free) fair from Scholastic Book Fairs so you can stock up for summer reading -- and everything in the fair is eligible for the BOGO deals, including fun items like pens, pointers, and bookmarks.

Lost and Found: Lost and Found is out of control again. Please come by school to claim your students' lost jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles, books and much more! All unclaimed items will either be donated to Mountain Resource Center or thrown into the trash.

Yearbook Etiquette: Students that have purchased yearbooks will receive them on May 23rd (eighth grade) and 24th (sixth and seventh grades). Advise teachers are reviewing some basic signing manners with our students:

In PTA News

Thank you to everyone that helped with time, food, and items for Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers and staff felt so valued! Teacher appreciation chairs Heather Swegle, Christy Seabourne, and Val Hennes did a fantastic job of coordinating the activities, decorating the staff lounge, and making sure all the details were perfect.

The 8th Grade Continuation party will be on Wednesday, May 23rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Traditionally, eighth grade parents plan and run the party, then seventh grade parents help out with the finishing touches and assist the vendors while eighth grade parents attend the Continuation ceremony. Please help make this event a success and confirm what you can help with on the SignUpGenius at https://tinyurl.com/2018continuation . If you have any questions, please contact the co-chairs for this event: Sandy Blaylock, 303-921-8572 or Cassie Alley, 303-815-6875.

Additional information on the above items and other upcoming events can be found in the May 16th PTA supplement at https://tinyurl.com/2018-05-16-wjmsptanews

Community Information

Conifer High School sports: Spring and summer opportunities are coming up for several sports at the high school.

Colorado Taekwondo Institute offers: Colorado Taekwondo Institute is offering holding summer day camps at their Green Mountain campus the weeks of July 16th and July 23rd, with half and full days available. New students that enroll by August 15, 2018 can receive a uniform and two weeks of class at no cost at any location, including the local location in the Conifer Marketplace.

Mountain Predators summer offerings: Mountain Predators (MAMFA) is hosting drop-in flag football for elementary and middle schoolers every Tuesday in June, except June 12, from 7 to 8 pm at the Evergreen High School football field. The Mountain Predators summer football camp is July 19 and 20.

StageDoor Theatre: Summer camps and workshops for students from preschool through high school are offered by StageDoor Theatre. Middle school programming includes Passport to the Arts, a series of weekly intensives taught by experienced guest artists on Mondays from June 4 through August 6, and Blank: The Musical, a musical comedy creation the week of July 16th.

Elevation Celebration: As you make summer plans, save the date for Conifer's summer festival and trail run on Saturday, July 28th. The Elevation Celebration includes 10K and 5K races and a 2-mile fun run.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.


2017-2018 End of Year Information

Locker Clean-Out

Eighth grade: May 22, 11:20 - 11:40 am

Seventh grade: May 23

Sixth grade: May 23

PE lockers: May 22, end of each PE class period

Last Day Schedules

May 23 - Eighth Grade

The last day for eighth grade is Wednesday, May 23. Eighth grade students will be following a modified schedule while sixth and seventh grades will be on a regular schedule.

Time

Activity

7:30 - 9:02

Advise - Yearbook distribution and signing

9:06 - 10:32

Period 2 and Lunch as normal

10:36 - 11:56

Advise / Continuation Rehearsal

12:00 - 12:26

Period 4

12:29 - 2:20

Periods 5 and 6 as normal

May 24 - Sixth and Seventh Grade - Early Release

The last day for sixth and seventh grades is Thursday, May 24. School lets out at 11:50 am and we will be following a modified schedule.

Time

Activity

7:30 - 8:30

Yearbook distribution

8:30 - 9:50

Sports

9:50 - 10:30

Electives (3rd period)

10:30 - 11:50

Team time in cafeteria -

 awards, trivia, yearbook signing

Time

Activity

7:30 - 9:00

Yearbook distribution and signing

9:00 - 10:30

Trivia in cafeteria

10:30 - 11:10

Electives (4th period)

11:10 - 11:50

Outside

Eighth Grade Continuation

Eighth grade students are asked to dress appropriately for the occasion: no jeans, shorts or strapless dresses. Recommended clothing for boys is dress pants and dress shirt (coat and tie optional); for girls, pants, skirt or dress. Dresses should have at least spaghetti straps or one shoulder strap.

