Weekly Wednesday Update - September 4, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 4, 2019
Posted on 09/04/2019
Fall sports, Day in Denver, and more

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 4, 2019.

Upcoming Dates

September 3-6: reading MAP testing

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

September 9: School Accountability Committee meeting, 2:35 pm

September 12: Vision/Hearing Screening

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

September 18: PTA meeting, 6 pm at Carreta Vieja

September 20: no school, staff development

October 3 and 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 7:30 pm


School News

Upcoming Events

Join over 300 visitors from our community and area elementary schools for quick, easy, and fun science experiments and experiences at Science/STEM Night -- tonight!


Our students are wrapping up MAP testing with MAP reading testing being done during ELA classes this week. 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.


Mrs. Halingstad in the local news

This week's Canyon Courier has stories on mountain-area principals new to the position this year: Mrs. Halingstad and Marshdale Elementary's Mr. Martin. A copy of the story about Mrs. Halingstad can be found on our Press Clippings page.


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.


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

Everyone is welcome at our first PTA general meeting of the year at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 18th at Carreta Vieja restaurant (9064 Highway 285, Morrison). No pressure to volunteer - just come and check out what's going on with our membership dollars.


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: We did not have enough interest to participate in the fall season of Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run. We have the opportunity to be a site for the spring program, which runs March through May and includes participating in a 5k at the end of the program. 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 volleyball and basketball through the Middle School Sports Program, offered in partnership with Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Practices and/or games are twice a week from late October to mid-December for volleyball and mid-January to mid-March for basketball. The cost is $130 and includes transportation to games; families are responsible for transportation after the game. Space is still available in the cross country program; please contact Jeff Sweet at 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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