Weekly Wednesday Update - August 28, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - August 28, 2019
Posted on 08/28/2019
Family Science Night

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for August 28, 2019.

Upcoming Dates

August 26-30: math MAP testing

August 29: PTA Fundraising Committee Meeting, 6 pm at Carreta Vieja

September 2: no school, Labor Day

September 3-6: reading MAP testing

September 4: Science/STEM Night, 6 - 8 pm

September 12: Vision/Hearing Screening

September 13: 8th grade Day-in-Denver field trip

September 20: no school, staff development


School News

Upcoming Events

Join over 300 visitors from our community and area elementary schools for 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 at Science/STEM Night on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. If you would like to donate materials or volunteer to staff a station, please visit our Science Night 2019 Sign-Up Genius.


Our students began MAP testing this week. Measures of Academic Progress, abbreviated as MAP, is given three times a year. The testing gives immediate feedback on students' growth to help guide teacher instruction.

MAP math testing will be done during math classes the week of August 26th. MAP reading testing will be done during ELA classes the week of September 3rd, following the Labor Day holiday. Bell schedules are not impacted during this time.

Please be sure to avoid making appointments for your students during their testing times and encourage them to get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast prior to their tests.

Please contact Tricia Samuelson or Caity Mergendahl if you have any questions about MAP testing.


The 8th grade Day-in-Denver II field trip is Friday, September 13th. All permission slips must be received by Mr. Cushing by Tuesday, September 10th. Payment of the $8.60 cost for the field trip may be made at the financial office with a check, cash, or credit card, or online with a credit card through Jeffco Connect, the same way student fees are paid. The field trip charge will be waived for students that receive free/reduced lunch.


Bus Passes

If your student will be riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop, the office needs those requests in writing. Please be sure that requests include the bus number, the name of the stop or who your student is riding the bus with. All requests must be received in the main office first thing in the morning.


"Away for the Day" Personal Device Policy Success!

Our administration and staff would like to celebrate the students for doing a great job of following our new Personal Device Policy. Students have demonstrated a higher level of engagement in their learning activities and the number of discipline incidents has significantly decreased. Way to go Colts!

Smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets are to be kept in a student’s locker during the entire school day or, at minimum, turned off and out of sight in a student’s pocket from 7:30 - 2:20. This includes lunch, recess and hallways.


Box Tops for Education

Did you know that Box Tops for Education benefits middle schools? The funds earned from Box Tops turned in at West Jefferson Middle School last year were used to keep the recess equipment cart stocked.

The program is changing to use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. Unexpired clipped Box Tops are still being accepted in the collection bucket in the commons outside Mrs. Jessee's window.


Interact seeks supplies to make Activity Bags

Our student service club, Interact, will be making activity bags this fall for sick children at Denver Health. Most of the supplies we need are very inexpensive at this time of year. If you happen to run across some good deals and feel like donating, we could use the following items:

  • 100 boxes 24-count crayons

  • 100 spiral notebooks

  • 200 pencils

  • 100 coloring books

  • 25 4-packs Dollar Tree brand of play dough

  • 14 yards assorted cotton fabric, suitable for young children (no florals please), in cuts of ¾ yard or more

  • 14 yards 45-inch wide muslin or 8 yards 60-inch wide muslin

Please contact digital teacher-librarian Amy Baker with questions or to arrange donations. Thank you. 


PTA News

Are you interested in learning about our annual school fundraising event? Drop by the Fundraising Committee Meeting on Thursday, August 29th at 6 pm at Carreta Vieja, 9064 Highway 285 (Windy Point). We will be discussing the Monster Dash fun run and activities on Halloween.


Our PTA helps the school provide opportunities for our students and staff through funding, providing social event opportunities, classroom grants, and more! We appreciate your support in any form and one simple way you can support PTA's mission is with your paid membership. Please consider participating in our fall membership drive by October 1st:


As always, you are welcome follow PTA on Facebook to stay in the loop about school and community events and contact the PTA board by e-mail at


Community News

Girls on the Run: Registration is open for Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run. Practices are Fridays after school from September 6 through November 8. (Dates are subject to change.) The cost is $170 and includes practices, entry into a 5k at the end of the program, and a Heart & Sole t-shirt. Adult volunteer coaches are also welcome and needed! For more information on the program at our school, including scholarship inquiries, please contact Cathie Nicholson at or 303-946-2332.


Jeffco League Middle School Sports: Registration is open for cross country and flag football through the Middle School Sports Program, offered in partnership with Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Practices and/or games are twice a week from the last week of August through mid October. The cost is $130 and includes transportation to games; families are responsible for transportation after the game. For more information on the program, please contact Jeff Sweet at


Skating and Inline Hockey Classes: Jeffco Schools Foundation and your school both benefit when you sign up to learn to play inline hockey on Monday night or learn to skate on Saturday morning at Skate City in Arvada. Classes start this week! Please see the flyer for more information.


Gold Crown Girls' Volleyball: Step up to the next level of competition and join your friends to play in a middle school league designed to prepare you for high school-level play. Tryouts have passed but girls in sixth through eighth grade may still join for practices at 6 pm on Mondays and Thursdays at West Jeff Middle beginning September 5 and continuing through the end of October. The four-week doubleheader competition begins in early October and will be held at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse in Lakewood on Sundays. Cost will be $210-260, depending on the level of play. For more information, please contact coach Laurie Eddy at


Splash and Dash Duathlon: Registration is open for the Aquatic Splash & Dash, a family-friendly duathlon event on Sunday, September 8th at Wulf Recreation Center in Evergreen. The two-sport combination will vary in length/distance based on age categories for athletes ages 12 and older. Swim in the pool, run around the WRC facility, and have fun!


Mountain Lacrosse: Elementary and middle school students are invited to learn to play lacrosse with Mountain Lacrosse's fall clinic. Four Wednesday evening practices from September 11 to October 2nd (weather makeup October 9th), 6 to 7 pm at West Jeff Middle, will prepare students for small-sided games to show off their new skills at LaxtoberFest on Sunday, October 6th. Registration is $60 with a US Lacrosse membership (if you don’t have one, you will be directed to the site during registration to purchase a 1-year membership for $25).


West Jeff Baseball: Registration is open for West Jeff Baseball's spring 2020 competitive league season. Tryouts for players ages 8 to 14 will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Evergreen High School baseball field. For more information, please visit the league website.


Gold Crown Girls' Basketball: Tryouts for girls in sixth through eighth grade competitive league basketball are October 22 and October 29 from 6 to 8 pm at West Jeff Middle School for the 14-game season in January and February 2020. Cost will be $165. Volunteer coaches are welcome and needed and all levels. For more information, please contact coach John Coder at


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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