The ceremony begins at 5:15 in the gymnasium. Following the ceremony, families will exit the north side of the gym (taking photos outside is encouraged) and students will re-enter the building through the doors by the cafeteria.

A signed permission slip is required for students to attend the celebration. It may be returned to their Advise teacher or brought with them to the event.

As of May 18, there are still a few Continuation volunteer opportunities, including decoration and food preparation at the school on the evenings of May 21 and 22, decorating after school on May 23, helping with last-minute needs and meeting vendors during the Continuation ceremony, and clean-up help afterward.

Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found, located across from the cafeteria entrance, to check for your lost items. All unclaimed items will be sorted and either discarded or donated to charity after Thursday, May 24th.

Medication Pick-Up

All medication in the school's health room needs to be picked up and signed out by a parent. Medications need to be picked up on or before May 24th no later than 3:30 pm.


Weekly Wednesday Update - May 23, 2018

Good evening, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for May 23, 2018.

Early release May 24th: Tomorrow, May 24th, is an early release day for our 6th and 7th grade students. School dismisses at 11:50 am and there are no lunch services.

Summer Office Hours: Our summer office hours are 7:00 am to 2:00 pm through June 13th. The office will be closed June 14th through July 11th. Summer office hours resume on July 12th and we return to regular office hours of 7:00 am to 3:30 pm on August 8th.

Library books due: We still have a few books that haven't found their way back! There is a list of student names with outstanding library items posted on the the library window and assistance in determining what items a student has checked out is available. If a book is lost or has sustained non-repairable damage (e.g., fell in the bath, chewed on by jackalopes) please let the library staff know and we can issue a statement for you to settle the replacement cost with the financial secretary.

Lost and Found: Please come by school to claim your students' lost jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles, books and much more! All unclaimed items will either be donated to Mountain Resource Center or thrown into the trash.

Yearbook Etiquette: Students that have purchased yearbooks will receive them on May 23rd (eighth grade) and 24th (sixth and seventh grades). Advise teachers are reviewing some basic signing manners with our students:

In PTA News

The 8th Grade Continuation party will be on Wednesday, May 23rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Traditionally, eighth grade parents plan and run the party, then seventh grade parents help out with the finishing touches and assist the vendors while eighth grade parents attend the Continuation ceremony. Please help make this event a success and confirm what you can help with on the SignUpGenius at https://tinyurl.com/2018continuation . If you have any questions, please contact the co-chairs for this event: Sandy Blaylock, 303-921-8572 or Cassie Alley, 303-815-6875.

Community Information

Conifer High School sports: Spring and summer opportunities are coming up for several sports at the high school.

Colorado Taekwondo Institute offers: Colorado Taekwondo Institute is offering holding summer day camps at their Green Mountain campus the weeks of July 16th and July 23rd, with half and full days available. New students that enroll by August 15, 2018 can receive a uniform and two weeks of class at no cost at any location, including the local location in the Conifer Marketplace.

Mountain Predators summer offerings: Mountain Predators (MAMFA) is hosting drop-in flag football for elementary and middle schoolers every Tuesday in June, except June 12, from 7 to 8 pm at the Evergreen High School football field. The Mountain Predators summer football camp is July 19 and 20.

StageDoor Theatre: Summer camps and workshops for students from preschool through high school are offered by StageDoor Theatre. Middle school programming includes Passport to the Arts, a series of weekly intensives taught by experienced guest artists on Mondays from June 4 through August 6, and Blank: The Musical, a musical comedy creation the week of July 16th.

Elevation Celebration: As you make summer plans, save the date for Conifer's summer festival and trail run on Saturday, July 28th. The Elevation Celebration includes 10K and 5K races and a 2-mile fun run.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.