Weekly Wednesday Update - December 5, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - December 5, 2018
Posted on 12/05/2018
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Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for December 5, 2018.


School News

MAP Testing

Our winter MAP testing is underway. Math testing took place during students' normally scheduled math classes last week. Reading testing will take place during students' normally scheduled language arts classes on December 5th and 6th. The regular bell schedule will be observed.

(More information about MAP and CMAS testing can be found in our Welcome Guide. Click on the "Standardized Testing" title to expand the section.)


White Glue for Math

Students in Mrs. D'Amico's math classes are asked to bring in at least one bottle of white glue for an upcoming math project. Thank you for your support!


Upcoming School Events

In-class preliminary rounds of the National Geographic GeoBee will take place in classes on Monday, December 10. The school championship round is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th, from 7:45 - 8:45 am in the school library.

Our instrumental music students are performing this month: orchestra on Monday, December 17th and band on Wednesday, December 19th. Both performances take place at 7:00 pm in the gym.

The school will be closed for winter break from December 24th to January 8th. Classes resume on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.


Talent Show

Save the date for the school Talent Show on Thursday, February 7th!

It is time for students to start thinking about and organizing acts, which may include singing, reading, dancing, music, sports demonstration, a skit, magic, comedy, juggling, or some other talent not listed. Students may also serve as MC/hosts of the show and/or help backstage with props, costumes, lights, sound, video, and graphic design.

To register your student, click here:
Rules can be found here:

Key dates related to the talent show:

  • Friday, January 18: Deadline to submit your act

  • Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29: Auditions after school in the cafetorium

  • Friday, February 1: List of acts finalized

  • Tuesday, February 5: Dress rehearsal after school in the cafetorium

  • Thursday, February 7: Talent show, 6 - 8 pm in the cafetorium

For any questions, contact Andy Potter at


Vandalism Statement

Please see the attached letter, sent to West Jeff Middle families on November 30th, for a statement on the graffiti cleaned up from the playground over Thanksgiving break. Students discussed the incident in Advise on Tuesday, December 4th. If you or your student have any information that might help the investigation, please contact the school.


PTA News

The Helping Hands Gift Drive helps meet the needs of families in our mountain community and makes the lessons on compassion and empathy that our students has been focusing on in Advise classes even more meaningful. Students and family members may take a mitten from the snowman in the school lobby. Each mitten has a gifting suggestion for a specific, anonymous student or community member in need. Make your selection and provide a new, unwrapped gift now through December 18th.

The School Store Holiday Shop will be open December 19, 20, and 21 during lunches. The Holiday Shop provides an opportunity for the students to buy gifts for their friends & family. All items are priced at $5 or less.

The Teacher Appreciation committee is hard at work planning goodies and events for the teachers throughout the year, and we are asking for your help with holiday gifts for teachers! We'd like to give each teacher and staff member a $15-$25 gift card for the holidays. Restaurants, Amazon, movie passes, book stores... anything goes! Too busy to get a gift card, or just don't know which one to get? Consider sending in cash instead and we will do the shopping for you! Please bring in items to the office in an envelope labeled PTA.

If you are interested in helping to plan the 8th Grade Continuation celebration in May, please email Aimee at Subcommittee meetings will be happening soon to organize this important milestone event!

Our next PTA meeting is Thursday, January 17th at 2:30 pm in the library. There's no pressure to volunteer, just come and check out what's going on.

Save the date for the Fun Run Fundraiser on Friday, February 1st! More information will be released before winter break.

Please feel free to reach out to or follow the West Jeff Middle PTA via e-mail, the PTA website, the PTA Facebook page, or join online.


Community News

Holiday Craft Fair at Elk Creek Elementary: The North Pole Express Holiday Craft Fair is this Saturday, December 8, from 9 am to 4 pm at Elk Creek Elementary School. The event is a local shopping experience, bake sale, and fundraiser for the school. Photos with Santa will be available from 10 am to 2 pm.


White Christmas at StageDoor: The Senior Company is performing Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical at StageDoor Theatre beginning November 30 and running through December 14. Evening and matinee shows are available.


WJMS Night at Conifer Basketball: Conifer High School invites West Jeff families to Middle School Basketball nights in January 2019. This is a great way to start to see the different sports available at Conifer and have your student get acquainted with the high school. Please come to one or both: Boys' Basketball on January 17 and Girls' Basketball on January 24. Students that bring their school ID can get themselves and an adult admission to the game for free.


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.


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

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