Weekly Wednesday Update - May 22, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 22, 2019
Posted on 05/22/2019
We hope you make great memories over summer break!

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for May 22, 2019.


School News

Upcoming Events

Thank you for bringing library books back! There are no fines for late books. If a book is lost or has sustained non-repairable damage (e.g., took a swim, got lost in the woods) please let the library staff know and we can issue a statement for you to settle the replacement cost with the financial secretary. Outstanding items do convert to a fine added to the student's fees on June 1st.

The final track meet of the season for our students participating in track and field through the Middle School Sports Program was postponed to today, May 22nd at Jeffco Stadium. If you can attend, please come and cheer on students from Jeffco middle schools as they compete at multiple distances, relay, long jump, and shot put.

It is a tradition for seventh grade families to help set up for Continuation so eighth grade families can focus on the ceremony for their students. Please check the 8th Grade Continuation SignUpGenius and sign up if you can help.

We do not have to make up any time due to the security threat on April 17th, so our last day of school remains Thursday, May 23rd and is an early release day. School dismisses at 11:50 am. Please refer to our 2018-2019 End-of-Year Information page for details on locker cleanout, lost and found, medication pickup, and more.


Summer Resources

Please follow the link below for a list of community resources that we have been made aware of, either from community members or by contact from the agencies. As individual circumstances vary, we do not directly endorse any of these resources, but wanted to provide options for families during the summer. Please take the time to assess the fit of any resource you are considering.


Heather Swegle honored with Jeffco PTA award

Congratulations to Heather Swegle, who has been named a 2019 recipient of the Jane Hammond Applause Award, a Jeffco PTA recognition of individual PTA members who value people and model integrity, teamwork, or exemplary volunteerism in Jeffco schools. She will be presented with the award at the Jeffco PTA's Spring Fling next Wednesday at Red Rocks Country Club.



Students that have purchased yearbooks will receive them on May 23rd. A limited number will be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis.

Advise teachers have reviewed basic signing manners with our students:

  • People will remember you by what you write in their yearbook. Make sure that what you sign is school appropriate.

  • Be kind. If you don’t have something nice to say, just sign your name or add a statement like “enjoy your summer.”

  • Respect others and their property. If you ruin another person’s yearbook, you will need to pay for it. The cost is $35.


8th Grade Continuation

8th grade Continuation is Thursday, May 23rd. The ceremony will take place at 5:15 pm in the gym with the students-only party taking place in the cafeteria and commons from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Volunteer and donation opportunities are available for all West Jeff Middle families that want to contribute funds, goods, or time to help the event go smoothly. Current sixth and seventh grade families are especially welcome to help with event setup so eighth grade families can be present for the Continuation ceremony prior to the students-only party.

Additional resources:


Office Reminders

Medication Pickup: Don’t forget to pick up any medication from the clinic by 3:30 pm on May 23rd. All medications left behind will be disposed of on May 24th.

After School Activities Survey: As a school, we are looking at the possibility of having more variety in after school activities available for students next year. We currently offer sports through the Middle School Sports Program and some after-school clubs organized by staff and community organizations. With this in mind, we are reaching out to gauge interest and feasibility in possibly adding more opportunities for our students. Please complete the survey linked below to share your input.

Community Garden: Are you interested in helping to plan a school garden at West Jeff Middle? We are looking for volunteers to begin planning a school garden for Spring 2020. If you are interested, please email Kate Broyles at


285 Traffic Alert

Families, please be aware that CDOT crews will be performing repairs on several bridges along US 285, resulting in single-lane closures during the day on weekdays through late July. The bridges that will be worked on are at South Turkey Creek Road, Conifer Road, Pleasant Park Road, and Kennedy Gulch Road. Please refer to the full press release for additional information on the planned work.


PTA News

We are pleased to announce the amended 2019-2020 West Jefferson Middle PTA board:

President: Salesa Hancock
Treasurer: Suzette Pell
Secretary: Maria Beken
VP Communication: Aimee Pless
VP Education: Sara Miller
VP Enrichment: Ginger Dickinson

Please note the change in secretary; if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the position, please e-mail The amended slate will be voted on at the PTA summer meeting, date and location TBA.

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

Youth Soccer Camp: Conifer High School Lady Lobos Soccer is hosting a soccer camp for students entering kindergarten through eighth grades at Marshdale Fields. The half-day camp runs from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm June 3rd – 6th. Registration is $120; additional family members may register for $80.


Youth Lacrosse Camp: Conifer High School Lobos Men's Lacrosse is hosting a soccer camp for students entering kindergarten through eighth grades at Marshdale Fields. The half-day camp runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm June 11th – 13th. Registration is $90; additional family members may register for $70.


Summer Reading Program Volunteers: Jefferson County Public Library is looking for teen volunteers to support Mission to Read, the 2019 summer reading program. Volunteers assist with registration, prize giveaways, and a variety of special programming. Teens in grade 7-12 are eligible to volunteer. Training provided.

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps: Registration is open for summer 2019 day camps at Dinosaur Ridge. Rock Stars, the program for 10-13 year old campers, will be offered the week of June 10.


Food and Nutrition Services: Jeffco Public Schools is hiring food and nutrition services staff.


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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